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Tell Your Everyday Story on Your Blog

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Kate Gatski and her husband Ben, of Shop Gatski, have been making sculpture and furniture for a living for ten years. 

You have a story to tell. It’s tucked between checking things off your list and pulling out your hair. Your blog is the perfect place to share, whether you prefer writing, photos, videos or sketches. Use the sounds, smells, visuals and interactions of your life and work to engage the senses and the interest of your community. Tell the story of your “ordinary.”

I propose you start fresh with your blog: make it a place you are comfortable. Others will feel the same. Pop in like you were there the day before, no matter how long it has been. Share something quick, a story, and move on.

Keep it simple.

Tracey Long of Chasing the Crayon does this well. Her story feels real, and while she shares a small moment, it shows the inner workings of her day:

Every day, you are making decisions about what to make, how to make it and what materials to use. When you are absorbed in the details, it can be hard to get enough distance to describe them. So, how can you translate your day into a story that will captivate your audience?

Storytelling Exercise

Try this little exercise to start telling your story.

Step 1: Write down the following:

  1. Three things you see or hear right now. I see a broken digital camera; I see trees full with green leaves; I hear a distant car motor.
  2. Three things you did last week. Even if it was laundry. I ate birthday cake every day; I went for several walks down the lane; I created UPS orders.
  3. Three exchanges you had with someone else. I traded twelve emails with one person to finalize a shipment; I chatted with a friend at a yard sale about a recent photo shoot; I planned a trip to a scrap machinery dealer.

Step 2: Ask why. Pick one item from your list and ask “Why?” until you find something interesting.

Step 3: Repeat until you do indeed find something interesting. If it doesn’t go anywhere, try another item. Within a few minutes you should have something you want to share that reveals the texture of your life.

I ate birthday cake every day. Why? It was sitting on the counter. Why? It wouldn’t fit in the refrigerator. Why? The refrigerator is full of glass bottles of milk. Why? My husband milks cows every morning.

A refrigerator full of milk is interesting — I could share a photo of that. Or I could find a recipe that uses farm-fresh milk (to get those bottles out and make room for cake!). I could share a link to vintage milk bottles or a bit of humor about shifting milk around in the refrigerator every day.

Asking “Why?” will help you travel through different terrains — boring, negative, positive, interesting — and eventually you’ll arrive at worthwhile.

Jahje Ives of Baby Jives turned a rainy day into something wonderful, as shown
in this post:

Step 4: Keep going. Simply take a few minutes each week to practice pulling stories out of your everyday life. It will become easier. Soon you will transition quickly from an element in your daily life to a captivating photo, a few words or even a short video. With time and practice, it will become natural.

Remember, your story unfolds every day, and there are many people who desire the life you live. Use your blog to give them a piece of it. They will want to read what you share because it is honest, real and relatable. Invite people into your world; fix yourself in their memory. Harness the power of the everyday that surrounds you.

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper says:

    Very, very interesting and packed with lots of ideas and how-to's. Great starting point for someone just starting (like me). I know what I need to do next. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox from ArtigianoJewelBox says:

    Great tips for storytelling - thanks! I like to think of my blog as my refuge, and have been delighted to find some react the same way.

    2 years ago

  • singinghorse07

    Suzanne H from SMHarfordArt says:

    This is great! Thank you! As a new blogger I sometimes have difficulty coming up with ideas. These tips are a wonderful addition to the "toolbox"

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Good idea!

    2 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    Very thoughtful! I love the ideas here!

    2 years ago

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf says:

    thank you for the interesting ideas!!!

    2 years ago

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns says:

    So simple but fun & interesting. I love to take pictures but putting words to them is another story.. A talent on it own! Together it's amazing!

    2 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    Ali from AZCreativeStudio says:

    Storytelling is connecting us all. Many of the blogs I daily read are written by women who are passionate about life and what they do. Even though, we are geographically separated, the stories we share allows us to reach others and inspire. Besides telling my story, I like to feature artists and their art studios on my blog. Seeing the creation process and the space where it takes place is fascinating. Thank you for this great article! Ali @ www.azlifeandstyle.com

    2 years ago

  • DianesArtExpressions

    Diane from TheExpressivePalette says:

    thank you so much for this posting! i draw total blanks when it comes to writing posts whether on my blog or even Facebook.. you really have helped me alot Kate! :) big bunches of thanks!!

    2 years ago

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume says:

    Great, this is perfect timing for me, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Can't wait to begin trying these great tips on my blog!

    2 years ago

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis says:

    These tips make the idea of blogging seem much more do-able! Thanks for sharing. Now to put them into practice ;)

    2 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Great ideas; thanks so much for sharing. I have a blog...but don't write at the moment...have been trying to decide whether to start up again or not. I do like to write, but have soooo little time between work, home, painting & trying to get my shop going on etsy. Is it even worth it, when there are so many people blogging out there, knowing it could take months or more to find an audience? would it be more useful and productive to write mini blog posts on my facebook page? When there is little time to devote to promotion, finding the best fit seems important.

    2 years ago

  • fallenangeljade

    Candy Hussey from SinfulStudios says:

    These are great tips. I don't have a blog yet but I am considering making one.

