16 September 2015

Blogging Advice: How To Run Your Blog & Keep Up The Pace


This week I received a few messages on Twitter from fellow bloggers. Our chit chat had somehow steered in the direction of "How To Run A Successful Blog (+ live and breathe at the same time)" and "Blogging Tips" in general (#hottopicsamongbloggers). In my humble opinion, the main issue every blogger had, has or will definitely have at some stage is how to keep up the pace and avoid becoming overwhelmed and stressed. In no way I consider myself an expert in blogging even though I've been following and reading blogs for many years. Things are completely different when you start your own blog and face all these different issues: what to write, when to post, how to approach others, what to share, how to self-promote, etc. We are not going to go over all of these questions today but I would like to share with you my personal (and friendly) advice on how to run your blog at full speed, prevent burnout and enjoy it all in the process.

                                
No learning does equal no growth, no matter how harsh (but honest) it might sound. In the ever-evolving blogging community we all have to keep up the pace and learn new tricks to keep growing. It rings the bell not just with new bloggers, such an myself, but with the "veterans" as they have changed over the years providing their readers with fresh articles, layouts, photography and whatnot. SEO, HTML, CSS still make some of us shake our heads in horror and throw in the towel. However, what might make you even more astonished is words of one of the "big" bloggers in her interview with Glamour magazine: "I taught myself HTML at the age of 13". I am a little too late in going back to my early teens to start teaching myself coding but I am willing and eager to learn in my late 20's. 
Do you like your blog's layout? Are you happy with images you attach to your posts? Are you excited about the last post you published? If all the answers to those questions are "yes", I applaud you. Although, if you have a "no" or "50/50" as an answer, don't get frustrated because there is always room for improvement. You just need to learn how to make them. For example, if you are not happy with your photography, learn how to step up your picture-taking skills. You don't need to invest into a super expensive camera (even though we all would love one, right?), but look up apps that will help you edit, play with light (try taking photos in the morning / outside / at sunset), colours (add something to the picture that will make it pop), backgrounds (options are limitless: flowers, textures, minimalism - you name it!). Obtain new knowledge and apply it.

               
Even if your blog is just for yourself or it is your very own personal online diary (unless you want to keep it completely confidential and private), you would still want people to come and read what you have to say. That's why it is important to brush up your analysis skills. I'm not talking about stats and stats only. Although if we start with stats, my friendly advice to you is please remove the page visit counter immediately. Yours truly was guilty of this one in the first few weeks of blogging. Every visit was celebrated and I just loved watching that meter go higher every day. Then, while learning and reading tips from people who know their stuff, I took it down without looking back. Visits are still important and I appreciate every single one of you who is reading this very sentence right now. But that little counter is better stay for your eyes only. 
If you are using Blogger at the moment (just like me), and do not have a chance or haven't yet decided on moving to your own domain, use Blogger analytics to help you see what posts are viewed the most and what feedback you are getting, check your traffic sources and visit those people who popped in and keep an eye on your audience (it's also fun to know where your visitors are from, right?). But if you want to start doing it more professionally, you might want to check out what Google Analytics has to offer. It will provide you with so much more detail! Also, do not forget about SEO (I am still learning and getting a hang of it) and use your words wisely, literally ;)
                
This one might be even more difficult to some than SEO or HTML coding! Believe me, I am also working on how to self-promote correctly and trying to push myself out of the comfort zone while doing that. 
Though, there are 3 top tips you have to take into consideration when you self-advertise: 
1. Do not spam.
I can't stress enough how important it is to keep it under control. Spamming can have so many forms. For instance, leaving a comment with a pre-written standard phrase "Nice outfit" (and nothing else) and posting a bunch of your links or flooding the feed on Twitter with nothing but links to your posts. Do you ever click that link someone is promoting on Instagram? I don't. As for the blogs - visit others, read their posts, think of what you want to say and then you can sign off with a link to your blog / Bloglovin' page.
2. Use social media platforms.
Either you are a huge Twitter person, can't live without Facebook, addicted to Instagram or won't stop pinning, get your blog on those platform and promote wisely. Huge tip: show your personality. Write actual words (not just a "template phrase"). Interact with others. Connect with people. Show respect to their work (if you really mean it). And it will all work out for you in the long run.
3. Don't be shy :)
                
