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Etsy’s Guide to Blogging

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Starting a blog can be a little intimidating. Where should you start one? What should you write about? How do you get people to read your blog? I popped over to the Etsy Forums to gather tips from some Etsy bloggers. I knew I would find nuggets of blogging wisdom to share, and I was not let down. Read on to hear the Etsy community’s tips, plus some of my own!

“Open Book” photograph by nicholasbartle

Getting Started

Recycledideas says: I chose Blogger.com because it’s free and requires no familiarity whatsoever with HTML, which is perfect for me; although I like learning new languages, I really have no interest in talking to computers in their language. http://newfoundlandnews.blogspot.com

I like Blogger, too. It’s free and pretty user friendly. Some other popular blog publishers are: Typepad, LiveJournal, and WordPress. You’re going to need to choose a layout, and if you don’t know html, these publishers have templates for you to choose from. You can also search for free layouts on the internet or hire a designer to create something original for your blog. There are even some blog designs you can purchase from Etsy graphic artists!

When thinking about naming your blog …

elanknits says: Have your blog name the same as your shop or brand name so you’re easier to find. http://elanknits.blogspot.com

Many Etsians preferred simple designs, without too much flair. A lot of bells and whistles can drive away your readers.

fenrislorsrai says: Many folks read at work and nothing will get you off their reading list faster than music announcing that they are slacking at work! If you want to have a music player, set it to play only when someone clicks on it. http://fenris-lorsrai.livejournal.com

Once you have your blog set up …

melsdolls says: The first thing any new blogger should do is claim their blog on Technorati. Technorati is the largest directory for blogs, and having a presence there is essential to your blog’s success. http://pinkcrabcreations.blogspot.com

and…

poshdoodles says: My tip is for those who use Blogger to try Google’s free analytics tool: http://www.google.com/analytics.

It can tell you:

  • How long people stay at your blog. (If they only stay a few seconds, you may need to rethink your approach.)
  • How people find your blog — where they come from and what keywords they’re using, so you can see what promotional sites work best for you.
  • What entries people are reading.

And loads more. If you are keen to promote and expand your business, stats really help. http://poshdoodles.blogspot.com

 

Computer Ring by Sypria

Creating Interesting Posts

I think most Etsians in our forums discussion would agree that your blog should not just be about the work you sell. If we wanted to read that, we would just have a look at your shop! Your blog is a place where you can connect on a personal level with your readers (and potential customers). Write about your process, your inspiration, your favorite restaurant, your exciting family news.

Stockton says: Blog about your work and the things that inspire you … but also write about others’ work! Not only does it make your blog more interesting, but it draws in a bigger readership as you start linking to other sites and blogs.  http://www.stocktonandco.com/blog

(Stockton features this button for TorontoCraftAlert.com on her blog.)

melissakate says: Mention Willie Nelson and Taxes :) That brought a lot of viewers my way!

T-shirt design by HonkyTonkTees

InkspotWorkshop says: I like coming up with weekly features; this way I can anticipate topics each week. For example, I have a weekly feature called iCANDY, where I feature my favorite Etsy sellers. I also have a feature called Bespoke Corner, where I feature different custom work, not necessarily every week, but definitely each month. http://inkspotworkshopblog.blogspot.com

LittlePaperDog says: Show work in progress. I love seeing how people create such amazing stuff. http://LittlePaperDog.blogspot.com

LittlePaperDog working on her tea towels

lookmamamadeit says: People LOVE tutorials and are always searching for them. If you can make and post a tutorial or two, and name it and tag it properly, it will keep bringing traffic to your blog. All kinds of tutorials, I guess!

As on Etsy, try to be original, professional, and to have good texts and photos. I advise non-English native speakers, like me, to try to blog both in your language and in English, and to use a good spelling tool.
http://ameninabrinca.blogspot.com

notagoose says: Have contests. People LOVE contests. Honestly, I’m sure there are legalities involved that you may want to look into, but I’d just do these random contests for piddly prizes and people flocked. For example, I’d have people design banners for my site, then post them and have people vote on their favorite. The ones who made submissions would invariably post a link to my blog on their site begging their readers to come vote for them, and those people would end up subscribing to my site.

EyePopArt says: Try a poll now and then! I just posted one on mine at http://eyepopart.blogspot.com

SunshineandRavioli says: I would suggest posting lots of good pictures. I prefer blogs with lots of eye candy, and I’m sure I’m not alone … more great pictures, less words. There are too many great blogs out there to visit to be able to spend 20 minutes reading one post. http://sunshinenravioli.blogspot.com

 

Print by BluLima

Staying Motivated 

larsandaddie says: I carry my camera with me almost everywhere — having pictures to post keeps me motivated to update. http://larsandaddie.blogspot.com

This is a great tip! In addition, if you have a Flickr account, set up the “Post to Blog” function. This motivates me to blog more. I upload a photo and then can easily create a blog post with it.

Diffraction says: Chances are you won’t feel like blogging every single day, but you must really have a new post for your readers. So on the days you are feeling very productive, schedule two or three days in advance. This feature is available on most blogging platforms and enables you to take a breather if you need it, without letting down your readers.
dif-fraction.blogspot.com

TotusMel says: I’ve made blogging part of my morning routine so it’s never hard to do. http://totusmel.blogspot.com

tizzalicious says: I stay motivated by having a few theme days, like on Sunday I feature a Cute Craftster of The Week, an Etsian with a shop full of cuteness. I also stay motivated from the nice comments I get (ask questions in your posts!) and from seeing how many visitors I had on my stats. http://blog.tizzalicious.com

talkproof, one of tizzalicious‘s “Cute Crafter of the Week

Building a Readership 

 

DirtySanchez says: My best advice is to be a blogger, not a crafter who has a blog. My blog has been going for well over six years now, and it covers everything — family, work, beekeeping, soapmaking, random inspirations, the whole nine yards. To gain and keep a readership, the blog needs to be interesting for everyone, not just other crafters.

susansheehan says: Put your blog link in your shop announcement, in all email signatures and on forum signatures. Join blog rings or collective groups. Can’t find one? Start one of your own. I started flaminghot.wordpress.com as a way to get flameworkers blogging and provide a way to generate traffic to their sites.

TheBrassHussy says: My best blogging tip is not about your own blog, but to find other blogs that interest you and comment on them. The blog owner will probably check your profile out and could buy from you or include you on their blog. Which I think is a great way to bring in traffic to your blog.

sewbettie says: To gain readership, participate in the blog community. I try to visit about ten new blogs a week and leave a comment. They almost always come check out my blog and I come across new ideas, inspiration, and resources. You can find new blogs on the Etsy Forums or by clicking the blog links on your favorite blogs. http://craftyourselfrich.blogspot.com

That happens to be my very favorite blogging tip (I give it often!): Participate on other blogs. For more blogging inspiration, check out TeenAngster’s series on the Storque — News from the Craft & Style Blogosphere.

 

 

RenewedResources says: I am using Scoutle and Entrecard to help bring in folks to my blog. http://etsysupplyshoppe.blogspot.com

There were a few mentions of Entrecard, which I had never heard of! Great tip!

I hope these ideas motivate you to get started blogging or to update your blog today! If you have any additional tips (or questions) please post them in the comments below.

For more how-tos about selling on Etsy, see the Seller Handbook.

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood says:

    Amazing guide Danielle! I've had my blog for over 2 years now, and the most important thing I've learned is that there is always something new to learn. There are some great tips in there that I haven't tried, and I'm definitely going to experiment with!

    6 years ago

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl says:

    Thanks again for all your great tips, now to get blogging!

    6 years ago

  • patchink

    patchink says:

    Excellent tips! I've discovered that finding something unique about myself that connects me to my crafts is a great angle for blogging. I'm able to focus on my crafts or not focus at all, and my readership is always entertained. I mean, who wouldn't want to read about the goings of The Gay Housewife! queeringdomesticity.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen says:

    Great info! I just started my blog 2 weeks ago, and still learning!

    6 years ago

  • edithweezie

    edithweezie says:

    Danielle, you read my mind! I was literally JUST looking for a blogging how-to in the Storque. Beware, you may have just created a blogging fool...

    6 years ago

  • chakrapennywhistle

    chakrapennywhistle says:

    Thank you for this post! I am in a constant battle with my own blog. It is seriously neglected! This post will come in very handy :)

    6 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    great great great article!!!

    6 years ago

  • allisajacobs

    allisajacobs says:

    Wow, excellent information with sites & tips I had never heard, or dreamed of! Thank you so much for compiling all of this advice & experience. Very helpful as I continue with my blog journey :)

    6 years ago

  • lovarevolutionary

    lovarevolutionary says:

    Blogging is awesome and so far I do prefer blogger to other sites! Lately, I've been doing interviews with my favorite Etsy sellers, its been fun to get to know other etsians and brag about their fantastic goods. I'm also a new member to the Etsy Bloggers Street Team - its been rad working with other etsians and fellow bloggers! http://etsybloggers.blogspot.com/ http://lovarevolutionary.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • stefanivance

    stefanivance says:

    Great article! I have a blog, but have not kept it going. Thanks for the tips! I will definitely incorporate them!

    6 years ago

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady says:

    great tips! I started a blog and try to keep up with it as much as I can. Thank you so much!

    6 years ago

  • gabrie

    gabrie says:

    awasome article!!! http://www.gabrieshop.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Nice tips. thanks

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    My excuse for a blog: http://dogties.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • jperegrine

    jperegrine says:

    Great article! I've been blogging for a couple of years now and love it! I try to strike a good balance between personal things and my artwork. As a blog reader, I do not like being constantly sold to and I don't like too many gimicks (it reminds me of infomercials). If you don't offer something beyond your product and your sales, I probably won't stick around and read. Also blogger peeps - please make sure you set your comments so that you don't have to have a gmail or blogger account to comment. Happy blogging! The Other Side of Somewhere http://jperegrineart.typepad.com

    6 years ago

  • botodesigns

    botodesigns says:

    what am amazing resource! this article is just what I have been looking for. I have a blogspot but I don't update it nearly as much as I should. This article is inspiring.

    6 years ago

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove says:

    I was unsure of what to write about when I started my etsy blog so I started writing about the Etsy sellers who's work I love. It became easier after that. http://etsyartists.wordpress.com/.

    6 years ago

  • Corpseknit

    Corpseknit says:

    Thank you for this article! This definitely helps me with starting a blog of my own!

    6 years ago

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule says:

    I heart my blog! I think it's such a great way for sellers to really connect with other artists and crafters too. I think it also helps to establish a sense of community among us. Which is so important when most of us spend so much time working alone :) Great article!!

    6 years ago

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl says:

    Submit your blog to www.blogcatalog.com, I pull in many readers from here! www.fuelmyblog.com is another great site to list your blog...happy blogging!

    6 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! How am I going to keep up with all these great blogs????

    6 years ago

  • jessicajane

    jessicajane says:

    Great tips! Im having a super big auutumn giveaway on my blog until friday at midnight this week! 6 packages, so 6 winners :)

    6 years ago

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins says:

    Thanks for the article. I just started my blog a few weeks ago.

    6 years ago

  • Hatdiva

    Hatdiva says:

    Blogging is rad. It really connects you to your fans (and customers). I started blogging about my hat studio & remodelling it in February '08. I have widgets connecting my blog to my flir, and of course, etsy! Blogger.com is super easy. There's folks on Etsy who will design HTML for all those widgets. Try searching "HTML" or "Blog". Here's a link for beginners: http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/ Bloggin is SO much fun, anyone wanna read about the inner workings of a milliner? http://hatdiva.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign says:

    thanks Danielle..great article...I'm very good at making all the mistakes you just listed...It is so hard this blogging world...but thank you for the good tips injection! http://questaoquella.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • aevan

    aevan says:

    Cool - I think it helps to make your blog look consistent with your shop too - and if you use blogger, it's really easy to add the shop code etsy provides for a direct link to your shop! It's also a good idea to publicly follow other folk's blogs. That might lead people your way :) http://AevanArts.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • akat

    akat says:

    I've had a personal blog for years and years, but I've just caught on to the brilliance that is keeping a craft blog, as well- great article! http://waltzmatilda.blogspot.com http://thistledownandfinch.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • ZAPOLdesigns

    ZAPOLdesigns says:

    I blog on lots of places just to target different audiences: www.zapoldesigns.blogspot.com www.myspace.com/zapoldesigns people.tribe.net/zapoldesigns I always try to post the links to the others on each as well.