    2 years ago

  • harpersmeadow

    Denise Bose says:

    This is unfamiliar territory and a wee bit intimidating....still...I am determined to explore. So thankful for those of you who are willing to guide and share. Much appreciated. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • PomDecors

    ElleJay from 20thCenturyKitchen says:

    I never read blogs like this. This is like the internet variety of the old-fashioned hand written teenage 'Dear Diary'. I follow blogs written by people who really do have stories to tell (text, text and more text!) or fabulous visual art or music to share. Everyday life is just that -- everybody alive has a life everyday.

    2 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects says:

    I must admit after 4 years of blogging I've been feeling a little blog burn-out recently. Thank you for the WONDERFUL advice for making it fresh. I'm going to try your exercise and tips and see if I can revive the joy that my blog has brought to me for these past few years!

    2 years ago

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique says:

    Great tips! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • mfrawley

    Mary Frawley (Calligraphette Ltd) from Calligraphette says:

    Thank you so much Kate! I've just started writing a blog www.calligraphette.tumblr.com after reading one of these articles and your post was just perfect. I started the blog and then thought, gosh! what will I write about? I was going to put some brain power into answering that question tomorrow and your post will help me very very much. Thank you my 'Blog Angel'! xx

    2 years ago

  • CoffeeInBed

    Mike Dale from CoffeeInBed says:

    Thanks! Just updated a blog post I did this morning with more pics and links after reading this article. It's a much more interesting post now.

    2 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    Marsi from TheCottageCheese says:

    I used to blog 4-5 times a week (and am just recently beginning again, though less frequently). I often dealt with writer's block, so I'm grateful for the great advice I've found here. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • FlyingHorseStudio

    Candace from FlyingHorseStudio says:

    I have been considering starting my own blog, but alas, what to write about? Then I read your post, and there it was... what to write about! I am going to put your advice into practice. Thanks for the inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • knickey

    Nickey Skarstad from knickey says:

    Love the "why" exercise! I think it will also apply when you're writing the story of your shop on your About page.

    2 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    I'm just not comfortable about sharing things with the world at large, it strikes me as a poor replacement for "real" friends. Those are the people we actually share our every day with, the people we chat to in the queue at the Post Office or meet over the garden fence. Back before the interweb people didn't need to open their lives to strangers, & I for one am not really that interested in someone else's every day life because I'm too busy living my own. Reading or writing regular blogs takes up way too much time that could be spent on real pursuits, on working to make our lives better in meaningful ways... talking to real people, smiling at babies, stroking dogs, patting horses, making our crafts, cleaning the windows, cutting the grass.

    2 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose says:

    I love blogging, but like so many others time just gets away from me. I also love reading blogs. I have found so many useful tips/ideas. Even if it's just how someone used a product differently then I do and it becomes one of those "ah ha" moments.

    2 years ago

  • babyjives

    Jahje from BabyJivesCo says:

    Thanks Kate, I am so honored to be part of this post. I love glimpsing into other folks lives and seeing what inspires them every day. For me a definite turning point in blogging was when I started writing about things from my own life. When I read other blogs I am looking to connect and if they don't offer me a voice or a reason to care I move on. I think allowing yourself the freedom to speak when you have something to say (and not beating yourself up when you lag behind) is great advice. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    2 years ago

  • MitzShop

    Malgosia from MitzMetals says:

    I agree with mots of mazedasastoat's opinion. It seems to me sometimes that sharing becomes even more important than living your life! Blogging is great when it tells about something more than just you and your everyday life. I love blogs that have a specific topic that is interesting to me, and the personality of a blogger isn't in the center.

    2 years ago

  • CreaShines

    Stacey from CreaShines says:

    Very inspirational!!!

    2 years ago

  • CreaShines

    Stacey from CreaShines says:

    And I agree Nickey, I am planning on using the exercise to spruce up my new About page!

    2 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Very helpful! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    Tess from GildedNotes says:

    This couldn't have come at a better time! I've been trying to resurrect my blog, and the more I try to brainstorm possible topics, the more my mind blanks. Putting myself out there is definitely scary, but I guess what's the worst that could happen, crickets? I'm going to print this out and keep it in my notebook, thank you!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    Nice, a very different approach to blogging - sometimes I think that I'm just too dull but I try to keep it exciting!

    2 years ago

  • MrsBertimus

    Mrs Bertimus from MrsBertimus says:

    That's really interesting, loved the blog links too x

    2 years ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    I'm new to blogging, and I feel like it's so time consuming! I'm really bad at updating regularly! Thanks for the inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • buttonsandstars

    Clare Mountain from xThreadBEARx says:

    This is amazing! It's just the kind of advice I have been looking for. My blog is super new, having only started it less than a week ago. Blogging is fun and exciting, and I do just love writing, but trying to create engaging content is difficult. I can't wait to try this out!

    2 years ago

  • andreaciske

    andrea ciske from aciskedesign says:

    Thanks Kate for your lovely words! And after reading your advice you've made me excited and more comfortable with the idea of starting my own blog.

    2 years ago

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom says:

    great food for thought - I get so busy some times that doing a blog post is just one thing too many - sometimes leaving a comment is even too much. This is my blog: http://bittersweetdesignstudio.blogspot.com/ best of luck to all of us who want to tell our story!!

