Big thanks to May the Cloth be with You for the opportunity for some unashamed showing off. My first big show off is - I have stockists! There are actual shops (both online and brick & mortar) that stock my creations! (Check out the sidebar for a full list.) This is new for me. I have just recently become officially self-employed and "Area Thrifty One" has a year to prove itself a viable job choice. It was time to push myself, and - get me - some stores wanted my stuff! Including the stylish and totally brilliant FunkyFabrix. This is a picture of my sewing kit sharing screen space with the Sew Your Own kits from the truly awesome Angela! I am very proud of myself.
My next show off is one that everyone can join in! I learned this from Tricks for New Bloggers, which is a brilliant resource for blogger hacks and helped me put my blog back together after my non-back-up mishap. This is a great trick, you can get an email from Google everytime someone links to your blog. I'll do my best to explain it here:
Look up this URL:
this is the Google Blog Search interface, in the search box type:
replacing"yourblogurl" with the whole of your blog address.
The results will show a list of sites that have linked to your blog. (I got four pages of results - get me!) Scroll down the page, at the bottom is a list of options, including setting up an email alert. Now you will know when someone links to you. So you can pop in to their blog, say hi and thanks, get a dialogue going about something, cross promote, or just make friends. If my instructions make no sense at all, they are much better described at the original article here on Tricks for New Bloggers.
As always, thanks to Angela for hosting the "This is... " game.