Blogging Lessons Learned: Round Two

So you may recall when I wrote my first round of blogging tips.
That was a mere six months ago...
And in the past six months, I would like to think that I have become much more wise.
Or mature if you will.
Really what I'm getting at is,
I've been around the block a few times.
{Never thought I would be proud to admit that fact}
I felt it was time to bust out a new set of blogging lessons learned.
Because let's face it, we never stop learning in this whole blogging biz do we?
Hopefully a few of these will teach you something new.
And if they don't--my hats off to you for being a little miss smarty pants already.
You smart people get me every time.

1. So you wanna grow your readership base?
Unless you are the Momastery,
your blog is not going to go viral by staying confined to your own blog walls.
So what am I saying to do?
Sponsor other blogs.
Don't have the funds to pay for sponsorship currently?
Do button swaps with blogs similar in size to yours.
You give them your button, they give you their button.
Free of charge.
Just get your blog out there.
I started paying to sponsor other blogs six months into blogging.
My monthly page views grew by more than 40% immediately.
I now am a firm believer in sponsoring 1-3 other blogs on a monthly basis.
For more information on what you should look for when you are choosing what blogs to sponsor,

2. Give your readers more than one way to follow you.
Let's face it peeps.
Not everybody and their mom has a gmail account.
Meaning, not everybody and their mom can click on that handy dandy "Follow" button on your sidebar.
With that being said--you must give them other options.
Living In Yellow allows others to "follow" through these avenues:
Email Subscription
If I could tell you to do one thing immediately it would be this:
Create a Facebook page & Twitter account for your blog.
You may feel foolish because you only have 5 followers.
Trust me, I felt those thoughts.
Do it anyway.
People want to know YOU.
The person behind the blog.
And Facebook & Twitter are a great way to allow your readers to do this.
Wanna know if I am eating Twizzlers 24/7 or see what shoes I am wearing to work?
Your right.
Probably not.
Buuuut, if you do--Facebook & Twitter would be how you would learn this.
Second part to this--
These social media outlets are a great way to communicate with your readers.
Some of my favorite evenings are spent on my Ipad conversing back & forth with blogging friends.
You can't do that through your blog.

3.    Reach out to bloggers you admire
This is something that I did in the beginning.
I spent time researching my favorite blogs and shops.
And then I emailed each and every one to see if we could "collaborate" in some way.
I will be forever grateful to people like Heather at {Just.Lovely.Things} for giving me a chance to host a giveaway for her back in the beginning.
Don't be afraid to ask others for help.
Some people may so no.
But some may say yes.
Be thankful either way.
4.    If you want to make your blog posts funnier,
don’t allow your husband to proof read your posts.
 If you want to remain married, allow your husband to proof read them.
If you want your blog posts to be funny and you want to remain married,
“accidently” publish your post and tell your husband it can’t be re-done.
It will work.
 One time.
But after that, you must decide between options 1 and 2.
 Take your pick.
Oh, and only use the most flattering pictures of your man that you can find.
He'll appreciate it.

5.    Let’s talk about comments for a minute.
Leave em’.
And like I mentioned in part one of these blogging tips, if are you going to say something-make it nice.
There is enough negativity in this world, don’t bring it into blogging yo.
And if you do leave a comment, I beg you for the life of me…enough of this
“I’m your newest follower…come follow me back” crap.
Chances are real high that if you say that, I will not click on your blog.
This may sound harsh, but it is true.
People hear me out.
It is not about the quantity of followers, it is the quality of followers.
If you want to attract a blogger to your blog—leave a comment that means something.
Something that will intrigue the blogger reading it and will make them WANT to come to your page and follow.
Say for example a comment like this:
“I love, love, LOVE your blog! I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon it, but I'm so glad I did! I can be having THE MOST craptastic day at work, but as soon as I read your latest post, I can get out of fetal position, resist the urge to smack the crap out of my co-workers and get my work done :)
You have a fantastic sense of humor and a great outlook on life. Heck, you can even talk about poop, which in and of itself is pretty awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!"
Thank you The2Dees for brightening my day with that one.
Moving on now.

