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How to take part in #MeetTheMakerWeek 2019

 How to take part in meet the maker week with Joanne Hawker graphic

Maker week is fast approaching and in the blink of an eye it will Christmas! This is the 4th year running for #MeetTheMakerWeek I'm so excited to be back for another year! If you're here it means that you're interested in taking part, hooray! I'm so excited to have you on board!

What is #MeetTheMakerWeek?
In short, #MeetTheMakerWeek is the little sister of #MarchMeetTheMaker and is a week long Instagram challenge with the aim of showing the world a bit more about what you do. Giving you the perfect excuse to talk about yourself! It can be difficult at times to big ourselves up, and really show off what we make. It's also a great opportunity to let people in behind the scenes. It's a chance to be really proud of what you create, the skills you have learnt and to tell the stories behind it all. It's a chance to find new makers that you may not have otherwise found, it's a chance to network and make new connections but most importantly, it's a chance to put yourself out there! 

Sounds good but how do I take part?
Well that's super easy! The official prompts will be released on the 20th November (challenge begins on the 2nd December) giving you plenty of time to prepare in advance and think about what you want to talk about, should you want to. As with all of my challenges, they come with a free planning download with a bit of extra help should you need it. This will be available when the prompts go live. Completing the challenge is a lot easier if you have content or a basic idea prepared in advance but if you'd rather wing it, then I'm sending you a virtual high five right now! To take part in the challenge, all you need to do is post at least one photo a day related to the prompt of the day and post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #MeetTheMakerWeek. For example, if the prompt was 'workspace', you could post an image of where you make your products. 

Do I post to my grid or stories?
That's entirely up to you! If you post to your grid, the content is still there for potential future customers and you'll show up on the challenge hashtag, and have the potential to be seen by the other brilliant makers taking part or anyone following the hashtag. Posting to stories often means there is less pressure on the content sides of things and they only stick around for 24 hours. They're a great place to practice talking to camera, or talking with the camera pointed at your makes (if you want to!). Or you're feeling up for it, you could do a mixture of both! Either way, both ways are totally valid! Just remember to use the hashtag #MeetTheMakerWeek.

What if I get stuck? Can you help me?
I set up a maker community over on Facebook where you can all help each other with the posts should you get stuck! It's also a great place to ask questions that you might be struggling with which aren't necessarily challenge related. We're called Hey There Maker! And we're a friendly bunch, promise! If you'd like to join, make sure that you answer the questions, it's not a test, it's just a way to keep spam bots out!

I look forward to seeing your posts, learning more about your makes, your wonderful business and finding new talent to follow! See you on the 'gram!

3 comments

  • Wanted to join last year but I didn’t find out about it until I already had too much going on!
    Looking forward to participating this year, and this times very well with my recent account overhauls.

    Kona
  • Love this idea!! It gets you close and personal with the artists. Great way to close that connection through social!

    Bexa
  • I’m interested to try MeettheMakerWeek this year. I enjoyed the posts placed by other artists I follow on Instagram for MarchMeettheMaker2018. It was an interesting way to appreciate their creative processes and efforts towards the production of art/ craft work.
    How do I apply and receive your planner?

    Bernie Millar

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