Blogging 101: A couple of tips...

April 30, 2011

blog101

One of the emails I get from readers most often is something along the lines of "how do I get more readers to my blog?", "how did you get your blog known?", or "how do I keep readers interested enough to come back to my blog?" As the slogan reads, "a couple of tips which may or may not help you on your way to writing a successful blog" because honestly i'm far from a blogging expert. That said, I will throw in my two-cents about what *I* think makes a good blog because I do like to read other blogs and theres always that something that keeps me coming back to certain blogs. I really can't stress it enough that i'm not a know-it-all, and my blog is still a baby in comparison to many, but I hope this will at least help one person who is new to the blogging world!

DO blog for you. Its very easy to tell when someone is writing about a subject they have no interest in. I know that everyone wants a "successful" blog and wants to keep their readers interested, but your heart has to be in it.


DON'T feel pressured to keep up a certain standard or improve your content when you gain X amount of readers, its important to remember they followed your blog for a reason - they liked it how it is! If you decide to change things, do it for YOU.


DO update when you want to. Similar tip to the others but I don't update as much as other bloggers. I honestly don't have something to say every single day and don't dress up every day either. I don't want to fill my blog with posts that mean nothing to me.


DON'T feel pressured to write about one certain topic. I began with just fashion-related posts and recently began my "Friday Favorites" series and I have received a positive response about it. Its your blog so don't limit yourself! There are endless topics to post about.


DO interact with your readers. You don't have to become BFF's but it doesn't hurt to drop by their blogs now and then. I have quite a few followers on twitter who read my blog, I always tweet back!


DON'T feel that you have to pay for advertising on other blogs/websites to gain followers. I never signed up for paid advertising and I haven't promoted my blog anywhere. I just comments on blogs that I enjoy.


DO comment on blogs you enjoy. Some people say its a bad idea to leave your link at the bottom of a comment but I have done so since I started blogging (I'm lazy and do it for the benefit of other lazy people because bloggers commenting system is terrible!)


DON'T take advantage of 007 by leaving comments like "nice blog. follow me? ill follow you back. please follow me. follow 4 follow. www.myblognameandurlhere.com oh and im having a giveaway. please enter. tell all of your readers to enter www.giveawayurl.com oh and make sure you follow me!!!!" I'm pretty sure such comments tick off 99.9% of bloggers.


DO have a nice, easy-to-navigate theme. I edited mine from one of Bloggers basic codes and *I think* its easy for people to find their way around my blog! Its annoying to find a really good blog that is designed badly and takes half an hour to find what you're looking for!


DON'T get discouraged if you lose a follower after a certain post. There will always be people who unfollow for many reasons but for every follower you lose, in time you will gain a new follower and a couple extra!


DO share what you feel comfortable with. I don't write about my personal life - my friends, what I do every day, my job, my family - nothing! My friends are mostly men who don't have an interest in fashion/blogs, plus I just don't think the internet needs to know what I ate for lunch and danced to in the club on Saturday night. Its YOUR call how much you share, nobody will resent you for wanting to keep your private life private.


DON'T start a blog because you want free things. Yes, many bloggers get approached by companies to review products, some even get paid to write the review. But honestly, this should not be one of the things that pops into your head when you think of the positive side of blogging. I have been blogging almost one year and have not made any money from my blog. I have reviewed products from two companies and turned down over a dozen, simply because the products don't appeal to me or my readers. Its fine to review products and earn money from your blog, but it shouldn't be the main reason behind creating a blog!


And of course the obvious tips should be: ♥ Don't clutter your blog layout with a million advertisements and random pictures ♥ High quality images are always a plus - cropped, in focus, bright and not distracting ♥ If you use images from another source, always include a credit link back to their webpage/blog ♥ Don't give up if you haven't got lots of readers straight away, if you believe in your blog then stick with it and network as much as possible ♥ Haters come with blogging, you're putting yourself "out there" so, as sad as this may sound, you have to expect mean comments. Don't let them get you down! For every hater there will be hundreds of lovely people. ♥ Never compare your blog to other blogs. Similar to what I said in a recent post about being comfortable with your body - there will always be someone with more followers, better pictures, a lavish lifestyle, etc. You are you.. and that is special enough. :) ♥ ENJOY your blog! Blogging is incredible and I really can't imagine my life without it. I have talked to so many interesting girls (and even a couple of men!) from all over the world, whom I never would have known had it not been for my little blog!


xoxo

73 comments:

  1. Good advices, I could use them! :)
    And by the way love the theme on your blog, its so cute!
    xoxo

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  2. All great tips, it's especially good to hear them from someone real and down to earth, and not the uber-bloggers or blogging websites. I've been a fan of your blog for a good while now, it's always great to find Irish fashion blogs!

    Sian. x

    (speaking of urls, here's mine: http://avantstyle.blogspot.com)

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  3. such good tips, i need to remind myself of some of these things often! i've never commented before but i just wanted to let you know that i love your blog & sense of style, it's very inspirational!

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  4. Amazing post, very helpful tips :). Thank you for this.

