First, just getting set up has been a process, I spent too much time just picking out a template on my first blog and than had to do it all over again. On my first attempt in blogger.com, I chose large font. When I went to view, it was ridiculous, so I tried to change it and that felt like turning a balloon into an animal, it never stayed in shape! URGH! Well, it took awhile for me to get my fathers stubbornness of fighting with an inanimate object out of my system and realize that starting over would be a better bet. So I created another, that went much smoother. On the first, I also tied to up load a photo, but it could not find it. I need to review the URL bit to find out how to place a photo that way. I have learned from Susan that you can manipulate your templates. I like the fact that you can have your post e-mailed.
How I can use blogs as a collaborative space?
A blog could be added to my web site as a way for me to communicate information on events, closing dates, new items, my own take on the craft or, show schedule, special sales or one of a kind releases for limited time sales.
A customer could respond back to request that I bring a particular piece in a particular color to a show (this just happened to me recently because I was out of stock and will be in his area this Sept). I am not sure if you can print a photo from a blog, but a customer could request that I e-mail a photo of that one-of-a-kind item so that they can print it out a look at it away from their computer. Customers always have questions and many are the same. I can answer many people on the same topic. People like to know if there is a store near them where they can purchase my work. I could have a page just for that on my web site, but this may be an easily updateable way to present this information.
What is the relationship between blogs and wikis?
They both are tools to inform and collaborate to a large audience. Blogs are more of a place to share information and it is flexible where someone can share their point of view on that information or ask a question of the blogger and so on. A wiki however can have that information edited by another person, which might change the original post.