    6 years ago

  • thatwinsomegirl

    thatwinsomegirl says:

    Some very helpful information for new bloggers, thanks! http://thatwinsomegirl.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • RenewedResources

    RenewedResources says:

    Thanks for putting it all together for us and I am honored to be mentioned under "Building a Readership"! Blog is a lot of fun!

    6 years ago

  • thefunkyfelter

    thefunkyfelter says:

    In the last several months, I've come to really enjoy blogging and look forward to posting. It is a big community when you blog. I like keeping my blog roll to share with others, but also to keep up on who's posted lately and visit my favorite blogs. http://thefunkyfelter.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme says:

    I love blogging. I have had trouble finding time to blog in the past, but have been doing a pretty good job lately. I feature artists, art ideas, how tos, and have a ton of blogging tips! http://art2theextreme.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • racheljasmine

    racheljasmine says:

    Thank you for this wonderful resource. I am brand new to etsy and blogging - I have so much to learn. I am excited to get started!

    6 years ago

  • starstar

    starstar says:

    I just devoured that whole article. Very informative. Thanks!! I just started my blog, so all this will be very helpful. http://glittergel.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • miscusi

    miscusi says:

    I just started mine as well--eek! Thanks for all the tips.

    6 years ago

  • buddhanature

    buddhanature says:

    Great reporting Danielle! I think I'm going to get my blog started now that I have some tips! Your article got lots of juicy blogging ideas flowing! Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • buddhanature

    buddhanature says:

    http://lightharmonygratitude.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • thegoldenthimble713

    thegoldenthimble713 says:

    Thanks for the article, I have never done a "blog", so am perfectly clueless, so I am trying to get my bearings to start.

    6 years ago

  • maclancy

    maclancy says:

    Great article and advice... I was featured on a blog this week actually 2 and got so amped up I started my own on blogger and at first I kept asking my teenager for help and she said.. mom you can do it... its fun.. and I am here to admit.. I did it and love it... I keep checking back to see if anyone has come ha ha so now I just have to find a way to invite arty/photo people in.... any ideas of any photo blogs let me know! and again thanks for this helpful article!!Marianne

    6 years ago

  • hannahfaerie

    hannahfaerie says:

    Thank you, all really good advice! So many things I had no idea about, time to go brush up the blog :)

    6 years ago

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink says:

    Maybe it's time I dust off my blog again!

    6 years ago

  • oksewsueme

    oksewsueme says:

    Thanks for the info on how to begin a blog...I've done it ...now how do I link it to ETSY?

    6 years ago

  • michvanetta

    michvanetta says:

    Fantastic article, thanks for sharing all that wise advice for blogging. http://michvanetta.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • JewelryGenie

    JewelryGenie says:

    Thanks for the info. I signed up for blogspot but I haven't actually posted anything yet...I didn't know where to start. And I wondered who'd want to read it/how they'd find it. This gave me some great ideas on how to start!

    6 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    Thank you for sharing this very useful information.

    6 years ago

  • purelotus

    purelotus says:

    Great article, thank you!

    6 years ago

  • fenrislorsrai

    fenrislorsrai says:

    Use Google Alerts to see when other blogs mention your blog. Leave a comment. That's how I noticed I was quoted in here, I got Google telling me about it!

    6 years ago

  • GoodDirtJewelry

    GoodDirtJewelry says:

    Thanks for the article! I've found that having a blog for each of our shops has helped bring in buyers that may not have found our items otherwise. Having the Etsy mini on your blog guides your customers right to your shop! Good Dirt Jewelry http://gooddirtjewelry.blogspot.com Grizzly Mountain Arts http://grizzlymountainarts.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • oceanstar21

    oceanstar21 says:

    Wow, I am definitely impressed with the information contained within this article/blog. I didn't know about the sites mentioned, and already checked a couple out. Thank you for posting this. ~Ocean Star~

    6 years ago

  • moxy

    moxy says:

    Great article with lots of tips. Some I already use and a few I have been meaning to start. Also some wonderful blog links left in the comments! Here is my blog... http://moxylyn.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • mellimoomoo

    mellimoomoo says:

    Hi, great article. I was shy about starting a blog, but now really love it... and I totally agree with the tip about taking your camera everywhere with you - you never know when insoiration may strike! My blog: www.mellimoomoo.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • SweetPeasGarden

    SweetPeasGarden says:

    I can't wait to get out of work today to get started reading and writing! Thanks for all the great tips! I had no idea where to start but am feeling ready now.

    6 years ago

  • janicej

    janicej says:

    Great info! I'm definitely a more pictures less words person. :)

    6 years ago

  • angelstuff

    angelstuff says:

    Interesting article. I'd have expected more original thoughts from the author instead of quotes from the forums.

    6 years ago

  • gemmafactrix

    gemmafactrix says:

    I've posted video tutorials on my blog that get google searched every day. Who knew that so many people wanted to make headpins? http://gemmashop.typepad.com

    6 years ago

  • BunnysBoutiqe

    BunnysBoutiqe says:

    Thanks for the great info I've been thinking about starting one for some time. This info will defiantly help get me started in the right direction. Going to go create one now. :)

    6 years ago

  • primchick123

    primchick123 says:

    Ok so I've set my bog up, but when I type the http:// it doesn't come up in the search engine can any one help?

    6 years ago

  • primchick123

    primchick123 says:

    http://talesfromourcottagebogspot.com./

    6 years ago

  • InspirationPoint

    InspirationPoint says:

    I've been thinking about starting one too! I think I'll stop thinking and start doing!

    6 years ago

  • Stockton

    Stockton says:

    great article ^_^!

    6 years ago

  • PalleikoDesigns

    PalleikoDesigns says:

    You might want to check out the EtsyBloggers Street team for more great information on blogging and being an artist. http://etsybloggers.etsy.com

    6 years ago

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra says:

    o.k. I'm taking the plunge and doing my blog. Thanks for the tips!

    6 years ago

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl says:

    Tagging your blog articles is important too. I've had many people come to my blog through a search on google for a subject...it can bring people in who are interested in the things you write about.

    6 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    What great information and it's wonderful to have it all succinctly discussed in one place!

    6 years ago

  • jeweltrinkets

    jeweltrinkets says:

    Such valuable info! I just started blogging. Now I'm hooked!

    6 years ago

  • ilovemysewingmachine

    ilovemysewingmachine says:

    I've always wanted my own blog but not known if others would be interested in reading what I have to say, now I know I can go down a more visual route and I can't wait to get started!! Thanks!!

    6 years ago

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper says:

    Thanks for the great information and tips!

    6 years ago

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT says:

    Thanks for posting this! I was JUST thinking about starting a blog. I wanted to be able to write more about the thought process that goes behind some of jewellery I design, and give people a bit of a window into my life. This is a fantastic idea!

    6 years ago

  • clubviv

    clubviv says:

    Thanks for the info .. love your article

    6 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    Thanks for a very informative article! I have a blog which I started this year - to 'get with it' - but it is more of a mini journal with short stories. So I have broken many 'blogging' rules (I suspected the least) - but it works for me - and if I am the only one reading it at least I enjoy gazing at all the beautiful photos.... again and again ... and yet again... Though I do force my family to read thru it - I am sure they speed read and miss many facts which I consider important and relevant. www.dragonhouseofyuen.blogspot.com www.sadtohappystory.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • THEHAUNTEDATTIC

    THEHAUNTEDATTIC says:

    Thanks for your help! www.thehauntedattic.etsy.com

    6 years ago

  • AllAboutJewelry

    AllAboutJewelry says:

    I'm new on Etsy, and each time I post an item, the traffic seems to come my way. Then...my new little store gets lost within the multitude of creatives. So now, I'm going to venture into the field of blogging. I want to feel the great sensation of selling another item, and I believe that blogging may help to increase my sales. Lots more to list and learn, but enjoying the process. Happy Halloween!!!

    6 years ago

  • kylieB

    kylieB says:

    I love to Blog :)http://kbeezweinz.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    I should have written 'I suspected as much' - instead of the least.... (too many short stories perhaps?)

    6 years ago

  • CanopicWorks

    CanopicWorks says:

    Super article!

    6 years ago

  • colthearted

    colthearted says:

    what a cute, friendly article. i recently added google analytics to my blog because i wanted to see if i could get any of those quirky google referrals that everyone else seemed to have. i was soon rewarded with the search for "1885" + "facial hair" leading to my blog. best day of my week. anyway, this is mine, for any book fiends out there... http://3000books.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio says:

    Amazing tips!!! I am just about to have my 1 year Etsy-versay & blogging anniversary. I have learned so much in such a shirt time. And you know what?? it's REALLY fun to blog!!! http://cloud9design.wordpress.com http://www.shopcloud9design.com

    6 years ago

  • BusyBeadLady

    BusyBeadLady says:

    new to etsy and looking for ways to promote, don't know anything about blogging, i'm not real computer literate! will try this, thanks alot

    6 years ago

  • The4Rs

    The4Rs says:

    I am new to the blogging thing, been at it a month. How do you get people to mark themselves as a follower or at least a reader? Anyone have ideas? Contests, and frequent posting aside, I like seeing returning visitors :)

    6 years ago

  • AnUrbanTwist2

    AnUrbanTwist2 says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have a blog, but it definitely is not a top site. Although I must share, if you have good tag words in your blog, it will help in finding your site on search engines. I found my site on google when I searched for An Urban Twist. I was on the first page. I will have to incorporate these new ideas into my blogging schedule. Hopefully I will have more success! Thanks Etsy! Nicole www.JournalJunky.com

    6 years ago

  • AnUrbanTwist2

    AnUrbanTwist2 says:

    Oh and one more thing! I have found that if I post really large pictures on my blog, then it takes way too long to upload. And nobody wants to sit for hours waiting for a blog to load! Enjoy your day, Nicole Annette

    6 years ago

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat says:

    Brilliant article- so useful! I have just started my own blog and need need need advice :) XXX Gladys

    6 years ago

  • ANJacobsen

    ANJacobsen says:

    great article!

    6 years ago

  • DesignsbyChar

    DesignsbyChar says:

    Great info! I'm looking forward to starting my blog and this really motivated me.

    6 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    Great information! I've had a blog for a while, love Blogger and I also Vlog. I vlog/blog several times a week, sometimes a few times a day! First thing I look at when I log in is my blog! It's a great outlet and way to link up with people far and away! I just recently added my first big give-away item, and added a cute count down clock as a reminder at the opening page of my blog Fun! http://Carolynartist.blogspot.com Oh, and Bre's articles have been so super duper motivating for those of us beginner Vloggers!

    6 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    Very helpful article, thank you!

    6 years ago

  • SpiritMama

    SpiritMama says:

    Blogging is a new adventure for me, and I love it! It is a great way to show my work, talk about my life, and turn people on to other artist's work too. Good advice, thank you! http://www.spiritmama-art.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign says:

    I also agree, wonderful tips:)) Happy Blogging everyone. http://jkldesign.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • rayela

    rayela says:

    Nicely laid out! I've met a lot of wonderful new people through my blog, and although it's a LOT of work, really enjoy the process of writing and networking. It has not brought in new sales to my Etsy store, which was one of the reasons I started it and that has been disappointing, but maybe in time it will. I started in April, so it hasn't seen a Holiday season or a full year yet. One thing on the translation tools that are out there- I had a comment left by someone the other day that was very hard to understand. I went to her blog- she was in Singapore, if I remember correctly, and her whole blog was in this garbled English. I'm sure she was using a translation tool, as were many of the people leaving comments. Maybe a whole new language will come out of it! I like having Etsy artists on as guest writers (focus on fiber art), so if interested in getting some visibility, let me know! http://fiberfocus.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • lelephantrose

    lelephantrose says:

    great article!

