I’ve been getting a lot of email lately asking if it’s ok to. . .
- post a photo of something they made with a Shiny Happy World Pattern
- pin images from Shiny Happy World
- use images from Shiny Happy World in blog posts (with credit)
Not only is it ok – it’s AWESOME!
I appreciate being asked. We hear a lot of stories about designers who have had their work stolen and copied by big corporations. But here’s a fact that that may surprise you.
The biggest problem facing creative business people isn’t theft. It’s obscurity.
And that’s something you help with in a very real way every time you share our content.
Do you think your sharing is too small and doesn’t make a difference? Think again! Let me share some numbers with you. . .
In the last 30 days, 833 came to Shiny Happy World from Pinterest. That’s not 833 people who pinned an image, or repinned an image one of their friends pinned. That’s 833 people who actually clicked over to my site because of an image they saw on Pinterest.
That, my friends, is HUGE!
726 people found me through Facebook.
Oh, Facebook. I have a love/hate relationship with you.
I love Facebook for sharing quick images of what I’m working on throughout the day. It’s fun, easy, and visual.
There are about 1500 people following Shiny Happy World on Facebook, but any message I send out is typically seen by only 100-150 people. That’s because Facebook wants to show people the “most relevant” info in their feeds, and liking my page isn’t enough to make me relevant.
What makes me relevant? Liking particular posts.
If just 5 or 6 people “like” a post, it goes out to about twice as many people. The more “likes” – the more people see it. And “shares” are Facebook gold. So every time you like or share a post on Facebook, it helps push that message out, and that brings more people to Shiny Happy World. 726 people last month alone!
The list goes on – those were just two of the biggest drivers for me last month.
Every single time you tell someone about a blogger you love, you’re helping that blogger far more than you may realize. So pin those images! Like our posts on Facebook! Post photos of something you’ve made with one of our patterns! Review our books on Amazon! Forward our newsletters to friends who share the same interest!
We love you for it!
And I just added a little bar of sharing icons to the bottom of each post – to make it easier to share – and also to make it clear that you always have my permission to share.
Have a great week, everyone!