A new feature on the blog and my passion for craft books

Hi, you may have noticed a new feature on my blog. When you click on a blog post to read, on the right side of the page there is a new widget with my logo and the text “check out the books I like on Amazon”.  This is a test for me, I love reading and I actually own a large library of crafting books both printed and digital ones.

I’m guessing that you too may enjoy this type of books and so might like to see which ones I like. The idea is first and foremost “sharing” and as I was compiling the books for my Amazon shop, I discovered that I had read or at least owned a huge part of the books I chose. And I even bought some as I was choosing which ones to include:)

So this test is 1) to share my love of craft books with you  and 2) attempt to monetize my blog. Hm, maybe that is a term you do not like but like everyone else I need to make a living and I would LOVE to be able to do so, doing what I enjoy the most. So here goes, should you decide to buy a book that I have listed in my virtual Amazon store then I will receive a small percentage of the sale (note: the book will not cost you any more, its just that Amazon will pay me a small “commission”). So like I said, just a test. You can browse and get ideas and just enjoy looking through the books I chose and never actually buy one through my shop but if you do that means I will be getting a little something for having brought the book to you in a way.

I hope no one will be offended by this test or attempt at monetizing my blog. I don’t want my blog to be full of ads which I find annoying so I think this could possibly be a good compromise as you can check it out or not, your choice and there will be no pop ups or anything else annoying that might have your running for your mouse to close down my webpage ASAP.

So here’s a link to the shop or rather my selection of crafting books on Amazon and if you have suggestions for other books that you think I should include, please do not hesitate to let me know. I will be adding to the shop on a regular basis I hope as new and exciting books are being published all the time and I know that I was not able to list all the books that I already have and want to share with you, for lack of time, but I will not forget and hope to keep this list/shop updated on a regular basis as crafting books are so great for inspiration and it is also a way to support the designers and other crafts people that work so hard to bring us wonderful patterns and ideas to learn and grow in our craft. And even though I’m a big internet browser and do a lot of sourcing online, having a physical book in my hand, turning the pages and drooling over the pictures is just something that cannot be replaced by a web browsing session.

So I hope you will enjoy this idea of mine and before I forget again you can either click on the widget here to the right or just click here

I’m hoping to add a regular feature to the blog where I would talk about books on my list/in my Amazon shop. Share with you what I think of a particular book and maybe you will share your opinions with me as well.

Thats all for now folks, enjoy your crafts and your crafty reading until next time 🙂

4 thoughts on “A new feature on the blog and my passion for craft books

  1. Guess we’re kind of at the same place in blogging! I’m in the process of monetizing my blog too. It’s definitely a process.

    Two resources that have really helped me are How to blog for profit without losing your soul by Ruth Soukup as well as reading the blog http://successfulblogging.com Sue is an amazingly talented blogger and has some great and easy to follow advice. (Not affiliated)

    Anyways, I agree sometimes there is nothing like cracking open a book as opposed to all the internet resources.

    I write and recommend a lot of knitting/sewing books on my blog but unfortunately I live in a state where I can’t do Amazon affiliates so I will definitely check out your link when I want to buy books on Amazon!

    Best wishes to you as you are going through this process I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes for you.


    • Thank you Naomi for sharing. Yes deciding whether to monetize or not is a big question and how to do so is an even bigger question. Being able to make a living doing something one loves is a dream come true but at the same time I don’t want it to inconvenience my readers or make them leave my blog and that is why I’ve decided to take a look into this Amazon affiliate program which can be interesting. The widget does not interfere with the reading of the blog, you only go there is you wish to and also the books I choose all relate to a common passion for us.
      Good luck to you with your blog and thanks for the tip about Ruth Soukup, I’ll look into that 🙂
      Take care


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