Breakfast plotting. #brothersisteradventure
I'm always looking for new ways  to connect our community. I'm super-happy with the new cities popping up daily on our map, but until we can get together in person, I think I can find better ways for us to get together online. The Starship is one way that we come together and support each other, and I've been looking for a more casual opportunity to learn more about you, and let you meet each other.

I'd like to invite you to introduce yourself to your fellow explorers. In fact, I'm throwing a party so we can do just that – an Exploration Party!




The Exploration Party is an opportunity for you to declare your boldness and connect with other explorers, by sharing a story of what you've explored. 

To join in:
1. Write a post about something you've explored or experimented with (ideas below)
2. Post it anytime next week (August 12-16), and include a link to the Exploration Party page, so that your readers can find other explorer's stories.
3. Leave a comment below with your post!

That's it!
I'll include all the explorer stories on the main Exploration Party page, and I'll share my favorites each day on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook.


You might write about:

Exploring a new craft
Exploring a new technique
Exploring a new subject matter or theme
Exploring a class, book, or blog
Exploring an area of your business.

Remember to make this work for you and your readers. If you never write about the behind-the-scenes part of your business, you don't have to start now! Write about what you usually write about – but share an exploration you've done into your subject matter!
(Ex: exploring support, following my enthusiasm, experimenting.)
Don't have a blog?
You can share your story on Facebook (just set that post to “public”), Flickr, or even Instagram! Just send me a direct link to wherever your story is housed!


My hope is that this party will do two things:

  • Remind you that you already are an explorer. You know how to find the answers to your questions.
  • Inspire you to explore deeper, by seeing how other creatives are doing it.

And if you find yourself with a particularly thorny issue, or an area of your business you've been avoiding exploring, you can join us for a guided exploration right here.

 Update on Party Favors!

It wouldn't be a party without Party Favors, right?
All contributors will get $30 off their Explore You registration! Just share your link, sign up for the class, and I'll refund you $30 right away!


Spread the love!
In your intro or conclusion, be sure to link back to the Exploration Party. You can copy the below directly or put it in your own words:
This post is part of the Exploration Party – a celebration of our inner explorers, led by Tara Swiger of Explore You. You can find other tales of adventure from artists, crafters, writers and biz smarties – and share your own story – right here.”

Tell your friends! 

“I'm joining the Exploration Party and sharing my adventures with @TaraSwiger!”

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Want to include an image?

Feel free to snag one of the below:






Got questions? 

Email for instructions, ideas, or images!

If you plan on joining the Party, leave a comment below letting me know!

And don't forget to leave your link when you have it!



The Party is now over! View the entire party here. You're welcome to continue to write about exploration and tell me about it (I'd LOVE to hear what you're exploring!), but this page won't be updated again.

35 Comments on You’re invited to an Exploration Party

  1. Beverly
    August 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m excited to share an exploration! Thanks for the invitation!

  2. Tara Swiger
    August 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Yay! So happy to have you!

  3. Alison @ The Petit Cadeau Blog
    August 8, 2013 at 7:57 am (11 years ago)

    Hi Tara,
    I’m joining in and hoping to have my post ready for August 12th!

  4. Tara Swiger
    August 8, 2013 at 10:55 am (11 years ago)

    Thanks! I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Karen
    August 10, 2013 at 7:11 am (11 years ago)

    I’m looking forward to sharing my exploration!

  6. Sara
    August 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Tara! I would like to join in!

  7. Tara Swiger
    August 12, 2013 at 9:48 am (11 years ago)

    Awesome! Just share a story on your blog (or anywhere) and then come back here and leave the link!

  8. Vanessa
    August 12, 2013 at 11:24 am (11 years ago)

    I’m cryptically exploring Bolivia!

  9. Tara Swiger
    August 12, 2013 at 11:50 am (11 years ago)

    Love this! It’s now on the Party Page!

  10. Sara DiMantova
    August 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm (11 years ago)

    I just wrote mine + it will post on Thursday! All about exploring a new medium for me, linocut prints. Or at least the beginning of one 🙂 It’ll be here on thursday am:

  11. Kimberly Kling
    August 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Tara,
    Is it too late to join in? I was working on a post right now…a little behind. 😛

  12. Tara Swiger
    August 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm (11 years ago)

    Not at all! The party goes all week!

  13. Kimberly Kling
    August 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm (11 years ago)

    Great! I will let you know when I get it up 🙂

  14. Tara Swiger
    August 14, 2013 at 10:29 am (11 years ago)

    Thanks, Kimberly! I just grabbed it!
    And don’t forget your Party Favor – you get $30 of Explore You, if you decide you’d like to join us!
    Happy Wednesday!

  15. piperewan
    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm (11 years ago)

    I had no intention of writing today, but I saw this (blame Diane!) and it fit well with what I am doing. I am doing a Calendar Project that may seem to be a departure from what I am doing, but I am doing it to expand my horizons and add a skill to make my work better. Now to go read about what everyone else is doing instead of working!

    My post:

  16. Tara Swiger
    August 15, 2013 at 11:23 am (11 years ago)

    Hey Sara! Just checking in about your Exploration Party post? I want to make sure I don’t miss it, so share your link here!


  17. Yvonne Rhinehart
    August 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m joining. My post should be ready tomorrow.

  18. BirdyD - Roving Robin Reporter
    August 16, 2013 at 2:20 am (11 years ago)

    Nearly at the end, I know, but here are mine! Ended up doing a couple – lotsa explorations to do! :>

    “Exploring Story” is about the uses of Story and the potential for personal revitalization from that exploration.

    “On Exploring the Other Side” is about exploring the commonly-called Shadow Sides and one very important Question to Ask.

    Thank you for the encouragement to explore! 🙂 :>