When I started this blog, I really was not even sure if anyone would read it. I wanted to document the crafts and activities my little one did, but I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in what I wrote. I had just over 1,000 visitors the year that the blog launched. Since then, this blog has grown and evolved in ways that I could not even have imagined!
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A good craft blog can give readers a constant source of inspiration. Whether you love sewing, making art with your children, or just a good DIY project, there is something out there for everyone. Many crafting blogs, like ours, also feature lifestyle content, travel tips, and even recipes! Some other bloggers choose to focus on tutorials for one particular type of crafting.
Pinterest can be a wonderful resource but reading full posts from craft blogs is a great way to bring your crafting up to the next level. My readers not only find new project ideas, but sometimes they even find a new favorite kind of craft! If you are new to the blog, I’d love it if you took a look around to see what inspiration you may find!
This past year was a big year for the blog. Although I had taken on a few sponsored posts in the past, I really focused on turning my hobby into an income source this year. It is a wonderful feeling to watch a hobby turn into something more. Blogging can be a fantastic experience, but it also can be stressful at times. During the beginning of the pandemic, I wondered how current events would impact my blog. I found myself with less time to write once we had to take my daughter out of daycare, but I also found a lot of new readers! Even though my primary focus has always been empowering parents to get crafty with their children, in 2019, a majority of my most popular posts were travel related. Posts about our trip to Disney were especially popular. While we had hoped to go to Disney in 2020, it never happened. We still have a trip planned, but it has been rescheduled twice now. In 2020, I saw a shift in what my readers wanted to see on the blog. My kids craft tutorials have gotten more views than ever before. Knowing that my writing is inspiring other parents to create crafty memories with their little ones during these difficult times means more to me than I could possibly describe.
Today, I want to share a few things I have learned from the past few years of blogging! One of the most important things I have learned is that is it extremely important to read what other, more experienced bloggers have to say. Reading interviews with fellow bloggers has helped me reflect and explore my own goals as a writer and an influencer. I have also learned that quality is better than quantity. I used to push myself to post at least three times a week. Now, I post about once a week. By giving myself more time to think about what I will write, I am able to put more creativity into each post. The next thing I have learned is that it is important to have fluid goals. I re-write and reflect on my goals each month. The last thing I’ve learned is that although monetizing a blog is wonderful, it should never be a blogger’s very first goal. Although some bloggers can monetize pretty quickly, it can also take years. It is easy to get frustrated and burned out if making an income is your primary goal.
I hope this post can inspire you to dive into blogging or to just check out some of our crafty projects! If you are thinking about starting a blog, or have already started your blogging journey, I wish you a wonderful, creative, and productive 2021!