Mikeyssmail Available DVD – American Baby Flag Hats

This is Mikey’s First Ever DVD. Series 1. American Baby Flat Hats, Loom Knitting with one tutorial exception to Crochet.

Mikey walks the viewers through this 118 Minute Tutorial DVD with teaching 3 separate hat designs which represent the American Flag. Mike goes further with teaching how to make a cute pom-pon and a mini super star for the hats.

This DVD is $15.00 USD. That includes sales tax and shipping to Canada and USA Residents. Get off the computer and put this on your TV and sit comfortably on your favourite chair and learn along with Mikey.

This is available to ship immediately and you can purchase this safely through Pay Pal through My website. http://www.mikeyssmail.com

Toodles All,

Michael

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New DVD Launch – Viewers Tutorial Request

On June 8th, 2010… ¬†Mikey is ready to launch VIEWERS TUTORIAL REQUESTS…

What’s on this DVD TUTORIAL???? You tell me?

This is the new cover of what viewers are requesting from Me. I am giving away 5 Tutorials that equal no greater than 120 Minutes on this DVD. You can decide which tutorials you want on DVD and Mikey will custom build this DVD to match your request.

Available for only $15.00 USD. This includes Sales Tax and Shipping to Canada or the USA.

Not all tutorials are available to be on DVD. So email me first at mikeyssmail@gmail.com with your request and I will get back to you as soon as possible to verify what is available.

So check out my YouTube and pick up to 5 Tutorials that you want!

ūüôā Michael

New DVD Launch – June 8th, 2010 – Super Star Crochet

Just a heads up that this coming Tuesday, June 8th 2010 marks the official launch date of Mikey’s 2nd DVD.

Crochet Super Stars focuses on 5 Tutorials. This DVD has 138 Minutes of Instructional Tutorials. It focuses on the following:

  1. 5 Point Super Stars – Mikey has used this for Doilies, Baby Blankets and Table Top Coverings. This pattern is fabulous as you can stop at the size star you want. Once you get beyond the basic centre and get started, the size is endless.
  2. 6 Point Super Stars – Similar to the 5 point. This starts off slightly different again giving 6 points to the star. Mikey has done baby blankets with this one as well.
  3. 10 Point Super Stars – Great for Table Tops and nice Chevron looking edges the bigger the star gets.
  4. Trinity Stitch – Used in Baby Blankets, and Much More… Simple yet great visually.
  5. Cluster Stitch – I love this one a lot. Most work always has stitched opposite to each other… I love how the clusters climbing directly over the other.

Mikey has these in stock and is ready for shipping on June 8th, 2010. Come to Mikey’s website to place your order securely through Pay Pal. http://www.mikeyssmail.com

Price is $15.00 USD,  sales taxes and shipping included. This price is valid for USA and Canadian Residents Only. Other countries will need to be quoted.

Michael

Mikeyssmail Now Available At iTunes

It’s taken several days and a ton of research on how to Use iTunes… well really not to use it… but how to upload and create podcasting for the Mikeyssmail Network.

Mikeyssmail On iTunes

It’s been a long time coming for me to link with iTunes. I’m sorry to say that’s it’s not an easy process when you are some a iTune Virgin like me.

http://mikeyssmail.podbean.com/feed¬†is my iTunes Feed if you would like to subscribe. It’s not yet listed in the iTunes Store but I am sure they are working on it when they have an opportunity.

This is my plan… a few tutorials will be posted week by week… but then removed after a week or so. This allows Mikeyssmail iTunes people to be able to download my tutorials and take them with them wherever they go.

More complex tutorials “MAY” be uploaded once I figure this out and charge a very small fee for them such at the tutorials that are 20+ Minute or higher. Many of these tutorials have been requested on DVD format. This will save people from having to wait for a DVD in the mail and just instantly download it directly from iTunes.

I am not sure I am with the right carrier on the podcasting… I am trying a free service to test it out with very limited web space. In time I will get this sorted out.

BTW… not to be mean but I am not going to share how I figured it out to do it… I’ve spent so many failed attempts and research to get this far… sorry to be mean… but I think if I had to the do the ground work… so can someone else. ūüôā

Michael

Facebook Privacy Verses WonderHowTo Worlds

Protecting Yourself

I Can See You… More Than You Realize!

I was approached by WonderHowTo to create a brand new social network for Crochet world Wide. It’s known as WonderHowTo Worlds. Fabulous concept and I really liked it from the moment I seen it. The creators have contacted me directly expressing interest in the way that I am using Facebook to bring people together. They have been on my websites and peaked around… they have done this without me even knowing about it.

I loved the concept of WonderHowTo Worlds but I am thinking… WHY would anyone switch from Facebook. Many viewers are like me checking our Facebook when we get out of Bed In the Morning. Then Email and so on. Things another friend has done, pictures, videos and more are there for me to snoop at.

