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9 Effective Habits of Real Girl Bloggers ~ Blog Tips

Tue 15th, Nov, 2011

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G’day.

How about some Sweet Blogging, How to Blog Tips for Real Girls?…we haven’t had any for a while and I just lurve blogging about blogging.

 

So, I don’t know about you, but I have seen Blog Tips for How to be the Most Effective / Famous / Popular Blogger on the Planet all over the place…and about a year into my blogging…once people were beginning to sit up and notice this blogging thing that was going on on the internet I subscribed and surfed a lot of what the Blogging Professionals had to say….there are LOTS of them out there…and what comes with that is lots and lots and lots of advice.

And therein lies the problem…. you see often this advice is conflicting…use every single piece of social media, don’t use social media….relentlessly plug other bloggers, don’t mention other bloggers, advertise, don’t advertise, blog 7 days a week, don’t blog too often…and the list went on and on and on.

I’ve said before that the worst thing that happened to me in my blogging journey was getting on those How-Popular-Are-You-How-Popular-Am-I-Blog-Ranking thingies and checking my stats too often..in addition to that the other thing I did was spent too long perusing professional blogging sites and ending up with 101 different bits of advice.

Thankfully I had a reality check and the best thing I did with my blogging, looking back, is throw all that out the window, concentrate on why I wanted to blog and continue doing it for me.

Along that road though, I’ve learnt the things that are effective for a blogger like me…not a blogger doing this full time for a full time income, not a blogger with a business website, but a blogger with a mummy/home/busy life too…

I’ve also quietly observed what those super-duper Professional bloggers do that is super-duper effective…I certainly haven’t implemented these all the time… to be quite frank, I never set out to rule the world or pay the mortgage with this blog and realistically sometimes, I just about get time to throw a load of laundry on and get the dinner on, typing a blog post at the same time, so some of the habits of the big bloggers I’ve noticed really when you get down to the nitty gritty, aren’t always realistic or do-able for a Real Girl blogger like me…

 

…but here’s what I’ve seen, with my ear to the ground – you might not like what you read below, and certainly I do not have the time or the inclination to do it all…but from my observations, if you want a big blog or at least a fairly good following, to make some good connections and make it all worth while, you will have to more than dabble at it…and try a few of these blog tips along the way…

 

 9 Effective Habits of Real Girl Bloggers

 

1.  Effective Real Girl Bloggers are Consistent

This is the numero uno of the big bloggers out there…look at any of the super stars in the early days…yes Pioneer Woman was a new girl on the block once too, and you will see that they were blogging consistently.  I think as a new blogger that can be intimidating…and I have a lot of emails from people asking me how to deal with that.  How do you keep consistent?  How do you stick with it.

Well bottom line is that first of all it’s pretty easy if you are passionate about what you are blogging about in the first place…if you are (see the next step) consistency will naturally come cos you’ll want to be firing up that computer and sitting down to your little place in the world

…but passion is soooo not enough…if you want to be effective you just have to accept that you’ll need to keep turning up.  Like regularly.

Super Bloggers are consistent…their posts are timed, mostly on time and regular…whether it’s just twice a week (and that is so ok, I avidly read a couple of bloggers who post no more than twice a week, often only once) or six times a day, they stick to regular posting schedules.

Quick Blog Tips : Take a few minutes with a coffee to look at the archives of your favourite top blogger .. look back at the early days of their blog…you will see how most of them developed a posting schedule and got into a rhythm….you will be able to see that they pretty quickly worked out that regular blogging is effective.

 

 2. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Have Their Own Voice & They Work it.

Yep, blogging your own voice is the only way to go for effective real girl blogging.  Effective bloggers love their topic in their own voice & they stick to it.  They work their Blog Voice, with what they love, doing it consistently and they don’t (very often) go off topic, they will always write about a topic they love & they know their readers love too.

