Ten Blogging Tips

No doubt about it, I am completely BLESSED to do what I love.


I actually get to wake up each morning and make stuff... and then share it with YOU!  I have the opportunity to connect with other creative minds.  I am so blessed, and I tell myself this every day.

But I am still no expert.  I am learning new things each day. But occasionally I receive e-mails with questions from newbie bloggers.  Today, I am sharing what has worked for me.  So this is me on my soapbox with ten of my best blogging tips!

1.  No one will magically find your blog.  You simply have to put yourself (and your links!) out there.  This takes a bit of work on your end.  I attribute most of my blog's early growth to my participation in link parties.  I regularly linked up to every link party that I could find, and this introduced other bloggers to Oopsey Daisy.  Don't forget to be social at the parties!  Thank your party host, make some friends, and go visit other blogs.  You can visit my link parties page to see what link parties I support.

2. True confessions:  When I began blogging, I was afraid to feature others.  I viewed other bloggers as competition.  I was oh so wrong!  My friend Shelley said it best:  "There is enough internet for all of us!"  Bloggers are networkers, and connecting with other bloggers will only help your own blog to grow.  When I started my Wednesday's Wowzers weekly feature, I was pleasantly surprised that I often gained support by featuring others' work.  Readers love seeing new ideas, and they will appreciate your good taste.  I promise you that blogging karma is real.  What goes around comes around!  When you feature another's work, they are more likely to remember you and pay it forward.

3. This is something I feel so strongly about!  Comment love is a powerful thing.  I remember all too well the excitement of receiving a new comment on a project I was so excited about.  I am SO grateful for every comment!

Again, blogging karma is your friend here.  Leave a specific, positive comment, and the recipient will remember you.  It just seems that the more positive vibes I send out in the blogging world, the more positive vibes come back to me.  I have created strong friendships with many other bloggers simply by leaving comments on each other's posts.

4. Eek, here is a concept that I learned the hard way.  Last year, my need for a new blog design was pretty dire.  I actually had a designer contact me and ASK if she could help my little blog.  I learned that regardless of your fabulous ideas, visitors are seeking an organized blog layout with a clean design.  Blog design is an important investment because your ideas will be judged based on the package they arrive in!

Photographs are a HUGE part of an eye-pleasing blog.  Visitors will look at your photos even if they do not read your posts.  Include LARGE photos, and be sure that they are quality photos.  you don't have to own a fancy camera; just practice basic photography techniques like proper focus, good lighting, etc.  Taking a photography class will go a long way.  While you're at it, check out Kami's 10 quick photo tips.

5. Here is the big question:  The moola! I am not the best person to ask about how to make money on your blog.  Honestly, I started this blog pretty innocently.  I just loved blogging.  I wanted to create and share with others.  I would definitely recommend blogging with this perspective.  If you're in it for the money, you may find yourself disappointed. Of course a little compensation definitely helps out!  (Especially when justifying blogging to my husband!)  But find a good balance, and be sure you love blogging no matter what the payout might be!

If you are serious about creating a professional blog, I recommend taking some tips from Crafterminds and participating in their Twitter chats.  These blogging masterminds have valuable tips for creating a professional blog.I definitely recommend using Social Spark's ad network to get started making some side cash.  Google Ads are a good way to go, too.


6. My goal has always been to post Monday through Friday.  But I have stopped stressing out if I miss a day or two here and there.  I have learned that QUALITY is much more important than QUANTITY of posts.  Don't post something just to post something.  Feel good about it.  You never know who might be visiting your blog for the very first time.  What will their first impression be?

7. I truly believe that as a blogger, you can make Facebook and Twitter your best friends.  I think of Facebook as a way to show some personality to my readers.  It's a fun way to connect with my readers in a little more personal way and have actual conversations.

Twitter is a perfect way to connect, interact, and network with colleagues.  As much as I wanted to avoid this latest social networking fad, I have found it to be invaluable.  When I have blogging questions, I run to Twitter and find bloggers who are more than willing to help.

8.  You know what's coming next right?  Avoid drama, and keep the negativity to yourself!  Be positive.  Avoid whining or reprimanding your readers.  Make your blog a happy place.

Unfortunately, rude comments DO happen.  I am lucky to have the best readers in the world, but I can become discouraged by rude comments when they come.  I simply try to vent to my husband or a friend, and then move on.  Try to be the bigger person.  Be diplomatic.

9.  Bloggers are sensitive about copyright issues, and rightly so.  Give credit where credit is due! If another project inspired you, give credit for that inspiration!  Always remember a little blogging etiquette when you feature another's work.  Never ever cut and paste!  If you want to spotlight someone, let them know.  Show a picture or two of their original work, and always link back.  The author will probably be flattered, and you will make a friend in the process.

* Just in case, safeguard yourself by placing a watermark on your pictures and have a copyright on your blog.  Sadly, copyright issues arise frequently.  You will want to be prepared.

10.  At least for me, blog growth has been slow, steady, and consistent.  Even now, I can easily become impatient with my blog growth.  Many days are good, but some days are terrible.  It takes TIME to grow a blog.  Focus on the quality of content and build up your archives so your readers can really sink their teeth into them.  Don't get too caught up in the numbers.

