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.

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!

Productivity Tips For Blogging💻

Hey everyone!! Welcome back to Living The Blogging Life! I’m Eesh from Bright Light Shine

This is my first post on LTBL. Thanks a lot to Maggie for making me come here

So today I’d be sharing some productivity tips for blogging, I hope they help you:)

Let’s get started!

1- Make a schedule for your blog posts- Yeah, so this means, you should have a schedule to post, like you can choose one day for eg- You choose Sunday to post, so you post on Sunday, it’s a really helpful tip I guess.

2- Schedule Your Posts- So as I said above that you should choose a day to post, this means- If you’re busy on Sunday or going somewhere out but you don’t want to break your schedule, you can simply schedule a post for Sunday, so it will automatically go live on Sunday.

3- Write a day prior- This tip says- You can write your post a day prior like if you make it scheduled for Sunday, write on Saturday, and check it, when it’s all done, you don’t need to worry and just relax.

4- Remove distractions- yes! This really happens to me. When I start writing, and my phone gets a message, I get distracted and do not know how the time goes. The easiest thing you can do is, keep your distraction away, for eg- its a phone, so keep your phone on silent or maybe switch it off.

5- Plan The Post- Plan your posts, maybe just on a paper, write important points, which you need to cover in the post, or maybe make a thinking map, When I start writing my post and just plan it in my mind, I sometimes forget the points, so I write it on a paper or on word doc. And just cover it up accordingly.

So this was all! I hope these tips were helpful, if you have any query regarding anything, don’t hesitate to ask me, I’m always there😉 Also, Happy Bloggers Day!

Bye everyone:)

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!

How To Spot + Deal With Spam Comments

Hello, I’m Madeleine! Today I will be talking all about spam.

No, not that spam. Today I’ll be talking about spam comments. Spam comments are comments that are “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the internet to a large number of recipients” (Oxford Languages). They also often promote their own products, or on our case, blogs.

Before I get into how to spot spam comments, I’m going to list some dos and don’ts when dealing with spam comments.

Don’t click on any links in the spam comments.

These links may give your computer viruses, have inappropriate content, or pretend that your computer has viruses so that they can give your computer an actual virus. If you look through your spam comments, they often use URL shorteners (like bit.ly) to hide suspicious links.

Sometimes if you click on a link the website it leads to looks real, but the second or third time you visit the website it’ll do weird stuff.

Look through your spam comment folder often.

WordPress isn’t perfect at spotting spam comments, so kind comments may end up in the spam comment folder. However, be careful to not approve spam comments.

Block people that leave spam comments.

Before deleting your spam comments, make sure to block the people that left them. To do this, click on User Info and then Block User. This will prevent them from giving you anymore annoying spam.

Some spam comments may not land in the folder, while other comments end up in the folder, so it’s up to you to discern them. So here are a few pointers to determine whether comments are spam or not!

They’re very vague.

If the comment is very vague, like, “Lovely content. Check out my blog at example.com.” Spam has to be distributed to many blogs easily, so they are often going to be very vague. From personal experience, spam comments often include the word “content.”

They have a lot of links.

Spam comments aren’t just there to annoy you, they are trying to get your money or personal info, so they often have links. Like I said before, don’t click on these.

They have bad grammar.

This is kinda a weird one but spam comments often have bad grammar. I found in this article that they have bad grammar to bypass spam comment filters.

The comment “writer” has a weird email.

You can see the email address of the comment writer by clicking on User Info. If the email is something like “johnsmith@pears.red” instead of something like “johnsmith@gmail.com,” the comment might be spam.

You get the comment multiple times from different “writers.”

I’ve got multiple of the same comments and sometimes slightly different but basically the same comments, or promoting the same product/website.


I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know what the funniest spam comment you’ve ever gotten was. Three times I got a ten page paragraph essay in a spam comment. That was interesting to read 😂 If you have any tips on spam comments, leave them in the comments too! Bye!

Designing a Collage

It’s a new day and (year!) here on LTBL and we’re so glad to have you here today! Before we get started, I’d love to wish you an incredible year ahead on behalf of the LTBL team! We hope to make the blogging life easier for everyone who visits, as time flies by!

Today I’m going to walk you through a few tips to make a visually appealing collage! According to Wikipedia, “Collage is a technique of art creation, primarily used in the visual arts, but in music too, by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.”

Along with my ideas, I’ll also be taking you through a basic designing process.

A quick disclaimer as always; I am a hobbyist writer and designer, not a professional. The ideas mentioned here are from my own experiences.

With that being said, let’s get on with it! Given below are two of my previous works, they are my logos for my writing blog and book blog and are examples of blended collages, i.e their borders are not too distinct and blend in with the other images. I went with a vintage but edgy theme here.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the creation of Paper Heart’s logo!

#1 Theme

The first step is to settle on a theme or a subject. This includes having a rough idea of what vibes you want your collage to give off, a colour palette and a general style among other things.

Here, I’m going to go for Paper Hearts as the title, a more or less neutral colour palette, and something that seems vintage. To start with I left the background white itself. For those of you using Canva, I’m using the ‘Blog Banner’ dimensions.

#2 Variety

The wonderful thing about collages is that they combine so many elements to present a simple, flawless, unified image. Each element should stand out but they should also blend in with the collage and not seem out of place. When covering a vast subject, say, Forest, one can use elements varying from animals, plants to construction companies since they all fall under the wider subject. What should be given considerable care is that while all elements stand out, none of them overshadow any of the others.

