I’ve been writing on this blog for a while now. It’s been well over a year. When I started publishing posts on a consistent basis, I made a little promise to myself. It’s a little rule I have for blogging, and probably the only “rule” I have for blogging: “if it’s not fun, or enjoyable, then don’t do it.”
Youth Lesson: Dealing with Difficult People by Kelly at Southern Komfort – Kelly and her husband may have created this lesson for her youth students, but they put together an awesome message for people of all ages. Go read it and give it some thought…it’s well worth your time!
Explaining Bloggers on Instagram to Non-Bloggers on Instagram by The Daily Tay – As usual, Taylor has me laughing. She tells the truth about how we bloggers are downright crazy. If you blog, go read this and treat yourself to a smile.
How Anxiety is Affecting My Marriage by Chelsea at The New Wifestyle – This post is candid. The title of this post gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about. Talking about anxiety, and how that anxiety affects relationships can be tough, so major kudos to Chelsea for being so brave and opening up. How many of us can relate to Chelsea’s struggles? (hand raised)
My Favorite Blogging Resources by Anne at Love the Here and Now and Christine at The So-Called Homemaker – I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t learn at least one thing from Anne’s tutorials. Ridiculous. Go read this one, you won’t regret it.
Recently I’ve started switching my sponsorships over to the new Adproval that’s currently in a beta release to a limited number of users. I was accepted into the beta version last week, got it set up on my blog on Saturday night, and last night (Sunday night) I sat in on a Google Hangout hosted by Cassie from Sage the Blog to learn about the basics of the new Adproval. Matthew, the founder of Adproval, was also sitting in and was there to provide clarification and answer a few questions. I still have a lot to learn about the new Adproval (a lot of which I’m sure I’ll learn during Cassie’s second course next week!) but I’ve always been happy with my decision to use Adproval and I’m even happier now that I’m seeing all the improvements coming in the new version!
I’m going to start this post of right with sharing my Blogger Love. Get ready, there were several great reads this week!
Overcoming Our Insecurities by Melissa from the Rambling LLama posted at Life with Mrs G and the Artist – If you read one post this week, this is the post it should be. Melissa is brave in so many ways, but especially for sharing her story of childhood abuse.
Journal Swap Creative by Sage the Blog & Love the Here and Now – Cassie and Anne came up with the brilliant idea of a journal swap. This is open to anyone on the internet, not just bloggers! I’ve already signed up, and I’m already looking at different journals. The deadline to sign up is March 9th, so head over to either one of their sites to sign up now! I’m excited to find out who I’m paired with and swap a journal with them – it’s just a really fun idea. Plus there are a million cute journals out there. I’m waiting to find out who I’m paired with and learn a bit about them before I make my final choice!
5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better – Seriously, Sarah? – I love posts like these because I inevitably learn something I didn’t know before or figure out a way to improve the layout or look of my blog. Sarah had several great suggestions and I’m updating my blog accordingly!
Thoughts on Being an Only Child – Cupcakes and Cashmere – I’m an only child. Dave’s an only child. My only cousin is an only child. I’ve had many wonderful friends who are only children. I don’t know if I’ve met an only child that hasn’t loved being an only child. Given that Cupcakes and Cashmere has a huge (gigantic) following, it’s nice to know that Emily is touting the awesomeness of being an only child. Only children have gotten such a bad reputation…it’s actually been used as an insult towards me. Like I had any control over the matter. It’s a stereotype I would love to see come crumbling down. Continue reading Five on Friday
When I was writing last week’s Five on Friday post, I was shared this post by Kristyn at Chits & Giggles. Kristyn posts about negativity – and used the topics of blogging and body image as examples. Her thoughts on some of the negativity between bloggers spoke to me. I’ve seen it, and as Kristyn mentioned, there’s an entire website dedicated to people making mean comments about bloggers. But, there is so much good in the blogging community, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
When I saw today’s #Blogtober14 prompt (10 things you would tell yourself when you started blogging) I pretty much laughed. Why? I still feel like I’m just starting this blogging journey. I started this blog a year ago, right after we got married, but I didn’t start posting regularly or promoting my blog until February 2014. I wanted to get everything set up and understand how to do different things before I released my creative little space into the world. That’s just what worked for me. So if I consider my start date to be February 2014, I’ve really only been at this for about 9 months. Doesn’t that still make me a little baby in the blogging world? I’m still just trying to figure everything out!
Here are my 10 steps for starting up a personal blog….
1) Pick the best blogging platform for you
It seems like Blogger is the most popular platform for most lifestyle bloggers. I don’t know that for a fact, so if you’re a blogger and you’re reading this, please answer the poll question below. It would be interesting to see the distribution of platforms used by my readers!
Anyway, Blogger seems to be the simplest option to use, and if you have any problems you’ll have a ton of other bloggers out there who can help you. The other big option out there is WordPress.com versus WordPress.org. For the record, I use WordPress.org. From what I understand, WordPress.org provides more flexibility than any other platform. That said, it can be daunting and intimidating if you don’t know the first thing about coding. That’s where my software engineer husband comes into play. I’ve managed to figure out a surprising amount of the management aspect on my own, but I definitely need his assistance once in a while, especially when something isn’t working right. If you don’t have that knowledge or assistance, WordPress.org might not be for you. The other big caveat with Worpress.org is that it is self hosted, so we pay a company (in our case, we use Dream Host) for our domain names and servers. Given that my husband was already paying for the service for his blog and websites he’s created for businesses, we managed to slip my blog in there for no extra charge. I got lucky. I probably wouldn’t be paying to self-host my own personal blog otherwise. WordPress.com is closer to Blogger in the sense that it’s free and that you don’t have to pay for hosting services. The reason I stayed away from WordPress.com was because it doesn’t allow third party advertising, like Google AdSense. While it’s not something that I was concerned about when I was first starting the blog, it was something that I wanted to be able to consider in the future.
2) Create a brand Continue reading 10 Blogging Tips
I enjoy writing my blog, and like a lot of other bloggers I also enjoy READING other blogs. By far the easiest way for me to follow my favorite blogs is on Bloglovin’. Every morning I sip my coffee and check my feed to see what all of my favorite bloggers have posted in the last 24 hours. I click on your new post, read it, and maybe click around a bit more before heading back to my feed and continuing on down the list. The problem? Unless I leave a comment (which, I should admit, I should do a bit more often), you won’t know that I was ever there. Continue reading My Beef with Bloglovin’