Where Facebook Falls down is the level of privacy settings. A user must turn off certain buttons to maintain strict privacy. Many and most viewers have stuff posted that a complete stranger like me can see. All I have to do is be friends of a friend to see what’s happening on someone else’s Facebook. I can see who the family is, who the BFF’s, how the person communicates, most time what they do for a living, phone numbers, and much much much much more.

So I got thinking… HMMM WonderhowTo Worlds doesn’t require a group membership. Anyone can be a member of http://www.wonderhowto.com with a very limited profile. You don’t need to disclose your family, phone numbers, and much more for everyone to see! You won’t be able to figure out who my spouse is or my phone number. I won’t be able to access your page without being a direct friend of yours. Hmmm seems the privacy is intact.

So I thought… how am I going to convince my following to join me on WonderHowTo Worlds.http://super-star-crochet.wonderhowto.com/ The answer is simple… It’s about your privacy! Your friends and family don’t need to get constantly updated that you have just completed an afghan, or have a thought about crochet, or just loving the craft.

Reality is this… I’m addicted to Facebook… without Facebook, I don’t think my following would be as strong as it is right now… WonderHowTo Worlds is specific to my crochet… you can be part of it, without being a member to it. You can peak into my world there, or peak into the others… Want to know more about how to cheat farmville or so… Go look at the FARMVILLE WORLD in WonderHowTo Worlds to see what people are sharing.

People are complaining there is no friends list that has joined Super Star Crochet World there… but maybe that’s not such a bad thing… If you want people to know you are there… interact with the conversations and postings… if you don’t… stay quiet and peak around. I believe WonderHowTo is seeing a trend of people wanting to belong to a social network but maintain their privacy!

Now I will say.. WonderHowTo Worlds has not instructed me to say any of this… this is my own thoughts! I do see a few things I would like to be changed… I think the graphics are a bit big which can cause excessive scrolling due to the interactions…

What’s your thoughts on this… have you seen our world there… what do you think… You should know as well! They are watching our World to see how people are interacting with each other… We are part of a BETA Project and this is fabulous!

Michael

Mikeyssmail Added To WonderHowTo Worlds

Have you heard of WonderHowTo Worlds? I would be shocked if you have. The creators of WonderHowTo Worlds has contacted me personally about taking responsibility of creating the world of Crochet under their company umbrella.

WonderHowTo Worlds is merely weeks old and is a brand new platform. I need to get used to it myself. It’s very much like Facebook but this allows us to play like Facebook but without giving our entire identity away of personal friendships and family members!

Most of you know WonderHowTo videos. I subscribe to them as well and have many viewers who post my videos to WonderHowTo in order to show others they have found tutorials that have been helpful.

I have called our NEW WonderHowTo World – SUPER STAR CROCHET. Appropriately that we are all super stars and really express our creativity through Crochet!

There is only 19 worlds right now! and we are one of them… BE FIRST and Join me in our new WORLD!

http://super-star-crochet.wonderhowto.com/

It’s really pretty here! So come in, create a sign in name, post a picture of yourself. There is a really quick bio you can fill out… and begin to share pics, videos, stories, and much more!

So whose gunna join me??? It’s lonely in my world right now! JUST me…

Michael

Sweaters For All Sizes – The Problem

Mikeyssmail

Pattern Making

If I had a nickel for every email that came in requesting the Baby Imagination Sweater be changed to match an Age of a person, or size of someone I would be a rich man today! “Can I retire now?” haha

The problem with the imagination sweater is that someone has taken the time to create it. As you will see in my links, I didn’t create it… I only filmed it. But someone took the time to do the Math, testing and trials to make it work. So it’s a great pattern but people want it bigger? WHY? The answer is simplicity! It’s easy to Follow and quick to make!

So why haven’t I made bigger patterns? It’s because the possibilities are endless. The only people I have to fit this with is Diva Dan or Me. Both of us are not shaped like “Hot Models”, nor are we average! So what fits me, isn’t going to fit many people. Arm lengths are different. Circumference of the necks, arms, and waist lines would be different. So if I created a pattern, there would be have to be a million of me.

I want to create an adult version, problem is that by the time we get to adulthood. Some of us stay skinny, people like get rounded at the edges, and other people are obese. It’s difficult to make one size for all… Babies are predictable. Having said that… someone emailing me saying they have a 6 year old and want a sweater isn’t fair… Have you seen the schools today, many kids are not a standard size anymore. Like me, many are hooked on sugar and larger than they should be at their age. Standard isn’t standard anymore.

So I guess if I were to create a pattern, you would need to decide neck size to start… then work to shoulders… arm diameter and then make the body of the sweater…. then follow it by the sleeves. I am wondering if there is a simple way to do that… Maybe I have to think in terms of INCHES instead of STITCHES!

