Thursday, January 14, 2010

Starting a Blog for my Etsy Shop: Sellers Asssisting Sellers Q&A with Becky Kazana

Here is another question I've received as a member of Sellers Assisting Sellers. I hope you are enjoying this new feature on The Fab Miss B! Please do add your own comments and suggestions in the comments. You know I love hearing from y'all!

(Today print by Maejane)

Q) I'm new to Etsy and new to Blogging. I would really like to learn more about how to blog to build my professional network, Etsy community, and Etsy business. I hardly know where to start. Can you help me get on my feet?

A) Blogging is a great way to get involved in the crafting community, meet like minded folks and develop a following for your product. But, it's also a lot of work. You need to decide how much time you are willing to spend on your blog and what your goals are from the outset.

The Etsy Storque has a great article on this (and is a great resource for both new and seasoned sellers!) Here's one of my own posts about blogging too. Spend some time browsing blogs to see which you like and dislike and think about why. Here's a list of great design blogs to get you going. Do your favorite bloggers use lots of pictures or lots of words? Are they sarcastic or sweet? Are they funny or serious?

(Cassete Tape Laptop Decal by beepart)

I think the best advice is to blog about things you find FUN. That way you will enjoy the process of keeping a blog. If it is drudgery, odds are good that you won't stick with it, and then you'll never find your audience. Trust me, the dialog with others is what makes blogging rewarding.

Keep it short. No one reads long rambling posts (she said in her long rambling post!) Also, make sure to vary your content. If your posts are always about your own products, people will quickly lose interest. Show them what inspires and interests you and you will build a loyal group of followers.
(Jack Russel Terrier on a Laptop print by lulunjay)

Consider joining a team like the Etsy Bloggers Street Team. They have monthly blog carnivals that will help motivate you to create new content and meet other sellers, bloggers, and of course, customers!

Good Luck and Happy Blogging!



Shelly said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

CorrugatedCardboardBoxer said...

Your blog is awesome! Really liking the cassette tape laptop decor, but gonna try and make it myself :P Keep up the good posting!

Gleeful Peacock said...

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

ArtSnark said...

Great post! Did you know this post is on yesterday's Crafty Reading Roundup over at One Pretty Thing

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