Dec
30

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I get so many questions and e-mails about blogging (which honestly I have no idea why… I’m NO pro), so I thought I’d share a few things I have learned over the past year in my top 10 series!

1. Download windows live writer here! You will thank me later! It gives you SO many more options than blogger. Plus it’s free! I love how you can add pictures wherever you want and that you are able to choose the fonts you want to use! This is the way to go when blogging! It also saves me A LOT of time!

2. Set aside a certain time for blogging. Blogging can become addictive… because let’s face it, there are SO many great blogs out there! However I try to blog only when my kiddos are asleep and spend less than 2 hours a day on the computer. This includes time for posting, checking e-mails, FB and reading other blogs.  I do have to admit the last few months with a newborn I broke these rules… It’s easy to just get comfy on the couch (when you have no energy) and cuddle my baby or nurse while surfing blogs. However my energy is back now and I’ve been tackling some fun projects that I’m excited to show you. I just need to find time to post them!!

3. Make your blog more user friendly. A lot of times I’ll find a blog that looks great but I can’t find anything they’ve posted about, so I end up leaving. There’s no way I have time to push the “older posts” button a million times, so it makes it a lot easier when they have a search bar. It also is great to have tabs or pictures on your side bar that spotlight your favorite projects. I found a great post on  Funky Junk  that helps make your blog a little more user friendly as well.

4. If you want to grow your blog start linking your projects up. People aren’t going to just find your blog- there are millions out there! I don’t always have time to link up my projects, but a lot of the time I’ll link it up to at least one or two different blogs. Here is my list of link parties…there are thousands more! Just Google it. lol

Another good place to list your blog is on all the major search engines. This way your projects can be found easier.

Google

Microsoft

Yahoo

Alexa

Bing

5. Another good way to gain readers is by commenting! This is the best way to find new blogging friends! When you like someone’s project, comment and tell them so. Who doesn’t love getting comments? I know lately I have been horrible at commenting and responding to e-mails, but I promise to do better in the New Year. :)

6. Do not start your blog to earn money. I started this blog because I wanted to share my love for crafting, and had no idea you could make money blogging. Sure it’s a nice incentive to keep it up now, but that is definitely not why I started this blog. Many people have asked me about this and the one thing I tell them is Start a blog about something you love doing and share that talent with others!

7. Spend some time getting to know Darren at Pro Blogger. He KNOWS what he’s talking about! He has so many great tips for new bloggers.

8.  Get involved with social networks. This is a great way to connect with your readers and also to grow your readership.

9. Be Unique! The posts that got the most hits this year were from projects I created that I had never seen before! Think outside the box… let your inner creative juices flow! ;) Sure I get ideas from people all the time… but get creative! This is the best way to get featured! Also don’t forget to take great pictures!!

10. Most importantly Have FUN!! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this blog a year ago, but my only regret is not starting it sooner!

If I forgot something you’ve found helpful feel free to leave that in the comments.

And because every post should have at least one picture…. The Chocolate key board!!

 

blogging tips for begginers

  **wishing this was my key board right now….**

 

Okay now that I’ve shared a few tips I’ve learned from this past year I thought it would be fun to open up form spring to you if you’re wondering anything I haven’t covered. If you have any questions for me … it can be anything, you can ask me here. It can be anonymous if you’d like. Or you can send me an e-mail at iheartnaptime (at) Gmail (dot) com.

I’ll put a post together later in the week of all the questions. I can’t promise I’ll know the answers to everything, but I’ll try my best! Have fun… ask away!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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55 Responses to “10 Blogging Tips I’ve learned in 2010!”

  1. The Cozy Cape

    Hey there! This is all really great advice! I just started a blog about 6 months ago and I felt like I was feeling my way around in a dark room for a bit. I'm getting better and better but this is really great! Thanks for taking the time to help us out!

