Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Question for you!

As many of you may already know, I make jewelry as a hobby/potential form of income while Vantramping through life. My question is, should I start a new blog for the jewelry stuff separately or add it here. There are advantages to both, but really, my biggest concern is that I don't want to annoy our readers who are really more interested in travel and the lifestyle with posts on jewelry in any regular sort of way. Vantramping is what this blog is about. Always will be. The Jewelry making might be of some interest though as it is a van based potential business/hobby with a very small footprint. 

So I am completely torn, if anything leaning more towards separate blogs, but I put up a poll to get your input, as really, your thoughts on it are what is most important to me. So please, vote quick and let me know what you think. I would be extremely grateful!

24 comments:

  1. Was going to say what about just adding a page to this blog titled jewelry or whatever? Then saw the poll on the side of the page. so will go vote to.

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  2. I think since making the beautiful jewelry is part of your RV life, then it would be welcome on this blog. You could even tie in the jewelry making with your travels. For example...this bracelet (the one above) was inspired by a copperhead snake I ran over in my van :o

    Of course, I'm being silly as usual, because it really is a gorgeous piece! AND I really do think writing about how you're inspired to create from your travels would be a bonus!

    Nellie

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  3. I so understand your conundrum, I am torn myself. I started my blog and am trying to marry the two, my business and our lifestyle choice of living in a tiny house. Sometimes I go off on a tangent about one or the other,but basically it is for my own good - to help me remember how one supports the other. Can't live on less if I have a huge house, would need to get another job, hubby would need another job, little house is good, can be supported by Minkee Baby Gifts. Whew. That was exhausting. So that is my two cents :)

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  4. As long as there is a way to easily seperate the two when looking at the blog, meaning the two are not randomly jumbled together I see no problem having it as part of this blog

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  5. I do not live in a van myself but I enjoy reading about all the different aspects of your life, including how you make a living (and your hobbies too) so having your jewelery stuff on your blog makes sense to me. It is a part of your van life after all. Good luck however you decide to go.

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  6. Mike, I think it depends on how much time you're planning to spend talking about jewelry making. If it's just an odd post here and there, it may not be enough to justify a separate blog, but it will fit nicely here. If you think the subject is big enough, and you could talk a lot about it, it might be better off separate.

    You could always start out with just a few posts here, and if your interest (and that of your readers!) grows then make a separate blog then. If you do end up with more than one blog - and I know people who do - just put links to each one on the other one, with a brief description so people will know what it's about and can check it out if they want.

    Personally, I would like to hear more about your jewelry. As you know, I make jewelry too, but it seems you're working with different media (wire) and I'd like to know more about the process. So wherever you put your posts, just let me know so I can RSS them!

    Just one other thought, based on my research into internet marketing (as a possible income source when I get on the road). If you would like to be more serious about selling your jewelry, especially if you sell it online, it would probably be better to have a separate blog for it. I follow a lot of craft blogs, and most of those bloggers sell on Etsy; their blogs seem to be a definite part of their business.

    I hope that helps.

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  7. Adding a new page to this blog is an excellent idea. I may have to go back and do that with our blogs.

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  8. I vote for two separate blogs and I vote for you making your favorite little sister a beautiful anklet ASAP :-)

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  9. I think it would be good to hear about how you make your VanTramp lifestyle financially feasible, but people looking here for that van life aren't necessarily going to want to hear about the ins and outs of making jewelry. Having them somewhat segregated would work, but that's easy enough to do even on a single blog. If you feel you are going to go on and on about jewelry, a separate blog may make more sense. It really depends on how much of a balance you want to strike.

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  10. Wow! Great input from everyone so far! Thanks! I have to say so far, given that there are people who don't want to see the blog full of jewelry info too (I suspected), I am leaning toward starting another blog specifically for it and doing the occasional article here on this blog for how it relates to the van/mobile life. Like where and how I do the work, mods I have made to store and work on the pieces etc. Still a few days on the vote yet to consider, but option 3 is looking good since it has the best balance of keeping VanTramps clean and on track yet still showing the possibilities.

    Thanks again!

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  11. I vote for separate blogs, because I will want to read all your jewelry posts and learn. It would be easier if they were separate. I think it would make more sense for your jewelry business, too. What is that piece made of? Very pretty!

