33 Ways to Get Serious About Blogging


Is this a post where I get straight to the point?


Yes it is.

1. Think long & hard about your blog categories.

Your categories are the main sections or “magazine columns” that you feature on your blog. They should appeal to your target audience. They should be logical for you. You should like talking about them.

2. Design your site to be appealing and easy on the eyes, for long amounts of time.

Oh, and yeah, I had a sweet male reader let me know that he loved reading even though I mainly use pictures of women in my posts. But, I don’t want you guys to feel left out, so I made some secondary images you can feel free to pin to your boards. I mean, this is probably not what you meant, but I sure like these:

Are you ready to get sexy, I mean serious, about blogging? Are you ready to get sexy, I mean serious, about blogging?

3. Be Ugly Betty.

And by that, I of course mean: pretend you’re an actual magazine publisher and plan out each piece well, invest time into each piece, edit and format your posts, add great designs to your posts, write in a natural tone your readers will be drawn to, and publish regularly. If your favorite magazine missed a few issues, you’d eventually find a replacement. If you aren’t blogging regularly, your readers might find some replacements. HarshTruthsAboutBloggingLife.com

4. Share each post into infinity. Also, beyond infinity.

You write and publish something once, but who’s to say you can’t share that post once per month on Twitter, or twice a year on Facebook, or every other month on Google+, or on multiple boards on Pinterest (spread these pins out for maximum effect). Due to the “timeline” nature or most social media platforms, if you only share something once, it will only be seen by a smaller than small percent of your followers. So, if your content will still be relevant in a month/year, take some time to schedule out multiple posts using a service like Buffer.

5. Make sure you know who you’re talking to.

Want a free guide on how to do that? I wrote a little post with an ideal reader survey for you.

6. Make sure you know what those people want and need.

Your readers/clients have specific questions, desires, and needs. You can start to figure out these needs by the ideal reader survey above, by asking people, by paying attention to their comments and social media interactions, and by putting yourself in their shoes. What did you want to know when you were first starting out? What tools can make things simpler for your fans and customers? Use the free worksheet in this post to begin to plan out posts and products that fit your readers’ needs.

7. Make an actual blog business plan.

What major, important things in your life do you do without planning? Your wedding? Nope. A business? Nope. Saving for a house? Probably not. Yet the stars are supposed to align for our blogs, without planning, without thought to its setup, purpose, audience, or uses. C’mon Son! I highly recommend making a blog business plan. Here’s a template and instructions.

8. Find 3 – 5 sites to follow for blogging tips, 5 – 10 sites in your niche to follow, and 3 – 5 sites not in your industry to follow for inspiration.

9. Post frequently + consistently, with quality as your best friend.

I mean, actually frequently. Once a month is for the birds. There’s no magical formula, but most pro bloggers agree that at least once per week is necessary. As you get to know your readers better, you’ll begin to understand what they want, need, and expect. Try to cater to them while maintaining your brand goals and sanity.

10. Invest in your blog.

The things you spend money on are the things you want to get value out of. The things you spend money on are the important things that you care about. The best things in life are free, but some of the things that help you create your best life cost (a smidgen of) $$. → Tweet that one for me. It might not even make sense, but just go with it. It feels right.

Some small investments you can make: logo and header design (I’m investing in this right now–coming soon), blog design, software to make your life easier, books on blogging, a sweet home office setup, and premium coffee to help you think. That last one is legit, right?

11. Format your posts to be read by busy, lazy humans.

You know, things like numbered lists, bullet points, bold titles or headings (when necessary). You’re smart. You feel me on this one.

12. Create a content calendar.

I used to use a planner that simply included suggested post dates and categories (colorful picture below) and the Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin (picture below) because I like a visual representation of when I should post. Now I use my EPIC BLOG: One-year Editorial Planner + Workbook (below). Whatever you use, make some type of content plan.

Without a plan, you’ll get around to that one post about that one thing on the 10th of NeverEver.
organizing your blog schedule: byRegina content calendar WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin

EPIC BLOG Editorial Planner

13. Now that you’ve created a content calendar, add in promotion & maintenance tasks.

Like what Regina, what promotion and maintenance tasks? I’m glad you asked friend. Try the ones on my free checklists as a starting place. Add or cross off whatever you need to.