    6 years ago

  • CanadianRockies

    CanadianRockies says:

    Awesome tips! I didn't know what I would blog about and so my blog was neglected for the longest time, but now I started showing off some of the evening meals we eat (with pictures and recipes) and I talk about our puppies and I also throw in a few of my latest jewelry creations. It's more varied and interesting that way :) http://canadianrockiesart.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • followthewhiterabbit

    followthewhiterabbit says:

    Great article! I love using the Etsy mini feature. :) http://emilybee.wordpress.com

    6 years ago

  • storybeader

    storybeader says:

    thanks for the tip about Technorati. Had never heard about that, and I did join. Didn't take long.

    6 years ago

  • JenniferJoyCreative

    JenniferJoyCreative says:

    You inspired me! Thanks for all the great information... http://jenniferjoycreative.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • roseworksjewelry

    roseworksjewelry says:

    Fantastic article! I'm going to link to it from my blog: www.roseworksjewelry.blogspot.com :) Check out entrecard - it's fantastic! And if you love blogging check out our team - www.etsybloggers.com !!!

    6 years ago

  • allnaturalme

    allnaturalme says:

    Love the article! Definitely need to be more diligent with mine :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    6 years ago

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings says:

    Very nice advice, I think it’s a good idea to have a giveaway or contest on your blog. But you don’t want to lose contact with those readers. I recommend setting up a subscribe to yours newsletter form, This way you can keep in touch with them and send them special offers, you will get more traffic from the giveaway and even more sales from the newsletter.

    6 years ago

  • doublebrush

    doublebrush says:

    Purchase your own domain name that is the same or relates to your etsy store. My blog is www.doublebrush.com and my etsy store is www.doublebrush.etsy.com Don't forget to use your etsy store widget on your blog!

    6 years ago

  • PurrPrints

    PurrPrints says:

    Very nice piece--the only other bit of advice i might add to it is to not take yourself too seriously in your blog writing--I know I always enjoy reading blogs with a touch of humor or a bit of a snarky side much more than super-sappy or overly sentimental blogs :) http://purrprints.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat says:

    Great article. I started blogging a few months ago and always look for tips to improve everything about it, including traffic and effectiveness. My first giveaway is going on now: http://adorebynat.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • alfakosdesigns

    alfakosdesigns says:

    great tips! thanks for sharing the knowlegde! My business has been going great non-stop flow of orders within the area i live...ever since i started to have my blog this year in July 2008. http://alfa-kosdesigns.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • discodip

    discodip says:

    thanks thanks thanks

    6 years ago

  • Prettyinpurple

    Prettyinpurple says:

    Excellent, just the info I was after. I wanted to set up my own blog - and now i know how to. Wish me luck !!!!

    6 years ago

  • wabisabibrooklyn

    wabisabibrooklyn says:

    wonderful, helpful

    6 years ago

  • sassalynne

    sassalynne says:

    Of course, you can always blog about Etsy: http://sassas-etsy-treasury.blogspot.com/ Or make it as eclectic as you like: http://nuvofelt.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • DeborahsCandleMagick

    DeborahsCandleMagick says:

    I'm new to Etsy and wondering how to get a blog started. You have given great information and a place for me to start. Now I can get started. Thanks so much

    6 years ago

  • den10studio

    den10studio says:

    Great tips! Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • VVsDesign

    VVsDesign says:

    Excellent info Danielle, I'm new on this Blog wave and I'm having a blast creating and keeping it... if I can help anyone who may have a question feel free to contact me http://vvsdesign.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • beadsandpieces

    beadsandpieces says:

    Thank you for this article. I've always wanted to start a blog and the information here is very useful!

    6 years ago

  • ToteNTots

    ToteNTots says:

    This is a great article with terrific tips. Thanks! Now it is time I do a couple of these... http://tote-n-tots.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

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  • AllThingsTangled

    AllThingsTangled says:

    This is a fantastic resourse! Thanks so much for the article...I just started my own blog and I'm going to start implimenting some of the suggestions right away!

    6 years ago

  • beckykazana

    beckykazana says:

    Thanks for all the great advice. I'm always looking for ways to improve my blog and have been blown away by all the wonderful folks I've met through my blog. Cheers! Becky

    6 years ago

  • ZuliDesigns

    ZuliDesigns says:

    Ha ha, I like the advice to mention Willie Nelson and taxes!

    6 years ago

  • ZuliDesigns

    ZuliDesigns says:

    By the way, I have a blog: www.zulidesigns.blogspot.com if anyone wants to check it out!

    6 years ago

  • mintagehome

    mintagehome says:

    Great article, blogging everyday keeps people coming back www.mintagehome.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • ToujoursTu

    ToujoursTu says:

    Thanks so much!!!Very useful information.

    6 years ago

  • thezentree

    thezentree says:

    This is great! I'm constantly trying to find ways to keep my blog fresh. I find you have to be consistent. I've been going through waves of many posts to no posts and I can't keep losing readers like that anymore!

    6 years ago

  • thezentree

    thezentree says:

    I just forgot to follow a tip in this article blogspot www.thezentree.com/blog

    6 years ago

  • MonasMane

    MonasMane says:

    What a great article! You know before I joined etsy, I didn't even know what a blog was. So any kind of help is soooo appreciated. You guys on the Storque are freakin awesome!

    6 years ago

  • tarowang

    tarowang says:

    Nice, I will try blogger.com

    6 years ago

  • MechelleDesigns

    MechelleDesigns says:

    Great tips.

    6 years ago

  • azramomin

    azramomin says:

    I joined Technorati,thanks to your awesome tips! I'm going to try visiting and commenting on other blogs now. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • bbblampwork

    bbblampwork says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I just started my blog today!! So the hints and tip here are very welcome. Thank you I will be using these to keep me up and going.

    6 years ago

  • Touch2112

    Touch2112 says:

    This is so helpful, THANKS!

    6 years ago

  • hodgepodgefarm

    hodgepodgefarm says:

    very helpful danielle! one (maybe dumb) question: what does it mean to "claim" your blog on Technorati? i went over to the site but didn't know where to begin... thanks! http://hodgepodgefarm.blogspot.com/

    6 years ago

  • cheaptherapy

    cheaptherapy says:

    Thank you!!! I've never been able to understand the "blogging thing" this helped so much. I just went to blogger and start my own. Now what do I do?

    6 years ago

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly says:

    Very good info, thanks! And your virtual lab was fantastic today. Gracias! Going to go join Technorati if I can figure it out. http://itsmollysmith.blogspot.com

    6 years ago

  • KaleighWiese

    KaleighWiese says:

    Do blogs really help increase sales? KaleighWiese.etsy.com

    6 years ago

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris says:

    Really great tips! Makes me thing about opening one:-)

    6 years ago

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique says:

    thanks for the great tips i just started a blog and need all the help i can get.

    6 years ago

  • MishkaGirl

    MishkaGirl says:

    Wow, I really feel like I might be able to do this, and not just think about it for another 8 months... and you gave me so many wonderful tips. Thank you, Danielle.

    6 years ago

  • AurorasTreasure

    AurorasTreasure says:

    Great tips, I am in the process of signing up on Squidoo, it's supposed to be really good, (tips from Noadi's Art on Etsy), not sure which section it's in, I am sure some one will know. Noadi is a great inspiration for many things, you can find her on Squidoo. Will be looking at the other sites thank you.

    6 years ago

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches says:

    This article is a super resource. I'm looking forward to checking out the blogs listed in the article and above. -Missy- http://www.ClothPaperStitches.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • samanthasartstudio

    samanthasartstudio says:

    What a comprehensive article! Thanks for putting ALL of this into one place!

    5 years ago

  • emmylucy

    emmylucy says:

    Ok...I've put it off for too long. In another life that I haven't gotten to yet, I wanted to write about cooking and even write a novel. I love to research antiques and so all of this will be a good start for my own blog..thanks for your good advice.

    5 years ago

  • TheReFORMatory

    TheReFORMatory says:

    Great advice, I'm hoping to start my blog soon, just need to get a few post ideas together to start me off and of course find the time in between crafting, keeping up the house, and all my other responsibilities.

    5 years ago

  • JeLowe

    JeLowe says:

    fenrislorsrai says: Many folks read at work and nothing will get you off their reading list faster than music announcing that they are slacking at work! If you want to have a music player, set it to play only when someone clicks on it. This is my favorite tip! There is nothing more irritating than a burst of music when you are trying to be stealthy!

    5 years ago

  • NannasKnitting

    NannasKnitting says:

    Thanks for these tips. Some I am already active in. Others I need to check out and give them a try. Every new idea might be a great way to build a business and connect with a community!

    5 years ago

  • pepperberryandco

    pepperberryandco says:

    Thanks so much for this article- and for all of the work that you do! This was a great read :-) Very helpful!

    5 years ago

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa says:

    I am so much for blogging and I like the idea to let yourself open up that way. I hope I find visitors in my blogspot. Some times I feel it is like my home in the web where visitors and friends from all over the world can come visit me and spend a few minutes. I welcome thee. P.S. If you do drop by, my friend, leave me a comment that you came through Etsy. http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr says:

    thanks for the great article. I really appreciate your comments and suggestions. I have found you are really good at giving advice in the labs, etc. Thanks so much for being there!

    5 years ago

  • banfflines

    banfflines says:

    Oh boy, the article and comments above are most helpful. I do have a blog through my email provider but unfortunately it doesn't have the reach or layout possibilities which Blogger.com has. The above tips are extremely helpful. Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • alasdelsur

    alasdelsur says:

    Thanks! your adivices are very helpul!

    5 years ago

  • MimiBaxterDesigns

    MimiBaxterDesigns says:

    Thanks for the tips! I just posted directly to my blog from Flickr. This is a great idea for posting regularly.

    5 years ago

  • LeatherwoodStudioArt

    LeatherwoodStudioArt says:

    Thanks for the help - creating a blog is next for me!

    5 years ago

  • SpiralLogic

    SpiralLogic says:

    Thank you- not just for the advice, but also for the encouragement.

    5 years ago

  • OliveJuiceTots

    OliveJuiceTots says:

    Thanks so much... super helpful. One question. If I want to show someone else's work on my blog and I use their photo form their shop and give my readers a link to that shop do I need to get permission to do so from that seller? Anyone know?

    5 years ago

  • SherrysPaperie

    SherrysPaperie says:

    I'm a blogging virgin, so getting a blog setup and making time to actually do the blogging everyday or two is totally intimidating! But, I know it's something I've got to just bite-the-bullet and do.

    5 years ago

  • Gwendolynsdesign

    Gwendolynsdesign says:

    Great advice to us newby bloggers.. thanks!

    5 years ago

  • jolodesign

    jolodesign says:

    Thanks, this has been very helpful to me!

    5 years ago

  • PurpleBears

    PurpleBears says:

    My blog is such a blast to write, and I enjoy following other people's blogs so much - Thank You for showing me how to make this productive, too! Yesterday, I did a tutorial blog about creating murals which fits right in with what this article talked about. Hurray.

    5 years ago

  • foxette

    foxette says:

    A big thanks for the advice and info. I hope to soon start blogging because of the inspiration you have given.

    5 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    as a brand spanking new blogger- i thank you so much for your timely post- these tips are ones that inspire me to explore and try new things (even though i feel a little shy and dorky doing so)

    5 years ago

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures says:

    Great tips! Thanks! I am a big blogger.

