Hi crafty friends! It’s Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, here to share with you my top ten tips for craft bloggers. Whether you’ve just started or have been doing it for awhile and need a boost, please learn from my successes and mistakes. I’ve pieced together these tips after two years of craft blogging . . . and I believe that if you put the time and energy into it, you can have an awesome craft blog! Did that sound too much like an infommerical?
1. Be yourself. Whatever your voice or personality is, use it. People want to read about crafting, but they also want to know about you. Don’t hesitate to put part of you (daily life, parenting, experiences) into the blog.
2. Network with other bloggers. It’s always great to have a support group and people to bounce ideas off of.
3. Don’t get competitive or worry too much about what others are doing creatively. Your focus should be trying to raise the bar on your own projects and writing.
4. Spell and grammar check your entries. Please.
5. Get interactive. Comment on other blogs and respond to your own comments.
6. Ask politely before you use any other blogger’s photos or content. It’s the right thing to do and it’s also great for networking.
7. Spend a little money or time on a nice blog template. It doesn’t have to be perfect right away, but make it good enough that you won’t cringe when you send people the link to your blog.
8. If you use a company’s products, let them know. Be honest about your feelings and support those products you love. You are likely to get freebies and free advertising.
9. Take good photos. The other Crafterminds will stress this too, I’m sure – it’s that important. People want to see how beautiful your project is. If they can’t see it, you might as well not have written the blog entry.
10. Be aware of your time and money. If you want to do it all the way, realize it’s going to take a lot of time and personal investment. It won’t break the bank if you don’t let it, but monetizing doesn’t happen right away and craft blogging won’t make you rich. It’s also a huge time drain. It’s rewarding, don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t have it any other way – but understand what you are getting into up front.