ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

7 Reasons You Should Start a Craft Blog

Updated on May 24, 2013
Source

The idea of starting a craft blog may be somewhat overwhelming to those who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy, but it really shouldn't be! There are many free blogging platforms that can help you get your craft blog up and running in little to no time at all and with very little effort. Rather than getting worked up over the bells and whistles of publishing a craft blog , i.e., blog headers, layouts and marketing streams, first, you should focus on the reasons and benefits of craft blogging in the first place.


1. Meet New People

The Internet is used by billions and billions of people each and every day. Once your craft blog is published, visitors from all over the world will have the chance to view your photos, ideas and thoughts. Viewers will have the opportunity to follow your posts regularly, leave comments and e-mail you directly. You will soon be introduced to many people who have the same interests and passions that you would otherwise never meet. Many of them will follow your blog. Maybe you will even start following theirs! You will be surprised at how many long-lasting relationships can be established just by publishing on your craft blog.


2. Online Photo Album

I can guarantee that the majority of hard-core crafters have very few photos of the projects they’ve completed and that’s really sad. Think about all of the craft projects we finish in a year. Wouldn't it be a shame if we had no record of them? Think of a craft blog as an online photo album that will contain all of the projects you've created over the years.

3. Virtual Journal

A craft blog is no different than a virtual journal. Unlike a pen-and-pencil journal, an online blog allows you to add links, audio, video and images in addition to your thoughts, ramblings and ideas for projects. These interactive applications can really enhance your journal in multiple ways. You can add a video tutorial that you used to help you create a design, or better yet a video tutorial you uploaded yourself; you can add links to sites you've gotten inspiration from, or sites that you've bought supplies from so that others can do the same; and you can add images not only of your finished product, but images of the product while it was coming to life.

4. Therapy

It sounds funny, but crafting in general is very therapeutic. Sometimes writing about your thoughts or maybe even some of your frustrations, can be very helpful -- especially when you’re stuck in a rut! It happens to all of us. Sometimes we just don’t feel inspired to create new things or come up with new ideas. It’s these moments where a craft blog can link you to your crafty peers who will give you a boost!


5. Participate in Contests and Giveaways

Many craft bloggers participate in contests and giveaways and you can too! Sometimes these contests require you to upload a photo of your project with a link to your blog post, and if chosen, you will receive a prize. Some craft bloggers also host giveaways in which they will offer free prizes to readers of their blog. Having a blog link helps you not only apply for these giveaways, but get the word out to others who may wish to do the same.

6. Marketing

If you sell your crafts at brick-and-mortar stores or online, having a craft blog is a great way to get some traffic to your shop. Visitors of your blog can see your newly listed items and even order custom items from ideas they’ve seen. A craft blog is also a good marketing tool to get the word out when you have specials, giveaways, coupons or sales.


7. Selling

Perhaps you want to sell some of the items you’ve created but don’t want to necessarily open an online craft shop, or sell through an online venue (Etsy, Artfire, etc). If you have just a few craft items or extra supplies you would like to sell without all the hassle, having a craft blog is an easy way to advertise. With just some simple integration with PayPal’s shopping cart, you can easily add photos and descriptions of your items with a simple checkout link.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful suggestions! I am interested to start a Craft blog sometime in future. You hub will provide a guideline for sure.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • stampinwithfab profile image

      Fabrizio Martellucci 

      5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Brilliant hub, very informative, it explains so well why I keep starting new blogs (10 so far...I know I'm addicted lol).

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)