I decided to start my blog because I wanted to write and share things I love with you guys. That's why my next tip is a little reminder - please, write. I know it might sounds strange because isn't that what we all are doing (or trying to do) here? What I mean is: write with a heart full of excitement for your next post, write with a dedication, write to make your personality shine through and, finally, write to connect and make friends in the community. To be honest, it takes an effort for me personally to want to come back to a blog where I only see photos of outfits and links to them (no words). There is no personality there, only a gorgeous image. I'm not saying it's bad but I am definitely not your regular reader.  Another no-no is writing something generic as if you nearly "copied" it from someone else or Google. Mix your posts up, add words, show yourself. Put a thought into each posts, do not post just for the sake of posting. 
Writing also includes interaction, replying to comments, going to your favourite blogs, saying hi and leaving a thoughtful and genuine thought below their post. Blogging IS writing, no matter how much someone wants to escape that. In a nutshell, display your personality, speak up, show your voice. Write in as many languages as you want to write (I love multi-lingual bloggers!), it is all up to you. I am often toying with this idea to start writing in Ukrainian or Russian (below my English) but the tricky part is I have been writing in English for years and years, and my Russian might come out as a robot-translated version of my English text haha. So I will have to work on that ;) To conclude: I love bloggers with a "voice" spoken through their writing.

                                        
Last but so not least, remember to enjoy yourself in the process. A lot of bloggers face this issue, as sometimes blogging does get overwhelming. It is A LOT of work, afterwards. If you want to run your blog and keep up the pace, you still need to get your priorities right and find that perfect balance. You can't neglect your University and studies, you can't forget about your work duties and you most definitely can't ignore people you love because blogging consumes all of your time. That's why I think blogging calendar comes in handy here. Schedule your posts, pre-write your material (when you have inspiration for it, of course), take some of your photos in advance. Also, dedicate a certain amount of time you spend on social media not to have those precious hours slip through your fingers. Planning and organising your blogging life is the key to prevent stress and burnout. Remember why you started blogging in the first place. Is it your hobby / therapy / job? No matter what it is for you, live your life, blog away and enjoy yourself.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found my little pieces of advice useful. 
By the way, this last quote is my most favourite quote. 
Could you give me some tips on blogging from your point of view?
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68 comments

  1. This is so useful! I love your blog, I have only just discovered it but I really enjoy reading! new follower x :)

    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Welcome, Nicole :) Hope you will enjoy catching up with some of my old posts as well. Thanks for a sweet comment.
      xox

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  2. Lol I meant to copy my blog link not yours at the end of my last comment, sorry

    ** http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha I've just noticed. No problem, girlie. I will definitely follow the link and read your posts :)
      I LOVE discovering new blogs <3
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  3. These is a really helpful post! I will definitely be using some of these tips :) xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Ela. I just tried to sum up as much as I could what I found useful. There is still so much to learn, of course, but you have to start somewhere :)
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  4. Надюш, для меня эта тема животрепещущая))) Советы отличные, я даже отправила твой пост в избранное, чтобы на досуге более внимательно его прочесть. Я, кстати, только год спустя (от начала блогинга) поняла, как можно продвигать свой блог, и год я просто потратила впустую)) Ко всему дошла методом "тыка")) поэтому к таким советам, которые ускоряют процесс обучения я всегда очень внимательно отношусь)) Спасибо тебе за этот пост))) почитала с удовоьствием, но еще буду изучать его, так как не все поняла на англ.)))
    Хорошего тебе дня, дорогая!

    http://fairyland111.blogspot.com/

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    1. Спасибо, солнце. Обожаю твои комментарии и спасибо тебе огромное за приятные слова. Я бы с радостью писала бы на русском или украинском (может быть такое и будет в будущем), но как то пока тяжело все мысли переводить с английского, т.к. думаю на английском)))
      Жаль года, но я уверена, что он не прошел зря на 100%. Я тоже в начале (да и сейчас в некоторых моментах) тоже училась методом "тыка"))) Если будут любые вопросы по поводу блога и блогинга - постараюсь помочь чем смогу)) Целую и обязательно забегу к тебе завтра перед началом рабочего дня. Люблю просыпаться, сделать кофе и почитать блоги полчасика)))
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  5. I really enjoyed your post. As a new blogger, I am on a huge learning curve and it is sometimes frustrating how long it takes me to figure out how to do something. Now back to school, I am struggling to find balance.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Thank you so much hon.
      We all are still learning. I am sure people who have been around for years are also learning new things every day. I completely understand the balance issue hon. It's not easy but planning comes in handy then. People forget sometimes that blogging is A LOT of work :) Yet, it is so enjoyable <3
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  6. I too am learning how to step out of my comfort zone with promoting my blog on social media. So glad someone else can relate! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Ariana | www.labelmeluxxe.blogspot.com

