Here at CreativeIncome, we caught up with Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks because she is a Bloggies winner! Many congratulations are in order for this hardworking crafter who is someone we all admire. We wanted to get the inside scoop from Amy about her blogging experience and she has some great tips for all of us!
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging about crafts since April of 2008. Before that, I had a Live Journal account, you know, like Mark Zuckerberg did (though that is where the similarities end). So I’ve been online writing for quite awhile!
Was it hard to get started blogging?
“Back then” it was really easy. I just opened a blogger account and starting writing. You didn’t have to know much technical info. It’s when you start blogging professionally that things get a big more complicated.
What inspires you to blog?
I absolutely love writing whatever is on my mind – and I love telling personal stories. And I love connecting with people! So those things come together and keep me going. Blogging is basically an outlet that I have turned into a career.
How do you balance your time crafting and blogging?
It’s very difficult, actually. I don’t do a lot of crafting these days, and I always wish I could do more. One of my goals for 2014 is to make more time for . . . making.
Could you pick a favorite craft project of yours?
I will always love this key art that got featured on Design*Sponge: Refurbished Key Portrait. I was surprised that some people had negative comments about it. But it didn’t matter, because I love it. And that is what matters.
What is your #1 tip for new craft bloggers?
Blogging is hard and time consuming – so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to “get big.” That isn’t a good goal, anyway. Set realistic, do-able goals (with deadlines) that push you slightly outside of your comfort zone. For instance, your first goal could be to earn $100 from your blog a month at the six month mark (or something like that). Also, keep your head down and work hard. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Worry about yourself – you’ll never regret putting energy into your own endeavors instead of other people’s.
Thank you so much Amy! Be sure to visit Amy at Mod Podge Rocks! and get inspired to keep on blogging about what you love!