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!

How To Find New Blogs

One of the best ways you can gain new followers, is by following more blogs.

But, let’s say you’ve already followed every blog you can think of. You know there are more blogs out there somewhere, but how can you find them?

Look no further! That’s exactly the point of this post. I’m going to give you some ways you can find new blogs.

Ask your blog friends

Blog friends are always great, right? Well, if you want some more blogs to follow, ask what blogs your friends follow! Chances are, they’ll have some new ones for you. If you don’t have a lot of blog friends, you can also ask your readers.

Check button pages

Are you familiar with button swaps? Basically, it’s something bloggers do to grow and help others find new blogs. You can visit your favorite blog’s button page(if they have one,) and click on all the buttons. Follow whichever blogs you like!

Search for blogs in the WordPress Reader

I know this one is pretty specific to WordPress bloggers, but in the WordPress reader, you can do a search for topics you’re interested in and find blogs that post about those topics!

See who interacts with your posts

If there’s someone who frequently comments/likes your posts, you may want to follow their blog! I don’t follow everyone who follows me, but if you leave a kind comment, I’ll probably want to check out your blog! If I like it, I’ll follow.

However, just because you follow someone’s blog, and continually leave sweet comments on it, they won’t always follow you. That’s just how it works. Don’t be offended it this happens to you.

See who interacts with other’s posts

Read through the comments on the blogs you follow. Chances are, the people who enjoy those blogs have blogs that you’ll enjoy too!

Those are a few ways to find new blogs! I hope you can make some new friends this way.

For the comment prompt today, I’d like you all to link to your blog(s) and share them with us!

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.

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!

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!

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!

12 Easy Ways to Beat Blogger’s Block

A fresh draft has been opened. The blank template awaits your creative inspiration.

It beckons to you: “Add a title, and start writing here.”

Every fiber of your blogger being wishes to bring the next new blog post to life.

But try as you might, the blogging canvas remains blank.

Your brushes remain dry. Your paint is still unopened.

You click off from the empty draft, a subtle feeling of defeat welling up inside you. Doubt begins to kick in. Your inspiration fades away.

What do you do?

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