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    1. It is not an easy thing and should be done carefully, in my opinion. It's a learning curve though. If you are happy of that post and can't wait for others to see it, share away, girlie :)
      Thanks for commenting, hon.
      xox

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  7. I couldn't agree with you more. You've defo laid some important tips here. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. :)

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am glad you found it useful, hon. I tried to share my own observations and that little knowledge I got so far. I just think it is so important to take blogging for what it is, work hard and enjoy it to the fullest :)
      xox

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  8. Definitely agree with this so much, have really been planning and trying to organise my blog recently and this post really helped to give me a bit of motivation :)

    vvnightingale.com

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    1. Awww so glad I could motivate you, Vicky :) It is essential to plan and organise - helps you heaps in the long run and doesn't affect your lifestyle in a negative way. We are all here to ENJOY blogging, aren't we ;) Thanks for a lovely comment, girlie.
      xox

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  9. This is such a helpful post and has given me a lot to consider! :)

    Lois | www.aworthytrend.blogspot.co.uk

    xxxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Lois. I am so glad it was helpful for you. Is there anything in particular you are thinking about? Would love to hear and help if I am able, of course.
      :)
      xox

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  10. This is a very helpful article! I am currently on wordpress and trying to learn the ins and outs of everything! It's a real task, that's for sure!

    Thank you so much :)

    www.lindseyginge.com

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    1. Blogging is hard work but it's so rewarding and amazing, isn't it? :)
      I am really glad you liked it. Good luck with mastering the platform. There are always new things to learn.
      It's fun, however, if one is ready to move forward <3
      Welcome to my blog, Elyse :) Pop in any time. Thanks for a great comment.
      xox

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  11. This post was so helpful! I'm having a bit of a hard time to balance uni/work/blogging and this definitely gave me ideas on how I could work this out!
    I also love the idea of a multilingual blog! French is my mother tongue, so maybe I could also start writing my posts in French, who knows? :)

    Amelie xo | http://www.awanderersadventures.wordpress.com

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    1. I definitely can relate to the balance issue, Amelie. I think many of us can. I am glad you found my post helpful, hon. As for multi-lingual blogs, I find myself on those a lot and I literally Google-translate their every post and then leave (an English) comment but I just can't keep myself from not coming back because they write in a language I don't understand. I will read your French one if you start it, girlie :)
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  12. I am a full-time blogger and I still feel like I am learning! Earning money and living in London and working for your dreams is crazy!! :)




    www.searchingforlbd.com

    www.searchingforlbd.com

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    1. I can imagine the pace and the hard work, Heidi Caterina! I think we all just have to KEEP learning because once you stop, there's no progress any more. Thanks for stopping by, I will make sure to follow the link to your blog <3
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    1. Thanks, girlie :) Glad you liked them!
      Thanks for popping in, hon.
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  14. This is such a lovely post - I always feel that keeping organised and writing about what you love really helps! Don't just write something for the fun of it….
    I find scheduling posts also helps keep on track with the schedule and networking with bloggers too - that's always fun! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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    1. Thanks, Layla! :) Keeping organised really helps. Of course with writing it sometimes can be tricky because you do need inspiration but sticking to a certain schedule (or trying to!) definitely helps ;)
      xox

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  15. I've been feeling quite stuck lately and this has given me a bit of inspiration and made me feel better about it, so thank you! :-)
    Jess xxx

    http://jessscanxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Jess, I am so happy I could help :)
      No problem and come back any time, girlie.
      Hope you will get "un-stuck" soon! I will pop in later on to catch up with your posts.
      xox

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  16. Love this blog entry! I may have been blogging for years and I have to say that it's a never-ending learning process. I have to agree that in blogging one should enjoy and that it shouldn't be forced. Love love your blog, I hate myself on just discovering it today.

