Summer Blog Social! 10 tips for New Bloggers

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While 3,000+ bloggers descend on San Diego for BlogHer ’11 this week, the rest of us are staying put in our pajamas, our buttocks safely ensconced in the seat of our choice, feeling extreme jealousy at those attending the biggest blogging event of the year.

Oh, just me?

*Ahem*

Liz of A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog and Jessica of Four Plus An Angel are hosting the #SummerBlogSocial from August 1 – 5, for those of us who don’t make it to BlogHer. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about blogging and social networking from other bloggers, and I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to share my wisdom offer some tips.

When I started blogging, I had a vague idea about what it involved, having stalked read many blogs before actually having my own space. So I like to think I wasn’t completely clueless. However, it was still very overwhelming in the beginning, and I wish someone had been there to hold my hand (and feed me chocolate).

Four months later,  I like to think I learnt a few things. So here are my top 10 tips for someone who’s thinking about starting a blog (consider this me holding your hand and feeding you chocolate).

1. Think about the reasons you want to start a blog. Is it a way to chronicle life events, such as your upcoming wedding? Is it your pregnancy diary? Or it could be a life book for your children, where you mark down memories. Do you love food and want to share recipes? Or it could just be a blog where you want to flex your writing skills.

Whatever your reason, that is a good starting place. You will find that over time, your interests may change, and that is okay. But having focus in the beginning will help anchor you as you navigate this big world of blogging.

2. Think carefully about your blog name. It should be something that represents you accurately, is memorable, catchy and not too long. You can change it further down the line of course (and many bloggers have), but frankly, it can be a little tedious.

3. Create a header. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something to represent you and your blog, and help you stand out a little. You can always go back and change it later.

4. Write an About Me page and include some contact information (such as an email address). Or at least a little about you in the profile widget of your blog. When I come across a new blog, I always want to know more about the blogger. If you don’t want to include your personal email address, create a blog specific one. It’s easy, so just do it.

5. Where possible, include a photograph or two in your posts. At the very least, it breaks up the wall of text, makes your blog more visually appealing and in some cases, photos tell the story better than words (I am not taking my advice in this post as I couldn’t find an appropriate photo to distract you from this drivel – sorry).

6. Join blogging communities. This is a good way to find some good blogs to read, comment and if you click, hopefully start a great bloggy friendship! A good place to start would be SITS Girls. It’s a great community offering support and plenty of blogging tips.

7. When you find blogs that are interesting, go on and read them. If the post resonates with you, comment meaningfully. At all costs, refrain from writing, “Please follow me, I followed you.” That is the most dreaded and hated phrase amongst bloggers. If someone wants to follow you, they will. If you ask them to, they will most likely not. Make sure you read the post and refer to it in your comment. Be sincere, be real.

8. Join Twitter. And get active. Follow blogs you read. Follow people who are similar to you. Interact. Tweet. Respond to tweets. Tweet your posts, retweet posts of blogs you like. Twitter is one place where jumping into conversations is acceptable, so go ahead, talk! I mean, tweet!

9. Be yourself. Always write with your voice, your style. Be genuine, write about what you know, what you love. If you try too hard to be something you’re not? People see through that easily.

10. Above all, remember this: BALANCE. It’s very easy to get sucked in and addicted to blogging, tweeting, Facebooking and so on. But take time for yourself and your family. Unplug occasionally. Take a breather. Live life outside of your computer.

Do you have any blogging tips to share? Yes? Then link up with Liz of A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog and Jessica of Four Plus An Angel from August 1 – 5.

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  • August 2, 2011 Stephanie

    #7 is so, so true!

    #6 is something I really need to do. Procrastination is my middle name 😛
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Oh go ahead and join SITS! It’s a really great community.

  • August 2, 2011 MamaRobinJ

    All great tips. I did the second one – so carefully my blog didn’t have a name for the first couple of months. Whoops.

    And four months?! Seriously? It seems like you’ve been around way longer than that.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Haha, how did you get by with no blog name?

      I feel like it’s been longer than 4 months – in a good way 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Cheeseboy

    Great advice, all. Especially #8. I blogged for 2 years before joining Twitter and after I joined, my blog really took off.

