Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Monday, May 6, 2013
So the semester has come to an end, and so has my little experiment with presenting anthropology with Etsy. For my project, I solicited my fellow grad students to write up a little bio about themselves. I asked them to tell me about their background in anthropology, their research topic, and their personal interests. I had five students respond, but only four responded in time for me to include them. I used the bios to create blog posts for each student on my blog. I kept the bios pretty much as is and added photos the students sent me as eye candy. I then created four jewelry pieces, using shrinkable plastic, inspired by their comments. These items were then placed for sale on my Etsy site for $10 each. I decided to pick a set price of $10 for these items, with the intent that if an item sold the student/muse would receive $5 – this was mainly to encourage them to market themselves in order to make money or gain awareness. Each jewelry listing included a quick blurb about the project and a link to the student’s blog post. Once all of the items were put up for sale, I created an Etsy treasury featuring all four pieces and 12 other listings from Etsy. Etsy treasuries consist of a grouping of 16 items for sale, which typically share a theme or color palette. If treasuries gain enough interest, they are posted on the Etsy home page. Once the blog posts, listings, and treasuries were completed for a single grad student, I tweeted and facebooked links to the blog and treasuries. For one of the bios submitted, I created the four jewelry pieces but did not include a blog post or marketing. I wanted to use these four items as a control sample.
Here are links to blog posts, treasuries, and individual items:
So how did I do? let me amaze you with my numbers!
My blog is pretty small – I don’t have a following – in fact the 3 followers i do have are family. I’ve never really tried to reach a wider audience, it’s mainly here to provide a distraction from things I should be doing. With that being said, I typically get 20-30 views per post, but with this project my views increased.
|Blog entry||Number of views|
|Intro to project||92|
Here are the listing views on Etsy
|Amanda’s listings||number of views|
|Henry Rollins|| |
rural and proud
|Lauren’s Listings||Number of views|
|Becca’s Listings||Number of views|
|Jayne’s Listings (Control)||Number of views|
So, what did I learn from all of this?
Well it was pretty disheartening actually. I did make one sale – Becca’s Rugby pendant – and that is awesome, but I was hoping for more page and listing views. I did receive some nice comments on the treasuries though. Like “great idea,” “lovely treasury idea,: and “nice tribute to your friend.” Which is sweet – but doesn’t really express if they learned anything about anthropology, or even gained an interest in it. So, bummer. I did learn that I need to beef up my marketing tools though, especially through Facebook and twitter – and even Etsy. I’ll be putting these new revelations to boost a new venture – which I’ll share later – but alas, anthropology probably wasn’t presented that well. The jewelry is cool though – and sparked a lot of interest at a recent cultural anthropology day – but online, not so much.
Monday, April 8, 2013
*The suggested age range for felt boards is preschool and ealry elementary. Felt boards contain small pieces - don't eat the felt or the felt board, don't let kids eat them. If you think a kid might eat them, don't let them play with the felt board alone. If they decide to eat them, just make sure they chew. I don't think felt can kill you, but call poison control just in case.
To create the felt backboard, I used a corkboard and glued a piece of black felt to the front. The black felt I used as backing came from JoAnn fabrics and is a heavier/starched piece of felt.
The felt pieces can be created using a couple of techniques, I used the simplest one – make everything out of felt. Felt sticks to felt, so it does not need to be backed with anything. However, felt on it’s own is a little flimsy and easier to tear/damage, especially for the small detailed pieces. The second method uses cardstock or construction paper. Create the pieces using paper, laminate the pieces (self stick laminate works well) and then glue sandpaper or Velcro to the back of the pieces. This method will ensure a longer lasting board - but it isn’t felt.
These bios are taken from the official pages of the anthropologists.
William Bass – forensic anthropology:Forensic anthropologists examine skeletal remains in order to determine identity. Using measuring techniques and careful examination, forensic anthropologists try to determine the person’s sex, age, ethnicity, height, cause of death, and any other information they can gather from the skeleton.
“William Bass is recognized around the world as an expert in forensic anthropology and osteology. He founded the Forensic Anthropology Research Center, known popularly as the Body Farm. Bass was the first researcher to study the length of time since death and cremation weights. He served as the Tennessee State Forensic Anthropologist and is active in consultations with other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Bass also has written or co-written several books of fiction and non-fiction.” http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2009/10/06/william-bass/
Mary Leakey – Paleoanthropologist:Paleoanthropologists study fossils to better understand human origins and human predecessors.
“Mary Douglas Leakey (b. 1913, d. 1996) was one of the world’s most renowned hunters of early human fossils, credited with many discoveries that have changed the way scientists conceive human evolution. Together with her husband, Louis Leakey, she is considered to be a preeminent contributor to the field of human origins.
Born Mary Douglas Nicol, on February 6, 1913, she spent her early childhood traveling throughout Europe. During her travels she was exposed to prehistoric sites, such as the caves at Pech Merl in Dordogne, which influenced her to plan a career in geology and archeology; not a typical path for a woman at the time. She also showed artistic ability, and worked as an illustrator at the Hembury Dig in Devon, England at the age of seventeen. For two years she worked at the dig illustrating the archaeological progress. She had a special interest in the Stone Age, and she did expert illustrations of Stone Age tools and other artifacts. In 1937 she married Louis Leakey, whom she met through his request to illustrate a text of his. In 1948 Mary found her first truly important fossil of her long career as an archeologist, Proconsul africanus. The fossil consisted of half the skull, the upper and lower jaws, and all the teeth.” (The dalmation is included because the Leakeys had two dalmations that accompanied them on their digs) http://leakeyfoundation.org/about-us/leakey-family/mary-leakey/
Jane Goodall – Primatologist:
Primatologists study nonhuman primates. They observe behavior, social interaction and health.
Jane Goodall “In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.
Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Our community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.” http://www.janegoodall.org/jane
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Research: I am currently working on a sunken floating bunkhouse in the Escambia River. This vessel was a part of the cypress lumber industry along the river. We have used the handheld underwater magnetometer and and the side-scan-sonar on the site. We start excavation this summer.
Anthropology: I truly love the holistic nature of the discipline. It provides opportunities to look at the same research topic in an unlimited number of ways and it has become a part of my everyday life and the way that I view the world.
Inspirations: I have no clue. I have driven to work hard in my classes because I am competitive with the other grad students. I absolutely love to work outside, IE Archaeology, SCUBA, Zip line guide, Rugby player, and I am generally interested in my fiancé ;)
Monday, April 1, 2013
that make up 90% of the midden deposits that can be found in estuaries across the Florida panhandle. Lauren is attempting to identify microscopic plant and animal remains recovered from the midden deposits that may help show a more complete picture of the foodways of these people. Most days you can find her behind the microscope sorting seeds from duff; just don’t be surprised if she can’t see you when you enter the room… it can take a while for her eyes to readjust.