The business of blogging

30 Jul

Etsy to host free “Crafty Blogging” workshop for DIY entrepreneurs


Need a little inspiration to get a blog rolling for your business?

You’re invited to “Etsy Success: Crafty Blogging,” a panel of DIY culture leaders, bloggers, and Internet entrepreneurs talking shop about reeling in readers, crafting creative content, and incorporating a healthy dose of self-promotion.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on August 5 at the Etsy headquarters, located at 55 Washington St., suite 512, in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbhorhood. Click here to hook up a free ticket.

Can’t make it to the actual event? No worries. The panel will be broadcast live in Etsy’s online workshops, the Virtual Labs.


Lish Dorset is one of the founding members of Handmade Detroit and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. She started her crafting career in the fifth grade with the launch of her troll doll clothing line; she’s been crafting and helping others craft ever since. Dorset’s fascination with vintage textiles lead to her own kitchen towels and home knick-knacks she sells at local craft fairs. A self-proclaimed craft nerd, Dorset loves the Internet(s) more than she should, but not as much as she loves Carol Duvall and Martha Stewart. 

Alison Feldmann is a writer and editor for Etsy’s Blog. She couldn’t live without industrial decay, taxidermy, succulents (even if they wither under her care), and the joy of the vintage hunt. By day, she blogs about the wonders of makers and collectors for Etsy’s Blog. By night she takes to her personal blog, TeenAngster, to obsess about all things curious, obsolete and outré. Find her on Etsy and Twitter as @TeenAngster.

Crissy Herron is the founder of Indie Biz Chicks. She is the self-described “World’s Best Aunt,” is awesome in the kitchen, and is a proud resident of the Mitten State (that’s Michigan, by the way). And, oh yeah, she used to live in Alaska. Read her biz advice at or send her a tweet @indiebizchicks.

Rachel Johnson is the creator and owner of the art and craft community website, Swap-bot is a web tool used to coordinate group art, craft, and pen pal swaps. It is also a social network with more than 30,000 members where you can share, create, chat, and have fun with other artists, crafters, writers, and makers from all over the world. Johnson has also been consistently updating her personal blog,, for more than six years, and she is a senior reporter for 

Bethany Nixon is the owner of, based out of her home in Metro Detroit. She works full time selling both vintage clothing and her own line of upcycled crafts. As a proud member of Handmade Detroit (the organizers of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair), and also as the organizer of the Baar Bazaar, Nixon is inspired to help in the creation, networking, and promotion of the Detroit craft community. She blogs both at  and you can follow her on Twitter @bethanylouise.

Amy Schroeder founded Venus Zine and in her Michigan State University dorm room at age 19. After about a decade of growing the publication from a cut-and-paste fanzine into an internationally circulated magazine with a starting budget of zero, she sold the company to a new publisher and moved to New York. By day, she now works for Girl Scouts of the USA and, by night, is in the midst of starting the DIY Business Association—DIY-style, of course.

Tonya Staab freelances in various creative fields and relies on her previous experience in marketing, promotions and merchandising in the magazine industry, as well as the creative genes she was born with (thanks to an artist grandmother, wood-carving father, and her mother who taught her to knit and cross-stitch when she was in elementary school) to run a blog where she shares craft tutorials and party planning tips, and encourages parents to get their kids into the kitchen and explore the world around them.  Mud puddles and glitter don’t scare her.


One Response to “The business of blogging”


  1. Tour d’Etsy « DIY Business Association Blog - August 6, 2010

    […] before I joined a crew of awesome DIY blogging experts for Etsy Success: Crafty Blogging on August 5, we checked out the wide-open loft space…   Etsy Craft Lab welcomes you to craft […]

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