    Hey, speaking of BlogHer, my next post is going to be on BlogHe.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Abe. You have the best tweets!

      I cannot wait for your BlogHe post.

  • August 2, 2011 mom2kiddos

    Wonderful tips – I agree with all of them. And to add – Blog on Wordpress, you’ll save yourself a headache trying to switch over from Blogger.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you. I didn’t write about Blogger/ Wordpress as I feel when someone starts out blogging, WP can be very intimidating. At least, for me it was. I had no idea what a ‘dashboard’ was, widgets etc, and it looked very complex. Blogger is very easy (and I think that’s the point) and user friendly, so starting on Blogger is perfectly ok. I only moved to WP when I felt confident enough in the slightly more techy side of things. Also, WP.org requires $$, and if you’re not sure if you can keep it up, best to start free with either Blogger or WP.com.

      • August 4, 2011 Clarins

        Agree with you Alison, for a newbie Blogger platform would be more easier then wordpress. I also started with blogger and most of my blogger frds also started with the same

  • August 2, 2011 Leighann

    Such great advice Alison!
    Especially about finding a name and putting thought into it. That was advice that really stuck with me when I first started too!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Leighann! I think your blog has a great name 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Natalie

    I really like #5…I think it is always good to have some pics in the post. I try to do this most of the time especially if it’s a long post. Ha ha and yes #10 is the best advice…this stuff is so addicting!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      It is, isn’t it??? I think you’re doing great with breaking up a post with photos!

  • August 2, 2011 Missy

    I love your advice about choosing a title carefully. I agree! How did you choose your title? It’s one of those creative ones that makes you want to learn more.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Hi Missy! My blog name was born out of my original intent for blogging – I wanted to share stuff I find across the Internet, almost like a product blog (hence, Mama ‘wants’ this). Thank goodness I snapped out of that very early on, and started writing proper stuff!

      But the name stuck. I like that it’s versatile, catchy and easy to remember. I can apply the ‘want’ to so many things, situations and circumstances!

  • August 2, 2011 Sweaty

    I wished I had someone who held my hand and fed me chocolate when I started my blog! Lucky I found you!

    #2: TRUER than true. Learn from me. I was duh enough to name my blog Do Sweat the Small Stuff, and let me tell you, it’s a PAIN in the arse when you’ve got to type that for, like, the fifth time. And I blame that for my lack of commenting and tweeting. I’m already exhausted from typing my own blog’s name!

    #7: Guilty as charged! Again, I’m blaming that on my blog’s long name. lol.

    And I agree with mom2kiddos, start your blog in WordPress and save yourself from the trouble of switching later on. I’ve been wanting to switch to WP for like EVER but hey, look at me, I’m still in blogger. Again, I’m blaming that on my blog’s name 😉
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Your blog has a unique name though, so don’t beat yourself up too much!! It is pretty long though hehe.

      Thank you for coming here regularly & commenting, I appreciate it!

      I think starting in WP is not necessary, as Blogger is a lot easier for most people who are not as tech savvy (ie me). I actually signed up for both, and ended up on Blogger first, as it was literally push publishing. Type, hit publish. I spent too much time trying to figure out how to customize my WP.com blog & just gave up. But with WP.org, it’s a different story! The options are amazingly limitless. And with my Blogger experience, I am more confident in tackling it.

  • August 2, 2011 Crystal

    Great advice! I even have a few of those in my post!

    I really need to work in the pictures. I was getting there, but now I’m blogging totally on my phone, so it’s a little more involved!

    Great post!
    Crystal recently wrote…Summer Blog Social – Prompt 2My Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Yes, we do have some of the same points! Blogging from your phone? Now, that’s commitment!

  • August 2, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Totally agree with #7! That really bothers me because it basically screams that you are not really interested in my blog. Joining Twitter is definitely a must as well. Also, #1 is great advice too. I think a lot of people start a blog, but it loses momentum because they lose focus. I’ve been thinking a lot about my reasons and really, it’s always evolving.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Summer Blog Social: Help WantedMy Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      #7 drives me nuts! Fortunately I don’t get many of those comments anymore 🙂

      The fact that you’re thinking about your goals is great, evolving is a sign of growth, don’t be afraid of that.