Quick Blog Tips :  Look at any of your fave bloggers, I bet they are pretty distinctive?  I bet they are blogging with at least one very unique talent…a mummy blogger with a wicked tongue, a coastal blogger who loves white ;-), a fashion blogger with budget style…look a bit deeper at some of the Super Bloggers who may now be blogging a few different categories & you will see that in the early days they were pretty much sticking to one genre..& working it well.

 

3. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Keep Up with the Times
OK, effective bloggers will take time to keep up with things like new technology, social media etc.  Don’t like Facebook?  Don’t have time for stumbling?  Think Digg is for losers?  Think Twittering in 140 characters is the biggest waste of time in the universe?  Well maybe, but girl you gonna have to forget about that and get learning and using
…top bloggers learn new things, they constantly improve, step up their game and keep informed…they know the why’s and wherefores of not just blogging but social media and they use it wisely.
But I’m a Real Girl Blogger, I just about have time to take a photo and post it, how am I ever going to have time for all that too?  Well just make time every time you blog to learn something new, that’s what I have tried to do…I genuinely enjoy it, so that helps…even if it is something tiny, like how to get a new font on your blog, how to work a new plugin…top bloggers are consistently learning…
Real Girl Blogging : One thing I have learnt on this blogging road is that nothing stays the same for very long (like life)…you get something up and running, looking good and think      you’ve cracked it, something else comes along for you to learn…it’s constantly moving & there are always new players…top bloggers keep abreast of that….but that’s a good thing!
Quick Blog Tips: I challenge you to find any top blogger not using at least one social media platform and using it extensively.  Case closed.  Most top bloggers are using every single thing they can to get traffic to their blog, and we aren’t talking the odd tweet or facebook comment here…we are talking extensive use of social media and SEO tactics…don’t believe that any of the super bloggers have got there by accident…most, obviously because of point 2 are unique and talented but most are using lots of ways to promote their blogs and their brand.. (you only have to look at the professional blog advice sites to work that out pretty quickly) because traffic equals clicks and clicks pays their mortgage.

4. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Work Hard & Write Hard

Top bloggers work hard and write Hard.  Their writing may not be a literary classic, it may not be perfect, but it will be out there, it will be their Blog Voice and they will have perfected it.

While I don’t necessarily agree with what a lot of professional blogging experts write about the number of posts you churn out a week, (I actually believe in girls blogging and particularly in Home & Garden blogging where images are very important that quality content is Queen), it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the more you post, once you have a following, the more people will visit, the more links you’ll get from search engines…and the spiral goes on and on.

 

Quick Blog Tips : Look at some of the professional blogging sites…see how many times a week they post…look at some of the top lifestyle bloggers (you only have to glance at Pioneer Woman) and see how they are pumping out content left, right and centre…

There is no easy answer to this (and I have written about how I have found the time in my life in the Beach Cottage Sweet Blogging Course)…blogging with the big girls is hard work…top bloggers are serious, this is not a walk in the park

Real Girl Blogging : That said though I think you can do it even if you have a busy lifestyle, work, are a mum, etc and there are plenty of people doing that and fitting it in…but to fulfill all the other points in this post, like consistency, blogging will be hard work.  End of story.

 

 

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5. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Are Pretty Savvy 

Top bloggers don’t foof around…they may be blogging about foofing around with white paint but on their blogs they take no prisoners….super bloggers switch everything on…they know what their readers want, they know what times of the day they want it, they know how to promote their blogs in social media, they have a well-designed, easy to read blog, they have well-chosen images to illustrate their message, they know their readers and interact with them…  Super bloggers do not have their heads in the clouds.

