Hello CSC and Happy New Year!
Due to a change in Instragram’s coding (which was the backdoor way I was doing these round up posts), I can no longer link directly to the image file. I, of course, didn’t discover this until the December roundup was posted and all the image links were broken (sad face); the post looked great in the wordpress editor, but in the published version….broken links everywhere (angry face). Since it was the holidays, I couldn’t fix it and I really can’t fix it going forward. Instagram wants people to use their own embed code in order to control the way that the content is displayed making roundups like this difficult. Using the embed code, however, makes the image size fixed, and it has the caption along with it; then a roundup post becomes huge and takes forever to load (a problem I was already seeing with the posts).
Several of you in different regions of the world were also reporting broken image links that I couldn’t see on my end and I wasn’t really sure what the issue was in order to fix it. It’s likely a region-specific issue, but I wasn’t able to find the real answer to that. I don’t like region-specific blocks on content and, based on that and forcing us to use the embed code, I needed to find a different way to display the content.
Moving forward, the best way to share your finished garments is through downloading the images directly, meaning that everyone should be able to view the images since they are uploaded to our media library. If you have no problem seeing images on other blog posts but were having issues with the IG roundup posts, this is great news for you! It also means great news going forward since the posts will be much more stable and easier to load.
You are all such amazing creators, though, that this method is a big job and would turn roundup posts from several hours of work into several days or more…. We had a brilliant reader suggestion in our survey that we change these posts into highlight posts and choose a smaller amount of finished garments and their creators to highlight.
It’s a big change, but it will really allow these posts to continue without making it my full time job. CSC editors and contributors are volunteers and do not get paid.
What does highlights mean? It will be a smaller, more curated group of pictures for each month. I will try to choose a variety of garment types and pattern companies.
You can also continue to email pictures for a chance to be featured. However, there is no guarantee that it will be in the highlight post.
I hope you will love the new #cscmakes highlights posts!
We’re kicking this first post off with highlights from both November and December. Please check out the #cscmakes hashtag on Instagram to see everyone’s amazing creations. It was really difficult to narrow it down to highlights so please check out the rest of the amazing makes!
@shanski.gee made an awesome cupcake costume for Halloween!
@tanyamaile made an 1850s Christmas dress using Laughing Moon #114 //
Remember to tag your finished projects with #CSCMakes for a chance to be features here and follow the hashtag to see everyone’s creations!
Note: If you have a private Instagram account, your photos won’t show up in the public feed. If you’d like to be included anyway, or don’t use Instagram, just send your photos and garment descriptions (Remember the pattern name!) to our inbox with CSC Makes in the subject line for a chance to be featured.