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My Blogging Advice

I've received a number of emails from fellow writers asking me for advice and the "secret" of how I did this.  I thought I'd write down all my "secrets" here where they'll be easy to find.

My first piece of advice is stop thinking there is a secret.  There isn't.  It's just like anything else, a bit of dumb luck and a whole lot of hard work.   You need to be ready to get to work when the dumb luck hits and you strike gold with something you wrote.

Get writing!

1.  Start a blog.  Don't talk about it.  Don't think about it.  Just start.  Go to Blogger.com and sign up for a free blog.  (I prefer Blogger to WordPress because it can be monetized easier and we all want to get paid don't we?)  Your first post can be something as simple as your mission statement:  Hello, I'm Liesel and this blog is about my love of hot dogs.  I will be traveling around the world sampling hot dogs and giving you my taste test results.  If you want a few people to read it, email it to your friends and push it out on your personal Facebook or Twitter.

2.  Find your blog topic or theme.  Liesel is going to write about hot dogs.  I have blogger friends who write about movies, crafting, photography, running or their kids and their day to day activities with them.  It doesn't matter what you're going to write about, just pick your topic and go with it.  But make sure the topic is something you feel strongly about, because you're going to write about it.  A lot.  My blog is about me (a topic I never get bored with).  It is my place to vent and to get things off my chest.  It is my therapy.  Because my blog topic is broad, I can deviate all over the place.  If you write about your family you can write about many things.  If you write about hot dogs, you really can't tell your readers too much about the super cute Christmas wreath you made (unless it's made from hot dogs).

3.  Find your voice.  I think this is one of the most important parts of blogging.  I've read a lot of blogs that are dull and boring.  They're dull and boring, because the writer is writing how she thinks she's supposed to write.  Bloggers should write how they speak.  People who know me in real life tell me all the time:  "When I read your post today I could just hear you saying that!"  That's what you want on your blog.  Write like you're having a conversation with your reader.  There will always be blogs that are similar to you, but they won't have your voice.

4.  Write like thousands of people are reading you every day.  Before I had thousands reading me every day, I had no one except my mom and the occasional pervert searching "deep throat punch."  I still wrote quite a bit though.  I wrote, not hoping I'd be discovered, but to get my therapy session in.  But by doing this, I had built up a nice archive of work so when I was finally noticed people stayed and read.  Don't worry that no one is reading you yet, the important thing is to continue writing.

5.  Write often.  I used to write several times a month and now I try to write 3-5 times a week.  The more you write, the more people come back - as long as what you're writing is valuable.  I write whole stories and sagas, but that's not necessary.  A lot of really popular bloggers only write a few sentences each time.  I'm not that good with words.  I can't narrow down a whole rant into 3 succinct sentences.  Whatever you write - 3 sentences or 3 pages, just make sure it's worth your reader's time.  Teach them something, entertain them, move them, inspire them.  Just make them want to come back tomorrow.

6.  Just know that sometimes what you write sucks.  No one is on their game 100% of the time.  Just know that you will have some posts that you put out there and you will say, "Wow, that one was shit.  I gotta do better tomorrow."

7.  Also realize that sometimes your readers will tell you that your latest offering sucked.  Not all blogs are this way, but mine is.  I have passionate readers who are a lot like me:  mouthy and opinionated.  They don't bullshit or candy coat it.  They tell me straight up:  "That fucking sucked."  Which brings me to my next piece of advice:

8.  Get a thick skin.  This is tough for writers.  We are putting ourselves out there.  We are putting our thoughts, feelings, opinions, and heart out there for everyone to read, critique, and comment on.  There are some people who will stomp on you.  They might say, "Liesel, you're so damn ugly and I hate you and your hot dogs!  No wonder you write about hot dogs -you look like a dog!"  I'm not going to lie.  It hurts.  A lot at first.  But you build up that thick skin and you focus on the positive.  You focus on the readers who write to you and tell you that you've inspired them or motivated them or cheered up their cancer treatment and then you say, "Fuck the trolls."  With success comes haters, but for every hater there are hundreds who will love you - even Liesel's asinine hot dog blog.  "Your review of the Chicago Dog was right on!  Love you, Liesel and I would eat a hot dog anywhere with you!"

