6.15.2011

Tips for New Bloggers

Happy Hump Day!  Man...I am tired!  I forgot how much being with the kids all day exhausts me (a big round of applause out there to all you mamas!).  Cuties A and B and I have been having an absolute blast.  Monday was a pool day and yesterday we spent the day at Maymont, the most fabulous park (post coming soon).  Despite all the fun, I have been pooped at night and have been going to bed early!

Also, because I'm with the kids all day, my time for reading all of your blogs, is greatly diminished.  I'm trying my best to keep up with all my daily reads, but most of my comments will probably now be at night!

Finally, before getting onto today's post, I've been doing a little happy dance since last night!  I've reached my goal of 300 followers in 3 months!  YIPPEE and MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

Now onto today's post! (WARNING:  This post is text heavy but there is a picture at the end to reward you for reading, hehe!)

I'll admit, I'm still a blogging rookie, but now that I have been blogging for 3 months (I started March 15th), I figured now it be an appropriate time to post these tips for new bloggers that I've been working on for a while now!

Lots of people have emailed me asking how I have gotten so many followers in such a short time.  Though I'd like to attribute it to my incredible writing skills or wittiness, I don't think that's it.  I think the biggest part has probably been my addicition/obsession/dedication to blogging.

Below are the tips that I think have made me successful thus far!

Have fun!  I started this blog after becoming addicted to reading the blog Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore.  I really enjoyed reading it and after a while, I thought "I can do this!"  Since then I've really had fun with my blog.  I try to add variety and post about what's on my mind.  Sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's superficial, and other times it's just random.  The most important thing, though, is to enjoy what you're doing.

Blog about what you love.  If you blog about who you are, what you love, and what you know it will show in your blog.  I don't try to stretch this blog to be something that it's not.  For example, every so often I try and post about something "deep" however it's been a while since my last really thought-provoking post.  Though this bothers me some, I also know that if I tried to force myself to add one of these posts when I can't really think of a good topic, it would be uninspired and not fun to read.

Follow other blogs!  This and the next tip are what I think have probably made this blog the most successful it can be.  What I have loved about blogging is the community aspect of it and the friendships I have made.  Supporting other blogs by following is a great way to get people on "your team" so to say!  When you decide to follow, comment and say "I'm your newest follower" so bloggers will know that you like what they're doing and support it.  In turn, they'll be more likely to support you as well.

COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS! Does this tip stand out to you?  I hope so!  I honestly think that this tip is the #1 reason I have so many followers in a short time, and was especially crucial during the first few weeks of my blog.  The first few weeks of blogging I probably spent way too much time doing it!  I literally commented, commented, commented on other blogs.  My repertoire was that I would go through my "Blogs I LOVE" section and read each one daily and comment.  I also was constantly trying to find and comment on new blogs.  I would do that by clicking on other people's comments on posts I'd read or by looking at the Blogroll sections on other blogs.  When commenting, I always make sure to actually comment on the post and then at the end of my comment I would say something along the lines of "I just found your blog and really like it, please stop by mine" or "I'm new to blogging and love yours, please stop by mine and share any tips you might have."  This way, not only would the blogger more than likely check out my blog, so too would other people that saw my comment.  I still do this, but not the extreme I did at the beginning of blogging.  Now, I simply go through my "Blogs I LOVE" section daily, and will scroll through the Blogger Reading List when I have the time.  Additionally, I try my very hardest, to check out the blogs of everyone that comments on mine. I still find new blogs randomly, as well!

When an idea for a post comes to you, write it down!  Whenever I get the idea for a new post I either will jot it down in my planner, or, if I'm near the computer, I'll even make a draft post on Blogger.  If I have a title idea I'll write it then, if not I'll just write something that will let me know the topic.  Then inside the draft, I'll either write the post, or just jot down notes so I won't forget what I was thinking.  I currently have close to 20 drafts, which is great, because it provides me a store of posts for times when I might be feeling uninspired or be just plain busy!

Seek inspiration in the world around you.  Since blogging, I so often will now think--"I can write/blog about this."  Sometimes posts that share the most everyday things can be the best.

