I'm a member of the Etsy Blogger Team and some of the members are new to blogging and they don't know where to start or are afraid. Some are borderline freaking out about it. What do I write about? How much should I write? How do I get people to read my blog? Why am I not getting comments? What should I use for a blog? Gaaaaah!!!!! I'm hoping that if I share what I get out of this blog, maybe it can bring some comfort to others. It's really not that bad and not as complicated as you make it out to be.
1) Shop Updates: First and foremost this is a blog for Pulp Sushi news & updates. Those posts are maybe once or twice a week, depending on how productive I've been.
2) Write Reviews: In the last year this blog somehow got on the radar of some publishers and I have been lucky to receive some amazing craft books to write about. I love to write, always have. Writing is my favorite form of expressing myself. Before doing reviews on this blog I've written a few for Venuszine.com. Now that the Pulp Sushi blog has become a place a reviews, I'll take it! =D
3) No Income: I don't write this blog to make money so there's less pressure to update constantly and keep my sponsors happy. Would I like to get paid for this? Heck yeah, are you hiring???
4) I ♥ Reading Blogs: For real, my blog feeds are ridiculous but I make time to get some reading in EVERY day. There is so much awesomeness out there, I can see how someone new to the game can be a little intimidated to jump in. However there is a risk where you start seeing blogs posting similiar things and you think you'll have to do the same. Don't do that.
5) Chatty With My Blog Friends: That is if I'm not talking to them on Twitter or Facebook, I leave comments, they leave comments. Although I don't write posts to get comments. It's a crazy way to communicate and be in touch with people but this format is here to stay.
And now I leave with you some quickie tips.
*Write for yourself first - let your blog be an extention of who you are. It's more fun that way. If you're obsessed with fashion, food, movies, music in addition to telling people what's new in your Etsy shop, share it!
*When it's stops being fun, take a break. Your blog will still be there when you come back.
*Have a Facebook or Twitter? Link it to your blog so when you post an update, your friends and followers will know. The readers will come.
*Make it as personal as you want it to be. I don't share much about my family, what I do with my boyfriend and where I work. That's my own choice. If you want to share stuff like that, go for it! I like to share my feelings sometimes, even if they're not good, just to get it out like writing in a diary, except everyone can read it so I try to be mindful of what I say.
Are you ready to embrace your blog now? I have maintained so many blogs throughout the years before I settled with this one and I've changed my style a lot. Don't be afraid of getting yourself locked in to a certain type of blog, it can always change.
Special thanks to Ashley from After Nine To Five for launching this week: