1.03.2013

Blogging Advice: In Your Words

 
A week or two ago I was all hopped up on Alka Seltzer laying in bed bored. And when I am bored, all my mind can think about is "what could I possibly tweet right now?!?!" You too? Cool.
Anyhow, I tweeted out a request for all of you smart cookies to share one piece of blogging advice. And then because I got real bored I posed the question on Facebook as well. Thankfully over 100 of you had something to share. Today, we are going to look at what you all had to say about this grand ole thing we like to call blogging...
Paige “A good first impression is everything in blogging. Have a clean, uncluttered blog design.”
Carly "Layout is important..it’s the way that you present yourself to your readers!”
Magan "Keep it clean...your blog design that is! Have a clean blog design and a readable font! That doesn't mean they all have to look the same or you can't have a fun, colorful design, but nothing screams amateur like a huge obnoxious font and messy sidebars."

Christa "Good pictures. It doesn't have to be with a DSLR, it can be with your phone. 
But practice fun angles, different lighting, exotic filters. Yes, I said exotic.  It's an important word. Say exotic a lot on your blog too.  That's important too. And give hugs & kisses. xoxoxo."

Lesley "Make graphics for your giveaway prize info on pixlr.com! It makes everything more attractive and entices more entries!"
Ashley “Give people something to look at. Great images do so much more than words sometimes!”

Jessica "Invest in a legit design! It matters!"


Kate "Get a nice, professional design. It's totally worth it! People are more likely to visit more of your site if it looks beautiful."

Erika "Big, pretty photos! I take a bunch during the day over the weekend and use 'em as stock during the week. Also, make your blog easy to read VISUALLY! no light fonts, break your paragraphs up and no funky fonts :) And go easy on yourself. Everyone started out with just one follower." 

Salena "Use big enough fonts which are clear to read and make sure it's dark enough. I have stumbled upon many blogs that switched to wordpress and can no longer see the fonts on their posts which is very disappointing."

Maria "Don't use funky fonts that are hard to read! Make sure you use photos (large photos) that fit your blog space! And a nice looking blog goes a long way! I am more likely to follow someone who has a neat, pretty blog design (even if they are just starting out and only have like 10 followers) than I am to follow someone who is "popular" with like 2000 followers but has a sloppy messy blog design!"
Lindsey "Be  authentic on your blog. If you end up meeting a reader or another blogger in person then you want them to be able to say "yes they are the way they come off in their blog". I always make sure to stay true to who I am!"

Amber “Don’t get too caught up in trying to be a blogger that you forget why you started blogging in the first place.”

Whitney “It’s easy to get jealous and feel down about yourself. Don’t compare, there is only one you."

Bailey "Be real and outrageously yourself, especially when writing a lifestyle blog. Perfection isn't real and clearly is not something people can relate to. If you want to attract great readers, be real and honest and open. There is nothing I love more than reading a blog and going "yep, i totally do that ridiculous thing too.. i love this freak..she eats just as much mac and cheese as I do. HOLLA!"


Erin "Be smart, be yourself, be confident and write how you speak. It's important not to lose yourself in the pressure of "being like everyone else." There is only one you, and you are amazing; embrace that and others will embrace you!!!"


Chelsea "Find your voice and use it. Write like you would speak to someone. It's the best way to convey whatever is YOU, whether that be sweet, sarcastic, funny or just plain ol crazy."


Annie "Be authentic! You don’t have to share about everything in your life, but be real about what you do share.”
Whitney "There are no rules! Blog what you want and stay true to it!”

Salena "You may find it hard once you start blogging but stay true to yourself and the reasons and goals behind why you started blogging to begin with. Those who are interested in your content will find you and will be true to you. When you stick to what you believe, you can change lives with your blog no matter what your niche."
Kristene "Blog what you love, love what you blog. Keep it real and make friends along the way.”

Sam "Be honest! My most popular posts have been the ones where I was raw, emotional and completely open about things in my life. I just wish I had more of that stuff to write about!"


Kait “Don’t always post the pretty pictures..be real”

Amy "Don’t be afraid to share the ups and downs. No need to be a debby downer, but sharing struggles makes you relatable.”

Ashley "Find your voice and run with it! Don’t try to be like anybody/everybody else!”
Sami "Don’t be afraid to bring out the snarkiness a bit, turns out most people love the snark.”