  • August 2, 2011 janie

    Wow, it seems that you’ve been around longer than just 4 months!
    #6 really is a must particularly if you want to connect with others. And I really need to utilize twitter more.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Yes, get on Twitter, it really helps build friendships and blogging relationships. And everything happens on Twitter 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Amanda Austin

    I agree with all of these, but especially the last. I know I get so caught up in everything that I forget that my family is right here in person, not on the computer!!!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      It’s so important to achieve that balance!

  • August 2, 2011 Elaine

    These are GREAT tips!

    I think #1 is REALLY important these days since there are SO many blogs out there these days. And #9 is primo as well!

    And you’ve only been blogging for four months? Wow, you’re so good at it already! 🙂
    Elaine recently wrote…22 months is REALLY close to 2 years…My Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Elaine! Yes, 4 months of continuous slog and learning 😉 And fun, yes, that too. Fun. (I love it!)

  • August 2, 2011 Kristin

    Great tips, Alison. I wish I’d joined Twitter immediately when I began blogging a year ago instead of six months into it. I still have a love-hate relationship, but it’s been a great resource for blog-sharing and reader engagement!
    Kristin recently wrote…She Eats: Balsamic Chicken with Baby SpinachMy Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      It’s never too late, Kristin! You’ll learn to love it, just as I did 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Practical Parenting

    Really great tips…I could have used them when I started! The comment thing? Is maddening! What’s the point of following and being followed if there is really no reading or interaction? I would add that content is everything and numbers are meaningless if the content isn’t there.

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! And you’re right, content matters. I believe wholeheartedly in only writing about what you know, from your perspective, in your voice. Hence #9. If you’re true to yourself, being entertaining, or relevant, or touching, or funny, or all of that, will come naturally and will show through.

  • August 2, 2011 Ann

    That was the perfect piece of chocolate!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! And that was the perfect comment 🙂

      • August 2, 2011 Ann

        ….for the perfect mommy blogger, twitterific friend!
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  • August 2, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    I’m just pretending BlogHer isn’t happening. I like this #summerblogsocial idea. Tell me more!

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Just click on my links above for #SummerBlogSocial and find out more. There are so many good posts out there with tips, ideas and advice.

  • August 2, 2011 liz

    Balance – YES! Though I confess to have been very bad at that at times.
    liz recently wrote…10 Tips for a New BloggerMy Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Me too! I’m trying to take my advice a bit more 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 angela

    I love your blog! And your tweets 🙂 And pictures of your little guy.

    And four months? I would never have guessed; you seem to have it so together 🙂
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Angela, the love is mutual 🙂

      I work hard at looking like I have it together, but most days, I’m just flying by the seat of my pants!

  • August 2, 2011 Christi

    Excellent advice! Definitely think carefully about a blog name – I changed the name of my blog and it was painful. I wish I had given it more thought from the beginning.
    Christi recently wrote…#SummerBlogSocial: The Good & The BadMy Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Christi! You did? Ouch. I’m glad my name works, even though I started out from a very different place 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Russell

    Hi!

    I think #10 is most important. I have even gone as far as given myself the weekend of from blogging. It is so important that you don’t overload yourself or else the fun goes away.

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Hi Russell, thanks for visiting! And I agree, not taking a break would be too much like work. Weekend unplugging is essential.

  • August 2, 2011 Courtney

    Finding balance is the most important thing. If you don’t take time to step away from the computer and actually LIVE life, then what are you going to blog about? And maintaining your own voice and identity are vital. Too many bloggers try to go the route of the bigger bloggers to get their name out there. 99% of the time, it’s unsuccessful. Great list!
    Courtney recently wrote…Growing Your Blog ReadershipMy Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Courtney!