Real Girl Blogging *a note on my journey….This is one of the parts of blogging where I am not so good… I am not a natural networker or promoter, but in reference to point 3 above, being savvy and keeping up with it all is part of having a successful blog…where I differ from a lot of the professional bloggers who say that traffic and engagement comes first –  I have always maintained that in this crazy journey of blogging, number one is always me here and I don’t mean that in a I am better than you way, I mean that in a I started this blog to log my journey and make some time for me kinda way… yes I know my readers, yes I love the friends I have made all over the world, yes I am very grateful for the Beach Cottage facebook gals that have come about because of this blog, yes I love the opportunities and doors that open because of this thing they call the blogosphere BUT I am the one who is still important here…me and my journey with moving to Australia and living the dream…by the sea …that is why I came here in the first place and still do…so for real girls being savvy is one thing, getting it doing something for you too is something else.

no I certainly haven’t been brilliant at the networking or promoting bit.. no I haven’t sucked up to the in-crowd bloggers, no I am not sure how to get my blog linked and tweeted all over the internet…but take it from me, I have observed many semi-mediocre blogs get popular purely on the merit of their intensive savviness with social media, self-promotion and networking….if you want to get big you will have to get to grips with all that…

Quick Blog Tips : Take a look at one of the Super Bloggers & who they connect with by looking at their social media streams…these girls are not messing around, there is some extensive work going on there…you will quickly see a weave of networking and inter-connecting going on…just like in real life & business, blog networking is huge

 

6. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Are Disciplined 

Those Super Bloggers don’t mess around.  Simple as that.  Look at any of the big bloggers, especially the mummy bloggers and those bloggers blogging to pay their mortgage and I guarantee they won’t be spending half the day scooting around the internet wasting time & reading The Times Online…take it from me, bloggers who are putting out any kind of good quality content, and even those who are simply re-regurgitating other content are disciplined and focused to get their stuff out there and in the blogosphere.  They do not have time to mess around…they are focused on their blog & want it out there with the best…

Real Girl Blogging : I am not blogging to pay my mortgage, so at the end of the day for me, when push comes to shove, my family comes first…but….I do have a routine with blogging, and I am somewhat disciplined….mostly ‘cos I love it….and because it’s part of me, I LIKE blogging…but to get a post out at the time that suits me and my readers means in my little world I have to self-start, …school run, coffee, beach…home…blog….if I don’t do it then, simply there won’t be a blog…after school, in the evening I am cooking dinner, doing sport pick-ups, just being a mum…blogging is not on the agenda :-) …. so Real Bloggers are disciplined, they work out when, where, how and what to blog and they stick to it, week in week out.

 

7. Effective Real Girl Bloggers are Creative

One of the things I have noticed a lot over the last few years is how the top bloggers are the ones who try different things, have great ideas and fresh content…recently as the blogosphere grew like crazy the top bloggers lifted their game & got creative…I think this is particularly evident in the top bloggers in the lifestyle and home niche…these girls are rocking it…they are working hard to be creative and provide new content…you won’t see many of the super bloggers copying and pasting content…what you will see is real pictures of what they are creating and doing….

Quick Blog Tips : Examine the blogs you peruse and just love to see a new post on…bet these girls are throwing, top quality posts at you with new ideas and trying new things…

Real Girl Blogging : Creativity for me on this blog recently has been in expanding my blog to recipes and food…this all started because I was really enjoying some of the foodie/food styling blogs and I wanted to include that in my photography…along with the fact that I love nothing better than getting comfy with my cooking books and trying new recipes…this has been a great thing for not only my blog, but for my readers and especially for me…I love messing around with the settings on my camera and styling food, I love doing the recipes, and there is nothing like getting an email/tweet/facebook from someone at 9pm at night saying they just tried one of the recipes from my blog & their family devoured it ;-)

 

8. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Know when to Switch Off 

This is more to do with me, rather than what the Super Bloggers do…I have no idea when and how the Super Bloggers switch off but I know that a Real Girl blogger who is semi-effective ;-) (that would be me) needs to switch off…about the time I was on those blog ranking thingies and looking at my stats too often, I began to notice I was doing too much with technology…nowadays that is really very easy…iphone, ipad, apps for this and that…checking here there an everywhere, blah blah blah

One day I suddenly realised I was in a vortex of technology and looking back, I definitely think my family was suffering…thankfully, having half a brain cell at my disposal, that didn’t last long and now I have pretty strict rules around my online ‘blogging’ time…I still very much am a blog reader in the evenings for down-time, I love reading the blogs of the girls I now think of as friends…but blogging time as a blogger is, mostly, limited to the blocks of time in the day I assign to it..otherwise it takes over…and it’s really easy for that to happen…and you do not want that….you know why? because being saturated with you blog, makes you lose your passion and all of the above…simple!