    5 years ago

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns says:

    I dove into blogging too - and LOVE it! At first it was super intimidating - but you really can do it! I have 43 followers and get more every day :-) Hurry, go check out blogger.com!

    5 years ago

  • CranberryManor

    CranberryManor says:

    thank you so much for this article - great advice, resources, and tips... I'm new to blogging and this article is very much appreciated! please leave a say hi if you get a moment to shop by! http://cranberrymanor.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • linesbydavis

    linesbydavis says:

    YEAH, Toronto Craft Alert! Keep on blogging. www.bydavis.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs says:

    my first blog: aromaticplayclay.blogspot.com yay!

    5 years ago

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat says:

    Great tips! It's good to be reminded of these every now and then.

    5 years ago

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis says:

    Thank you. Since I am a walking anachronism I have been quite leery of blogs. But it looks like it can be quite fun. These suggestions answered a lot of my questions.

    5 years ago

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte says:

    lovely article! I definitely love blogging and scouring the internets and etsy for the next best thing to share with everyone! http://www.the-viewfromhere.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • pieintheskyjewelry

    pieintheskyjewelry says:

    love this article..hhmm decision time...to blog or not to blog...this is the question...ok go to my shop and let me know what you think of my work..then I will decide..honest comments welcome....

    5 years ago

  • nativevermont

    nativevermont says:

    Great article! I just started a blog, and so far it has been great at getting me to scout out crafts online more consistently. www.craftscout.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • OlliePop

    OlliePop says:

    great tips...I'm going to give blogging another try....who knows, I might even have some fun things to share, and some even better things to learn!

    5 years ago

  • good4you

    good4you says:

    great information! I think I will power up my tea shop and style blog.

    5 years ago

  • savannahroom

    savannahroom says:

    I have to admit, when I first started my blog, I was sooo excited to see my first 'follower' .. this person might actually be interested in what it is I have to say ! Now, a few months later, I have done a good half of the suggestions on this list, just had my new graphics & layout posted & never looked back ! My best advice is to follow other blogs which you like & those which are similiar in terms of your target audience .. and then comment, talk to people ! Though I do have a fun song playing on my blog .. I've received positive feedback about it so I've kept it playing ! Katherine x www.thesavannahroom.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • lzubal01

    lzubal01 says:

    Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • SalonMystique

    SalonMystique says:

    Amazing! Just the information I was looking for! http://salonmystique.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • centralbarkdesigns

    centralbarkdesigns says:

    Great tips. I started blogging a few weeks ago and love it. Since my etsy products are dog related - I decided to let Abbey, my dog be the blogster. She posts about adventures in New York and particularly Central Park. The mini-esty link was easy to install so I can drive blogviewers to my etsy store. Thanks for the motivation. http://centralbarkdesigns.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • LilGriffin624

    LilGriffin624 says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    5 years ago

  • StitchnStudio

    StitchnStudio says:

    Thanks. Great info. I will put it to use asap.

    5 years ago

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog says:

    Thanks so much for the valuable tips. I started a blog months ago, and have neglected it. I found I was spending too much time trying to figure out stuff (like adding photos, links, etc.) and not really knowing how to organize it and then reading it a couple of weeks later & thinking it sounded dumb. I wonder if I should just keep going? Or delete everything & start over?? http://smilingbluedog.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • chebang

    chebang says:

    Thanks for all these really great tips. Can't wait to share it with my team.

    5 years ago

  • visart

    visart says:

    thanks!

    5 years ago

  • visart

    visart says:

    Thanks! It is so in perfect time, I have started my blog couple month ago and really didn't now what I am doing, thanks so much!

    5 years ago

  • visart

    visart says:

    Oh yes, and my blog is http://visart-dali.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • sakurasaku77

    sakurasaku77 says:

    This is a great post!! I want to create a great blog and I found lots of good ideas here!! Thanks http://sakurasaku77.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • goodtogoeco

    goodtogoeco says:

    Wow! This is some great advice!! - Erin www.GoodToGoEco.com www.GoodToGoEcoBlog.blogspot.com www.GoodToGoEco.Etsy.com

    5 years ago

  • linziloop

    linziloop says:

    i did not now you could sell blog designs on etsy - as a graphic designer that would be a perfect little thing for me to do in addition to my shop! Thanks for all the info I'm a bit of a stranger to blogs but i will surely be investigating more over the weekend!

    5 years ago

  • mouserkinsmagic

    mouserkinsmagic says:

    GREAT article! AND for all of you who would like to be featured as an Etsy Seller, please vist my new blog: http://youretsytoday.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • SuaVoce

    SuaVoce says:

    Great advice! This is the second time I've read it, and I am still getting some great tips from it. Thanks! SuaVoce http://suavoce.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • FashionSaboteur

    FashionSaboteur says:

    Lots of good tips and new ideas there. Thanks! I created my Etsy shop and a blog at the same time. The idea was to show closeup of my work in process, my inspiration and also write about other designers who's work I find inspirational. I find it fascinating seeing how other designers work. Often in can be even more interesting, than the final product! Seeing designers work process also makes your potential customers more interested in you and your product. It creates a human interest and when they like you, they will like and buy your product too. http://www.fashionsaboteur.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • BrethynByLoryn

    BrethynByLoryn says:

    Why must we blog in order to have a good business? It's so disheartening. I really don't want to write random facts about my life every day, nor do I really want to read minutia about others' lives. It's so sad to me that I have to share pointless details about my personal life with the world in order to get people to notice my work. Is nothing private anymore?

    5 years ago

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim says:

    I find it a helpfull article, but I know that I don't have enough time to keep up with my own shop, threads, mails, etc. I think more time going into this Pc work than creating new stuff for my shop. How can men cope?????

    5 years ago

  • MyInnerPrincess

    MyInnerPrincess says:

    I'm SO THRILLED to find this. I've never blogged but mostly because I didn't feel I understood the whole process well enough to try to start anything. I'm finally brave enough to branch out and try some new things like this. Information like this is helping to motivate me more than you know. I'm really anxious to get started. Thanks...Sandi

    5 years ago

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop says:

    I agree with BrethynByLoryn.

    5 years ago

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse says:

    great article, im just in the process of getting mine set up!!!! :)

    5 years ago

  • lillipillilane

    lillipillilane says:

    Thank u for the tips. Dumb question probably? But is there an easy way ( I can hear u laughing now)to find blogs in areas of interest besides trawling sporadically through lots of different places and checking out links and blogs, which can be quite amazing where one ends up, but sometimes rather difficult to find ones way back...sounds a bit like Wizard of Oz...

    5 years ago

  • TrinasTrinkets

    TrinasTrinkets says:

    WOW!! I am so stoked to get going on my blog! I've had one for less than a month and I can't wait to get it rolling! http://www.trinastrinkets.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • CampoDiFiore

    CampoDiFiore says:

    I started my blog in 2005 and can say that it is an incredible experience. You can check on what people are interested, and that helps you to build your own bussines way. I leave my address: http://campodifiore.wordpress.com There are some post in english!

    5 years ago

  • ChouChouandBloom

    ChouChouandBloom says:

    I've never tried blogging before...but am so excited to start now! Thanks for the great advice!

    5 years ago

  • hopeink

    hopeink says:

    I think this piece has officially inspired me to venture into the bloggy world. Thanks for the great variety of tips and pointers!

    5 years ago

  • MyInnerPrincess

    MyInnerPrincess says:

    I still have a gazillion questions running thru my head on starting a blog, and you're right, they intimidate me I think. But gosh, if I can teach inner city school kids for 27 yrs and beat Leukemia, I should be able to conquer this doggone it! I REALLLLY want to get one started. I think I may just make that tonight's priority! Gotta figure out where to go first tho. :)

    5 years ago

  • TrazosDesigns

    TrazosDesigns says:

    Thank You!! for all the great tips!!, I'm still scared of doing it, but I think i will try it now...!

    5 years ago

  • Fussiepanda

    Fussiepanda says:

    I feel more comfortable about blogging thanks to this article and I'm ready to get started. Thanks alot.

    5 years ago

  • HalterHotties

    HalterHotties says:

    Blogging is definitely not in my comfort zone but you've inspired me to keep posting and you've given me a few more tips I should be doing, THANKS! It's nice to look thru everyone's comments & see that I'm not the only one struggling with blogging :) http://halterhotties.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio says:

    Awesome article! I feature lots of indie artists & designers on my blog. I love featuring new Etsians and helping them increase their traffic to their Etsy shop. As a graphic & web designer & Etsy clothing designer, I love creating indie marketplaces, gift guides, and showcases, and advertising venues with affordable rates. You can check out my blog cloud9 Design at: http://www.cloud9design.wordpress.com and the Cloud9 Emporium: http://www.cloud9emporium.wordpress.com

    5 years ago

  • ChampagneandBaubles

    ChampagneandBaubles says:

    This was a great article & so timely for me! I've been contemplating about to blog or not. As I'm pretty new to the cumputer end of all this & find it more time consuming than I'd like, (I'd rather be beading!!) I felt a little uncomfortable with the thought of blogging. This answered alot of questions I had! I think I'll get my feet wet & try out try out the blogging world! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    5 years ago

  • HelenRawlinson

    HelenRawlinson says:

    I'm surprised at how much I like blogging! I was quite nervous about it at first so I started blogging and kept it private for a few weeks so that I built up a bit of a story and felt confident about how it all looked and read. Then once it was live it all felt quite natural. I've lapsed a bit recently because of school holidays, but I'll be back at it very soon. A little and often is probably the best idea then you are near the top of everone's blog roll most of the time. Great article and lots of good tips! http://www.helenrawlinson.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles says:

    Wow, this has been sooo helpful. I am so exited now about blogging. I have been blogging for a while but not as a marketing tool (I wanted to wait till I opened my shop with Etsy) but now I am ready to really go for it and I havn't really known where to start (up until now of course!). I havn't got lots of money to spend on advertising - like most businesses starting out but this has shown me that a little bit of effort can go a long way. I think the main thing for me to remember is CONSISTENCY and the tip from Diffraction about creating extra blog posts and saving them for days when you aren't really in the mood or don't have time is a great idea! Roseyx

    5 years ago

  • BeadedJewelryBySusan

    BeadedJewelryBySusan says:

    I recently was invited by AudreysCountryCrafts to be featured on her blog October 12: http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com Now I am thinking about doing a blog ... maybe! In addition to my beaded jewelry passion, I am an avid reader of contemporary literary fiction, crazy about cats, knowledgeable about flower gardening, a freelance copyeditor, and interested in a range of questions of social interest. Can you combine all of this in one blog or is it better to have a craft-focused blog. Also, how much time do you need to spend DAILY to maintain a good and interesting blog?

    5 years ago

  • juliedcrisp

    juliedcrisp says:

    Thanks so much for this article!

    5 years ago

  • Christopherandme

    Christopherandme says:

    I've just started a blog so that was very helpful, thank you! http://christopherandme.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • yotldesigns

    yotldesigns says:

    I just want to thank everyone who worked on this.I recently set up a blog but had no idea where to start.Thanks for all the good advice.I hope to have my blog going by midweek thanks to the added advice from Etsy. Thanks ESS

    5 years ago

  • DebJeffrey

    DebJeffrey says:

    Thank you for the excellent information. I am so amazed at the info. that people are willing to offer to help others do something they truly love...thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!!

    5 years ago

  • PaperPetalCreations

    PaperPetalCreations says:

    Thanks for these tips. Can't wait to put them to good use.

    5 years ago

  • thirtyonedesigns

    thirtyonedesigns says:

    FABULOUS! Thanks for the tips. Here's my new blog: http://www.31everything.com

    5 years ago

  • ravenmaid

    ravenmaid says:

    i need to update my livejournal!

