Last year, I secretly struggled with bouts of insecurity. In spite of a font of mine going viral and crashing my site, I couldn’t bear to call myself a type designer. I was a fraud who just lucked out. For the first time in a while, I was questioning if I really knew what the heck I was doing. I was trying to deal with what I later discovered was Impostor Syndrome. Sorry if this sounds like a cry for help or a fish for compliments. Trust me, it’s not. (I’m okay now, so we can move on.)
I’ve been burned so many times by stolen content, and recently, repeated unpaid commercial use of my fonts. I’ve been itching for a platform to talk about the risk and rewards of putting your work out there. When Alessa asked if I’d be willing to participate at this year’s Design Week Philippines, I was both eager and anxious to talk about my experiences.
Crafters always have tips stashed away in their back pocket. These tricks are discovered through everyday making or are passed down from crafty mothers. It’s amazing the ingenious tricks I learn from the artists and crafters I hang out with. Here are some crafty tips of my own:
I Try DIY has been up and running for nearly three years. I admit, the blog was born out of being unemployed for the first time in over a decade. It was a pastime, for sure. Amazingly, over the last couple years the blog grew into something more than just a hobby. In fact, I treat I Try DIY like a baby. This baby has grown over the years, and I’m proud of what it has turned out to be.
Until recently, I never felt the need to add a copyright notice on the site. After discovering a few sites who have used my tutorials in full on their site, I went ahead and added the following to the footer of this site.