14. Establish a writing routine that gives you time to think.

A post may seem epic when you first plan it, and most likely it is, but I always recommend outlining, then writing, then editing and publishing, at separate times. You’ll likely think of ways to add more value, and often times you’ll think of whole new posts that are necessary before the one you’re planning in the moment. Just trust me on that one if it hasn’t happened to you yet.

15. Find a blog buddy. Or five. Five is fine too.

Here are some tips for finding your BBFs (best blog friends). I’ve made like 28 since writing that post, and I love you all–you know I’m talking about you Erika, Naomi, Maru, Jon, “Gweb” and Bunny. Okay, so I’ve only made six. Whatever. Who’s counting?

16. Get better images . . . probably.

Or at least, get more pinnable/shareable images.

17. Learn some basic coding . . . super basic . . . don’t freak out.

It will help you in so many places –“the blog stylist” killed it with her HTML cheat sheet for you.

18. Let people know how to help you.

Non-bloggers won’t understand what the heck you’re doing, and they won’t necessarily know what SEO is, or how they can help yours, so, inform your friends who want to help what actually constitutes as help.

19. Be you. We won’t like you if you’re being someone else.

I once made a quote about that. Okay, you got me. Oscar Wilde said it and I simply made it into a pin. Semantics, my friends. Semantics. But below is the board on which you can find my (and Oscar’s) quote.
Follow byRegina (blogging // business // design)’s board Quotes + Words to Live By on Pinterest.

20. Get a good SEO plugin/tutorial and learn how to optimize your site, posts, and images.

If you’re using WordPress, I recommend SEO by Yoast, along with these other plugins.

21. If you plan to monetize your blog, start preparing for it now.

Gee how I wish there was a post about 10 non-icky ways to monetize your blog that could help you. But I know of no such post.

22. Remember social media is whack and utterly useless for bloggers.

Oh man, I crack myself up. Just checking to make sure you’re still paying attention. There’s so much great stuff out there on social media. I’ll simply leave you with my Pinterest board to start discovering some resources:
Follow byRegina (blogging // business // design)’s board Social Media for Champs on Pinterest.

23. Get high quality photos of yourself, yesterday.

Don’t simply crop yourself out of your picture with seven friends, champagne glasses raised in a toast, in a dark-ish restaurant. I can’t stomach any more of those pics as your “professional” headshot. Don’t do it to me. More importantly, don’t do it to you.

24. Audit your blog regularly.

That post you wrote three months ago? It totally needs a link to the post you published earlier this week because they’re heavily related and your readers will be happy to have guided/quick access to both. Always keep in mind that no matter what order you write things in, any post or page on your website has the potential to be the first post a visitor sees. P.S. Blog audits are also a great way to make sure you’ve included your affiliate links and product/service links in all the organic ways possible. A post on how to audit your blog is coming soon. Promise.

25. Learn some basic design skills.

You can use free software and free/inexpensive phone apps for this. You probs won’t always have access to a designer who can help you on your schedule so you might as well save yourself a few dollar bills and learn to add text, filters, and “decorative elements” to your images. On a computer, I recommend Canva. On your iPhone or iPad, you’ll go crazy for Rhonna Designs (I mean crazy!).

Yeah, I abbreviated “probably” to “probs” a few sentences back. I don’t care that grownups aren’t supposed to abbreviate stuff, so, moving on …

26. Double check yo self before you wreck … okay, you get it.

Grammar be your best friend. Good grammar are good for you, so if you don’t be good at it, get Grammar Girl’s book, check for spelling errors, read your posts backwards, etc. A few typos can be forgiven in the blogosphere, but a post littered with errors, that post are be hurting your credibility.

27. Be available + interactive.

No one likes a person who never responds to anything. Granted, you may be so “big time” that you can’t get to every blog comment or tweet, but none of them? I’ll accept that when you become the President of the United States, and even then, you can hire some people to help you out.

28. Pay attention to the questions your readers ask.

There may be a new blog post, new eBook you can sell, problem you can fix, or service you can offer, lingering in those questions. Also, you’re showing yourself as available and interactive when you answer those questions and provide great tips.

