I blame myself for not educating my fellow bloggers. I love all my blogging friends. The mom bloggers. The family bloggers. The fashion and frugal bloggers. The travel bloggers. The lifestyle bloggers. The uncategorized bloggers. When one asks me if I'll create content for their site, I don't know how to respond. So though the following will be snarky, please know that it is snark filled with love.
I know that other bloggers don't understand what they are asking. Because they don't know what goes into a tutorial post. The hours of creating, photoediting, and writing. The materials that are consumed when a DIY blogger creates a project. And they don't realize what they are taking away. Because if I create a project that goes viral on your site - those are pageviews I will never get. Readers who won't see everything else I have to offer.
My blogging friends mean well. They want to give me exposure to a new audience. But my creations are my children. I want to play nice - but I'm not always willing to share things that have flowed directly from my soul.
Even if a regular crafts feature on your blog is a win for me and increased your page views - does it make sense for your regular readers? Don't your readers come to you to read what YOU have to say? Shouldn't a "Do it Yourself" post on your blog be something you did... yourself?
I'm not saying that no craft blogger will ever share creations with another blogger. I have done it. I'm sure I will do it again. I'm asking that you be conscious of what it is that you are really asking for. Would you ask a food blogger to go through the trial-and-error process of creating a recipe, writing up that finished recipe, stage and shoot a mouth watering photo, and then allow you to have rights to that content?
Isn't that what you are asking your craft friends to do?