 

9. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Plan 

Those super-bloggers from above plan…simple as that…I seriously need to improve on this, I am so a seat of my pants kinda blogger (though I think that keeps things fresh too)…but all the professional blogging sites will tell you that planning months ahead (yes really!) is key to focused, consistent and on time content.

Quick  blog Tips : Notice how big bloggers have consistent content over their core range of topics every week…for example a fashion blogger will have a shoes post, an accessories post, a dress post every week, on my blog there will be a decorating post, a ocean / sea post etc… I don’t really plan this with a spreadsheet, I just roughly have that in my mind and go with the flow, but I know a lot of bloggers that extensively plan and have month’s worth of blog posts lined up and ideas ready to go….

Real Girl Blogging : do a take it easy plan…I loosely do this…I write down ideas / use the internet inspiration places and focus it into a general plan for what I may blog about in the next few weeks, depending on mood and cirumstance!

 

 

 

So those are my thoughts on highly effective habits for real girls blogging…some of them take a bit of digesting…whether you want to have a small following and make a niche group of friends or whether you want to make it to the same circles as the blogging hoi-polloi, you will need a little bit of discipine, some hard work, a lot of creativity and a shed load of passion.

I really hope you enjoyed what I have picked up along the way….oh and I would more than love to hear your views and opinions, writing this I went on for a long time so I am composing part two of this post for a later date and I would love your thoughts, ideas and input…

See ya around Beach Cottagers

 

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Beach Cottage Banana Bread tomorrow & Good Life Wednesday…love you to join our Good Life party…get your links ready…be there with walnuts on top ;-)

 

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 want more blog tips for real girls …find the Beach Cottage Sweet Blogging Course outline here

and here for the Beach Cottage Interview with my friend Kate the uber-popular blogger at Centsational Girl with her top blog tips 

 

 

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59 Responses to “9 Effective Habits of Real Girl Bloggers ~ Blog Tips”

  1. Karen says:

    Love the advice!! Thank you, now to put it into practice !!

  2. bridget says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Well this is a really interesting read! And such timely advice- I started my blog just last month!
    Like you, I’m not going to have the time to be a super blogger..(even assuming I could be. Had to put that in in case you thought I was a really snotty, up my own a** kind of person!) No, real life blogging sounds great to me. I have a job – I’m a radio journalist with the BBC , a hectic family life and this blog will be for me, my friends and whoever wants to read it.

    There’s lots of meaty advice to put into practice in this post, so thanks.Right…nice and regular it will be, I will not check the stats every five minutes, and oh boy, juding by your photos, I’m really going to have to learn to take decent photos on my i phone and crappy camera!

    A wh

    • sarah says:

      you can take great photos with the iphone, just need to practice

      and yeah doing it for you I reckon is a great start!

      x

  3. bridget says:

    and another golden rule of blogging is to check what you’ve written before hitting the send button! I inadvertently did just after pounding out a quick comment! I can spell – honestly! (blushes and stomps off into the kitchen!)

  4. Katrina says:

    Hmmm I have been reading a lot of posts by various people on how to run a blog effectively…..starting to wonder if I should continue with mine….I don’t seem to be doing much right….hmmm guess I need to access if it’s worth continueing or just stop now….things to think about

  5. Lia says:

    Thx for the advice! I’ am wondering: why is it a problem if you don’t have the intention to give a lot of comment on other blogs and not even on your own blog. Í love good pictures and I love to get them together on a theme, with no comment. The picutres speaks for themselves. Gr. Lia

  6. Kira says:

    Thank you for the tips! I agree with them. I’m sorry you have to fill in some blanks in order to comment something in my blog… I’d love to hear from you anyways! http://www.kiramamontova.blogspot.com

  7. Rukmini says:

    Great tips Sarah :) Waits to be put it into practice! The planning part is where I need to put particular attention.
    Let’s see how it goes.