29. Pay attention to the comments your readers leave on all channels (your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email).

Refer to the point above for the “why.”

30. Guest post like a champ.

Once you have a small to medium collection of quality content to lead people back to, pitch some sites that fit your brand (or that are frequented by your ideal readers) to do a guest post. Think about larger online magazines and websites as well. These guest posting opportunities will help you build relationships and will lead new readers back to your site.

31. Accept guest posts like a champ.

If someone else is willing to say some valuable and entertaining stuff on your blog, let them. Make sure each post fits your blog, fits your readers, and is the type of quality content you want your blog to be known for. Make sure to promote your guest authors and show them love. They will likely spread word of their guest post, which can potentially give you lots of new readers.

32. Don’t neglect your business tasks.

You know, the things like accounting + filing taxes, and learning how to be awesome at business. This is where your blog business plan (#7 above) will come in handy.

33. Don’t let “creative flex” distract you from building your #1 brand.

I’m talking to you. You who allow other shiny new projects to distract you from the main one you need to focus on. You who are like me. You who need professional help because there are so many ideas racing through your head. Use these steps to minimize your crazy.

Photo of man working out: © iko – Fotolia.com
Photo of man in suit: © GooDAura – Fotolia.com

  1. Hey Regina,

    Another great post to add to my to-do list! Thank you and have a great weekend.

    1. Hiii! Im planning no to become a blogger but i have a doubt. What app can i use for edit video? I have a macbook

    1. Caroline, thank you so much . . . glad to hear that. I just visited your blog and wanted to eat the smoky cannellini and chorizo right off the screen. Oh my goodness. I will be visiting your site again. Thanks for your comment.

        1. I completely agree with you Caroline! Regina puts together some amazing content! I have been working on my blog for the past 4-5 months getting it ready to release to the public. Regina has been one of my main go-to girls for info.

    1. Andreas, thank you so much for stopping by the blog and for your comment. I appreciate it. I’m headed to check out your blog shortly.

    1. Kerry, thank you. I appreciate that you took the time to read it and comment. Based on your blog name along, I must check it out. Haha. I bet you’re the fun + super honest one among your friends?

  2. So very true! I see so many blogs that look so bad and have some great content. And of course, no one ever wants to read the ugly eyesore, so I am like DUDE get a new look. Seriously, why can people not see this? Great post as usual girl 🙂

    1. Noor, I’m with you 100%, but you have one of the best eyes for style I’ve ever seen, so I can’t even keep up with you. Seriously, everything you pin on Pinterest, without looking at who pinned it, I’m like, “Uh huh, that must be Noor’s pin.” Everything is so beautiful . . . and let’s not even talk about how great your pre-made WP themes are.

      It makes me wonder though, do people sometimes just not know their blog content is being presented unattractively? It would be great if we lived in a world where we didn’t judge a book by its cover, but we do. And to be honest, it’s good business sense. I want to write a post about it. After all, we have so many things competing for our time and attention that we want to give our time to the most valuable, meaningful content. Often times, people who create great value put in the effort to present it in a beautiful way. Therefore we logically assume that if you put little to no effort into the appearance of your “thing,” it might not be the value we seek. Haha. Too much?

  3. Regina,

    Nice post and great ideas.

    1) You should also keyword research your categories, although not to the point where it favors search engines over humans
    2) Are you kidding??? Of COURSE your male readers enjoy a blog overflowing with images of attractive women.

    4) Excellent Point. Due to its transitory nature, Twitter especially rewards re-posting, and at different times. That catches those who missed it the first time among their multitude of followers.
    5) The number one rule of marketing : Know your audience. Write in their language; how they’ll understand and relate to it.
    6) Number two rule of marketing: Know what they want, what to give them, and how.
    7) Spot on here. Too many go into blogging as a hobby and expect they’ll get rich off of it. No such luck! It’s a real business, and as such, a plan is nearly vital for success.

    9) You can’t overstate that one. I’ve experienced my best blogging results posting 3 -5 times per week, but not ignoring rules 5-6 above, and keeping the quality high.

