I've been so surprised and delighted that this site has grown and grown. When I first started, and wrote about my first ever sewing project, it was only ever intended as my online personal diary and I didn't think anyone would ever even find it or read it. Now I love the sewing community we have here, and all of your comments and advice, to me and to other readers as part of the Readers Questions series.
I don't know if you've ever read my ‘About Me‘ page, but I briefly explain how I got into sewing in the first place, after I'd had a stroke, lost a lot of my memory and other abilities, lost my job and my insurance and needed a hobby to help me rehabilitate and concentrate again, on an island with no neurologist and no stroke rehab program or treatment. With mounting medical bills to pay, I later turned to earning a little money from my site with a few adverts. Over time, as readership has increased, so my earnings from the site have increased from sidebar adverts, from the sale of my own designs of sewing patterns and the Pattern of the Month Club, and also from commissions from Craftsy. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in these ways.
So when a job opportunity came my way earlier this year, hubby and I discussed it and decided I didn't need to try go back to a ‘real job'. I loved sewing and writing for my site, and it earned me enough money that So Sew Easy officially became my ‘job'. And honestly, it's the best job I've ever had! Obviously, he's the best husband in the world too.
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Things have been going great, but then I got some bad news that impacts on the future earnings for the site. The majority of my earnings come from Craftsy, and their scheme is about to introduce some dramatic changes.
At the moment, let's say for example that you read one of the reviews on my site for a class I've taken. You like the sound of the review and want to learn more about the class so you click through to Craftsy and read more about the class and maybe add it to your wish list. But you don't buy right away. Later that month, Craftsy has a sale and you go through your wish list, get reminded of the class you wanted and buy it, plus maybe another class too. Under the current scheme, I get a commission for referring you to that class. It doesn't cost you any more to buy it, but the income keeps me in business. Thanks to you and Craftsy.
Under the new scheme, unless you click through and buy that class right away, no commission is paid if you then decide to buy it later in the month. You still pay the same price, but Craftsy keeps all the money. Good for them, not so good for this site.
My reports show that nearly 90-95% of you don't buy immediately when you click through from the site. You take a look, wait a while and buy later on. So, effective from 4th August, I'll lose 90-95% of my commission. Which means, I'll need to give some serious thought to looking for a ‘real job', instead of writing for this site. 🙁
Obviously I don't want that to happen, I love it here. So I'm going completely out of character and sharing about how the site works, how I can spend so much time working on the content and free patterns each month, and what it needs in order to continue the same way. It needs you and your help!
I've set up a new link on the site – at the very top of the sidebar on the right hand side, under the welcome message. It says, “Support this site by buying your Craftsy class and products through THIS LINK“.
All I ask, if you go to Craftsy, maybe during a sale, or at any time and you want to buy a sewing class or some fabric or one of their new sewing kits, that you drop back to So Sew Easy and click through from this link above before buying. It just tells Craftsy where you would like the commission for your transaction paid.
I feel bad about asking, and I sincerely hope no one is offended or upset. If you are, my apologies. It's optional of course, but helps me continue to work on offering you free sewing patterns every month.
You can also support the side bar advertisers, by visiting their sites. I don't earn any commission from these sponsors adverts, but if they can see visitors coming from this site, they may be more likely to renew their advert for next month. Every little helps.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email. If you want to shout at me and don't understand why I need to earn any money and can't just do all this for free, you might also find this article interesting – ” Can full time bloggers live off rainbows and hugs” . But you can still shout too.