An update on The Blog Studio

I’m long overdue with updating you on the progress of The Blog Studio. For those of you who are new to this site, let me quickly bring you up to speed. “Last spring”:http://peterflaschner.com/archives/99, I launched a new business aimed at the newly emerging blog design niche. I’ve documented the start-up process, and have been sharing the success and pain of growing from a concept to a full-time gig. It’s hard to believe my last update was just over a “month ago”:http://peterflaschner.com/archives/260. So much has changed since then…

The biggest news is that I’ve taken on a business partner. Lucia Mancuso is an amazingly talented woman. Fate threw Lucia at me. Check this out: I met Lucia in Vancouver at the “Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design”:http://www.eciad.ca/www/, where we were both studying design. We were both from Toronto, and had attended the same high school. We knew a bunch of people in common, but were sufficiently distant in age that we had never met each other.

In school, Lucia impressed me with her project management skills, dedication, and overall energy. We had a fair bit in common, and hung out together a bit. Fast forward 12 months, and I’d left Vancouver, and was struggling to keep up with my workload. Lucia called out of the blue one day with news that she too had moved across the country to Toronto. Honest to god, I knew at that very moment that we’d be working together…

There are six of us working full time now, and we’re actively looking for another designer and a coder. We’ve outgrown my basement, and will be moving into new offices asap. Our capabilities have grown enormously, barely keeping pace with demand. My own skills as a designer and coder(!!!) are growing daily. I’ve been interviewed on national TV (twice!), and asked to speak at a number of events (sxsw included). To think that it’s been barely six months since I started doing this full time…

I want to give a huge thanks to my team, to my clients, to my friends, and to my family. It’s been a very bumpy ride. But thanks to all of you, it’s beginning to get a bit smoother. Thanks also to the folks at “zencast”:http://amberstar.libsyn.com/ for helping to teach me the tools to keep this thing on the road.

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