9.  Monetize your blog.  About 5 months into blogging I started noticing Google Ads.  I thought you had to be a big time blogger to get Google Ads.  You don't.  Blogger makes it very easy to put ads on your blog.  I was getting about 300 page views a day when I put the ads up and so I made a few cents every day.  It was better than nothing.  My ads were in place when I went viral the first time and I was able to turn that into cash in my pocket.  I don't know about you, but I put a lot of hours into my blog and even if I can only make enough to pay for my next Sonic drink every little bit counts.

10.  Start a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the blog and make it easy for your readers to get to them.  Use the BIG buttons, people.  I did not do this before I went viral and I wish I would have.  The first day I went viral I set up both of these and directed my new fans to them.  It's just another place where you can connect with your readers.  I've seen lots of FB pages that only had a few hundred people a few months ago grow to thousands.  I utilize FB more than Twitter.  I find that I am more comfortable on FB, but there are other bloggers who are just the opposite.  It's whatever you want.  I would also add, get a Pinterest account.  I pin my blogs and other funny stuff and I get hundreds of hits each day from Pinterest.

11.  Write for larger blogs.  Contact bigger websites and see if you can guest blog or repost some of your better pieces.  This was something else I didn't know before.  There are lots of larger blogs looking for content and you don't need to be a big time blogger to write for them.  Just contact them and see if they're interested in your "Best Hot Dogs of the Midwest County Fair Season" article.  You rarely get paid, but you get good exposure for your blog.  OK, when I wrote this one, I didn't mean me.  I'm not big enough to get you the kind of exposure I'm talking about here.  I mean contact Huffington Post or Circle of Moms or BlogHer.  Those are the big dogs that can really help you get noticed.  I'm small potatoes.

12.  OK, this is great, Jen.  I do all of this already, but what I really want to know is how can I go viral?  Everyone wants to know this little secret.  Here's the thing, my biggest one to date was a complete fluke.  The stars aligned without me even realizing it.  Looking back and analyzing it I can tell you a few things I learned.

You need to write something topical. When I wrote the Elf piece it was several weeks until Christmas.  My post was dormant until about a week later when a major newspaper ran a story about Elf antics and so searches went up and my blog was discovered by a few readers.  My voice and my spin on the story of the Elf resonated with readers and I was passed around Facebook, Twitter and someplace I'd never heard of:  Pinterest, like a venereal disease on a college campus.  Actually, I prefer to think it was more like that old shampoo commercial: "And she told two people, and they told two people, and so on and so on..."

I have managed to get a few more viral posts and they were all topical.

Another crowd pleaser are lists.  Readers love lists.  Two viral posts I have are lists of rules for daughters and rules for sons.  Both were my punchy take on sweet, sappy lists making the rounds of the blogosphere.  Again - my voice was what set them apart.

And just because my voice is snarky and sarcastic, doesn't meant that's all people want to read.  There are tons of sweet, wholesome, heart-warming posts that get passed around too.  They just weren't mine.  They went viral, because they were true to their writers' voices.

13.  Comment and "network" with other bloggers.  This is where I fail miserably.  In theory it's a wonderful idea and I've seen other bloggers do it with great success, but not me.  I've never been a real joiner of any kind.  I feel very phony networking and there is no way I can pretend I like someone's shitty blog when I don't.  And you know me - if I don't like someone's blog, I'm definitely going to have to say something about it...

No, if you ever see me comment on a blog, it's because I absolutely wanted to, not because I did it for networking purposes.  If I was a better blog networker I'd probably have double the followers I have now, but I just can't do it.

I hope this helps and answers your blogging questions.  If you have more, add them in the comments and  if I know the answer I'll update this post.  Good luck and get writing!

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81 comments:

  1. Ah. Jen, that explains why you've never commented on my shitty blog. Great advice. And I think your authenticity is what has helped your blog score so well. :)

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  2. this is such great advice! the networking bit is something I struggle with, but am trying to work on, in a very genuine way.

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  3. Thanks! Want to guest host one of my posts? :-)

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  4. You F*ing ROCK, Jen! My blog ain't big yet, but I am going to get there! As one of those people who e-mailed you about blogging tips, I can say that you are very generous. Thanks again.

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    1. You're welcome. Keep writing.