6. Pictures.
Again, like part one said--always use em'.
Two things to add to this.
Make them big, bold, and beautiful.
I don't want to have to squint to see that picture you just posted.
As far as making them look beautiful--take time to edit your pictures.
It makes a huge difference.
I use Google's Picasa/Picnik and sometimes Pixlr.
Others may use Photoshop.
And those others are a heck of a lot smarter than I.

7. Word verification.
Take it off.
Like now. 
 I get excited when I about to leave somebody a comment, and the minute I see that stupid box with words that I can’t read staring me in the face, my head gets full of cuss words.
And I don’t even cuss people.
Make it easy for us commenting folk and remove it would ya?
To do so-follow these instructions:

8. Don’t let others fool you.
Blogging takes time.
This is something I didn’t really plan for when I started blogging.
Sure, I knew it would take me a solid ten minutes to whip a post.
But what I didn’t realize is that it takes an additional 10 minutes to upload pictures,
20 more minutes to edit, 5 minutes to arrange the post,
5 more minutes to bold certain words or make em’ big,
5 more minutes to blog and tweet about your new post,
and then 30 more minutes to respond to the nice people who comment on that post.
Oh, and then another 2 hours to read all of your favorite blogs.
Here is where things get difficult for me.
Remember that blogging takes time---
but don't let it take up all your time.
99% of us, started blogging as a "hobby".
Something extra to do in our "spare time".
Don't neglect the things you love the most because of your blog.
The minute you make your blog a chore, the minute blogging sucks.
Because let's face it--Chores Suck.
So yes, if you find the perfect balance-
Please, do tell.
I am all ears on that one.

 9. Content
Yes, numbers 1-8 are important, but it all comes down to this.
People will read your blog if they like what you have to say.
That's all there is to it.
So my word of advice on this one:
Write from your heart, from your head, from your hyper bones.
Just write.
And don't overthink it.
Write what you want to write about when you want to write it.
Find your writing voice and use it to the best of your ability.
God gave us all our unique special "voice".
Don't try to imitate somebody elses.
Oh and another thing as far as content goes--
Remember variety is important in blogging.
People will get bored if you talk about the same thing.
Over. And over. And over again.
Mix it up.
This will keep your readers engaged and interested in coming back.

10. Last but not least-
 Support one another
Blogging is a community.
We are here for one another-to encourage-to help each other out-
to show love-and to become homies.
Give shout outs just for the heck of it.
Don't be afraid to help grow one another's reading base.
One other thing--
Be humble.
Remember, we all started in the same place.



  1. These are a great addition to your first post. I love being able to learn tips from my favorite bligging ladies. Hoping to implement some of these in the near future. School is done and I have a big girl job lined up, so I feel like I'll be able to devote more time to ye olde bloggy.

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  3. New blogger here! Thank you for the tips! If I can fit it in I am going to work on a facebook page this weekend! Are you saying i need a new twitter account or I can just use the one I currently have? Love your blog.

  4. These posts have been really helpful. I only started blogging about a month ago and it can be a little intimidating. Luckily I quickly learned that comparing my blogs to others is so not helpful for me (I end up wanting to copy them instead of doing my own thing!) so having these tips has been really great so I can not only keep on track with keeping my blog my own but grow my readership at the same time. Thanks for sharing your insights!!! Have a great weekend :)

  5. These are all AWESOME tips. I've been blogging for a few years now, but I just started a new teaching blog and I've been trying to get followers. You gave me some great reminders...thanks! I think I may have to go sponsor another blog for the first time. Oh, and I LOVE #9. I struggled with this idea a while back, and I finally got to the place where everything you said rings true of me, too. While I love when other people read and comment on my blog, at the end of the day, I do it for me!

    Thanks for being so uplifting and fun!

    graduate "extraordinaire"

  6. Love it! Thank you so much!! I having been wondering how people do their photo editing. I am currently living in Africa and I'm alittle behind the times. Thank you again for being so sweet and transparent. Have a great weekend!