Lindsey "Don't be afraid to take risks and put yourself out there. Someone needs to hear what you have to say.”
Sando "Leap and the net will appear"... don't be afraid to put yourself out there! Just go for it!"

Jessica "Be honest. Readers want to hear from the real you. And if they don't like your honesty, that's ok too. Learn that you can't please everyone."


Brooklyn "Write in a way that scares you a little. My most viewed and responded to posts came from posts that I bore my heart and soul."

Shannon "Feel free to take the plunge and post, even if your thought isn't fully formed, or you have more to write but not the time. Sometimes it is better to get things out there and open the opportunity to receive feedback. Not every post or thought will be a success when blogging, and that is okay. (and if you ever wish you hadn't posted something, you can pull it back to draft as you continue to work through your material)."
Ricki "Don't feel compelled to post every day. Quality over quantity. Just be yourself and enjoy it. If it feels like a chore, you aren't doing it right."

Emy "Blog about your life but don’t let be blogging be your whole life.”

McCall "Stop getting bogged down by comparing your blog to someone else's! So she thought of it first, said it better, or made it look prettier. Stop letting it get you down! In real life, it's our differences that make us stand out. Why should blogging be any different? Instead of focusing on what someone else is doing, spend your time focusing on what you are doing (or want to be doing)."

Kera "Don't get caught up in linking to tons of blog hops. And it's okay to say no to a sponsor spotlight/guest post/giveaway if you are already feeling overwhelmed. Other bloggers will understand if they're your friends. And yes, never stop saying thank you to your readers! It's partly because if them that your blog is growing :)"

Amanda "Don't stress yourself out trying to write a post. If you need a break, take a day off!"

Laura "Make sure you manage your time between family and blogging. At one time I let the blog consume me, but now I've refocused on family first."

Danielle "Don't get too involved in the daily statistics. It's great to follow them, they are important, but they shouldn't be the only element to consider when choosing the direction of your blog!"

Jessica "Don't copy! No one wants to read or see exactly what they just saw somewhere else. It's ok to be inspired by other people but put your own twist on it. Make it yours."


Kate “Respect others bloggers intellectual property!”

Sam "Network -- and be nice! You never know who you might need help from down the line. I can't even count how many times friends have told me NOT to work with someone because of a past experience they had with them. Just be nice, ladies!"

Ashlee "Build a community, not walls. Blogging is similar to life in many ways in that, it shouldn't be a competition. We can't succeed without forming relationships and building one another up. It's in community that you grow and succeed."

Angie "Share your little heart no matter how big or small your blog may be. Be honest and real and never bash other blogs/comments. Always shine for others and focus in building each other up rather than building your followers. I am a small blog but I believe in sharing my heart to reach others."

Kym "My Advice: SPONSOR LIVING IN YELLOW! For real. I've gained at least 200 GFC followers in the past month and a half and my page views have skyrocketed."

Michele “Don’t be afraid to ask other bloggers for tips/help. After all, we are often referred to as the blogging community." 

Emily "Connect yourself with other bloggers! The friendships are amazing and can/will change your life.”

Jana "When you are commenting on other blogs, pretend that you are having girl talk and comment with something that you would say if you were talking over coffee {or wine}. It will be easier to come up with heartfelt comments and SINCERE. That is how you build relationships."

Jessica "Build relationships. You're never "too big" or "too little" to reach out to other bloggers or businesses that you want to work with."

 
Shane "Network, network, network. The bonds and relationships you create with other bloggers is crucial to both the success of your blog and enjoying what you're doing. Reach out and help those just starting out, remember you were there once too. And don't be afraid to reach out for advice from seasoned bloggers, they'll usually be delighted to help. Maintain an open conversation with your readers by replying to comments, talking through twitter, etc to keep them coming back for more!"


Nadine "Comment on anything that you appreciate with genuine words because that's how you'll build community."


Katie “Respond to those who comment to you, let them now that you actually care that they are reading your blog! Show blogger love!"


Paige "Leave personal comments and not just Hey, I followed! Come follow me back!”


Eve Patience! You probably won't be an overnight success story...people that are, are exceptions. Learn from other bloggers you admire, but don't copy them! Return the favor: someone comments on your blog, comment back. Someone tweets you, tweet back. Help each other out!”
Sarah " Sometimes blogging in your underwear gives you a different perspective."
Kristine "I think offering a search (bar) feature is great for your readers and you should have an email address that's easily accessible, meaning written out so its easy to contact the blog owner." 

