A very happy New Year to everyone.
It's been a busy couple of months for Mapology Guides. Christmas is over. Apparently over 60% of us got unwanted gift. Were you one of them?
January is always a difficult month for people. Post holidays, gloomy weather conditions, work challenges. Did you know that there is a Blue Monday? No? It's the third Monday in January and considered the worst day of the year. In 2015 it falls onto Monday 19th January.
The good news is that help is at hand. Why not help yourself with our What's Bugging You map? Make a fresh start, dust off those cobwebs and make this year your best yet!
We are very fortunate to have John-Paul Flintoff, the writer of this map join us for a Tweet chat on 19th January at midday UK time. The hashtag is #WBUBLUE Why not join us and better still, why not send in your questions for John-Paul ahead of the Tweet chat? You might want to know how to use the map or ask something specific.
And because we want to help you make this year your best yet we are currently offering a 19% discount in the shop when you buy a What's Bugging You? map. Ends Tuesday 20th January.
Don't have a Blue Monday, have a Yellow one instead.
Here at Mapology Guides we have all been great supporters of small businesses. It is always encouraging when big corporate companies help out the smaller ones.
The same way we encourage to 'shop local' when it comes to food, we believe that to support small businesses in all industries is an important factor. Let's face it, small businesses are the heart of our economy.
American Express is behind the Small Business Saturday UK version, now in it's second year. I remember being really impressed with their marketing last year.
In 2013 over £460 million was spent in small businesses on the day. A fantastic achievement. Let's hope the figure is even higher this year.
Small businesses need all the help they can get. Often run by creative and passionate people who work hard and believe in doing some good along the way. What better excuse does one need to support them?
Mapology Guides is such one business. Very small, very new, with a flock of creative and passionate people. We welcome your support.
Foremost, however, it's about supporting any small business, online, offline, on local high streets and in quirky spots. It means the world to all of us.
One recent wonderful campaign to stop small shops and galleries from closing is the JUST A CARD campaign. In an effort to highlight the plight of small shops and galleries, The Design Trust, Mollie Makes and Sarah Hamilton Prints joined forces on this campaign to emphasise just how important and invaluable every single purchase is.
To every single businesses around the UK, we salute you.
When you launch a new venture it is always nerve-racking. That's when the real work starts..... getting out there, finding stockists, making a name for yourself, keeping up with Social Media..... the list goes on. You hope that people will like it as much as you do and that you will find your audience.
What is wonderful and humbling is when you get written about in a way you can only dream about. That's when you learn how other people see your creation.
As our second week 'out in the world' comes to an end, it is with great pride that we've been featured on three separate blogs and zines.
Phew. Where to begin?
Well, for now, let's start at the end. It's been an exciting rollercoaster... and without the incredible talent we have on board, none of this would have materialised.
A few days ago, after the initial panic has subsided, we all got together (except Simon) and shared a little bubbly, some baked cheesecake, a tale or two and a whole lot of laughter. After all, it's time to celebrate the birth of Mapology Guides.
We got the teams to sign their respective posters. Here they go....
Jenni Sparks, illustrator (left) and John-Paul Flintoff, writer (Team: What's Bugging You?)
Nanna Koekoek, illustrator (left) and Sarah Farley, writer (Team: Matchmaking pets & people)
Miranda Sofroniou, illustrator, looking a little lost without her team partner Simon Rodway, who sadly couldn't join us. (Team: Be Present Perfect)
If you want to read up on the beginnings of Mapology Guides and some of the creative process, hop over to my blog for a full reveal!