14.9.10

Tuesday Tip - Gem's Blogging Guide


Hola!

This week's tip will be the second instalment of my blogging guide. In other words, I forgot I'd been planning to do a Konad tutorial this week until after I'd eaten my weight in pasta and jaffa cakes. Consequently, I barely have enough energy to type, let alone pimp my nails. FML, etc.

Click here to see the first instalment of my blogging guide, where I justify just who the heck I think I am to tell you lot how to blog. The gist is that I'm not claiming to be the be all and end all of blogging perfection. I don't even have a header, for christ's sake! This series is merely about sharing things that work for me, and sharing tips that work for others and are on my to-do list.

Don't forget to comment if you have a blogging tip to share. It might get featured in my next blogging guide post!

Super easy photo editing:

After seeing Jazzabelle's link to Picnik a month or so ago, I've been quite hooked. The free and fun service allows you to add retro and Lomography style effects to your images, as well as offering all the usual basic editing options (crop/exposure, etc.) It's ridiculously simple, so is great for photoshop-phobes like myself. I usually add a hint of sepia and a faded vignette to my images, FYI. I'm no Wish Wish Wish just yet, but hey, I can erm, wish!

Add a 'related posts' widget:

I only just cottoned onto this yesterday after realising I really like these widgets on other people's blogs. There is quite literally no down-side to this widget, really. It enhances the reader's experience by directing them to similar posts to the one they're currently reading. Obviously the longer a reader spends on your blog reading posts that interest them, the more they'll want to return! Well, hopefully.

The site my Twitter-pals recommended to me was Linkwithin. Just like Picnik, it's piss easy!

Use the 'Pages' feature:

This is near the top of my blog to-do list. I love when blogs have a nice organised layout with separate 'About me'/'Sponsoring info' pages. See Jen's blog, A Little Bird Told Me for an example (and check out her outfit post inspired by me while you're there!)

Sections like an 'About me' help us nosey readers get to know the blogger a bit more, whilst the advertising information makes it easier for brands to find out your policies and is generally quite a nice, organised touch! Organised and my blog aren't exactly synonyms so it's easy to see why this has taken me nearly three years to even begin thinking about!

Reading > writing

If you have an hour to spare and are pondering posting a blog, STOP! Go and read (and comment!) some other blogs instead. It is more beneficial to your blog to get involved in the 'community' than it is to post a new blog entry. Trust me, I spent about a year posting blogs into the abyss without bothering to spend time getting to know other bloggers and commenting. As a consequence, nobody was reading my blog because nobody knew I was there. When I started to get involved and devote time to reading other blogs, my situation really changed. I feel like a bit of a hypocrite dishing out this tip, as I haven't been keeping on top of my comments very well recently. But this is just a temporary blip! Planning a late night in bed with the laptop (Why does this sound sexual?) so I can get back on top of things (Still sexual! Argh!)


Hope you've enjoyed these tips, and I'm looking forward to hearing yours!!

52 comments:

  1. Hooray! Such good tips. And thank you for the mention! :) xx

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  2. That's such good advice! I have only just got into the community and commenting etc like you said after spending a year just randomly posting! :) xx

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  3. Ta very muchly for this! Found your blog the other saturday and managed to while away some serious time on your posts... x

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  4. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks !

    I was a fool for writing > reading and am just setting up a new blog now so your post has come in very good time. Thanks for the links as well, very handy ! I feel like I'm cheating now ...

    xo

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  5. Lovely Tuesday tip! So true about the commenting stuff too... I never give it as much time as I do to writing posts but it's just as important. I must try harder!

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  6. Lovely Tuesday tip! So true about the commenting stuff too... I never give it as much time as I do to writing posts but it's just as important. I must try harder!

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  7. Lovely Tuesday tip! So true about the commenting stuff too... I never give it as much time as I do to writing posts but it's just as important. I must try harder!

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  8. Thank you! I'm fairly new to the world of blogging and have been desperate to get more people reading my blog. I just didn't know how to though!

    I already read so many blogs on a daily basis, but never really comment. I will definitely be doing so now.

    Thank you again x

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  9. These are so useful!
    I've been stuck in a rut for ages, thinking noone is reading my blog so hopefully your tips will be effective!
    Thanks! :D


    http://lovelaughlauren.blogspot.com ♥

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  10. I've been meaning to use picknik for ages....but kept forgetting what it was called...and safe to say I was a bit wary. I destroy technology (I'm on laptop 3 of as many years and don't even get me started on phones/dvd players.)

    Great tips

    Claire

    xo

    www.beewaits.blogspot.com

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  11. Great post Gem :) I must investigate this page thing but I'm such a dope when it comes to technology that it took reading your post for me to realise the function existed.

    Re the comment thing, I really think it helps to get more involved. Not just for reasons of promoting your own blog, but because (imo) comments are so much more interesting and chatty when they come from people you interact with properly. I've started following quite a few blogs just from having seen the blogger write an interesting or funny comment on someone else's blog. Tis just nicer that way.

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  12. Great post Gem :) I must investigate this page thing but I'm such a dope when it comes to technology that it took reading your post for me to realise the function existed.

    Re the comment thing, I really think it helps to get more involved. Not just for reasons of promoting your own blog, but because (imo) comments are so much more interesting and chatty when they come from people you interact with properly. I've started following quite a few blogs just from having seen the blogger write an interesting or funny comment on someone else's blog. Tis just nicer that way.

