Sunday, February 27, 2011

Taking Your Craft and Hobby Blog to a Profitable Adventure

Taking Your Craft and Hobby Blog to a Profitable Adventure by Loretta Oliver

Writing about what you love tends to come pretty easily for most of us, especially in the craft world. Whether you've been blogging for awhile now or you're completely new to blogging you might be wondering if it's worth the effort to make a go of it in this fickle hobby niche. The great news is that it is completely worth every minute of your time.

Obviously, the first advantage to blogging about your favorite crafts is that you already have the passion needed to create great content on a regular basis. This is easily the biggest stumbling block that most professional bloggers have. They get started blogging about a niche and then run out of steam on the topic.

You're about ten steps ahead of the game, because you already love your hobby. That's not to say that you won't run out of steam talking about your craft topic, because we all do at some point. But, when you're passionate about something it's not so hard to find that motivation again and get going with blog posts again.

A common misconception is that crafting and hobby blogs and websites don't make money, they're just all about the love of the craft. Well, that's just not true. Sure, your blog is about the love of your craft, but it can also be a money maker. After all, we've got to pay for that craft stash somehow! Getting supplies for your hobby can be expensive and blogging is a great way to bring in a little extra money to pay for all those special fabrics, tools, scissors, threads, and other must haves.

Think of it this way, you're buying new and interesting supplies and tools for your hobby all the time, it only makes sense that other enthusiasts are doing the exact same thing. Product reviews can be a huge income booster on a craft blog. When you find that must have product that you absolutely love, tell people about it on your blog and include an affiliate link so they can purchase their very own and you'll get a nice referral income for it.

Craft information and project ideas are always in high demand on the internet. The internet is the go to resource for free patterns, new craft inspiration, and tutorials. Even if you're just sharing what you're currently working on it could inspire another crafter to start a similar project. This cycle gives craft blogs a unique sense of community that other blog and website owners envy.

Pick up a handy guide and planner telling you step by step How to Start a Craft Blog for Fun and Profit and get started today. It's easier than you might think!

Loretta Oliver owns the cross stitch site Stitching the Night Away and authors a popular craft blog on a subdomain of the site featuring product reviews, project ideas, and various crafty features on a daily basis.

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