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  5. Fantastic post, Jen! I agree with you 100% and I try to incorporate your points into my blogging. Currently run two blogs, my personal one perfectly-frank.blogspot.com and a new one I just started devoted to my passion for motorcycles: stbob.blogspot.com

    Your blog has become one of my must reads, and I follow you on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter..... Oh geez! Now I sound like a creepy stalker! (I better write a blog post about that!) LOL Take care!

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  6. This is really great advice. I am so thankful for my Facebook page. It has definitely increased my readership. I personally am addicted to Pinterest, and have been thinking about a blog account. I think I shall put it on my list. What larger sites do you recommend? BlogHer? I'm curious :-) Thanks for this!

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    1. You were definitely one of the ones I was thinking of. There are a number of you girls following my FB page and I see your numbers growing every day. Nice job!

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  7. Awesome advice, Jen. Thank you from a single momma trying to work full-time, parent, write and then tweet, pin and facebook all in the name of marketing my work. it is a struggle, but so worth it.
    Momma Mac MILF

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  8. Really great tips, especially about finding your own voice. I also really struggle with networking and, even after more than two years, my readership is still lagging. I do, however, write for a magazine and a much bigger website and that tip of yours is also spot on. In addition to giving me an automatically bigger audience, they take care of the networking (for their site) so I just have to create the content. Just not sure yet where that leaves my blog though - do you cross-post or write entirely separate posts for your blog and for the other sites? Still trying to figure that one out!

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    1. Good question, Ruby. I'll add my answer to the original post when I update it with other questions.

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  9. Great advice, thanks! I started my blog at the end of December and have 11 followers! Woo hoo! And I got my first 2 official negative comments from complete strangers, so I think I might be on to something. Remember, all press is press, good or bad :)

    One more thing: write about what you are passionate about. When I was planning my blog, a friend asked me, "aren't you afraid you are going to run out of things to write about?" I laughed out loud and said, "when have I ever run out of things to talk about?" She knew I was right.

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  10. 15. PROOFREAD!
    My husband goes insane when he finds a typo on my blog. I don't care too much but I know it is important to look polished.

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    1. Yeah, I struggle with this one too. After awhile, it all looks good to me. I just re-read the post now when I read your comment and found 2 more typos and I'm sure there more. Ugh.

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    2. I saw one, and I am terrible at spelling and stupid grammar rules. :)
      Much Love as always (You do way better than I could dream of! And, I could give a shit less about them, but have seen many people point them out in comments. )

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    3. Very true about that one. Because if you check up top, there is no #4.

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  11. This is good advice...and it's so true. I started my blog in 2009 and had about 50 readers until a few months ago when I started networking with other bloggers, including networking on your blog. Now I've doubled my readers. I hope for more soon and even started a new FB page, but it's hard for me to write as often as you do. I think that's something I really need to work on.

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  12. I started a blog over a month ago, with only one post so far. I got totally overwhelmed and actually a bit scared....sad I now. After reading this I think I will be able to "grow a pair" and get to it!! Thanks :P

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    1. Good luck, just keep plugging away.

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  13. Love this post Jen! It's good advice and rings so true on all levels for me.

    At the urging of a friend a little over 6 mos ago The Cubicle Views was born and I am SO happy I did it. It's fun and addicting.

    Still looking for my viral post, but that's ok. If it comes, it comes. If not, I hope the handful of viewers I have enjoy what I write. And, if they don't...so be it. I like it!

    Thanks!

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  14. GREAT post-- thanks! I've noticed the more I write, the more I want to write.

    http://passagesbrink.blogspot.com/2012/04/stop-staring.html :)

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    1. Exactly! THAT is a secret I forgot to mention.

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  15. I wish I could come over and take you out for an effing drink. 1) I need an effing drink desperately. 2) You are my hero in so many ways. 3) I blame you for my wanting to blog. 4) I thank you for making me laugh daily.
    Big hugs - great post..you will help SO many people with your advice. xo DG

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    1. We will have a BIG drink at BlogHer 2012!

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  16. This is great Jen...I have been wanting to blog more, and I feel like I don't know what I am doing! Thanks for the great advice!

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  17. Timing is everything: I found this just when I needed it (and it's well-written, too).

    http://50tonormal.blogspot.com/

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  18. Crystal12:56

    I come back to this website everyday at work just hoping that you would post a new article. There are times when i'm crying from laughing so hard at work, i'm sure people know i'm not 'working', but either way, it helps me pass time. Keep up the amazing work, and keep us laughing. I found you when i saw the 'Elf" article on facebook, after that, i was hooked.

