Today I join fellow bloggers Lee at Freshly Pieced and Lindsey at LRStitched for the May Is For Makers campaign. Click on their names to read their posts on supporting independent designers so that they can continue to provide the blog content we all like to see, and the comments at the end of those posts as well. These bloggers make the point that while free patterns and ideas are great, appreciation of the time and effort involved should include some financial support in the form of purchasing the blogger’s patterns for sale. I would add that offerings in their Etsy stores or directly from their websites would count too. Even a small purchase multiplied by the number of readers would have a huge impact on the costs of a blog and support of the designer. We are saying that their work has value.
I love blogging and most of that is producing content that others want to read. I enjoy writing tutorials, and recipes, and all the things I share here. Having produced several patterns for Moda Bake Shop and my own Craftsy store, I am well aware of what it takes to get a self-published pattern to market. No one says blogging will be way to make a living, and certainly I still need my day job. But, I am going to take some time this month to say thank you to the other independent bloggers I admire by purchasing one of their patterns or products.
Beginning on Monday, I’ll share my purchases with you each week. Those on social media can share using the hashtag #mayisformakers. If you are on social media like Instagram or Twitter, look for that hashtag to find some new independent designers.
I do enjoy designing quilts and crafts. When I got the EQ7 design software, my creativity soared. The result was the two Mystery Quilt-Alongs Scrap Dance and Scrap Dance Tango, a Christmas Runner Quilt Along, and more I have yet to share. Just to be clear, this is not a plea to buy my patterns, although I won’t complain if you do. I am aware that my blog readers are a wide cross section of readers with diverse interests, and only some sew or quilt. This campaign is to promote all designers, to say thank you for taking the hours of time and effort to produce a pattern, make a handmade item, share your passion and to support creativity.
Each Monday in May, I’ll be joining Lindsay and Lee in supporting independent designers, sharing a purchase from another designer, telling her or him that I appreciate their work, and their creativity. That is five designers that I’ll be telling you about and five designers that I will thank for their passion. I’ll be pulling the trigger on buying a few new patterns that I have admired, or a creation in an Etsy store, instead of just admiring them. I’ll be saying to those designers, thank you for the great content you have provided for me, and I hope you continue to share your creativity with me and other readers.
It starts Monday. By participating, you too can help spread the word on marvelous independent designers. Share your appreciation as you are able, and don’t forget that hashtag #mayisformakers.
See my first post May Is For Makers Week 1.
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