How to Host a Blog Party

Hi guys! Welcome back to Living the Blogging Life 😄💙 I’m Maggie! Today I’ll be writing about about blog parties. (Thanks to Miriam for this post request!)

I’ve written this post in a question and answer format to provide you with the most straightforward advice!

So, what is a blog party?

A blog party is a virtual celebration hosted by a blogger!

How do you join/participate in a blog party?

Typically through the comments of the blog party post!

What’s the purpose of a blog party?

It can be to celebrate a milestone (blogging- or life-related), to bring other bloggers together, or to support/raise awareness about a project or cause! It can also be a combination of all these purposes 😊

How do you host a blog party?

Through a post on your blog! You can either give your readers a heads-up about when the party will take place so they will be sure to come, or you can share the blog party post whenever you’re ready and people will come as well.

You can include rules/guidelines (i.e. introduce yourselves in the comments, the party will start at this time and finish at this time, include some questions for party goers to answer, etc). You can also invite others to reblog the party post to spread the word about the fun!

It’s always a good idea to be regularly monitoring the party while it’s going on. I recommend doing this because…

  • some comments that are not spam will end up in the spam folder (usually when someone shares a link to their blog). So you have to fish those out so that they can attend your party!
  • some partyers might be unkind to each other. Depending on the rules you’ve outlined, it’s your job to uphold that code of conduct by monitoring comments!
  • some party-goers might in other ways break rules. So just watch the comments and make sure everyone’s being nice and making the party a fun occasion

How do you attend a blog party?

By reading the rules outlined in the party post, then joining the comment section! Typically everyone is invited to introduce themselves, provide a link to their blog, and share a bit about themselves. It’s also fun and usually encouraged for you to reach out to other people at the party! You can visit their blogs, or chat with them in the comments on the party post.

How long does a blog party last?

For as long as the party host has determined! It could last for a day, a week, or it could be an ongoing party. Usually the party ends when the host closes comments on that post, which then leaves all existing comments but makes any further discussion on the post unavailable.

How can you make a blog party fun?

By providing an objective and a celebratory atmosphere! In the party post itself, you can share pics of yummy food, links to songs and music people can listen to at the party, etc. As for objectives, you can…

  • challenge party-goers to write a certain post on their blog! (i.e. if it’s a ‘celebration of art blog party,’ you might invite commenters to share a post on their blogs showcasing their best artwork!)
  • encourage commenters to interact with everyone by visiting their blogs
  • invite them to compliment their fellow party-goers (one time I did a ‘kindness blog party’ and it really made everyone’s day!)

How can I host a blog party without stealing someone else’s idea?

Simply give credit where credit’s due! If you’ve been inspired to host a blog party because you saw a friend do one, you can mention their name in your party post and thank them for the inspiration. If you’d like to host a specific blog party on your blog that someone else has done (like how I gave the ‘kindness’ and ‘celebration of art’ blog party ideas), you can give credit for those ideas as well. It’s only stealing if you act like you came up with it.


Thank you sooo much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful today, and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions (about blog parties or blogging in general)! I’ll see you again soon 😊

Have you ever hosted/attended a blog party? Do you have any fun virtual party ideas? We’d love to hear from you!

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 21 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

What Do You Want to Read Next on LTBL?

Hello fellow bloggers! This is Maggie from the Living the Blogging Life team. Today I’m sharing a quick post to request some feedback from our readers! We are working on our June 2021 posting plan, and it would really help us out to hear from you guys: what do you want to read next?

Below you can participate in a poll with some upcoming post ideas we have! You have the option to vote for as many posts as you’d like. This will help us craft our post schedule for next month.

Also I think I should mention: many of the post ideas presented in the poll can be written more than once by the writers on our team. For example, we can do more than one ‘blog post ideas’ post, and all of us can share more about our unique blogging experiences!

If there’s an article you want to read but isn’t in the poll or anywhere on our website yet, we’d love to hear your ideas. Simply comment the post/s you want to see or reach out to us through the Contact page!

As always, our goal is to help bloggers by presenting easy to read and apply blog advice, as well as inspiring everyone to ‘just keep blogging’!

Thank you so much for being a reader of Living the Blogging Life! We can’t wait to hear from you.

~ Maggie with the LTBL Team

Blogging Style: What Is It + How To Find Yours!

You’ve just hit the ‘Publish’ button
on your latest post…
but something is missing.

