Folksy Ltd

Any tips on starting a blog?


(Birdandmonkey) #1

Ok folksy folks I know you are all super helpful and help is what I need!
I’m thinking of starting up a blog about what I make, my inspirations and general day to day life.
My question is how do you get folks to read it? Can you link it to your shop? Can anyone recommend a site (preferably easy to use as I’m a bit of a techno fool!)
Many thanks in advance
Sarah


(Susannah Ayre) #2

Hi Sarah.
Sounds similar to the sort of blog I have curiousseagullstudio.blogspot.co.uk
I didn’t start it that long ago, and I just used Blogger- having never set up a blog before I found it really easy and it allowed me to play around with the layout etc, and updating it is really easy.
I can’t speak for any other provider though as I’ve never used them.
I generally advertise mine through my twitter account and it’s doing ok. :slight_smile:

Good luck with it!

Susannah


(Little Ramstudio) #3

We’ve recently started blogging too.
Ours is a little of everything, our work in the studio plus home life, interests and trips out.
We are slowly picking up followers and find that if you take time to read other blogs and comment then anyone interested in your blog will follow you too.
We use Blogger which you can link to your Folksy shop and is easy to get around.
Have to say we are really enjoying it :smile:


(Helen Dale) #4

Try handmade Monday, over at handmade harbour (sorry, you’ll need to google it, I don’t have the link to hand.) There are lots of linky-up pages around - it’ll take awhile to build. And you need to be generous in supporting others too and you’ll find you will gradually build a quality, interactive following.


(Gracie22) #5

Hi there :slight_smile: I love blogging … I have 2 blogs, one is my crafting which is all my card making and jewellery, the other blog is my Christian blog.
My crafting blog is over 7 years old, I have met loads of lovely people over the years.
They are very easy to start, blogger takes you through it step by step and really you can’t go wrong.
Let us all know if you do give it a go??


(Pauline Hayward) #6

I’ve been toying with the idea of having a blog for a long time but never know what to blog about. I’ve looked at blogger and it does really look very easy. Watch this space I too may join the blogging world eventually.

Pauline


(Gracie22) #7

:wink: let us know if you start a blog also Pauline


(Pauline Hayward) #8

Will do @Gracie22


(Birdandmonkey) #9

Mmm won’t be starting today can’t seem to get blogger to work?


(Minerva) #10

I like writing so a blog always seems appealing to me. What puts me off so far is the fact that you have to keep working on it persistently to have a steady following. Like social media. That expectation tires me. So far, I put creating, testing ideas and shop upkeeping on top of my list and promotion in between. I don’t want to tire my hands with constant typing, clicking etc.

If I decide to do it, it will be one of those things that happen in their own time. However, I have bookmarked the Blogger page, as you say it’s easy to use, so I can look at it. Who knows, maybe we’ll be blog buddies sometime!


(Gracie22) #11

yes do it at your own pace in your own time :slight_smile:


(Minerva) #12

You can add the Folksy widget to your blog so others can go to your shop. I believe you can also have a shop, somehow, with your blog. Wordpress does something like that and possibly others.


(Pauline Hayward) #13

Just created a blog under my webpage name.


and also added a link to my folksy shop.


(Gracie22) #14

oh yes I forgot to say about the widget that you can add to your blog, I have mine on and I get a lot of traffic via my blog, I have quite a few followers on my blog :slight_smile:


(Gracie22) #15

oh that’s brilliant Pauline, off to see it :slight_smile: have you added the google friends follow link so we can all follow?
It is a great way to get people to see your blog and then they will see your Folksy widget and definitely will bring more stats.


(Pauline Hayward) #16

I think I added the Google friends thingy and I’ve got the folksy widget. I have a bad habit of just clicking on anything and everything so I most likely will have Google friends.


(Bojanglies) #17

I have one for baking, I did pretty well at updating it regularly for about 4 months… then I got distracted by nice weather and weddings, and haven’t been on it for ages!
And my jewellery one… I abandoned that years ago. I just wasn’t putting anything on there!


(Birdandmonkey) #18

We’ll I think I’ve set one up. It’s all a distraction from working on my dissertation (shhh don’t tell my tutor!) I will try and write on it tomorrow, I’m thinking it’s like an online diary that you wouldn’t mind your mum reading!!


(Pauline Hayward) #19

Been taking notes from some of you on here that have blogs and I love what I see. I shall try and do a bit more work to mine to make it more appealing.

Pauline


(Gracie22) #20

Take your time Pauline, it does take time to build up a blog, but take it at your own pace :slight_smile: I think you are doing great!! :wink: My blog is … www.scrappingwithlove.blogspot.com