3 tips for better craft blogging

by kath_red on 02/04/2009

in Blogging Tips


Starting a craft blog can be a fun but also daunting prospect. If you are a blog lurker and eager to start your own blog but not quite sure what to write or if you already have a craft blog and would like to build your audience and participate more fully in the craft blog community – then tune in over the coming weeks for tips and ideas on how to build a better craft blog.

1. Write about and show others your talents, skills, ideas, inventions and creations.

Discuss your creative process, show off your successes with gorgeous photos and don’t forget to mention the disasters you had along the way. Show your human side as well as your talent and skills. Become known for your style – be it eclectic and diverse or simple and plain – you will soon find others who share your style and design sense.

2. Give a little to your readers – share your design secrets -offer free patterns and tutorials.

Provide these clear and concise patterns and tutorials, with clear photographs, as either tutorial posts or downloadable pdfs. Make them available in your sidebar, or otherwise easy to find, on your blog. You don’t have to do this often and you don’t have to give away all your secrets, but readers will appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge, skills and ideas.

3. Share the love around

Communication and sharing the linky love is key to building a better blog. This includes reading and commenting on others blogs, but also an mentioning on your blog the work of those whom you admire. You can have a links section, but more important is a mention within your post of fellow crafters who have inspired you, or whose pattern/project/tutorial you have used. Share the love and you will get more back in return.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 se7en April 3, 2009 at 12:25 am

What a great post with some really good ideas! Thanks for that!


2 love, na April 3, 2009 at 12:59 am

as a new craft blogger, i appreciate the up coming info on this topic. i am a big fan of whipup and now will love it even more.

thank you.

love, na


3 Debra April 3, 2009 at 5:52 am

I have to confess to being a lurker, and the idea of having my own craft blog does sound appealing. I guess its partly a matter of commitment to spend the time on it. I look forward to hearing some more good advice. Thanks


4 Beky April 3, 2009 at 7:49 am

Thank you for the post and the tips. I am new to the craft community. I am so inspired with everyone’s work, it is such a joy to read.


5 jessica m. April 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I’m really thankful for this post. I’m having a hard time ramping up readership to my newish blog, and I think it’s because I’m a bit shy to show my own work and instead focus on the things I love about others. I’m confident in my writing skills and I do certainly “blog around” commenting where ever I can, but I’m not getting the comment flood I’d hoped for on my own stuff.


6 Blueeyetea April 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I’d add another tip to this:

4. Enough with the “I’ve just updated my etsy shop!” posts. If we wanted to visit your etsy shop instead of reading your blog, we would!

A button to get there is enough.


7 Shoveling Ferret April 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm

This is certainly timely for me. I’m not necessarily aiming for tons of traffic and in some ways my blog is almost more for myself, but an audience would be nice too. My main problem now is getting around to creating. :)


8 Rebecca April 5, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Great idea for a series, very helpful and nice to have reaffirmation of blogging tips.


9 Mandy April 7, 2009 at 4:17 am

Thanks for sharing, great tips. Now for updating my blog….


10 Laurie April 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Thanks for the great article. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of them!


11 Amy December 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

I’m new to blogging and the crafting community in general. Ramping up is a challenge. This article is extremely helpful in moving me in new directions. Thanks!


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