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  19. Totally took your advice.... Started it a few minutes ago!

    My blog will be about being an evil-step mother and dealing with my husbands ex wife.....hints the title:

    http://ireallyhateyourexwife.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the idea...cheaper than therapy!

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    1. where'd your blog go? this was supposed to be our creation!

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  20. Great advice! I started blogging for my family and friends back home when I moved with my husband across country for the Marine Corps. I used it as sort of a journal. But now I see that people are actually interested in what I write and it makes me want to go viral. Not sure if I will make an effort to, but your advice seems spot on to what I have encountered.

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  21. I have no desire to write a blog. However, I KNOW yours rocks because I still read the entire post today! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!

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    1. LuLu, thank you for reading even though it probably bored the heck out of you! :)

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    2. I have absolutley no desire to blog either, and up until Christmas, no desire to read any. Now I read 5-6 and love them! I too read this in its entirety and loved it. You are such an easy read Jen! And for you to be driven to want to help others....awesome. Good stuff!
      Devan

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  22. Now I need some tips for a blogger with ADD...hmmmm lol

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  23. I love following your blog. I happened to see one of my friends post your Elf post on her Facebook wall and now I have you on my blog page as blogs I'm lovin! Thanks for always giving me something great to ready!

    http://joy-southernsocialite.blogspot.com/

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  24. I appreciated you commenting on one of my first posts! Made me feel like a rock star having Jen comment even though somehow the entire post disappeared. (Call it Rookie idiocity). Now if I can just remember to write more like I talk vs. trying to be proper, maybe I'll spark some more interest.

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  25. Excellent as always!

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  26. Fantastic advice :). I'm a big believer in the "networking via commenting". It's worked for me--my blog is fairly new, and when I link it in a comment (um, like I'm going to here in just a sec...), I'll get 50 hits like nothing. Woohoo!

    Oh and by the way? getagriptoday.blogspot.com

    ;)

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  27. Wow. I feel even more humbled that you left a comment on my blog's little Disney story about the hawk, baby ducklings and pool of death! I like your tips, but mostly I just like your voice. And I think that's why people keep coming back. Good for you, and thanks for encouraging all us wee bloggers out there.

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  28. Thanks so much Jen Piwtpitt! I am really considering transferring from Wordpress.com to Blogger... a lil' afraid of the transition. Will i lose the good stuff (previous posts) etc... no need to answer, just outing my nerves! Thanks so much! Marvelous Mo's Mom (M3)

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  29. Also good advice for the small-time bloggers:
    http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/people-ignoring-your-dream-awesome/

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  30. Really appreciate you sharing your wisdom with all of us wannabes! So if I buy you a few Sonic drinks, will you put my blog name in the ad space of one of your posts? ;)

    Mooshkatoo
    http://mooshkatoo.blogspot.com

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  31. Nope. I don't care what you say. I ain't doing it. My skin's too thin, and you're fan-f'ing-tastic at it. Plus it sounds like too much work. I'd rather read your blog and hammer down my second (who's she kiddin' -- third glass of wine) while reading your blog.

    Keep it up, you are truth and nothing but. Atta girl!

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  32. Thanks, Jen. I like you because you don't care if I like you. I need to worry less about satisfying my readers.

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  33. Girl- I love your blog, I totally found you via the elf piece then the boys thing and i love ya. I love the tips on blogging, I think I am at the cusp, the cusp of making a little dough on my little blog, will see. fingers crossed. i am so like you I can't comment unless i am really wanting to talk to the person! Anyhoo, congrats on making it in blog world. chat soon. kat bird

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  34. I just started my blog and this is great advice. I really appreciate how blunt you are! I need to get brave and link mine to Facebook/Twitter but it is a little terrifying. Thanks for the push!

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  35. See what you've done, Jen! Inspired me to start this today...first post titled,
    "Are you new?"

    http://thingsiwouldneverwantasagift.blogspot.com/2012/04/are-you-new.html

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  36. Solid advice, Jen. I think the one area where I fail is writing posts that are topical and deal with current events. The rest I'm not too bad at. I just need to find my people!! :)

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  37. The one thing I love about your blog is your failure to sugar-coat anything. I am from the South, so it is in my nature to want to sugar-coat everything even though I am screaming sarcasm in my head. Often times my blog is my place where I don't have to sugar-coat anything and say what everyone is really thinking. Thank you so much for this advice, I appreciate it!