    2 years ago

  • aliceadair

    Adair from aliceadair says:

    Thanks for all the great insight. Some of these tips are just the thing I need to see my life with fresh perspective for blogging.

    2 years ago

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms says:

    LOVE it! remember to share the good if you are going to share the bad and the ugly from time to time ;)

    2 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    To blog or not to blog....anyways, the article is great because it gets creativity working. One good project always come from jotting down ideas. A blog could be the start of very personal sketchbook.

    2 years ago

  • KeelyFinnegan

    Keely Finnegan from KeelyFinnegan says:

    Thank you for this! I just purchased the ebook and can't wait to read it! I struggle with blogging because I tend to be kind of shy and want my work to speak for itself, however I realize that what is behind my work (me!) is so very important too. Hopefully this is just the thing I need to get the words to flow. Thanks again!

    2 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherry truitt from sherrytruitt says:

    So many of us live isolated lives. I simply do not understand "sprucing up the mundane" to garner readers. The connection is not real. It is not a substitute for real life and I no longer understand the point of all this storytelling. The time could be spent with your elderly neighbor down the street, on a bike ride to the park or in service to those who need some human interaction. The real world with real friends is out there. How did people stop noticing?

    2 years ago

  • olimaxsoap

    Anita from ollieandmaxsoapco says:

    Great article and perfect for someone like me who sits in front of the computer and stares at the screen, wondering "how do I get started"? Thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt says:

    Thanks for this post, Kate. Two prompts I use are from Natalie Goldberg. Right now I am .... is an excellent way to loosen up. It can be a description of what is happening in the room, my mood, etc. Another one is What I really want to say is.... That one is terrific for getting back on course when doing some free writing. Both of these prompts are for simply getting the words down on paper. When I read them over a couple of weeks later, sometimes I might find a sentence or two to actually use. When I am working on my blog posts for Etsy, I keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas, phrases, and complete sentences. When I am ready to begin an actual draft I usually have about half of it already written and waiting to be put into the right format.

    2 years ago

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi says:

    Very interesting. Maybe I should try. My grandma has written two books about her life, maybe I could write a few sentences about mine.....

    2 years ago

  • Katlandia

    Kat McBride from KatCanPaint says:

    I love a good story; in a novel, a blog, a magazine, a comic, movies...or even as copy in a shop. Being a better story teller online (in a blog or store front) can only help you tell a better story offline.

    2 years ago

  • BCbuzz

    BCbuzz from BCbuzz says:

    and stay curious about everything... look for answers to those questions that pop in from time to time, and start a conversation!

    2 years ago

  • Borettoart

    Lesley Boretto from Borettoart says:

    amazing!! thank you so much!

    2 years ago

  • ModernButtercup

    Nat from ModernButtercup says:

    Great post! I've always wondered how people crafted intriguing stories, and have found that it's made up of skill and talent... :)

    2 years ago

  • honeyblossomstudio

    Kristi from honeyblossomstudio says:

    Love the post! I need to start blogging again.

    2 years ago

  • xxxRedStitcHxxx

    ioana weber from xxxRedStitcHxxx says:

    great post! thanks a lot.

    2 years ago

  • TouchTheMoon

    Eleni from TouchTheMoon says:

    Thanks for the motivation -- but honestly, if the post stopped at "keep it simple" it would have been great. There's nothing engaging in the wasp story :)

    2 years ago

  • Maulani

    Dita Maulani from Maulani says:

    thanks! I definitely have to share more.

    2 years ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • coolranchstudio

    caroline from ohchalet says:

    kate - this is awesome. thank you! :)

    2 years ago

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  • arepaki

    arepaki from arepaki says:

    Really appreciate this article! Thanks! I am just starting my blog. Appreciate the tips!

    2 years ago

  • customizeBaby

    Custom Baby from customizeBaby says:

    I LOVEEEEE ALL YOUR CUTE CREATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio says:

    I love your ideas, I find the ability to blog on the " fly" by uploading a quick photo via blogger is great! just what the reader, follower needs to see, a quick pop of the goings on and it has been fun to use! thank you for these fresh ideas!

    2 years ago

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity says:

    wow, you are a really talented writer! Thanks for the tips-I can already envision how I am going to incorporate some of them in my blog posts :)

    2 years ago

  • rosealida

    Jennifer from RoseAlida says:

    Great tips. I plan to use your suggestions on my listings and facebook page. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • lauriescott60

    Laurie Scott from ApronsAndHomeDecor says:

    Great ideas. Plan on using them on my facebook page.

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    sherry truitt from sherrytruitt says: The real world with real friends is out there. How did people stop noticing? __________ so true

    2 years ago

  • mazhuo

    mazhuo from mazhuo says:

    great! Thanks

    2 years ago

  • TheSecondFiddle

    Emily and Maggie from TheSecondFiddle says:

    wonderful advice! I have so many ideas now, when before I had none. huzzah for kittens, ice cream, & summer!

    2 years ago

  • FlowerLand85

    Sara Max from FlowerLandShop says:

    Great tips! I have new ideas for my blog now!! Thank you so much!