Brooke "Have set posting days. It keeps you on schedule, gives you a "deadline" for your posts, and gives your readers a sense of consistency. If I miss a Monday post I try and acknowledge it on my Thursday post. It feeds my delusion that people care when they click on  my blog and don't see a new post."

Heather "Carry around a notebook or have a place in your planner or phone where you list blog ideas you see throughout the day. I just started doing this and am so thankful I did! There is so much fun and interesting stuff to write about but I so easily miss them or forget about them if I don't write them down. Like how men here in China have way too girly man bags, or how old ladies here where ten different patterns in one outfit, or things my students say. There's so much in the day to blog about! Write it down!"

Tina "Find a blogging schedule that works for you. Write often. But don't let it consume you. I write about 80% of my blogs over the weekend in a span of time when I'm not only "in the mood" but free of other obligations. I used to write each post the night before and it became a monster. I had lost my life. And if you've lost your life to blogging, you won't really have anything good to blog about. And then where are you? Stuck with no life and a mediocre blog."

Nicole “When possible schedule posts and twitter/facebook announcements at all once in advance. Hootsuite helps—it saves so much time!”

Rachel "Keep a list of post ideas and maybe even a few back up post saved in your drafts just in case you can't find time to write one day. Also always try to reply to and visit everyone that comments, they took the time to reach out to you, so return the favor - you never know when you will discover the next big blog!"

Shasta "Communication is key. Make sure that people can contact you....by email (is your email address EASILY found?) or by social media (are your social media icons EASILY found and do they WORK?)"

Jana "Save any blogging idea in your draft folder to access on the days when you need that extra inspiration."

Hayley “Don’t worry about numbers.  You could have lots of followers that never read or have lots who read that never follow!”

Rachel “Write the kind of post that you can imagine a stranger might actually enjoy reading. Don’t be boring.”

Casey “Go private at the beginning and see who you are as a writer. Edit, delete, and change it until you are happy! Blog about what you love.” 

Maria "SOCIAL MEDIA helps SO much. People always say "i will get a fb page when I reach so many blog followers. NO, get a fb page or twitter account and that will HELP you reach so many followers FASTER. I promise! Dont wait, do it NOW!"

Whitney "Make sure you aren’t a no-reply commenter. Also make sure to put yourself out there by networking on social media, commenting on other blogs, etc.”

Kristina “Remember that you never know who you is reading your blog and who your story is reaching/touching”. 

Casey "Turn off word verification already!! And never stop saying THANK YOU to your readers!"

Katie “Write how you would talk in real life! Another plus is being able to laugh at yourself!”

Steph “Post early and often! And always use pictures!”

Nicole "If you truly blog, they will truly come. Blog for you and not for popularity. Remember it takes time to organically grow.”

Katie "Don't make your posts so long that your readers can't get through it in a short amount of time."

Marci "Don't ever give up. There are many days I can't think of what to write or feel like I'm not good enough but then I remind myself why I'm doing this in the first place; my love of writing."

Tiffany "Find your blog's purpose. You have a purpose in life, and so should your blog! Want to just document your life? Ok do that in a way to just cherish the memories. Good at encouraging others? Being crafty? Baking? Cooking? Or a movie/music lover? Discover what you want to write about and commit to it. Because the moment you try to follow other blogs with their ideas of outfits, blog hops, and ect, you lose a part of yourself. :-)"
 
--Have your name on your blog. I never realized how important/annoying this is if you don't until doing this post ;) On your sidebar, as your signature, under your "about" section, just somewhere...anywhere. Please!

--Collaborate with bloggers you admire. There is greater power in numbers. Along these lines, have somebody that you can regularly bounce ideas off of. It will help both of you tremendously. 

--Have a good balance on how much time you invest in reading other peoples blogs. I think reading blogs is one of (if not the best) forms of inspiration, however it can easily be a great source of negative, "she is such a better writer than I am..", type of thoughts. The minute you find yourself comparing/second guessing your own abilities, step away from blog reading for awhile. 

--Learn how to deal with negativity in blog world. Unfortunately it does/will happen. One thing I have really become more aware of is that sometimes (whether you want to believe it or not) there is truth behind the criticism. This is not always particularly true, however--pay attention to what people are saying. Know the difference between rude/ignorant comments and criticism that could be used for the better. It will only make you and your blog better in the long run. 