You look at your drafts,
check out the Reader,
visit the Home page of your blog.

Everything looks normal…
so what’s going on?

You quickly realize that what you’re feeling
is not in line with the way you’re blogging.

But that doesn’t make sense, you think.
I just published a post – shouldn’t I be happy?

For whatever reason, you’re not.
But that’s okay!

In this post, I’ll help you discover your own personal blogging style!

Hello!! I’m so happy you’re here! This is Maggie with you today, one of the writers on the LTBL team.

If you’re unfamiliar with our website, Living the Blogging Life is the cool place where my friends and I share blogging tips and advice to encourage others on their respective blogging journeys! 😊💙

We took an impromptu posting break in the second half of March (and hey, maybe we can discuss that topic in an upcoming post hehe), but I’m back today with some advice I’d love to share with you.

I have been learning about my personal blogging personality recently! Are you wondering what that is?

Your blogging personality (or style) is simply when the way you blog matches your personality!

Surprisingly enough, it’s very easy as a blogger to predetermine the way you want to approach post-writing and making schedules (or lack thereof). It sounds like a good plan, but it might actually be an uncomfortable fit for you.

For example, maybe you’re committed to posting four times a week, and you’ve been holding yourself to that goal for a few months. However, what you’d actually love to do is post five times a week then one post on Sunday bi-weekly (wow that’s very specific 😂)!

You might find yourself resenting blogging simply because your goals are not accommodating your desires.

In this post, I’ll offer you some questions you can answer that will hopefully spark inspiration!

Evaluating your blogging habits and realigning them with your short- and long-term goals is SUPER beneficial. I would totally recommend it!

Now you may be someone who’s very comfortable with the way you’re blogging, and that’s awesome! 🙌 You might still like to check out the questions below to find out how good of a job you’re doing. 😉 hehe it’s totally up to you!

Ooh one other thing: I recently did a personality series on my blog, and I’d really recommend checking out one of those posts specifically! The one called ‘judging VS prospecting’ is about the two main ways people approach their life! The first loves knowing what to expect in their routines and plans, and the second type loves keeping an open schedule to accommodate opportunities and new ideas. By discovering which type you are, it can really help you begin understanding how to blog in a way you absolutely love! 💕

Questions for Finding Your
Blogging Style

1. Do I like having a fixed number of days I post each week,
OR would I prefer having a flexible weekly plan?

2. Do I like publishing posts the day I finish them,
OR is it more fun to schedule them?

3. Do I enjoy writing about a few specific topics,
OR would I prefer sharing content on many different subjects?

4. Do I like it when I announce my blogging plans
so my friends can keep me accountable,
OR am I more comfortable when I keep my goals to myself?

5. Am I blogging in a way that’s in line with my goals,
OR do I need to reevaluate my blog plans/posting habits?

If you’ve made it this far, thank you!! 😂 by the way, it’s totally fine and normal to not have a solid answer to the questions above. Just take some time (maybe a few days or weeks) to try stuff out, blog different ways and see how you feel about them, and get acquainted with how you love blogging the most!

I actually wrote a post on my blog yesterday talking more in-depth about my blog personality journey! You can check that out to learn more about me, and at the end, I shared a list of more helpful questions to answer as you discover your own blogging style! 💕

Did you find this post helpful? What have you learned about your blogging style? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading this post! Here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to encourage you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

Tips for Coming Up With Post Ideas When Your Blogging Spark is Fizzling

Picture this:
it’s the middle of the summer,
and you’re sitting around a campfire
with your closest friends.

Good! You guys have just finished
roasting marshmallows and,
surrounded by cheerful conversation,
you watch the flames die down.

You’re fine with this,
because it’s part of the process.
The party has been had,
and the grand finale is, ironically,
the fun coming to an end.

The white embers and
soft warmth from the heart
of the fire slowly fades.

Now, let’s consider another fire –
the kind you keep coming back to
every single day.

It keeps you alive during the winter
and helps you cook your dinner.

What if this fire went out?
There wouldn’t be much of a
finale to be had, would there?

You don’t let this fire go out.
You stoke it. You fan it.
You gather more wood.
You’re invested in its life.

Your blogging spark is worth
this kind of attention, too!


Welcome back to Living the Blogging Life!

