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Project #ICANDOIT365: Blogging isn’t as hard as you think



Are you a handmaker who still hasn’t jumped into blogging? I’ve talked to some very talented artists recently who still believe that regular blogging is too huge of a challenge for them to regularly undertake. Truthfully, it need not be. It can be as simple as:


We all have smartphones these days and, since the ascension of services likerPinterest, photography has really taken center stage on the web. This is just as true when it comes to blogging. All you really need to do is take pictures of the things you see in the world around you, whether outdoors or in. Then, take a moment or two to write a brief caption. Next, make a post out of it. That’s it! Perhaps you can take a few shots of a piece of your handmade work in progress. Readers love seeing the ‘before’ images. Talk about great blog fodder!

Does regular blogging work? Just ask Rori Harrington of Made By Rori. Just by regularly blogging, she increased traffic to her blog by 1,124%. This naturally translated into increase traffic to her Etsy shop. You could have the same results.

Have any questions? Ideas to share with other handmakers? Need some help with content for your blog? Leave a comment below and let’s see if we can help & share.

Project ICANDOIT365 April 2013 – Go Outside!



Are you trying to take your handmade business to new heights in 2013? One of the best ways to increase your presence on the web is to have a regularly updated blog. It’s one of the 3 main pillars to building your own Handmade Trifecta: a great online web shop, vibrant social media and an active blog. Just ask Rori Harrington of Made By Rori. Just by regularly blogging, she increased traffic to her blog by 1,124%. This naturally translated into increase traffic to her Etsy shop.

But you might be thinking: “I can’t blog everyday. I just don’t have the time.” I understand. I also know that many of you think that daily blogging has to be a huge choir, that you have to write profound and earth-shaking content. Nothing can be farther from the truth. To help prove that, I’m refreshing Project ICANDOIT365 to make daily blogging even easier. Here’s how it works:


Using images as the basis of your posts is the easiest way to blog. All you need to do is write a brief note. I could be descriptive, motivational or inspirational. If the image is from another source, just link it to its place of origin. That’s really all you have to do.

To assist you, I’m offering you a chance to really get your creativity going. Every month, I’m looking for submission of you photographs. I’ll pick a theme, then you go out and take a picture. You can use a camera, your smartphone or tablet. Once you find the shot you like, send me a copy here.

On the 20th of each month, I’ll do a post with all of your images and ask our readers to leave a simple comment with a 20 word or less caption for the images they fancy. All images will be linked back to you. You can then use the image and the captions you like to create a post on your blog. Plus, you can use the other images to create additional posts as well, as long as you link them back to their owner. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

OK, here’s this month theme: ‘Go Outside’. I’m looking for images taken in the great outdoors. Send you images of at least 600 px wide here. Please send your image by Friday, April 19, 2013. Again, all images submitted will be linked back to you, so please provide a location I can link to. As a bonus, all images submitted will also appear here on the permanent Project ICNADOIT365 Pinterest board. Looking for a notebook to jot down your ideas? Use this one, designed by Rori, just for the project.

Well, what are you waiting for! Let’s blog together in 2013. Sky’s the limit!