These are the elements that I chose to enforce the very literal theme of ‘paper’. The air mail and the one that looks like from a notebook, were to strengthen the vintage theme.

#3 Proportions

This applies to many types of graphics and not just collages. Here, proportions are a crucial aspect as they ultimately decide how the end product looks like. Make sure that the background element that is strongly related to your theme is given more screen space, the ones that you add for beauty are given ample space to be visible but not too much that they take attention off the main elements.

As you can see, I’ve made the notebook page slightly more prominent than the others.

I also added a heart to represent the ‘Hearts’ part of my title (shown below) and made it burgundy to compliment the background.

#4 Adding an overlay

Without an overlay.

Adding an overlay is very effective as it lays an obvious but fine layer between the background and the text. While the impact isn’t too evident, its absence does give the collage a shoddy look. An overlay has two purposes; one is to bring all the varied elements in the background under one umbrella and to provide a subtle backdrop for the text.

The overlay has been set to a transparency level of 30 here.
With an overlay. This helps the text stand out more.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!


Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!

#5 Laying Emphasis

Now, the true success of a collage is when the viewer is drawn towards it and get a vague understanding of what the subject means. This is where the text comes in. So, writing a title that looks and sounds dull ruins the idea of a collage. So, first, decide on what you want your collage to say, the words should be short, concise, catchy and attractive. Secondly, focus on a font type that complements the theme and the background. And finally add a subheading (‘Lost In Realms’ in this case), decide whether you want to make something bold, add italics etc. Adjust the size of the text and make sure the proportions are right.

Once the numerous background elements have been sized as required, take care to do the same for the text. Make it big that it is what captures the viewer’s eye but not too big that the background looks cramped. Position it in the exact middle or wherever you’d prefer to have it.

Here are a few examples of other common types of collages:

#1 A collage consisting of images with defined borders – Bordered Collage

This type of collages are usually done based on a specific theme. Their main purpose is to project a mood or just for aesthetics. Given below is an example of a fall collage.

Image source: Pinterest

#2 A collage in a specific shape – Shape Collage

These are mainly collages aimed at getting a point across but they can be made for decoration purposes too. So, for say a theme of Environment, the collage could be made in the shape of a tree or a water drop. Given below is a rectangular collage with distinct cat in it.

Image source: Pinterest

#3 A collage spelling a word or words – Word Collage

Image source: Collagehut

That was all for this short tutorial. Have you designed collages before? What are your thoughts on them?

Thank you for reading!!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

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!

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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!

The Art of Writing #1

Hey there! We’re so glad to have you here today! Today, I (please call me D) am going to talk about a few aspects that make written works seem more structured and sound more captivating.

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A little disclaimer before we get into this post, I am not a professional author, writer or poet. I am a hobbyist writer and an avid reader. The content in this post comprises of my views and thoughts on writing.

Now that that is out of the way, today I’m going to be listing 5 ways to make your written work more captivating that readers feel the need to continue reading. These are more focussed on general writing and not on specific forms like stories or poems.

#1 Make it personal.

Every time you write, make sure you include an element that everyone can relate to. Use pronouns like ‘we’ and ‘you’ to focus on the reader so that they feel drawn towards your words. Talk a little about yourself but don’t let the post revolve around you. The reader has to feel a sense of belonging while reading your works. They have to go like, ‘Oh, I know that feeling!’ or ‘Haha, that is relatable.”

#2 Take away

What does the reader gain from spending a few minutes of their precious time reading your work? Give them a reason to continue reading. Hence the ‘why should I read?’ and “What have I gained?” will have a concrete answer. Make sure you include your views on the subject, why they should spend more time doing something, why they should focus more on a particular subject. Write in such a way that after reading your works, they are either in awe of the literary aspects like metaphors and word choice or they have been inspired to put something new into practice or they have learned something new or realised something.

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#3 Show more and say less

This is more focussed on story writers or short prose writers. Don’t tell your reader what is happening. Show them. Use adjectives and pay attention to the most minute details. Use rich imagery with colours, focus on the atmosphere etc. When someone reads what you’ve written, they have to feel like they’re right next to the protagonist, seeing and experiencing everything they are.

#4 Short and Concise

Before you start writing, sketch out what it is that you want to convey and then write the post revolving around those key points. Now, this doesn’t apply to stories, this is when you’re writing to get a point across. Make every sentence a part of your point such that the subsequent sentence is dependent on the previous, this gives a sense of continuity to your post rather than making it seem like a collection of disconnected points. Besides, you have to take into account the attention span of your readers, make sure they don’t get too bored after the first few sentences.

#5 Sentence Structure

Sentence structure matters a lot more than you think it does. Don’t make your sentences too long that the reader forgets what the first part was when they get to the end. If you do want long sentences, make use of commas, semi-colons, and other punctuation marks. So break those long sentences into smaller bits with these punctuation marks that the reader remembers the entire sentence after reading it once because it was very comprehensive. Word choice falls under this. Don’t use huge words because they sound big, use them because nothing else fits. Use descriptive and beautiful words that makes the reader to want to read more.

So, that was all for this post! Thank you so much for reading! What are some techniques you use to make your words seem more realistic?

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!