Monday, 9 July 2012

Blogging for Business - Sam Miller

After Joanne dewberry wrote a blog for me, she asked if I would write one for her about how blogging had helped my business. You can see the full article on her site at - how blogging has helped my business
Theres lots of other clever stuff on there so do take a look. I have also put a copy of the text here in case you just want a wee look...

How Blogging has Helped my Business - Sam Miller

When I started my own art business about a year ago I was really not a big fan of social media, particularly blogging. I couldn’t understand why people would blog and who would read it, so now a year on I am totally surprised to find that I am both the one blogging and one of the people who reads other people’s blogs. Plus, even more surprising than that is the fact that I am loving it!!

Best Friends by Sam Miller
I find it is a great way to get your ideas and work out there and it is great to recieve comments and advice from other people. I’m still not sure how so many people find me but I have reached a much wider audience by doing this and have made great connections and contacts with others. I think it is a perfect way for people to find about you and your business, to see what you are doing and to see a real personality behind the work.

I have been to a few marketing and networking events over the past year and the main message I have got from them is that YOU are the best promotional tool for your business, so following this logic I really believe blogging is an ideal way to promote yourself and your products.

ME photographed by my little girl
I have also found on a personal level it can help me think things through and help me prioritise my work by focusing my ideas, deciding clearly what I want to tell people about and what I want to achieve. It has definitely increased my profile and through this has increased the amount of viewers and customers I am getting to my website and into my shop.

I have also found a whole network of other people working on their own art projects so I am really enjoying finding out about others, reading and commenting on their blogs. Rather than being an isolated occupation, I have found blogging has introduced me to a whole exciting community which can be reached from my cosy little home.

I would recommend blogging to anyone, at first I felt it was an obligation, to tick the box that said my business had a blog. Now I am a total convert, I feel like it is an invaluable tool for me to use to communicate my ideas and show my work to the world. I also enjoy just putting my thoughts down in this way and it does help me formulate my thoughts and practise my pitch for when I am speaking to people in the real world!

My blog is developing all the time as I get more ideas about how to use it and I am really excited about the future and all the plans I have for it including competitions, featured artists and tutorials so do please keep taking a look and I would love to know what you think.

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  1. I know what you mean about how blogging helps to focus your mind and organise your ideas, i've found that too.

    I also agree with you about it being a great way to connect with fellow crafters - its really interesting to visit other people's blogs to see what they are up to and exchange ideas. I also find the comments others leave on my blog posts provide invaluable feedback!

    happy blogging x

  2. Hi Natalie, Thanks so much for your message, I'm sorry I didn't get to reply sooner, the world seems to have gone mad here with lots of events, planning for the Festival, school holidays and work!
    I'm like you I love getting comments from people as it really makes me feel I'm making connections and not just working on my own so do keep them coming!
    Hope everythings going well for you,
    best wishes,