    12) Want to eliminate blogger block? Follow this rule and make an editorial calendar. You’ll thank yourself for it when it’s been 3 days since your last post and nothing’s jumped into your head that seems worthwhile yet.

    13) You can do these on he same day, too. I used to reserve the first two hours for those, and write later in the day. Now I typically do the reverse. Some bloggers I know set aside a couple of days for promo and maintenance than create content on the others. Do what works best for you, just don’t forget those are vital parts of successful blogging.

    15) This may be the 2nd most important point you’ve raised. Business (and life) is most successful when you build solid relationships. It may be even more true for blogging. It boosts creativity, promo opportunities, and reach. It’s a win-win-win. You, the other bloggers, and your audience all benefit. Do it!

    30) See #15 above…..

    1. Steve, if there were an award for “comment that made my weekend” . . . you’d be winning it right now. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and to give such great feedback. I truly appreciate that.

      I think you bring up some good points: keyword research, attractive women making for good pics for really any audience, and many more.

      I think the important points are the ones you identified: (1) treating your blog as a business if you hope to make money or grow your platform and (2) building solid relationships.

      I’m not a huge fan of the word “networking” the way it’s most often used. It implies a “What can I get out of this? What can you do for me?” type of attitude, and let’s be honest, no one likes to go into any type of relationship thinking that they’re only there to serve your needs. Building solid relationships is based on “What can I do for you? How can we work together? What can I build to help you reach your goals? How can we just enjoy each other’s company?”

      I’m excited to be reminded that many other people view relationship building this way. Thanks again Steve for your time. I’m headed to check out your site now.

      1. Regina,

        I’m glad you liked it. You said “How can we work together?” to that add “to better us both” and you’ve nailed it!


    2. Regina,

      Your blog is my inspiration and “bible” for blogging, I constantly find myself looking back at your articles for tips and tricks.

      Thank you for all that you contribute to the blogging community – especially for us newbies!

    1. Haha. Thank you. I’m so glad you found some other resources in it as well. I appreciate your comment and your time reading. You’re the official “book lady” round these parts, any good blogging books you recommend? You mainly review fiction works though, right?

      Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Yeah, it’s mostly fiction for me! To be honest, I’d love to find a good blogging book – most of the ones I’ve picked up are outdated, which isn’t surprising as fast as things change. I admit that I get almost all of my blogging tips from blogs like yours right now, or through Twitter. Have an awesome day! 🙂

  4. I love you, Regina. Your blog is so helpful and full of wonderful things. I think every blogger (especially the newbies) MUST read it. Anyway…this post is fantastic! I feel like I need to write everything down just because. Thank you for this post, Regina!

    1. Yuni, right back at you. I love you and your blog and your pretty blog designs. Thank you for that wonderful compliment. I don’t know if you know how excellent that makes me feel or not, but it feels pretty great. Thanks so much for commenting.

    1. Woo hoo Dana! Thank you for sharing. I certainly appreciate your time doing that. Thanks for the comment. Your blog definitely has the appearance of someone who has been at it for a while, so I do hope there are still some suggestions left that help. Glad you stopped by Dana.

  5. Ah, I come to your blog like a mid-day indulgence.
    You don’t want to know how many additional tabs I now have open (a shiz-ton)
    I’m going to be switching from WP.COM to .ORG soon, very soon, so I am binging on your blog as motivation.

    1. Aussa, thank you for saying that. You’re the best. I laugh endlessly at your blog posts; your tone + style make me smile in general.

      Ooooh, huge swtich. I love it. What were your deciding factors on that? Good luck with it. You’re more than savvy, but please let me know if you have any questions, or if you simply want to scream at someone if you run into any issues while you make the transition.

      Thanks for the comment.

      1. Deciding factors, hmmm… mostly because I feel like I am trapped in a box right now. I see what other people can do with their online spaces but I feel like I’m not allowed to play on that team or something. It’s just way too limiting. I’m hoping to constantly push towards bigger and better.

        And! I may take you up on the screaming offer. I already had a bit of that when I attempted to use Genesis + Dynamik for the first time. Yeah… I’ve now downloaded Prophoto5 so I’m going to play with both and see which one I can best manipulate to what I want.