Hello! It’s so nice to see you again! 🧡 and hey, if it’s your first time here, we’re glad to have you! This website is a place where my friends and I sharing our blogging tips and experiences 😄

Today I thought I’d write about – wait! I haven’t introduced myself 😂 I’m Maggie, one of the writers here. Blogging is my favorite hobby and helping others is my absolute passion! 🔥 (to learn more about our team, check out this page)

I recently had an inspiration fizzle in my own blogging life. It’s very discouraging at first because it feels like the more you try to get re-inspired (😂), the less capable you feel to even write posts! The blank draft looks more and more hopeless, and it can get bad real quick.

You start remembering bits and pieces of awesome posts you came up with, then didn’t get around to writing. Where did they go? And why didn’t I just write them down or put them in a draft? All the normal places you go for inspiration (click here for the blogging inspo post I wrote!) just don’t seem to be inspiring anymore. Is it you? Is it your blog? Is it your fizzling blogging spark itself that’s the problem? The deeper you get into it, the less you know. 🙃😂

So, what do you do when that happens? Today I’ll chat about what I did! Because I feel really excited to blog again, and I have lots of new ideas frequently 😍❤️

Tips for Coming Up With
Post Ideas When Your
Blogging Spark is Fizzling

1. Keep an eye out for those lost post ideas of yours.

You know when you walk in a room and instantly forget what you went in there for? What do you do next? Give up?? Of course not – you’re not a quitter. You look around the room to see if anything brings the task back to you. If that doesn’t work, you… retrace your steps!

So, pay attention to your surroundings! Whether that’s on others’ blogs or in your daily life, get actively involved in seeking inspiration. It’ll come back to you! (And even if all of them don’t, you’ll definitely pick up new ideas during this process!)

2. Check in with your blog categories.

Do you ever look at your categories and hope they’ll whisper inspiration in your ear? 😂 they don’t usually. Because of this, it can be helpful to merge categories, delete ones you’re not going to post in anymore, and make new categories! I’ll have separate categories for my post series, as well as different types of inspirational posts. When I make things more specific, it helps to remind me what I’ve written about without scrolling through all my published posts.

Don’t feel guilty about your neglected categories, or your popular ones. It’s great that you’ve gone with content within one topic that means a lot to you! Even when that means other categories get put on the back burner. (Or maybe they haven’t made it to the stove at all. 😂 how many fire references am I gonna make in this post)

If you do find some tiny categories you’d forgotten about, and they remind you of posts you’ve been meaning to write, that’s awesome!

3. Honor your unique blogging style!

When I get more serious about blogging (i.e. making a post schedule, buying a planner, etc), I tend to veer from the way I happily do things in favor of meeting some goal. But that ends up being uncomfortable! And I ultimately quit following that plan (and will probably need a blogging break to boot) since I wasn’t working with my blogging style.

What’s your blogging style, you say? It’s blogging in a way that YOU love the most! It takes a while to discover, and it can even change. Just evaluate when you get the most out of blogging. Here are some possible scenarios:

  • You feel the best about blogging when you write a post every Sunday, respond to comments on Tuesday, and read others’ posts on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • You get the most out of blogging when you post three times a week and read your friends’ blogs every day while you eat lunch.
  • You really enjoy blogging when you post twice a month, respond to comments on Mondays, and read others’ blogs on the weekends.

Those are absolute examples, by the way 😂 and things can differ for all of us depending on the week! But as a whole, you have developed patterns in the way you blog that make you the happiest. Do your best to honor those! And if you’re struggling in any area, look at the situation and tailor it to your wants and needs.

Hey thanks so much for reading my post! I hope it got you thinking about how you can keep that awesome blogging flame of yours alive. 🧡 Don’t give up! Living the Blogging Life exists to help and inspire other bloggers, and we hope that our posts are an encouragement to you! Let us know if there’s ever a topic you’d like to see us write about. You can submit post requests here.

How do YOU fan your blogging flame? Did any of these tips help? We’d love to hear from you!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to encourage you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog Reach A Wider Audience

Finding other bloggers
to connect with is an

important part of blogging!

Building your own network of bloggers
you know takes time, dedication,
and creativity.

It requires you to learn how to
find new blogs, stay connected,
and publish content others will
want to come back to.

But what happens when
you’ve reached a
seemingly dead end?

It’s been weeks since you met a new blogger,
and your readership has dropped significantly.
You’ve been blogging the same way,
but your connections within the community
seem to be diminishing.

If you’ve been experiencing this lately,
then this post is for you!

