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Have You Been ‘Found on Folksy’ yet?

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.

Found on Folksy Blog Button
See what we did there ;)

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.

Found on Folksy Blog Banner
Found on Folksy Blog Banner Christmas Robin
Found on Folksy banners, though its not quite time for the Christmas one yet!

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 . . .
Alex xXx

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27 comments

SparrowPrimitives September 23, 2010 - 9:11 am

Very interesting and a lovely idea! I really like the banners :) xx

Abbi Newell September 23, 2010 - 9:37 am

ooooh I would love to be ‘Found of Folksy’.
My keepsake ornaments use an ANCIENT quilting technique and I have had very few sales!

No pressure to choose me of course but I’d still love you to take a look.

http://www.folksy.com/shops/abbigale

averilpam September 23, 2010 - 9:38 am

Yes, good to hear about the origins of FOF. I was featured way back (can’t even remember what the item was!) I didn’t have a blog then, maybe I’ll grab myself a badge ‘I’ve been foffed’ :)

Cocoon Jewels September 23, 2010 - 10:01 am

Wow what a great idea. I am new and still finding my feet in the Folksy world and will be looking into making a blog soon. Loving the Folksy updates

Victoria September 23, 2010 - 11:01 am

Interesting idea, seems like a great way to highlight new sellers on Folksy!

Laura B September 23, 2010 - 1:54 pm

Looks great and sounds really interesting. I am a new member to Folksy and am very slowly finding my way, so this sounds very exciting.

Sock Pals September 23, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Found on Folksy sounds like a great idea especially if your aim is to promote all the Newbies to Folksy. Any chance you can check out my SockPals? I am open to any feedback. Thanks x

Sue September 23, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Found on Folksy is a brilliant idea, am loving the blogs.
Sue

Bev September 23, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Brilliant idea and would love to be “found” please :-)

Knikitta September 24, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Ironic that you show a Christmas Banner when I just blogged on my site about Christmas coming earlier and earlier! :P

Do you have a list of FoF’s?

viv weaver September 25, 2010 - 7:43 pm

I think FoF is a great idea, especially for new comers. I love making my Dolls and havnt sold any yet so maybe it will give people a boost!
Viv x

Gina September 26, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Well done to you for being creative in this side of your work. I am a newbie I started listing some of my items last week with help from a friend.
I dont think I am alone in finding the computer side of things hard to understand (I personaly am from a vintage era.) just listing things is a big learning curve.
So any thing that will help i would be happy to be involved in. Good Luck to you and all those that are involved.

Anna Jane Jewellery September 29, 2010 - 12:31 pm

This seems like a great idea. New Folk need all the publicity we can get. I would love to be found!

Very interesting blog that I will follow from now on. Cheers!

Anna Jane Jewellery x

cottonwool October 3, 2010 - 3:13 pm

There’s so much more to being involved with the Folksy website than I imagined when I started up. There are some really interesting things going on to help promote people’s beautiful handiwork, and a great sense of community.
Thanks for the good work!

Julia K Walton October 10, 2010 - 8:30 pm

Great work peeps! :D

Charlie Brown October 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

Really excellent stuff, I’m going to have to read through the blog to get some ideas for Christmas! Keep up the good work xx

Antje Rayner January 4, 2011 - 8:28 pm

Hello you lovely people. I have been trying to sell my jewellery for ages now, but without much success. Please, help, if you can. I am aboutb to loose my home and my daughter if I can’t find a way to make it.

Thank you so much.

Kind Regards, Antje Rayner @ AR Dreams

Lisa Wyatt January 9, 2011 - 7:12 pm

What an excellent idea and you appear to be doing a brilliant job at it.
I have only just opened up a shop as I have only just found Folksy. I will have a read of the blog and keep an eye on it in the future.

Keep up the great work.

Lisa

Katie Townsend February 25, 2011 - 4:38 pm

I would love to be Found on Folksy! I’m very new to the site and still learning the ropes but I hope people love my Munsters!

Sherrie February 25, 2011 - 9:02 pm

I have just opened my new shop and i am keen to get involved and get peoples feedback on my handmade cards and of course my site. :)

Emma February 26, 2011 - 7:54 am

I am really new to Folksy so still finding my way around as well. Sounds like a fab idea

Mei February 26, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Just joined this big family, would love to be found ^.^

Mei

Richa February 27, 2011 - 1:17 am

Great work guys!
TresorBelle would love to be found too!

Richa

frabjoustings February 27, 2011 - 9:04 am

I have just had my first go at jewellery and would love to know what you think of my efforts. I am quite pleased with one in particular “Dainty Bracelet” with turquoise theme but am I prejudiced?

It would be nice to think I was worth finding.

frabjoustings February 27, 2011 - 9:06 am

I have just had my first go at jewellery – bracelets with a turquoise theme.

I am pleased with a particular one, “Dainty Bracelet” but am I prejudiced? I would love your criticism.

To be found, that would be even better!

frabjoustings February 27, 2011 - 9:09 am

Sorry! The duplicate! I thought the first one had not gone.

Ruby Ruby March 1, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Thankyou for putting me on found on folksy.
Its definately encouraging to get foffed.
I think its a fantastic idea and all your hard work is great.
I hope eventually to do some blogging and follow more blogs.
Other peoples blogs are so inspiring.

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