Welcome to Makermouse! We’re glad you stumbled across this little site we have here.
“DIY” and “maker” have become jargony buzzwords over the last few years, particularly in the tech industry. Mention either of those terms to someone in the know and you might get dragged into a rarified discussion about Arduino, servos, and hackerspaces. Or maybe it’ll veer off to a conversation that includes terms like “artisan,” “upcycle,” and “bespoke.” (Bespoke? Does that have something to do with the spokes on my bicycle?)
But making cool stuff yourself doesn’t require a technical background or dropping “upcycle” into your casual conversation—nor does it have anything to do with the neighborhood you just happen to call home. In fact, you might be a do-it-yourselfer without even realizing it.
Have you ever tried making your own bread from scratch? You’re a DIYer.
Do you have a vegetable patch in your back yard? You’re a DIYer too.
Did you start a blog for your cat? Congratualtions; you’re also a DIYer.
And that’s what Makermouse is all about—helping you get more out of the things you do every day. Along the way, we’ll highlight people, groups, or organizations that are doing amazing stuff on their own without the benefit of big-name backers or major financial support.
And we’ll do it all in plain English, with limited buzzwords and no pretentiousness. So welcome! And let’s see what we can make together.
Who are you?
My name is Nick Mediati. I’ve been in tech blogging and journalism since 2004, but I wanted to try something different, which led to Makermouse. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a copywriter for a nonprofit organization, and a fan of the Oakland A’s. Follow me on Twitter @dtnick if you dare…!
Because the domain name was available and other ideas I had come up with were not. It’s catchy, too! Thanks to Joshua Schnell for helping brainstorm it.
What did you use to build this site?
We also used the following applications to build this site:
- Webpage editor: Espresso by MacRabbit
- FTP client: Cyberduck
- Image editors: Acorn by Flying Meat, ImageOptim
- Brainstorming, development-tracking: OmniOutliner by The Omni Group
You bet. Head on over here to read it.
Can I advertise on Makermouse?
For the time being, no. I may include ads eventually, but not right now.
Can I republish something you wrote on my blog?
All original material (i.e. photos, videos, and articles written by a Makermouse author) on Makermouse is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. This basically means you can re-post one of our stories on your personal site or blog, assuming you provide a link back to the original story. You may not republish original material from Makermouse.com for commercial purposes without prior permission. To request permission, email nmediati [at] gmail [dot] com.
How do I contact you?
The fine print
ALL MATERIAL PUBLISHED TO MAKERMOUSE.COM IS PROVIDED “AS-IS” AND IS FOR INFORMATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. NO WARRANTY IS OFFERED OR IMPLIED. Although we make every effort to ensure that what we publish is accurate, Makermouse is not responsible for any typographical, clerical, or factual errors. If you attempt to complete any projects, tutorials, or tips published to Makermouse.com, proceed at your own risk: We are not responsible if something goes wrong! We are not responsible for materials published to other websites we link to, and such links do not constitute endorsements of said websites or the content published to them.
(TL;DR: Please don’t sue us.)
We reserve the right to discontinue or change services provided on Makermouse.com at any time for any reason. We also reserve the right to change or modify these terms at any time for any reason.
Document updated May 16, 2016.