Hi there!! Welcome back to our blog! If this is your first time here, welcome to Living the Blogging Life. This is a collaborative website where a bunch of people who love to blog share their tips, ideas, and advice! We hope you enjoy your time reading articles here 😊💙 if you ever have a question you’d like answered, just leave a comment or contact us through this page!

Today I’m sharing ways to help your blog reach more people! I’ve followed all of these tips and ideas myself and seen very positive results over the years. The tips can be tweaked to fit your niche, work with your blog, and accommodate your own personal blogging style!

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog
Reach A Wider Audience

1. Write posts of varying lengths!

This is a very easy one to incorporate into the way you write posts! When you share a post that’s 2k words, then a week later you write one that’s 300 words, then the following weekend you share some of your recent photography with minimal captions, you’re offering your audience a nice selection of posts to choose from!

Depending on the subject matter and how much time your readers are able to dedicate to reading your posts, you’re giving more people a chance to get a lot out of your content.

2. Expand your blog’s content to include more topics

This may not work for a blog with a very specific focus, but it’s something to consider if you’d like to reach more people! Think about your hobbies and interests, what you enjoy talking and thinking about, and you may just come up with some new category ideas. Find fun ways to fit your favorite things into your blogging niche!

By creating new categories and tagging your posts with new labels, you’ll spread the word about your blog through the Reader to a wider audience.

3. Share posts with varying formats

I really love it when a blogger writes posts with different formats! Here are some examples of types of posts:

  • list post
  • photography
  • quote collection
  • favorites
  • a tag/award
  • review
  • day in the life

Sharing posts with varying layouts and formats gives your blog versatility, intrigue, and it helps your audience get to know you better!

4. Involve other bloggers!

You can interview bloggers, write posts that were requested/recommended, collaborate with another blogger, do an award/tag and nominate people, or host a Question of the Day! (A blogger I know and fellow LTBL team member, Selina, does this on her blog often, which I really love!) People really enjoy getting involved, and I know how excited I get when I see my name/blog mentioned in someone else’s post! 😂💕

5. Continue to interact with your readers (especially on their blogs!)

This one may be obvious, but I’m going to include it anyway. 😉 When I’ve taken time off from reading blogs, I feel increasingly disconnected from my audience, because then the comments my posts get is a one-sided interaction from my commenters. While they may continue getting to know me through my posts, if I’m not interacting with them on their blogs, there’s not much room for a happy blogging friendship to flourish. So do the best you can to give back and support their blogs, too!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found these ideas helpful and that they can help you to grow your blog. ❤ Let me know in the comments:

How do YOU connect with other bloggers? Have you used any of the tips in this post? We’d love to hear from you!

As always, here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to inspire you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

How To Swap Blog Buttons with Other Bloggers

One great way to spread the word
about your blog is
through blog buttons!

However,
the concept is a
little confusing at first.

A ‘Blog Buttons’ page? Swapping?
And how do you even make one?

With a bit of help
from a blogging friend,
you’ll be on your way to

button-swapping in no time!

Hello! We’re so glad you’re here! I’m Maggie, one of the writers on the Living the Blogging Life team. When I first started blogging, a friend of mine helped me to make a button and explained what ‘swapping’ them is! I really appreciated the guidance, so I want to pass on that information in this post. I hope it’s helpful for you!

To explain it briefly, a blog button is “a picture representing your blog that you swap with other bloggers”! Think of it as a free little advertisement for bloggers who mutually agree to display each others’ buttons on their blogs. 😄

So for example, if you wanted to exchange blog buttons with me, you would save my blog button’s image and put it up on your Blog Buttons page, along with the link to my blog! And I would update my Blog Buttons page with your blog button and your blog’s link so that others can find your blog through my page.

Here’s the step-by-step to getting your blog set up with a blog button and a page for others’!

How To Swap Blog Buttons
with Other Bloggers

1. Make a blog button!

You can do this on Canva (an awesome editing app/website) or another creative design platform! (One of our writers, Madeleine, shared a great tutorial here!) Customize it to display your blog’s name, link, and other designs that represent your personality and blog well. There’s no right or wrong way to make a blog button!

Alternately, if you’d like a bit of help with making your blog button, you can order one through a blog design service! There are different bloggers who can help you with graphics for free (just give credit to who helped you!). We have a page for ordering blog graphics here, which you’re welcome to check out!

