A Blogger Who Makes
You blog to tell a story + if your craft or wares come into the picture, it is because they are part of your story. You blog to put your voice out there + to hear others validate your thoughts through comments + shares. You may blog to build a community through more interactive approaches like knitalongs + link parties.
You probably have quite a few categories of topics that you love to cover and this helps you build a large following around many topics. My personal favorites are sustainable family living, crafting, and minimalism.
A Maker Who Blogs
You blog to share your process or your wares with your fans + build a following around your product or services. You want your readers to have behind-the-scenes access to your creative process + all that it entails. You are most likely using your community’s feedback to better understand what your audience is seeking in your business.
Your categories are more in line with your business niche + less about your personal life (though I know plenty of business blogs that deviate from this).
I don’t find myself following as many of these blogs as the former, but when I do, I binge read them because they are full of self-help articles + pretty stylized images. My favorites include:
Pickles + DarlingbeBrave + A Bowl Full of Lemons + Elle&Co + byRegina + KylaRoma
Certainly there isn’t only one way to blog. And readers need a mixture to keep things interesting. I just thought this would be fun to see who identifies with which personality.
Ultimately I’m a Blogger first who happens to make + sell things. Looking at how long I’ve been writing, what motivates me to write, and why I write, all point to my reason for blogging: community engagement. That’s not to say I don’t want to monetize or mention my Etsy shop, but it does highlight the fact that those are or have become secondary to my motivation for reader engagement.
So I pose the same question to you: Are you a Blogger who makes or a Maker who blogs?
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