--Write in a way that scares you sometimes. 

--Just like everything else in life, blogging will have its ebbs and flows. One week you can publish posts that receive a terrific response, other weeks you may feel lost in what to talk about. It's okay. Your "high" times will come back. Don't think that just because one week you don't have that special blogging touch, you will never have it again. You will. Just give your brain time to think new thoughts. 

--Pin your personal posts to Pinterest whenever you can. It's a great (free) platform to get content from your blog out there! 

--Listen to some great Pandora stations while writing. My personal favorites are Jason Mraz, Nelly, Hunter Hayes, and Jeremy Camp. Depending on what writing mood I am in will depend on what station I choose. 
A little jams go a long way ;) 

--Look for small ways to improve the overall quality of your blog. I recently purchased photo backdrops (found them on GroopDealz, originally from Ink and Elm) that I could use when highlighting products for sponsors.  Below I used my backdrops to showcase these adorable cards from Bow and Arrow Art

--Feed your life. It will feed your blog. 

***Thank you so much to all of YOU who contributed to this post. If you have additional pieces of wisdom/tips/tricks that weren't mentioned, please do so in the comments below. Also, if you have any questions you'd like to ask--ASK! Either myself (or others throughout the comments) will answer them for you...Let's keep the conversation going.***

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96 comments:

  1. Lots of great advice! :) I'm so sad that I didn't see my comment! :( This is strike one, Erin. Two more chances, little lady! Then WAM! BAM! Imma unfollow yo AZZZ. Ain't nobody got time FO DAT! Haha. I kid, I kid! :) Great post!

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  2. THIS is the most awesome/helpful/selfless/wonderful piece of blogging advice post I've ever read!
    Thank you so much for getting this together! You are awesome! <3

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  3. I read every one of these and wanted to take notes! Such great advice in here. Bloggers are so smart. :) Thanks for putting this together Erin!!

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  4. Ahhhhh! Yay! I've been waiting and waiting for this post! And I can't believe my advice is on it! Thanks for putting this together!

    Eve
    lovealwayseve.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great post! Tons of fun advice! Thanks for taking the time to put all of this together..I'm sure it took a while! :)

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  6. Thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful post! You are such an inspiration and I {and I'm certain everyone else} can't thank you enough for everything you do in this big ol' blog world!

    Can't wait to implement this great advice from some wonderful ladies!

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  7. The time it took you to put this together I can only imagine.... You go Erin Coco.

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  8. Such a great post! Thanks for putting it together!! :)

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  9. Eeeek!! I'm giddy. :) What can you say when one of your fav bloggers includes you in a post? :)
    But seriously, thanks Erin for this amazing post... I think it was such a clever idea! Great advice everyone!

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  10. All great advice for a new blogger as myself. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!
    Xo Brooke wideospaces.blogspot.com

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  11. Ah what a fantastic post!! I chewed up all this info!
    thanks for doing this!

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  12. So many helpful hints here! Thank you so much!

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  13. Wow! I am so impressed that you took the time to make this post. This had to have took forever! I, along with everyone else, am so appreciative of you making this.

    Thank you!

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  14. Thank you for posting this! I really look up to you as a blogger and I have been wondering if you had any advice! I personally loved the blog in your undies one! Pure genious!

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  15. I had the same exact thought as Taylor and I applaud you! This is a great round up on hints though! I'm gonna send them your way next time I get an email asking about hint for new bloggers :)

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  16. Oh man. So much advice. And thanks for including my little tidbit. You're super awesome, lady!

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  17. This is an incredible post! Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to put this together. Love this!!!

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  18. Yay!!! I'm so glad to see my name/comment up there! :D
    Thanks for that!
    Also, this post is amazingly helpful to new bloggers and me!

    This post must have taken FOREVER to do up! GO YOU!!

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  19. i love this post, thanks erin! wish i would have commented as well... but a lot of the ladies said the same things i would have :) my favorite is "feed your life... it will feed your blog"- it is so true that when you have great things going on in your life, you will have material to blog about, and enjoy it more!

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  20. Fantastic advice. I love how you have them grouped. I totally agree about having your name on your blog..it's crazy how many sites I've visited this week and couldn't find their names! Thanks for posting!

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  21. This is fantastic, Erin. I'm so impressed with all me great advice and that you linked back to everyone's blog!
    xoxo

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  22. Love all these tips! As a graphic designer, it is great to see so many bloggers recognize the importance & value in a clean & professional blog design!

