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I'm trying to determine the characteristics of a successful sewing blog
LindsayT
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Date: 3/4/08 10:14 AM

Collecting opinions here: What makes you a repeat visitor of a blog? Is it the topics? The writing style? The sewing tips and techniques? An affinity with the blogger? The blogger's sense of humor? Any or all of the above?

And how often does a blogger need to post for you to feel the blog is dynamic and worth tracking? Twice a week? Once a week? A couple times a month?

My own blog is a few weeks old and I am struggling to find a unique point of view that will attract readers. There are so many good blogs out there that I have to ask myself: Does the world really need another sewing blog?

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Date: 3/4/08 10:24 AM

I frequently visit blogs that inspire me. It doesn't matter if the blogger posts often but once a month or so is good. That said, I track them in Bloglines so it doesn't really matter - it updates when the person posts, I don't have to remember to visit.
Pictures go a long way toward keeping my interest. Mostly I go there for pictures of finished objects (that's the inspiration part) but some people share details of their sewing process or write tutorials as well. Those are excellent because they help me with my own sewing.

Does the world need another one? I'd say if it inspires people to sew, then definitely yes.

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Date: 3/4/08 11:06 AM

Lindsay -- this is a very good question. My favorite blogs seem to have all or most of the following characteristics.

1. Good writing style. Humor is a plus.
2. Inspiring sewing projects.
3. Details about pattern alterations. This is interesting to me no matter what the body type of the blogger.
4. No rants.
5. Good pictures.
6. Occasional, but not excessive, forays into other topics such as cooking, pets, or work.
7. Readable format. Some blogs hurt my eyes, especially those with white text on black backgrounds.
8. Just enough detail, but not too much.

If I think of anything else, I'll come back and edit the list.

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Date: 3/4/08 11:18 AM

As far as getting traffic to pick up...Most of my regular comments come from gals on whose blogs I left comments. They get curious about who I am, click on my name and are taken to my blog. It works in reverse. When someone new leaves a comment on my blog, I tend to follow the link back to their blog (if they have one). And when you do get a new reader (as evidenced by a comment), respond to them, if possible. Say thanks for stopping by. Answer any questions left in their comments. Make a friend. :)

The gals at my church tell me how much they enjoy my blog and get on my case if I haven't posted in a few days. They say they like my blog because 1) the photos inspire them 2) they like my writing style 3) I do the types of things they don't see a lot of elsewhere and ti gives them ideas

I think people like getting a little glimpse into people's lives. Maybe we're all voyeurs at heart.But people like to connect with people. So blog entries that make people feel that they've made a connection in some way willl keep them coming back.

Have fun with it! Now I'm off to check out your blog! :)

Charity

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Yardage Given Away in 2008 - 34.25
Wadder Yardage - 5 yards

TOTAL STASH REDUCTION TO DATE: 156.25 yards
DISALLOWED YARDAGE BOUGHT IN 2008 - 36 yards
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Date: 3/4/08 11:20 AM

Hey Lindsay...you might put your blog link into your profile or signature so folks can find you easily. I'd like to come take a look, but am unsure how to find you.

Charity

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Beginning Stash on 01/01/08 - 800 yards
Yardage Sewn in 2008 - 145 yards
Items Sewn - 92
Yardage Given Away in 2008 - 34.25
Wadder Yardage - 5 yards

TOTAL STASH REDUCTION TO DATE: 156.25 yards
DISALLOWED YARDAGE BOUGHT IN 2008 - 36 yards
CURRENT STASH: 643.75 yards

Personal Blog - Vintage Threads, http://www.vintagethreads.blogspot.com

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Date: 3/4/08 11:31 AM

Ditto to Carolyn's list, especially the "no rants" item. A post which also includes a general complaint about having a bad day or a sewing project gone wrong or other mild stuff are OK to me, but I really don't like entire posts of vitriol and it's even worse IMO when it's done in a hateful and/or condescending manner and splattered with expletives. Not that I'm a prude, I do use those words on occasion ... just not in a public forum.

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Date: 3/4/08 11:59 AM

For me it's good, clear pictures and tutorials. I'm also a sucker for animals so a cute picture of a cat, dog or other furry mammal (4 legged please!) will always get my attention.

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Date: 3/4/08 12:25 PM

Quote: LindsayT
My own blog is a few weeks old and I am struggling to find a unique point of view that will attract readers. There are so many good blogs out there that I have to ask myself: Does the world really need another sewing blog?

I recently began a blog at wordpress
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and I have had the same question.

I finally decided that I'm doing it for me mostly, to explore and clarify some things about my sewing and clothing/dress and creativity. If others want to read it, fine, I'm happy to see them, but that's not my main focus.

If it makes you feel any better, I added you to my Google Reader list right away when I saw you post on the new blogs thread here at PR. I've definitely enjoyed your blog so far!
Elaine

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Date: 3/4/08 12:37 PM

I like blogs that are well organized. I have noticed several of them that are linked to reviews have pictures of all of a persons projects on the same page. Especially if it is linked to a specific review, I want to see that particular project and not have to scroll through several screens to pick it out.

On of my biggest turn offs is that whole readability issue. I am not impressed with your creative background or your little whirly gigs if it is distracting or hard to read. Black type on light colored back ground, is that so hard to do?

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Date: 3/4/08 1:30 PM

CharityAK,

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you might put your blog link into your profile or signature so folks can find you easily


My blog link actually is in my signature. Should I revise it to make it more direct?
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