I often get emails from new bloggers and vendors that I work with asking questions about blogging and I love it! Blogging is clearly a passion of mine and now that Burnett’s Boards is over a year old, and I’ve learned plenty of lessons the hard way – I’d love to share some do’s and don’ts that I wish I’d known when I got started… or even three months ago.
Before I get to the 13 blogging tips I’d like to thank Alexandra Elise Photography for sending this amazingly creative shoot that combines cute clothes, gorgeous glass jewelry, and sweet treats. More information on this shoot can be found at the bottom of this post.
1. Pick a great blog name and URL. Even if you don’t think that your blog is going to go anywhere, be widely read, and you just want to do it for fun – you never know. I made this mistake and now that it’s a known name I’m stuck with it. When I tell people here in Hawaii the name of my blog they think it’s about surfboards. (more on that here)
2. Perfection is an unachievable goal in blogging, especially if you’re publishing daily so don’t fret about it. Spelling mistakes occur, and it’s ok. We’re all human. Just do your best. Full disclosure: a couple of weeks ago I found an old post of mine that had the word ‘titties’ instead of ‘titles.’
3. There are snobby and cliquish bloggers who won’t give you the time of day. Ignore them and use it as fuel to work harder. It makes it all the sweeter when they drop that first comment or actually reply to a tweet.
4. Don’t become one of them.
5. A Blogging Haiku:
No picture boring
Stick figure image ok
More shares a good thing.
6. Don’t make site or plugin updates late at night. If something goes wrong, which it will, you’ll be up all night trying to fix it.
7. Invest in a strong framework like Genesis or Thesis if you are just getting started or considering a redesign. As you grow you’ll be thankful for the good foundation (and no, those are not affiliate links).
8. Be careful who you accept advertising money from. In the beginning it might seem like a lot and totally awesome that someone wants to pay you, but think about what that advertiser is saying and if it matches your own goals/morals/outlook on life. I get weight loss advertising offers on a weekly basis and I turn them all down. In my eyes, it is a negative part of the bridal industry and I don’t want to be associated with it. Plus I like eating.
9. Don’t pin from tumblr. I have learned this the hard way because I used to have a tumblr and now when I see pictures from my features floating around on Pinterest with a link to a tumblr post that has no photographer credit, it breaks my heart.
10. Credit and credit well.
11. Don’t use ‘our’ or ‘we’ if it’s just you running your blog. It looks silly because your readers know better.
12. Let your blog and your interests grow and expand to reflect your personal passions. Anything written with love and genuine enthusiasm is more interesting than you writing an article ‘just because that’s what my blog is about.’
13. A guy named Will Smith will want to guest post on your blog. Don’t let him.
From Alexandra Elise Photography – “I cannot remember how this interest got started, but for a few years now Tina (my boyfriend’s mother) has loved glass. She finds the perfect glass to order, then separates it by kind and cuts into amazing pieces and designs these pendants to fire in her kiln in her basement.
You don’t always know what the piece will look like after firing – it’s like magic. I think it’s so amazing. Tina has made hundred and hundreds of pieces. She gives some as gifts, wears the others, and with the duds, she creates stepping-stones for the path to her pool.
I had this idea of combining Tina’s pieces with sweets. Her glass looks so decadent, so why not pair them with cake, macarons, and ice cream? One sweet treat!”