Any thoughts on this?

Volunteers Helping To Answer Mail

Volunteering For Mikeyssmail

Last Summer, I created “A Board Of Directors” who were charged with power to be able to see all communications and stuff inside Mikeyssmail. It was a terrific idea and it’s amazing how people who are passionate about Crochet really can make an even further difference.

In the fall of 2009, there was a problem discovered in Facebook Fan Page… It seemed when I gave someone moderator status, it changes their name to my own and uses my picture. So people could think it would be me if I was responding. As much I appreciated the help, I would prefer a moderator not loose their identity. The big names who constantly contribute would dissappear and appear under my name. You wouldn’t know that “Clare” from Australia was still with us because she appears to be me. So I demoted everyone back to regular status.
However, we still kept the YOU TUBE Mikeyssmail to have moderators. All the moderators could see the incoming comments and mail. With specific directions, mail was shifted in subfolders where someone who is trying to relay a story to me for personal reasons or wanted a person response. My moderators would slide the mail into a folder where I had to respond personally. Pattern requests and ect could be handled by the moderators without a problem.
So it was working great until it suddenly collapsed without me knowing about it. Actually a couple months went by and it was just me answering emails again. I just figured everyone had lives… none of the moderators said nothing about it… however, I think in retrospect, they probably thought I removed them off the receiving list.
You Tube did a fundamental change where the email you have when you create the account is the email it has to go to. I had it set up to go to another email where all of us could see it. I figured if 2 months went by and no one said anything… just let it be.
With the help of Clare from Australia, we were able to get the ball back up and rolling yesterday. All those who had access to it before can see it again. We had to do some computer lingo and batta boom batta bing, we had it all set up!
The moderator’s role is to assist in the responding and helping of emails. However, we don’t respond to everything. IE, we won’t put into someone’s YOU TUBE box “Thanks for subscribing”! I think that is redundant and unneccessary. Mikeyssmail builds by double digits each day for subscribership, it would be a great deal of work to do that.
The Facebook Fan Page site has changed the face of MIKEYSSMAIL, allowing everyone to post their pictures, videos, and comments. It’s countless how many times another viewer has assisted another. It has cut down the email greatly as a result of having this going. The way to quickly get my attention is to post stuff there.
So as I know right now, Clare from Australia is again answering EMAIL and requests along with me. If you have time or would like to participate, let me know… we can get you set up to see… I won’t just accept anyone for this role. I want positive energenic people who have been with me for a while. Someone who inspires and really enjoys helping others. It’s reasonable that you won’t answer emails every day and/or may need a break from time to time. Let me know… I don’t want any moderator on board that is trying to push a side business or trying to sell my viewers anything.
ūüôā Michael

Mikeyssmail & Teresa – Why We Are Duplicating Each Other

Mikeyssmail Facebook Fan Page

I have finally figured out why Teresa and I are duplicating each other. I realized it’s not a miracle we are thinking the same thing at the same time. I was getting upset by it because we don’t need to duplicate each other. There are millions of patterns and a gazillion ideas.

I was asked by a few viewers yesterday and today about doing something through a private email and again yesterday on the Open Wall of Mikeyssmail. It turns out, the viewer posted the same request on both of our Facebooks. Viewers know Teresa and I are busy and will double up on a request. They are double posting stuff on both sites, in YOUTUBE, EMAIL or FACEBOOK FAN PAGE WALL. I responded and so did Teresa with the exact same thing today.
I had the video already done and I just gave them the link to the video. However, Teresa has also done the same thing on the same day. It’s not a fluke, it’s because we are both trying to keep up with our fan mail at the same time. Simple requests are quick to film and we are filling in a niche.
I get the impatient nature of a viewer who is in the middle of the project that wants a fast answer.  I understand because one of us may not have time to respond, however, when we do both have time, it appears we are copying each other then other viewers are writing me telling me to stop copying her and I am getting viewers telling me she is copying me.
As far as I see it now, it’s not Teresa or I’s fault of duplication. We are merely responding to the same questions that are being posted on each site.
I owe Teresa an apology for being upset as I couldn’t figure out why this was happening. Today, I just seen evidence to why this is happening and it makes complete sense without being her or I at fault. She is not to blame, she is merely doing responding to viewers with what they are asking for, the same viewers who have asked me the same question at the same time. We both want the same thing… we want people to learn and grow.
How do we stop this? I’m not sure. We need to be different as having two identical channels don’t work.
We are going to have duplication as fundamental stitches are the same. It’s when we are launching the same tutorials and demonstrations at the same time is when it looks like there’s a war going on when there’s not. We are occassionally going to have the same pattern being demonstrated as open source patterns allow that to be possible.
Michael

Clearing The Air – Teresa Verses Mikey

Being Different

I’ve been hearing and receiving comments about me facing off with Teresa from You Tube. I would like to set the record straight on several things here.