    2 years ago

  • ChuckEBrydWallArt

    Chuck from ChuckEByrdWallDecals says:

    "there are many people who desire the life you live" This is so very true and we often forget that. Thank you for reminding me of this fact. I just read part of your book and may I say you are a wonderful writer, I look forward to reading the rest this evening. You have inspired me to go write as best I can, in my blog as well. Thank you for sharing...

    2 years ago

  • fernandfloradesigns

    Fern and Flora from fernandfloradesigns says:

    I'm in a blog funk right now. I don't know exactly why I blog sometimes. I just had a baby and so I have even less motivation. Thanks for the thoughtful tips though. I'm feeling more inspired after reading this post!

    2 years ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Great Tips for the Blogger in You.

    2 years ago

  • IfThreadsCouldTalk

    Jackie OBrien from IfThreadsCouldTalk says:

    Where do you all blog?

    2 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    This is so, so great! I love it! I am going to have to do this more often. I just started the little exercise, and can see tons of ideas to post to my blog. I know that a lot of people are always runing out of ideas to blog about, and I have tons of ideas to write about. And now I have like nine or more. (And to answer Jackie's where question, I have a link to my blog in my profile, not sure if I am allowed to post it here.)

    2 years ago

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever says:

    This article has wonderful tips on making an interesting blog post! Its so easy to forget that capturing the little details in life makes a great read! Thank you for the helpful and informative article!

    2 years ago

  • jiorji

    jiorji from jiorji says:

    i wish there was a way to "Favorite" some etsy blog posts because once they're gone it's hard to find the inspiring ones again :)

    2 years ago

  • TheLittleHappyGoose

    Britney Jette from thelittlehappygoose says:

    Great advice! I enjoyed this! Thanks!

    2 years ago

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  • helenstephenscoxon

    Helen Stephens says:

    Hello I have just discovered this site. I design and publish journals that help people to tell their life stories. From pregnancy to first birthday - called Bump to Birthday; for the first 18 years of your child's life - called Our Story and then a range of journals to give to your loved ones for them to tell you their story as a gift you can keep forever - called Dear Dad, from you to me & Dear Mom/Mum, from you to me etc. Are these products that would sell on this site? thanks in advance for your comments Helen@fromyoutome.com

    2 years ago

  • lynnbelleus

    Lynlyn B from lynnbelleusArt says:

    Awsome thanks for the tips. Will have to try it as well. :)

    2 years ago

  • LeslieGallery

    Leslie Galluzzo from LeslieGallery says:

    So looking forward to this! i've been looking for something to at least give me some kind of direction. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • SewSimplyFresh

    Kim Opoku-Ansah from StitchLightly says:

    Wow. Great advice. I' have been thinking for a long time about starting a blog but just didn't have the know-how to do it. I think maybe now I could get it started! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • ThreeNeedleClothier

    Laura from ThreeNeedleClothier says:

    I'd given up on my blog, but your article reminded me of how amazing they can be and what a powerful tool I was neglecting. Thanks for the amazing and specific tips - you de-mystified this proces!

    2 years ago

  • Oohlalahhandmade

    Joyce Bocek from OohLalahHandmade says:

    Hi Kate -- Your article makes blogging sound so do-able. Where you mentioned the broken digital camera I thought wow! that's me -- the lithium battery was dead and hey...could've glogged about it :-D My story may not be much to me, but it could mean something to somebody. Thanks for the great tips on blogging.

    2 years ago

  • DarwinsDress

    Deanna Lamour from DarwinsDress says:

    Beautiful advice, Thank You! I've wanted to start my blog but didn't know how. I love the 'theory of Why', brilliant!

    2 years ago

  • beauxoxo

    Beauxoxo from beauxoxo says:

    I find it so hard to do this on my blog but the advice is all so, so true and I really enjoyed reading this xoxo

    2 years ago

  • Rhissanna

    Beverley Collins from Rhissanna says:

    I think it's absolutely important never, ever, ever to apologise for how long it's been since last you blogged. It's your blog. If you've been away for a day, or a week or eight months, it's because you were busy elsewhere, or had nothing to say. How many blogs do you come across that have interesting stories and exciting things to see and do, but first you have to climb over the blogger's guilt about infrequent posts. Don't do it!

    2 years ago

  • EmeraldPixie

    Lisa Alcala from MoonWishJewels says:

    I have been thinking about starting m own blog. This kind of gives me some insight on where to get started. This is great advice. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • hheaslip

    Holly Heaslip from hheaslip says:

    "Harness the power that surrounds you" That is the best advice! I love that.

    2 years ago

  • cosmichippodesigns

    Glenda Ganis from cosmichippodesigns says:

    Brilliant article! Well done! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • soleilcrochet

    Val from soleilcrochet says:

    This looks and sounds interesting... Now I'm tempted to begin a Blog! "Keep it Simple" is such good advice. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • pasqueflower

    LeAnn Frobom from pasqueflower says:

    Great tips!

    2 years ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    I love read blogging and iliketo write but my etsy store takes so much time so i cannot now . I hope i can start again . Thanks Kate !

    2 years ago

  • AnimeHatmania

    Cynthia Sprehe from AnimeHatmania says:

    Definitely motivating!