    5 years ago

  • Chabri

    Chabri says:

    wow! awesome thanks for the tips!!!!! I was wondering if I should make it more personal instead of just keeping it artsy fartsy. =) http://www.blog.Chabri.com

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    Lots of great ideas! I'm new to the idea of blogging, but very interested. Thanks for the advice.

    5 years ago

  • meljensdesigns

    meljensdesigns says:

    Wow, this is an awesome guide. I often get carried away with all that's out there for blogs/blogging, so this is definitely a good little motivator for me. I even took NOTES! *giggle* Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger says:

    Excellent! I love what DirtySanchez says: My best advice is to be a blogger, not a crafter who has a blog. My blog has been going for well over six years now, and it covers everything — family, work, beekeeping, soapmaking, random inspirations, the whole nine yards. To gain and keep a readership, the blog needs to be interesting for everyone, not just other crafters. This is going to be the year that I include my crafting in my blog. I have had a gardening blog for more than three years now and really it's about time I include a little more.

    5 years ago

  • pasticciojewelry

    pasticciojewelry says:

    thanks so much for the great tips! i've been struggling with my blog for a long time now, but i'm looking forward to getting it back on track! www.prettymiscellany.wordpress.com

    5 years ago

  • daisytilt

    daisytilt says:

    Very thorough! I use Blogger because it ties in so well with the other features on Google and it's really easy to customise. I think it's useful to include a list of your links on your blog - my etsy shop only mentions my blog and my etsy twitter, but my blog has links to all my profiles - etsy, twitter, flickr, tumblr etc. so people can find me and follow me on the sites they use.

    5 years ago

  • carolinabean

    carolinabean says:

    I love to blog. We actually lost our blog in December and google would not release it to us. So, we are starting all over again. We lost all of our followers and all the blogs that we loved to read. It was very sad, but we will rebuild. I did get a lot of traffic from my blog, so it is a great marketing tool. Jennifer www.carolinealexanderblog.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • FLYoungStudio

    FLYoungStudio says:

    I've met some of the most inspiring people via blog comments that turn into conversations. I've also noticed that the crafty bloggers really support each other by spreading the word about various contests / giveaways / etc. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    5 years ago

  • TimelessPaper

    TimelessPaper says:

    I enjoy using wordpress but have customized it to be unique for my shop: http://timelesspaper.com/blog .

    5 years ago

  • backbonestudio

    backbonestudio says:

    Thanks for this article. Will send out a Tweet!

    5 years ago

  • PhatGrrl

    PhatGrrl says:

    Really helpful, thanks. :D I'm still trying to get to grips with blogs, even though I've written many for years now - always in need of more advice on how to make them work. http://phatgrrlproductions.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • SiklosPhoto

    SiklosPhoto says:

    This is very helpful and inspirational - maybe its time to revisit my blog that I posted to once last June ;-). I also did not realize that you could set Flickr to post to blog, so I'll be heading over there to check it out! Thanks

    5 years ago

  • jdavissquared

    jdavissquared says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I've been thinking about how to expand my blog alot lately, and this will certainly help! http://jdavissquared.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • InFlower

    InFlower says:

    I always love your column! This one is especially helpful to me a wannabe blogger. Thank you so much for all the time you take to bring us such helpful hints and instructions.

    5 years ago

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy says:

    The Blog Frog (http://theblogfrog.com/) is also a great place to commune with other bloggers - join their communities - start your own and build friendships. It draws new readership to your site and....it's FREE!!! I think too - if you highlight other artists or other great finds on Etsy - like my This 'n' That features or my Seller Saturday's - make it fun and meaningful...but also - let those artists know. They can send out link to friends and family - post it on their blog, and often times are willing to tweet or facebook it! If people don't know where the views are coming from on their items - they can't thank you or help spread the news!! I also have added a MckLinky (http://kidgiddy.blogspot.com/2010/01/im-blogger-youre-blogger-wouldnt-you.html) This is a great way to start your own "blog ring" as was mentioned in the article but I didn't see a link. You can add your CRAFT BLOG CENTRAL link here and then start your own MckLinky. Another great linking site is: http://www.blenza.com/linkies/ (also called Mister Linkies Magicall Widgets) Thanks, Kerry

    5 years ago

  • TomatoSoupCake

    TomatoSoupCake says:

    I've been blogging for a coupla years now and I love it. I do feel I could be doing more somehow with my blog, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I have a core group of devoted readers, and maybe 200 or so hits on a good day, but I am very aware that that is small potatoes. I don't need to be enormous potatoes or anything... medium sized would do me just fine. Thanks for all the great tips, I'll be checking out Technorati later today.

    5 years ago

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt says:

    Don't know if this was mentioned, but I love Lijit search which I first heard about through the Esty forums. It's a free tool, and works much like google analytics - but you can install it on your sidebar and just click on it to show your recent readers, and visitors map. Once a week Lijit sends a report showing your stats for the week. If interested - http://www.lijit.com/

    5 years ago

  • TomatoSoupCake

    TomatoSoupCake says:

    Ooooops, forgot to add a link to my blog *blush* http://tomatosoupcake.blogspot.com/ note to self... hmm, maybe this forgetting stuff has some connection to the small potatoes stuff... just a thought. yeah.

    5 years ago

  • LiahLovesLuna

    LiahLovesLuna says:

    I've been so intimidated to start blogging...but I guess I'll give it a go! If I can laugh at my own crazy life and keep making it through every day, then hopefully others will too! :)

    5 years ago

  • gottuso

    gottuso says:

    i'm on wordpress and there are different pluses and minuses to each of the free blogs, unfortunately you can't really know how they will affect you until you actually get into blogging and decide what you want to do. i initially chose word press because it allowed me to set up pages in the right column that acted like a traditional website so that i could categorize my work in different sections (like on Etsy). my blog is http://jimgottuso.wordpress.com the most important things i've learned are post often, be yourself and include photos. people will not sit there and read pages of text without photos and if you make things at least you have things to take photos of. the most difficult thing to do is to garner traffic and it's a bit different than how you get traffic within etsy. in a word... comment. you most certainly have to go to other blogs and comment. this takes quite a while to do and you have to comment in a way that makes it clear that you read the post. if your comments are interesting and frequent enough, the other bloggers will follow your blog and their followers will come to your blog. if you set up a blog and then go about your business, your traffic will not significantly increase because no one knows it's there.

    5 years ago

  • gottuso

    gottuso says:

    oh, forgot... you can google blog comparison and there will be information on what each has to offer

    5 years ago

  • LoveElycia

    LoveElycia says:

    good info! i just started a blog a few weeks ago and this was perfect timing for this article! thanks!! i'm in the process of getting my etsy back up and going so for now i'm focusing on my blog. thanks again, elycia http://loveelycia.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • loveclay

    loveclay says:

    This is great! I think people should also check out tumblr as a means of blogging because it is a blog and its a lot simpler to use there isn't many etsy bloggers but there is alot of art bloggers there you can also reblog favorite posts that you like giving credit to the blogger of course and you can heart items too. take a look at mine.. http://loveclaycraft.tumblr.com

    5 years ago

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms says:

    This is great Danielle, thanks so much! I am acutally in the process of setting up my blog - so this is very timely, indeed. It is quite scary but also very exciting. There are some great tips here I have not thought off, so I am sure I will come back often to the tips and links posted here.

    5 years ago

  • jill2day

    jill2day says:

    I try to put a little of everything on my blog. Sometimes it is just interesting tidbits that relate to my product (My favorite was my blog post on "The history of sleeves!") Sometimes about recent projects ("Memorial Sweater") Sometimes it is about my process or art topics ("Colors of the season") and sometimes it is more personal. I also post information that I can refer my customers to ("How to do a custom order") Seems to be working so far! - And of course it is posted in my announcement.

    5 years ago

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane says:

    Interesting and helpful comments. I have thought about starting a blog - am definately considering it now. Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • CindysCreativejewels

    CindysCreativejewels says:

    Alot of good tips and advice. I have been thinking of starting a blog, but didn't really know how to begin. Everyone's comments and advice has made it less intimidating to get one started.

    5 years ago

  • laceramiste

    laceramiste says:

    before reading this article this morning, i had never, ever thought: 'huh. i could have a blog. i could do that!' now i'm thinking about it, thanks to all the great tips here. maybe i'll try it too! ...i'm also now late for work because i got sucked into the article. oops. ;)

    5 years ago

  • theLostEarring

    theLostEarring says:

    Excellent tips! I really enjoy blogging. It has allowed me to connect with so many wonderful people. As for content, I must say that posting photos is one of my favorite aspects :) http://thelostearring.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • ImpAndPetal

    ImpAndPetal says:

    This is soooooo fantastic, tons of info I never would have come by on my own. And just in time, when I was mulling around the thought of blogging. Thanks a ton!

    5 years ago

  • thecatintheclover

    thecatintheclover says:

    I have a personal blog, but I also have one just for my Etsy shop. I like to include photos of my customers (cats) on my Etsy blog. It is a great way to show your product, and they love being featured! Check it out: http://thecatintheclover.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas! I've been thinking about starting a blog and this helps a lot!

    5 years ago

  • lilygirlpaper

    lilygirlpaper says:

    Thanks so much for this! I was just thinking last night about starting a blog and didn't even know where to begin; as you said, it was very intimidating to me. But with these helpful tips I feel sure I can do it! ; )

    5 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Wow, this article was published a over a year ago. Great information, since I am just starting and I do love to connect to others. Love it when someone sends me a message from cyperspace, I'll always respond.

    5 years ago

  • happytimesco

    happytimesco says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am new to Etsy and just started my blog. I have used it mostly for promotional uses thus far and have only one follower. Hopefully following your tips will help me to grow more and expand into the blogging community.

    5 years ago

  • PoplarRidgePottery

    PoplarRidgePottery says:

    Great information and ideas. I'll try some these. Thanks

    5 years ago

  • BlueKimonoStudio

    BlueKimonoStudio says:

    Mamamadeit's right about the tutorials. I first found her shop and blog by searching for tutorials on Google. Does it make sense also to tell folks how much time it really takes to run a blog? I had a blog before I had an Etsy shop, and it took several hours a day to get it where I wanted it. If I spend as much time blogging as I'd like to, I'd never make anything for my shop.

    5 years ago

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals says:

    Thank you! A lot of successful blogs seem to be on wordpress. That is where I started mine last week for free-I believe you can upgrade for a small fee. http://faerykissnaturals.wordpress.com/

    5 years ago

  • zueeuz

    zueeuz says:

    I've been blog surfing, roaming from blog to blog, and having so much fun, seeing great ideas. Feeling a little like a stalker but I'm becoming a wanna-be blogger too, so this article has some info for me, thanks!

    5 years ago

  • lazydayzlucy

    lazydayzlucy says:

    I matched my blog backgrounds and banner to my website and to my blog's banner backgrounds here at Etsy. People really want to KNOW the artist: how we look, where we live, how we think, where and how we create and they love little tips and tricks for creating things themselves. It's fun and we learn as much as the person reading our blog. Lucy

    5 years ago

  • sacredstonesngifts

    sacredstonesngifts says:

    Great tips, thanks.

    5 years ago

  • mountainspinner

    mountainspinner says:

    Thanks for the tips. I'm going to implement some of these right away! Ann

    5 years ago

  • OhLiv

    OhLiv says:

    To blog or not to blog... THAT is the question... ...lot's to think about. thanks

    5 years ago

  • woolbrain

    woolbrain says:

    How timely ! Etsy is clever that way ! I just started a blog a week ago to-day :) and it is a steep learning curve for me. But it is loads of fun too. I have the usual stuff about me, sale but I also have how to do's and a project that I'm making to follow along with. I have yet to have a contest but ....keep I will keep you posted on http://www.woolbrain.wordpress.com

    5 years ago

  • IndigoFragrance

    IndigoFragrance says:

    What a great article. Some of the tips are ones I have never thought of ! Thanks for this collective advice piece. Here are my blogs... http://www.thebigsugar.com http://www.cardtrain.com

    5 years ago

  • meganleone

    meganleone says:

    Thank you for the post! Great advice.