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  13. Of all the tips on blogging thus far, the reading over writing might be the best one to date.

    Oh, and I wasn't thinking sexy thoughts when you said you were planning to spend some time with your lappy. I was thinking, "Oh. She's gonna work on her blog and such"; I actually blog from my bed as I don't have a chair in my bedroom to blog in. Oh well.

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  14. Thanks for the tips, I'll be putting them to good use - Im currently trying to get my fledgling blog off the ground :)

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  15. These are really great tips and I laughed out loud about the paste and jaff cake thing, I hope they were not together. Great post, thanks for the tip's x

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  16. this is a great post with some great tips :) thanks for sharing - alhough as a side comment, i actually find that pixlr.com is a way better online photo editing program than picnik. esp the pixlr express is great

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  17. Thanks for those great tips! I only recently started blogging so it's great to get some insider thoughts.

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  18. Great tips - and you're so right about the commenting, I always go straight to writing a post but reading others blogs is much more important! x

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  19. Really good tips, agree about the commenting. Makes a huge difference.

    I can imagine you now as a jaffa cake face with pasta hair. :)

    xx

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  20. Thanks for this, as a new blogger it's really useful. My problem isn't so much that I don't read other blogs, more that I spend all my time reading other blogs and don't get around to posting myself!

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  21. Thanks for the tips! I totally agree, Picnik is a godsend! :) xx

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  22. You're so funny! I'm gonna give this related posts widget thing a go, didn't realise it would be that easy - thanks for the heads up :)

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  23. I might test out the link within feature, I think it'd be good for when I do baking posts to link to other baking posts! Great idea Gem

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  24. Thanks for the tips! I've only really just started out so I need all the advice I can get! Thanks x x

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  25. Really good tips Gem! I can empathise with the 'get into the blog community' one, all of my old posts for a couple of months at the start were utterly unread.. how I thought someone would find them I'll never know jazzy ♥

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  26. These are such good tips, thank you so much! I have had my blog for a while but would never have thought of these! xo

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  27. Picnik looks ace, I'll definately try that out :)

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  28. You've posted some really good tips, I'm yet to try using picnik but I'll be certainly giving it a whirl sometime in the future :)
    Thank you for this post, it's been really helpful!

    xxxx

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  29. Loved this post! Such good tips! I think i may put the link within function on my blog...i've wanted to for ages, just had no clue how to do it haha!

    Stacey xx

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  30. I plan to comment more often now! Just got into the blogging world this summer.. it's definitely getting bigger! www.vivaciousv1.blogspot.com x

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  31. Great tips, especially the last one, make friends first or you're blogging to nobody, so true :)

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  32. i'm always reading other's blogs - i find it half the fun of blogging! i like just going through comments and blogrolls and finding new ones to read (:

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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  33. Thanks so much Gem! Every now and then I get a little bit worried that my blog isn't interesting enough because of my lack of followers but I have added the follower thing (at the end of my blog!) however embarrassing it is AND I can now enlarge my images (you are literally a godsend).

    I'm feeling positive... ;)
    xx

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  34. Thanks for this. I'm still learning the ropes myself so your tips will be useful. :) Love your blog! Please follow mine if you like my content.

    http://sammimonster.blogspot.com

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  35. you are so right about the commenting. i didnt realise for ages as well and when i did my blog got so much more attention pretty quickly
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  36. your tips tend to be one of the highlights of my week :-)
    x

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  37. Great tips Gem!

    And weirdly, as I read the last comment, I'm lying in bed with my laptop :/ haha

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  38. Excellent tips Gem, as usual!

    Leia

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  39. Thank you so much for these tips, they are so useful! I'm so grateful Jen introduced me to your blog!

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  40. good post- i hate it when i'm really busy (this rarely happens) and miss out on everyone's blogs- and it often translates into less hits for me in the end.

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  41. Great tips Gem!
    Really love your blog and you inspired me to start mine own!! :)

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  42. Im following your advice and commenting loads of blogs to get my new blog noticed! thanks for the great tips, love you blog and love your clothes! keep up the good work :) x

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  43. Some great tips - I'm off to investigate Picnik! Thanks Gem! xx

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  44. Great tips - as ever! Just added LinkedIn. It had been on my to do list too but you prompted me!! :)

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  45. lovely to have some advice on style blogging, am only just starting out myself. hard to think that it didn't really get going in the sense that it is now until recently! here's my blog http://elenatells.blogspot.com/

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  46. lovely to have some advice on style blogging, am only just starting out myself. hard to think that it didn't really get going in the sense that it is now until recently! here's my blog http://elenatells.blogspot.com/

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  47. Thanks Gem! I'm a recent convert to your blog and have spent hours (no joke) reading your archives! This is super helpful, especially since im just starting out too, ta! x

    http://laurenemilye.tumblr.com

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  48. I notice you've moved your followers widget up since the early days! (Sorry, I know this was about the last entry, but anyway). I did find that useful advice. I was holding off on putting mine up at all until I had a respectable number of followers, but noticed the numbers have started climbing since I posted it (with a miserable number). Weird. Anyway, thanks, and I'm your new bloglovin follower! Can't wait for further entries in the series!

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  49. Hey, just wanted to say a big thank you for those blogging tips :). Im new to this blogging world so am just reading all the blogs I love and getting a feel for what it entails.
    Happy new year and looking forward to catching up on all your posts.

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  50. This is great thanks, will be trying to put some of these tips into action (starting with getting more involved in other blogs haha)

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