    I also love the advice on time management. It's so easy to get sucked into blogging & social media, and it's important to find balance in all of it!

    Great post, girl! You go Glenn Coco! Ughh I mean, Erin :)

    Melissa
    Melissa Rose Blog Design

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  23. Wow, what a fabulous post! I've only just started my blog and this has provided invaluable information!

    Thanks so much!

    Alicia

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  24. Oh I love this so much! I may be printing out this post and putting it in my note book to keep coming back to. Sponsoring your blog is definitely on my 2013 Blog to do list. :)

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  25. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together! I love the advice!

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  26. Erin, this is AWESOME! I love that you took the time and effort to put this all together for the blogosphere to help us all out! You're such a dedicated blogger and a real inspiration. I definitely feel like I could use some of these tips :)

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  27. Awesome! Tons of great advice!!! Thank you for compiling all of that together! I know that was alot of hard work!

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  28. Awesome! Tons of great advice!!! Thank you for compiling all of that together! I know that was alot of hard work!

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  29. LOVE this erin! thanks so much for putting it together :)

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  30. Great advice, coming from someone who is just starting to Blog I will be bookmarking this and coming back to read it again and again!!

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  31. Great advice! Sad I didn't make the cut :(

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  32. Thanks for the advice! Much needed :)

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  33. You Erin are just awesome!! You have the best blog posts and this one def doesn't disappoint. heart youuu!!!!!

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  34. Wow..great post Erin! Thanks so much for this - I have just started out on my blogging journey, so I am soaking up any and all advice. Fantastic idea to get thoughts/ideas from your readers too - blogging is such a personal, individual thing, and I am quickly finding (so far, haha)there is no 'formula", so to read thoughts from so many perspectives is valuable.
    K x

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  35. This is such a helpful post! I'm going to have to read through this multiple times to get it all in! I'm always looking for tips to make me a better blogger!

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  36. LOVE this Erin! As a new blogger all of these comments really helped me out! Thanks for putting it together!
    I do have another question? How do most of you stay organized? I am having trouble keeping track of everything and I know that being consistent is a main part of blogging. Any tips?

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    1. Planners and excel spreadsheets. Those two things are KEY. I use my planner for all of my daily posts. As far as spreadsheets go, I track all sponsor information on one and on a different spreadsheet I track all of my stats (blog, social media, income/money spent on blogging, etc). Hopefully soon I can get those uploaded on here for you all!

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  37. Thank you SO much for this fabulous post!! I love how your lazy tweets turn into oh-so-amazingness.

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  38. As a new blogger, with only 2 followers, and finding it hard to think of posts... I read this blog entry, and it has seriously helped my thought process/outlook on the world of blogging-for the better, might I add! I find myself all too often putting way too much thought into thinking of the "perfect" post, with the "perfect" pictures that I often fail to even have anything to post about. I realize now it is not about being "the best", but about being ME! and blogging because I love to write, take pictures, and document my experiences/thoughts/feelings in life.

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  39. This is awesome! I agree with all of them. They gave me some insight and ideas :)

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  40. Woohoo! I was ecstatic you used my advice and then saw I'm on here 2x! I am honored because there really was a TON of good advice. Great job, love!

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  41. Amazing advice! Great job in taking the time to compile and type this out Erin. It must ahve taken forever.

    I'm most in agreement with the "don't be a no-reply blogger" and "turn off CAPTCHA" comments. They make a HUGE difference.

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  42. This is seriously one of the best posts I've ever read!! I love how informative it is and that you tell us to be ourselves..I can't count how many times I've told that to people who want to start a blog!!

    Loved reading this post!

    xoRosie
    http://teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com/

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  43. These are all such fabulous tips and advice! Thanks ladies!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  44. Thank you for taking the time to put this together! I do have a question though, how do you build your readership? I've been blogging for almost a year now, and I feel like my growth has been stagnate.

    I've tried joining groups, but I feel like I just get "follow me and I'll follow you back" people. Not actual readers who will come back, comment, and help me grow as a writer.

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    1. Great question--I think this can be hard to have a direct answer to because in all honesty, it all comes down to blog content. You have to engage your readers in a way that will make them want to come back. I really try to interact with my readers on social media (mostly Twitter and Instagram). Linking up sometimes to link ups have helped...or thinking of a great link up idea and hosting it on your blog! Like I said, collaborate with other bloggers you enjoy! If you can come together on a post or giveaway..swap guest posts...etc. Lastly, sponsoring other blogs is huge in getting your name out there.