    Sarah
    x

    http://dollydotgirl.blogspot.com

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  5. Good list of advices... I'm glad that I don't do any of the "don'ts" .. (wow that sentence was confusing :D ) ...
    thank you for that :)

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  6. You've given some great tips, so helpful! <3

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  7. very good tips !
    thankyou for this

    ellie oxoxox
    http://obsessedwithfashionx.blogspot.com/

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  8. lovely post!! I agree with everything :) xx

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  9. Amazing, thanks for the tips! x

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  10. I love this post and I think i'll definitley take a few tips from it and use them on my blog. You're totally right when you say about the 'follow me, i'll follow back' comments! Nothing more annoying than those.

    www.aclassicfashiondiary.blogspot.com

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  11. Wonderful post! I bookmarked to use on those days I get discouraged! ♥

    http://www.cloverstonedesigns.com/

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  12. Always good to get some tips from bloggers that are doing well for themselves, thanks. I've been wondering how I can take mine to the next level. It just takes dedication!

    I read a multitude of blogs, I must admit though I do wonder how some are as popular as they are? There some real unsung tallent out there and a lot of over publisised rubbish. I guess at the end of the day it's quality not quantity when it comes to followers.

    You have a great blog and clearly deserve every follower you have. I love reading :) keep up the good work!

    and seeing as you said you don't mind...

    www.lizzys-lips.blogspot.com

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  13. I loved reading this, you certainly have blogging sussed! I agree 100% with what you say about blogging for yourself, it's easy to feel pressure when you have x amount of readers :)

    x

    The Flower Girl

    thebohemiangoods.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this post! :D i love your blog and i love that you care so much about your readers. keep on the amazing work and thanks for sharing your "secrets" ;)

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  15. Such a timely post - I recently started updating mine again. Thanks for the tips!

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  16. Love all of these! Especially the first one. ♥

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  17. The tweet this button to this post is not working :(
    Anyway, great post. Thanks!

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  18. Great tips, thank you! :)

    http://pinklittlebean.blogspot.com/

    x

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  19. Great advice! Thanks sweet :)

    xox

    joannasblogbaby.blogspot.com

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  20. Such great tips and advice Dee. A lot of people could learn a lot from this post (: I have a similar post on my blog that I wrote a few months ago and it needs to be updated haha! Hope you're well lovely, thanks for the uber-nice comment on my blog! xx

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  21. really great tips. and i can't help but leaving my URL, it's like a signature to me :)

    http://styleaccordingtome.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-first-giveaway.html

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  22. Really enjoyed reading this, thank you for posting. Great advice and I shall be following your tips. ps. looooove the layout of your blog. Love white space. and the sorbet colours are just lovely x

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  23. Great tips!

    www.bethscircus.blogspot.com

    xx

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  24. Great tips! I agree there is nothing worse than those "follow me" comments. You know those people are just "collecting" followers and most likely have no interest in your blog.

    www.adventuresofagirlfromthenaki.blogspot.com

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  25. This is such a great post . Amazing advice. X

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  26. Such good, amazing tips. They've given me a bit to think about in regards to my own blog, so thank you!
    xoxo

    www.lebibliotheque.blogspot.com

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  27. This is like super useful! I´ve been a bit put off blogging lately for not having enough followers but realising that I´m blogging for myself in the first place has helped a lot.
    I´ve only been blogging for a few months and I don´t think I put my blog out there often enough for it to get followed in big numbers but, to be honest, it doesn´t bother me all that much but it still makes my day when I get a new follower.
    What´s important to me is that I enjoy blogging and it´s a bit of a let off steam for me. All that matters:)

    http://daniela-notsure.blogspot.com/

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  28. these are great tips, i'll really take them into consideration! you're very insightful about the blogging world :)


    xxx

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  29. Great ti[s, girl:)
    -Jaz
    http://www.fluffyfashioncents.blogspot.com

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  30. What a fabulous post, thank you so much for the tips, I think you are spot on! I adore your blog and agree that you can tell when people are writing from the heart versus writing to please. Keep up the great work :) xxx

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  31. Thanks for all those advices. I've been starting blogs since I'm a teenager but always stopped them because of lack of time or because I didn't have followers.

    I'll start one right away and stick to it! haha

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  32. I love this post! Such great tips, you can see why you have done so well! x

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  33. great post, all excellent advice :) and yes, FOLLOW ME ILL FOLLOW BACK comments are very annoying. Bloggers should know that others are only going to follow their blog if they LIKE it, same as they would (hopefully) only follow blogs they like?? lol.

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  34. Well said! I feel kind of pushy leaving my link in comments, but you're right, blogger's comment system DOES totally suck. I'm glad someone else agrees!

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  35. This is such a great post!! I love reading others' tips and tricks to blogging!

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  36. I've been blogging since Janaury 2009, but never taken it seriously until later that year or in October of 2009. I've done my own blog posts about what eventually made my own [primary] blog a success. Your ability to empower your readers with knowledge in this department is really beneficial. Well done post!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  37. it really makes sense! :)

    dejoiss ♥

    http://dejoiss.blogspot.com/

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  38. may sound off but i just love the layout of your blog! the colours are so easy on the eye :)

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  39. Awesome post!:)
    Love Änglamark.