    - Tricia Willa | Eccentric Earthling

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    1. Awww thank you so much, Tricia! That's so kind of you.
      Yeah, we all learn and keep learning all the time. I must check out your blog right away! :)
      xox

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  17. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it and you made some really good points here. Hope you are having a lovely day so far Gemma. xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, Gemma! I'm glad you enjoyed it, girlie. I did my very best to pin point 5 main aspects and I hope I didn't miss anything very important. It's a learning curve, every single day :)
      Hope you are excited it's Friday & the weekend is almost here yay!
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  18. These are great tips! I'm lucky I have a husband who is more technologically inclined than I am because there is a lot that goes into blogging. Still, I like that you put enjoy on that list because if you're not having fun that definitely translates and you probably won't do it for long! Great post! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Blogging is a lot of work, hon. It's very true. But enjoying it comes first - that's when you will actually stick with it :) Yay for a tech-inclined husband :)
      Hugs
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  19. Thank you so much for these helpful tips! :)
    I think another difficult part about blogging is that it's such a relatively new "industry" so almost everyone )even veterans) are kind of learning as they go.
    There's no set way to do it yet, but that's also what makes it fun and exciting because we're all learning! <3

    xo, elizabeth t.

    https://clothestoyouuu.wordpress.com/

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Elizabeth. If the rules for blogging were set in stone & everyone would follow the same pattern, it would be sooooo boring! I love seeing all these different layouts, different posts, different photography, different opinions and interests. The community is so versatile and it is exciting, like you said :) Thanks for a lovely comment, girlie.
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  20. I think the part I struggle with the most is promotion. I'm just not as heavy into promotion as I probably should be, and I don't put a lot of effort into figuring out the best promotion plan for me either. Work in progress, though.

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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    1. It's work in progress for me as well, Zauni. Sometimes it is not easy to know when/how/where to promote yourself. I think taking it step by step and "testing the waters" helps to get the understanding of what is the best way for you personally. Still, the main thing is your personality showing through your blog <3
      Thanks for a sweet comment & welcome to my blog. Always exciting to see new names, faces and lovely bloggers to discover :)
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  21. excellent tips nadia :)

    theleeday.com

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    1. Thank you, Annie! :)
      Glad you enjoyed them ;)
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  22. Oh I absolutely love these tips! Im still trying to learn about SEO and such, it can be so hard to keep up with blogging but it's so worth it once you find your pace! Love this!

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    1. You hit jus the perfect words, Chelsea - "once you find your pace".
      Everyone's pace is different. A girl who has just started off can't push herself to "keep up" with a full-time blogger-celebrity but she can work at her own pace and get even more loyal following <3
      Thanks for stopping by hon ;)
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  23. I am a new blogger so I'm always looking for tips like this. Blogging isn't all fun and games, it's lots of work and hard to find time. I totally agree with what you have on here, and the tips as well. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post and found it useful, Emily. Blogging is hard work but it is rewarding, and I don't mean financially. Connecting with people, making them happy when they read your content, documenting about what you love - it is amazing!
      Thanks for popping it at my blog, come back any time ;)
      xox

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  24. Love this! Great tips that I will for sure apply! Thanks :)

    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Arwa, really happy you found it useful! :)
      Must pop in and say hello to you asap ;)
      xox

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  25. Замечательные советы))
    Когда я только начинала вести блог, думала, что это будет исключительно для себя и не важно будут меня читать или нет. Но это так затягивает! Буквально через месяц я уже освоилась. И поняла, что нужно развиваться. К счастью, одна знакомая девочка оказалась блогером, она многим со мной поделилась:))

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    1. Как хорошо, что тебе помогли. Это так замечательно, когда блоггеры поддерживают друг друга. Главное помнить, что это не соревнование. Каждый блоггер уникален, со своими идеями, мыслями, стилем, и т.д.))) Поддерживаю фразу "Нужно развиваться!")))
      Спасибо за комментарий ;)
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  26. Надю, спасибо, прочитала - очень интересные мысли и советы! Я тоже начинала вести блог для себя, писала что понравилось, что не очень из ходовых средств. Постепенно подтянулись читатели, которым тоже был интересен натуральный уход, питание, здоровый образ жизни, ну и любители животных :)

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    1. Это отлично, что подтянулись читатели, ведь намного приятней вести блог и делиться мыслями с кем-то другим))) Рада, что понравился пост.
      Кстати, на какую страничку мне пойти, что почитать твои последние посты - LifeJournal?
      Спасибо, что заглянула в гости))
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    2. Спасибо :) Да, я пишу в жж и недавно еще завела инстаграмм: https://instagram.com/miracle_w0rker/Посты можно ловить на blogovin, как тебе удобнее! :)

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  27. These are some truly great tips! A lot of people thing being a succesful blogger is a breeze, but it's a lot of hard work behind it. Thank you for sharing!