    5 years ago

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance says:

    Thanks for the great info. I want to start blogging, and this article has a wealth of information that should help get my started

    5 years ago

  • Sutekidane

    Sutekidane says:

    Really very useful! I also blog sometimes!

    5 years ago

  • yarnplusyarn

    yarnplusyarn says:

    Thanks for the blogging advice, Etsy! This is perfect for what I was thinking about today.

    5 years ago

  • nikkidesigns

    nikkidesigns says:

    how do you "claim your blog" on technorati?

    5 years ago

  • ASpinnerWeaver

    ASpinnerWeaver says:

    Thanks for the info. I have found a blog ring to be a great source of readers. Don't forget to put your Etsy mini shop right onto your blog; this really gets visitors to your Etsy shop. Anybody who uses Entrecard or Scoutie or others have a suggestion as to what category we should list under? Art? http://www.ASpinnerWeaver.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove says:

    This article is very motivating. I have neglected my blog for a long time and how feel inspired to get back to it. When I run out of ideas, I can blog about my boring life.

    5 years ago

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations says:

    Wow, what fabulous tips, links and items too! So much to learn and explore to improve my blog. Off to get started right now ... but first had to say "Big Thank You!"

    5 years ago

  • ArtsyNikki

    ArtsyNikki says:

    Thanks so much for the tips - I have a blog but have neglected to post much because I never know what to write about! This article has me inspired!

    5 years ago

  • MarkJAsher

    MarkJAsher says:

    Very good info and ideas! I've had a blog for years, but since setting up my Etsy shop a week ago, I've made a renewed dedication to blog more regularly. http://www.markjasher.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • janssendesigns

    janssendesigns says:

    Great article! I just started my blog this week so this is prefect timing! I need all the help I can get. So far, 8 followers (okay, so 3 are family...)! Thanks!! http://www.janssendesigns.com

    5 years ago

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre says:

    So many great tips! I can't wait to get started on my new blog!

    5 years ago

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune says:

    Really great tips! I am having a hard time figuring our the whole blog world and sticking with it. I think this will help! Also not much luck directing people to the blog. http://colbyjune.wordpress.com/

    5 years ago

  • TheCrochetKid

    TheCrochetKid says:

    I am loving this post, my shop is down for the moment but I'm planning a relaunch and a shiny blog is on the cards:-)

    5 years ago

  • barbedlotus

    barbedlotus says:

    The creating a feature of other etsy artists is a great tip. I did a 24 days of gift guides this Christmas and even on days I don't I continue to get the same numbers. Before I'd get maybe 2 or 3 people a week.

    5 years ago

  • ShadowCutter

    ShadowCutter says:

    I think this is helpful, thanks! that technorati thing sure is complicated though...

    5 years ago

  • katiejobird

    katiejobird says:

    Such a great list of ideas! I started a food and craft blog a couple months ago and am really hoping to get more traffic. I wrote down a ton of ideas from this post! The best tip is definitely to post comments on other blogs you like. I can get a little carried away with this, but it is so much fun (and inspirational) to see what other like-minded people have to say! http://makingfoodandotherstuff.wordpress.com

    5 years ago

  • sunshynesilverwear

    sunshynesilverwear says:

    I've never really considered blogging, but reading through the article, I can see how important this can be. Thanks for the tips!

    5 years ago

  • tubbytabby

    tubbytabby says:

    Just the information I needed. I have been contemplating a blog for months now, and now you have given me the motivation I needed. Now what to name it . . . Tubby Tabby's Squawkbox maybe. Thanks for the great tips!

    5 years ago

  • littlesweetthing

    littlesweetthing says:

    This is awesome info!! Thank you Thank you! I'm gonna start a blog asap!

    5 years ago

  • heatheralexander

    heatheralexander says:

    Great tips! I just wrote an article about how to identify the value of something collectible. www.heatheralexander.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • wehrhouse

    wehrhouse says:

    Thank you. This is just what I needed to get the confidence to actually start a blog. I wrote down a few tips from here and started to write down ideas to include in the blog. Thank you again!

    5 years ago

  • indigohempcompany

    indigohempcompany says:

    Wow! How timely as I just started my own blog on blogspot. Totally intimidated but feel I can travel on now with some info under my belt. Thanks! My new blog is at www.velvetartisan.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • MountainMusings

    MountainMusings says:

    Good stuff. I already have a writing blog (that only I read, as far as I can tell) and it hadn't occurred to me to have a blog for etsy crafts, pictures and stuff. I'll have to see about incorporating the two, or just starting a different blog for etsy/life/pictures.

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Great information! I'm ignorant about the whole process - this should help! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • HayleyJudithEgan

    HayleyJudithEgan says:

    Bit of blog encouragement. Thanks! hayleyjudithegan.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • soapsandsuch1

    soapsandsuch1 says:

    Thanks for all the info, very helpful! www.soapsandsuch1.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • adrianneillustration

    adrianneillustration says:

    My friend use my blog to share ideas, I am always going on to people about the joys of blogging. I like to blog about all things pretty, and it is a great record of your own thoughts to refer back to. http://todayiamloving.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography says:

    This is great and was a question I asked at the forums only a few weeks ago. If you are not used to blogging then it is tough to start off - there is an art to it. So thanks so much for so many ideas. I started my blog a months ago and agree that should not just post your own work - I love to write about about other people's work I am inspired about. Send me your work and see if we can arrange something! My blog is: http://francessewardphotography.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography says:

    Thanks so much for all the very useful comments. It has taken me a while to get going with my blog and these tips are just what I was looking for. http://francessewardphotography.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • adrianneillustration

    adrianneillustration says:

    My friend use my blog to share ideas, I am always going on to people about the joys of blogging. I like to blog about all things pretty, and it is a great record of your own thoughts to refer back to. http://todayiamloving.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • ihatebandages

    ihatebandages says:

    perfect ! ^^ http://thepinkspit.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns says:

    Definitely some things I wasn't aware of in there. So far, I've got two features that run regularly and I intend on adding at least 2 giveaways a month in which one would be an interview from another shop and one would be for my pieces. I also want to have tutorials and recipes and a spot dedicated to me and my life. Sounds vain perhaps, but my pieces are nothing without me...:) What I REALLY think is a good idea is to really plan your time for this. Blog networking takes time and you can spend HOURS doing it. If you have a timer going, at least you know when to stop and you can then focus on your shop too! http://gifteddesigns.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns says:

    Definitely some things I wasn't aware of in there. So far, I've got two features that run regularly and I intend on adding at least 2 giveaways a month in which one would be an interview from another shop and one would be for my pieces. I also want to have tutorials and recipes and a spot dedicated to me and my life. Sounds vain perhaps, but my pieces are nothing without me...:) What I REALLY think is a good idea is to really plan your time for this. Blog networking takes time and you can spend HOURS doing it. If you have a timer going, at least you know when to stop and you can then focus on your shop too! http://gifteddesigns.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • pingosdoceu

    pingosdoceu says:

    I started my blog last month. I found a million tricks and tips to have a blog to 100% Thanks http://pingosdoceu.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • theteabox

    theteabox says:

    Thanks for the tips, try them out. Currently writing a blog, but not very successful: http://theteabox.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • anidar

    anidar says:

    This has sooo inspired me! I've been blogging on WordPress for about 6 months now - but have kept it specifically about my "dance" with cancer. Now that I'm cancer-free (thank God!), it's the perfect time to expand my posts to other topics - like how much I've loved being part of Etsy! http://adifferentwholeness.com/

    5 years ago

  • simoneelumdesigns

    simoneelumdesigns says:

    Thank you so much for this info! I just recently started on etsy and my own blog and a lot of this info will be very helpful. I can't wait to blog more! THANKS!

    5 years ago

  • alphabetmomma

    alphabetmomma says:

    Thank you so much for such great info! For some of us Grammie types...we need lots of 'spoon feeding'. Thank you for your details. STILL LEARNING!

    5 years ago

  • beadelight

    beadelight says:

    Great tips! Thanks for all the ideas. That's what I realy like about Etsy--I can get so many great ideas from lots of people right here. When I start my own blog, I'll be sire to revisit all these great tips. Thanks again!

    5 years ago

  • rayela

    rayela says:

    Interesting. Entrecard and Scoutle are both new tools for me. They both look good. A critique I have for blog designs: Lately I have seen a lot of bloggers use ornate, gorgeous skins on their blogs. They look cool when you first get to the blog, but I have found many of them quite distracting, especially if the skin is static and the text moves. That even makes me dizzy! I find clean templates much more appealing. Remember that many of us are getting older and being on the computer a lot is really hard on the eyes. Yes, young Etsians... Just wait until you turn 40! Light text on a dark background is also hard to read. We are all learning and we can keep on mutating until we find the right platform! www.fiberfocus.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire says:

    I blog, but I don't want to blog just about my jewelry design, my Etsy shop, and the stuff I make. What I'd really like is for Etsy to have a more social interface so you could "post" what you want to about your work *within* the Etsy site. That way, everyone wouldn't have to step outside Etsy to a feed reader just to see all their Etsy favorites' latest news. That said, this is a great post and there will always be stuff to learn! :) Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • damestarbaby

    damestarbaby says:

    Willie Nelson, eh? Who knew!? And now to put another bit of your sensational advice to use... damestarbaby.blogspot.com THANK YOU, DANIELLE!!!

    5 years ago

  • sacredjewelry

    sacredjewelry says:

    Thanks so much for all the tips! I started blogging recently and really enjoy it. Not sure if it was mentioned already, but you can connect your Etsy, Facebook and Twitter accounts to your blog and take care of all 3 at once if you'd like to. Oh, and even if you are not on blogger you can still take advantage of google's analytics. I use wordpress and you can add your authentication code on your admin panel.

    5 years ago

  • sacredjewelry

    sacredjewelry says:

    Oops, I forgot to add my blog, in case anyone is interested in checking it out... http://sacredjewelry.wordpress.com

    5 years ago

  • sacredjewelry

    sacredjewelry says:

    I forgot... My blog is at http://sacredjewelry.wordpress.com and I will be posting some tips on marketing for small businesses shortly...

    5 years ago

  • bethvt

    bethvt says:

    I'm new to blogging, so I am always full of questions. Thank you for answering so many of them! http://www.sheepfarmmusings.com/

    5 years ago

  • jasonbrammer

    jasonbrammer says:

    This is very helpful and timely since my wife and I were just talking about how to get a blog going. Thank you for the great article! Jason http://www.jasonbrammer.com/Home.html

    5 years ago

  • vixzenx

    vixzenx says:

    Wow...thanks for the great tips....cannot wait to start my blog!

    5 years ago

  • stynkiemac

    stynkiemac says:

    This is great, I just started my own blog and was wondering if I was doing everything wright or not. Very helpful, Thanks, Stynkie ami-rochet.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • HandmadebyEmilyShop

    HandmadebyEmilyShop says:

    Wow, some great tips. Thanks so much for taking the time to put them all together for us http://www.handmadebyemily.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • craftysarah

    craftysarah says:

    you inspired me :) Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • RoomForCake

    RoomForCake says:

    What perfect timing..I started my blog just yesterday! I have been very nervous about it, but I feel much better after reading this! Thanks www.ThePencilAndTheCake.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • FarmFreshArt

    FarmFreshArt says:

    Thanks for the great comments. I just started my blog yesterday, and now I realize I have lots of work to do to make it successful.