        Just have to say again– I love your site. I did your Ideal Reader Profile the other night and was so pleased with myself that I literally read it out loud to my boyfriend. He loved this, I’m sure.

        1. Ha. I love that you read it out loud. And that he listened. It’s such a huge compliment that you enjoy my site. Thank you ma’am.

          I like Genesis a lot, but some themes are not user-friendly at all. I hope one of these works for you, though if I can answer any questions, I would love to. In the future, you might also check out an affordable WP designer who works specifically with Genesis, because there are a lot of them out there. I’m a big fan of the work I see from Bethany of LoveGrowsDesign.com, when it comes to Genesis. ShaniceCameron.com just opened a new shop with some pretty themes as well. That’s the road I’m looking at for a new project I’m considering.

          Thought dump concluded.

  6. Awesome tips! I’ll be adding a bunch to my ‘blogging must do’ list… which is already epically long… but the end result will (hopefully) be worth it! Thanks for sharing your tips.

    1. Annabel, I love your blog’s header + description. Such an intriguing description + one I’m sure a lot of people can relate to.

      Thank you for taking some time out to read this post and to add your sweet comment. I appreciate it.

  7. This was so helpful – thanks so much! I’m on the verge with my blog and needed these tips and steps to kick my a** into gear! Very helpful and concrete!

    1. Thank you Sarah. I appreciate that feedback and that you took the time to read the post + comment. I enjoy your blog layout/design + your posts on Facebook, so I’m excited to see more goodies and stuff from you in the future.

  8. You’ve done it again Regina! Great post, seriously. You went so far beyond my expectations that the sky is crying happy tears. I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean, but it sounds cool. I’ll definitely be referencing back to this alot. Also, I need to finish my blog business plan with your AWESOME template.

    1. Thank you ma’am. I just love your comments. I also love when the sky cries happy tears. Good ol’ sky. And woo hoo to finishing that blog business plan, I know it’s an intense amount of work. Thanks for commenting.

      1. Oh yeah! Happy tears from the sky are always nice. But I guess since I live in Seattle that’s like everyday, right? haha. Oh yeah, it’s a crazy amount of work for sure! But it’s helping me a ton, especially with me making some good progress lately! I’m glad you love my comments, I love leaving awesome comments 😀

    1. Zakkiya, first off, I love your beautiful blog, wow. Looks so inviting. Also, thank you for taking the time to read through and make notes then to comment and encourage me. I appreciate that immensely.

  9. You are FREAKING AMAZING. I just came across your site today via Pinterest and I have spent the whole day reading through and implementing your post advice. I have been looking for a site like Canva for AGES and had never heard of it before your posts. So legit. Also downloaded the Yoast plugin- IT ROCKS. You are my hero. Too, too good. Thank you so much for sharing all this information, and for free at that. You rock and you get tons of good universal/karma points from me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. No, no, no Caitlin, YOU ARE. I just went to check out your site and your pictures are extra wonderful. And umm, about that valet lounge, can I have one?

      Thank you truly for taking time to check out my site and for commenting. Thanks also for sending some universal points my way. I’m glad you’ve found some things helpful here. It makes blogging such a joy to hear that. I appreciate your words ma’am.

    1. Thank you for the comment Bree. You are more than welcome. I think your resources are excellent. Thanks for taking the time to make them.

  10. Hi Regina – Thank you so much for this post. I have been blogging for about a year – learning as I go. I have another very full time business, but feel a calling to write. It is new and exciting – but overwhelming as I try to squeeze it into my already full life. The tips you shared are very helpful and make me realize I have a lot to learn. I would love to take you to lunch and pick your incredible brain. Since that most likely will not happen, I will continue to read and study and apply as I can. Thank you again. I enjoy your writing style and sense of humor. I’ll be back often.

    1. Pam, how exciting to feel the calling to write. Congratulations for responding to that; I hope this time is truly wonderful for you.

      Thank you for taking some time to read and to leave a comment. You don’t happen to live near or around Austin, Texas do you? I’d love to take you up on that lunch offer. I’m all for meetings. I was actually planning to do some traveling this summer and trying to set up meetings in the cities I stop in. I love meeting with all types of bloggers. I learn so much in those moments.