    2 years ago

  • cyndal59

    Cindy Bauwens from cyndal59 says:

    I really don't get blogging. It has to be done continuously or you disappear and no one cares. I can't even keep up with my etsy team because I have so much to do and I really like the team. I like to convo with customers, but that is only because we have a connection for an order and I want to please them. I find all the etsy letters interesting and I read alot of them, but even that takes up time. I will look at blogs just to try to understand why it might help my shop. I like to share opinions and ideas but there again it takes precious time I need to put somewhere else. I need motivation sometimes and maybe blogging would help. Well enough said and I am willing to try it. Thanks, Cindy B.

    2 years ago

  • GraysCrafts

    Anna and Kenneth Gray from GraysCrafts says:

    Very good tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. They do actually work. I use the "everyday thing" in my own blog writing (http://grayscrafts.com/category/annasblog) and it never fails to bring in a lot of readers. I was recently contacted by people from Philippines, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, who all happened to read my blog. I didn't know what they knew about me! It was a really wonderful experience. Blogging really does bring people together. I suggest everyone to have a blog :).

    2 years ago

  • crossstitchheroes

    Jesse Wood from crossstitchheroes says:

    Nice post! Just what we needed to help get our new blog on track. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • tliv1965

    Theresa Livingston from PrairieIce says:

    I don't really understand people's need to advertise their lives to the world. I believe its society's facination with technology and celebrity that makes so many people feel the need to broadcast when they sneeze. Time is precious and something we can never get back once its spent. I'd much rather spend my time making my life as full and interesting as possible, rather than finding ways to make it seem interesting in a blog, or reading about someone else's life. That way, when I'm old and looking back on my life, I can recall wonderful memories of things I did, places I went to, and people I connected with, rather than things I wrote or read on a computer. Blogging doesn't bring people together. It just contributes to growing isolation because people are spending far too much time in front of a screen. That said, to each his own.

    2 years ago

  • YouandMeDolls

    Diane Eugster from RagDollsRising says:

    this is good advise, it helps to remind us something we might think is uneventful in our own lives, may look like an event to someone else.

    2 years ago

  • cottonridge

    Kathryn Depew from cottonridge says:

    My mother was a writer and I surprised myself by becoming one myself two years after she passed away. I really didn't understand her need to put her thoughts in writing until I started to myself. The difference is, she used paper, and I use my blog. It can be therapeutic and also an online portfolio. My blog is about my creative activities in pottery, miniatures and other endeavors. I also love to write about other artists and handcrafters. Don't be afraid to contact me about featuring your art and handcrafts on my blog. I'm a nice person, and since I just started last November, I'm not overrun with requests! Also, I won't ask for anything for free. :) Cotton Ridge Create! is at http://cottonridgecreate.com. If you are new to the blogging world, my blog could be a great place to start!

    2 years ago

  • sewcrafty63

    Vickie Crabtrtee from CraftyGrandma63 says:

    Where would I go to start a blog? Is there a website for free blogging? Thank You for any help you can give me! Vickie

    2 years ago

  • woolymossroots

    The Wilson Family from woolymossroots says:

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    2 years ago

  • ArtisticallyYours

    Christina Bethke from ArtisticallyYours says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • HillCountrySilver

    Cindy Preis from HillCountrySilver says:

    Ugh. What if it's been six months? And I agree a bit with Sherry Truitt. At taekwondo practice with my son, there were 8 Parents, ALL of whom were on their phones and there was none of the normal "dr office" REAL dialogue. I made a comment about it, and suddenly at least six of us were engaged on conversation! That is real. I try to blog, but it feels contrived.

    2 years ago

  • arector10

    Ashley Morgan from ItsSoAshley says:

    wow! That was a great post. I just started a blog www.inspirebyap.com and it's been such a learning experience and sometimes I get lost and wonder why I'm not getting traffic like I thought I would. Post's like these really help people like me :) Thank you for this wonderful post! xoxo, Ashley

    2 years ago

  • rosent

    Tara Barros from TaraBarros says:

    I love this - thanks!

    2 years ago

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects says:

    Always nice to read new, fresh ideas! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • dianeborgmann1

    Stitches by Diane from SewingbyDiane says:

    i have thought of trying to blog but don't know how to set it up or much about it. Thanks for the info on what to put in a blog, but i now have to find out how to go about setting one up.

    2 years ago

  • Sudio143

    Susan Norwood from GreenleeAndVine says:

    Thank you! This was helpful!!

    2 years ago

  • thehiphostess

    Debbie Bertrand from thehiphostess says:

    OK, this has just motivated me. Like my lightbulb moment. Simple & approachable, is the key! Thank you so much.

    2 years ago

  • shashenjewels

    Eilish Bouchier from shashenjewels says:

    Fantastic post and might just be the tipping point to make me write on my blog more frequently. At present I am like a child putting her toe in the ocean. Fascinated by its movement; that it creeps up on me and then disappears and i am not sure if it will come to touch me again or i will have to find the courage to go and meet it. I so so need and want to blog but have such fear of putting myself out in the world like that. Thank you wonderful wonderful post

    2 years ago

  • billyblue22

    Blue Bayer from billyblue22 says:

    Ah I don't know about letting people in too much. I have reservations about it. I am happy to be revealing in listings. I'm not so keen on creating content about my personal life. It's plenty interesting though I will try it a bit. But it's tough to make it a priority. I do appreciate the tutorial. B

    2 years ago

  • shellypsoulcircles

    Shelly Porter from ShellyPorterArtworks says:

    I absolutely love this and appreciate it's brief but informative message. Just what I needed to push me over the edge to create my own blog! I have been meditating, ruminating & procrastinating for months trying to decide what direction I wanted to take! Thanks so much!!!

