You’re a maker, not a blogger, so it can be stressful to come up with blog posts week after week after week. Below, five surefire ways to bang out a blog post in 15 minutes or less with the help of your trusty smartphone. Oh, and even if you don’t have a blog — these ideas work for quick Facebook notes, too. Keep your fans in the loop!
1. Grab your smartphone and share your latest work of art.
A few iPhone photos and a description — or better yet, a link to where the piece is for sale — are more than enough to satisfy your readers. They want to hear about what you’re making, and seeing what you’re making is a fabulous treat!
2. Give a quick studio tour. Make your space look appealing, even if it’s the size of a shoebox.
Look around the room where you create and grab your ‘real’ camera or your iPhone. Photograph three elements of your studio and describe the reasons you’ve included each element in your space. Even if your studio is a suitcase full of art supplies that lives in the living room, you’re perfectly capable of showing off individual art supplies, the suitcase itself, or the flowers from your yard displayed next to your suitcase studio.
3. Open your audio recorder app and tell it the story of the first time you realized you wanted to be a maker, a childhood mishap in making, or why you’re a maker now.
Refuse to freak about how your voice sounds on audio, and don’t censor yourself — just talk to your phone with the question in mind. Stop recording when you feel your story is done. You can either transcribe the audio or just post the audio file in a player as a blog post, voila!
4. Show off your Pinterest-ness.
We all know Pinterest is pure, unadulterated eye candy. Use it to your blogging advantage!
If you’re on Pinterest, share a screencap of your favorite board with readers. Encourage them to click over and follow you. Easy peasy, and gorgeous visuals are provided for you!
5. Events, gigs, tours, fairs, and/or world domination. Tell ‘em where to find you.
Update your readers on where you’ll be appearing this summer, complete with craft fair descriptions and a sneak peek at the goods you’re going to be selling. They really want to follow you to your summer shows, but they need to know about them!
Please don’t assume readers are all over your sidebar, clicking to the craft fair links you’ve posted. Specifically tell them where you’ll be, and when, and with what, and why they should come on out to see you. They’ll listen!
6. Bonus tip! Forget the pressure to blog the ‘right’ way.
There is no right way. The beauty of blogging your way means you can use visual elements, audio bits, links, and words to create anything you’d like. And your readers will love you for that creation — you’re an artist, after all.
Got quick blogging tips? Please share ‘em with your fellow Handmade Success readers in the comments!
Kristen Kalp — Brand Camp
Kristen Kalp is a (ghost)writer who believes people should have fun being in business. She blogs at Brand Camp for like-minded folks.
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