    Fashionably,
    Patricia
    http://www.wingsforliberty.com/

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post, Patricia. I definitely agree with you. Blogging is hard work and takes a lot of time (if you want to do it right) but it is so rewarding and must bring you joy. 'Cause otherwise, it's not worth it. So yeah, will keep spreading inspiration & happiness :)
      Thanks for a nice comment, girl.
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  28. As a newbie to the blogging world, I am enjoying the whole community and writing posts even though I may only have a few people reading.
    Thank you for sharing your tips and I will definitely give Google Analytics a try!
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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post & found it helpful, Neha :)
      Writing is definitely the main part of blogging + sharing and connecting with others.
      Welcome to my blog, girlie ;)
      xox

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  29. Thank you for making this post! I found it really helpful as I am a new blogger xx

    http://dailyjosefine.blogspot.dk

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    1. Thank you Josefine. I am glad you found it helpful.
      Welcome to my blog ;)
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  30. Such an inspiring post! I have recently started my own blog, and everything you have said is definitely spot on! I am still experimenting with my blog and getting to grips with the blogging world, but I am having so much fun and love discovering new blogs! You have a new follower :)

    Saira x
    https://throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com/

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    1. Aww thanks Saira :)
      Glad you enjoyed my post. Welcome to the blogging world & I must pop in and say hello to you :)
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  31. Love this advice! I'm actually one of those people who taught herself HTML at 13 as well...but I will say that it has changed dramatically over the years but it still comes in handy! The biggest challenge I have is remaining consistent on posting content. I don't want to post something just because I feel like I need to post, but I want content there so my readers have something to come back to! Would love any tips you may have for that as well! As long as I keep learning and feeling inspired, that is the most important thing for me! It will shine through on my blog as well :)

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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    1. Oh wow, that's so impressive!! Taking my hat off to you, hon! :)
      I'm sure there is still a lot of new stuff to learn now that technology progresses every day!
      I completely agree with you about the quality over quantity!
      I never push myself to post something because I HAVE to, I need to enjoy blogging myself and then it will be very much obvious for my readers who I prefer to call friends :)
      Thanks so much for a thoughtful comment, girlie :)
      I will definitely write more blogging related posts and hope they will come in handy to everyone. It's nice to share and support each other.
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  32. Очень полезный пост :)

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    1. Glad you liked it my hon! I will tell you more about SEO and all that jazz on Skype or vaiber shortly ;)
      xox

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I love my blog, enjoy the writing and love editing the images - though my photography can improve, but a new camera will come sooner or later. I love interacting with my readers and I'm very proud of what I've done so far. Yes, Analytics is awesome, isn't it? I almost became addicted to it. I think it's good to consider whether or not to have a pagecounter on your blog. Some really popular blogs have it too and I thought it was cool. It is actually quite private as well, so I might change the flag counter a little bit so it doesn't count pageviews anymore. :) Thanks for the tips, they're very helpful and I love your blog!

    xxx Ilse

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  34. Lots of great tips, Nadia! It is all a little overwhelming, but it is a lot of fun too! Thanks for all the information girl! :)

    Mallory
    Perhaps Bananas

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  35. Once again such a great post with amazing tips!!

    I really wish that I didn't pay to get my layout (so the basic of where everything will go and the nav bar to scroll down). I wish I just learnt myself, however I knew I wanted to have something I was 100% with before I started blogging otherwise I wouldn't have been happy haha! I am happy so I guess it's money well spent haha. I designed my own header and it look me days to come up with it and do it but in the end I loved how it all fits together.
    Something I have been wanting to do for a while is to update my 'about' page and with days of planning- I went and done it. So I'm glad I learnt it and done it myself.

    One thing I cannot stand is spam comments or comments that do not relate to anything. I think I need to be more active on all social media again however it's hard with my personal life (but, we will get there haha!). I love communicating with other bloggers and I wish I done it more often. However sometimes I am very shy :( but I guess over time I'll be more confident :)

    Thank you for this post Nadia! It's made me reflect a lot haha! Much love for you girlie :)
    Ramsha | Rose
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