  • August 2, 2011 Kim

    Thank you so much Alison for introducing me to the Summer Blog Social! I haven’t heard of it yet. I love all of your advice for blogging, balance being the biggest thing for me 🙂 but also the header made a difference for me. I had a Blogger header for the first month or so of blogging until I made my own and that worked fine, but now that I have a new header, made by NW Design thanks to your suggestion!, I love the look of my blog so much more because it matches how I feel.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      You’ll love #SummerBlogSocial Kim! So glad you have a new look you love.

  • August 2, 2011 FFPMaMMa

    oh yes, the dredded follow me cause I followed you!. I totally agree that you can pretty much chang anything. Blogger was my first pick and convenient with google sign in, but alas, the time has come to move up a bit. Should be before the end of the month. Probably the best advice I got early on was “get off your blog!” I have taken that advice to heart. I really need to be consistent with Twitter. That is my down fall. Most of all, HAVE FUN!

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Good luck with the move! Haha, get off your blog, good advice indeed. Yes, have fun!

  • August 2, 2011 Kimberly

    Great tips, twin! I couldn’t agree more with #9. Stay true to yourself and don’t ever forget that along your blogging journey.

    And #10? When you figure out that balance, let me know. I am still learning this!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you twin! #10? I’m struggling with that daily, we have to help each other! 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Jessica

    Thanks so much for the tips, I just started my blog a few months ago and had no clue about this huge blogging/tweeting world of moms out here! I’m still kind of lost, but appreciate when some seasoned bloggers show us newbies around.

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome Jessica. Hope this helps you!

  • August 2, 2011 Jessica

    Very good tips yo. Twitter is a great place to connect with other bloggers. But then again, of course I’m saying that.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Assy Lady. You are the Twitter Queen, I’m not surprised you said that!

  • August 2, 2011 Stasha

    Totally agree with number 10. Live outside of your computer. Just don”t forget to take your smart phone with you…
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Haha, yes, that 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Anne Mackle

    I loved your post. I’ve just started a blog myself and found all your tips very interesting and helpful so keep up the good work!

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Anne! Hope this helps you!

  • August 2, 2011 Barbara

    I love it! Definitely #10 about finding balance is a key point! I also agree that a couple of pictures are necessary because when I see a post with what seems nothing but prose, I’m tempted to just turn away!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara!!

  • August 2, 2011 Kelly

    Great post! I know, another dreaded phrase-haha, but it IS a great one! 🙂

    Write what you know is great advice-maybe include: write like you’re talking to your friend?

    You Rock, mama!!
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kelly!! You rock too 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Kir

    Coming from someone who has taken the blog world by storm in a few short months, it’s awesome of you to share all this with all of us,. I love your new design and honestly I don’t know how you do it, I really don’t..but you find that balance and still give us exceptional moments of your life through this page. WOW
    I’m just so glad you started blogging. 🙂
    Kir recently wrote…Monday Musings: The Summer Blog Social and a Winner!!!My Profile

    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Aw, Kir, thank you so much for your lovely words. I’m glad I started blogging too. How else would I have met all of you lovely people?

  • August 2, 2011 Elena

    I think #2 is really important – take time to really think about your blog name and especially the URL. If I had it to do all over, I’d actually do a different URL but I don’t want to switch right now. Maybe someday! Great tips in this post – it’s such a fun linkup – I love reading all the advice & ideas.
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    • August 2, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Elena. I think you have a great blog name!

  • August 2, 2011 RachelJoy

    All great tips. I wish I had someone to hold my hand as well when I started…actually I still do and thanks for this useful information. Now where’s that chocolate I’m suppose to be eating?!
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Rachel. The chocolate is on the way! 🙂

  • August 2, 2011 Heather

    Great post, it’s always nice to read tips from the pros.
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Heather – I wouldn’t call myself a pro though 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 My Inner Chick

    Mama,
    Excellent tips.
    Especially about being “YOU”
    Readers are smart….They will know
    immediately if your voice is Fake & Arificial.
    Oh, & Balance.
    Yes, one can get caught up in this wild cyber world. xx
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim. Yes, our readers are definitely smart. ‘Wild cyber world’ – I like that!