    2 years ago

  • NanaBunny

    Arlene Marie Coleman from NanaBunny says:

    what wonderful suggestions. Thank you so much. My biggest problem with blogging seems to be knowing when to stop. Once I start writing I could go on for hours.

    2 years ago

  • hoarderhaven

    trina simon from hoarderhaven says:

    arlene, im like that too!............& to all: altho many people have told me i should write a BOOK about my life story, who has time anymore to sit down & read? I love reading, always did, was tops in school at it, but for me, its a lost art(like so many things). I simply dont have the time to read beyond all the required reading in my life...my neice is a prof writer, & i know i have talent (ive been told)but dont have the time to write either!look, dont even have time to start my etsy shop! why? too many health & $ problems (Im 66,disabled). should i write about my problems? that could either bring folks down or bring offers of help. Or maybe judgment! the dreaded judgment....I do think writing is good for evryone--like a journal. the same ways that art, music, dance can be healing for the soul...but there again, who has time for the FUN stuff, what we WANT to do when today's life keeps loading new problems on me? That can open up cans of...u know.i 've gotten comments like--have u sinned? do u pray? have u found a good church where people can help u w/ur problems?.. ..ellish (above) pointed out the fear of putting oneself out in the world like that...thats the risk we take as artists, esp. writing--but as i get old(er) we dont give a darn as much--as oldsters we're supposed to be able to be eccentric & to heck what the world thinks anymore--shall i meet death without telling my story? & I have some shocking ones...r there any rules here other than the golden ones of course...we all have secrets....r they to be finally shared?...& I lost so many...e.g., lost evrything in a fire, including home; lost evrything when i was evicted & all was stolen...will u be uncomfy if my stories r all tragic?(yes, i AM Greek). I dont mind if YOU want to share depth, bring it on...but who could possibly handle mine.....who will benefit our blogs but ourselves?

    2 years ago

  • hoarderhaven

    trina simon from hoarderhaven says:

    "sewing by diane"(above):, i dont know how to set up a blog either! Im not a techie. thats why i dont know how to take pix & upload them for my etsy shop--been waiting 5 yrs for someone to teach me these things...us artists arent too good at tech stuff i guess...perhaps someone can teach diane or me? i have lots of things to trade...over 400 items, vintage clothes,purses, pottery, jewelry...any takers....? or traders...

    2 years ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    This is so timely; thank you for the inspiration. I don't write a blog, and just set up my shop the other day, when I realised that I don't really have any way of continuing to invite people, who find me and my work here, into my life. They can come to my shop, and I wrote a lot about me and my work in the welcome and listings, but that static except for revisions I suppose. I always imagined having a little store front shop where I also work and can talk to people and invite them in. I feel so much more fulfilled when I have the opportunity to offer even more of myself than my art. I've been thinking of blogging, but I am concerned that I will end up stuck at the computer. I don't spend much time at it presently, and even setting up my shop was a trip into bizzarro land for me. There is so much life that influences and goes directly into my work, but that isn't known without an additional form of communication. In-person would be ideal, but blogging may fill the gap for me. I may set up a time for it every day to assure that my days still feel like my life. I appreciate the suggestions in the article very much. As a newbie to all of this, I can foresee using every one of them. Thank you for this. :) Imogen Skye :)

    2 years ago

  • goodnightboutique

    Laura from goodnightboutique says:

    I think these are really helpful tools! I always need motivation to blog more - I'll try them out :)

    2 years ago

  • SF2012

    Jenny from SFshop says:

    Perfect post, I was stuck, hadn't blogged for a week or so, but am going to start again today. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • SteppinOutVintage

    SteppinOutVintage from SteppinOutVintage says:

    Thank you Kate, your post was food for thoughts :) women have called me a social butterfly, love to talk & laugh on just about any subject with my girlfriends, but when it comes to putting my thoughts down on paper I seem to always draw a blank (couldn't even keep a diary) It's funny my son has such a way with words, he makes just about anything sound so fricking interesting !! well no worries, I will try this .... loved the wasp story!! there must be somehing flying around here somewhere :)

    2 years ago

  • knightcloth

    Christine Knight from knightcloth says:

    Great info. Haven't started a blog yet. I agree with the postee who said she liked a blog with a theme, a thing or event. That was an aha moment because I thought write about the Daily evolution of my shop. The hunt, acquisition and the face to face contacts with the sellers. The hunt for stuff us fun. So that is where I will start.

    2 years ago

  • NewtoyoubyNancy

    Nancy D from RRGS says:

    This just proves that everyone's life is so very interesting and amusing and most of all real. I loved how the article started and ended with the basic quidelines of how to write a well written statement or blog or even just a description of what you are selling on etsy. Thanks for a well written article.