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  40. Great tips, it was very nice to read...
    And I agree with you it is so important to blog about what you like and the things that inspire you. Tip 003 makes a lot of sense, I often wonder if some bloggers have such exciting lives that they are worth making a post every day x3
    Other than that, I really like your blog!

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  41. That's great advice, thank you! I've struggled with confidence for the past couple of weeks, thinking that my writing isn't good enough for a blog, so the advice here has perfect timing! xx

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  42. brilliant tips, i really enjoyed this post it is very helpful, especially as our blog is quite recently started.
    also, thanks so much for your comment, we really appreciate it - LOVE your blog! Now following:)
    xxxxxx

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  43. Great advice, this was really interesting to read. Thanks for your comment, my boots are current stock yes :)
    Teenage Daydreams
    xx

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  44. amazing amazing tips :) thanks! definitely gonna keep them in mind. Lovely blog btw:)

    www.style-fiesta.blogspot.com

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  45. nice tips :D

    I love reading your blog.. you have such a great writing style! :)

    x
    Christine
    http://iheartautumngrace.blogspot.com/

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  46. Great post, totally agree with all of the above points.
    I hate it when people leave comments asking me to follow them or enter their giveaway, they guarantee me not going to check out their blog at all by doing so!

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  47. These tips are really useful, thanks!

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  48. Good tips
    I used to do the follow 4 follow when I literally first started out but when people did it to me I realised how amoying it is,

    thank you for the comment on my blog

    http://beaufashionxoxo.blogspot.com/

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  49. great post. I think commenting is the best way of gettign attention to your blog. I'd never have seen your blog had you not commented on mine. Glad you did comment, your blog is great. x

    http://twentyone0eight.blogspot.com/

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  50. Wow! It's inspiring to know that you have only been blogging for one year and you have such a large fanbase. Your blog was one of the first ones I came across that I liked because I can tell that you enjoy doing it. And I also like that fact that you dont just post pics of yourself...you actually write helpful post like this one! Thanks (:

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  51. I love this post, it's so useful!! thank you :)

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  52. This is just an amazing post. You're so right about every word. Honestly I just discovered your blog, really enjoyed it so far and will be back soon!

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  53. great tips, thanks for sharing :).

    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  54. I think you are one of the most genuine bloggers around. It easily shows through in your blog, which is what really hooked me (not to mention how precious you are or the fact that your outfits make me drool.) Wonderful tips!

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  55. Thanks for the tips, they're really good! I've been following you on twitter for ages, but for some reason haven't been following you, whats that about?! Rectified this now! :D

    Also want to add that I LOVE the layout and theme of your blog - How on earth do you do it? I've been wanting to refresh my relatively new blog into something a bit more 'me' rather than the default, boring, template and colour scheme, but have no idea how to, and can't work photoshop - its getting really frustrating!!

    Got yourself a new avid reader (thank you for helping me not revise) ;) xx

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  56. Thank you! Great tips, love your blog....your pictures are always so good & clear!
    Could you do some more tips around pictures?

    Thanks

    X

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  57. You have such an inspirational blog, just lovely :) and great tips for people starting out like myself:)

    laurajayne
    laurajayne@blogspot.com

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  58. This is a fantastic post and I agree and nodded to every single point. Great work xxxx

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  59. These are great tips and what a beautifully crafted and laid-out blog you have!

    May I ask you how you take those fashion shots of yourself? Do you use a timer? Or do you have a magical helper? :) I just started a photography blog, hence the question.

    Thanks!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

    P.S. Great fashion sense too, but I guess you already knew that :)

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  60. I found this RIGHT after asking for advice! haaaaaa. thanks so much. very insightful. Keep up the great work! :)

    xx
    http://alisaverde.blogspot.com/

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  61. Great tips!thank you :) I Just discovered your blog and I'm already lovin it!
    kiss*

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  62. Thank you! very helpful.

    and i absolutely love your blog layout! just started mine so needs a LOT of work.. haha.

    loves,

    J.x

    http://prfkt.blogspot.com/

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  63. Dee, hope you don't mind I copied this onto my blog, but gave you credit. Really lovely, helpful information. Brilliant!

    K x
    http://memoirsofawardrobe.co.uk

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  64. Thank you for this information. Your blog design is so refreshing and simple. I recently started my own fashion, food, lifestyle blog. I'm not new to blogging because in the past I did it as a journal-style blog, which was mainly friends and family...but this kind of blogging is scary at first because your readership is so open and diverse. Your blogging 101 tips definitely inspired me and eased some of my fears! Keep up the great work!


    www.melonamission.blogspot.com

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  65. Thank you for the tips. I am very new. I did my blog for me but I am so inexperienced. I have 3 blogs that I linked together because I have so many interests.
    I am not sure that anyone has ever looked and I dont know how to tell or how I even begin to get people to follow. Thanks again
    Janice

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  66. I just started blogging and I found this post very helpfully.
    I absolutely love your style. You look beautiful in every outfit. I am reading all your posts now to catch up ;)

    Xxxxxxx

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