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Storytelling- it’s all the rage

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Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon – By: Jonathan Gottschall

Why storytelling is the ultimate weapon title and image from video.

Jonathan Gottschall is the author of The Storytelling Animal. He says that there is science behind the notion that storytelling is the best way to communicate a message. In this article Gottschall talks about Peter Gruber’s book,  Tell to Win. There’s a short animated video with  the article as well.


Should we be suspicious of stories? on Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds


Reynolds asks if we should be suspicious of stories because of their incredible power to persuade. He links to a Tedx talk by Tyler Cowen, and offers his opinions on what Cowen has  to say about storytelling.


The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains by Leo Widrich on

Diagram of emotions and parts of the brain

Leo Widrich is the co-founder of Buffer. When he began to market his product through stories, sign-ups increased dramatically. In  this article, he talks about the brain science behind why storytelling works so well, and he gives some practical storytelling tips.


5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell  by Leah Busque

Page in typewriter

Lea Busque is the Founder and CEO, TaskRabbit, Inc. Some of the stories she believes you should tell include the story of  your company’s origin, and the story of your vision for the company’s future.  She also suggests telling a story about a failure you’ve had, and how you learned from it. This one is a nice quick read.


The Moth and  Risk!

The Moth Podcast risk

These podcasts feature storytelling performances. Risk! is a bit edgy.  A lot of the stories are about sex, drugs, and other not so family friendly topics, so parental discretion is advised. The Moth is tamer, and perhaps geared more for the over 40 crowd than Risk!  These shows are an  entertaining window into the intimate moments of other people’s lives.

Go to my “The Idea of Storytelling” Pearltree to find more resources for this topic.


Artful Blogs

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There is a magazine published by Stampington & Company called Artful Blogging. I pick it up at Barnes and Noble from time to time when I’m looking for inspiration. Artful Blogging features the blogs of visual artists and  crafters who share their work and their lives via online journals.

Some issues of Artful Blogging

Some issues of Artful Blogging

It’s interesting to learn what made these artists start blogging in the first place, and how the act of blogging, for some, has been life altering.

I’ve picked some of my favorites to share here on ‘Look What I Found!’


1) Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary ( is the product of a blogger from Argentina who describes herself as an ex- archivist, teacher, and journalist, and a current  maker of sweet beasts.

View Flor Panichelli’s work in her gallery on Flickr.


2) Homegrown Hospitality

Jennifer Ackerman hosts the Homegrown Hospitality( blog.  Jennifer  teaches classes as a member of the Prima Education Team, she designs rubber stamps for Purple Onion Designs, and Dies & Embossing Folders for Sizzix.

Featured Post: Hello Summer 2013 Stephanie invites you to document the summer with her in journal/scrapbook format.


3) Dispatch from LA

Mary Ann Moss describes her blog, Dispatch from LA  (, as “the dog-eared notebook I carry with me through the world,”  saying it is where she records the stories she collects as she “bounces along through life.”

Featured Post: sketchwars week no. 21  This one is a glimpse into the artist’s process as she sketches with a tool she doesn’t usually use to make sketches.


4) the adventures of bluegirlx0

Julie Collings who says she  is “an artist with a house full of kids and their beautiful messes,” authors the adventures of bluegirlxo ( She  displays the pretty things she makes on her blog.

Trees in Box from the adventures of blugirl xo blog

Trees in Box

Featured Post: a little nesting… This posts features some very pretty things that look perfect for Easter.


These were just some of the artful blogs that I’ve come across via the Artful Blogging magazine. There are many more out there. I’ve gathered some of them in a Pearltree, and I’ll continue to add to the collection when I come across something cool and share-able. If you’re a blogger who is visually inclined, you’ll be sure to find inspiration from these blogs.

The Look of Books

This Bible from the 1600s, with drawers for storing poisons, was curated on! by Chris Lott. It’s featured on a blog about life in 16th and 17th century England called Shakespeare’s England.

Image of a bible dating to 1600 which contains a secret arsenal of poison.

I wanted to share it on Pinterest, but I didn’t have an appropriately themed pin board. I created a new board and called it Unusual Objects because this book is certainly unusual. I  thought I’d find other unusual objects to pin, so I Googled the words “unusual objects.”  I found some interesting things but nothing as cool as this book, so I decided  to change the name of the board to Unusual Book Binding.

Now I’m on the lookout for examples of books that are funky, weird, artsy, well– unusual. I started my search on Pinterest.

This book, created using a Japanese binding technique, was pinned by Mariel “Maya” to the board  Bookbinding and Handmade Books. It lives on the fourth floor of the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Book bound using Japanese book binding technique

Found at Books are Fun blog.

This heart shaped book, also pinned by Mariel “Maya”, is supposed to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.  It can be found in the The Royal Library Manuscript Department at the National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen  University Library.

danish heart

“Heart Book” Said to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.

Check out Mariel’s pin board to see more interesting and artful books, and do a Pinterest search on “bookbinding” to find more.

Mariel "Maya" -Bookbinding & Handmade Books

Bookbinding & Handmade Books

I’ll be adding more to my Unusual Book Binding pin board, so stop by from time to time.