    2 years ago

  • frnchsk

    Paper in Bloom from frnchsk says:

    amazing!! this will definetly helps!! I've been stuck with my blogs!! :) THANK YOU SOO MUCH FOR SHARING!!

    2 years ago

  • shophappypenguin

    Ashley Leath from shophappypenguin says:

    This was full of wonderful advice and great examples. Thanks, Kate!

    2 years ago

  • marlyqdesigns

    Marlys from MarlyQDesigns says:

    Thanks for the advice and examples. I am inspired!

    2 years ago

  • Thelittlecreatures

    Inês Fonseca from Thelittlecreatures says:

    Great article! I love story telling and there are so many great things to it. It starts when we are kids hearing stories from our family and it just grows with us. These are great tips to share the everyday brilliance of our work :)

    2 years ago

  • wroscoe

    Wendy Roscoe from WendyRoscoeDesigns says:

    Thank you for the needed inspiration, practical advice, and wonderful examples! I'm ready to move forward!

    2 years ago

  • teresawebster

    Teresa Webster from teresawebster says:

    This is an inspiration for me. I have a terrible time with writing anything. I don't know how to set up a blog either. I think my story telling is broken. I am going to have to work on it a lot. Thanks soooo much for the help.

    2 years ago

  • Surdut

    Beth Surdut from Surdut says:

    Excellent advice, clearly written. My visual art--current raven drawings and paintings-- always have a story attached. http://www.surdut.blogspot.com/2011/02/flying-lessons.html

    2 years ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    This is great - I've been struggling to decide on which blogging website to use but have found one to run with. The point of making it a place where I am comfortable is a good one to remember! Also, popping in as if I were just there yesterday is also great advice. This is very helpful - simple things that will be applied for a great result. Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • kellyjohnson48

    Kelly Johnson from KsCollectibles says:

    I'm not very good at putting my thoughts on paper, but this sounds like fun! I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your "stories" with us!

    2 years ago

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    Cherie Killilea from BrandybuckClothiers says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. Very helpful!

    2 years ago

  • celebrationspaperie

    Susan Driskell from celebrationspaperie says:

    I just started a blog for my shop. I use it to promote items, other etsy sellers (in the future), but I also throw in a little of this and that. I try to make it interesting and I really don't have problems with deciding to what to write about -- but how do you get people to know about your blog? I'm mentioning it every chance I get and fear I'm close to being obnoxious! Am I missing something or do people just not want to visit? I'm open to any and all constructive criticism and advise. Thank you very very much.

    2 years ago

  • Terrygrono

    Terry Grono from Terrygrono says:

    Don't know thing one about blogging! This makes me want to learn and give it a try. Thanks for the info.

    2 years ago

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart says:

    Thank you so much for the tips...I'm having bloggers brain freeze right now, this comes at a perfect time! Aloha!

    2 years ago

  • ssmdesign

    Stephanie S. McGrath from SSMDesign says:

    Great article! I've been inspired to keep at it. I don't have many followers yet, but I'm sure it's like anything else it just takes time!

    2 years ago

  • celebrationspaperie

    Susan Driskell from celebrationspaperie says:

    Any suggestions as to how to get followers or even visitors? Thanks!!

    2 years ago

  • elemegibere

    Nermin from earflaphats says:

    Wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • FeatherFanciers

    Ruthie from FeatherFanciers says:

    I have a blog, but I'm so lost as to where to post it on my Etsy or how do I link it to my Etsy?

    2 years ago

  • celebrationspaperie

    Susan Driskell from celebrationspaperie says:

    Ruthie, I think if you mention it on your shop info page at the top it will automatically set up the link when you click and save. Let me know if that works for you.

    2 years ago

  • mariachavez2

    Maria Chavez from MariaPhyllis says:

    www.mariaphyllis.com Great ideas, I will start blogging more. Thank you

    2 years ago

  • WaxBeachArtist

    WaxBeachArtist from BeachAngelCharms says:

    Wow, thank you for this article! I struggle with what to write on my blog therefor I don't post as often as I should. This has given my some great jumping off points! I like how you said that no matter how long it's been just hop back on and post which brings me to my point....I hate when people start off by talking about how long it's been since they posted, especially when they say how sorry they are. I click off the blog right then. Or how about this one...I haven't had time to go and read any blogs or comment on yours. Don't say that either, lol.

    2 years ago

  • TheSteelFork

    Kate Gatski from ShopGatski says:

    Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments. I loved reading them! I am really grateful that you took the time to write them. Thank YOU!

    2 years ago

  • dancinghouse

    Gina Garvin from dancinghouse says:

    I've been putting off starting up a blog, but your article has inspired me! I especially like the specific examples of story with picture and the exercise. Thanks a bunch!

    2 years ago

  • tattoodgrl

    Carol Holum from BeadToLive says:

    Never thought I'd say this, but I'm considering starting a blog! Thanks for the tips.

    2 years ago

  • tattoodgrl

    Carol Holum from BeadToLive says:

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am thinking of starting a blog. Thanks for the tips, I will now delve deeper!

    2 years ago

  • camermaidjewelry

    Troy Stengel from camermaidjewelry says:

    Great tips - thank you!

