If you are a scrapbooker and are into surfing the internet to find information about scrapbooking, you may have noticed that there is an enormous amount of scrapbooker blogs out there, which seems to be growing on a daily basis. You may ask yourself “Why blog about scrapbooking?”. There are a number of wonderful reasons why scrapbooks blog. The benefits are endless and rewarding, which is why the number of scrappers creating blogs is growing at an amazing rate.
One reason scrapbookers blog is to have some type of networking between other scrapbookers or their friends and family. It’s almost a type of online diary or journal. If you’re a scrapbooker, then most likely you will be journaling on your pages to tell the story of the photos on your layout. Well, this is a great way to write it all down for your layout, whether or not photos are involved or not. You’ll have the story and the date of your post right there and since blogs archive your posts, you can easily find what you’re searching for either by looking up a certain date or the title of your post. It can’t get much easier than that. In addition, your family and friends will be happy to read what is going on in you and your family’s life. Also, you can connect to scrapbookers from all over the world!
Another reason that scrapbookers blog is to display or share their layouts. Most scrapbookers, whether they like to admit it or not, like receiving recognition for their layouts. To some, scrapbooking is a work of art, a display of their creativity…in addition to telling their story. Don’t we all appreciate nice comments about our “artwork”? It makes us feel good about ourselves and motivates us to be even more creative.
Blogging for scrapbookers can sometimes be a type of organizational mechanism. Scrapbookers do a lot of googling on the internet to look at other’s work, to find supplies or to participate in a scrapbooking community forum or work for a design team. Many scrapbooking bloggers post links to scrapbooking stores, magazines, other scrapbooker’s blogs, google ads or other areas of inspiration. Especially if you work for a design team, you’ll want to have a blog displaying your work for the team and a blog link to post on the design team’s webblog. Posting interesting links to other sources on your blog is an easy way to keep it all together in one place and provides information to others who visit your blog.
There are many celebrity scrappers out there, such as Ali Edwards or Jennifer McGuire that blog to inspire others and to sell their products. Ali Edwards not only posts her layouts and tells her stories, but inspires others with product tips and newsletters. Jennifer McGuire posts her “how-to” videos on her blog to the delight of many a scrapper. She also organizes card donations for hospitals. You would be amazed at how many famous scrappers have blogs that they faithfully post onto almost daily. Blogging is just the “in” thing to do!
To summarize the benefits of blogging for scrapbookers….
Keep an online journal for family/friends and layouts
To display your creative layouts and get recognition
To organize your scrapbooking links
To network with and inspire other scrapbookers
Inspiration and information on scrapbooking for others
If you would like to start your own blog, there are so many internet platforms out there to use. Some of them even provide free hosting if you prefer to use their domain name. Some providers are TypePad, Blogger, Wordpress, Blogspot, Thoughts, LiVEJOURNAL and many more. Most allow posting of photos, which, of course, would probably be a feature most scrappers would utilize.
Some of you out there may be computer aces, some of you not, but even if you aren’t, blogs are so easy to use. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to have a great looking blog. If you want to find out how a particular feature can be implemented, all you have to do is search the help or the particular blogging provider’s blog. Most likely you will find what you you’re looking for. You can even create your own personal unique banner for your blog and play around with various backgrounds. Many free blogs also provide a variety of themes you can use or you might google to find one you like. The possibilities are endless!
Several features that blogs provide are photo galleries, an “about the author” section, ways to add google ads, a page feature for static pages, links to other online galleries such as flickr, uploading documents and links, integrating videos (youtube) archive feature, calendar, special categories, blog subscriptions, mailto link, etc. The list is long and it seems that the number of features, sometimes called “widgets”, are growing as rapidly as blogs themselves. Again, there are endless possibilities.
Do you have a story you’d like to tell or would you like your own place of reference about scrapbooking? Then get started with your own blog and make it known to your family, friends and fellow scrapbookers!
So, scrap away, blog it and have fun sharing your stories.