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Introduction to Blogging Part Four;

Tutorials

Today’s article is about how I write my tutorials. I think of tutorials as recipes, if someones reads the article and wants to replicate the project, what do they need to know.  Keeping in mind the ‘What, How and Why’ concept from Part Two,  Here is the thought process I use.

Introduction;

This covers the what, with a picture of a finished piece, the why is covered by some suggestions as to the uses for the project, or the reason it was created.

You Will Need;

Here is where to write a list of all the items needed to reproduce the project. This covers the how.

Method;

Break the project into small steps and describe what is happening in each step. Add a photographs which show clear pictures of what you are describing.

Result;

This is a good place to add a few pictures of finished pieces at the end of the article. Different views of the project for example. This is to reward the viewer for sticking with you and reading to the end.

Added Extras;

This is a place to include ideas for taking the project a few steps further, for the more advanced crafter. Leave people room to take the project where they want to go with it.

Links;

Add links to manufacturers websites of the products used in the tutorial. Since the web can give you a global audience, linking to the shop down the road from you is not helpful to someone on the other side of the world. Manufacturers sites generally list ‘Find a stockist near you’ section on their websites, from which your readers will be able to find stores near to them.

Thank You;

Manners count even on-line. I always sign off thanking poeple for reading.

 

Coming up in Part 5; Reviews

In this installment I will share my thought process for product/book reviews. Part 5; Adding Product Reviews

 

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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Introduction to Blogging Part Three;  

Adding Pictures

Continuing this series of articles about getting started with blogging, today’s entry is about adding pictures to your blog. I will not describe ‘how’ to upload your pictures to your blog, as that will vary from blog host to blog host and also from where your pictures are currently stored. You will need your pictures to be on your computer in order to upload them to whichever site you choose to use. To do this you can either take your photos using a digital camera and them following your camera/computers software instructions transfer the pictures to your computer. If you do not have a digital camera you can use a scanner plugged into your computer, to scan images of completed works.

Show and Tell

When the purpose of the day’s post is entirely about sharing a finished piece of work, here is my thought process and how I choose what pictures to add. Posts in this category I think of as ‘Show and Tell’ as they say in the USA.

What is it? 

Firstly I write a brief paragraph as an introduction to what the piece is. A back story is good, why the piece was created, for a swap as an example.

Add an Image

This is the first thing viewers will see of your work, before they start to read. Make sure you have either a single image or series of images that show your work to its best. Take pictures of the inside of your project if that has been decorated too. I edit my photos in Photoshop Elements to ensure they look as good as they can, then add a watermark to ensure my details stay with the finished photograph.

List products Used

Personally I always list in detail the products I have used in my work. When I have visited blogs where people show finished work the first comments are often questions about what papers/inks/ stamps were used in the projects.

Links

I link to the manufacturer’s sites of the products I have used. Remember people from all over the world may read this article, so listing a local store is not as helpful as you may first think. Most manufacturers sites have a store locator which is of much more use to a global audience.

Coming up in Part Four

In the next article I will describe how I write my tutorials. Part 4; Writting Tutorials for your Blog

 

Links to the rest of this series of articles

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Introduction to Blogging Part Two;

What to Blog

 

Having decided that you want to give blogging a go, what should you write about and how to go about it. I’ll describe my thought process for what I put on this blog. I’ve been asked how I work out my tutorials, well the same thought process actually goes into anything I put on line. The biggest  break you can give yourself is to plan. Don’t try and do a tutorial for later that day or for tomorrow. Thanks to an unreliable Internet connection I have to post things ahead of time and schedule when I want them to appear, as I cannot guarantee that I’ll get a connection at any time.

Idea

So I’ve just made/found or bought something that I want to share with the world.

What

  • My first step is to decide What exactly it is that I want to share.
  • A picture of a finished piece or particular item.
  • A tutorial of how I made something
  • A review of a piece of equipment
  • Links to ideas and inspiration

 

How

Once I’ve decided what it is I want to share, this usually points me in a direction for how to share;

  • Written article on the blog
  • Photographic Step By Step on the blog
  • Video Tutorial; hosted on You Tube but also embedded in the blog

 

Why

Often over looked in blogs and tutorials but a vital step for me is WHY I’m sharing something. When you thing about why, you are thinking about your intended audience. It makes you think ‘What would I want to know if I was watching /reading this.

  • In response to a question or comment I have received
  • To show others how a technique works, to enable them to try it as well 
  • To share how a  project was created
  • To enable someone to decide if a product is for them (reviews)
  • To share with others information/links that have helped or inspired me, and would do the same for them
  • To help others increase their knowledge of products and techniques

 

In the next part of this series I will go into more detail about using pictures in the blog.

Part 3; Adding Pictures to your Blog

 

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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