3.31.2011

A Little Announcement

I've been sitting on an idea for a long time. Years in fact. And even though I wonder if my idea might still need some more time incubating, I've decided to let it hatch and see what happens.

It's a new website called Blarter. My husband came up with the name - it's a smash up of blog and barter. Two things I love to do.

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The goal of Blarter is to encourage the trade of goods and services between bloggers, with a focus on handmade items, vintage goods, patterns, art and craft supplies, as well as services such as graphic design, photography, pattern testing, and product promotion.

Blarter hopes to connect people through barter arrangements. The exchange of goods and services without money requires coordination, communication, honesty, and often leads to a deeper connection between the people involved in the trade. Blarter is the place where these connections begin.

Many bloggers, including myself, have been bartering with other bloggers for years. I've exchanged an embroidered t-shirt for stationary, a box of California oranges for Vermont maple syrup, and just recently, I traded a crocheted garland for a fox.

Here are a few ways Blarter could help you find opportunities for barter arrangements:

Perhaps you've just opened an Etsy store and it's filled with all sorts of lovelies, and you just need a little help spreading the word about your new shop. You could post a free ad on Blarter offering a small item from your Etsy store in exchange for a month of advertising for your store on the recipient's blog.

Or maybe you have an abundance of glass beads, but not nearly enough cotton scraps for the quilt you'd like to make. Post an ad on Blarter and maybe you'll find someone with plenty of scraps who'd love your glass beads.

Do you have a stack of craft magazines you no longer need but can't bear to throw out? Post them on Blarter, and perhaps you'll get an offer from another blogger who wants to send you an original art print or photograph in exchange.

Posting to Blarter is easy and free. Once your post is up, anyone interested in a barter arrangement can contact you by email, and you can decide on the exchange that's right for you.

So hop over to Blarter and give it a look. Post something and see what happens. Spread the word if you feel inclined by linking to Blarter on your blog. I've even got some widgets for your sidebar. Blarter might be my pet project, but it's a community for all of us. I'd love you to be part of it!

56 comments:

  1. I think this is so awesome, Molly. It's going to be HUGE! <3

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  2. oh my goodness, you are brilliant.

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  3. (i knew that already, of course, i just want to make sure YOU know that)

    : )

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  4. Wow. This is seriously the best idea ever! So exciting! Thank you. Now I just have to get organized a bit to shoot for some trades!
    _Vanessa

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  5. Wonderful Idea. I am sure it will be very successful!

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  6. awesome! carpe diem, molly!

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  7. Sounds fantastic! Headed over there next for a look around =-)

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  8. what a nifty idea! i am going to check it out....

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  9. what a great idea, good on you!

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  10. What a wonderful idea... off to take a peek :O)

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  11. Such a neat idea--I'll have to start thinking about what would be fun to trade.

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  12. This is wonderful Molly! Great idea!

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  13. bravo my friend, again, bravo.

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  14. This is a fabulous, inspired idea!

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  15. so cool. I'm telling everyone I know.

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  16. That is brilliant Molly!!! My friend Karie and I were thinking of doing the same thing within our local workermade group. I love the blog idea. I say go for it and where do I sign up?

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  17. Great idea, Molly! I like the whole community idea.

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  18. Awesome idea! I'm in!

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  19. Fantastic concept! I can't wait to give it a try!

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  20. LOVE the idea and will definitely do it. When I've sold at arts fairs, I always try to do some trades with other artists.

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  21. Brilliant idea! I love it! Heading to the website now!

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  22. Genius...this is the best idea I've heard in a LONG time...good job!

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  23. What a lovely idea! I don't know many 'handmade' people who don't love a good trade. Fantastic!

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  24. And I love your quince header, by the way. :)

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  25. This is an amazing idea! Like freecycle for Crafters and creators! I love it!

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  26. So cool! Congrats for having the courage to throw your idea out there. I can't wait to see how it takes off!

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  27. Fantastic idea Molly! This will be a HUGE success i know it! You are so creative, congrats!

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  28. so stinkin' smart! I love this idea.
    love.

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  29. Fabulous idea Molly. I'll check it out for sure!

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  30. Ingenious! I am just shaking my head at the brilliance of this idea. I'll be sure to share this.

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  31. I just popped on through from Erin's blog, House on Hill Road, and I LOVE the idea. This is genius. I'm off to see if I have anything to barter...

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  32. What a great idea! I'm a huge fan...
    Just a Silhouette

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  33. This is awesome Molly - what a brillant idea. It's going to be a HUGE success . . .HUGE!! so excited to try it!

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  34. fantastic.
    what a great idea.
    good for you to implement it.

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  35. p.s. quote from my husband after i told him about blarter... "oh, is that the foothill lady? she seems cool. i'd like to meet her."

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  36. What a WONDERFUL idea! Thanks!

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  37. Fantastic idea! Can't wait to check it out!!!

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  38. I've never bartered for crafts but it's always something I have wondered about. I can't wait to see how this works out.

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  39. Good idea, but, um, some of us don't have, um, blogs.

    rosesmama

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  40. What a fantastic idea!
    I love that you had a great idea and went for it.

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  41. I am going to do this! my hub and i have been doing this just within our community for years, we trade goods and services all the time, what a great idea for blogging! i love it!

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  42. You are crazy wonderful, and a genius to boot!

    Off to post...

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  43. a.) what a great idea!
    b.) i LOVE that fox!
    c.) your husband is completely AWESOME for coming up with the best. name. EVEr!

    :)Lisa

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  44. How exciting. What a great idea!

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  45. What a great idea (how original is that?)!!
    Best Wishes for success in your new venture!!

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  46. So I thought I left you a comment about this link and was checking back to read your thoughts (maybe) but my comment is gone. I'll repost just in case...It's an idea very similar to yours. Hope all is well.
    http://whoopdwhoop.com

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  47. this is the an ah-mazing idea! creative bloggers never cease to amaze me with their kindness and awesome ideas!

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  48. FABULOUS idea. I absolutely love this.

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  49. Great idea! This was on Craft Gossip this morning and I am so glad I came here! The only thing I would change on the Blarter site is the yellow text against the white background, it is really hard to see it.
    Thank you for creating the site!

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