Friday came fast this week. It’s been a busy week for me professionally and personally and it snuck up on me! So, this will be an abbreviated version of the Friday Few.

we have a winner folks!

First things first! We have a winner in our E-Myth giveaway. Meghan was our only entry so she wins by default (I really really hope this means you all already own a copy of the E-Myth and that it’s as dog-eared as my copy!). Meghan also left us with some great ideas for future posts, which we’ll be addressing – starting with naming your business. So thanks Meghan! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your book out to you.

coping creatively

I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis – business blogs, design blogs – both web and graphic, photography blogs, blogs on creativity… a lot of blogs. While they help keep me current in my field, the main reason I read most of them is get new ideas for my business and to keep inspired and pumped up. I also subscribe to a much more limited number of email newsletters – the main ones being the great newsletters put out by Sitepoint.com every week (if you are a web designer, developer or marketer and don`t already know about Sitepoint, this is a FANTASTIC resource with great blogs on everything from design to marketing to coding and they publish topnotch books, many of which I own, on all things web. Definitely check them out.)

In one of my recent Sitepoint newsletters, they mentioned Irish rock band Ash for an innovative approach they are taking to marketing and selling their music. Instead of releasing a new album, the band is doing their A-Z Subscription series. They are releasing a new single for sale every two weeks for a year (that`s 26 singles) for $1.49 OR you can subscribe to the entire series for $20. They’re also releasing a 7inch vinyl subscription of all 26 singles that includes the downloads as well (this is actually sold out.).

I think this is a great example of a band looking for a unique solution to the challenges of getting people to legally purchase their music. If the old ways aren’t working, maybe it’s time to try something different and think outside the box. Instead of complaining, see it as an opportunity to try something new. Sometimes it won’t work but sometimes it will… and be very successful! You’ll be ahead of your competitors and be an innovator in your field instead of a follower – that can be a good place to be.

And as an aside, this was my first exposure to Ash and I think they’re a pretty cool band.  I’m considering purchasing the subscription!

Hope you all have a great weekend!  We’ll be back next week with lots more good stuff!