How To Start An Arts and Crafts Blog

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Starting a blog in the late 90s or early 2000s almost surely required a computer science degree or proficiency in HTML. Unfortunately, this barrier-to-entry limited the internet and creation of websites to a small group of web developers and designers.

Nowadays, the development of blogging softwares and sites like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr have minimized the learning curve and encouraged millions of authors, teachers, stay-at-home parents, business-owners and entrepreneurs to set up a blog.

Most notably, there has been an explosion of arts and crafts blogs allowing stay-at-home moms and creative-types to express themselves and share their talents.

Below, we will discuss a few factors to consider before building an arts and crafts blog.

Coming Up With A Blog Name

Your blog name, also known as a domain name, is essentially your brand. It helps visitors and followers identify your blog as well as find you in search engines. For this reason, it is important that potential bloggers come up with a creative and memorable name. Because a domain name is not easily changed, arts and crafts bloggers should invest some time choosing a name they will be happy with for years to come.

Blogging Platforms

As I mentioned before, there are many free blogging platforms, including WordPress.com, Blogger, and Tumblr. Many new bloggers choose to start with a free option simply because it is free. Not fully understanding the limitations and future implications of these "free" blogging sites is one of the most commonly made mistakes.

Simply put, free blogging sites limit your control, flexibility, money-making ability, and creativity. If you plan to blog as only a hobby, then these options will more than satisfy your needs. You can type text, insert images or videos, and create a relatively user-friendly blog, although your domain name or URL will more than likely look like "MyArtsandCraftsBlog.WordPress.com" versus "MyArtsandCraftsBlog.com". However, if you have even the slightest inkling of making money with your blog in the future, it is much better that you start with a self-hosted blog. And the best self-hosted blogging software is ultimately WordPress.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

This is where many people get confused. Wordpress.com is the company's free blogging site. You can sign-up and get an account, but you still have limitations. For example, WordPress.com does not allow you to insert banner ads, and this can significantly cripple your ability to make money because Google AdSense and banner ads are the most basic way to make money blogging online.

This is where WordPress.org comes into play. WordPress.org is the company's blogging software and powers roughly 100 million blogs online, including my blog - LoveAmbie.com. It is by far the most powerful, yet simplest blogging software online. In fact, the best and largest web hosting companies like BlueHost, GoDaddy, and HostGator offer 1-click blog installation specifically tailored to WordPress.

If you plan on building a beautiful, professional arts and crafts blog and would like to leave yourself even the possibility of making money from it in the future, choose a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Start Your First Blog

If you're ready to build your own blog or have been mulling the idea, but just don't know where to begin, you don't need to hire a web designer or spend a lot of money to get started. Actually, there are several great resources online that can teach you how to make a blog today. With step-by-step walkthrough guides, you don't need any technical knowledge or experience. You can just dive in with confidence and have your website set up overnight.

Growing Your Blog

The best part about starting a blog and trying to make a living online is that you can work wherever and whenever you want, giving you the freedom of location, time and schedule. But I'll be honest, making your blog isn't the challenge. Actually, it's the easiest part.

After creating your arts and crafts blog, the real challenge becomes getting traffic. You will need to focus on developing quality content, which in this case is how-to guides for your arts, crafts, and jewelry-making tutorials. Since your readers will likely be very visual individuals, be sure to include plenty of high-quality pictures and share them extensively on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook to lure readers and followers.

Final Word

Writing a blog is a very fulfilling experience, whether you choose to make money or not. You will meet other like-minded and talented bloggers, build friendships, inspire readers, and help thousands, even millions, of readers. Whatever your journey entails, I hope you appreciate the fact that you are making a positive difference in the world by showing people how to make and build beautiful things.

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