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Welcome to Togetherish: The crafty, geeky blog of a girl who can’t quite get it together.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Devin. I’m a 23 year old grad student and music industry/event planning consultant. I’ve got alot going on so I’m breaking up my introduction into several sections just to keep things organized.
I share a house with my boyfriend Nick and two roommates. Nick and I have been together for 5 years, but we just moved in together this year. I don’t currently have any pets but I should be getting some chickens soon. Not as cuddly as a dog or even a hamster (RIP Madame Curie and Rosalind Franklin), but at least they should provide eggs and entertainment.
Last June I graduate Cum Laude from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s in Anthropology [I concentrated in Biomedical Anthropology]. Currently I’m working on a graduate certificate in healthcare administration, and a master of marketing.
For the past 7 years I’ve worked in the music industry. I’ve managed artists, helped booked tours, planned, prepped, and manned merch booths, planned marketing campaigns, partnered with major brands for live campaigns, and put on benefit concerts. I’ve worked with labels as well as indie productions companies. This year I started Arctic Fox Consulting, a consulting company where I work independently with artists. AFC is also a blog where I write guides for bands and business people in general. I also currently manage Chris Ryan.
I’ve also worked with various nonprofits like the Shema Movement. I’ve partnered with non-profits to create fundraising campaigns often through the form of benefit concerts. I’ve also done independent event consulting, including coordinating a wedding.
Most recently, I’ve started Togetherish, a blog where I can document all of my crafty endeavors. My goal with this blog (as well as Arctic Fox) is to bring in enough of an income that I can not only live, but also save while I’m in grad school. Since I’m going through two programs at once, getting a “traditional” job is not a viable option. I’m also looking to build a strong freelance consulting business and to attract clients through the blogs.
Eventually, I’m hoping to start several businesses with my boyfriend, who is a dental hygienist. We’re hoping to open at least two dental offices, a bar, a diner, a concert venue (my dream), and a recording studio retreat. As long as we can stay on track we’re looking at opening our first dental office in 3-5 years.
Working freelance has given me incredible flexibility that allows me to pursue most of my favorite hobbies.
My current projects include:
- I’m (theoretically) going to open gym at two different gymnastics studios 3 times a week. Both studios are 30+ minutes from me. Eventually I’d like to join a class, but the students at the only adult class near me are way out of my current skill level.
- I’m a pretty confident baker, but when it comes to cooking dinner I get a little shaky. Especially with meat. On this blog I will be documenting my attempts to get over my fear of working with raw meat *shudder*, and creating my own recipes.
- I’m a fabric store junky and currently have 10 yards of black tulle sitting on my desk. What am I going to do with 10 yards of black tulle? Stay tuned and see.
- Hand Lettering
- You all are very lucky I typed this and didn’t just write it down and take a picture because seriously, I have the WORST handwriting. I love snail mail though so I’m working on my handwriting and hand lettering.
- Something else I’m a relative noob at. I used to be a plant killer. I once even killed bamboo. But I’ve mended my black thumb ways and have been rewarded.
- Right now I’m prepping for what I consider the ultimate DIY. Starting likely in October, the bf and I are going to build a house. Ok, we have a contractor so it’s not totally DIY, but we’ll definitely be getting our hands dirty.
Now that I’ve introduced myself, lets get down to the brass tacks. Even though this blog is an awesome excuse to fill my tiny room up with craft supplies, it is also a business. However, I refuse to sell my soul in order to monetize. So I’ve come up with a couple of ways to monetize in a way that benefits both me and you, my fantastic and loyal readers.
My blog strategy is as follows:
- Post at least three times a week.
- Join 3 linkups a week and visit/comment on at least 10 blogs from the linkups
- Use CoSchedule and Board Booster to post at least 1 social media update a day
- Pin at least 3 times a day to personal boards/collaborative boards
- Write 1 guest post/month for other sites
- Host once a week link party for other lifestyle blogs
Monetization [Click the logos to be taken to the sites]
I’m also hoping to join the SITS Girl’s Massive Sway in order to find sponsored post opportunities as well as selling ad space directly through Adproval. I’m only going to partner with and promote brands that I feel will be beneficial to my readers.
What kinds of projects &/or subjects would you like to see from Togetherish?