2. Create a ‘Blog Buttons’ page for your blog.

Check out LTBL’s blog buttons page or my personal blog buttons page for ideas! You can call your page any number of things: ‘Blog Buttons,’ ‘Blogs I Love,’ ‘Swap Blog Buttons With Me,’ or whatever you’d like. As long as it gets the blog buttons point across, it’s good! 😀

Make sure that after you create the page, add it to your site’s Primary Menu! This will allow other bloggers to find it easily. To do this, go to Customizer > Menus > Primary, then under Add Items, press the ‘+’ sign and Add it to the Menu. 🙂

3. Reach out to other bloggers!

Just go to blogs run by bloggers you enjoy chatting with and see if they have their own Blog Buttons page! You can comment there and ask if they’re interested in swapping with you. Sometimes, if comments aren’t enabled for these pages (make sure you enable comments on your page under Quick Edit!), you can contact the blogger and ask if they’d like to swap.

To add someone else’s button to your page, just right-click on their blog button and save it to your computer. I like to name the image the blogger’s blog link to help me remember what URL to add to the photo! So for example, if I was adding Living the Blogging Life’s button to my page, I’d name it ‘livingtheblogginglife’ 🙂 When you’re editing your page, just add a photo (if you’re using the Block Editor, that would be the ‘Image’ block) and then click the chain button to add the blogger’s link!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. 😀 ❤ Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions, and one of our writers will get back to you!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, we love to encourage you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

How I Add Artwork to Blog Posts

Being a blogger who’s also an artist
is a fun combination!

Finding ways to incorporate your art
into your blog
is a creative process,
which takes time to figure out
but it’s totally worth it.

To help you along,
this post outlines one way
to transfer your artwork
to your blog posts!

Hello and welcome back to Living the Blogging Life! My name’s Maggie, and I blog over at maggie’s doodles.

For the past few months, I’ve been learning how to add doodles to my posts in a visually-pleasing way, backed by a simple process for adding them. If it took me too long to draw, upload, and edit each doodle, it may discourage me from incorporating art into my blog. That’s why it’s important to me that the editing process is straightforward and fairly quick!

I’ve been using the app Superimpose to work with digital art since 2014. It was $1 in the App Store when I originally bought it, but since then the price might have changed! lol and there’s also a new app called Superimpose X, which you may want to check out as well!

The art editing tutorial I’ve shared in this post is not specific to Superimpose. You may be able to find another app or website with the same customization tools.

I love incorporating my doodles into my blog, so I hope these tips help you to share art on your own blog! ❤

Note: This tutorial works for me with handwriting, doodles made with markers, and doodles drawn with ink pens. I haven’t had success yet with drawings including colored pencils (as the app removes the color along with the paper background), and I haven’t tried this method with paintings. Let me know in the comments if you know how to add paintings and colored pencil drawings to your blog posts!

Let’s get started!

This post may be challenging to read in the Reader. Click here to read it on the website!

How I Add Artwork
to Blog Posts

1. Get the app Superimpose. (You can see how the app’s icon looks in the photo)

2. Take a picture of your artwork!

3. Open Superimpose.

4. Click ‘Import’ (in the top left corner) and choose ‘Pick color.’

5. Choose a 1:1 (square) white background and tap the check mark (top left corner). (You can pick another dimension if you wish – whatever best fits your art!)

6. Click ‘Import’ again and select ‘Import Foreground > Photos.’

7. Find the picture of your artwork and select ‘Choose.’ (You can crop around your art here, but I usually do it manually within the app. In fact, my way probably takes longer haha! *rethinks this*)

8. Tap ‘Mask’ (middle right on the bottom of the app).

9. Go to Settings (top right corner) and select the rectangle masking tool. (Again, you can eliminate most of this step by following my shortcut in Step 7 bahaha)

10. Remove the white space around your art by drawing a rectangle shape and double-tapping it.

11. Repeat this process until all that remains is your art!

12. Go back to masking tools and select the Magic Wand haha

13. Tap all of the off-white areas until all you have left is your doodle, sketch, handwriting, etc.!

14. You can save it like this, or go to ‘Transform’ (middle left on the bottom of the app) and adjust the size of the art by zooming in and out.

15. Go back to ‘Home’ (bottom left corner) and tap the box with an arrow pointing up. Export to Photos, or Mask as a PNG (which helps to remove as much white as possible)!


ta-da!!!