When I created this venture, it wasn’t her that made me decide to start doing filming. I was bored and wanted to express my own creativity. I had seen some videos there were very poorly done and I thought I could do better. They were not hers that I had seen. The women’s camera angle was bad and she had no personality.

I learned pretty quickly through some feedback that I have no hope in hell of competing with Teresa and not to try. I had to Google Teresa to find out who this woman was. Again, the purpose in the beginning was to express creativity. Through continuous trial and errors, my viewership picked up due to one video that really grabbed international attention. This then turned into a mission and a really fabulous way to reach out to people through creativity. Mikeyssmail as you know it today, was created.

With crochet, there are limitless ideas on creativity but many of the stitches are fundamentally the same. The internet has changed society especially in the world of crafts. Before the internet, you needed a friend to tell you about an idea they seen. With the invention of blogging and webspace. Many people create and share their ideas for free. People like me see ideas and have people constantly emailing ideas for me to film. They see me as a marketing tool for themselves. They know if I film their pattern, they will get the recognition and the appropriate links in the videos to visit their blog. I win with great tutorial ideas, but they win as well for traffic and awareness of their creativity.

With the invention of the internet, people are paying attention to filming dates. If Teresa has filmed something where I am doing a similar tutorial on after she has, some people are associating it with her having the copyrights to the pattern. VICE VERSA, if she films the same thing after me, it appears she has copyrighted from me.

A great example of this is the Catherine Wheel Stitch. Neither her or I invented this stitch. This is a fundamental stitch of crochet. The maker of it is unknown and has been around since we have known crochet. This makes it an open source non copyright issue.

Many people request patterns. If I place how to do the CATHERINE WHEEL STITCH IN WRITTEN FORMAT. It is open source and in my own words on how to do it. Just because I have placed it on my website, doesn’t make it mine. It’s merely a courtesy posting for those who prefer to read it and sit quietly with it instead of front of a monitor.

For the record, I rarely go onto her channel. WHY? It’s not cause I hate her or anything on that level. CREATIVITY IS ROBBED WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE ELSE DO SOMETHING… YOUR MIND CLOSES TO OTHER POSSIBILITIES!

We are going to overlap on certain tutorials. Another great example is I had posted the BABY CHUCK TAYLORS Tutorial and Teresa came out with a similar tutorial after I had done it. The pattern was OPEN SOURCE, she has that right just like I had the right to film it in the first place. On a business level, it makes complete sense for her to do that.

Teresa sets the bar for me on the level of expectation it takes to teach people. The majority of my followers also follow Teresa. There’s nothing wrong with that and is to be expected. Another person that viewers follow is Beth. Another superb person to learn something new with.

Teresa and I have two very different ideas on teaching people. I find her videos are pretty thorough when describing materials and hooks before the project. She gets to the point and doesn’t leave the camera on longer than needed. She also uses correct terminology where I tend to create nicknames or memory hooks. I go beyond just showing my hands and exposing my real life for the world to see. I tend to teach and crochet slower. I’ve tried speeding up but I tend to do one outtake after another as my brain doesn’t work that fast.

In life, there will always be a Teresa Verses Mikey. You see it in everything. Whether it’s a competing grocery store in town or a major talk show scrambling for ratings. Nothing is ever identical 100% but you will expect to see ROYALE TOILET TISSUE on both shelves of a grocery store, though one store’s layout and service will be much different.

As Beth puts it, we are colleagues to some degree. We have similar missions and ideas, but we come at it from different angles and personalities.

Last week, I released 4 video tutorials where I am being flooded with emails about copyrighting Teresa on the fundamental stitching patterns I am doing. One person told me I have incorrectly labelled one of the videos as Teresa’s video is showing the same pattern but under a different stitching pattern. Which leads me to wonder… if I was truly copyrighting, don’t you think I would have called it the same name to come up in the search engines?

The other truth that needs to be realized here as well. THE WORLD DOESN’T need another TERESA nor another MIKEY… It would be so easy for me to stick to her channel and follow along releasing my own versions of her tutorials each time she releases one. OMG, my life would be so much easier! But that’s not the way I operate. I am not Teresa and nor intend to be her. I know for a fact she receives hate mail like I do over the most¬†mundane comments.

You will never see a newly released video of mine directly uploaded within a very small time frame of days or months after Teresa releasing her videos of the similar thing. I don’t watch her channel for reasons I have already explained.

So here’s my quote,

I am not copying Teresa. We are not fighting or at odds with each other. The last time I talked to Teresa was in January 2010 giving her a heads up that I was changing my direction a bit. The time before that was in March 2009 when she was giving me some encouragement on dealing with negative comments.

Thank you for your understanding,

Michael

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