Not only is blogging massively popular but DIY blogs are the newest trending topic. People are all about discovering their inner craft self and sites like Pinterest has inspired this even more. Whether you’ve done anything arts and crafts related in your life or you do them all the time, Pinterest and DIY blogs have tons of ideas for the novice to the experienced craftsman looking for their next project.
The concept has grown as people love to spend their weekends attempting these projects that look so simple. This has inspired bloggers to make their own DIY blogs to share their ideas or easier ways to do some of the ideas out there. Making a DIY blog might be your dream but it’s important to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into as the competition is fierce. Here are some tips from experienced do-it-yourself bloggers that have seen success.
How many people really want to see a DIY blog?
Pinterest has much more than DIY projects on their site but between home projects, decorating and similar posts, the social media platform has just under 73 million users. Unsurprisingly, most of their users are females that want to “pin” about home projects, decorating ideas and projects that would be perfect in their home or a gift to someone else. This information is helpful when you are determining who to target with your DIY blog: the female user that wants to do DIY projects around the house.
What blogs have seen success?
Two specific DIY blogs have really blown up over their excellent ideas and creative layouts attracting DIY users everywhere. Pretty Handy Girl and Shabby Love Blog are two excellent examples of what you should be doing with your DIY blog. Shabby Love Blog started when owner Melissa Urban, decided to share some of her DIY ideas on a blog and after just a few years on the web, the blog has 4,000 followers with tons of her ideas being shared on Pinterest. While she didn’t think of herself as a creative person, she was inspired by other DIY blogs and decided to create her own.
The idea behind her blog and others’ DIY blogs is that they want to show the world that these creative projects can be done by you or me. They are there to inspire the everyday man or woman that it’s not hard to try these projects and it helps build confidence in readers to try them out. whether it’s spray painting a jar or carve something out of wood, there are so many ways to get creative and anyone can do it.
Melissa also feels that she can entertain her audience with ideas that didn’t work out or projects that turn into something really cute and unique. Her advice to DIY bloggers is to always reevaluate the reason behind the blog and to measure success by how you feel about it and the joy you bring to others when they do a project you’ve shared or they share the idea on social media.
All about Pretty Handy Girl
Along with the great advice from Shabby Love Blog, Pretty Handy Girl has seen success and has advice for fellow DIY bloggers. Brittany Bailey and her husband purchased their first home and began doing projects and repairs around the house that inspired them to start a blog about these DIY fixes. Rather than trying to teach people in their city tricks they’ve learned, they decided to put it online to reach more people.
She recommends avoiding burnout by shifting back and forth between blogging and creating depending on your current mood. Don’t be afraid to take time off and be sure to balance your work, family time and downtime so that you make it for the long haul.
It’s easy to fall in the trap of social media, obsessing over your states and working long hours with no breaks so it’s important to set aside time for yourself and remember why you started it. Don’t get too focused on the money you can make, the “shares’ on social media and other details. Simply focus on your great content, your social media strategies and let fate handle the rest.
Finally, make sure you don’t write what you think people want you to read; focus on what you love to DIY and share it with the world. Being uniquely you is what will make the blog a success rather than trying to recreate what someone else has already thought of.