Dear Monarch Butterfly,
My sister-in-law and I are thinking of starting a blog, what would you recommend we start with? We are both really clueless about how to start it up. We have been selling locally and at a few of our friends local consignment shops for around 5 years, but we want to expand to online as well. Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for any help you give in advance.
Handmade by Chasiti
Thank you for your question, it’s a good one that many people have. The first thing to consider is which blogging platform you want to use. There are a lot to choose from and they each have pros and cons. To get an idea of where to start, try List of 25 Blogging Platforms or the 2013 list of free blogging platforms. Just pick one, and test it out, you can always switch over to another one if you don’t like the one you are curently using.
Then, you just start writing. I’ve got a list of 50 blogging topics that is geared specifically toward the craft seller to get you started, or you can just google “blogging topics” to get a ton of good ideas. A good schedule is also important to keep in mind when blogging. Don’t ever forget that you are going to be competing with dozens and possibly even hundreds of other craft-sellers…being consistent with this endeavor will help seperate you from the “wannabe sellers”. A good schedule to keep without taking too much of your time is to post something new 2-4 times a week.
Last thing to do is promote your blog. Share posts on Facebook/twitter. Get involved in blogging challenges, blog hops. Comment on other blogs. Encourage people to subscribe to what you are writing.
Blogging is all about branding your craft. Putting a name behind the company and creating something personable and relatable. It is about being an actual person and not just another big-named corporation so don’t be shy about using personal pronouns and relating your personal experiences with your readers. Thank you so much for your question, and I hope this helps you out 🙂
If you have any questions that you’d like to ask The Monarch about selling your own hand-made crafts, feel free to drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a 100% guarentee that she will answer each and every question, and you might just find you question and answer posted here!!!
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