What I -really- meant was that I am about to bare my poor, reckless, and very stubborn soul and intro myself, as well as ask around for some advice. I am admittedly a forum junkie, and I've been cloaked in shadow reading through these forums most of the afternoon. I finally got brave enough to post and see if I can get some much needed advice/direction/confidence boost.
That being said; my name is Danielle. I have been a self-employed, working artist (jewelry designer...woe the stereotypes there...) for a little over 6 years now. With the setback of two kids and a busy military husband, my business ebbs and flows with my production, but I feel I've been pretty successful in my ventures. I do a lot of custom work and I'm known around the online jewelry communities as being credible and knowledgeable.
I recently got a harebrained idea to start a "professional" blog, hoping to find a niche in what some would already say is an over-saturated market. Since jewelry has become the rage for every woman in America and beyond, there's a massive amount of people claiming to be jewelry artists that really aren't, but regardless of your level of skill or talent, they all are very hungry for information, tutorials, etc. The tutorials I've posted on my personal biz site have huge amounts of hits, even 3 years past their posting.
So, being an Aries, stubborn and determined, I decided to bite the bullet and become the next Perez Hilton of the handcrafted jewelry world. I probably would have made more money picking on the variety of ppl that are attempting to sell their wares, but that's just not my style.
So, to the heart of the matter: I'm totally clueless about this whole blog thing. I've literally spent 2 weeks working 18 hour days in front of my computer building the site, learning the lingo, getting the analytics of the site going, and driving traffic like crazy. I know and belong to just about every forum for the market, so in less than 2 weeks time, I'm up to 1K hits on the site. Maybe not impressive, but my goal was 1K for the first month, so I'm ecstatic. I even have a whopping 11 RSS subscribers and I seem to get about one new person a day. Thrilling, right?
My question is this: My goal is to get some of the bigger industry art jewelry mags and ppl advertising to make myself some income while I go back to my bench and make my own stuff for my personal site. Am I totally nuts? Is it possible? And how in the heck do I start down that path? I managed to get one good person on board for advertising; she had confidence in me and purchased a 3 month ad spot. YAY! I've had 2 other inquiries for ad space, but they also are private business ppl.
So what do I do next? I don't think AdSense is the way I want to go; I know nothing about the affiliate thing or where to even start making a dent.
But I am determined, I'd love any pointers you all can give me, and I'm obviously long winded and like to write, so I think my content on the site is doing well. I stay above the 100 hits/day mark consistently so far.
Whew. Ok, I'm shutting up now.
Thanks for having me, and hoping I didn't just send you all running off screaming.