Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I've been running around the Internet a lot lately and finding new blogs and websites to read and research. Getting your blog and/or Etsy shop going takes a lot of work. You can't just stock your shop or post to your blog and then sit back and do nothing. In order to get one person to buy something, hundreds or thousands of people will need to view your shop. It took nearly two months of posting on a nearly daily basis before I got a dozen followers on this blog. Getting people to even take a look meant looking at other blogs. I found a lot of blogs that I like because they're helpful and others that give me inspiration. A person could get lost clicking from one blog to another, but it's a lot of fun. Along the way, I discovered some communities and groups that gave me new networking opportunities. On Blog Frog, the SITS community has been discussing a book called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. One of the things I saw discussed by bloggers was some discussion of the advice that you choose one thing to blog about. After reading the concerns of some other bloggers, I realized that I'm struggling with the same thing. My original purpose with this blog was to share my Etsy experiences, vent my frustrations, brag about my successes, and pass along any helpful advice. I'm definitely still doing that, but I'm adding posts about the projects I'm working on and sharing helpful hints along the way. The other thing I want to do is interview other bloggers and crafters to share what they've learned as well. So....much like my Etsy shop, this blog will have a little bit of everything. I hope you'll stay tuned and I welcome your comments since the manic side of me could use a little direction.