Christmas In July Team Members Who Blog

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

January is the time to relax and enjoy quiet time in front of my wood burning fireplace. One of my favorite pastimes when I’m sitting in front of the fireplace is reading blogs.

There are many Christmas In July team members who are bloggers. Please take a few moment with me as you sit in front of your fireplace tonight to read their blogs.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Savannah Griffith from RareRusticCrafts says:

I host my blog on my website:

My favorite article was from a few months ago. I sell two different kinds of clay masks and one of my most frequent questions is how to use them. I wrote an article with instructions on how to use them. The blog relates back to a post card and an instagram post. Between the three items, I’ve been able to hand out instructions at markets and refer people back to my blog and the video clip on my instagram. It’s been a great tool for not only helping to answer my most frequent question as thoroughly as I can, but for getting my customers on my website and my instagram.

You can read the blog post here:…

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Rare Rustic Crafts Blog

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

My blog can be found here
and I have lots of favorite posts, but one I think I have already posted here a while back. So my next favorite would be the one I did to try to help other Etsy sellers by telling the process I use for tagging my items and how it increased my sales.…

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Bead Lovers Korner Blog

Janine from AllsortsofSoaps says:

I have a blog on my website

I have so many favourite posts and they are all so different from each other…some are recipes, others are about daily life experiences, some are about soap, and others range from anzac day to my experience teaching in Mongolia. It is not a blog that deals specifically with Etsy…however I do have one post that deals with #makeforgood. The blog I have chosen is the second part of a two-part blog. I think it is a piece that most parents could relate to…the deadline for an impending school assignment and nothing done! Here is the link-…

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

All Sorts Of Soap Blog

rina from RinartsAtelier says:

I have a few favorite blog posts on my blog (, but a recent blog post was about a part of crafting you do not think enough about when you start selling on the internet. At least I did not!

It is a blog about wrapping your order. In this post I describe the way I walked to where I am now.

Here is the link:

Rinarts Blog

Rinarts Blog


Blog Tips, Tricks And Advice

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Blogs are a great way to help market your business, organization or a team. We use our #EtsyCIJ blog to market our members, ourselves and celebrate handmade!

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what tips,tricks and advice you have about blogs and blogging?

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

One of the things that I really try to do when blogging is to try to think of how my writing and item promotion might solve a problem for someone or answer a question someone has. So many people (including myself) use the internet for research, so blog writing to increase traffic should try to solve a problem or answer a question for someone.

One of my most visited blog posts is one I did on how to create necklace cards. I had purchased them several times but had been disappointed by what I received so I spent a good amount of time figuring out how I could create them myself. Then I turned it into a tutorial to help others who had the same issues with premade necklace or earring cards for their business. I wasn’t selling a product in that blog post, but the people who search and find my post might also decide to look at my Etsy shop or website where they might find something they want to purchase at some point.


Savannah Griffith from RareRusticCrafts says:

Gari Anne, I think you’re totally correct when you say that you use the internet for research. Most of the blogs I follow are for small businesses and they contain mostly information on typical how-tos for small business owners (like social media guides, market guides, or general information about taxes and accounting). I follow these blogs religiously because they always have information that I need to know but never think of myself. I also like to follow blogs with information on managing my time and balancing my personal and professional life (because we all work way to hard!)

For my own blog, I think I need to keep this in mind more. I have a difficult time viewing my own website from a customers perspective, so I definitely think it needs some work. In my blog, I often post about whatever I’m working on at the time, so it might be a new product, preparing for a photo shoot, or I might share some insight into upcoming projects. To be honest, my blog doesn’t have a clear direction and it’s very scattered. I just moved it from WordPress onto my own site and started managing it more directly. I’m hoping this will make it easier for me to integrate it with the site and the overall brand of my business.

My best performing article was one I wrote about why I decided to go into business for myself. It might help me to re-read that article a few times and talk to some of my customers to see why it was so impactful.

Looking forward to seeing your blogs! You can check mine out here: Rare Rustic Crafts Blog.

I welcome your feedback and advice!