Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams Part 2

Since there were so many questions after my first Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams video here is another edition of Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams Part 2. In this video, I’m sharing information about the different type of blogs to choose from. Also, I’ll share the kind of blog I use and a few ideas for blog posts.

Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams Part 2 Video.

Free Blogs are great and not so great. Many of the free blogs have advertisements that you can’t control that are posted on your blog. Blogspot using Blogger is one that I used many years ago. This post gives details on how to create a blog using Blogger and Blogspot.

Another free blog is WordPress. I’ve never used the free WordPress on my blog. But I do know others who have. It is pretty easy to set up. It also has the ability to pay for features if you want to add them to your blog.

For my blog, I use GoDaddy as the hosting and WordPress as the blog platform. I’ve been using it for a few years now.  My husband corrected me, he purchased the domain for me back in 2004. So I’ve had it for a lot longer than I thought.

Know how much a blog will cost you when getting started. A free blog will cost you time and effort. The advertisements may distract your readers and cause them to leave the site to follow the ad.

A paid blog you need to know that there is the cost of the domain name and the hosting. Then if you purchase themes there are fees, I use the free themes, there are many to choose from. It will also take time to write and upload photos, but here you won’t have advertisements that pull your readers from your blog unless you share a link.

Choose a name for your blog that will grow with you. I chose my name for the blog domain name. That way it could be anything I decided to share on my blog. I know others that own multiple domain names that are redirected to the main blog they want to use. It depends on how much time and money you want to spend.

Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams Part 2. Ideas for blog topics.

For your first blog post, I suggest that you make it an introduction to who you are and what you want to share on the blog. Use photos of projects you have made and give some details about what those are or why you made the items.

For my blog, many of the ideas come because of a product I’m using or a challenge I’ve entered. Your blog posts can be about any item you are wanting to share. Making a birthday card for someone special, share it on your blog. Got a custom order to make a junk journal? Share the details about how you got the order, what the customer wanted and how you came up with the ideas for the junk journal.

There are so many things to share on a blog, it is all about just writing something up and adding a few photos. A video is also great for those that love to see things in video format.

Decide what the purpose of your blog will be to the public. Will it be to share items for sale, tutorials or just thoughts? Those are things you need to decide to help you get started.

Have fun with your blog. Share what makes you happy. Do realize that if you share controversial items then design teams, companies etc may not choose you to represent them. Remember if you share it on social media or your blog then the world can see it and they may or may not want any part of what you are sharing.

It is a good idea to keep your personal views private or at least not connected with items you will share on social media.

Hopefully, the information I shared will help you in setting up a blog and getting some topics for your blog posts. Soon I’ll have part three which will go over the camera I use and my photo booth.

Story Time With Linda Getting on Design Teams Part 2

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page. Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

You are in luck it is another Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting. The question was asked How did you begin crafting Linda?, on one of my YouTube Videos. That is why I decided to share a quick video to share how I began crafting many, many years ago while living on a small farm with my family in Oklahoma. I was blessed to have a creative mom that helped me get started.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting Video.

 

When I was a little girl I wanted Barbie Doll clothes. But even back then these were expensive to buy. Since I didn’t have an income. LOL I decided to make my own. Thankfully we were involved with 4 H in my family and we had a huge garage sale as a fundraiser. There were clothes that would be thrown out and I took a box home to make Barbie Doll Clothes.

One summer my Step-Grandmother spent about 3 weeks at our home and she taught me how to sew, how to read a pattern and pick the fabric for my project.  I’m so glad that she spent the time with me so that I could sew. We moved schools mid-year in High School and I was put in Home Economics when they were finishing up their sewing segment. Because I had spent time with Grandmother I was able to get a 100 on the written sewing test and I had only been there for a week. There were people in my class that was there for the whole class and they failed. It was natural for me to sew.

Later I helped my mom with her crafts. She made floral arrangements usually with dried flowers and silk flowers. I would help pick dried flowers and spray paint them for her.

Another Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting segway. My best friend taught me how to knit and another grandmother taught me how to crochet. Everyone got a blanket from me for a few years back then. I don’t have any of the blankets I made. I’m not sure if my family still has them or not.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

For my Sr Prom in High School, I made my prom dress. To pay for my dress I worked at a stable cleaning the stalls and working with horses. I even sold friendship bracelets to my fellow students, I would make these bracelets while riding the bus since we lived several miles from the school.

After high school, I would make curtains, pillows, and clothes for others. Coasters, cord covers, mug rugs and anything else I could sew.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

Mug Rug put on your desk and set your mug on its own rug. lol

In the 1990’s is when I fell in love with paper crafting. My neighbor invited me to a stamp party where I purchased my first stamp from DOTS – Dozens of Terrific Stamps. Later I joined a stamp club and became President of the Okie Inkers for several years.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

Easle Greeting Card

Easle Greeting Card.

A friend of mine told me about HGTV’s show, That’s Clever. She had gotten the information to sign up and she shared the info with our stamp club and encouraged all of us to sign up. There were 30 artists in Oklahoma that were featured on the show.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

Filming the intro out in one of the Parks in Yukon Oklahoma.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

What my room looked like for the video taping of HGTV. I had to remove a table that was in front of the desk and cover any “brand labels” on items in the room.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

More of my desk for the filming.

Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting

More of my room. This area now is my lightroom. It was my sewing area in this photo from 2007.

Because I was on That’s Clever I decided to try doing my own videos and started filming for YouTube. It’s amazing how far I’ve come since then!

Currently, I am on three design teams, Calico Collage digital images, Canvas Corp Brands (who is the parent company for Canvas Home Basics, Tattered Angels, and 7gypsies), and ScraPerfect – offering glues and tools for paper crafting.

My crafting journey has taken many twists and turns over the years, but I’m so glad that I have had all the opportunities I have had. Learning new things and keeping me trying out new things too!

Hopefully, this segment of Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting has given you a little view of where I began and where I am now.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page. Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today for the newest segment, Story Time with Linda How I Began Crafting.