All about Bliggity Bloggin'

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Now, onto the real post for today!

Last night, I had a friend IM me on Facebook and ask me a few questions about blogging. She is planning to start a blog of her own and was wondering how I got mine to be "so cute". Her words not mine! She also expressed that she had no idea what she was doing and would love some help.

I decided that now is as good a time as any to talk about all the things I wish I had known about blogging when I started doing it almost an entire year ago...
  • I wish I had gotten someone to design my blog for me right away. I didn't know anything about HTML or formatting and it just wasn't coming together. It would have saved me a lot of frustration to just do it right away.
  • I wish I had thought to make my e-mail match my blog name...It still doesn't and I wish that it did.
  • I wish I had started sponsoring other blogs sooner! I only just barely started doing that and I've already seen results from it! I can't imagine what it would have done when I first started my blog.
  • I wish I'd started up all the social media stuff right away. I stayed away from Twitter and a Facebook page and I don't know why! I love twitter and it's a great way to connect with other bloggers and build relationships.
  • I wish I had known how much time blogging really takes...Lately, I haven't had a lot of time to blog and it has really been effecting how much I write and what I write...

Although there were a lot of things I didn't know, there were also things that I did right and words of advice I have for new bloggers, or really, any bloggers who care!

  • Blog about whatever the heck you want. The best posts are written without a care in the world about what anyone would think about them.
  • Link up with other blogs. It's so fun to meet other bloggers and read what they have to say about whatever given topic. And if you do link ups, do them as often as you want! It's your blog!
  • Utitilize the "pages" feature (for blogger). I always like to look for an "About Me" section and learn a little bit about the author of the blog.
  • Post pictures! Wordy blogs are great, but it makes it more fun to read when you have pictures of what you did (or made, or saw etc.) 
  • Tell your story. Your readers like to think they know you. They know what you wear, what you do, maybe where you live etc. How ever vague you are with your story is up to you, but it's always more fun to read a blog where you feel like you're getting ot know the person your reading about!
  • Most of all, enjoy it! When blogging becomes a chore and something you'd rather not do, you've got a problem! Make it fun for you. Post as often or as little as you want, follow other blogs, enter giveaways, and love blogging!

I'm Katie. I'm a 20-something Soldier & student taking each day one step at a time. Living through all the growing pains that come with becoming that person that I always wanted to be & finding that bright side in all of this Camo-Colored Chaos. You can get to know more about me here.

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Jen said...

I love this post! :) Blogging has been so amazing for me and I absolutely love it. Especially for all the wonderful people it has put me in contact with. :)

Deidre said...

I have a friend who is starting up a blog as well, I love getting to help her and pass on some of the knowledge that I've gotten over my (9) years of blogging.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the tips. I just recently started my blog & those will come in handy!

Nathan LEEIB said...

I agree, I wish I had got a professional design at first. I knew nothing about blogging when I started.

Kim said...

Love this post! I've had my blog for a while now but never really did anything with it until recently. I'd love to implement a lot of these tips in the new year. Thanks!

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