Yay! Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helps you along on your blogger/artist journey. 😀 ❤ There are still soooo many settings and customization tools I haven’t experimented with yet in Superimpose. As you saw, I actually discovered a shortcut I’m going to take from now on when editing my doodles! haha

I’d love to hear from you in the comments:

How do you add your artwork to blog posts? Are there any apps or websites that you’d like to recommend?

If you have any questions about Superimpose, or you’d like to see another tutorial on LTBL, just share a reply down below or contact us through the Ask for Advice page!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, our posts are specially curated to inspire you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Blogging Milestones

*ding! ding! ding!*

The little notification bell is ringing.
But this time, it’s not just a like,
comment, or follow.

You’ve reached a milestone!!!

WOOHOO!

Now it’s time to celebrate.
Do you need some ideas?

That’s what we’re here for!

Hey there!! Welcome back to Living the Blogging Life, the blog help website where we aspire to help YOU enjoy blogging to the fullest. We’re so glad you’re here! There’s a whole team of writers on LTBL (you can get to know us better here!), but this specific post was written by me – Maggie! Let’s check out today’s topic.

Blogging is a really fun hobby, and celebrating milestones can be exciting and awesome! It could be a follower milestone (i.e. reaching that first 100 – like Living the Blogging Life recently has!) or a like milestone.

Whatever you’ve accomplished on your blog through time, effort, and the help of others is something you can celebrate!

It’s not required, of course, but celebrating is a fun way to involve your audience, share some upbeat content, and reflect on how far you’ve come!

Not quite sure what a blog accomplishment looks like? Here’s a bullet point list with some examples!:

  • followers (10, 25, 50, 100, 200, etc.!)
  • likes (25, 50, 500, and more)
  • views (100, 250, 500, etc.)
  • your blogiversary (“blog anniversary,” which marks your blog being around for 1, 2, 3, and so on years, and you can also write about your experience blogging for one month, six months, etc.!)
  • the completion/duration of a post series (i.e. have you been sharing one type of post every Friday for four months? that’s some awesome consistency right there!)
  • a theme/design makeover (if you’ve been trying for a while to customize your blog’s look and you’ve just completed a design you’re really happy with, you can celebrate it!)
  • reaching personal blog goals (i.e. collaborating with a certain amount of bloggers, developing a weekly posting schedule and sticking to it, etc.)

Now it’s time to think about fun ways to celebrate these cool milestones! Let’s get started!

Fun Ways to Celebrate
Blogging Milestones

#1: blog party

Bloggers love interacting with new people and being part of a virtual celebration! If you’ve never hosted a blog party before, here’s a straightforward way to go about doing it:

  1. write a short post letting your followers know when the party’s going to start! Include the date and time (make sure to specify the time zone since bloggers live in different parts of the world) and share how long the party will be open
  2. share the blog party post
  3. encourage discussion in the comments of your blog party by providing an objective (i.e. introduce yourself, tell us what your blog’s about, and share your best blogging tip!)
  4. respond to comments and get to know the people who came to your party better!
  5. make sure to check your spam folder for comments that accidentally end up there
  6. when the party’s over, you can close comments on the post and update the title with the word ‘closed’

#2: a gift/helpful post for your readers

Is there a post your followers would really benefit from reading? This would be an awesome time to do it! You can do a post that helps your audience get to know you better (i.e. room tour, day in your life, what you’ve learned, etc.), a fun game/activity for them to do in the comments (i.e. would you rather, this or that, etc.), or something else that you and your readers would find special!

#3: giveaway

This is really fun, although one thing you have to think about is where the majority of your readers live. If most of your followers probably won’t be able to participate, what you can do is a digital giveaway! Here are some ideas:

  • one of your readers wins a guest post spot on your blog
  • one reader (or more!) wins getting to have their blog button/s in your sidebar for a certain amount of time
  • the winner/s get a gift from you (i.e. a custom post, special blog graphic, etc.)

#4: a question and answer session

I’ve gotten to know different bloggers so much better when they’ve hosted a q&a session on your blog! All you have to do is: write a quick post asking for readers to send you questions (in the comments or the Contact form), then you can answer the questions in your next post or in a series if you get lots of questions.

#5: a blog tour!

This is a very fun way to celebrate blogging! This concept can take a bit to understand, but once you do it’s pretty awesome. A blog tour is what a blogger does when they collaborate with other bloggers and do guest posts on their friends’ blogs over a week or so. It takes creativity, coordination, and communicating with your blog friends, but it’s SO worth it!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe thought of some ways to celebrate on your blog. Congratulations on all your blogging accomplishments! Whether you’ve been blogging for ten minutes or ten years, there are big and small goals you’re reaching every day that are worth recognition.