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  45. This was so very helpful! And definitely what I was looking for as the New Year starts and I'm starting to be inspired and branch out my blog even more.

    Thanks for being awesome :)

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  46. thank you for sharing!! this helps me so much! :)

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  47. Some advice are really good.... but I read so often about "comment back when somebody comment on your blog"... but honestly, a lot of bloggers don't answer me too and I wonder why -.-
    But I think that's another time problem if you have a popular blog^^
    Sandra

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  48. Gosh. Such good advice! Coming from an 'amateur' blogger myself these are tips that I needed to hear today! Thank you Erin and each of the awesome ladies who shared!!

    xo, Laura

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  49. Woot!! I made it onto my fav bloggers blog! Talking about my underwear! I've really made it in the big, blogging world now!

    This post rocks. Thanks for putting in all this work for it!

    Also, I'm totally typing this in my skivvies. Love it.


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  50. Will you loan me your brain for like a day???? Genius idea...once again. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Such great advice from so many great ladies. And bloggers just need to stop be haters...being a lover is so much more fun! ;)

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  51. Such great advice! I think that we all get caught up in the blog famous thing but that isn't what blogging is really about. It's about writing and connecting with other amazing women. I love this advice and love that it reminds us all why we blog and to remember those important things.

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  52. I LOVE this! I think sometimes we forget there are others out there who feel very similar to the way we do. Love hearing advice from other women like me :)

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  53. this is amazing! thank you for putting all the effort in order to put this greatness together!

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  54. This is amazing. Thanks for taking the time to do this and putting it together!! I'm going to be pinning it so I can refer to it later :)

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  55. Thanks for putting all the wonderful advice into one place! Excited to see where my blog goes in 2013!

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  56. Thanks for the great advice :)

    http://dashofglamm.blogspot.com/

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  57. Thank you for putting such time and effort into this single post, its nice to get advice and encouragement from other bloggers and to just remember that we have all started from the very bottom and have worked our way up. I definitely agree with blogging for yourself and not for the numbers, I love my 48 followers because they care what I have to say. To be able to respond to such nice, caring ladies is a good feeling knowing that someone else is enjoying my words and not just me as I type them.
    Again, thank you for posting this and taking the time to give advice.

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  58. This is all awesome advice. It's also pretty awesome that this whole shenanigan started while you were sitting in bed thinking - what can I tweet? The power of social media. It still blows my mind sometimes.

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  59. Also, I'm now following you. This post is the reason I started blogging. To make blog friends and to express what I'm feeling not for numbers in followers or posts. I enjoy blogging and I'm content with the 48 people that read my blog and enjoy what I have to say.
    Again, thank you for posting this.
    -Becca
    faithloveandbabies.blogspot.com

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  60. I cannot express how helpful this post was... so many excellent/great tips. I've bookmarked it for future reference hahaaha :)

    xxx,

    Danielle Faith
    DanielleFaith.ME

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  61. Hey, you used my advice. You're awesome sauce. Loved all of the tips!

    -- thenakedmanual.com

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  62. I definitely agree with carrying a small notebook with you to write inspiration down when it hits... I can't tell you how many ideas I've lost!

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  63. This is the best post on blogging advise ever!! I'll definitely be using these tips!

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  64. This is great advice for new bloggers like myself! Thanks so much for posting this! :)

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  65. Amazeballs post - we all need to hear and share tips every once in a while! I like what you said about music - it really helps me focus, especially because I blog from my bed so that office environment is pretty much non-existent. I also like what you said about blog reading (I sometimes stay away because it gets me all self-critical) and the fact that our high times will ebb and flow - that's so so true. My blog confidence has increased after reading this - so thanks :)

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  66. Great tips, thanks for compiling this :)

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  67. This is so great. I love the collaboration in this post and the great advice!! I also want those backdrops!

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  68. I appreciate that you are so willing to help me/others with my/their blog. The advice is great!

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  69. Thank you so much for this post! I appreciate the advice of you and others so much. I've been frustrating with blogging lately because I just feel like my blog isn't good enough. Thanks for the inspiration- I'm going to stick with it!

