A special guest post from Brett of IAMTHELAB
Are you a bloggin’ artist or an artist who blogs? It’s not a question that gets asked enough, in my opinion. Every month on IAMTHELAB, I am privileged to find and showcase some of the most brilliant minds in the handmade community. If you read my posts and check out my pictures, you’ll discover that I often include links to the various places my featured guests can be found. One thing I’ve quickly discovered is that many in the handmade community don’t keep an active blog, if they blog at all.
This is a crying shame, ya’ll.
Blogging may seem like an extra. After all, if you are an artisan, you’ve got a business to run. I totally get that. Most of you have online shops to manage, customers to keep happy and things to create. You may think that keeping a regular blog is a waste of time. My friends, nothing could be farther from the truth. Here’s some reason why an artist should DEFINITELY be a blogger:
- Blogging daily keeps the creativity going. When you take the time to post, even just a small one, you get the mind in gear. Your unique creative perspective fires up and is unleashed. Even if you only have a few readers, they know you are active, you know you are active and your brain knows it too. Creativity breeds creativity.
- Blogging daily drives traffic to your shop. Artisans who blog know this to be a fact. Most blogs are free and allow you to post links and such in your sidebar. Why not take advantage of a free form of legitimate advertising? When you post a sale on your blog, it goes to your readers, especially if they take advantage of RSS feeds and other ways for folks to sign up to follow you. It just makes good sense. Oh, and did I mention that it’s usually free? Yeah, that.
- Blogging daily increase your network. Let me tell you, as a blogger who features artists, I am more likely to reach out to you if I know that you are truly reachable. Sure, social media takes care of that to some degree. But blogging is the original social media. It gives me and other bloggers like me another link to you. When I do my posts, I include links to all the artists’ social media, including your blogs. You can also list your blog in services like Technorati and Bloglovin. All are ways to spread your artistry, connecting with others.
- Blogging can become a business in itself. This brings me back to my 1st question. Do you know how many successful artists and crafters started out with a shop and then moved to blogging and then to TOTAL CRAFT WORLD DOMINATION? There are so many. Merriweather Council comes to mind. There’s plenty of room out there for you to taste the sweet success of a vibrant blog.
Now, I know what you are saying: “I don’t have the time!” Really? Seriously, it only takes a little planning and you’d be surprised at what you can accomplish. You don’t have to post much: a picture, a poem, a work in project, a post from someone else’s blog (with links & credit attributed, of course. We Link With Love in the LÄB!), your puppy. It all counts. Especially the puppy. We need more puppies in this world.
Sometimes, all you need is a little positive peer pressure. That’s why I started Project #icandoit365. We’ve created a little diary(We as in me and Made By Rori) that you can use to plan ahead and keep a log of what you will blog about. I will be posting tips on subjects to blog about and places to get great content for your blogs. Plus, weekly, I’ll be sharing some of your posts on my blog, expanding your reach into the wild blue yonder of the blogosphere. Project #icandoit365 is also a handy Twitter hashtag. You can share your thoughts and blogging dreams on Twitter for the rest of us to feast on and water with love. I can’t wait to see the end results. 1 year of blogging together is gonna be a blast!
Come chat with Brett @IAMTHELAB about why blogging is awesome, how to build a blog you’ll love (and follow through on), plus learn more about Project #icandoit365 at our #OMHG chat from 1-2EST Thursday July 19!
Brett Torrey Haynes is a crazy man who love handmade. He runs a little site called IAMTHELAB. He muses at Faberuna.com and dresses the gents at shirtshoetiepant.com. He lives in Hawaii and likes to rub it in. He prefers Twitter.
Such a great post! I am new to blogging and at first thought that I wouldn’t have time to keep it very active because of my business. I have set aside time for blogging and it is true that is will keep your creative mind in gear. I look forward to tomorrows chat!
This is wonderful! I’ve been blogging for years and saw what a huge impact it can have. So when I started my business in January the blog was really the first thing I planned. It has been awesome for networking and bringing in clients. Blogging is only as difficult as you make it and it can have such an impact on your biz.
I can’t wait for our little chat! Thanks for the kind words!
Motivational post! Certainly looking forward to this chat 🙂
I am in! Love your enthusiasm. We will talk Thursday in the chat room…
This perspective totally simplifies it for me. I have a blog, and always have wanted it to be a place to post wordy, inspiring stories about whatever personal struggles I have triumphed over, but I get so exhausted just trying to sort through my feelings that I never get to posting. Looking forward to your tips!
I’ve been struggling with what to do with my blog for so long that I’m on the verge of just throwing in the towel… but I love to write and share things with the world. I’m hoping today’s chat helps me sort some of my ideas out 🙂
I really enjoy blogging, but often find myself at a loss of what to write about. I am so looking forward to everyone’s thoughts today! Not sure if I can stay for the entirety of the chat, but fingers crossed, for most of it. I feel inspired already!
Super excited for today’s chat! And I can’t wait to see #icandoit365 grow. 🙂
Such an inspiring post! As a designer, printer and relatively new blogger, sometimes posting can be a little intimidating. Some great ideas – especially keeping it simple and image-based. Can’t wait to try some of the ideas out!
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