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« on: May 04, 2010 12:48:03 PM »

What sorts of information do you look for when evaluating another crafter's work online? I'm talking about them and what they make, not specific items.

Do you want to see some sort of artist's statement?

Do you visit their Twitter, Facebook or other social sites? Do you follow crafters who inspire you or who you've purchased from?

What sorts of information do you find yourself being continually asked or you are asking of other crafters at shows? And is that something you would like to see if another site had information about you?

I'm asking because I am revamping one of my sites where I showcase crafters and craft suppliers. Each has their "own page" which right now only has their site's description, url, linkable title and a crafting tip. I'm looking into what things might be useful for both the listed crafter and their website as well as my site's visitors.

Any ideas or suggestions that I haven't mentioned?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010 03:48:51 PM »

Well, Twitter these days is just a big advertising medium these days (...I'm guilty, too), so I don't follow new folks generally speaking. I visit blogs where there are more details if I want them. Facebook also, but a lot of times FB contains...blog post links, so there's nothing really new after one has a blog. I don't mind following blogs because Blogger, which I use, stores the updates for me and doesn't clog my email with messages. I can pick and choose what I want to read at the time I want to read it.

Not sure what I want to know specifically, though. That's a tough one. Inspiration is rarely planned in my case!

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2010 10:08:46 AM »

When buying online I generally like to know a little about the crafter and what inspires their work but pictures are the most important thing - photos of their items, or 'mood pictures'. I never look at their Twitter or FaceBook but will occasionally take a peek at people's blogs if they are craft-related.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010 06:54:47 AM »

Thank you both for your replies. You confirmed what I was thinking about the FB and Twitter stuff.

Would you see a listing of the last 3-5 blog posts from an RSS feed as being useful? I just worry that something like that could run in a ditch if a blog changed hands or the blogger suddenly got political or non-family friendly.

I totally agree about the pictures! I'm working on making the pictures larger and more of them.
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