Trying to Get Attention

A beach cover-up was not originally in my projects bucket list but I needed something to get their attention – “they” being the crafty inhabitants of Batam Island.

Being an expat SAHM with a 1 year old (in a place where English is not spoken) doesn’t give me a lot of options to socialize, so I opened an Instagram account instead, hoping to find fellow crafters.

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After putting up a few posts and diligently searching for crochet/knitting/handmade hashtags, I still have to find anything noteworthy. So I created new hashtags and included a few of the more popular community ones like #enjoyBatam and #travelBatam instead in a bid to cast a wider net. Hopefully this strategy will work eventually, but right now what I’m seeing is that I’m the only one so far who’s been posting crochet on there and I’m really sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb!

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Initially I felt excited at possibly being one of the first to part the crafty sea, but lately I’ve been feeling more awkward than anything.Β  Should I give up and try another medium?

Finally I noticed that travel and beach #s are popular so I decided to crochet something that was at least relevant so that I would not come across as too far out.Β  That’s where this beach cover-up comes in.Β  And as you can see I’ve made it in a bright, attention grabbing color too just for added shock value 🀭

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I think I’m going to give Insta a year. Maybe. Right now I’m the oddball but, hopefully I’ll gain some traction soon enough.

Meanwhile, if you want to crochet your own beach cover-ups (or sassy shawls), here’s a link with graphs to some really pretty ones.

 

P.S. Sorry for the prominent appearance of my blocking board in these photos. It’s been cloudy and rainy these past few days and I just had to make do so I could finally post this πŸ™‚

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Your Blocking Board is beautiful, and the perfect light colour for a background. Don’t even worry about it.

    As for the Social Media, give it some time. you have more than a few hurdles to deal with, so you wont figure out the perfect formula right off the bat.

    Also, instagram is weird with their algorithms on how people find your content. It doesn’t even make sense most of the time. It took me a while to learn you just have to put stuff up there for you, and then hope everyone else follows along eventually, haha.

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    1. Cebuana Yarn Diva says:

      Yeah, I’ve come to the same conclusion, just post for myself πŸ™‚ Have fun taking those product photos, learn how to get better at it because I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time! LOL πŸ˜€ I appreciate you sharing your thoughts ❀

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  2. Also, thanks for sharing that link, that post was great! So many wonderful shawls.

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    1. Cebuana Yarn Diva says:

      Oh you’re very welcome! πŸ™‚ If the patterns are free I’ll always be sharing the links in my blog posts πŸ™‚

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  3. Carol says:

    Your work is beautiful- you might also gain some international interaction and appreciation through Etsy. Though that’s probably not the best way to find your local crafting tribe. I noticed that you “liked” my very first post ever, and I appreciate it very much. I am a nervous new blogger!

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    1. Cebuana Yarn Diva says:

      Aww, thanks Carol πŸ™‚ ❀ I've always wanted to have an Etsy shop πŸ™‚ I just get discouraged thinking about shipping costs (considering I'm in Indonesia).

      I like the idea of challenging yourself to make 9 items in a year. This year I thought I'd make 12 (1 a month) because I'm just crazy like that 🀭 I'm nowhere near this of course! But you never know, 2019's still a clean slate! 🀭 Best of luck to you on your 9 items. Someday maybe I'll finally get to learn sewing too.

      Thanks so much for dropping by. And have fun blogging. You'll love it πŸ™‚

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