Tips for starting a second blog

Hello there everyone! It’s me, Liz!

Today I’m sharing my top tips for starting up a new blog. Whether it’s a personal blog or collab blog, these tips will be for everyone!

Oh and one little disclaimer this is more for starting a second blog, but these might help with your very first blog too!

First, let’s be honest, starting a new blog is tough. Like extremely hard. You have to choose a name, topic, design, then actually design it. Plus you have to juggle posting on that blog and your normal blog. (little self promo, if you need help designing you can submit a form on our design page!)

1. Start a collab blog instead of another one just with you

This tip may not work for everyone, but if you are a busy person then I highly suggest this. If you can’t post, then whoever you’re collaborating with can help keep the blog running. You could also open for a lot of guest posts.

2. Separate it from your first blog

What I mean by this is to post in a completely different category than your normal blog. For example: if I have a book blog, then I should start an art blog, instead of another book blog. To be completely honest with you, hardly anyone would want to read two different blogs by the same person about the same things. So try out something new for a theme!!

3. Make a posting schedule

If you want to stay active on two or more blogs you need a schedule. Even if it’s super rough like post once a month on this blog and once a week on this other blog. Otherwise, you’re going to end up posting either only on one blog or be very inactive. Remember a goal you should have is to keep up with your normal blog while adding in your second blog. This is also extremely important if it’s a collab blog, you don’t want 4 people posting in one day. 😂

4. Have time for your blog

Hold up! Before you create your new blog, think. Are you going to have time for this? Once the excitement goes away will you still have the motivation to continue this blog? Can you juggled this with school/work and your other blog? Once you start your followers are probably going to want more. If you realize that you don’t have time, but have a few posts you want to do, then you can either start a blog series on it or maybe guest post one of them on someone else’s blog! (just ask them, most bloggers will say yes!)

5. Spread the word!

If this is something you really want to do, tell everyone!! Blog tours are a great way, or if it’s a collab blog have everyone post about it on their blogs. Keep mentioning it, when you can, don’t be shouting out FOLLOW MY BLOG. Chances are people aren’t going to follow it if you do that, mainly because that’s just rude to say that. What I’m saying is if you get a good moment to squeeze it into a post, do so, but just make sure you aren’t obsessing over telling people.


Those are some of my top tips/advice for you. This definitely isn’t everything about a second blog, but I hope it helps. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or leave a comment!

Have a wonderful day!

My experience with blog series – 9 tips

Hey everyone!! It’s Liz, been a while! 😂 How are you guys doing?

Today I’m going to be chatting about blog series and my experience as the writer of them.

First off what is a blog series?

A blog series is a number of posts (usually 3 or more) that all connect. For example I’m doing a series called “Answering the webs most asked questions about ___”. All the posts are formatted the same, each post is just about a different subject.

Here are a few tips I have!

  1. Be passionate about the series

If you don’t love what you’re writing your best isn’t going to come through. In fact the more you love a post or series actually reflects to your readers and they love it more.

2. Look to see if your readers are enjoying it

Don’t look at the likes, most of the time bloggers like all the posts they read or skim. Look at the comments and see if people really like it or are asking for more. If you really love the series and your readers aren’t enjoying it keep writing it! Write what you enjoy, blogging shouldn’t be for followers or likes.

3. Take feedback and use it

Ask your readers if they like the series and what you can improve. Use that feedback. Feedback can be intimating sometimes, so try to use one small piece of advice at a time.

4. Ask for what your readers what next in the series

For example: In my “Answering the webs most asked questions about ___” series I ask what my readers what the next subject should be. In helps give you inspiration and you write what they want to read.

5. Keep a consistent theme

A series should not be “A clothes haul” and “Chapter 9 of my book”. Guys, that just doesn’t go together. 😂 Make sure your posts are linked together in a clear way. Don’t stress putting posts together, it should be an effortless mix.

6. Feel free to end the series

Sometimes your inspiration comes to a screeching halt. Ending a series doesn’t have to say in the post “this is the last post of this series.” You could just slow down with the posts or just stop. If you say it’s the end of the series then you can’t 👇🏻👇🏻

7. Take a break

This isn’t as drastic as ending a series. It can give you time to recollect your thoughts. Plus readers might be tired of the series and need a break just as much as you.