    -Audri @ Rediscovering Our Family (www.rediscoveringourfamily.blogspot.com)

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  38. Two words : ROCK STAR!
    Devan

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  39. Ha! Love it! Glad to have found you & to read the "sometimes you're gonna suck" part - sometimes I'll put something up there that I know sucks - and I've got nothing better because even though I've stared at the computer for a week - I've got nuttin :) Have a great day & thank you!!

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  40. How serendipitous that you posted this blog today! My advice column today is about how to write well enough to be published! I am going to link this column to mine right now, because you give some excellent advice! Care to be my guest columnist one day?"

    Ask Tazi!: Student Dreams Of Being Successful Writer; Asks Tazi How

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  41. Every single piece of advice you gave was dead on balls accurate. I think my favorite piece of advice you gave was "Write like thousands of people are reading you every day". I've had my primary blog for 10 months and my secondary blog for 1 month and I treat both of them the same--like tens of thousands of people are reading (even though it's more like 8. Total).

    Can I add one? "Don't blog just to make money". Making money from blogging is HARD and, if you're sole purpose is to make money, you're going to burn out very quickly. Blog because you have something to say and you love the topic; don't blog for money. Readers can tell.

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    1. That should read "your sole purpose". Clearly it is too early in the morning for my brain to function and perhaps I should cease giving advice when I clearly can't spell properly.

      Also, I swear my blog name isn't porn. It's a personal finance site.

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  42. Anonymous08:14

    Perfect timing with this post! ...well, all except the "use blogger, not wordpress" ...that was a day late. :-) I really enjoy your posts. I especially loved your Hunger Games post. You are incredibly entertaining! Thank you for your blog.

    www.thecoffeeclubandme.wordpress.com

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  43. Great advice! I currently run two blogs and have an idea for a third but think it will be put on the back burner or may combine the idea with my other blogs. Not much of a following but that's my fault. You are inspiring me to write more. I struggle with typos as well. I am getting bolder with what I write. One is for fun and the other professional. Feel free to check them out. seejenntri.com and yourheartandhealthcoach.com no worries if you have no time, I amazed that you get as many posts up as you do! Thanks!

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  44. Thank you! I love your blog. It is the "me" time in the day and is one of the few things that makes me laugh out loud.
    I just started a blog about a month ago, so this was perfect. I'm still trying to get the darn Pinterest button to work!

    www.DailyMesses.com

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  45. Hmmmm..... So this came at the right time, as I just posted my first GIVEAWAY on my somewhat new blog, but with 94 followers and I have gotten, um, a whole 2 comments??!! Grrrr....... I love blogging and it's my passion to share my DIY thrift store furniture transformations, but--damn!--blogging I hard work. I work 9 to 5, have 3 boys ages 5 and under, and often find myself staying up till 3 am trying to improve my blog.... Work on projects....you name it. Anyhow, these are good tips from you, and I will persevere!!!

    Serena
    www.ThriftDiving.com

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  46. Anonymous02:29

    nice suggestions.. keep blogging.

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  47. Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing. I finally stopped talking and started writing this January.
    www.juliasmath.com yay!
    Julia

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  48. This is surprisingly helpful. Surprisingly, because I come here for the funny (Deel throat punch- hehehe), not for the blogging wisdom. Love the whole '2 birds with one stone' thing!

    Eva

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  49. I was surprised by two things--the ads and pinterest. Like you, I didn't think ads were for me because I am a small blog, and I wouldn't have ever thought about pinning blogs! I may give them both a try.

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  50. Can I link to this post from my blog? My still-in-its-infancy blog? I feel like you'll say yes, but I don't want to get all copyright-infringing on you and stuff. Oh, my blog is redheadsplusone.blogspot.com and my email is redheadsblog@gmail ... if you need either piece of info.

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  51. Such good advice. I would have read it even if it was total crap, because your title is awesome. But you gave me a lot to think about for my own blog. So you're saying that pintrest is more than a soul sucking suburban mom addiction? That'll teach my husband to roll his eyes at me!

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    1. Pinterest is a great tool to drive traffic. Don't overlook it, but don't waste time looking at kitchens you can't afford either. Focus!

