I am interested in creating a DIY Tutorial blog that would showcase crafts college students may want to make with little skill, and a low budget. Here are a few DIY blogs I found that I like:

1) Handmade Charlotte

Handmade Charlotte is a DIY blog run by a mother of 5, living on a farm. The posts relate to home crafts, as well as ways to get children involved. There are craft ideas, links to other website’s tutorials, recipes, and challenges to get a more interactive feel between the blogger and readers. The theme of the blog is easy to navigate, and features bright and colorful accents. She has a large banner displaying her name which is great for branding purposes, but doesn’t let the reader preview any of her posts without scrolling. Another aspect I do not like is how she makes crafts that while cute, some readers would not want to actually make (like this lighthouse marble run). I would like my blog to be targeted for younger people looking to decorate their apartment, rather than mothers looking for ways to occupy children. Overall, the blog layout is perfect for this style of blog as there is a preview of the post before the jump, and the lengthy tutorial is hidden away until you click the “keep reading…” link.

2) I Spy DIY

I Spy DIY is run by a young woman who has been working at a fashion magazine in Manhattan, so she seems very knowledgeable and trendy. I love that her posts are things that correlate to what is happening in the fashion world, like the tutorial on how to add spikes to a iphone case. This is the type of content I am looking to feature on my blog, geared toward a younger readership that has easy tutorials. However, to find the actual tutorial on her blog is a little difficult, as she mentions the steps come after the break, but there is no “keep reading” link. By clicking the post title you can access it, but I prefer there being a separate link. She categorizes her posts and includes the categories in the post titles- for example she lists whether it is a DIY she made herself, or a post she is using as inspiration. There are a lot of good quality photos of her crafts but overall because it is hard to navigate to the actual tutorial steps, her theme is not great.

3) College Life DIY

This blog is more like the theme I want to blog about. However, the theme is boring and the posts are also boring. There should be more text to engage the readers. However, the actual posts seem nice and go well with her topic. It doesn’t seem like she makes the tutorials herself, but she links to where you can actually find them.

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