8. Link the posts

What I mean by this is not how I’ve been using the work “link”. I mean literally link them. At the beginning or end of the post have the links for the posts that come before that one. It can help readers easily find them, especially if context is needed.

9. If it’s a big series you can create a whole page on it

I personally have never done this, but lots of people do. Especially if it’s chapters for a book they are sharing. I have made a page to link all my deep posts, which is similar, but not the same. I’m not saying every series needs a page, but if you have a really long series then that can be nice. Just don’t do that with series that are only 3 or 4 posts.

And there you have it!! I hope this is helpful to you. Please comment any questions you have and I’ll be happy to answer them.

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!

What To Do When You Run Out Of Media Storage

A couple years ago, I was beginning to fill up my storage space. My blog wouldn’t be the same without pictures, so I needed a solution and I needed it fast. So I began my research. Just, I couldn’t find a solution that worked for me. Most posts I came across just said to buy more storage space.

Um, no thank you. Blogging is simply a hobby for me, so I don’t want to have a monthly payment coming from it. Plus, in order to have enough media space to last me a while, I’d need the $50 business plan. I don’t think so.

So, if you happen to be in a position like I was, this post is for you! I’m going to be sharing some things that you can to do conserve media storage and also what to do when you run out.

I feel like everyone can benefit from this post though. If I had known these tips when I first started, that would have definitely saved me the horror of almost running out of storage space.

Option 1 – Buy media space

Even though I just explained why this wouldn’t work for me, there are some people who this would work for. This is mainly for people who are making money off of blogging though. I don’t think many of our readers fit into that profile, so I won’t go into too much detail on it. If you want to pay money to WordPress to buy more storage space, I’m sure they will answer any question you have on the topic.

Option 2 – Host photos on another blog

I used this method for a while. Basically, you write your post on a second blog, and then copy and paste them over to your actual blog. My issue with this is that often people couldn’t see my photos. I have found that it helps if the second blog is public though, instead of private.

Option 3 – Use a site like Flickr

This is currently the method I use. I upload my photos to Flickr and then copy them over to my blog. The biggest con of this is that you can only upload 1,000 photos per media account unless you pay $6 a month. Since my dad already pays for Flickr, I just use his account. But this can definitely be a major con if you don’t already pay for a service like this.

Option 4 – Switch webhosts

I’ve looked for the perfect webhost, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it doesn’t exist. Each one has pros and cons. Blogger however, has an unlimited amount of storage space. Therefore, you may want to switch over. However, WordPress does have the best community. It is worth looking into switching though if you are running out of storage space.

Option 5 – Start a new blog

I probably wouldn’t recommend this one. But it is worth a mention. You could always start fresh.

Ways to conserve space

  • use jpgs instead of pngs
  • re-use old photos
  • use stock photos
  • upload photos to Instagram

Okay, let me delve into those a little more. Jpgs take up a lot less space than pngs. So, if you’re making an image on Canva or something, take a moment to switch the format to jpg. It is a little bit worse quality, but I personally don’t think that’s a huge deal.

If you have something like a signature, don’t upload that photo every time you post! Once is enough.

I went over using stock photos before, but basically, they can help you save space if you copy/paste them to your site.

Finally, you could upload your photos to Instagram. WordPress has a feature where you can embed Instagram photos into your post. It might look a little rough to your readers, but it is an option.

I hope you found a method that helps! Comment your current media space for fun. (Mine is 96.3% full, hehe)

How to Do a Collab with a Fellow Blogger!~LTBL

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It’s Kaelyn@ Kaelyn’s Life and Stuffed Stories here today to share some fun ideas on how to do a collab with another blogger!

Some of y’all may or may not know this, but I have recently just came back from a blogging hiatus so,if you haven’t seen me as much posting on here or being active in the comments/likes, that is why. 😀

Although, I am super glad to be back and to get to talk with you all today! I always love reading y’all’s comments and feedback. 😀

So.. without further ado, let’s get started! 🙂

When I say “collab”, I mean doing a post where you and another blogger work together on it. This can be done however in many different and creative ways.

