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On Blog Writing, Pandemic Blues and Looking to the Future

I’d planned to write a different blog this morning, but I can’t seem to make my brain work on the topic I chose, so I’ve just been staring at the blank screen. It’s writer’s block, only not really, because it feels like I’m blocked against doing anything I plan, not […]

New Year, New Instagram: Introducing Think Localist!

There’s so much of what we were building before quarantine that doesn’t make sense anymore. That’s not news to anyone — we’ve all been pivoting our little hearts out, trying to change direction with every new news cycle (this week included). But what I didn’t realize was, while I was […]

Christmas Stories to Warm Your Localist Heart

One thing I’ve tried to embrace this year, in the midst of so much strangeness and sadness, is the freedom to try different things. The old molds of our lives are broken, so we don’t really have a choice, of course. But I’ve tried to use the need to rebuild […]

Shopping Local in Birmingham Just Got Easier

You know your favorite shops are suffering this year, and you want to support them — but how do you know who’s open, what they’re offering, and how to shop with them? In 2020, the in-person shopping experience has completely changed, and it’s hard to know where to start. I […]

Want to Help Small Shops this Season? Volunteer with the Localist!

I want to buy local as much as I can this Christmas — but I also want to take supporting local businesses a step further. Chances are, you’re feeling the same way. But, besides buying local, what can we do? Well, I’m throwing together a little project that I’m calling […]

What Your Online Shop Needs for the 2020 Holiday Season

There are a few kinds of people who start thinking about the winter holidays before Halloween even happens — prop stylists, influencers (who’ll post hot cocoa picks as soon as the calendar hits November), and retail shop owners. Usually, the build up to the holidays is intense, but exciting. You […]

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A Pep Talk for Small Businesses During Quarantine 

I’ll start this pep talk off with reality — things are looking very grim. As small business owners, we don’t have cash reserves. We don’t have angel investors backing us up. And we know that our communities, as well meaning as they are, are also fickle and distracted and scared […]

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Is “Never Work for Free” Good Advice?

One of the things that came up in my podcast conversation with videographer and photographer Mateo Zarate was whether or not creatives should work for free. There’s a very vocal group that says you should always be paid for your work, and you should never work for free, for exposure […]