  8. Rukmini says:

    Waits to be put into practice!*** Darn keys.

  9. Susan says:

    I am just about the slackest blogger in the world…. this was an interesting read for me.

    you are so good at it all….. and I love the deck progress… I just didn’t comment when I read it XXXXX

  10. kirsten says:

    Thanks for the tips Sarah. I bought your sweet blogging e-course & am finding the information invaluable.

  11. Debbie says:

    Very timely post for me; thank you. I love the photo and pinned it to Pinterest with a link to A Beach Cottage.

  12. This is one of the most effective posts I’ve ever read on blogging :) I’m pretty casual when it comes to my site, not out to rule the world by any stretch of the imagination, I just like to share the projects I’m working on and clips of what inspires me! But its nice to have some of these tips in the back of my mind! :)

  13. Dusty says:

    I am so appreciative of these posts. I have taken them and applied alot of these elements you just spoke of in recent weeks. I was scared to death of Twitter, but realized after a few conversations with other bloggers it was necessary. I want to grow my blog but I also want to love it and want others to follow and love it. This is who I am..no faking. I wrote a post on Sunday called Lounge Day and discussed my Twitter feelings…here they are…

    “I joined the world of Twitter. It literally made me sick at my stomach. No, seriously, I pooped like three times. I was scared to death of it. I am still somewhat private. I felt like if I joined it: the government was going to find out everything about me, scan my pupil and turn me into the bionic women (once they found out how faboo I am..so, just kidding). No, I am not a techno freak. I sat here yesterday cussing my blog trying to get rid of the pencil/wrench tool. Anyway, I did it. Follow me if you think I am twit worthy.”

    That truly summed it up for me. But taking risks sometimes pays off, sometimes it doesn’t but I am willing to go on the journey.

    PS.. I am still working on the comment box (you posted about). I am searching hi and low for a comment box like yours so there is no more of the hassel for people who want to comment. I haven’t figured it out or found one, but still looking.

    • I am rolling on the floor here. You are too funny! I just started my blog last month and I am just now starting to venture into all of the social media stuff. I just started a facebook page! woot woot! Now…onto Twitter…I might just poop 3x too ;)

      xoxo

      Jessica

    • sarah says:

      well too funny!

      I have only just got into Twitter…personally I thought it was all too ‘short’ (the messages)…then a month or so it just clicked and I have started to find old friends and new ones on there….

      the same thing happened with Facebook…I love it on there now, I have ‘met’ some lovely girls on there and I love our convos on recipes and girlie stuff etc….I started it on a whim and now it’s one of the best things for me…

      best thing about social media is to work it for what you like…the rest will follow x

  14. This is such great advice. Not new, but definitely much needed. I wanted to have a reminder of this so I facebooked it. Thank you for all the tips keep them coming!

  15. teres says:

    fabulous advice and i’m not even a blogger (yet)! bless you for sharing your experiences and what you find to be true. it’s this advice that you apply to your own blog that keeps me reading and interested in ‘a beach cottage’.

    and ps i finally stumbled upon you on pinterest by complete fluke after trying to search you for over a week. i’m so happy i can follow you now! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    teres
    from winnipeg, manitoba canada where winter is on its’ wayyyyyyyyy!

  16. I LOVE this post! Because as a mom of two little girls, and a blogger, it can be hard to do everything 100%. My family is first and my blog is second. Thank you again :)

  17. Jen says:

    You know what else I find on blogs I love? There is always some kind of conflict happening. And by conflict I don’t mean bad, or good for that matter, just the standard, writing class value of conflict. Something is happening. A change is taking place, something new has arrived, something needs done, it’s what keeps me coming back, to see how it resolves…. does that make sense? That and I love good photographs, I’m really a sucker for the “pretty”. ❈

  18. chic coles says:

    Hi , this sure was helpful. It really took some time to put this together. I passed it on to the girls.Thank you so much.

