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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Would anyone mind critiquing my blog? on: June 26, 2014 01:02:26 PM
Thanks for the constructive criticism - some helpful points there!  The point about the dirty floor was a good one, it wouldn't take me more than a minute or two to hoover the area I'm taking photos for example.  Unfortunately my flat is quite old and run down (and since I rent, I can't do much about that) so peeling wallpaper etc is something I just have to deal with, though possibly I could work out how to edit that out in the future.  I didn't realise things like that were noticed by people so it's a good point and something I can definitely work on.

I guess what I'm trying to convey through my blog is crafting for people for whom crafting is a hobby.  I have no intentions of making crafting or blogging my day job, so I don't mind pointing out wonky corners or mismatched buttons because that's 'real life' - not every craft project is perfect but that doesn't mean you don't love it and use it.  I'm not crafting to have something to blog about, I'm crafting to make things for me (or friends) that I'll use, so I'm not going to repeat something to correct a mistake just to make a better blog post, if that makes sense?  I'll just learn from that mistake and do it differently next time.  I like to point out the things I would change next time because I get frustrated with bigger, more professional blogs where everything appears to be perfect first time around.  I'm sure it took them 3 attempts to make something that amazing, but they don't portray that because it's not as 'glossy' or doesn't make as good a blog post, but honestly - that sometimes leaves me frustrated and with a a feeling of envy or lack of self-worth, because my life and projects aren't as shiny and perfect as theirs.  I'm sure we've all experienced that envy of a blogger's seemingly perfect life, because they never show the pictures without make up or photoshopping and all their photos are beautifully shot.  I guess I'm aiming for a more 'crafting for real people' type look - yes, my projects aren't always perfect and yes, my house is a bit of a mess, but it's my hobby and I enjoy it so I'm going to portray it the way it is.  I'm not looking to make money off it, I'm just hoping to connect with like-minded individuals.

I did have an old blog which had a slightly larger readership, where I used filler posts, but I often felt they were lacking in content compared to the project posts.  If it's something that people enjoy though, I could definitely consider reintroducing them.  I like 'round up' posts on other people's blogs, so maybe I could have an ' interesting articles from this week' type round up post once a week.  Definitely something to consider!

Thanks again for the great points, lots to ruminate over.  Also - apologies for the huge delay replying - I locked myself out of my Craftster account and it's taken me this long to get back in!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Looking for Interest: Craft Companion on: December 15, 2013 02:20:42 PM
I think this is a great idea!  I have a lot of friends who admire things I make, but don't believe me when I say it would be easy for them to do themselves.  I have quite a large and diverse stash of all kinds of crafting equipment and resources, from years of crafting so it's not a big deal for me to have a go at a sewing project for example, because I've already got fabric, buttons, zips, patterns etc in my craft room.  For someone to go out and purchase a pattern, fabric, notions etc would be quite expensive, even for a basic 'beginners' pattern (although this is possibly a bad example as the person would also need a sewing machine...you get the idea though!).

If it all came ready-to-go, just add scissors then that would be a really fun way to allow people to access the world of crafting, whilst simultaneously showcasing a blogger or indie craftsperson.  Kind of like Minerva Blogging Network (http://www.minervacrafts.com/blogger-network), where bloggers make a wishlist of items, craft a piece of clothing from it, then the kit to make the same piece of clothing is made for sale on the website.  It would make fun gifts for crafters as well, I've been bought 'make a skirt' and 'make pants' kits in the past and found them really fun, despite being a relatively established crafter.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Would anyone mind critiquing my blog? on: December 15, 2013 02:05:03 PM
Hello!  I was wondering if anyone would mind giving me some constructive criticism on my blog, Craft & Thrift?

http://www.craftandthrift.blogspot.co.uk/

It's just a personal blog about crafting and thrifting (hence the name!), I'm not looking to start a business or write a book etc, it's just for me to document my crafting endeavours and maybe inspire some other people to craft along the way.

I've done some reading on starting a blog and I read many craft blogs myself, so I feel like I have a good basic grasp of how to start (good photos, regular posting schedule, bear in mind your audience but also write about what interests you etc) but I'm finding it a struggle to gain new readers.  I've been going about 5 months now, posting 1-2 times a week (which is a schedule I can manage alongside my day job and 'real life') but only have 6 people on Google Friend Connect and 11 in Google circles (some of whom are my real life friends so don't really count!).  My google stats don't seem to have a particular trend in words that bring people to my blog or websites that refer to me so I don't have much to go on there either.

On the one hand, it's just a personal blog and I'll keep going regardless of reader numbers.  On the other hand though, it seems a bit silly to be 'talking into the void' as it were, it would be nice to think that more than just my real life mates read along! 

Any thoughts on how to gain readership? 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Jacket on: October 21, 2013 01:31:59 PM
Very cool!  I'm with the above folk, I would definitely wear this!  Love the colour combo as well  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Refashioning the 60s on: October 21, 2013 01:09:50 PM
Lovely dress!  I love curtains & bedsheets for sewing as well, you get a lot of fabric for your money if you thrift them!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bed Sheet dresses! on: October 21, 2013 01:08:33 PM
Awesome idea!  I love the Star Wars one especially.  I made myself scrubs for work (I'm a vet) out of vintage Thelwell bedsheets, so much fabric for so little money when you buy them second hand!
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