How do YOU celebrate your blogging milestones? Have you used any of these ideas? We’d love to hear from you!

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Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Blog Name

Congratulations!
You’re starting a new blog.

You choose the website
to create your blog through, and then…
You stop short.

Now’s the moment when you
get to pick the name.

Sometimes this is easy. You already have one chosen and it’s available, and bam! You can get customizing and writing.

But other times, it’s more difficult than that.

What do you do if you want to start a blog,
but need some guidance
when picking a name?

We’re so glad you’ve found this post!

Thanks for being here on Living the Blogging Life! I’m Maggie, and I blog over at maggie’s doodles. Today I’m sharing my top advice for going through the process of picking a blog name!

I have a lot of experience with this, because not only have I been blogging since 2010, but I’ve also named a bunch of blogs in that span of time. So actually, I don’t have experience with naming a blog for the long haul (haha), but I do know all about really personalizing your blog name to help you flourish in the present!

The questions I pose in this post are to help get you thinking about what you really want your blog to be all about.

You don’t have to have a solid answer for every single one, and you don’t have to share your answers with anyone. This is just an exercise to help you along!

To build upon the ideas I’m sharing with you today, I’ll be using an example about a new blogger and how they work through the process of choosing their blog name by answering these questions! Our blogger’s name is Ellie, and she loves working in the kitchen (especially to bake delicious treats!), so she wants to start a baking blog. Let’s help her find a great name.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Blog Name

#1: Will I be able to live up to it?

The first name Ellie thought of was “Baking Daily with Ellie.” She thinks it sounds catchy and fun. However, she then realized that while she may have baked every day this week, most weeks she makes one or two recipes. She would feel sad to have a blog that made her feel like she should be baking more than she does, and that she also has to post every day. She scrapped this idea and moved on to the next question.

#2: Is the name strongly associated with a particular niche?

Ellie knows that having a baking blog will group her together with other fellow cooks and bakers, and she’s content with that! Sometimes a blogger may wish to pick a name that is more generalized and then choose a descriptive tagline (which you can customize under Settings > General).

You can update a tagline more easily than having to go about changing your URL and doing an entire re-branding.

So, Ellie is fine with being part of the bakers niche.

#3: Is it easy to type and say out loud?

Another name Ellie came up with was “Convivial Baking Adventures.” She looked up synonyms for the word ‘fun’ and found that fancy word… but will everyone know how to spell it? Or even pronounce it? And they may not know what it means! That word looks to me like ‘trivial,’ which makes Ellie’s blog name (and her baking) sound questionable, haha. She’s decided to stick with names that are more recognizable and maybe shorter, as well.

#4: Will I be satisfied long-term with the content I’m signing up for?

She initially really liked the name “Ellie’s Sugar Cookies,” because that’s one of her signature recipes! However, she’s obviously going to be baking other dishes all year long. She decided to do a blog series on her sugar cookies instead of naming her blog after them, which can be a nice way to use some of the many blog names you come up with! They could make great post series, even if you don’t name your blog with them. 🙂

#5: Can you claim a WordPress domain (and later a custom one), or is it taken?

Ellie Bakes” is another name she considered using! However, the WordPress domain has been claimed by someone else (I checked the legitimacy of this for this post haha), and the custom domain she might buy in the future is available, but since finding out she can’t use the WordPress one, it made her realize she’d rather pick a blog name with a fun adjective in it.

#6: Is the URL readable?

There are times when a blog name looks great on the blog itself, but the URL reads differently. One blog name Ellie tried out was “Lovely Ellie’s Sunday Baking,” since she considered doing a new post every Sunday. (Although after answering the first question in this post, she realized that would be quite restricting.)

So, the name looks fine on the blog, but how about the URL? It reads “lovelyelliessundaybaking.” It kind of looks like it says ‘yellie,’ and maybe ‘daybaking,’ and neither of those make sense. Sometimes a URL can even look like it spells out a crude word, so that’s something to look out for.

#7: Does the name inspire you to blog?

Finally, using this seventh and final question, Ellie arrived at the name “Ellie’s Yummy Bakes,” which perfectly meets this criteria! She’ll always enjoy baking, every post she shares will include yummy food, and her name will always be Ellie. She’s so happy she worked through possible blog names and took the time to come up with one she loved!