Doing a collab is actually quite simple, all it takes is approaching a blogging friend (and they don’t even have to be a blogger! they could be a sibling, friend, etc.) or that they approach you. Although, you always want to make sure that you can contact each other in some form to talk. It can be done about either via email (personal or blogging email), Google Hangouts, Instagram DM’s, Pintrest messaging, etc!

If you don’t know them personally, I would not give out your phone number for internet safety reasons, although that is up to you. 😀 😀

However, I have done GroupMe with bloggers before, but I was not the only person in the chat, which made me feel safer since it wasn’t a one-on-one convo using my personal phone number.

And that is about all it takes when doing communication and getting it started! 😀

Oh! And a collab does not just have to have 2 people, it can have 3, 4, or more if you would like! I would recommend not doing more than 4 because then it could get a bit confusing after that, format wise.

Now, you just need a topic! And there are like, TONS of different ideas out there and I will explain a few that I have done or seen, but feel free to do something that is not listed here! 😉

Interview/Question Collab (a majority of all collabs)

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This is one of the most popular collabs that I have seen out there and that is to just simply ask questions about each other! It can be one an assortment of things or it can be like on one topic.. I have done like summer question collabs and even a COVID-19 collab. I have even done a couple on one of my fav book series, Keeper of the Lost Cites by Shannon Messanger.

Quick point! Be sure to ask the same amount of questions( i recommend between 10-12 questions, give or take) and decide if y’all will answer the same questions or each of you answer different questions that the other asks.

Playlist/Music Collab

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A playlist or music collab is always fun, because who doesn’t like music?

There are many ways to do music collabs! You could just ask questions about music you like, do questions just over one musical genre, or you could swap playlists!

I have seen people who give each other like 10 songs to listen to and they say what they like or dislike about the song, kind of like a mini-review! 😀

Fashion Collab

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Talking about clothes, hair, makeup, shoes, nails, you name it! Fashion collabs can be lots of fun.

I have done a collab before where my blogging friend and I swapped fashion tips from clothes to makeup. It was fun to see the input that they had and offered. 😀

Or you could do like outfit inspo’s and talk about clothing aesthetics!

Story Collab

Photo by Ichad Windhiagiri on Pexels.com

I have not done this before, but I have seen this collab idea and it sounds really fun!

It is where you each have the same few words or a prompt and you both write a short story or poem from it.

Or one person starts the story and the other person does the ending!

Lots of fun ideas out there!

Never Have I Ever Collab

Photo by Keira Burton on Pexels.com

These collabs are a blast!!! It’s just playing the game Never Have I Ever and you say things like…

Never have I ever eaten a bug.

Although, if you have eaten a bug before you would say that you have and maybe when you did(or what bug). Or if you haven’t then great, say that and then maybe say why you would or would not want to.

And yes, people, I have eaten a bug before, although it was a fried meelworm… , but it tasted gross in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend it, but to each their own taste buds! 😉 😛

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When formatting a collab, there are a few things you can do. You can have it where you each post on your blog, but you both post both of y’all’s parts of the collab.

Or.. you can have it where your friend posts your part or questions of the collab on their blog and then you post their part of it on your blog.

Overall though, these are just ideas! My hope is that this post helps you to find some guidance on how to do collabs if you are new to it, or for it to be a refresher if you have done them, and to inspire you to do one with your blogging buddy.

There are some many ideas out there that you can do from travelling, books, doing assumptions about each other, sports, flowers, etc! You can find a common interest you both have and go from there, or you can ask fun or even random questions!

Now don’t ever ask TOO personal of a question such as addresses, phone numbers, their deepest secret, etc. If you ask a question and for some reason they say that they don’t feel comfortable sharing, such as you asked their siblings ages, or what not, and they may say the would rather not due to internet safety, etc.

Respect that and ask a different question, with honor and kindness.

I hope that these prompts and ideas help inspire you to maybe try some of these. You won’t regret it!

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In the comments- I would love to hear if you all have ever done a collab. If so, what collabs have you done before and what ideas do you want to try? Or if you haven’t, do you want to try collabs now? If so, what ideas do you have?