Find you what makes you unique as a blogger, and go for it!

Good luck!!

Guess where I am TODAY?  On one of my favorite blogs--C.R.A.F.T.  Jamie interviewed me, and you can find out more about me here:
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Comments

  1. ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ says:

    Fabulous Advise Alison..thanks for sharing!

  2. Good Advice Alison…Thanks for taking the time to share.

  3. Heidiopia says:

    Great advice and gentle reminders, Alison. Love hearing your perspective and encouragement!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says:

    This is a really great post, Alison. I think some people take on blogging and have no idea what it takes to be successful and gain a following. Your advice clears a lot of that up.

  5. Suzanne says:

    What a great post. Loved your advice!

  6. Mònica Marull says:

    Thank you very much for your advice. We'll take note 😉

  7. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    Thanks for the advice. How do you copyright a blog? Also, how do you put watermarks on pictures?

  8. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    Thanks for the advice. How do you copyright a blog? Also, how do you put watermarks on pictures?

  9. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    Thanks for the advice. How do you copyright a blog? Also, how do you put watermarks on pictures?

  10. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    Thanks for the advice. How do you copyright a blog? Also, how do you put watermarks on pictures?

  11. Lindsay says:

    Thank you very much for the advice! I'm working on some of this since I am a newbie! :)

    jellybeanscraftythings.blogspot.com

  12. Courtney @ Sweet C's Designs says:

    I just facebooked this out in the spirit of good blogging karma! You are my blogging hero!

  13. Annie Moffatt says:

    What a GREAT and encouraging post!!
    Annie
    http://moffattgirls.blogspot.com

  14. BURUNDANGUITAS CS says:

    Great tips, Alison, I appreciate the time you took for writing them and also inspiring others, specially ME!
    rgds, dalyse

  15. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Great info here! I'm a less-than-3-months blogger :) and have been trying to follow some of your tips. I don't really have any goals for what I want my blog to turn in to yet, but I know I'm having fun already!

  16. BURUNDANGUITAS CS says:

    Alison, I wanted to ask you how do the Copyright protection works, I have it in my blog, as a friend suggestion and actually I dont know how it works, let me know pls. my email burundanguitas@gmail.com
    rgsds,
    dalys
    http://www.burundanguitas.blogspot.com

  17. [email protected] says:

    Thanks for the tips and encouragement!
    I have been feeling very discouraged lately – as my followers weren't growing as quickly as they were at first … but you are right – it's a slow and steady process!
    Each of the things you mentioned are great!
    Thank you!
    ~Bec@ littlelucylu

  18. [email protected] says:

    It's my first time visiting, I just love how I'm still finding new to me blogs ! You gave some great tips, can't wait to check out the crafterminds on twitter…..

  19. Echo M says:

    Great advise, thanks a ton. I have recently retired my business specific blog, and brought into existence my life of a crafting addict blog: if you've got the chance could you check it out and give me some feedback, it's pretty young right now, but I want to get a good start.

    http://gnomesatemyhomework.blogspot.com/

    Thanks! Echo

  20. Wow thanks a ton. This is really going to help as I,ve just started blogging only last year and since I,m passionate about crafting, blogging has become my life. Please do visit my blog and leave me some love.Your advice is truly important for me and I,ve been regularly following you.

    craftingforever-anita.blogspot.com

  21. Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    Great advice, Alison!

  22. Such a fabulous post about the basics of blogging. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Katie
    http://www.sweetrosestudio.blogspot.com

  23. Alison, these are some great tips, especially for those of us just starting out, thank you!!

  24. Elle Belles Bows says:

    Alison- Great post!! You were one of the first blogs I ever followed and am never disappointed! Thanks for all you share!

    Kerri

  25. Great advice! Thanks for sharing this is all advice we need to hear often

  26. Stumbled upon your blog today, I've just been made redundant, and I started a new blog to give me some focus. I figure that if I document what I'm doing, I'll feel like I'm doing something useful. These tips are fabulous, thank you so much.

    Jo

    http://modjoonthefly.blogspot.com/

  27. (And oh my goodness, if I ever get back into the classroom, I will DEFINITELY be using some of your resource packs, seriously fabulous!)

  28. Romaine says:

    Terrific advice! :0)

  29. Maria Teresa says:

    Boa noite Alison, só agora consegui instalar o tradutor, perdoe por estar olhando seus posts sem comentários.
    Cheguei ao seu blog através da Amy, agradeço por estar compartilhando conosco o seu conhecimento e as suas artes.
    A postagem de hoje são conselhos importantes, porque estou tentando montar um blog, agradeço pelas dicas preciosas. Desejo muito sucesso e que seja sempre muito abençoada, abraços carinhosos

  30. [email protected] says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!! I've been impressed by your blog and growth and I appreciate your sharing tips!!

  31. Danielle says:

    Thanks for sharing! I am a VERY new blogger and need all the help I can get!

  32. I linked to this through a pin on pinterest. Well said and thanks putting together this list of advice. It helps give me some perspective as I’m getting started with my blog. Thanks!

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