Jul 21, 2011

New to Blogging?

Hey girls! Thursday, woo hoo! What a week... I swear I have napped every night after work {I iz lame}

Anyways, I have noticed a trend recently of girls asking me about how I started blogging, how to be successful etc. and unfortunately I don't have all the answers. I literally started with zero people reading, and it was my therapy. I wrote to myself. HA! I am so humbled everyday by the sweet emails and comments I get, it is so surreal. I get so much out of blogging, I absolutely love it. And as it turns out, for some strange reason, you all read it! haha. Couldn't tell you why, perhaps it is so you feel a leeetle better about your life, since mine is usually in shambles. HA! So, I don't have the answers, BUT luckily for you, I have a bloggy friend Katie who wrote a fabulous guest post about starting to blog, and I thought it would be helpful for those of you who have been asking, and maybe those of you silently asking out there! 

For the full post by Katie click here {it's a really sweet, fantastic post, Katie you just melted my heart!}

Here are the great points (so great that I wanted to share) that Miss Katie made about getting connected: 


#1. Be yourself when you write! 

Don't just write about what you THINK others will want to read because people will see right through you. I've found that I can relate the most with people who write similar to how they would talk in real life...if that makes sense. It may take a while for you to learn to write like this, but that's OK. 

-Always remember your main purpose for making your blog in the first place....be true to yourself. 

#2. Just keep writing.

-When you first start out, readers want to get to know you more so it helps if you post regularly. It will not only help get your blog out there, but it will help you feel more comfortable with posting.

#3. Don't be afraid to comment on blogs that you love to read or that inspire you.

-Is there a blog out there that you just LOVE to read everyday? TELL THEM and follow it. That is how relationships and friendships are formed...don't be shy!! The more consistent you are with commenting, the more they will understand how much you enjoy their blog and will visit yours. :)

#4. Certain bloggers have what they call "link-up's" that you can participate in....PARTICIPATE if the topic intrigues you.

-This is a great way to expand your readers because other bloggers will link up and be able to read your post from the link-up. You should also visit other people's blogs that link-up and comment letting them know that you found them through the link-up! 

#5. THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE LEARNED: Make sure on your Blogger profile that you have your EMAIL ADDRESS added. If you only have your web page added, you will NOT be able to receive any emails back from people who you have commented on their blog. 

-When I first started blogging, I would comment on people's blogs and not understand why I would never get a response. Do they hate me?!?! is what I thought. No, THIS was the reason. It's so easy to change and will really help you connect with other bloggers! 


See? Doesn't she have the smartz? PLL back now...

I seriously encourage anyone who has an inkling of wanting to start a blog to do it! There is a niche for everyone out there, you just gotta be yourself and find it! OK now I am sounding like a Hallmark card...but seriously- I had NO idea how much a part of my life this silly little blog I started would become. 

Hope this helped someone out there! I just thought it was fantastic! 

For you non-bloggers, just readers: sorry for the dry post, maybe you should start a blog? ;) 


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Southern in the City said...

Thank you for posting this! I just started a blog a couple months ago and have tried to stick with it to gain followers but sometimes it can be discouraging. I needed to hear these tips! Thanks PLL, I love your blog.. it is definitely a daily read!

ashley said...

thanks for this! my blog is just a baby and any tips on how to make it better are pretty wonderful to me. :)

Lara {simply irresistible blog} said...

I just started blogging about a month ago and do sometimes feel like I'm taking to myself!! But, I love it! Thanks for a great post.

ty said...

I tell everyone I know that if you don't blog, you just don't understand :)

heather in ohio said...

I love your blog. It's so fun and refreshing and I'm so happy my friend Erin (@gracehenry) turned me on to it. Plus I'm an ADPi from Ohio State so that's a bonus. :) Thanks for sharing your fun life! Heather

Kelly said...

Great re-post!! And you're so right about blog "voice" I certainly didn't have a "voice" that sounded like me when I first started, it does take a while to obtain! I wish Blogger didn't have "no reply" as a default, sooo many new bloggers have no idea! Posts like this just get out the word though, thanks!! :-)

Lauren said...

That's awesome! :) Great advice! Love your blog!

Tricia said...

It's nice to get little "tidbits" of advice. As a semi-new blogger, (March counts right?) I've been trying to get my stuff "out there" and gather readers, and man is it a lot of work.
The one piece of advice that I (think) I don't really heed on this list is commenting on all of the blogs I love. Sometimes it's just so damn intimidating when they have like 920823094820 followers. I always think to myself, "They won't care because there are so many other commenters, I'm just a drop in the bucket" I guess better buck-up and start doing it so I can possibly make some more connections. Thanks girl!

