Collaborate, make sales, build your blog audience or just make new like-minded friends – using the right hashtags can help you achieve more online. See our top hashtags for bloggers, sellers and makers to help you grow your online community in 2016…
@lottsandlots for #CreateMakeShare
Hashtags for bloggers
A collaborative project between bloggers ZingZingTree, Kids Craft Room and Growing Spaces, #createmakeshare is hosted on all their blogs and provides a place for bloggers and makers to share links to anything you’ve created over the last month.
Blogtacular’s annual blogger conference takes place on 18 June, but you can use the hashtag throughout the year. Every Wednesday at 9pm Blogtacular hosts a Twitter chat where you can learn from other bloggers. “We pose questions and everyone gives their thoughts or advice. It’s a great way to bring the community together and for people to find other bloggers whose ideas they enjoy,” says Blogtacular founder Kat Molesworth.
If you’re a lifestyle blogger, this simple hashtag will draw other bloggers to you. Kat insists, “An afternoon lost in hashtags is a great way to find people who love what you love and adding them to your images will bring people to you.”
@folksyhq for #folksyhour
Hashtags for craft sellers
#FolksyHour / #StudioFolksy
Folksy has two dedicated hashtags that are perfect for makers. Every Tuesday from 8pm is #folksyhour on Twitter. There’s a different topic to get involved in each week from how to use the right keywords to tips for selling at Craft Fairs – and if you miss the live discussion you can always find a summary of the chat at Folksy. “One of the reasons we set up #FolksyHour was because we wanted to get to know our whole community better and understand how we can help them,” explains Folksy’s Camilla Westergaard. “#StudioFolksy is really an excuse to have a nosey around maker’s houses. You imagine designers having amazing white-walled studios, but what I love is it shows they’re actually just as likely to be creating on their sofa with a cup of tea. We often share #StudioFolksy pics on our Instagram feed and even on our blog and newsletter, so posting on that tag can really help you get noticed.”
In 2013 Owen Birkby’s wife was running a handmade business when he noticed that there wasn’t a place on Twitter for makers to promote their products and easily meet other makers so #handmadehour was born! “We get lots of lovely tweets from makers who tell us that they’ve had a sale because of the session or have seen massive traffic at their shop, which makes us very proud,” explains Owen.“We know exactly how hard it is to run a business and we’re there to support them every step of the way!”
Craftsposure is a community of makers who want to help you create a new brand or grow your existing business with business tips and advice. The hashtag is great for sharing your makes and knowledge to help take your business to the next step (plus the pictures on Instagram are pretty inspiring too!)
@thislittlestreet for #wemakecollective
Hashtags for makers
Fran Stone and a group of like-minded makers created the hashtag #wemakecollective to give makers a platform to share their creative sides. “Each Wednesday we host a inspiration post in which you can share the accounts that are inspiring you and we’ll do our best to feature them!” explains Fran.“We want to see every part of what goes into making something beautiful. It includes the processes, the failures and of course the successes. We want to challenge and inspire each other and create a community that supports and lifts each other up.”
Allison Sadler started #makeitsewcial to meet like-minded crafters, but it proved so successful she even won a Mollie Makes Handmade Award for her creative idea! She says, “Make It Sewcial now has a worldwide online following of over 25,000 people helping and supporting each other on their individual creative journeys. Friendships have been forged and makers have taken their products to market all with the support and help of Make It Sewcial, which is amazing.”
Whether you are working on a new design or just making for fun, share your projects as you go with the hashtag #WIP (work in progress) to find crafters will a similar passion. You can either proudly share your successes or get tips from other makers by popping this hashtag at the end of your posts.
Featured image @xantheb for Mollie Makes #handmadeawards
Taking part in craft seller hashtags we’ve not mentioned or want to tell us about one you’ve started? Show and tell using #molliemakes.