I’m a little nosey. Sometimes I pretend that I’m not, because being nosey isn’t a necessarily a favorable personality trait. But….I am. If curiosity killed the cat, then I’ve used up at least 7 lives by now. I’ve always wondered….is it possible to start making money with a craft blog?
Do you wonder this too?
I’m going to try to satisfy your curiosity. At least for a year. I’m giving this brand-spankin’ new blog my best effort and will analyze if time eventually equals money. Each month in 2014 I’ll outline the steps I took toward monetizing this blog, and list goals for the following month.
I’ll also tell you – *gasp!* – what I earned from the blog the previous month.
I started this blog in December 2013, and I earned…..drumroll please…….
A total of 79 cents from an affiliate link! Yay, me! Too bad it’s not an even dollar or I’d hang one on my dining room wall, where I currently keep my office. But it’s not. So that 0.79 will stay in the change jar.
My general plans for SewMcCool.com this year include writing an average of 3 posts per week, with one being a well-photographed project or how-to tutorial in the fiber-arts field. Sewing, quilting, ribbon crafts, fabric dyeing. You get the picture. The other two posts per week will be craft-/sewing-business related, (since I’ve been around the DIY crafting business block since 2006), book reviews, interviews, the occasional giveaway, new pattern announcements….that sort of thing.
I’d love to be able to promise that I’ll blog more often than three times a week, but I also plan to continue designing patterns for my Birdsong pattern line….finish loose ends as editors and I complete my ribbon book….write and submit a new book proposal….teach sewing classes….hang out with my family….eat, sleep, exercise and generally be a human.
To gear up for this BloggingPalooza, I went to the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City in September 2013 to learn from people who are already living the blogging life. After getting my blog designed by the fabulous Kendra of Key Lime Digital Designs, my old posts migrated here from my former Blogspot blog by Joy of 5J’s Design, signing up for PicMonkey for crazy-awesome-quick photo editing, and other affiliate programs, I set to work.
From Dec. 6-Dec. 27 I wrote 8 posts that brought in 2,248 visitors, with 3,469 page views and an average stay of 1:09 minutes. And I earned that 79 cents.
Lots of room for improvement.
For January, in addition to writing and photographing the tutorials and posts you’ll actually see, I need to work on a drop-down menu structure so you can more easily find the types of posts you’re searching for. I’ll also be adding AdSense, tweaking my logo, opening a new SewMcCool Facebook page and designing a brand-new newsletter link so you can catch up on all the news here and get some additional freebies….
….because you love sewing and crafting
….and because maybe you’re a little nosey like I am, and want to know about making money with a craft blog.
Welcome to SewMcCool 2014! Please follow me on BlogLovin’ by clicking the button in the right-hand sidebar. I’m glad you’ll be along for the journey!