Katie said...

I may not know how to perfect le POOF or know how to make myself look flawless everyday like yourself, but DAMN can I make a list! haha thank you love for passing this along..I feel honored! :)

Love ya cuteness

Savannah said...

Girlie, you always say exactly what I need to hear. I just started blogging. Mainly becuase I love reading other people's blogs. It's therapy for sure. I wanted to start one during my last round of cancer, but didn't becauase I wasn't able. I hope this time around, I'll be able to blog through the sickness. So many people wanted to know so many things, it's just easier to blog about it. Thanks for being an inspiration. : )

yoga and yogurt said...

love love love your blog!!! makes me happy to read =)

Bink said...

Great advice and it's hard to believe you weren't instantly successful overnight... I mean, the world was seriously lacking the poof until you came in with your gorgeous self.

Blair said...

Al~ I've been following your blog for a long time now and have never commented. It's just so fun keeping up with you and other UK gals. I did want to let you know that I love reading it! And, I started a blog in January and can attest to the advice you gave here. It's therapeutic for sure and such a fun way to connect to others :)

morganegrant said...

definately some helpful hints! :) PLL i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! It's under daily reads on mine! Thanks so much for brightening my day with your funny stories, fashion and wit! :D

morganegrant said...

definately some helpful hints! :) PLL i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! It's under daily reads on mine! Thanks so much for brightening my day with your funny stories, fashion and wit! :D

Sarah Elizabeth said...

awh yay! Love Katie!! I agree these are some awesome points and having your email linked to your profile is a biggy because of course we want to comment back when we receive sweet comments and it always makes me sad :( when I can't!! yayy for blogging! xo

miss andrea lee said...

What a great post! Thanks for the tips :)

Lindsay said...

I love your blog! Thanks for this post. I started a blog back in January and a few people are actually starting to read it! :) It's so fun to share in the lives of other girls just like me.

Magan said...

Love this post! Totally need to add my email address. Just started blogging last month and love these tips. XO Magan


life is aMAYESing said...

Thanks for this! I was one of those "silently asking" about starting a blog! I actually have two blogs, but one is personal and one is semi-business related. And they're both fairly new to me! But I have been reading/following your blog for a while and I absolutely adore you! And I feel like I can relate to you a lot! :) Thanks again! Happy Thursday!

Turtles and Pearls said...

I love this post and the pointers! I hope I can keep writing and get more followers and find more blogs to read every day. I love how much your personality shows in your blog, and hope mine does, too!

Stop by and check out my giveaway!

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Great posts PLL! These are always good tips to remember, and especially the one about linking your email address to your Blogger profile.

From poofs to blog tips, you've got us covered!

Mighty Burns said...

oh stop! your adorable and funny girl thats why we all follow you! lol. Noone can blig a wine glass like you or create a puff like you ;)

Jackie Sue said...

Your blog was the first blog I ever followed... and the inspiration I needed to start my one of my own!! These tips are so helpful. I only have 6 followers and I really do feel like I am writing to myself, its kind of like a diary. Blogging has beenlike therapy (haha!)

keep calm & blog on girlfriend!!! <3

- Jackie

Taylor said...

I love this post! I just started a blog and I feel so silly but this post helped me realize that it just takes time :) thanks!

Kelly said...

Thanks for the tips! I sometimes feel silly with only 13 followers :)

Love your blog- it seriously makes me day better!

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing, gorgeous! When's your hot date with Mr. Clutch???

Cami said...

I LOVE THIS! I'm new to blogging so I appreciate this so much :) Great great post :)

I'm a new follower - hope you follow back!

Thanks so much for your wisdom!

<3-Cami from Serendipitious Life

TayFrizz said...

Thanks for the advice! I blog for myself but it's always nice to know other people are reading! :)


Aleyta said...

It's funny, there are a few blogs that draw me back day after day and yours is one of them. I think its because you are the type of girl I would want to hang out with in real life lol. Once I got a babysitter that is :)

Lauren said...

Reading your blog is a daily staple for me! I love it! Thanks for the great tips!

Alyssa Barr said...

I love your blog Lou Lou! I read every post! you even inspired me to start blogging! I enjoy it so much.

Feel free to read!


love you!

Megan said...

Thanks for all of your suggestions!! I was in a boring inservice today and spent a good amount of time on your blog!

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

Great tips! Thanks!

Tracy said...

