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5 Ways to Support a Blogger or Maker

5 Ways to Support a Blogger or Maker

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a blogger and I make things.  I always get asked what I do for a living, and when I respond with the previous sentence I get a lot of confused looks and “oh that’s insert confused word here,” and that’s where the conversation ends.  In the past, those responses would frustrate me and make me sad that people either didn’t get it or didn’t think it was a real job that could bring in money.

I can’t tell you how many times I have avoided telling someone what I do, and instead went with the easier response of, “I’m a stay-at-home mom.”  Yes, I am a stay-at-home mom, but I am also a blogger and an Etsy Shop owner. So, why did I avoid telling them what I do?  The simple answer is because a lot of people don’t know what bloggers or makers do, or how they generate income from being a Blogger or Maker.  And, even if someone knows someone that is a Maker or Blogger, they may not know how to support them.  Since this is a consistent theme for me, I have decided to share with you some ways to support a blogger or maker.  It’s a short list explaining ways you can be supportive without it taking money from your pocket.

5 ways to support a Blogger or Maker:

  1. Subscribe to their blog’s email list

    Every time you get an email saying they have a new post up, be sure to visit their blog and read their post.  The great thing about this kind of support is that it doesn’t cost you any money… just some time to show your friend or family member that you support and care about what they are doing.

  2. Favorite their Etsy Shop

    By favoriting their Etsy Shop, every time they renew an item or put a new item in their shop you’ll see it in your Etsy feed.

  3. Follow them on all of their social media channels (Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram).

    Share their posts or projects on your social media channels.  The more people that see their work, the more beneficial it is to the Blogger or Maker.

  4. Leave a kind comment

    When they post on their blog or on social media, leave a kind comment. Interaction like this increases their presence on the Internet and can drive more traffic to their sites.

  5. Purchase products from them

    If they are selling something you want, and it fits in your budget, purchase it from them. If you do purchase something from them, be sure to leave a review of their product or service you received so other people can get an idea of how great it is.

Now that you’ve read through some of my ideas, what do you think of them?  Would you be willing to do the above ideas to help support your friend or family member that blogs or is a maker?  I hope you find this post helpful!  If I missed another way to support a Blogger or Maker, be sure to leave it in the comments.

Cheers,
Lisa

 

 

 

5 Ways to Support a Blogger or Maker
No More Excuses Dreams and Caffeine

No More Excuses

Wow, its been a really long time since my last post!  To be honest, I really wanted to start blogging again, but…

  • I’m too tired
  • I went to bed late.
  • I can’t get up early.
  • I don’t have spare time.
  • There are chores to do.
  • Let’s go out to dinner.
  • I’m going to catch up with my friends.
  • I’m going to browse insert social media here.
  • I need to check my email.

No more excuses!  I want to start blogging again, and I finally realized that if I want it to happen, I need to make time for it.  That means scheduling it in my day and adjusting my life to make sure it happens.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I am not in the midst of new born babies, sleepless nights, and all of the exhausting, wonderful, things that comes with being a new mommy.

As you might have noticed, Dreams and Caffeine has received a facelift in its design and its focus.  It is still a mom blog, but will focus on something else I love which is being creative and a maker of things (crochet & knitting more specifically).

I have some very exciting things planned, so get ready to have some fun!  Be sure that you’re subscribed to the Dreams and Caffeine email list, and if you want to be social media BFF’s… be sure you’re following me on EtsyInstagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Cheers!
Lisa

 

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 15

Wanderlust CAL Week 15 – The Final Release!

Wow… and just like that, I am releasing the last part of the Wanderlust CAL!  Week 15 of the Wanderlust CAL is the Wanderlust chart!  This has been the longest CAL I have ever participated in, but my favorite.  The Wanderlust CAL not only represents where I am from (the beautiful PNW), but all of the aspects of the great outdoors and camping.  And let’s not forget, the greatest excuse for getting to crochet a LOT.

If you are just now discovering the Wanderlust CAL and would like to create this blanket of awesomeness, hop over to the original post for the details and check out the Wanderlust CAL week 1 – The Happy S’more here. Though the CAL will be over, I promise you won’t regret getting in on the fun and you can still join the Facebook group! 

Keep in mind, the Wanderlust CAL can be personalized.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.  I will be providing the colors I chose to use on my squares, but again, feel free to get creative and share!