      Thanks for the compliment to the writing style. That’s huge and wonderful coming from another writer. Please let me know if you have any thoughts/questions as you blog; I’d love to hear from you.

      1. Hi Regina!

        Thank you for your reply. It makes me realize how important it is to reply to comments on my blog as well. It is exciting to hear from you.

        I live in North Mississippi – quite a distance from Austin. But, I am going to be in Fort Worth in a few weeks. How close is that to you? If we could make lunch happen – that would be incredible. Let me know what you think.

        Thanks again! I love your site and we be here often!

    2. Pam, Fort Worth is just about 3.5 to 4 hours north of Austin (via car). ~4 hours is considered close in Texas, as you might imagine from how large it is, if you haven’t already heard something similar.

      I’m open to lunch. We’d just have to figure out logistics. And what you’d ideally like to accomplish/discuss, so we can come prepared.

  11. Great post! I can’t wait to take the time to read the links. I love me some good blogging tips, and loved your humor tossed into the mix. So glad I found your site today, Regina!

    1. Jelli, love that name, and thank you. I went to check out your blog and discovered your delicious-looking chocolate cookie dough crunch cupcakes. Oh my goodness. I just want you to know that your blog is going to be responsible for a few thousand extra calories next week, for me. So yeah. Not sure how I feel about that yet. >> I do love the great design on your blog though.

      Thank you for taking some time to stop by. I appreciate your comment Jelli.

  12. Help! I keep coming back to this and I feel like I need to double myself to get it all done. 🙂 I focus so much on content and quality that I don’t have time to properly market myself anywhere. I mean, I have a blogging gang so I try to support their work as much as I can, and I write books on the side, in addition to both weighty posts, and the ones for busy, lazy humans. I installed Yoast but I don’t think I’m getting the best use out of it, and my daily PVs haven’t changed much in the last 3 years or so.

    I’m just griping publicly. Please don’t mind me. This is such a great article, and I think I’ve followed you everywhere so that maybe some of it will seep in. 😉

    1. Jennie, ha, your “public griping” is very welcome and includes some thoughts that I hear and express often. Yes, cloning yourself is an option, but if that doesn’t work out, how about:

      Trying an experiment for one or two months. If you currently write 3 – 5 times per week, how about knocking that down to 2 – 4 and use the time you’d spend writing that extra piece doing some very purposeful promotion and “online social butterfly-ness” or working more with Yoast?

      Lady Jennie certainly seems to have quality content, so it’s not that. How much do you focus on developing Pinterest images for the majority of your posts? For example, I think your gluten-free flatbread crackers would make a great tall pin. Forgive me if you already do this, I just can’t see some of this stuff not being a pretty big hit on Pinterest.

      Thank you for reading Jennie and thank you for your sweet compliments and for connecting with me via social platforms. I’m headed off to find you now.

  13. Great post Regina. I actually thought you were serious about Point 22 and was like WHAT? Also tweeted your quote about investing in your blog. I totally agree with you 🙂

    1. June, haha, yeah that would be a shame if I really thought that. Thank you for tweeting that quote; I can definitely tell you agree because your blog and content look excellent. Thank you for stopping by + thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

    1. Kayla, thank you for that compliment. I feel that you are extremely knowledgeable and helpful too, so I appreciate that. Thanks for taking some time to read this post and leave a supportive comment. That’s very encouraging.

    1. Tonya, thank you for such sweet comments. I appreciate that you took some time out to stop by + read. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  14. I recently wrote a post after reading this article (four times) about my commitment issues with getting serious about blogging. Thank you for this post and the inspiration and guidence provided!

    1. Darrian, thank you, thank you for stopping by and reading (4x) and for your comment. I’m extra happy to hear the post provided some inspiration. Just checked out your blog. Good luck as you “throw away your commitment issues.” Can’t wait to see everything you blog about. You already have a nice, clean, functional design. Yay!

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  16. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been looking for something like this all summer and then, TA DA!, it showed up on my Pinterest feed like serendipity. I definitely plan on mining your site and soaking up the ample wisdom here.

    1. Zoe, thank you so much for your great comment! I apologize for my extra late response. I appreciate that you took some time to stop by and read. Good (continued) luck with your blog.