  19. I absolutely loved this post. I’ve bookmarked it for future reference :) Being a new blogger, there is soooo much to learn. It’s hard enough figuring out how to comment appropriately let alone get a schedule for posts…what type of posts…how many…when…etc. I feel like I am all over the place. But I love it.

    Thank you so much for the great post! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

    xoxo

    Jessica

  20. Great ideas! The consistent schedule seems to be the most important and also MY biggest challenge. When i get stressed I remember that it is “my” blog, and it was meant to be fun for me. I always go back to that!

  21. Kirsty says:

    I love all these tips! I started my coastal/diy blog this year and have struggled with consistently writing posts! I like to write only when I feel inspired but from your advice I have decided to really focus on writing atleast twice a week instead of nothing one week and four posts the next! And hey, I’m doing something right! I just joined twitter earlier this week! Not as scary as I thought it would be :) xo K

  22. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for your blog, and for your tips on blogging! I have been wanting to do it, but I’m afraid, so it was good to read your tips! I got to your site through a search for blogs on painting furniture, etc, as I am trying to figure out how I want to paint my dresser. Thank you for your beautiful site.

    (Also) Sarah

  23. Awesome, especially going yo take away the message about unplugging and being consistent. Very sage words.

  24. Erin says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I just came across your blog and I am so excited. There are so many great posts to work my way through. Keep it up. :)

  25. cindy says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience in blogging. I appreciate your advice and plan on ordering your online ecourse as soon as I can get some time to actually read it. Trying to free up some time in my life so I can enjoy blogging more ~ hopefully this winter I will be able to hibernate with my computer and your online course.
    Cindy

  26. I am a new subscriber of your blog and I discovered it through Nuffnang (a new memeber also). And this would be the first post I read in your blog and I think it would really help me as a new blogger. And somehow I could relate about the things that you said about planning, creativity and always learning new things, oh and networking! :) I feel that I would be a fan of your blog along the way and make an inspiration. :)

  27. Thank you for sharing these tips, Sarah. I love your blog – here are the things I love about it:
    1. Aussie. We spent two months there in the Port Macquarie area and LOVE it.
    2. Beach. I’m a beach gal myself.
    3. Pretty. Flowers, white, “foofing” as you say.
    4. Inspiring. This is my biggest one, that keeps me coming back – the ‘can do’ attitude, the making over things without spending a whole lot of money. ‘Let’s just build a deck. We don’t need to use the expensive stuff. We’ll just paint it white.’ ‘I can take an unfortunately used rattan sofa and redo it.’ For example
    5. Your voice. It’s very engaging.
    It is nice that you’re taking time to pass on what you’ve learned along the way about blogging. I appreciate that.

  28. Magnolia says:

    Hi I’m a newbie blogger and just found your advice uplifting. After hitting a wall and realising how addictive this blogging thing could be I stepped away for a bit but I did enjoy it however I need to be very disciplined now. Thanks for the great advice who knows where this journey could take me. M

  29. Rukmini says:

    Oh Sarah, I do not have an FB account! Is there no way else I could complete my submission? I voted fer ya :(

    • sarah says:

      I don’t think so Rukmini, I am sorry…I think some other bloggers were asking if it could be changed so I will keep you posted….x

  30. Thanks for this – as a new baby blogger it’s useful and daunting advice in equal measure. One thing I’ve realised over the past few months I’ve been blogging is that the most important thing is to just get on with it. I’m a natural ‘editor’ but soon worked out that if I obsessed over getting everything right (the spelling, the photos of my teeny weeny flat, the tone of voice) nothing was going to get done at all.

    So, I wrote myself a little schedule with a few ideas of the sorts of posts I want to try and produce and on which days and try and stick to it. Ok, I slip a bit. Sometimes I see a picture of a mint coloured rickshaw that has naff all to do with anything (oh, that one was today… and there was the embarrassing incident with the youth slang as well…hmm) but at least I’m blogging, people are starting to read and over time I’ll find my groove.

