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How to Write a Fantastic DIY Craft Blog Post

By Oct 26, 2011 October 26th, 2014 9 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you How to Create a Stellar DIY- Craft Blog as a part of the How to Blog Well In your Niche Series here on SITS. Today I have Lindsay from Living with Lindsay sharing her words of Craft/DIY blogging wisdom for writing a fantastic DIY or craft blog post. For all of you crafty SITStahs out there who are still in the learning phase, this advice will give additional direction for blogging in your niche.

Blogging Tip: Get the inside info from established craft bloggers, and learn how to run a successful craft blog.

What Makes a DIY/Craft Blog Post Great?

Lindsay: I always like for my DIY or craft blog posts to do a few things.  Firstly, I want to tell a relatable or funny story that keeps readers engaged in the post.

Excerpt from Mastering the Master Bedroom: the thrift store cast-off dresser:

“If I can impart only one piece of knowledge today, I want it to be this:  When you find a piece in a thrift store that is exactly what you are looking for and the price is right, purchase it immediately. Should you give yourself time to “sleep on it,” you will obsess about it and then run the possibility of it not being there when you go back bright and early the next morning.”

Secondly, I think it has to be an easy project to replicate.  And thirdly, the photographs have to be clear and vivid.

What are Common Mistakes Made by DIY/Craft Bloggers When Creating a Post?

Lindsay: I certainly don’t pretend to be an expert on blogging!  I do find that if a post has too many detailed photos of each step in a project, I tend to lose interest.  I struggle with narrowing my photos down to just the essential ones, but I think it’s important that a blogger’s writing is just as good as his or her photos.

It has been important to me to create my own place within the blogging world.  I think my style is very personal to me, so I try to encourage my readers to embrace their own styles instead of feeling like they need to recreate a style that they have seen online.  I am always so encouraged when my readers put their own spin on my projects.

Notes from Nicole:

After looking through Lindsay’s site, I can tell you that she has a lot of positive site features. One of her regular posting methods include video tutorials for projects that need a bit more than a written description. Otherwise, she provides a few pictures with directions that are clear, concise and to the point. Additionally, for refurbished pieces she always includes a before and after picture, which is vital for those attempting to visualize their own projects. By seeing how a piece can be transformed, DIYers will begin to think outside of the box when they find an otherwise lackluster piece of furniture at a thrift store. Remember that your posts are serving as creative inspiration to your readers. Taking them through the experience from beginning to end accomplishes that goal.

What Are Your Favorite Online Resources for Research/Education and Photography?

Lindsay: I’m a huge fan of the Family Handyman website for tips I may need if I’m tackling a new DIY project – we also get the magazine each month.  I also turn to Ken Rockwell any time I need tips for my camera or want a refresher.  He has a very thorough site about Nikon products.

Notes from Nicole:

DIY/Craft blogging requires you to guide your readers through a process that at times may seem intimidating. It’s important to have several key elements to each post in order to create a well-rounded post with a project your readers will feel they can accomplish at home:

  • Before and After photos.
  • Step by step instructions that are simple, clear and to the point.
  • Videos for the more complex projects to ensure understanding of the project process.

Being relatable and making sure you are connecting in a personal as well as functional way with your readers is another important element to have in all of your Craft/DIY posts.

Where you can find Lindsay of Living with Lindsay:

Living with Lindsay, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

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  • Mahesha says:

    Great tips! I’ve been wanting to do some DYI projects and blog about them. I will definitely keep these tips in mind! thanks! 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have a few DIY projects I’ve been trying to make the time to blog about, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. This post was helpful!

  • Good advice. I do a lot of crafts but am not sure how to do tutorials or if I do if people can understand them. This is very helpful.

  • great post. I love to craft…when I can find the time…
    Thanks for the tips

  • Anne says:

    Those are great tips, and I LOVE Lindsay’s blog. One of the things I struggle with when posting craft or DIY projects is that I get so caught up in making things that I forget to take step-by-step pictures.

  • Mimi says:

    Pics are key!!!! Great post!

  • Evonne says:

    These are great tips! I have been trying to post some sort of craft/DIY post once a week on my blog. I try to include some sort of story with the directions. Pictures are a must, but I agree that too many can turn readers away.

  • Kirie says:

    I have to say that I LOVE when there are many detailed photos. I remember easily what I see, and it’s easier to just go through photos than the text, wondering sometimes what that person wahted to say by writing this or that. A photo is a clear message for me.