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

Win Mikey’s First Ever DVD – Baby American Flag Hats Tutorials

Mikey is Giving An Autographed Copy To 2 winners! This contest is OPEN TO ALL BLOGGERS ONLY. This idea has come from a viewer and we are going to give it a try. This contest is open world wide and shipping will be paid by Mikey.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Click The Link http://www.mikeyssmail.com/Contests.html to get a copy of the DVD COVER. Save the cover to your computer so you can upload it to your blog.
  2. Go To Your Blog and Write in Your Own Blog Why You Would Like This DVD from me. Tell us what you would do with your DVD.
  3. Insert the picture of the DVD Cover with your blog.
  4. Once Completed… send Mikey a personal email giving him the link where your blog entry can be found. Send emails to mikeyssmail@gmail.com
  5. The blog is void if the DVD Picture is not included

Mikey is going to post the LINK TO  YOUR BLOG on his website for other viewers to go read your blog entry. Viewers will decide whose blog entry is the best. So be creative, have fun, and don’t write a novel.

This is an opportunity for you to generate reader traffic to your online blog. So even if you don’t win the DVD, you are showing other viewers your own blog space.

This contest closes in Less than 2 Weeks, on June 21, 2010. The Winners will be announced on The Diva Dan and Mikey Show on Monday’s Live To Air Broadcast.

Get Blogging and Michael will keep updating the website with your links when you start submitting them. The picture of the DVD is on the same page as the contest entry for the Free Yarn, so you can enter that at the same time.

Good Luck!

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

Criticism and Creativity

What's The Message Critics Are Trying To Say?

Diva Dan and I have been talking lately about Criticism in having to deal with it. As a professional musician, it’s not uncommon for him to have his supporters and haters. Some people recent him for his abilities or willingness to explore beyond the norm of music and performance presentations, while others are just cozy in the traditional play what’s been played and don’t expand from it.

I recently had someone criticize me for my colour choices, yarn selections, ideas, patterns and more. Someone, to me, that should have been supportive and encouraging. I felt as if they urinated all over my work and ideas.

In society, we criticize others constantly. Some of it constructive but it’s so easier to destroy people with negative criticism. I’ve been taught in the world of business… “Don’t Criticize Without A Solution At The End Of It!” But many people love to feel better about themselves by taking down another person. I mentally visualize a pile of humans. With a person criticizing, making another fall onto the pile… so that person may climb higher… what people don’t realize is that’s it’s pretty lonely at the top of the pile if you have stomped on all the people along the way.

Some of the greatest artists and writers in history were viewed as crazy thinkers and people hated their work. But history would come to view these people as inventive and modern thinkers of their time. Even though at the time, they were the outcasts of society.

The criticism I received really winded me and really stole a shining light within me. I am actually upset with myself I let this person get to me the way they did. I am suddenly feeling unworthy of being at the Creativ Festival and such. I know this will pass but I know what I have to do to fix this… I have to end all communications with this person. WHY? Because the criticism was not constructive. Turning up their nose at my stuff and bitching about it after I had spent hours creating something unique… SO WHAT IF THE COLOURS DID GO WITH THEIR PERSONAL COLOUR PALLET? Be creative and look at the design. Colours and yarn choices are subjective to each individual. This criticism was tied to resentment and possibly jealousy making it resentful and ugly.

I was reading a blog this morning where someone defended themselves against people who like to criticize. This person’s blog is within the yarn world. I felt so much better reading that… why? Because I am not alone… the more popular you get, the more supporters but the more haters build too… Though supporters out number of the haters big time… it’s just the time people spend to hate.

Just remember in creativity, there is no right or wrong answers! Use your mind, push your limits, and express yourself!

Michael