    2 years ago

  • ORINewYork

    Kaori from ORINewYork says:

    I have been wanting to start blog, but I didn't know what to write... Your article greatly helped me see things that can be on my blog. I think I have better ideas what to write now. Thank you!!

    2 years ago

  • BusyLizzyBoutique

    Elizabeth Glenday from BusyLizzyBoutique says:

    I too struggle with blogging... mostly because I'm afraid nobody is reading, or will care if they do! This article helps A LOT. I also draw inspiration from a friend and fellow blogger who has challenged herself to blog EVERY DAY! I find myself looking forward to her blog each morning. So why wouldn't others think the same of me, right? Thanks so much! Here is my friend's blog: http://writingthegirl.wordpress.com/ And mine: http://busylizzyblog.blogspot.ca/ THanks!

    2 years ago

  • smashedstar

    Cindy Peng from CindyPenguinJewelry says:

    I've thought about starting a blog, but thought I could never turn my everyday experiences into anything interesting. I love this how-to's detail and useful suggestions -- thanks much!

    2 years ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Thanks, I love the story telling exercise.

    2 years ago

  • OrangeOdge

    Juliana from OrangeOdge says:

    This is so insightful and motivating! Thanks for the info!

    2 years ago

  • terihansen

    Teri Hansen from terihansen says:

    so very eloquently put and you make it sound so easy. Good practice techniques. Off to give it a try. Thx.

    2 years ago

  • cowgirltradingpost

    Carol Hauff from cowgirltradingco says:

    I'am not so good on my computer yet. seems like I put off doing things on it. didn't know how to go about it. but after reading this, I'am going to try thanks for all the hints Hoss

    2 years ago

  • LettuceTurnipandPea

    caitie queen of my own little circus from CaitiesFleaCircus says:

    I really LOVE these simple guidelines and prompts to get one writing! thanks ..... c ...xoxo

    2 years ago

  • BeckyPleasePaint

    Rebecca Priscilla Chase from BeckandCilla says:

    I often have trouble coming up with topics for my blog. Your advice is methodical, which I like. I will try to use in the future. Thank you! -Becky

    2 years ago

  • BeckyPleasePaint

    Rebecca Priscilla Chase from BeckandCilla says:

    I often have trouble coming up with topics for my blog - your advice is methodical, which works for me! I will try using your 1-2-3 method in the future. Thank you! Becky

    2 years ago

  • BeckyPleasePaint

    Rebecca Priscilla Chase from BeckandCilla says:

    Oops, sorry for the double post! My browser did something wonky and I thought I had to type everything again, haha. Thanks again, though.

    2 years ago

  • flutterflutterstudio

    Rosa Pearson from flutterflutterstudio says:

    Such great ideas! Love this!!

    2 years ago

  • HootyCutie

    Niki @ HootyCutie from HootyCutie says:

    I struggle with trying to find things to write about. Thanks for the great post. I will defiantly be trying this!

    2 years ago

  • daffysdream

    Daffy from daffysdream says:

    Lovely post! I could simply relate this post in my blogging experience. http://daffysdream.blogspot.in/2010/10/good-start-with-bag.html I started my blog first in 2010; I was surprised by positive response about my blog from friends and family. I found my blog as a great media to share my creative. A step ahead then I opened Daffysdream shop in etsy&ebay. I don’t blog about every single little project I make, but the big ones still make it. I like going through my archives to remember details of kids and my life. Yeah! So I absolutely love blogging and like to continue the same way...

    2 years ago

  • CandaceYG

    Candace Gray from BettyGetsHitched says:

    This is very inspiring as I have just set up a blog but didn't know where to start for my first blog entry! Thanks Kate for giving me some ideas :-)

    2 years ago

  • BohemianThings

    Elaine from BohemianThings says:

    I enjoyed this blog, it resonated with me.

    2 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says:

    The inspiration I had to start a blog was when I decided to write something in an empty paper journal I'd given my father which had been returned to my ownership after he passed away. He was always full of creativity and thoughtfulness, but his energy dwindled in his very old age. The other inspiration was from getting to know some genealogists through Twitter as I tried to learn more about the people who were using my family tree charts. Many of them write about their ancestry and the special things they've learned from their families.

    2 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says:

    P.S. http://freshretrogalleryetsy.blogspot.com/ is my link if you're interested in how I decided to tie in my Etsy shop with my random blog posts.

    2 years ago

  • dayljones

    dayl jones from PlanetIsis says:

    Such a good piece, makes perfect sense, am inspired thanks

    2 years ago

  • zoebuckley

    Zoe Buckley from MosaicmagicArt says:

    Ok thanks great ideas. ?N How do you actually get your blog up on a feature page?

    1 year ago

  • freedesignsee

    Dasha and Natasha from TheSoftHands says:

    Wonderful! I really appreciate this article.

    1 year ago

  • Fimoincapoalmondo

    Sara Atzori from TheCraftyBeeOnline says:

    I loved this article, it's very useful and it started my mind engines! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • Banba

    Maureen Bullis from Banba says:

    This article is inspiring. We make design decisions all day that have stories behind them . I love what she said about other people wish they could do what you are doing and that you can give them a glimpse of what your world is like.

    1 year ago

  • angelonlinedress

    vicky zou from Angelonlinedress says:

    very nice story,welcome to my store!!

    248 days ago