And random question!! Fantasy or sci-fi?

Well, that’s all that I have for you all today at Living the Blogging Life!!

See you all next time!

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7 must-haves of a blog.

Today’s post is actually a repost of something which I already did on my blog, from a series called “Blogging with Evin”

Let’s get into it!

  1. A nice theme.

When I first visit a blog, I look at the design and THEN move on to the content. So you need to have a nice theme, to make your blog look good, and to attract readers too!

some of my favourite themes:

  • Scratch pad
  • Button 2
  • Libre 2
  • Pen Scratch 2
  • dara
  • toujours
  • canape
  • lovecraft
  • edin
  • baskerville
  • rowling
  • Ixion

2. About page

Your blog should have an about page, so whenever you get a new visitor they can know more about you! My about page. Things you can add in your about page:

  • Your name
  • where you’re from
  • your hobbies
  • what you like reading, writing, listening to: etc.
  • Why you started blogging
  • A picture of yourself/ your bitmoji/ your gravatar.
  • and a good message

3. Sidebar.

Adding widgets in your sidebar/ footer like archives, top posts and pages, recent posts, tags, categories, calendars etc . This way, even if someone misses out on your posts, they can click on any of these widgets and find them!

You can also insert sidebar graphics, if you don’t know how to make them, you can header over and place an order @LTBL DESIGN TEAM

4. Chat page/ contact page.

Having a chat page for everyone to talk is a great way to make new friends and interact with your readers! (I don’t have one though XD) It’s a place where ANYONE can leave a message and well.. meet new people!

You can start a chat page if you don’t want to share your email through a contact form 

Tip; Have a seperate email for blogging, it’ll be way easier , organized and safe 😉

5. Logo/ blog button.

I wouldn’t say that this is a must-have, but it’s always fun to swap blog buttons 😉

If you don’t know how a blog button/ swap thingy works,

  • A blog button is basically a logo.
  • You create a new page titled “blog buttons” or maybe “Blog friends” or something like that and display your button and say “this is my button, comment down if you’d like to swap with me”
  • if I want to swap with you, you go to my blog buttons page copy and paste my button in your page, then link it to my blog. That way, others can visit my blog 😉
  • when a blogger visits a blog and finds your button on that blog’s page, they may click on it, visit your blog and follow you!
  • SO a blog button in conclusion is one of the many ways to grow your blog :))

How do I make a blog button?

Blog buttons are actually SO easy to make! I made mine with Canva 😉 Madeline made a tutorial on how to create one here!

6. Tagline and a site address.

Think of a REALLY good tagline that kind of describes what your blog is about. (and the blog name too XD) for example, my main blog’s tagline is: Lifestyle,ramblings and more

And the site address, of course 😉 you could have a site address with your name on it, like mine which is: evinsblog.wordpress.com. or, you could have it as your blog name like so: acurlysuesramblings.wordpress.com. That is WAY too long, so I just have one with my name! Even if I change my blog’s name, I don’t have to change my site address 😉

(GENIUS)

7. Email list / social icons.

I don’t know why I’m adding this because I have neither of these ones. I. don’t know much about social icons, but I do know that they can help to grow your blog. Email lists are SO FUN!! I’m subscribed to lots of email lists I tried to make one and then…….MEH. you can start an email list with MailChimp, ConverKit and some other websites too! Do you have an email list?

Those are the must-haves of a blog! the last one isn’t a must-have, but it helps you to grow your blog.

Thanks for reading!

until next time,

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 Start a Blog

For all the prospective bloggers out there, this post is for you!

If you’re here, I’m assumuing you know a bit about the blogosphere. So, if you don’t have a blog and you’d like to get one, I’m going to tell you how to get started.

So, the very first step is deciding what platform you want to use. Evin did a post here on Blogger vs. WordPress, but there are also other platforms like Wix or Weebly. I recommend WordPress for most bloggers, so I’m going to share how to start a WordPress blog.

First, you’ll need a WordPress account. It’s super easy to set up, so I’m not going to explain how to do that.