    5 years ago

  • SugarOwlDesign

    SugarOwlDesign says:

    Thanks for the info. As always, there are a few great things to learn/be reminded of. :)

    5 years ago

  • paisleyfacevintage

    paisleyfacevintage says:

    If you're a seller, google your Etsy shop- chances are you'll find your items featured in other Etsy seller's blogs. When I was first starting up my store, this was so thrilling and I was extremely thankful to those bloggers who were promoting me! When I double checked the numbers via Craft Cult's Heartomatic (http://www.craftcult.com/heartomatic.php) it was obvious that those items featured in blogs had dramatically more views and hearts. Recently I started my own blog (http://paisleyfacevintage.blogspot.com/) and can't wait to feature Etsy items and sellers that I love! Blogs are such a great opportunity for us to help one another and work together as a community!

    5 years ago

  • TresBelleKnits

    TresBelleKnits says:

    Thank you for this article! I too have just started a blog and I had no idea what to write about! With these tips, I'll be off to a better start!

    5 years ago

  • croweshea

    croweshea says:

    Thanks for this blog post (and the email that brought me here). I've been blogging for years but recently created a blog for my business. I found lots of interesting ideas to incorporate.

    5 years ago

  • kathcojewellery

    kathcojewellery says:

    Danielle ,your timing is perfect.To Blog or Not to blog that has been a question in my mind over the last few months, but after reading this there is no question about it I will do a blog. This has given me the push I needed, very inspirational. Thank you and all who contributed Kat :)

    5 years ago

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy says:

    Great info! You've inspired me to start a blog! : )

    5 years ago

  • beoneofakindclothing

    beoneofakindclothing says:

    Love the ideas~ especially communicating about the creative process and showing projects as they are being made...

    5 years ago

  • ShortandSweets

    ShortandSweets says:

    thanks for this! I started my blog KatesShortandSweets.blogspot.com at the beginning of 2010 and I'm always looking for new ideas and help. I agree that blogspot.com makes it super easy to get started. Adding pictures and links is a snap!

    5 years ago

  • BrendaH49

    BrendaH49 says:

    Thanks for your ideas and comments. I have been blogging for a few months now, but plan to change my approach after reading your guide.

    5 years ago

  • sebnlu

    sebnlu says:

    Wow! thaks for the great how to guide on blogging, so much to take in. Seems I have to now do a blog of sorts I am so technologically challenged that it may take some time...but well worth it :)

    5 years ago

  • mystudio

    mystudio says:

    Thanks so much for your excellent guide to blogging. So much valuable information.

    5 years ago

  • PatchesBoutique

    PatchesBoutique says:

    Wow! What a great article on blogging. I know I need to start a blog, but I have always hated writing. However, your article has given me inspiration. Thanks! BarCERanch.com

    5 years ago

  • 3patch

    3patch says:

    wonderful! Recently I thought about making a blog. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • BizziBeads

    BizziBeads says:

    Great idea, as someone who has just joined the Etsy crew I will have a go and set up my own blog. Hope to see you there!!

    5 years ago

  • BizziBeads

    BizziBeads says:

    As a new member of the Etsy sellers, I will have a go and create my own bolg, a great deal of information to take in but I hope to see you all there!!!

    5 years ago

  • sweetdolls

    sweetdolls says:

    Thankyou,Great tips!

    5 years ago

  • cLorisDesigns

    cLorisDesigns says:

    Thanks once again! I was questioning starting a blog, but now I feel a bit more confident in doing so... I already am a journaler so why not share my thoughts with everyone else :) great post!

    5 years ago

  • BeadedJewelryBySusan

    BeadedJewelryBySusan says:

    Good article. Another point to add: blogging is therapetic! A way to express yourself without pressure. http://www.beadedjewelrybysusan.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • cLorisDesigns

    cLorisDesigns says:

    I made my own blog!! Thanks for the inspiration :) clorisdesigns.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • HazyDaisy

    HazyDaisy says:

    Thanks for a great article, it has definitely inspired me to put in a bit more work on my blog!

    5 years ago

  • blackscrapcat

    blackscrapcat says:

    Pardon my ignorance :) but what exactly does this mean? "The first thing any new blogger should do is claim their blog on Technorati." I signed up for Technorati but don't know what to do next!

    5 years ago

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion says:

    Nice article! I have started my own blog as a Face Book fun page. My concept is to put beautiful pictures I make, find ad public cute items on etsy created by other artists and some of my designs. http://www.facebook.com/pages/TasiFashion/269575007037

    5 years ago

  • magsb80

    magsb80 says:

    thanks for all the fantastic advice. I certainly learned something new today.

    5 years ago

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug says:

    thanks for all the great tips! i am trying to figure out technorati at the moment :)

    5 years ago

  • Jewels7arts

    Jewels7arts says:

    i still find bloging hard it may just be my spelling fears but that is a good artichel

    5 years ago

  • lalaloop

    lalaloop says:

    This is really helpful. I just set up a blog last week and I am feeling quite lost about it all! Thank you for the good tips, I will definately be using them :)

    5 years ago

  • chrishobel

    chrishobel says:

    writing when you are in the mood is best so using the edit feature allows you to write quite a few posts at the same sitting.I often upload photos for each new post and save them and write just a bit,the start of a story or idea and then save the post. It is easier to get started the next time you decide to post, you just have to finish it as you already have the pics done and the idea there.

    5 years ago

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality says:

    Thanks for the tips. I've been procrastinating starting a blog for some time, and after reading this I finally just went for it. Let me know what you think http://spontaneousreality.blogspot.com/ :)

    5 years ago

  • mountainstitchworks

    mountainstitchworks says:

    I did it ... I started my blog. I am an etsy newbie in the process of starting my etsy store. I'd love comments and to communications with others on my blog.

    5 years ago

  • mountainstitchworks

    mountainstitchworks says:

    oops... here's the link

    5 years ago

  • mountainstitchworks

    mountainstitchworks says:

    hmm... maybe I don't know how to do that yet!

    5 years ago

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove says:

    So helpful! Loved all the links to 3rd party sites. Thank you thank you :D

    5 years ago

  • DarlingCreations

    DarlingCreations says:

    Wow, this is awesome. I not real tech savy and this social networking is very new to me. Gotta get into todays world I guess, and this information will certainly help get me there. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • sewbebe

    sewbebe says:

    Great tips, after participating in a few blog give aways I've been motivated to start my own.

    5 years ago

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace says:

    Thank you, for all these great tips, I really appreciate all the help and advice Etsy provides, it reminds me that I am part of a great community. Thank you thank you!!!

    5 years ago

  • kasiabear

    kasiabear says:

    wow guys!! i have been shopping on etsy for quite a while and got some great little pieces and i am just starting up my shop now. i have only been blogging since late last year and loving it. there is so much amazing handmade stuff out there and i've checked out so many of your blogs and am completely blown away.. keep creating everyone!! www.kasiabear.com http://kasiabearkids.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • labellebrocante

    labellebrocante says:

    I just created my own blog a couple of weeks ago, and am lost as to what to write about so that I don't bore the heck out of my readers. I found A LOT of useful, helpful suggestions and tips, and cannot wait to get started! http://beautifulbricabrac.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • lilylunagardener

    lilylunagardener says:

    Great advice - I'm pretty new to Etsy & blogging, and this is just the inspiration I need! Thx!

    5 years ago

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari says:

    Loved this most needed guide...it cleared up some doubts that I had regarding the subject matter....if it was correct for me to add ...other entries ...that had nothing to do with ...silk painting. I also added my blog address to my Shop Announcement.

    5 years ago

  • ByMarieNicole

    ByMarieNicole says:

    Fantastic article... I always enjoy your insightful articles Danielle. It's interesting to see that people are advising that we blog about more than just your craft, as someone told me recently that a blog should be more 'focused' but creativity comes from so many aspects of life and too much of the same, I feel, could create boredom... but I am only new to blogging so I still have a lot to learn. Thanks again.

    5 years ago

  • DancingMilkmaid

    DancingMilkmaid says:

    Great advice for an about to be newbie blogger! I can't wait to try out different angles to generate readership and share new things with other bloggers!

    5 years ago

  • pumphousestudios

    pumphousestudios says:

    Thank you, thank you! I started my blog a month ago, and it was all because of the inspiration of other bloggers/artists/crafters/stay at home mommies. It already is a great way to stay inspired and connected.

    5 years ago

  • jeweledintentions

    jeweledintentions says:

    OK, so someone please tell me why having a blog will make your etsy page better and sell more products. THANKS! And same with a separate Facebook page on top of a personal one you already have.

    5 years ago

  • Dragonflightdesigns

    Dragonflightdesigns says:

    This has been a real help. My husband has been suggesting I start a blog but I wanted to be sure I had something to say - rather than just talking about my business - and I had no idea where to start.

    5 years ago

  • pengulosh

    pengulosh says:

    I believe it is just more sources of traffic. It is easier for the search engined to find your content in a blog than on etsy. When they send out there web crawlers they read unique content of sites and when they read etsy they are reading etsy content not your stores content. I have also heard that if you buy the domain for the name of your store and redirect it to go strait to your etsy page you will get more traffic as well. These are things that I have been trying but haven't been doing long enough to let you know how successful they are. My new blog is http://pengulosh.blogspot.com it has been up for two weeks now.

    5 years ago

  • VintageOddsAndSods

    VintageOddsAndSods says:

    Great article and information. I really appreciate it.

    5 years ago

  • brownowlshop

    brownowlshop says:

    that was really helpful!! thank you so much!!

    5 years ago

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera says:

    I just began on Etsy a little over a month ago, haven't sold anything yet. But, I might do the blog soon. Thanks for the info.

    5 years ago

  • handmadebysj

    handmadebysj says:

    Wow, thanks so much for the tips... it's spurred me on to set up my own blog and I'm feeling so pro active and excited about the future, yippeeeee :-)

    5 years ago

  • patricepastel

    patricepastel says:

    Fantastic article! I started on Etsy just last year. Unfortunately, my hubby was let go from his position and he has been my greatest advocate for my online shop! Had to step up my teaching hours to help meet our expenses. But I am excited to get my shop going ~ I am always inspired by Etsy support. My blog is going to the next level. Thanks for the great tips!

    5 years ago

  • truetonature

    truetonature says:

    Awesome and inspirational! Thank you, Danielle!

    5 years ago

  • applecorecrafts

    applecorecrafts says:

    I've worked hard on my blog for a week and a half. I started picking up badges and buttons from other blogs, especially Etsy sellers, and telling them on Twitter that I have put there badge, shop name, website or blog on my list. I have gotten more followers and some folks just say Thanks, which is fine. http://applecorecrafts.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • citizenrosebud

    citizenrosebud says:

    Thank=you Danielle for writing these, and all the helpful bloggers who shared their sage advice. So many good and helpful insights here. I agree with making the blog more than just about hawking your wares; my favorite reads are blogs who have a unique and upbeat outlook and share their view on things. Again thanks for the many helpful tips.

    5 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Excellent article Danielle!

    5 years ago

  • NorthToAlaskaDesigns
  • VioletBells

    VioletBells says:

    Fabulous info.! I just created my blog spot the other day. I was completely lost on how to get readers to flock to my blog spot. I have taken great notes from your knowledge and plan to use them in the future. You are awesome! Thanks!!!:)

    5 years ago

  • VioletBells

    VioletBells says:

    Oh yes! my blog spot if you read this is: http://violetbellsbyannviolet.blogspot.com Come check out if you are a bride or know someone is a bride. Cheers!

    5 years ago

  • madhubanipaintings

    madhubanipaintings says:

    If you want to buy indian arts,you can go for madhubani paintings.Its 3000 years old art form,please visit http://www.madhubanipaintingsindia.blogspot.com/

    4 years ago

  • battysbath

    battysbath says:

    Thanks for the great article! I've been blogging for years now but there were things mentioned in this article that i wasn't doing yet and services I totally forgot about using when i started my latest blog! Thanks so much for all your help :)

    4 years ago

  • JewelryByDesignerGal

    JewelryByDesignerGal says:

    Of all the articles I've read on IT AD's this will be by far the most advantages to me. (No money for advertizing) SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU

    4 years ago

  • WexfordTreasures

    WexfordTreasures says:

    Great tips! Thanks for your help, I need to get a blog started.