Add pictures to your posts!  So, obviously, I'm not practicing what I preach in this post.  But, I guarantee in a majority of my other posts, there are pictures!  Adding pictures enriches your posts and makes them more fun!  For me, I love to read blogs for enjoyment, and if all the blogs I read were just text heavy I wouldn't have the time or enthusiasm to read them.

I hope these tips help!  I've only been doing this for three months and I know I still have a lot more to learn, but I thought it would be good to share what has worked for me so far!  Also, PLEASE, add other tips you have in the comments section so we can all share our tips and ideas with each other!

And finally, to not be a total hypocrite, I'll add a picture!

I get to see this girlie tonight and could not be more thrilled!
Allie and LPC

41 comments:

  1. Good Monring Sweetie!

    Great tips...
    it's funny you posted this b/c I thought abt bumping up my blog etiquette post for the weekend:) It's really good and esp for bew bloggers, they may not know all the do's/don't/need too's!

    Have a great day cutie,
    Xo

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  2. Great tips! I am very happy that my blog inspired you to start your own. Blogging is such an amazing outlet and a fantastic way to be true to yourself. Keep up the amazing work my dear! xx

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  3. Great tips! I just put a post up asking for advice for how to gain new followers yesterday so good timing!

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  4. Allie, I think it helps that you are genuinely a sweetheart and always sincere with your comments and posts. If someone blatantly endorses themselves ex: "My blog is awesome! You HAVE to check it out!" I kind of get turned off and am wary about visiting. That might just be me though! I'm so excited for you that you hit your goal, congrats!

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  5. Great tips! I'm so impressed with 300 followers over 3 months - that is amazing! I've been at it for 2 years and only have 160!! Go girl! :)

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  6. Great post!! I think it's so awesome how you've gained so many followers so quickly and I totally agree it's because you're extremely supportive and go out of your way to comment on the blogs of others! (I know I've appreciated your comments on mine!) I'm still working on getting my blog out there, so thanks for the tips and have a fantastic week!

    (Also, I stopped by Nordstrom's and got my Clinique kit, so thanks for the heads up on that!!)

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  7. such great tips! You have a fantastic blog and leave the sweetest comments:)

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  8. I think commenting is SO important. I have actually noticed some bloggers get really big and a ton of follows. They used to comment on other blogs, then they kind of stop when they get 300 plus. I also then notice that comments on their blog go way down!!! I guess they get to popular :)

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  9. Thanks for the tips! I have been blogging for about 6 months and my following is low. Didn't know if people liked my thoughts or not. Thanks!

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  10. 300 followers in just 3 months...amazing!

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  11. Well done!! I couldn't agree more with you on all your tips, I too was lucky to gain many followers in 5 months of blogging and agree commenting is huge, as it gets your name out. I still am somewhat addicted to visting and commenting, think because I enjoy writing but its a great way to "stay connected' with the blogs you love! I am going to pass this onto someone I know just now starting out, who is a bit frustrated as we all have been at one time or another, I think this is an excellent Blogger 101!!

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  12. Oh my gosh! Thank You So much! First off, I love your blog and I just started blogging for the very same reasons that you did! I have been a little leery of how to get followers other than my best friend obligatorily following me! Thank so much... SOOO helpful. and let me just tell you that I just started following your blog and I LOVE IT... I scanned the whole thing!

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  13. Great tips!!! I started blogging around the same time you did. It is impressive how successful your blog is, and I agree just speaking honestly about what you love is the best way to post! Keep up the great work!!

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  14. Awesome advice! I'm no expert myself, but I really really dislike comment verification. It makes it hard to comment on a phone, or I'll just hit submit and then not realize there was verification.

    If you're afriad of spam, you can turn on comment moderations. But I've not had spam problems. Just my 2 cents. :)

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  15. Super well said. It's amazing how you've accomplished so much in the past 3 months and it's been a pleasure to watch your super well put together blog grow. Keep it up and congratualtions!