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  12. what a lovely bracelet!!..new to your blog..going to have read some of the older posts!!

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  13. I agree with everyone above. Jewelry making is part of you and part of your life. I'm not traveling yet, and my animal art is very much part of Me so I do include mention of it in my blog. I have a very separate successful web site that is linked to my blog and I referre to it from time to time so if anyone wants to know more about my art they can go there.

    I have found a couple of artists who are either full timing or It is working quite nicely as a separate place.planning to and include mention of their art in their blogs.

    But by having a separate blog, you can feel free to discuss elements of your jewelry making. Just make the link easy to see.

    I have recently started a second blog for my "memories of my life."

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  14. I feel kind of funny responding to this because I'm just a lurker here and have never posted a comment or communicated with you before, but..

    I think you would have a better selling advantage by separating and selling on another site or blog, with frequent mentions and/or links to it from this one.

    As an example, another blogger I follow religiously is Kim Miles, at:

    http://www.longwayhomeblog.com/

    She and her husband live full time in their 5th Wheel RV (originally rented, but are now trying to sell their house). She is an artist, focusing mostly on glass beads. She sells her beautiful art glass through another website. Many artist use Etsy to sell their art, jewelry, ect.. She links to her glass beadist site often, advertises her art, and even has give aways and contests from her main blog. All of which draws her regular readers to her art without changing the flavor of her main blog. Travelling with her studio and working/making a living on the road is a natural part of her main blog, so mentioning, connecting and drawing the two together flows quite naturally. PLUS she gets exposure to people searching for art, art glass, or beading that aren't necessarily interested in their simplified, unconventional lifestyle choices. Seems like the best of both worlds to me. :)

    Obviously you have to go with what feels right for you, but that's just one example of how I've seen it handled by another. I wish you luck and thank you for sharing your lifestyle with all of us.

    Thanks,

    Raella

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  15. Hey Judith! Thanks! That particular bracelet is made from enameled copper wire. Pretty simple stuff that lends itself well to viking knit which is what that particular weave is.

    Thank You Sue and Doug! And Welcome! I hope you enjoy sharing our fun!

    Thanks Merikay! I thought a lot about the way you have things setup while contemplating this. That is really the way I am leaning. Just absorbing all the input first, but pretty sure that will be the answer.

    Thanks MaggieRae for your input! Very much what I was thinking and I really appreciate the link! I will check Kim's blog out! I am so glad you de-lurked and shared your wisdom!

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  16. I vote for two separate blogs.You need another one with price , photos and what you have for sale today. In traveling blog sometimes add info about your hobby and what do you have new for sale. I wish you luck !!

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  17. Start another blog, but post it here, so we have the option of checking it out.

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  18. yoo-hoo! i vote for an etsy store that can be featured in the side column of this blog for easy link to sales. that's what i vote for. as far as everything else.....what they said!

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  19. Mike, do you have a good link with instructions for Viking knit? I just looked at a few but they seemed really flaky. Thanks.

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  20. Thanks Freightliner, Pidge and Kate! I appreciate the input!

    Judith, I emailed you some links and info, hope you enjoy!

    -Mike

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  21. If the jewelry is for potential business, I would use separate blogs. If you ever list on etsy or ebay, etc., it would be better for the search engines.

    You and post a comment at the end of your rv blog about something new on the jewelry blog and post a link. That way folks interested in the jewelry for purchase or info, could go to it.


    SandeeAR (couldn't get it to post any way but anonymous)

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  22. Hi Michael, I suspect you will have better sucess splitting the two, with mentions right under your header to the other on each.

    I love Love LOVE the piece shown here! You are very talented!

    Have you considered leveraging an established site (Like http://www.etsy.com/category/jewelry)? I know it may seem that you would be competing with other designers, but the piece shown above is very unique.

    Whatever you do, I love your site and will continue to visit.

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  23. Thanks Sandy! Very much appreciate the wisdom!

    Thanks Tk and Squashies! Very kind words and very sound advice! I checked your site out too, Very cute! I will go sign on as a follower there quick!

    -Mike

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  24. Hey just wanted to let you know that your "nieces" (Eva and Sara) have now received their bracelets and they absolutely love them. Thank you so much. And somehow you made them the exact right size for each of them. You're an awesome uncle :-)

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