Okay…so there should be a button that says “Add new site”

For me, it’s under my current sites, but I don’t remember where it is when you don’t have a blog. It shouldn’t be too hard to find though.

Next, you name your blog. I’m not keeping this site, so it doesn’t really matter what I call it. But you can figure out what to name your blog using this post.

Okay, so now you’re picking a domain! If your name has a string of numbers afterwards(like mine, lol), try to have something more memorable? Like, if you have Diamond’s Diary, maybe try Diary of Diamond, or Diamond’s Interesting Diary, or something…

Also, even though a .com or .org domain is awesome, if you’re just starting out, you’re probably good with a .wordpress.com domain.

Then, WordPress will prompt you to pick a theme. It really doesn’t matter what theme you pick, so just pick something random. (The LBTL Design Team would love to help with the design if you need help!)

Okay, so then your site is officially launched! That didn’t take so long, did it?

Here’s a checklist! I’ll type it here if you can’t read the image.

  • Site created
  • Name your site
  • Create a site menu
  • Choose a theme
  • Update your home page
  • Launch your site
  • Confirm email address
  • Get the WP app

Now, most of those things are pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into detail on those.

Well, now you have a site, so I could stop. But, I think that when you start a blog, you also need to write a post to introduce yourself to readers!

Your post should…

  • Introduce yourself
  • Share the purpose of your blog
  • Share how often you’ll post
  • And anything else you want!

Once you’re happy with your first post, hit the publish button.

Here’s the published post! Don’t worry too much about making it perfect. Blogging has a learning curve, and no one’s perfect at it. Your first few posts (or first few hundreds like me,) will look a little rough.

There is so much more to go over when it comes to blogging! It could get overwhelming, which is exactly why LTBL was started! If you have any blogging questions, flip through our archives. If you still don’t have an answer, then ask us on our advice page!

If you start a blog as a result of this post, please let me know! I’d love to check your new blog out.

Ways to grow your blog! Pt. 2 (done)

Hey Guys! This is Evin with a new post comin’ at you @ Living the Blogging life! Thanks so much for coming here ✨😜🤗

I’m sorry that this post is delayed by almost a month, but it’s here now!😆

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Today I’ll be doing the second part of Ways to grow your blog! I have 7 tips for you so let’s begin!

Here is the link to part 1~!!

Be (more) interactive: This always helps and it also helps you connect with your audience! You could do something like this:

  • have comment invitations. Ex: “comment invitation: what is your latest blogging milestone you’ve hit?”
  • Ask (a) question (s) I do this and its really fun! Ex: “what are your thoughts on this post? How has your day been so far?”
  • Do an “Assumptions about me” post.
  • Do a Q&A!! people LOVE these!

Just be you!! write how you like and be yourself! coz your the only version of you!! don’t get discouraged 🙂 ❤

Be organised this can help ppl find your post in the reader (again) and this will also help you and your blog readers to find your posts easier! Some things you can do to organize your posts:

  • categorise your posts
  • Add tags
  • Have an “archives” widget
  • Add the “categories” or “tags” widget
  • Have a seperate page for awards and tags (if you do them) or just Anything like : Poems, or short stories.

Follow lots of other blogs! If you want to increase your number of followers, (but remember readers>followers) you could follow atleast 10 blogs everyday!! So some of the bloggers might check out your blog and if they like it, they follow you! I haven’t done this but I follow most of MY followers😜

Add Images and use emojis and Bitmojis!! adding images makes your post more interesting and so does bitmojis and emojis! if you don’t want to use a bitmoji: emojis are just fine!! they are more expressive than words. (It’s not a must, if you think emojis ruin the “seriousness” of your blog, then you don’t have to use it!)

Have a schedule: again, I’ve already mentioned this. But having a schedule and KNOWING what your going to post will help YOU to plan out when to start writing, when to post and YOUR READERS will know what to expect!

Never give up! I dunno how this can help you grow your blog, but remember this! You might have only a few followers but you will get more eventually! Keep posting and never give up ❤ 😀

Which of these are you going to implement? Did you find this helpful?

Thank YOU✨ for reading! I’ll see you next time!

P.S. If there are any specific posts that you would like to read on here, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to get it up!

