Make New Mistakes

5: The Bro Mistake (or, “Zack with a K”)

This week, on Make New Mistakes, we welcome our first guest into our little corner office: Amanda McLoughlin, business and digital media extraordinaire. We’ve known Amanda since the beginning of LeakyCon, so we all spend some time talking about building our small businesses out of early Internet communities. For our question of the week, we...

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4: Don’t Read the Comments

This week, on Make New Mistakes, we issue a strong directive: for the sake of your sanity, don’t read the comments. Melissa and Taekia discuss what it’s like to provide a big service to so many people, and see your customers process it publicly on social media. We do know, however, that you will read...

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3: Everyone Can See You

This week, on Make New Mistakes, we ponder the question: what happens when everyone can see your mistake? Event planning has made us experts in public mistakes. Want to learn more about audience psychology? We have mistakes that we made and learned from and bring that knowledge to you. For Mistakes in the News, we...

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Episode 2: That Time I Made Someone Cry

This week on Make New Mistakes: Crying at work, when it happens, why it happens, what to do when it happens, and what to do when you’ve caused it. Plus, Mistakes in the News, a new segment! Hosts: Melissa Anelli Taekia Blackwell Stories discussed: “We Were Wrong”: Behind Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ Debacle Ali Stroker’s Tony...

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Melissa Anelli is the CEO of Mischief Management. She has been podcasting since 2005, when she and her friends started a little show about Harry Potter called PotterCast, which is now one of the longest running shows on the Web. Mischief Management runs fan conventions around the globe, including BroadwayCon, LeakyCon (about Harry Potter), Con of Thrones, and the new podcasting convention, PodX. Melissa is the New York Times bestselling author of Harry, A History: The true story of a boy wizard, his fans, and life inside the Harry Potter phenomenon, which featured a foreword from J.K. Rowling. She is a Webby Award-winning webmaster for her work on The Leaky Cauldron, and started her career as a daily newspaper reporter. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and super waggly dog, George.

Taekia Blackwell is the Chief Operating Officer of Mischief Management, which fosters fandom and celebrates community through unique fan experiences and awesome events like LeakyCon, BroadwayCon, Con of Thrones, and PodX. She also serves as President of the board of directors of the Harry Potter Alliance, the Dumbledore’s Army for the real world. Taekia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School of Management. She is a proud Ravenclaw and NYC resident, and is always willing to talk television, film, and fandom with anyone who will listen.