    Heather @ Thecozycape.blogspot.com

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  2. Jen-CraftOManiac

    YOU TOTALLY NAILED IT, WELL DONE. p.s. I DIDN'T know you had a new little one, so CONGRATS!!!! enjoy! xo jen

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  3. Jen-CraftOManiac

    P.S. Do you have a link to Windows Live Writer? I have never heard of it, sounds great. Jen

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  4. Stuff by Ash

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Windows Live Writer! Blogger is too hard to use! I especially love the 2010 version that is more like word. Lots of great tips, thanks for sharing!

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  5. kristin

    I am defiantly going to have to look into that Windows Live Blogger. I hate the upload times on Blogger so hopefully I will love the Windows Live one!

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  6. GracefullyCreated

    Thanks so much for your blog I love it! One of my biggest problems is trying to stay off the computer so thanks for the advice on setting times! Hopefuly my blog can start showing some improvement with it :)

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  7. Laura

    Thank you for the tips! I couldn't agree more. I've been falling behind on commenting and this is a huge blog goal I have for myself this year.

    Have a great new year!
    Laura

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  8. Krooked Smiles

    Thanks so much for the tips! I am horrible at blogging and I could use all the help in the world! I love your crafts and I have tried a few…lack in time with a full time job and a part time photography buz but 2011 I am going to really try a few more! Thanks again!

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  9. Kara

    Great tips Jamielyn! Thanks so much for sharing! Some I knew, but others I didnt and they were extremely helpful. Great post!

    Love your blog and love your ideas, crafts, recipes and renovations to your home. Not to mention you are super sweet :) That's always a plus!

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  10. Life In The Thrifty Lane

    Thank you so much for sharing! They are very helpful, especially to me that I just started blogging!

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  11. lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE

    you have no idea how badly I want to bite that keyboard right now. It looks like it would melt in your mouth ever so nicely. <3

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  12. Heidi Wendland

    That you so much for posting this. I just started my blog not to long ago and have been looking for some great advice. I just d/l the live write and can't want to get started using it. Do you have any more advice about that program?

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  13. Terri

    This is a really great post! Thanks so much for sharing your tips – it's nice to hear ideas from another mommy blogger!

    I am downloading windows live writer now and I'm really excited to use it!

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  14. The Wife In Her New Life

    great tips! I am going to have to check out the windows live writer thing when I get home =)
    Thanks for all the tips and tricks =)

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  15. Tres French Hens

    Thanks for all the great tips! I'm downloading Windows Live Writer now and am looking forward to using it!

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  16. Kathy

    Thanks for sharing! I've just started my own crafting blog and needed some good tips to make it better. :)

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  17. The Answer Is Chocolate

    I installed Live Writer today and just did a post with it. I love fonts and wanted to figure out how to have more options and this solved it. Just put up my first post using it! Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  18. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition

    this is the second time this week I've heard someone talk about that Live Writer thing – I have GOT to look into it!!

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  19. Fish Tail Cottage

    Thank you so much for posting all these great suggestions/links/rules!!! I too am new to blogging & I so needed to know some of these tips, especially about limiting my time on here…I need to stop hitting refresh to see if I've got any new comments or followers! Lol

    Do you have any garden links? If not maybe I should start one???

    Xoxo
    ~tracie

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  20. Kayla

    Thanks for the tips! I didn't know about Windows Live Writer and I downloaded it right away after I read this yesterday! Love it!
    Kayla from craftykayla.blogspot.com

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  21. AliLilly

    Thanks SO MUCH for all the wonderful tips! I have learned A LOT this year in the world of blogging! I have really really enjoyed following your blog. You have given me a ton of wonderful inspiration. I can't wait to see what you bring us in 2011! Have a Happy Happy New Year!! OH and I'm emailing you my address so you can ship me a chocolate keyboard! :)

    OH and how does a Arizona Bloggers Spring Social sound??? :)

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  22. Cards by Cheryl

    All of your tips are awesome but what you said about starting your blog a year ago and your only regret is that you didn't start sooner really hit home with me. I constantly asked if I had a blog and really REALLY did not take the plunge but I am so surprised at how much I LOVE IT. I have 'met' some really wonderful people and given away a few goodies that have touched peoples lives. I did not think that the reward for me would be as big as it has been…and that is what I love most about blogging.