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  16. Such great advice! I'm so glad you made it to your goal of 300! More than I can say for my lack of blogging haha but I've been on top of things this week! I used to think blogging was only for a certain group of people like military wives, etc. but when I started my own I was amazing how many people out there were writing about similar things! I love it!

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  17. Great tips!!! You can see why it got you so far!

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  18. These are all great tips! I agree that you are great about commenting on others blogs. I'm not surprised at all by your huge following, your blog is great ;)

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  19. These are great tips!! And definitely true.. I've been blogging for only a few months now and I definitely agree with all of these! And CONGRATS on 300 followers!!!

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  20. Good tips, I need to comment on more blogs myself, I tend to stick to my usual (but fantastic) circle of blogging buddies :)

    -Julie

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  21. this is a great post! i've seen a lot about blog etiquette and these tips are right on...i always email myself with blog post ideas! haha

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  22. great posts! i love all of the tips!

    http://thelittlebrunettemermaid.blogspot.com/

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  23. I'm one of your newest followers and I absolutely love your blog!

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  24. Thanks for the tips! I'm a new blogger too (from Australia) and the only tip I have at the moment which I learnt was to include an email address on your profile that way people can email to say hello, comment back or introduce themselves...Have a great day!

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  25. These are great tips! I really wish I had more time to comment but I often read through google reader.

    You should be really proud-your blog is great :)

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  26. Hey cutie pie! Fabulous tips! You should be so proud of yourself, you have a really wonderful blog with great content plus you are a total sweetheart and so genuine! Cheers to you!! xxoxo

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  27. You've done so well for yourself! Congratulations on all of your followers and I will definitely be using your tips as I start to blog more and more! I love that you mentioned keep a list and start drafts because I have a list about two pages long right now of all the topics I want to cover :)

    Cheers!

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  28. These are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. I will be putting some into action!

    xoxo.

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  29. Excellent tips! I totally agree about commenting on other blogs and posting LOTS of pictures (guilty as charged!). :) Congrats on 3 awesome months of blogging! It's the best community around!

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  30. I love this post! My friend Ashley who blogs at Places to go Things To Buy sent me your blog and more specifically this post today! I am so glad she sent me your link because I was wondering exactly how to make my blog more successful! Congrats on the Success of your blog! That is awesome!

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  31. You are so right! Commenting on other blogs are very important. For me, part of what I like about blogging (besides sharing my thoughts, feelings, opinions etc.) is the conversation that comes from blogging. Sometimes the comments help clarify my thoughts and possibly see things from a different persopective. I believe your comment on one of my posts drew me to your blog too. This was a great post! Keep up the great work!

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  32. I love that you emphasize commenting on other's blogs. I try very hard to do this. I know how much the few comments I receive mean to me. You obviously have so many followers for good reason.

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  33. Great tips!! You are such a super-star blogger! Keep up the great work!

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  34. wow! you are truly an inspiration!! I hope I can come as far as you in 6 months! lol I always comment comment comment, but i'm not even close to 300. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. This post is great- I have it bookmarked so I can refer back to it! And congrats on reaching your goal of 300 followers- especially in THREE monthes!

    Your goal inspired me, and I've set out to reach 100 followers by the end of Summer!

    I'd love it if you could check out my blog!
    WholeHeartedlyHannah.blogspot.com

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  36. What a great article. Thank you for such insight to get newcomers started.

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  37. These tips were so helpful! Thanks so much for reaching out to me!

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  38. First of all- happy blog anniversary! That's so exciting :) I came across your list of favorite posts & I had to read this one since I'm pretty new to the blog world. This was very helpful, so thank you!! When I first started I got kind of lazy & didn't put as much effort into it as I should have. The past few months I definitely have put in a lot more effort but it's still a work in progress!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  39. Thank you for telling me to read this! Great tips! I'd LOVE to reach that many followers in 3 months! That's be incredible. Your tips are very helpful. I am thoroughly enjoying blogging! Please follow along on my blog :) I look forward to seeing more of your posts :)

    -Rachel @ A Preppy State of Mind

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