    4 years ago

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop says:

    Great info!! Thanks a blog!

    4 years ago

  • TracyEmmaCupitt

    TracyEmmaCupitt says:

    Some great ideas to stay motivated! anyone know how to claim their blog on Technorati? xx

    4 years ago

  • Tirabaralla

    Tirabaralla says:

    I arrived at this quite late but still found a few good tips indeed, although I blog since years I just opened my craft/work related blog: http://tirabarallahdv.blogspot.com/ For who doesn't understand how to claim the blog on Technorati: register and then go to your profile and there u find the claim your blog tab...remember to check your e-mail for the code they send you to post on your blog. Good luck :)

    4 years ago

  • bluestarfishstudio

    bluestarfishstudio says:

    This really helps one who has no idea where to start! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • KGlass8

    KGlass8 says:

    This is great, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • simoneridyard

    simoneridyard says:

    Just about to start a blog - this is such a great help...many thanks.

    4 years ago

  • JKistlerStudios

    JKistlerStudios says:

    great article! I'm afraid I'm a crafter who has a blog. I love visiting blogs featured in Artful Blogging magazine. Very inspiring. :-)

    4 years ago

  • Dollymama2

    Dollymama2 says:

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. It was really helpful. I am still kind of new to blogging, but I am making progress. I have two blogs, http://manystitcheslater.blogspot.com and http://Poo-Happens.blogspot.com for my diaper cakes.

    4 years ago

  • Dollymama2

    Dollymama2 says:

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. It was really helpful. I am still kind of new to blogging, but I am making progress. I have two blogs, http://manystitcheslater.blogspot.com and http://Poo-Happens.blogspot.com for my diaper cakes.

    4 years ago

  • KateMurphy

    KateMurphy says:

    I guess it's time to give it a try, Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

    4 years ago

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities says:

    Fantastic Tips! I've been doing a 'Build a Better Blog feature on my blog for the past few weeks, and have gotten a lot of response! I'll have to link to this article for sure!! http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • amretasgraphics

    amretasgraphics says:

    Wow great post! What I love about Blogger.com is that actually it allows the print-out (if you want to print the webpages) to have the same layout like how the pages look on screen. I mean with Wordpress and others when you try to print the pages, the layout changes. Thanks for other wonderful info too! :-)))

    4 years ago

  • amretasgraphics

    amretasgraphics says:

    oh sorry another quick addition to my earlier post: the printout with the same on-screen layout works really well (with blogger.com) especially if your blog features so much graphic like mine http://www.amretasgraphicsblog.com that's how I really heart blogger.com :-)))

    4 years ago

  • MariahKarson

    MariahKarson says:

    Thanks for all the info! Today I was featured on a blog http://duhmericana.com/ and I was thinking of starting a blog myself, then I read this and am inspired. Thanks again!

    4 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs says:

    Such a practical topic!

    4 years ago

  • FantasyJewelryGoddes

    FantasyJewelryGoddes says:

    Ok ive just signed up to start blogging, so all totally new to me. Im very much looking forward to the experience though :)

    4 years ago

  • FantasyJewelryGoddes

    FantasyJewelryGoddes says:

    I was featured in a blog yesterday and found it inspiring ....this is why I decided to give it a go http://www.littlefairycult.co.uk/category/blog/

    4 years ago

  • QuitePoshHomeDesign

    QuitePoshHomeDesign says:

    Thanks for all the fantastic tips. Can't wait to start blogging!

    4 years ago

  • TheGiftNook

    TheGiftNook says:

    Thanks for all the great info - and new at blogging and this will be a treasured resource.

    4 years ago

  • PrintsByJSwenson

    PrintsByJSwenson says:

    Great tips! Mine is http://studiolapis.blogspot.com/ My latest posts are about my work but there are many others about fashion, graphic design, etc.

    4 years ago

  • DeniseUnlimited

    DeniseUnlimited says:

    Very helpful! I neglect my blog, can't get motivated, but this inspires me to try harder.

    4 years ago

  • DeniseUnlimited

    DeniseUnlimited says:

    Very helpful! I neglect my blog, can't get motivated, but this inspires me to try harder.

    4 years ago

  • daisyvortex

    daisyvortex says:

    So helpful, thanks so much

    4 years ago

  • natalyboutique

    natalyboutique says:

    thanks,very helpful, natalyboutique.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • kiwicarioca

    kiwicarioca says:

    Wow, I nearly ticked all the boxes - except for the Technocrati thingy. Thanks for a great article. Best,

    4 years ago

  • tyworld1

    tyworld1 says:

    I hope to have courage with these tips to be able to blog, because as soon as I started it never gone far before I had to stop, I can not really gathered topics to discuss. May be from all these tips, I will be able to go lenghty with it. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • KrystalRingKreations

    KrystalRingKreations says:

    Thank you very much for all the helpful tips! I have had my Blog up for about a week and could use all the help I can get! My biggest problem is I just don't know what to write about! GGRRRR! Here is my Blog if anyone is interested! http://krystalringkreations.blogspot.com/

    4 years ago

  • Belledazzled

    Belledazzled says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips, great advice to motivate me into blogging. Never blog before, now I need to do one myself.

    4 years ago

  • BusyLizzyBoutique

    BusyLizzyBoutique says:

    Love it! Just started a blog for myself today, and updated a long neglected one I've been doing for work. Please check out these and let me know if you think I'm on the right track. I can take constructive criticism! In fact, I welcome it! http://busylizzyblog.blogspot.com/ http://accessfitnesshealthyramblings.blogspot.com/

    4 years ago

  • FancyMaple

    FancyMaple says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. Very helpful. And I am thinking about opening a blog now.

    4 years ago

  • kimberleeannkreation

    kimberleeannkreation says:

    I try to blog 2-3 times each week and post about Etsy crafters, crafting friends, I feature a local shop each month, and run a monthly contest for a "kimberleeannkreations" product. It is fun to come up with new and creative topics. I also change the pictures of my products frequently to keep a fresh look to my site. Anyone interested in checking out my blog may go to www.kimberleeannkreations.blogspot.com.

    4 years ago

  • nicolette737

    nicolette737 says:

    blogging advice is always appreciated!! thank you :)

    4 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    I've been thinking about this topic for awhile and know it would act as a great marketing tool. I just need that little thing I don't seem to have enough of to get started - time!!! Thanks for all the help and great advice!!

    4 years ago

  • ElegantlyUnderstated

    ElegantlyUnderstated says:

    Loved this article so much I had to post a link to it on my blog about how to set up an Etsy shop. Check it out here: http://www.elegantlyunderstated.blogspot.com/

    4 years ago

  • kimberleeannkreation

    kimberleeannkreation says:

    Well, I have done what was suggested about signing up with technorati, but I have yet to find out how to register my blog on there - can anyone give me some input? Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • KalstekPhotography

    KalstekPhotography says:

    Thanks for the tips!!!

    4 years ago

  • MirkaDesign

    MirkaDesign says:

    I am blogger too but I have problem to find new followers. Is there any possibility to promote my blog somewhere or make it visible for more people? www.made-by-me-rka.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly says:

    I would suggest, in addition to all of these helpful tips, that you always proofread your posts. Writing clearly and correctly makes the quality of your blog much better, because you come across as knowledgeable and interesting. A misused "there" or the wrong "two" can throw your reader off, and you want to avoid being redundant if you want them to be interested, so a quick read-through before hitting "post" can make a big impact. Maybe I'm nitpicky, but as a person who reads a LOT of blogs, I can tell you that the ones I frequent have a unique voice and a clear style. I'm working on a little grammar guide on my blog at http://little-toil-of-love.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • DavisDomestications

    DavisDomestications says:

    Thanks so much! I am a total Newbie to the blogging world and it certainly is overwhelming. Great advice-made it not so scary! www.DavisDomestications.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • hagitzehavi

    hagitzehavi says:

    great article! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • GirlieMeDesigns

    GirlieMeDesigns says:

    great tips! thanks so much to all the 'interviewees' for sharing there knowledge! i do have a question, if ANYONE can help.... i've seen many etsy blogs that have their "My Etsy Shop" listed on the side of their blogs with thumbprint photo of their products. can anyone tell me how this is added? i'm having trouble with it. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!!! http://girliemedesigns.blogspot.com/

    4 years ago

  • StitchSenseDesigns

    StitchSenseDesigns says:

    I love this! I already have a ton of new ideas that I can implement on my blog now. www.stitchsensedesigns.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • StellaMagiaDesigns

    StellaMagiaDesigns says:

    great article though I didn't understand some things, especially the Technorati thing. I'm not sure exaxtly what we're supposed to do with that.

    4 years ago

  • StellaMagiaDesigns

    StellaMagiaDesigns says:

    great article though I didn't understand some things, especially the Technorati thing. I'm not sure exaxtly what we're supposed to do with that.

    4 years ago

  • ElegantlyHandmade

    ElegantlyHandmade says:

    GREAT information will be very helpful for when I start my blog. Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • AmbrosiasAttic

    AmbrosiasAttic says:

    Thanks for always reposting helpful info. I am a new blogger and needed some assistance.

    4 years ago

  • AmbrosiasAttic

    AmbrosiasAttic says:

    Thanks for always reposting helpful info. I am a new blogger and needed some assistance.

    4 years ago

  • maribelah

    maribelah says:

    Thanks a lot for these amazing tips!

    3 years ago

  • maribelah

    maribelah says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips!!! Great information!

    3 years ago

  • lorikart

    lorikart says:

    Thanks so much. I have just started a blog and have been wondering whether to stick to one topic or be varied. I keep changing my mind. You have convinced me to have several. I have probably made a big mistake though. I didn't give my blog the same name as the Etsy shop name (because I was going to vary topics). http://www.lorikorange.com/

    3 years ago

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB says:

    Fastastic tips and info. Can't wait to get started! Mo

    3 years ago

  • supplies4diyer

    supplies4diyer says:

    wow,great blogging tips,thank you so much

    3 years ago

  • Crazyteapot

    Crazyteapot says:

    Some great ideas and tips here thank you! http://crazy-teapot.blogspot.com/

    3 years ago

  • bugga

    bugga says:

    excellent piece ofwork thank you for the information

    3 years ago

  • wandaantinoro

    wandaantinoro says:

    Thanks for all the really cool information. My problem is time. I want to do it all! How do one find time for the 9-5, husband, friends, family, my etsy shops, ect.................. and do it all well! Im always amazed at the bloggers I follow who give so much to there followers with reviews, videos, photos ect.

    3 years ago

  • GirlMeetsYarn

    Vi Bui from GirlMeetsYarn says:

    Very great advice! I just started a blog this past April and I've been trying really hard to regularly post. I love reading blogs and there are so many types of blogs that I wanted to be, so sometimes I post Outfit of the Day type posts, personal things, updates about what I'm knitting, and music and movie reviews. I definitely want to try out a weekly Etsy finds feature in the future and have regularly scheduled posts. But as of now, I can get kind of obsessed with my Stats. Check out my blog? www.girlmeetsyarn.etsy.com

    2 years ago

  • Dallabeadstore

    Dallabeadstore from 925silverjewels says:

    Nice, great blogging tips & guide, thank you so much...

    2 years ago

  • huy1404

    huy huy says:

    'Wow great post! What I love about Blogger.com is that actually it allows the print-out (if you want to print the webpages) to have the same layout like how the pages look on screen. I mean with Wordpress and others when you try to print the pages, the layout changes. Thanks for other wonderful info too! :-)))" I also think like you can bang tai

    2 years ago

  • scarlettdalila

    Shoanna Crowell from ScarlettDalila says:

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