Supplies Needed:

  • Red Heart Yarn– Medium Weight (4)
    • I would suggest going through your stash of yarn that you have already used for the Wanderlust CAL.  Use up what you can, so you don’t have a lot of left over from the project and you don’t have to buy more.
  • Hook Size:  G or H (I opted for H)
  • Yarn Clips
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Wanderlust Chart

Stitch Options

  • Bobble (I am using the Bobble stitch for the Wanderlust CAL)
  • C2C
  • Mini C2C

Facebook

I have a private Facebook group (Wanderlust CAL) for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  So far it has been a blast seeing everyone’s progress and creativity.  Plus, its a great place to ask questions about the Wanderlust CAL.  Even though the CAL is over, you can still use the Facebook group to ask questions or check others creative take on each square.

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram:

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).  Be sure to tag me (dreamsandcaffeine) so I can see your posts!  I really put a ton of heart into this project and I would love to see everyone’s creativity with each square release.

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend and appreciate you subscribing to my blog.  This will ensure you will not miss a release or any information regarding the Wanderlust CAL.  If you do subscribe, don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email that you need to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you should receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

Subscribe to Dreams and Caffeine

I am providing this as a FREE pattern for you to use.  You may sell any finished items made with this pattern, but I would love a link back to this post.  Please do not sell or repost this graph/pattern as your own and please do not use my pictures.  Thanks!

Next week will be the final post on the Wanderlust CAL and it will mainly give suggestions and techniques for attaching the squares and border options.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated on this very large CAL.  It was truly amazing to share something that I created with you.  I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and I look forward to doing another one in the future.  If you have any ideas or suggestions on what the next CAL should be, drop them in the comments below and I will be sure to check them out.

Happy Hooking!
Lisa

Wanderlust CAL Week 14

Wanderlust CAL Week 14 – Stop Moosing Around!

Good morning hookers!  I am so glad you stopped by to meet Melvin the Moose, the star of the Wanderlust CAL Week 14 release.  Isn’t he a cutie?  I would say my favorite releases so far are the Happy S’more and Melvin the Moose… they make my heart happy.  What about you, which are your favorite releases?

Next week, Friday, August 3rd; will be the last release for the Wanderlust CAL.  Then the following week, I will do one last post discussing stitching the pieces together and border options that I have found to be very fitting for this project.  Be sure to share any suggestions down below in the comment section!

Just Discovered the Wanderlust CAL

If you are just discovering the Wanderlust CAL and would like to create this blanket of awesomeness, hop over to the original post for the details and check out the Wanderlust CAL week 1 – The Happy S’more here. Though the CAL will be over, I promise you won’t regret getting in on the fun and you can still join the Facebook group! 

Keep in mind, the Wanderlust CAL can be personalized.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.  I will be providing the colors I chose to use on my squares, but again, feel free to get creative and share!

Supplies Needed:

  • Red Heart Yarn– Medium Weight (4)
    • I would suggest going through your stash of yarn that you have already used for the Wanderlust CAL.  Use up what you can, so you don’t have a lot of left over from the project and you don’t have to buy more.
  • Hook Size:  G or H (I opted for H)
  • Yarn Clips
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Melvin the Moose

Stitch Options

  • Bobble (I am using the Bobble stitch for the Wanderlust CAL)
  • C2C
  • Mini C2C

Facebook

I have a private Facebook group (Wanderlust CAL) for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  So far it has been a blast seeing everyone’s progress and creativity.  Plus, its a great place to ask questions about the Wanderlust CAL.  I will also share my progress each week on my squares… theres nothing better than sharing a completed piece of a larger project.

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram:

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).  Be sure to tag me (dreamsandcaffeine) so I can see your posts!  I really put a ton of heart into this project and I would love to see everyone’s creativity with each square release.

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend and appreciate you subscribing to my blog.  This will ensure you will not miss a release or any information regarding the Wanderlust CAL.  If you do subscribe, don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email that you need to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you should receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

Subscribe to Dreams and Caffeine

I am providing this as a FREE pattern for you to use.  You may sell any finished items made with this pattern, but I would love a link back to this post.  Please do not sell or repost this graph/pattern as your own and please do not use my pictures.  Thanks!

I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you, which means I have not completed it ahead of you.  If you run into issues or have questions, please feel free to email me or post in the Wanderlust CAL Facebook group.  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  Everyone is rocking the Wanderlust CAL… keep up the great work!  Be sure to post to Instagram using #wanderlustcal.

Cheers!
Lisa