  7. I have been debating the Facebook page for a while... but I agree, the more to get your blog out there the better! Plus, I was just on Facebook and saw you posted this post and had to click right on it. Proof right there! :-)

  8. great tips! I used your first blogging lessons post forever. That link you had for making buttons pretty much changed my life (it's really no joke). :) You're awesome!

  9. I really like these tips. I just read your first set of tips a few days ago since I just recently found your blog. I love your blog and I am a new blogger so these tips are an awesome help! Thanks!

  10. I love this post! These are all really great tips. I am still debating whether I should get a facebook for my blog or not. I feel so overwhelmed with all this social media! haha

  11. Hey! Come follow me back! Just kidding! You are SO right about the commenting and getting out there. I def don't do enough of this. And I do love your blog.

  12. Great advice. I am fairly new to blogging and now I am starting to branch out to other bloggers. These are great tips and I will definitely use them. Peace out!

  13. Those dang word verification boxes are of the devil! It's sad to say, but yes I do not comment with those bad boys in place.

    Love your tips :-)

  14. two simple words for this post: WELL SAID!!!!

  15. These are great tips! And you totally made me giggle! Loved them!

  16. Thanks for all the advice, I sure learnt a lot reading all your wise words. Oh,and my word verification is now officially off!

  17. love your advice, and love you! you are awesome and hilarious. :)

  18. I love and appreciate your honesty. I am trying to make blogging a part of my life, but I have definitely turned it into a chore in my mind and it has lost a bit of its appeal. I need to lose that mentality. Thanks so much for all the advice!

  19. I should be doing my bio lab right now. Instead I'm going back and reading all these things you've linked to. And giggling. This is way more educational then dumb science anyway, right?;)


  20. this really helped! i'm still slowly growing my numbers, so i'll take any advice i can get. and actually, after reading this i literally JUST changed the comment settings so there are no more word verifications :)

  21. Love these! Well said my friend! I couldn't agree more on the word verification, sooooo annoying :)

  22. Totally cracked up at #4. LOVE IT.

    Word Verification is one of my biggest headaches on blogs. followed by tons of widgets that slow down loading times. ROAR.

  23. Thanks for making this post. I have been wondering for quite some time how the big bloggers do it. Very educational!

  24. YOU are AWESOME, RAW, FUNNY, HILARIOUS ACTUALLY, SWEET!!! I love it! Great ideas....you keep it you! Have a great day :)

  25. Awesome Awesome Awesome post Erin. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom. Love you girlie.


  26. I couldn't agree more! My blog went public only a few days ago, and I'm already getting the "follow my blog" comments. As someone who is not even one week into getting her blog out there, I feel lucky to have gotten your advice! Timing jackpot!

    Thanks for your candid posts and for this honest post for other bloggers.

  27. Such great advice. And I love that last picture of you! So sweet.


  28. Great advice. Agree with every one of them. I love that you took the time to share these!

    Oh and I'm your newest follower, so please follow me back!!! ;)

  29. Did we just become best friends?
    YUP! -Let's hope you've seen Step Brothers cause if not I look like an idiot. But seriously, you make my day. Love your content, love your sarcasm, love you! Thanks for being your awesome self.

    P.S. this post was legit & appreciated ;)


  30. WOW, great post! I love the way you write like you are talking... so easy to read! Thanks for posting!

  31. Excellent lessons, yo. It's like when I come to your blog I get a one-stop shop of fun and learning. If only that's how things would've been in school way back when. Want to teach me Geography?

  32. Coming from someone who just started blogging a month ago, this advice is amazing! Thanks for posting this. I feel like a lot of bloggers act like this blog thing has been easy since day one, but it's definitely not-and I am so glad you shared with everyone that it is not as easy as it looks!