I love reading your blog. You inspire me to make more time for myself and not be "Mommy" all the time :) And I would DIE to have hair like yours..or at least be as good at it as you are!! I try though..watching the tutorials!!

Chelsea said...

You want to know why I love your blog so much? Because your personality shines through so much and I just love your personality :) Plus, you give amazing tutorials and have brilliant ideas. What's not to love? This post is great! I'm still new to blogging but I already see how important these tips are :)

Carolina On My Mind said...

I just started blogging this week and I'm already in love with it! Thanks for the tips :)


Kate said...

Thanks for posting this! I just started blogging Saturday and I appreciate any tips I can get..

Tabitha said...

I am new to blogging and I feel like you did when you started out. I read everybody's blog and then I write to myself. You inspire me!

If you would like to follow me;


Lindsey said...

Hi boo! We're both playing Mommy right now. As a good mommy to be I'm commenting on your blog while he talks to my Mom aka Grandma on the phone. This has nothing to do with your post, but I think this is all good info. And duh your followers because your blog is amazeballs.

Lindsey said...

duh you have a lot of followers*

Gina said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Great points. Also? I remember starting out and thinking I'd NEVER have 97 followers like one of my favorite blogs and now I have three times that many. I hope someday I am as successful as you! :)

Jaima said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I just changed my profile to show my email! I had someone tell me that mine didn't show. Ugh, I'm a newbie and I totally don't write as much as I should. :(

Brekke said...

Love your blog!! You got so many of us started! ;) I think we all wanna be PLL's friend :)

mint juleps and magnolias said...

Such great advice!!

I adore your blog, by the way -- your adventures are always so fabulous!

Raven said...

I don't know how many times that I say to my friends/family/sisters....I am SO blogging that.
haha!! loved this.

was kind of wondering what the heck was up with you, you hadnt posted in a while. How are things going?? I saw your post about that secret admirer love letter...PLL, or call I call you Allison :) FILL ME IN!!!!!

I am dying to know.

Carolyn Baier said...

You've inspired me to finally blog, thank you, thank you, thank you! :) Happy Friday

Carrie Louise said...

Love this post!! It's so true. Blogging was an outlet and for some reason, people read it. :) Hope you have a great weekend. I'm a new(er) follower. XOXO


b. said...

thank thank thank you for posting this! i am very new to the blog world as a blogger and needed a little guidance. i love your blog so this helped me super much! thanks for the newbie love!

Jess said...

I have been blogging for like 5 years and still have about Zeroooo followers. I do it for myself I guess. But am starting my own business now so need to expand so this is very helpful! And btw I always check your blog and one of the main reasons is you are so real and relatable. Also seem so down to earth and hilarious! Love it!

Newlymeds said...

this is so helpful!!! thank you!

Emma said...

Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog :)
I'm not sure what you mean about the email address, though; maybe I'm just being stupid! It seems like it should be a helpful tip, but I don't quite understand it.

It's a girl thing said...

You inspired me to start blogging, and I cant express how thankful I am that I did! This post was much needed..thank you!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Great info! I'm about 2 months into my blog and it is so easy to get discouraged when you don't get any comments, but I am writing for ME!

P.S. still waiting for the recap of your big date! :-)

Kaylee said...

I absolutely love your blog. You seem like such a fun girl, a girly girl! I've never really had a "girly" girl in my life, so I guess, in a non-creepy way, I live what I missed vicariously through what you write. I had been following up on a friend's blog (she follows you) and I found yours. I finally decided to start blogging as a way to break out of my shell more. The husband said that no one would read it (so encouraging right) but I don't care. All of these tips have helped a ton. I'm just going to stick with it, if not for anyone else, for me. Anyhow, sorry to ramble, keep doing what you're doing, because your blog rocks.

Best wishes!

Relevé said...

I needed this! When you start a blog it feels like shouting into a void or being a total creeper. Thanks for the encouragement!

Hilary said...

Ha! I agree...creeper/stalker is def how I felt when I began 'following' - definitely did that for a while before diving into my own blog. I agree with the voice point and am still looking to find that...as I talk to myself ;) Thanks for sharing your tips - love this post!

Carissa said...

Hi, Rachel, one of your friends and sorority sisters sent me this post! I just started a family blog and was asking her questions about all of these things! So thanks so much for all the great tips, very helpful! I just signed up to follow you and I look forward to reading more! Thanks again!

Ally said...

I love your advice! It def. helps give me the motivation to stick with blogging as a newbie :-)

Becky said...

This is a great post :) Wonderful advice! I'm new to your blog and I love reading it. :)


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