Answering Questions I Had As a New Blogger

Hey guys! Welcome back to LTBL! It’s lizziegrace here!!

It seems like forever since i’ve been on here! 😂

So, i started my blog, Above the Clouds, in September. Before that I had TONS of questions, even when I started my blog it took a while to learn all (well, not all) the tips and tricks.

Right before and right after i started blogging I made a list of my questions in my blogging notebook. Today i’ll be taking a look at them and answering them! A couple of them were ideas from D. So thank you!!

1. How long does it take to design a blog?

A while! It took me about 3 days my last blog update. It depends on your theme and how long you work each day on it. You can get help here with designing.

2. How many drafts do you have at a time?

I usually have 2-4 on the WordPress site/app. I know bloggers who limit to 1 and others who have 20. It all depends on your creativity at the moment or what you like.

3. Where do you write your posts?

I actually split them up. Sometimes at night i’ll get inspiration and write it in my notebook. Then i’ll type it up on my computer the next day. The other half of the time i’ll type it onto my computer or use my phone if i don’t have access. I’ve also used Voice Memos a couple of times.

4. How long does take to write a post?

It depends on the post. On average 30-45 minutes. Sometimes it’ll be spaced out between a couple days. Other times it takes 5 minutes. Others 3 hours!

5. How often should I post?

I don’t have a schedule but i try to post 1-3 times a week. You can change it up if you’re busy or do it more often if you have more time. Tip: if you write a lot at one time try scheduling some of them for busy times. That way you don’t just disappear.

6. Do I need to open up comments?

YES! Well, no. Personally I love commenting and responding to comments. I know lots of people like to know what people say. You can also make sure you have to approve comments before they hit the blog. Tip: If you add comments make sure to check the spam. Sometimes comments with links will go there.

7. Should i have any pages besides the blog page?

An about page. As the owner of a private blog when someone requests access to my blog the first thing i do is check their about page. It’s also a good way for readers to know who you are. I also have a contact page, in case anyone wants to do a collab post or guest post. Even a giveaway. A home page is nice for looks. A blog button page is really nice to point bloggers to other bloggers (see question 12 for more about blog buttons) Tip: Contact the LTBL design team to help make those pages.

8. Should my blog be private or public?

If you are blogging for views/followers/likes/money then public. If you are blogging for fun and you don’t mind the whole world seeing you then public. Go for private and you’ll be more safe, no random people can go look at your posts. Especially if you post personalish information. Now, if it’s private you won’t get as many followers but it is much safer. I feel way safer with my blog on private. It just depends on your comfort level and what you post.

9. What category should i post in?

I can’t tell you that! You can mix it up. You can have a baking blog or a DIY blog. I’m part of this blog which is a blogger help (?? i think ??) blog. I’m also part of a devotional/faith blog. My personal blog is all over the place!

10. Should I start with a collab blog or personal one?

Starting off i’m gonna say personal. The think is, with a collab blog things can get confusing, you might not have the same limitations or theme that you would have with your personal one. I wouldn’t join a collab until you get the basics of blogging and blog for a little while. Of course, there are some people who can jump right into a collab blog. So find what’s best for you.

11. What’s a ping back?

Oh boy! A ping back is when somebody adds the link from your blog post onto one of theirs (not a reblog). In the comment section it will give a link to the ping back (basically pings it back 😂). If I didn’t explain that well enough here’s with WordPress Support says: “A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments: Person A posts something on his blog. Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post.”. WARNING: If your blog is private it will not do this. Tip: This can be useful to know which posts are popular.

12. What’s a blog button? How do i get one?

The big question! Here’s an example of a blog button:

It’s a square or circular image that has the name, tag line, and/or link of/to your blog on it. You can design it in any way. (again the design team will help you with this). A blog button is kid of like the logo of your blog. Then you ask other bloggers to “swap”. “Swapping” is where you put their blog button on your blog and they will yours on their blog. Quite simple actually. Most bloggers have a page dedicated to this but some add it onto the About page or another one.

I hope this answers some of your questions! If you have anymore you’d like answered please comment them. If i get enough then i’ll do a part 2 if not i’ll just add them into another post!

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great day!