Thursday, November 5, 2015

Inspirational Beading - Now Bigger and Better

It’s hard to believe – even for me – but Inspirational Beading turned 7 this past summer. It’s been an amazing journey of learning and inspiration. I’ve had so much fun sharing ideas and projects with all of my fabulous readers! There have been many changes and revisions over the years, with new segments, awesome guest posts, and fun giveaways to spice things up. Over the past year or so, things have been pretty casual as I put the finishing touches on Ancient Worlds Modern Beads – and that is about to change!

2010 Bead Palette
2010 Bead Palette


One of the only things that I’ve stuck with almost as long as the blog is my day job. Unfortunately, I recently found out that it is going to be downsized. I have something else lined up, but it won't be nearly as secure as what I've got now. The good news is that I’ll have even more free time to bring you great content – including more tutorials and projects! It’s time at last to get serious and make Inspirational Beading the best that it can be.

To begin this new journey, I’ve launched a Patreon campaign to help fund the blog and all the things I’ll need to keep it going (and growing). If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s an exciting crowd-funding style program that lets artists earn their bread by doing what they love. It’s very popular with YouTube and comic creators, as well as musicians and artists like Amanda Palmer. Unlike a Kickstarter campaign for a one-time project, Patreon allows artists to earn a bit of income for doing the work that they want to do, and maybe even do it a little bit better.

2011 Bead Palette
2011 Bead Palette


Here’s how it works: interested readers can become ‘patrons’ by pledging a monthly donation of $1 or more. In return, patrons get lots of awesome perks, plus the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with helping to support something you love. You can edit your pledge at any time, and any perks you receive are yours to keep!

Inspirational Beading patrons will have access to lots of great inspirations including: exclusive giveaways, free tutorials, a special member’s-only blog and newsletter, plus early access to special content like tutorials, projects, and videos. I have so many exciting things planned for you – I can’t wait to start sharing them!

2012 Bead Palette


If you’re not able to become a patron right now, not to worry. Inspirational Beading posts will always be free, and they’re going to be better than ever.

There is one extra way that you can help me and your fellow readers though: send me your questions, and I’ll turn them into informative posts for the blog. I want to hear all of your questions about beading, beads, jewelry design, blogging, and anything else you can think of! Want to talk books, Ancient Egypt, or fashion? Ask me about anything you’ve been pondering and I’ll turn it into a fun video. Email your questions with “Mailbag” in the subject line to InspiraitonalBeading@gmail.com and I’ll get started!

2013 Bead Palette
2013 Bead Palette


I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has been reading along so far, and all new readers, too! You keep my creative wheels turning. I couldn’t have made it this far without you, and I can’t wait to see where we go next. If you’d like to become an Inspirational Beading patron, or check out the available perks, visit my new creator’s page to learn more. Thank you!

Happy beading,

-Mortira


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4 comments:

  1. How exciting... I just LOVE your site and often refer people to your tutorials!! I can't wait to see what is next!! ~KM

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    1. Thank you so much! I promise not to disappoint :) Stay tuned for more goodies.

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  2. I love your blog. I have learned so much from your tutorials. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I hope you like the new projects to come.

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