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« 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? 
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013 07:58:06 AM »

If you go to the "popular" craft blogs, you'll find they're slick and have commercial appeal. As a beginner, you don't have that going for you yet. Keep working on your photos, keep working on your crafts. Post regularly so people can rely on you - a twice-per-week blog post doesn't sound serious to me, but maybe in future you can increase your frequency. Maybe you can use filler to make up the lack like a new product you found, or something else craft-related you can post that doesn't require you to do more than say "look at this great thing i found/article I read".

You might be new, but explaining that corners are wonky or that 2 buttons are impractical - I would've fixed up the corners and remade the pouch with one button and reposted those entries. You want what you give to the public the best of what you can produce. The photo with the sweater, the dirty floor turned me off. Just saying.
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« Reply #2 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!
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2014 08:17:54 AM »

Sorry, I can't agree wonkiness inspires people. Well, it will attract a few, maybe, but that's a much, much smaller audience than other blogs will attract. You have a lesser chance to get posted on other people's Pinterests and Tumblrs, for example, and that's going to hurt your chances to gain an audience. If you have your own Pinterest, for example, you'll have to find other wonky things to post along with yours. Then you'll be more in the old Regretsy territory than your fresh look at crafting. I just can't see a future there. We'll have to agree to disagree.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014 11:55:05 PM »

I liked your blog.
The photos took a while to load
they are well clicked
i am not much into alteration
but i liked the concept you introduced in your blog

keep going
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