Hey guys! So today I’m switching things up a bit with some fun stuff about the blog world. Yay! I know I love reading posts about tips & tricks and I’m always wanting to grow in the blogging world, so I thought these would be useful, especially for the new bloggers out there. I’m certainly not a professional blogger, but I don’t consider myself a rookie anymore either. I never knew what this world entailed- it’s truly a large community where you can express your thoughts, make connections, and just have fun! Here are just a few of the things that I wish I would’ve known when I started blogging and would have made life so much easier:
1. Don’t be a “no reply” blogger
I’m sure no new blogger is aware of this and I truly don’t know why Google has this setting, but whatever. I used to comment on all these blogs and never knew why I wouldn’t get responses. If you comment back on your actual blog post, other readers will see it, but the person who left the comment doesn’t get a notification. You want to make sure they’re getting your response right? And this way you can have little email convos back and forth, which are always fun!
To fix this problem, go to: Settings —> Mobile & Email —> Comment Notification Email
Next, fill in your blog email into the text box… and you’re all set!
2. Streamline your photos
Back in the day, my photos were all over the place until I finally discovered how to make them all the same width. Perfect for the OCD in me! Not only does it really clean up your blog, but it actually helps your page load faster!
I’m not able to find the exact HTML on my blog since I’m using a template (God bless the coders out there… this stuff is basically like a foreign language), but what I can do is redirect you to the resource that I used to streamline my photos. Check out this post from XoMisse for some HTML codes to get all your photos to be the same width.
3. Following on Google Friend Connect
Some people prefer Bloglovin’ and some prefer GFC. Personally, I like GFC because that’s where I log into for my blog posts and I like scrolling through my favorite blogs each day. I used to think that if someone didn’t have the GFC widget on their sidebar then I could only follow them on Bloglovin’ (which isn’t my favorite for some reason). Thanks to the lovely Zelle, I learned that you can follow any blog through GFC by simply clicking the “Add” button and pasting the URL of the blog you want to follow.
4. Latergramme can be your best friend
Ok, so this one doesn’t directly deal with blogging, but Instagram can be just as important. It can take some preparation for these posts, especially if you’re doing something like a giveaway. Sometimes it’s hard to post on social media when you have a demanding job (cough cough, PA school) and can’t constant be on your phone or computer. For all you planners out there, Latergramme easily lets you plan out your posts and when it’s time to go, you receive a quick push notification and all you have to do is swipe right.
5. Create a separate blog email account
Why I waited so long to do this, I’ll never know. I would definitely recommend setting up a separate Gmail account for your blog ASAP! This will be a place where you can respond to comments and communicate with brands and companies. Organization is key and will make your life so much easier in the long run, trust me!
6. Leave the design up to the professionals
For about a year, my blog design was one that I created myself. I wish I had a screenshot of it to share with you, but sadly I don’t. It was cute, don’t get me wrong, but not as clean as I wanted. I did feel a sense of accomplishment for creating it myself, getting familiar with HTML codes and all that craziness, but you don’t even want to know the hours I spent doing that. One of the best things I did for my blog was purchase my site design (through one of the many companies on Etsy– most are around $30)! Do I think you should fork over $150+ for a custom design when you first get started? No. Do I think you need a clean, easy-to-read design to build your brand? Yes.
Hope some of these were useful for y’all and if you know of any other tips that have made your blogging life easier, please comment below! If any of you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.