Have you popped in to Shannon’s (luvinthemommyhood) new venture – its called versus and the premise is a pretty cool one – a virtual boxing match between knitting and sewing where readers can vote on roundups and tutorials – and hopefully inspire knitters to sew and sewists to knit. Sounds fun right? Shannon is also planning to publish an emag this month with a summary of the tutorials that have been featured so far.
There are also lots of guest blogger featured for each section that showcase a fun tutorial for the different themes – the current theme is comfy sews VS cozy knits and anneliese from aesthetic nest shares a crochet scarf tutorial (on the side of cosy knits I am assuming). And on the side of comfy sews is disney from ruffles and stuff sharing a tutorial for a sweet reversible comfy skirt. And here is the round up for comfy sews vs cosy knits – which do you prefer?
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.