    Thanks for your wonderful tips and I am going to download windows live writer right now.

    Happy New Year
    Cheryl

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  23. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    Well, you've convinced me to try Windows Live Writer. I've been seeing it recommended for months. I need to do the "legwork" to get in onto my Mac. I'm crossing my fingers.

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  24. kpaints

    I switched to Windows Live Writer some time back and it was the best thing I ever did…I LOVE IT! Did I say…I love it?
    Thanks, for all your other tips, especially getting my website hooked up to Yahoo etc. I had a couple but every little bit helps! Great post!

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  25. Selina

    Thanks for this info. I JUST did a post on the windows writer. I liked it but of course with anything new I always have a learning curb. I couldn't figure out how to add a picture directly from the web (off flicker) to my page. I ended up having to send the picture to my email and copy and paste it into writter. I'll keep working on it- there has to be an easier way. :-)

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  26. House Revivals

    Thanks for the tips — I will be trying some of these out! I found you through My Romantic Home and am a new follower :)
    ~Amanda

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  27. Melissa

    Thanks for the post! I am just starting out and these tips will help me tons! I love love Windows Live Writer! Thanks!

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  28. Inspire my house pretty

    hey so glad i stopped by your blog!!! its fab and thanks for this great list careen x

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  29. ACAKLA

    Thanks so much for the tips. I'm a brand new blogger, and I'm downloading the program you mentioned right now.

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  30. My Greenbrae Cottage

    Wow, thanks for a wonderful post. I was starting to feel alone out there in the world of new bloggers. I read all these incredible blogs with thousands of followers and feel so out of my league. No matter how much effort I put into my posts (yes it is addictive and I spend 4 hours+ a day!) I still only have a handful of readers. I appreciate all your tips and will put them to use!!

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  31. Ms. B

    Hi, I am a new blogger, Tina. I wanted to know if that program works with mac? Also, thank you for the great tips. Just started blogging a couple of weeks ago, but feel I will get really good at it quickly, because of your help!

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  32. Erin

    I love these tips! Thanks so much! Do you know if Windows live writer will work for a Mac? I just got a Mac and am still so confused about the differences. :)

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  33. Tes

    Wow! Apparently I am not the only new blogger to find this! lol..it feels so pointless at first when you have 5 followers and 4 of them are your boyfriend, best friends, and a dog..heheheh..but that 5th one got me very excited! I’ve actually been slacking on some days, other days I can’t stay away! Just today I discovered link parties and blog hops, I never knew such wonderful networks existed! I’m taking my time browsing them all so I can find the ones that fit me best. I thank you so much for sharing your tips with everyone, and pardon me for babbling on, but I’m excited to have found so many like-minded people today..I’m having a great time just reading everything everywhere! Speaking of, I could not agree with you more: you have to write about what you love! There’s really no point otherwise. Thanks again!

    ~Tes :)

    p.s. Like the others, I would love a bite of that keyboard..just a few keys would be delightful!

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  34. Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor

    Hi Jamielyn! I’m curious, I have bookmarked this page for a LONG time and now moving all my bookmarks to Pinterest BUT I followed your advise back in 2010 and all of it was VERY helpful. I did start using Windows Live Writer and loved it but the only issue I had was when I inserted a photo, it was always HUGE and I would have to get the corner and drag until it got to the size that would fit in the writing area (did you deal with this??? How did you fix it, I mean it is SUCH a time consuming thing!) Also, with all the upgrades they have now made to the blogger template, do you still prefer windows live writter? Thanks so much for helping me get my blog up and going 2 years ago! I’m still enjoying it :-)

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