I’ve been promising you the new Make Do and Mend-able website for what feels like a looooong time, (I originally blogged about it here, waaaay back in May last year!) but I’m jumping up and down with excitement to say that it should be ready to launch this coming Thursday! I’m trying hard to think of some special significance to the 5th March, and I can’t, but that’s the date it should be ready, and I’m not arguing!
I never imagined when I started My Make Do and Mend Year, exactly the journey that it would take me on. And that I would end up making it into anything more.
But it feels like I’ve found my ‘thing’.
Spreading the word about Making Do and Mending, and hopefully inspiring others to think a bit about the choices that they are making in their everyday lives, and the impact that those choices make, has become my ‘thing’. And I love it! And I want to do more.
I heard some great advice once about how to live more sustainably, and about how to make a difference: “Just keep doing one more thing”.
Well, this new site is my latest “one more thing”.
And I hope it will grow and develop, as I keep doing “one more thing”!
My dream for Make Do and Mend-able is that a whole community can grow up around it, Making, Making Do, and Mending, and sharing our knowledge, tips, advice, and inspiration with each other.
I want it to be a ‘one stop shop’ for all things Make Do and Mend, and to become a fabulous resource that will help people find out the things they want to know to get started, or to take one more step (do their “one more thing”), on their own Make Do and Mend journeys.
I’m also hoping that it will mean that I can start to generate some income from all the time and effort and energy that goes into all the Make Do and Mend activities that I do.
I have struggled with whether I should be attempting to monetise my efforts, and if so, then how to do it, without being seen to ‘sell out’ or to start selling ad space for lots of ‘stuff’. I hope you can all understand my reasons behind what I’m doing, and that you will support me and join me in the next stage of the adventure.
This blog will carry on, on the new site. If all the technical jiggery pokery is working, if you have book-marked this site, you should automatically be re-directed to the “My Make Do and Mend Life” section of the new site. And from there, you can explore all the resources and have a good old nose around!
When it launches, the site will I guess, be like a baby version of what I envisage for it in the future. There is some new content on there already, but you may recognise some of it from this site! I will be adding brand spanking shiny new content everyday, and it will certainly be a work in progress. If anyone wants to help me populate with really useful Make Do and Mend content, then I am on the look-out for guest bloggers! Please do shout if you have an awesome blog post you would be happy to share.
Once the site has launched and I have some stats to show people, I will start to promote the Directory section of the site, which will have listings of nationwide classes and workshops for all things Make Do and Mend-everything from spinning to crochet, and foraging to preserving. If you have a small business running classes that you want to promote to a whole community of people passionate about Make Do and Mend, and eager to add to their skills, then please do get in touch. I am still working on how to price the Directory, but I really want it to be an affordable way for small businesses and makers to promote their classes, and there will be a special launch offer-so keep your eyes peeled!
Sooooooo, the countdown is on!
I am excited, and kind of nervous. Not unlike how I remember feeling in those last few weeks of pregnancy waiting for my actual babies to arrive!
I hope you’re excited too, and that together we can spread the word about Making Do and Mending, and that we can #makeitbetter 🙂
PS.It might be helpful if I actually told the new web address…!
It’s www.makedoandmend-able.co.uk. You can have a look now, but it’s just a holding page (but do take the opportunity to join the mailing list for the all new newsletters that will start winging their way to subscribers, packed full with even more Make Do and Mend inspiration!!) until Thursday.
PPS. I would never have even felt the teeniest bit capable of even attempting something like this, if it weren’t for the support of every single one of you-THANKYOU!!
Hi Jen, re revenue, you could put an ad on each blog post using GoogleAdSense. Each time a reader clicks on an ad you get a few pence, with the number of readers you have that should soon add up.
You absolutely mustn’t ask in any way for readers to click or AdSense will ban you!
I get all your posts in full in my email and just read them there, not coming to the site much unless I’m going to comment. If you use a widget to send just a part of your post via email, your readers will visit your site more often in order to read the whole post
You could put a donate button on to request the price of a coffee or something, that’s quite common
Lots of other little ways too
Fab Lesley-lots to think about-thankyou!
Pingback: Make Do and Mend-able countdown! | is-was cottage
Thanks for sharing!
Sounds brilliant. Absolutely think you should monetise your efforts – when things get to a certain size, you can’t keep doing everything for free. Look forward to seeing the website grow.
Thanks so much Bekki-it’s great to have such fabulous support 🙂
You have inspired me – along with the Great Biritish Sewing Bee – and I have just finished using up some of my stash of old curtains to make two ironing board covers and recovering an oven mitt!!
Fantastic! Would love to see some pics 🙂
Hi Sara, Could I ask what you used for the spongy ‘inside’ bit of your ironing board cover?
That’s exciting, I look forward to seeing it! Well done 🙂
Fantastic! I have enjoyed your blog posts and the facebook group etc – it has really inspired me to try and be more sustainable – I can’t wait to see your new website! Well done!!
Thanks so much Susan! Awesome to hear that you’ve been inspired 🙂
Oh how exciting! Good luck!
Wow amazing. I’m quite a new reader but I can’t wait for this.
The fifth of March is when my daughter is celebrating World Book day… I think it is actually a week to celebrate reading.
I had the date wrong Helen! Thanks for letting me know-hope you had a good one!
Thank you, yes, Jen 🙂
I mean when her school is having a celebration!
By the way, sounds a brill project – just what we need 🙂 (Hiatus in comments due to school run etc)
Yay for the new site! I’ve just popped over and signed up 🙂 xx