Podcast Party for Pyragraph’s 2nd Birthday

Pyragraph birthday cake - Pyragraph

Photo by Peri Pakroo, cake illustration by Edie Everette.

Funny how things happen. We had a hole in the schedule for this week’s podcast, and as I was mulling over the calendar I noticed February 4 was Pyragraph’s 2nd birthday! Hot damn! What better way to celebrate than welcome ourselves as guests on Self-Employed Happy Hour? So that’s exactly what we did. I scrambled and found a bakery to make us a custom cake within 24 hours, got extra champagne and OJ, rolled out the red carpet for us and BOOM we had a show. You can listen below, or over at iTunes.

I like milestones. Sometimes I need an excuse like a birthday to stop for a moment and consider the bird’s eye view of our path over the last two years. For me personally, Pyragraph’s early days are inextricably entwined with some tough times for my family, which I’m very happy to say have brightened considerably. These days I can enjoy the normal insanity of a start-up without the extra layer of bonus angst about scary medical stuff. It’s a very good thing.

Every time you read, share, comment upon, and otherwise engage with our posts, you sustain us.

It’s hard to believe that a year ago I had never met Josh Stuyvesant or Jeremy Kinter, who are now such core members of our editorial team. Mega thanks to them for bringing such great energy, content and good times to Pyragraph! And epic thanks to Sage Harrington for all her amazing hard work, good cheer and general loveliness in helping build our editorial machine.

We had a couple special guests on the podcast as well: Cara Tolino, who joined us recently as Outreach Manager, and we couldn’t feel more lucky or stoked to have her on board. Ditto for our Creative Resident Mary Holyoke who is helping us build a creative department, one illustration at a time.

A few other birthday thanks are in order to some folks who couldn’t be at the podcast: Dave Dabney did our awesome redesign (and our awesome original design too), and we likely wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for him. Thanks Dave! Love and thanks also to my husband Turtle, who from the beginning has helped support Pyragraph and Self-Employed Happy Hour in every way imaginable. And major gratitude to our awesome sponsors, contributors, readers and listeners (special shout out to Pyragraph Premium subscribers!) for being part of our expanding world. Every time you read, share, comment upon, and otherwise engage with our posts, you sustain us.

Little by little we are growing, publishing more posts from working creatives all over the world, sharing more advice about pursuing creative careers, paying more artists and writers for their work, and developing a stronger voice for creatives at all stages of their working lives—not just those who have “made it.” We are all making it. Every day. We’re jubilantly happy to be making it with you.

Self-Employed Happy Hour: Pyragraph Turns 2 - Pyragraph

Photo by JAK Media.

About Peri Pakroo

Peri Pakroo is the founder, Publisher and Editor of Pyragraph. Outside her work with Pyragraph, Peri is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with businesses and nonprofits for more than 20 years. Her focus is on helping people build structure for their passions to find success on their own terms. Her blog is at www.peripakroo.com.

Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of several top-selling Nolo titles on small business and nonprofit start-ups including The Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit and Starting & Building a Nonprofit

Peri accidentally started her first band The Moist Towelettes at the age of 40 with her husband Turtle O’Toole. Since then she has played in a number of bands including the blurts and her own downer-country project, Peri & the FAQs.

In 2012, Peri saw the need for a resource featuring the voices of a wide range of creative workers and the many different career paths they take. She founded Pyragraph to fill this need. Here’s the Pyragraph start-up story.

3 Comments

  1. Elene Gusch on February 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Very happy belated birthday, and many more!

  2. Eva Ave. on February 19, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I miss doing the podcast, so great to hear the anniversary pyra-issue with everyone! I didn’t hear all of it cause a little before halfway through, the internet stopped and couldn’t start it back up where I left off, had to restart it, but I will just let it play silently while I boil water and edit this APD article I can’t seem to finish for the alibi and then pick back up when I see it at a little before the halfway point. Zing! <3

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