  • August 3, 2011 Jessica

    Great tips. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 4 months. You are a pro already. I agree with you on picking a name you are going to stick with. I changed mine a few times early on and it is a huge pain and don’t use the number of kids you have in your name because that pretty much guarantees you will have more :).
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jessica! Haha, yes, the number of children in the name is definitely a tricky one!

  • August 3, 2011 Staying Afloat!

    These are all such great tips! Going to copy and paste them and print them out. With only having a month of blogging under my belt I have SO much to learn.

    I’m slowly but surely making my way to joining Twitter. Still a tad intimidated by the whole thing though.
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Hope these tips help you!

      Twitter can be intimidating, but you just need to ease yourself in slowly. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.

  • August 3, 2011 jacqui

    Please follow me…I followed you. Um…I mean, great tips for new bloggers. I’m glad you didn’t give them all the super secret tips though!
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, I’m keeping those to myself!

  • August 3, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Balance is the hardest, absolutely. I just changed (simplified) my About page and I’m still worried it’s not what it should be, but I did add my contact info.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Summer Blog SocialMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I think simplifying your About page is great – as long as the essence of what you want to say is there. And contact info – a must!

  • August 3, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Great tips, Alison!! You’re a pro 🙂
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen! I wouldn’t use the word ‘pro’ though 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Carri

    Number 7!!! It just irks me when people leave that as a comment. It’s like, Really? Did you even read what I wrote? I never visit their blogs and I certainly don’t follow back.
    Great list, Alison!
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Carri!

  • August 3, 2011 MangoChutney

    The chocolate was nice by the way! Thx for the tips, sometimes I get caught up with not remembering why I blog.

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome, hope the tips help you!

  • August 3, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love your tips! I don’t like the follow me comments either unless I am doing a follow hop. Tried them and they weren’t the right fit for me.
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!

  • August 3, 2011 Lola

    Great advice, Alison! One would think you’ve been blogging for much longer than 4 months! You sound like an old pro. Okay, a YOUNG pro. Much younger than ME pro. I’d hate you a little if you weren’t so damn likable.
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  • August 3, 2011 Jackie

    I wish I had thought more about my blog name. I’m stuck with it and can live with it, but I wish I had thought of something catchier. I also have to remember it’s ok to jump into conversations on twitter. I still hesitate with this.
    Jackie recently wrote…Summer Blog Social: What I would change about my blogMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      I think your blog name is good! Twitter is not as scary as it looks, really! Jump in ANYTIME. Please do.

  • August 4, 2011 Galit Breen

    Your whole list in genius- but numbers 9 and 10 are pure gold! Great list lady!
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    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit!

  • August 5, 2011 Carri

    You’ve only been blogging for four months? I’m slightly jealous yet extremely proud of you at the same time. You go, girl!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Carri!

  • August 6, 2011 Melanie

    Awesome list. Having been a year in blogging, your tips are such great reminders. Especially #10.

    Blogging just for 4 months – I, too, am a bit green with envy (in a good way) – your confidence in blogging shows through. I still find myself stumbling a bit still…

    Great post!

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Glad the tips help you! And thank you, for your kind words! I have great bloggy friends here to prop me up 🙂

  • August 6, 2011 Coffee Lovin' Mom

    I love all of your tips – I can’t believe you’ve only been here FOUR months!?? Wow you are a much faster learner than me, or is it that you pay attention better? Thanks now I can learn from you, it’s easier that way..
    Coffee Lovin’ Mom recently wrote…Growing a Blog – Summer Blog SocialMy Profile

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I think I’m a little OCD when it comes to things, I get over enthusiastic and throw myself into it a little too much 🙂

  • August 6, 2011 Dana K

    Our tips are very similar, so that means we are absolutely right? RIGHT??? Great minds think alike!

    I really can’t stand the “i followed you follow me back” comments. Thankfully, I rarely get them but I ignore them. If I’m exceptionally pissy, I delete them.
    Dana K recently wrote…10 tips for starting a blogMy Profile

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Of course we are right. And great. I don’t get the follow me comments anymore – I don’t do blog hops anymore and those are where the greatest offenders are. The type of blogger who collects followers like stamps and never go back to read any of the blogs they follow.

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