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THE CRAFTY NETWORK ~ APRIL BLOG UPDATE

01 May

Welcome to this months Blog Update, I’m really sorry I’ve not had that much time this past month to do too many updates to the existing pages.

New Posts this month:

Discussion Posts:

Getting the most out of being on-line? https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/getting-the-most-out-of-being-on-line/

What would be your perfect e-marketplace?

https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/discussion-how-to-run-an-e-marketplace-successfully/

Featured Crafters:

Beautiful Things by Claire Mackaness: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/featured-crafter-beautiful-things-by-claire-mackaness/

Purple Penguin Beads: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/featured-suppliercrafter-purple-penguin-beads/

Susan Guy Photography: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/featured-crafter-susan-guy-photography/

V’s Pottery Shed: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/featured-crafter-vs-pottery-shed/

The Little Cornish Soap Company: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/featured-crafter-the-little-cornish-soap-company/

Showcase:

Spring & Easter Showcase:  https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/spring-easter-showcase-handmade-gifts-for-sale/

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CRAFT DIRECTORY UPDATES (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/facebook-directories/)

No main updates this month, but additions have been added as when I have received them.

If you would like your business adding to any of the directories, please leave a comment against the category you would like to be added to, you can be added to more than one.

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EVENTS:

Craft Calendar (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/craft-fair-tips-advice/craft-event-diary/)

Events being added all the time.

Event Organisers (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/craft-fair-tips-advice/directory-of-event-organisers/)

  Workshop & Course Providers – There are currently 10 listings, offering silk painting courses, sewing, jewellery, children’s workshops etc.

Please get in touch if you offer any type of craft/arts courses/training and would like to be added. (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/craft-fair-tips-advice/workshop-course-providers/)

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GALLERY: (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/gallery/)

Due to Easter, we have only done one challenge this month and that was to celebrate St George’s Day, 3 new photo’s added, the winner: Beautiful things by Claire Mackaness, and Runners Up: Diane Warburton and Ellabella all things Crafty.  Thank you to all those who took part and voted.

NEW: The Mini Challenge Rules:

Due to FB rules on competitions I have decided it might be best to try to continue with the mini challenges via the Blog, I will still use FB to advertise the challenges, but all the entries will be numbered and then posted on the Blog as a Blog Post, voting will then be open by writing a comment below the post and writing the number of your favourite.  The entry with the most votes will be the winner.  To allow more time.  The mini challenge theme announcement will be made on Tuesday and all entries must be sent via email no later than 12 midnight (GMT time) on Wednesday.  ALL entries will be uploaded to the Blog by 10pm on Thursday and voting will remain open until 7pm on Friday.  The winner will be announced at 8pm.  See this link for more details: https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/gallery/wednesday-mini-challenge-rules/

THE THEME FOR THE THIS WEEK (2nd MAY is: MAKE ME SMILE!)

I hope you can all support and enjoy the challenge.

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SELLING OPTIONS:

Facebook Networking Pages (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/where-to-sell/facebook-networking-pages/)

No Updates to this section this month.

Where to Sell you Items: (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/where-to-sell/where-to-sell-your-crafts/)

No Updates to this section this month.

Selling Rules & Regulations (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/where-to-sell/selling-rules-regulations/)

No Updates to this section this month.

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THIS CRAFTY BUSINESS:

Due to other work commitments, Maeri will be unable to carry on with these posts at the present time.  She is hoping that she may be able to resume them from September onwards.

– Business Services. 13 listings now in this section, from businesses offering services such as Web design, printing, Business Cards, Logo Design, Web Hosting, Domain Names search, Business Advice, Grants, reverse image search etc.

If you provide a business service, web design, printing, labels, wedding services, display equipment etc, then please get in touch I would love to add you to this list as very often we get people looking for help.   (https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/this-crafty-business/business-services/)

Crafty Help Q&A’s

– Got a Crafty Question or need some help?  Post a comment and The Crafty Network will try to help by searching the internet and posting the question to all our fans on Facebook.  Questions and Answers will be published on this page. https://thecraftynetwork.wordpress.com/this-crafty-business/crafty-qas/

Discussion Topics:

– Got a topic you would like us to open up a discussion about on our Blog, then why not leave us a comment.  Also you can find links to all previous Discussion topics here.

Topics covered so far:  Pricing, Photographing Crafts and Social Media., On-line Networking, A Perfect e-marketplace.  To follow soon: Craft Fairs!

NEW: Facebook Help:

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle trying to remember where to find everything on FB and also the RULES, so I thought as and when I or anybody else finds something that might be useful to everyone, I would post it up here.  So if you can help with anything, please leave a comment below that section.  Thanks.

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OTHER UPDATES:

Coming soon:

~ Look out for our first Tutorial – Polymer Clay Pendant using a Makins Extruder.

~ A Crafters Journey ~ Scrapbooking

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APRIL STATISTICS:

We have had a 18% increase on traffic from last month.

A 22% increase on average views per day.

No. of Subscribers: 78 (4 new subscribers this month)

Top 5 Countries:  UK, USA, Pakistan, Brazil Singapore,

Top 5 Referrers: Facebook,  Stumble Upon, Google, Twitter, WordPress,

Top 5 most popular searches: Craft Creations, Dummy clips, Creative Stamping Magazine, Baobab Tree Mosaics, Polymer Clay Pendants,

Top 5 Business Clicks: craftinsurance.co.uk, sincerelyyours.co.uk, facebook.com/ButterflyBessie, fiddlyfingers.blogspot.com, purplepenguinbeads.co.ukk

Top 5 most viewed pages: –  Craft Event Calendar, Getting the most out of Being On-line, A Crafters Journey, Handmade Fabric, Felt & Wool Items,

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NOTES:

I have said I will not be continuing with the Crafter Showcases here and on Facebook.  To be honest I am a little saddened by this and a bit mystified by the low response to past showcases, as I think they are a great opportunity to allow someone else to promote your products.  It is a lot of hard work for me, as I usually had to spend a lot of time, chasing for entries, re-editing photos and comments, looking for missing web links etc, uploading to FB and the Blog, but I honestly didn’t mind!

For your information this is also what I did to promote the albums; once entries to the showcase close (entries are added to the FB showcase on a ad hoc basis to enable the showcase to be constantly promoted on FB), they are then uploaded to the Blog, which does get a lot of views and previous showcases still do. I tweet about it, post on other networking pages and stumble it and sometimes pin it on pinterest.

May/June: Celebrations Showcase ~ Birthday/Anniversary etc

September/October: Autumn/Winter Showcase

November/December: Christmas Showcase
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Please let me know if you found this useful or not, all feedback and comments are gratefully received.

Thanks for following.

Linda x

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Blog Updates

 

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2 responses to “THE CRAFTY NETWORK ~ APRIL BLOG UPDATE

  1. wendy

    May 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hi Linda,
    I just wanted to explain that the Wednesday challenge just fell on a bad day for me! I’m at work all day then go to my glass class and dont’ get home until 10, there just isn’t a spare minute for me to get on the computer and find a photo.

     
    • The Crafty Network

      May 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Wendy no need to explain, I know some people are really busy. I go to college myself on a Wednesday evening but I’m ‘lucky’ I don’t have a day job besides this and making jewellery. Just so you know, I am now allowing a bit more time for people to get their entries in, by announcing the theme on a Tuesday morning around 10am. The next challenge will be week commencing 14th May. Linda x

       

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