How We Help Craft Bloggers

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Dear Crafterminds,

I have been following you on Twitter, and reading around your site here. It’s definitely very resourceful and informative for me as a blogger! What initially got me following you was your tag line, “We specialize in connecting craft/lifestyle bloggers with sponsors in the craft industry.” I cannot find more info on your site about that, specifically. Can you tell me more about it? I have been having a difficult time, monetizing my blog site successfully.
I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Laura


Hi Laura, thanks for your great question! We are all full-time bloggers ourselves and make time for Crafterminds because we love mentoring bloggers and we have a passion to help people find their way when they are going from hobby to blogging business. We have a few ways of helping (and are working on more).

1. Twitter Chat: This is probably our biggest contribution directly to craft bloggers. We have a twitter chat about craft blogging every Monday at 1pm Pacific. We are taking a hiatus for the summer months of July and August, but you can interact in our new Crafterminds Community while we take a break. We chatted about monetization awhile back, so check out the Intro to Monetization Recap.

2. Advocating for Bloggers Within the Craft Industry: We represent craft bloggers’ interests to CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) in a Social Media task force, and are working on ways to make connections within the craft industry between bloggers and crafty companies. Heather will be at the CHA Summer Show next week meeting with other social media leaders in the craft industry.

3. Organizing Campaigns that Benefit Bloggers: We have started to organize marketing campaigns on behalf of advertisers that help craft bloggers make connections with manufacturers. We are working on providing opportunities for creative bloggers to bring in some money by participation in these kinds of campaigns.

4. Getting Bloggers Together in person: While we love our online connections, we would love to get creative bloggers together in person. We are working with various events to provide speakers, educational tracks focusing on creative blogging, and meet-ups for creative bloggers.

5. Direct Mentorship With Bloggers: All of us interact frequently with many bloggers in informal (or formal) arrangements as mentors. We consult via Facebook, email, Twitter, and on the phone to help bloggers develop their sites and clarify their strategies for getting what they want out of their blogs.

Hope that helps crystallize some of the ways we can help bloggers realize their professional goals.

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5 Responses to “How We Help Craft Bloggers”

  1. I love Crafterminds! I stumbled across a Twitter chat several months ago, and it was exactly what I needed!

    I don’t want to sound like an infomercial here, but my blog was fumbling along, and I had lost direction. The Crafterminds bloggers helped me find the community I’d been looking for.

    I’ve been able to participate in a couple campaigns, and am looking forward to more.

    The archive of twitter chats and informative posts found on this site are written with the craft blogger in mind.

    Really, I’m so thankful for this group. My only complaint would be… why wasn’t it started sooner!? : )

  2. Jennifer says:

    I can’t say enough great things about Crafterminds and the ladies behind it. They have helped me so much. The knowledge I’ve learned from the Crafterminds twitter chats has been the most valuable to me. The ladies take time out of their insanely busy schedules and are always willing to help smaller bloggers like me. I am so thankful I joined in with the chats.

  3. Just wanted to add my support of what crafterminds provides to us newbies. Its always the first place I turn when I need advice about growing readership, technical questions, or how to use different tools available. I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in a couple of campaigns and its been great exposure.
    Heather, I know you’re intention was just to answer Laura’s question but thank you for reminding us all to say THANK YOU to the Crafterminds gals!

  4. J. Hill says:

    Besides being willing to lend a hand or a bit of advice whenever they can, the Crafterminds girls are also incredible examples for the crafting/DIY community. Just watch their personal blogs and twitter streams to see a balanced combination of inspiring projects, relevant branding and promotion of other great blogs.

    You girls don’t get enough credit for all your hard work!

  5. Without the encouragement and support of Crafterminds I’m pretty sure I would’ve given up on blogging. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being on the ‘outside looking in’.

    I began employing a lot of Crafterminds tips and suggestions for improving my blog. It took some time, but it works. Really works! It’s still a slow process, but each month I see progress.

    I can’t say enough good things about what Crafterminds, and the women behind it, offer to bloggers. I encourage any and all bloggers – not just craft blogs – to read all of their articles, follow them on all social media, and use their tips!

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