If you’ve had a little snoop around my blog, you’ll be aware that I run a Twitter networking chat on Tuesday evenings called #CraftBlogClub. I launched the chat back in September 2013. I wanted to start branching out and learning new creative skills and I felt a lot of other craft bloggers wanted to be part of the same support network. Craft Bloggers are a particularly special bunch of bloggers – we never stop dreaming up new ideas and we want to be continually challenged. We already havethe delights of Lifestyle Blogging chats, that we can join in and the wonderful #HandmadeHour, for promoting your handmade businesses; but I was struggling to find a networking hour for us crafty blogger types. So, with a little cajoling from the lovely Amanda over at Gift Frippery, I decided to launch #CraftBlogClub on a Tuesday evening, with no idea who, if anyone, would join in. To my surprise, we had about twenty bloggers join in our initial chat and most of them are still going strong with us today!
Fast forward to January 2014, #CraftBlogClub has come such a long way – I’ve set up its own Twitter page, to help with the busy-ness of each week’s chat (I often suffer from RSI with the amount of Favouriting and RT-ing) and we seem to be a lovely, growing community, with new members joining each week. We had some great successes with the challenges we set last year – over 20 people took part in our Secret Santa challenge. We are launching our next challenge at the beginning of February and I have a great ‘Spring-Clean’ themed challenge in mind as we head to warmer weather – I love people joining in the challenge and it’s a great way of trying new craft methods too – if you fancy it!
A while back I set up a Pinterest page for #CraftBlogClub also, if you want to join in and start pinning some inspiration, I would love to invite you – just give me a follow! As if that’s not enough social media platforms for you, we now have a Facebook group! I primarily use this to keep in contact when we aren’t running the hour, it’s great for swapshops, asking questions and promoting your blog posts and crafty WIPs…why not come and join us?
I still run between 1 and 2 chats a month, but have enlisted the help of three lovely co-hosts will be helping each month too! We aim to make each week’s chat different and interesting – last night the lovely Hayley from Showered With Love hosted a really interesting chat about the pros and cons of WordPress vs Blogger, whilst we kicked off the year TRENDING on Twitter, chatting about craft catch ups and resolutions and last week we talked tips for crafting on a budget – what with the January blues and all that! I no longer do a weekly write up, but I am still aiming to do a monthly post detailing our challenge and some of the highlights of the month’s chat!
If you have a craft blog, enjoy reading craft blogs or are just plain crafty, why not come and join in our chats on Twitter every Tuesday? We run the chats between 7-8.30pm, just give @CraftBlogClub a follow on Twitter and use the #CraftBlogClub hashtag to join in. If you’re really keen – Pinterest and Facebook are also waiting for you!! We’re a very friendly, inspiring bunch and we love nothing more than talking all things CRAFT! I look forward to meeting you soon…..
Stay Peachy x