Here is a run down of the basics:
We're looking for an experienced beader who is capable of communicating that knowledge to a less experienced audience in terms that are easy to understand. Ideally, we'd love to find someone who creates original patterns and projects, but is able to demonstrate/teach classic patterns and techniques as well. Preferably, this person will be a published author or have experience teaching this skill to others. Basic knowledge of HTML is required.
The primary audience for About Beadwork is the beginner beader. The site should cater to those who have no experience with this hobby and have an interest in learning. Content for these users will include step-by-step tutorials, a glossary of terms, and easy projects for beginners.
TOPICS TO COVER:
Content should include tutorials, a glossary, projects for beginners, recommendations/reviews of tools, patterns and helpful tips. We would like to see step-by-steps and how tos of various techniques. When you use beadwork terminology, link to your definition that you've created in the glossary.
Here's a rough outline of what should be covered on the site. This is not comprehensive.
- Introduction to Beadwork
- Introduction to Tools (what do you need to get started?)
- Where to find supplies and how to shop for them
- Common beading mistakes (what they are and how to avoid them)
- How to complete a project
- How to string beads
- Tutorials on specific stitches (e.g. peyote, brick stitch, beaded netting, etc.)
- Tips/tutorials on addressing specific problems/troubleshooting (how do I? what do I do if....?)
- How to organize your projects
- Ways to display projects
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
- Profiles on specific tools (what they are, why you need them, how to care for them, etc.)
- Reviews of specific tools/supplies (should I use glass beads? plastic? what type of thread?)
- Recommendations/Reviews of tools
- How to care for your tools
- Ways to organize tools
- All patterns should be your original design, public domain or used with permission (and cited appropriately). Make sure to have many patterns that are targeted at all levels of experience.
- Patterns should be organized logically, i.e. by skill level, seasonal, etc.
- Best beading websites
- Reviews/Recommendations of books, magazines, contests, etc.
- A lively forum
How Are Guides Paid?
In addition to a base payment (guaranteed to be $675 per month for Guides in their first two years, with a minimum of $500 per month afterwards), About.com pays Guides by measuring page view growth (month-over-month for Guides in their first year, and year-over-year every year after) with payment incentives for pageview growth. If your page views grow, you will never make less than $675 per month.