I had been thinking that the first year anniversary of the starting of this blog was coming up, but I didn’t actually notice when we blew by the actual date. Still, I suppose I’ll chalk this post up to “better late than never” and spend a bit reflecting on why this blog was started and what it has become.
The first post on this blog was entitled, appropriately enough, “Introducing SubliStuff” and in it I said the following:
This blog will be the place where we share our knowledge and insight into the world of sublimation and ChromaBlast. We’ll write blog posts based on our own experiences, feature guest posts by sublimation and ChromaBlast experts and will also keep you updated on the latest news and special offers from EnMart. Our goal is to create a complete sublimation and ChromaBlast resource and to make this blog a place that will be of benefit both to the novice and to the experienced sublimator.
All we ask of you is that you read and that, every once in a while, you talk to us. Leave a comment, send us an e-mail, help spread the word about a great post by mentioning on Twitter, just do something to let us know you’re out there. As long as you keep reading, we’ll keep writing.
Since that first post I’ve written, including this post, 97 others which have covered a wide range of topics. We did a series of post on the subject of getting started with sublimation. This series covered selecting your printer, finding customers, and how to get started with sublimation if you’re on a budget. We have also talked about how to overcome barriers to starting with sublimation and where to find sublimation templates.
Another fun thing I’ve been able to do with this blog is tell you more about EnMart. I’ve always thought of a blog as a sort of conversation, a way for us to get to know you and you to get to know us. While writing for this blog I’ve talked about how we got our sublimation experience, our sales philosophy, and even what trade shows we attend. SubliStuff is a great way for us to make a connection with our customers and potential customers.
One of the best things I’ve been able to do with this blog is to bring in experts, either our in house experts, or people from other places in the industry who are trying something new and fun, either with EnMart products or with sublimation in general. One example of that would be a recent post on fabric sheets and sublimation, which told about the experiences one of our customers had sublimating our fabric sheets. Another fun post was the one I wrote about George Rivas from MWC Enterprises, who was using sublimation to preserve old family photos. Finally, of course, there are the posts, like this post on sublimation paper, that are written or informed by our in house sublimation expert Tom Chambers. He is an invaluable resource when it comes to sublimation, and I hope to get his input on more posts in the coming year.
What pleases me most, however, a year into this blog, is that fact that some of you are starting to talk back, either here, or on EnMart’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. I love making connections with our customers, and it’s great to have your feedback. I said it when this blog began, and I’ll say it again today, as long as you keep reading, and talking back to us, we’ll keep writing.
Is that a deal?