  33. These are great Erin! Thank you so much for sharing these. Helpful tips are always appreciated. I love your blogger tips. :)

  34. Love this post and LIY!! I am so glad you opted about the comment thing cause I hate it and then went to look at my own blog... and {gulp} I WAS ONE OF THEM!! Thank goodness {with your help!!} I just fixed that!! Thanks Erin!!
    -Meesh :)

  35. These are great! I agree 100% about word verification and nice big pictures!!

    Thanks so much!

  36. Hey Erin! Just found your blog from Much Love, Illy. Loved your guest post, and your fun and adorable personality got laughing along.

    Such great tips! I wish everyone would do away with the word verification. Drives me nuts ;)

    Hope you're having a great Sunday!

  37. hi there! i just started following your blog and i love it!! i am a new blogger myself, and would love to get my name out there!!

  38. Great points! Loved all of these!!

  39. Ha! I love the one about your husband, I can relate on some level! Thanks for the post, it was helpful AND witty

  40. Great tips! I am so with ya on the time thing! By the time I get home from work, make dinner, and clean up, sometimes blogging can feel like a chore. I don't think I quite understood the time comittment when I started! :-)

  41. great post. i always wonder what the right mix is for you successful bloggers! great.

  42. Erin! I just found you from your guest post on the Daybook, and I just wanna say that after clicking on your blog I haven't left! Looking forward to perusing the rest of your blog :) oh, and I commented on this post because its extremely helpful and calming...especially for a new blogger!! Take care

    aka: human sparkler

    (please excuse my work in progress blog...I'm in the process of getting re-vamped!)

  43. Great post!! This is 56789% true and perfect for passing on to others! Thank you!!

  44. Thanks for the advice, this is so so helpful!

  45. This is the most effective "how to blog" post I've read... and I've read quite a few! It's so much more in detail than the typical "have good content, make your blog pretty, be consistent" speech.

    Thanks so much for being such an awesome, down to earth blogger. You're great!


  46. I just came upon your blog from following the Daybook and after reading though your posts, I am IN LOVE! I love reading your posts because it's super funny but also helpful ( especially this one!). Even though it doesn't matter if I have 3 or 300 followers, it doesn't hurt to try! I tried to implement some of your tips so let's see. :)


    thank you so much!

  47. GREAT advice!! I'm a newer blogger and hae been trying to put more time into my blog! I will def be folling your advice!! :)

    So excited for you that you are being featured on The Daybook!! :)

  48. Thank you so much for posting this advice. Very, very helpful! I found your blog off of Daybook, how cool that you were featured! Lovin' your stuff!



  49. THANK you for this! If only I'd read it about a year ago. Well, better late then never. :) I love your blog style, keep it going!
    P.S. are you as bummed as me that Picnik is going away?

  50. Thank you so much for posting this list! I recently started a blog as a way for my family and friends to keep up with my random adventures (cooking, crafting, motherhood, etc.). I am inspired by those who've stayed patient with their blogs as they took time to flourish to hundreds and thousands of followers, just as you've done. Your blog is super cute and so are you! Keep up the great work.

    ~Dana {five30three.com}

  51. These are really helpful tips! I am a new-ish blogger so I'm still getting the hang of things, but I really like the vibe you've got going on at your bloggity-blog. It's cute. It's fun. It's you!

  52. Thank you for posting this! I've been blogging for 2.5 years and have implemented some of these ideas but not all. I'm going to make more of an effort!

  53. i love this! i'm your newest follower! follow me back! hahaha. kidding! do people really leave comments that say that? weird. but true. i am a new follower. pretty sure we established that in the comment i left on the giveaway. freak! i want to win! anyway. i'm not a blogging expert, but these tips make sense. sometimes blogger's tips sound crazy and weird. these? sound normal and doable. anyway. i just liked this. i love the voice of your writing. i feel like we're having a chat when i read your posts (and i've read like, 3 so far. points for me). aaanyway. long enough comment? seriously. the end.

  54. Came over from the daybook and I am proud of you for getting a guest post over there! LOVE your blog and am a new follower. You have such unusual voice and charisma in your writing- it's like who you are is just literally jumping off the page. And these blog tips are AMAZING- you just saved me hours of trying to figure it out! So thank you from the bottom of my little heart!