Hooray! You’ve finished reading through this post! I hope you found some of these ideas useful. You’re also welcome to use these questions to decide on other titles and names in blogging, from post series to paragraph headings, you name it!

In my personal experience with my latest blog, I found it helpful to pick a name I liked (Chickadee Lover Maggie) and then allow my content to shift and move around until I chose the direction I wanted to continue in. Sometimes that’s necessary to do (changing your blog name) as you discover what works for you! I’m very happy I did that and now have a blog called maggie’s doodles

How do YOU come up with blog names, post titles, etc.? Do you have any advice to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

Tips for Encouraging Readership on Your Blog

When comments are on
but participation is off,
it can be wildly discouraging
for a blogger.

Why isn’t anyone commenting?
you wonder.
Is it my writing?
Is it how much I post?

It can be hard
to know where to turn.

But thankfully,
you’ve found this post!

Hello! It’s a brand new day here on Living the Blogging Life, and we are delighted to welcome you back. If it’s your first time here, we’d like to encourage you to visit our Team page to get to know the writers a bit better! And if you ever have any blogging questions, they can be submitted here.

I’m Maggie from maggie’s doodles. I have been actively learning about encouraging readership on my blogs since early 2017! That’s nearly four years’ worth of tweaking my writing, posting style, etc., to find out what people really like to read and comment on. I’ll be sharing my top readership advice today! Here’s the blogging philosophy I write by:

Readership and comments should reflect how much other bloggers are enjoying your content!

Tips for Encouraging
Readership on Your Blog

Begin with the titlebecause that’s the first thing readers learn about your post

Working on developing a sense of unity in your titles will give your blog a streamlined feel! When titles are too different from each other, it causes a blogger’s content to look mismatched and irrelevant.

By coming up with your own titling style, you can use series names, separators (i.e. -, ~, and |), and similar sentence structure to bring them all together and really complement your blog!

Continue with the introductionsince it can be what makes or breaks readership

There are three ways to introduce your post: briefly, extensively, or not at all. I think this is a preference for all bloggers and readers, so just like with most things in blogging, it’s up to you! But typically, a sufficient, medium-length introduction (maybe even a short, helpful one) works best.

Lengthy beginnings can cause our attention span to wander, and posts that contain no introduction might be confusing and feel somewhat sudden. These are just a few things to think about when introducing your posts!

Formatting is nextmake it visually pleasing!

My absolute favorite posts are the ones with lists, short paragraphs (3-5 sentences), vibrant photography, artistic dividers, explanatory headings, color blocks (headings/text with color background), and bold/italic points! They don’t have to contain all of these things, but if they have a few of these elements, you’ll be able to keep me interested for a while – even long posts with good formatting are easy to read!

Finish with the outropose some questions

This is VERY important. Give your readers some ideas for how they could strike up conversation with you! Some posts are easy to respond to, but with other ones, providing example questions will help readers to start their comment. I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve clicked away from even though I wanted to say something, because I wasn’t sure how to interact with the blogger.

Read your post back if YOU were a reader, would you have anything to say?

This tip has saved my posts multiple times! While writing, I preview my draft in a separate tab and skim through it, looking to see what a potential reader would be able to take away from the post. This has helped me learn how to gear my writing toward the reader and encourage discussion!

Create harmony in your contentgive bloggers something to keep coming back to your blog for

I LOVE it when a blogger has a weekly or monthly post they consistently share! It gives me a day of the week to look forward to, and I get to learn something more about the blogger on a regular basis. Consistency in a blog’s content builds readership and encourages followers to return, because if they love your posts and you frequently share new ones within that topic/niche, they’ll be excited for the latest installments!

Pay attention to popular comment hoursfind out when your readers are online

This is one of those things that takes months of watching your stats and experiencing trial and error! I wouldn’t normally encourage a blogger to look at views and keep track of likes, but it can be really helpful for a while so you can find out when your readers typically comment. Some days of the week are more popular, and certain times of day will have more readers online.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Building readership on your blog is something that takes time and effort, but the results are totally worth it! At the same time you’re learning how to gear your posts toward your audience, you also grow as a blogger, writer, and individual.

How do YOU encourage people to comment? What are some helpful things you’ve learned about readership? We’d love to hear from you!

On Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to always encourage you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!