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Where did it go? My products disappeared!

In the ongoing effort to build this site, I started working on linking it to Facebook.  This required going back to my old site to click on the Facebook link there to get to the Cogger Crochet page.  Luckily, my laptop remembered the login credentials.

I haven’t used Facebook since something like 2013, so I had a little updating to do.  I discovered the “add a button” feature which is needed to link to my shop page.  To make sure the URL was correct, I brought up this site and went to the shop page.

That’s the point my blood ran cold – the page was there, but there weren’t ANY products!  I went to my dashboard, and the products were there.  The product pages were there to edit.  But there were no products on my shop page.

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I made this discovery about 15 minutes before I had to get ready to go to my day job.  Imagine the frustration!  Frantically speed reading woocommerce help websites – it’s a minor comfort to find that this has happened before – only to find answers like ‘re-install wordpress’ and ‘add this code’.  These are very scary options!  What if it messed things up even more? I didn’t have the time!

In desperation, I opted to edit the shop page and then re-publish it.  It was a quick, simple solution that appears to have worked!  My products came back!

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November Crochet – a look at what I accomplished

It seems pretty crazy that November is almost over. Yet, looking back, it has been a very productive month.

There were four calls for design submissions from magazines, and I somehow managed to get a proposal in for every one.  The ideas are just flowing – lets hope the trend continues!

I went through and rewrote  a pattern for an ear flap hat I made years ago and posted it both on this site and on Ravelry  In going through my old notebooks full of original designs (in my own shorthand, of course) I realized how much I missed crochet design. Somehow I had managed to drift away from it, ignoring my google site and blog. I felt Etsy had become too crowded, and commuting 45 minutes each way to a full time job left no time for any social media.

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It’s kind of funny, actually.  I was so disillusioned with my day job that I started researching making money online.  That’s when I discovered various websites by people who insisted you can earn a living with crochet. Knowing that magazines are highly competitive and only pay as often as they publish, I was intrigued.  Apparently internet shopping has increased dramatically, which opened up the door not only for online sales and advertising revenue, but affiliate marketing as well.

I’ll admit, I am still learning how to use the tools on WordPress and relearning Adsense.  It’s frustrating at times, but it feels right.  I have been burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, to reach the ultimate goal of working from home full-time, but I’m happy doing it.

This site has earned a whopping 11 cents in its first month, but I consider that my own fault.  I haven’t been posting anywhere near enough, and who wants to visit a website with no content?

What have you done this month?  Are you making gifts for next month?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Taking up where I left off (sort of)

I took a few minutes this morning to read my old website, CoggerCrochet and realized that I was actually on the right path towards crochet as a career.  Unfortunately, money wasn’t coming in fast enough and expenses were coming due too fast, so it became apparent I needed to get a job.  Crochet was put on the back burner, so to speak.  I only made things for family and friends, and sometimes even myself.  I had a HUGE stash to work with, which was good as I didn’t have any money to purchase yarn.

Even though I am still working full time outside the house, so far this month I have managed to get 4 magazine submissions in and rework my ear flap hat pattern and get it posted both on this website and Ravelry.

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Ear Flap Hat

That particular hat was a big hit at craft fairs!  I came across the pattern I had written for it (for my personal use) years ago and used that to work up a sample.  I played with the gauge a bit and realized I could make it in many different sizes quite easily!  Then it was simply a matter of typing it all out, changing it from word to pdf format, and uploading.

Here’s hoping I can pick up the crochet business where I left off.  There are many more social media sites now than there were then, and I’m not very familiar with them.  If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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I think I finally did it….

I just created my first virtual downloadable product on this site – one of my designs, the ear flap hat.  I guess time will tell whether or not I did it right – hopefully someone will comment and let me know if a purchase for immediate download of the pdf file works or not!

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The Muse

When the muse comes to visit you have to go with it!  5:30am found me trudging through the snow in the dark to my studio.  I had to skein yarn for my newest project!  The happiness I felt at having finished that quickly turning to disappointment when I realized it was time to get ready to go to my (for now) day job.

I know this project was meant to be because for once I didn’t have to search for anything I needed – yarn, hooks, notebook – everything was right there waiting for me.  I am not an extremely organized person, so this is a very unusual event!

How has the muse inspired you?  Have you ever had things line up as if it was all meant to be?  I’d love to hear your story!