    On which note (you did say ‘be savvy’) if anyone want’s to pop over, here I am http://decoratorsnotebook.wordpress.com/ *BLUSHES*

  31. Joy P says:

    A very good summing up and putting all things into perspective. Blogging. Easy to let it take more time than one has to spare (its the reading and reading and wow, more reading) that creeps up on my time. I love writing and finding and making and fixing and as time has gone by I have seen a big change in what my original blog intensions were and where I am now. I’m having fun and doing creative stuff I had let slide for a very long time. Wow. Time has gone by. I surely enjoyed reading your post today.
    -Joy

  32. amy says:

    now thank you for the succinct reminders for those of us who have recently transitioned from blog reader to blogger. and who has time to read the faces when you’re a busy blogger???? thanks for making it worth my visit…as usual!!

    amy

  33. Suzanne says:

    Just this week I had decided that I had to work out a 2 or 3 x week posting schedule and that doing them all over the weekend makes it a lot easier during the week. otherwise I found I’d write a whole post but not quite completing it and then forgetting to post it!! Anyway you just confirmed what I had been thinking about- establish a routine. What’ I hadn’t thought of was planning out for a month or so.. I like that idea!! Thanks so much and how wonderful to live by the beach!!! I’m a New Yorker – a whole other kind of animal!!
    Suzanne
    (cinderella patch)

  34. Susan says:

    I try to get on everyday and do something, but between reading my favorite blogs (yours being one), checking emails, Facebook and Twitter, and pinning inspirational pictures to Pinterest (among other things I’m sure I’m forgetting), I end up getting so side tracked by everyone else’s wonderfully creative ideas that I no longer have time to share anything of my own. Today, I decided to just share a little of what others are doing, but even that didn’t turn out as simple as I had hoped. I found myself tracking back through blog after blog, just to get to the actual designer, idea generator or photographer (which, of course, led me to even more blogs added to my favorites list. Haha). It’s good to know that I’m preaching to the choir here. Thank you for sharing your ideas, Sarah! You gave me some good ideas on what to stay focused on, and you reminded me why I started my blog in the first place… to write about what *I* love. :)

    • sarah says:

      Susan, it’s so very easy to do that!

      I learnt that my blog comes first…so I just do my stuff before any of the things you mentioned…and then it naturally follows
      x

  35. corrie says:

    so true!!!! I get asked a lot how to get lots of followers and do this and that and I always point out that I’ve been doing this for nearly 6 years, at first had about 3 regular readers and nothing comes overnight. You need to work at it, be determined and blog regularly! Now I blog daily as it’s now so easy and just a part of regular life – even the kids will say ‘I’m just going to write a blog post now’ before they go off to do something – oops!

    and family always comes first!!!
    corrie:)

    • sarah says:

      thanks Corrie, wow 6 years, that’s a lot longer than me!
      I find blogging much easier now too…l guess you get in the swing of it…a lot of people ask me how I find the time, it just sort of happens now…

      yes family always comes first…well most of the time ;-)
      x

  36. Good tips and ideas,Sarah! Hasn’t blogging gotten complicated over the years that we’ve been at it? Oh yes it has! So many ideas and ways of doing it all and the whole balance thing is so hard to navigate. We all just have to wade through and find our way. Happy New Year to you sweet lady!

    • sarah says:

      wading through here Rhoda, interesting that you think that too…it has change SO much since those early days huh? I miss them a bit

      Happy New Year to you and so hoping to see you in the Big Apple xx

  37. Thanks for the tips! #6 – Discipline: ouch. That’s one of my goals for this year.

  38. Chatelaine says:

    After reading your post, I can see I have a lot of work ahead of me!

  39. Sarah I want to thank you and encourage you! I love the way you write, I love your humour and I love how you are just yourself!

    These tips are great – so honest and full of experience and revelation. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart with everyone!

    Bless you :) Love Nat x