  55. Erin,

    Hello! I can't thank you enough for the awesome, helpful tips in this post. (As I'm writing this I'm thinking... hhhmmm... do I write what I am thinking or NOT b/c she might think I am writing what I am thinking for her attention??).. HA!
    In all seriousness, I have a 3 month old Charlotte, NC-based style blog... my aunt forwarded your blog to me, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you SPELLING OUT your experience to me. Many of these aforementioned items I have done, some I have thought about but am now GOING TO DO and another... just did... took off the comment verification thingy. Anyway, thank you thank you again.

    How do I say come check out my new blog without sounding well.... hhmmm? Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your selfless advice!

    Warmest Regards, Whitley Adkins Hamlin

  56. erin, i love this post. it makes me smile because i have had the same thoughts when reading others blogs. i have a blog of my own but it is silly and me and that is why i like it. so glad that you touched on the be nice category...i've had some not so nice things said and i've seen some not so nice things said and i want to say what is the point?? rude. anyways, glad to find your blog via day book blog. you have some great tips that i think are real and helpful and some people don't like to share things like this so way to go!

    excited to follow your blog in the future and see more of what you have to say!

  57. I am so grateful for this post. Seriously. I am a fairly new blogger, but, mainly, I've just recently realized how amazing blogging is, and have decided to give my blog the love and effort it deserves. I am definitely going to read your first set of blogging tips right now.
    Thank you!

  58. laughing my head off... you said it so well! i hate when people have word verifications. baahh!


  59. These are great tips. I found you via The Daybook and I also started blogging about a year ago but have just recently moved my blog. You seem like an honest and funny girl, plus you're cute (that always helps) ;) I will definitely be back.


  60. I am almost thirteen, and my mother suggested I make a blog. I've been blotting for a few months now, and I love it. But I have basically no readers, and I've been trying to get followers. Thank you so much for the fantastic tips!

  61. Great blogging tips! I am going to def use these on my blog. Such great advice and some things I did not even think of! Your super funny also.

  62. more great tips, thanks for dishing out your secrets! I only wish I had a glass of wine to read it with :)

  63. Nail on the head. You hit it. This post was great. I love that you put this out there because I think a lot of us think these things. Plus, I love learning new things. I now see a sponsorships in my future. I thank you. My wallet doesn't :)

  64. I am so grateful for these tips. You are the best!! I am still learning but wanted to share your joy with my friends. You're the first button I've grabbed and now shared on my blog....yeah for me!! Hope you get some more new visitors!

  65. GREAT tips. I really appreciated the read as a new blogger myself. I'm excited to be a new follower and see what great things you post about.


  66. This is such an awesome post and great tips which I am totally taking on board. Have recently started my blog and have been racking my brain on how to grow readership - you're a star. Thank you very much!


  67. Stumbled across your page and I've got to thank you for the tips. I'm new to blogging and even at the young age of 25, the internet is making me feel old and confused haha. Well, now you've set me on the right track ! x

  68. Thanks for tips! I would say I stumbled across your blog and I did but that was a while ago..so really I should I am a stalker of LIYy! HA! I do read your bog daily and you totally rock my day everytime I stumble across again and again...Thanks again for the tips as a newbie blogger I totally need it. Oh happy day!

  69. Hi! I just finished reading your guest post on The Daybook and decided to come and check out your blog. These tips that you've compiled are great! I love reading about how to further improve my blog and there's some great advice here. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  70. OHHH Erin. I love thee. Let me count the ways.

    1) You're one of the only funny blogs I read.
    2) You do tutorials... love!
    3) Your're a weirdo.. and I love that especially A LOT because I am too. Soo keep it up chicka-licka!

  71. Seriously I've seen alot of people do "blog rules" and yours?? Is probably the best! I love it. and I love your post on sponsorships too! I'm thinking about doing it here in the next month or so and you are on my list girly!!!

  72. I just read this post & I can't agree more with you about the word verification! Makes it hard to comment while sneaking in reading time at work! LOL!

