The origins of Found on Folksy
Guest Post from Alex Broadbent
Howdy all! I’ve been invited to tell all you lovely Folksters about the blog Jo of Glassprimitif and myself, Alex of Aleximo Croissant, set up to promote all the wonderfully creative things we see on Folksy.
Found on Folksy (FoF) started back in July 2009, when Jo and I decided to combine our individual Folksy based blog posts into one dedicated blog promoting new sellers. At the time admin were working their collective socks off keeping the site going through all the Beta trials and building new features, which left them very little time for anything else. Which is where Found on Folksy came in, we decided to promote the Folksy brand ourselves. We posted a new treasury each week, alternating writing duties between the two of us, I designed a blog banner and logo to give the site a bit more identity, and a year later we now have five writers!
Other than Jo, and myself we have the lovely Kirsten of Quernus Crafts who set up our Facebook page, as well as Jane of Max and Molly Designs, and our newest recruit Lucy aka the Whistling Cowgirl. Between the five of us we create a new treasury each week containing roughly 5 to 7 items, and publish on a Tuesday. We’re always looking for new ways to help spread the word about our blog and Folksy, for example a while back we offered a blog badge swap between Folksy sellers and ourselves. The blog badge was a great way to spread the word about our blog, and for other sellers to promote themselves too, one of those rare ‘win win’ situations! Our newest feature is for those who’ve already been featured on our blog.
We hope that now the blog has a larger readership those featured will add this new button with pride to their blog, and it will serve as proof for those who have been featured. Originally we started a link list on the right hand side of the blog in alphabetical order, but it soon got out of hand. This new badge will provide a clearer and fairer way of displaying those who’ve had an item on the blog. If you have been featured you can find the blog code on the ‘I’ve Been FOFFED!’ page of the blog
It’s rapidly become an addictive pastime for me to spend hours trawling around Folksy looking for items to showcase. I find my treasury themes often stem from one particular item on the homepage, or an idea from daily life and/or inspirational blogs. When I look for items I very rarely start out with a theme in mind, quite often whilst browsing new items I’ll see something that sparks my imagination, a few minutes of targeted searching later and I’ll usually have found all the items I want to use in the article. We all look out for different things to feature on the blog, but there are a few key points that help me to choose items;
1. Good photography – we use quite large images on the blog so it’s really important that the photo is in focus, sharp and good quality.
2. Craftsmanship – it’s important to me that the items I feature use a skill or trade, and are not just copies of mass-produced items.
3. Number of sales – I love featuring those who are new to Folksy, or have few sales. It’s my way of stepping away from some other craft sites that only feature those with a huge number of sales. It’s a lovely feeling to be featured in a treasury, and I hope that we encourage those who are just starting out, or have yet to make their first sale.
My main role for the blog is to do all the designs for the site, with Jo and Kirsten doing the majority of the promotion. I really wanted to give Found on Folksy a clear identity, something evocative of a variety of crafts and handmade products, plus I get to have a fun whilst doing it! Having a background in graphic design I’m always eager for new briefs and challenges, and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done so far.
The Folksy Friday movement has been wonderful to see, it’s really great to see other Folksters who are passionate about Folksy and taking time to write their own treasuries and articles. I find out about most of them though my Facebook feed. The fan page feature makes it really easy to update people, and I thoroughly recommend it to any sellers wanting to promote themselves. It’s also really important for promotion to take an interest in the forums and to participate wherever possible, even is it’s just entering other Folkster’s competitions.
It’s wonderful to be part of a blog that just keeps growing, and now that there are five of us I don’t feel so much pressure to write articles! I still find it odd that I’ve never met any of the lovely people I collaborate with on FoF, but I plan to change that in the future *^_^*
I hope you’ve found this introduction to Found on Folksy interesting, and I hope to see more of you on the blog soon! We love getting comments on our posts, and we especially love more subscribers! There’s lots more planned for the future, so I would love for you all to keep reading.
Until next time . . .