How long have you been blogging? I have been blogging since 2000. Yes, you read that right! My first blog was hand-coded HTML on an Angelfire site. I started my first crafty blog in about 2005, after having spent five years writing a personal blog (back when personal blogs were this cool new thing, and before Facebook really took off). In the past thirteen years, the blogging landscape has really changed.
It’s changed a great deal just in the past two years. Two summers ago, my site was experiencing a huge growth in traffic, thanks to the new visual bookmarking site Pinterest. As you know, Pinterest hasn’t stopped, but has continued to grow in popularity. Every day, Pinterest is the number one referrer to my website, which is awesome, but also terrifying. I am not looking forward to the days when Pinterest stops being relevant, and my web traffic takes a huge hit.
Over at CraftyPod, Sister Diane, who is possibly the most thoughtful and reliable craft blogging advisor on the internet, has written an article called “Things I don’t teach about blogging anymore.” Go over there — it’s worth a read!
Things that don’t apply to craft blogging (for me) anymore:
- Twitter: Yes, I have a Twitter account, and yes my blog auto-tweets my articles, but I get few referrals (just 15 referrals today — not even ranking in the top 10) and a small amount of interaction via Twitter these days.
- Comments: I rarely receive comments on my blog. I have found that about 1 in 1000 people who view a post comment directly on that post. So if you don’t get many comments, don’t be discouraged! The good news: People do comment a bit when posts are shared on Facebook and Pinterest. You just have to go looking for those comments!
Those are just two things… tell me, what things don’t apply to your craft blog these days?