    & in regards to #10... I had someone give me a shout out, along with a few others, one day on her blog just for the heck of it! I was reading her post & was so surprised! But, it felt great & I thought that was so nice of her!

    Thanks for the tips!


  73. Thank you for sharing. Great tips!!

  74. Thanks, Erin for posting this - I loved reading both installments of your "blogging tips" posts! Since I'm "new" to this whole blogging thing, your lessons/tips gave me really inspiring and do-able things/ways to improve my blog...I love reading your blog! Your posts always make my day!! :)

    ~Rachel <3

  75. Thank you Erin for these! I have been contemplating starting a blog for the past 6 months, and still have not gotten the nerve to make that leap. These are helpful in getting the chicken out, and quite honestly, there are not enough nail polish blogs out there!

    I like that you commented on having more than one venue, specifically email subscriptions. I don't know how many times I have found a blog and there is no email subscription sign up. Some of us actually read our blogs subscriptions when we are supposed to be diligently working, and due to the IT Nazis can't RSS or even get FB/Twitter or Gmail accounts. It's such a waste and I completely forget about their blog when I do get a chance to sit down at home after chasing a feral toddler.

    One thing I think you may have missed, (you may have mentioned but I tend to get distracted easily and always love your photos.)..Respond to your followers comments. Nothing irrates me more than spending time to leave a witty (IMHO) comment, such as this one (HA!) and the blogger doesn't respond...or respond to any of their comments at all. It's like, "I'm a blogger...I don't have time for the little people!".

    Thanks for posting these, and please keeping posting your wonderful photos...especially of that blue-eyed handsome devil, flattering or not. =)

  76. You freaking rock. Thanks so much for taking the time to share the stuff you've learned!

  77. This is great. Someone pinned it, I found it & now I'm a new follower. Well said =)

  78. I just found your blog, via Beautiful Mess. Love this post (and your blog)!!

  79. WOW! I love all of your advice!!! After reading your Blogging Lessons, i've decided my blog has A LOT of work to do. Your blog is awesome and i'm excited to start following it!!!

  80. Thank you for all of this information. I'm new to blogging and am basically teaching myself everything. It's good to get a few tips and I really appreciate you taking the time out to help us newbies. Have a splendid day!

  81. Thank you again for the tips, Erin!
    I'm still in the "blogging is my life" phase... but hopefully that will change this week ;]
    I finally feel happy with how my blog looks, and my oh my, it took FOREVER for me to
    learn the basics, and design my site (with the help of WP).

    Please, take a look at what I am so very, very proud of: classyeverafter.com

    Thanks lady!

  82. i just found your blog and oh my goodness, do i love. o by the way, i write like i talk and apparently i don't use capital letters when i talk....just so you know. as i was saying, thank you for the tips on blogging. i find them to be very helpful. right now i should be working on homework, but instead i'm reading your blog, so yeah...i would still argue i am using my time productively. but yes, i love that your blog is called living in yellow....yellow is my favorite color. so naturally, i want to read all about you. but in all seriousness thanks for being so open and sharing your life. i appreciate it.

    o by the way this dana over at simplehoosiergirl.blogspot.com

  83. So... I know this is a super old post of yours but I just wanted to send a thank you for giving me some helpful blog advice without making me want to throw my computer out the window while yelling "It's too much work! I want out!" Seriously. I've been interested in growing my blog but so much of what I read is all tutorial with no personality. You are one funny gal and I really appreciate it! Thank you!

  84. every bit of advice is so helpful to a newbie to this world.
    i've only just started but i'm sure as time goes by this advice will be something i will really appreciate.
    thankyou so much!

  85. Erin,

    Thanks for your thoughts on sponsoring other blogs. Never thought about it...especially not when I'm not making any money. Will have to find a way to make it happen, though.


  86. Wow! I am loving all of your blogging 101 posts tonight!! You write exactly how I feel about blogging!! I wish more people would read this, and realize that we're here to help each other in the blogging world, not do it alone :) Great sharing!! thanks so much!


I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)