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  52. Hey Jen,

    Thanks for these great suggestions! I'd like to know about blogging etiquette in general, and fair use in particular. I've noticed that you've pulled some photos after some prissy-pants OAMs asked you to. Can you use any image you find on the internet if it isn't copyrighted and you give the source credit? (And then I guess you have to comply with the request if someone asks you to remove it?) I have things rattling around in my head that I know I read about on other blogs before I was loyal to any blogs in particular (I mostly just read the daily offering from Mamapedia). If I wanted to use a quotation that really stuck out and I can't find the source, what do you suggest I do?

    Thanks!

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  53. WOW Great Advice, I will return and I bookmarked this. thanks...

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  54. Anonymous00:05

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your weblog posts.
    After all I will be subscribing in your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!
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  55. It looks like I'm a little late to the party on this post...but at least I made it! Thanks for posting this - I'm not sure that others would be so generous with the advice and sincere help :)! I have been thinking about starting my own blog for several weeks now, and feel that I am finally ready to start! After reading this, I will definitely stay on track, take your advice, and get it going! Thanks so much!
    PS - I love reading your blog and loved your book too!

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  56. Commenting a year too late, but I just found this on Jessica Watson's pinterest board- this pinning old posts thing really works!

    Anyway, I completely agree with #13. I can't fake reading and liking a blog just for networking purposes. I like creating. That's why I blog. And I want the people reading my blog to be there because they like what I've created, not because they are hoping for me to check out their blog too.

    Obnoxious? Probably. But true.

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  57. I've gotta be honest...sometimes it's hard as a "mommy blogger" because you start to feel resentful of those who are more successful, as it starts to feel like an impenetrable clique out there...it's so nice for you to take the time out to give those of us who are struggling to widen our audience tips! You ROCK!

    (LoveButBlog.com, btw)

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  58. I recently re-started blogging again, and holey moley I got hit by a troll. This person sent me horrible inflammatory comments, such as "I hope you take Cipro and die, bitch" and " I hope you and your children die", "i hope you never run another marathon again you f...ing bitch". I received 5 such comments last night, and I just deleted my blog. I know it is letting the trolls win, but you know what, I don't have a thick skin and I can't deal with that. I blogged for 2 years on Blogger and never got anything like this. 2 weeks on WordPress and bam! Are these trolls just out there waiting for new, vulnerable bloggers to attack? It was so upsetting. I didn't ever write anything controversial!!! Guess I don't have it in me to take the attacks. I give you a lot of credit, Jen, because I couldn't do what you do.

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  59. Kick ass advice, as usual. And Jen, have I told you lately that I love you? YOU, LADY, are one of the people that noticed me early on and helped me build an audience for my tiny little blog. You have been my biggest cheerleader and hand holder. For that I could kiss your Croc-swaddled feet. I still have a lot to learn but my piece of advice is to never forget the people who helped you. THANK YOU.

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  60. Yep. Networking is key. I actually prefer Wordpress, but I started out on Blogger. It was easier to learn than Wordpress, especially for newbies. Thick skin is a must. I still don't like shitty comments, but the more popular your posts become, the shittier the comments can get because trolls find your stuff. I usually just come up with some witty comeback and move on because at the end of the day, your blog is your house, and your rules apply at your house. And networking is key. Hard and time-consuming, but key. Sharing :)

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  61. I have a backlog of would be posts on my computer mainly of how my children are slowly (or rapidly) sucking my brains out. But I'm stuck on a name. Is that silly? I can't connect with any blog titles I've come up with that aren't already taken so I have all these little proofs of my insanity hiding away on my computer. Maybe that's just my attempt at keeping my insanity hidden? :-)

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  62. This post has made me hungry for a hotdog...

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  63. good advice. I am way too casual about my blogging.

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  64. Like you, my blog is pretty broad in content. It's about me - what I'm doing, thinking, reading, cooking and my opinions on various topics. I'm not sure that I could tie myself down to one niche subject; I'd burn out pretty quickly.

    Your list is great and I found myself agreeing with all of your points. The only one that I would add is to read your post five times before hitting "publish". Spelling and grammar mistakes are really irritating to readers - at least to this reader. That said, I'm not perfect so you'll probably find a goof or two on my blog if you really look for them but you can tell when someone has truly made an effort and when they haven't.

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