It’s hot today (38*) here in Kusadasi, Turkey and i’ve had a very slow start, just couldn’t seem to get going but was determined to sit down and write this post. I’ve eventually got myself organised, turned the air con up and poured myself a drink of iced water and here i go!
When i first started my blog which was just 1 month ago, i really didn’t know what i was doing, you see i was looking into the idea of doing something to promote the lovely handmade woven bracelets that my husband makes. Then i suddenly thought i could write a blog about my passion for knitting and before i’d actually thought it through i was signing up on blogspot and writing my first blog. That was when i realised it’s great to share my knitting but i actually want people to read my blog and enjoy it with me, but i really don’t know what to do or how to do it, so i started searching the net for answers.
I started to add my blog to directories and reading other peoples blogs to see how they did it. I signed up for numerous newsletters and aids from various Internet Marketing and Social Networking experts, i read all, some i found extremelly helpful and enlightening and some not so. I picked up many tips and found lots of plug ins, add ons and web sites i’d never heard off before.
I would like to mention, if i may, a few of the people that gave me the most inspiration. The first of whom is Michelle Shaeffer i’m not sure how i came across her, but, she has been such a help to me i feel like i’ve always known her. With downloads, news letter and blog posts she has given me advice and help in no end of ways. You can find Michelle at www.michelleshaeffer.com simplestorming.com or the facebook page’the ultimate blog challenge’ and numerous other sites. Hector Cuevas( hectorcuevas.com) who after listening to his ‘smart blogging audio’ gave me the inspiration to carry on just when i was thinking ‘this is all too much!’John Paul Aguiar (johnpaulaguiar.com) who made me feel better with his statement ‘It’s ok if you don’t know everything’ and the help with his Blog dummy blogging course. Alex whalley.com for his sense of humour and Market Samurai Bootcamp which is helping me understand keywords. Martha Giffen who has given me a great insight with her great blogging tips on ‘How to be a profitable blogger'. And more recently Janet Callaway the Natural Networker who is just that ‘Natural’ and she seems to have the knack of blogging the right subject at just the right time ( for me anyway) to spur you on. There are many others, i don’t want this to turn into a directory but i do believe in giving credit where credit is due.
Although i’m still a long way off i feel i’m getting there (where ever that is). At the end of the day my blog is about my passion of knitting and being able to share that with anyone who also loves to knit. One of my main reasons for the blog is that when i came to live in Turkey it was impossible to find knitting patterns in English (or even Turkish for that matter) the only thing was to search the net but although there’s more choice now alot of the patterns available are old fashioned to say the least! And there’s little or no info on how to substitute a particular yarn, because ofcourse there’s only Turkish yarn available here. If i can share my patterns and help knitters and maybe make some money along the way i’ll be a ‘happy chappy’. So stand by for the New Improved Knitting Galore…. Coming Soon!