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  70. Erin,
    I am in the midst of creating my blog. I realize you had yours professionally done...I am a little overwhelmed at how to design my blog. Would you suggest I get it personally designed before I put before I 'put it out there?' Or should I just begin and work on it as I go???

    Thanks for the time!

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  71. Love this post! Your blog is awesome :) It prompted me to ask you something that I've been wondering for awhile... the closing of each of your blog with the social media links, is that something you paste into each post or does it automatically do it for you each time? Would love to make it an automatic thing!

    xoxo,

    Elizabeth

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  72. Perfect timing! I just started my own blog & thanks to you Erin, after much debate about should I/shouldn't I...I said what the hell! Love your blog : )

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  73. Erin, I love those photo backdrops. Such a great idea for showcasing items. I may need to invest in some for my crafting photos. Rock on, sister friend.

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  74. I love that you took the time to put this together and offered your own advice as well. I agree that good photos are so important, as is authenticity!!! And unfortunatlely learning to deal with negativity is too, but I think learning to deal with it in a mature and respectful way is important for human growth in general :)

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  75. This was such a great post! What a nice reminder and collection of great tips from bloggers who have been through it all. I'm fairly new to the blogging community, having only blogged for about 7ish months, so I appreciate any tips and suggestions that intend to help bloggers grow. I feel like I'm having a tough time building a readership, even after following a lot of these tips, but I think I also need to be patient! Thank you for taking the time to collect these ideas and to give your own!

    -Marissa @ The Modern Austen

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  76. Brilliant post! So many words of wisdom. Love that you asked and used advice from so many other bloggers. ♥

    Also thanks for including a couple of mine!

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  77. Great list! I'm working my way through all of the awesome ideas. My blog is new...very new...like 1 follower new. So I am open to all the advice I can get. Thanks for the post!

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  78. I LOVE this post...and what's even better...I needed it!

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  79. Stopping by to say hi! LOVE your blog!

    -Kelly (your newest follower :) )
    http://www.blartblog.com

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  80. Thanks for sharing these great nuggets of advice, I know I need them :)

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  81. Loved reading what everyone has to say and psyched that my advice is on here! You rock Erin!

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  82. Amazing advice. Just found your blog! Love it, can't wait to read more!

    Ashley@the power of one
    www.ashleyfrederickson.blogspot.com

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  83. Awesome awesome awesome! So great having all these fantastic bit of blogging advice in one handy to bookmark post. Such a great idea. Thank you!!

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  84. Ahhh! I absolutely loved this!! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all this together! A lot of advice that will really help me and I am sure many others!

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  85. Amazing advice, thank you for sharing!

    I also thought you should know that I showed my husband your amazing blog when trying to convince him that I needed to use your blog designer. And..it worked! Melissa is cooking up something up & I can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  86. So, I happed upon your blog a couple of weeks ago, and I'm in love: from your great sense of humor to your conversational writing style to your great post topics to your eye-catching blog design (I could keeping)...I'm a huge fan.

    In fact, I featured you and your words from this post in my recent post, "5 Pearls of Wisdom from 5 Different Bloggers." You can see it here:

    http://thethinkingcloset.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/5-pearls-of-wisdom-from-5-different-bloggers/

    Just wanted to say "hey" and "thanks" and you've got a faithful new follower via bloglovin'.

    Cheers,
    Lauren

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  87. This is by far, one of the most helpful posts I've seen for new bloggers. As a new blogger myself, I've been searching high and low for good blogging advice, but have found it hard to come by. I have read each of these tips, and can't wait to try them out. Thanks so much for putting so much time and effort into this post!

    http://bergerqueen.com

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  88. Thank you so much for putting all these tips together and sharing wonderful advice! I am excited to put these words of wisdom to practice! It has been super helpful :)

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  89. Sorry for the new comment on an old post - I'm fairly new to your blog and still "browsing." So many actionable tips from incredible bloggers, thank you!

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  90. So I just read all of these. And I am SO GLAD I found your blog! I am in love with what you are doing - and how you are doing it. I can't wait to read more!

    Ginny

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  91. New to your blog and I absolutely LOVED this post!!! Thanks for sharing some blogging tips! I've been a blogger for about 4 years, and have always been torn between networking my blog or keeping it personal, and I can't ever decide if I can do both. But some of these comments have helped me. I appreciate you sharing them!!

    New follower,
    Ashley
    abziggy.blogspot.com

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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 :)