  17. I’m not a blogger. I honestly haven’t the attention span for it…SQUIRREL!…however I just wanted to add, because I do a LOT of academic writing (I’m working toward my MBA)…

    Write how you are comfortable!

    …I get the ODDEST looks because I’ll be sitting on the couch, or at a softball game, or in McDonald’s staring off into outer space with a pencil (usually mechanical) in hand and a notebook (you know, those things with the metal spirals on one side that go on sale at least once a year for schoolchildren? I really need to buy stock in one of those companies…that aside)…

    ALL my essays, homework assignments, and even discussion posts (items I get graded on) are written out by hand with said pencil and notebook. I just think better that way. NO ONE understands this and my frantic search for a notebook before my last session (I RAN OUT!) had my husband rolling his eyes and begrudgingly making a special trip to town just so I could get one (isn’t he sweet) at 11 at night (which is late for us! He’s a farmer…)

    The point is that’s how I think best. My raw ideas get scratched out on paper then by the time I sit down at the computer, between the random scratches and more thought (and usually several cups of coffee) I edit what I wrote as I type and it ends up being far more polished then if I were to just sit down to type it. This is especially important to me in any formal writing project…and if…unlike me…you are going to be a blogger some amount of formality will go into your writing. So…secret notebook and pencil lovers…don’t be ashamed. Embrace your preferred writing method!

    Those of you that can sit at a computer and formulate thoughts without…SQUIRREL!!!…distraction…I (seriously) applaud you and you embrace your ability not to get sucked into FB, TUMBLR, Twitter or YouTube for HOURS on end.

    1. Toady, haha. Thank you for your excellent comment. I’m actually like you, often. I have notebooks that I write or outline post/products in before I type them. Writing them “twice” like this does provide better ideas, clarity, and wording a lot of the time.

      And, as you said, it can be simple to get distracted online. I try to do a first draft without Internet research, for most topics.

      Good luck with your MBA, and you’re right, I think I need some stock in one of those notebook companies too. My own notebook buying habits keeps some of them in business–I’m convinced.

      Thanks for taking some time to stop by the blog and read. Please, please forgive me for taking so long to respond.

  18. I Love this post. I am just now starting to create and design my blog and so much of what you put in here will be so beneficial to me along this journey…Keep up the good work!

    1. Tonia, thank you for that sweet comment. Good luck with your blog; would love to see it when you’ve launched. Perhaps consider coming back by to leave a link please?

      Thanks for reading and I’m incredibly sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment.

    1. Alyssa, your blog is so stinking cute. Aww. I love the colors and feel. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate your time and I apologize for my extra slow response.

    1. Thank you so much. Overall, I’ve been blogging for several years (around 6 I believe). This blog is relatively new though (this year–2014). I appreciate your sweet comments. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Oh wow, I love your clean + pretty blog. Thank you so much for stopping by and I apologize for my very late response.

  19. New blogger here. Still trying to find my way. Found this post on Pinterest. I had something semi-intelligent to say in response, but I was drawn into a wood-panelled wonderland by the smoldering gaze of the Buttonless Maestro in pic #3. Know your audience indeed.

    1. Brandi, thank you so much for stopping by. Your comment is hilarious. I apologize for taking so long to respond. Also, wishing you continued success with your cute Etsy shop. Thanks for your comment.

  20. thanks so much for this! I needed this list so much! I have plans on getting ‘serious’ about my blog but this will make it easier and less scary! I think I’m going to go follow all your boards on pinterest…=)

    1. Laura, thank you for your comment and please forgive me for taking so long to respond. Also, your recent post on procrastinating is hilarious. I enjoy your blogging voice a ton. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. OMG! I can’t even contain myself I am so happy I found you! Well I didn’t find you actually, Jenny Purr found you and then I did by default through reading her “best blogging advice from around the web” post!

    I am a newbie, 5 weeks old to be exact and I have found that most other advice I have been reading has been so generic but you are so specific!! I have opened about 10 tabs on all the links you shared within this post and I plan on reading all of them! And once I’m done I’ll be subscribing and probably stalking your life in general!

    Thank you so much for this post, its the first one I read today and it has me motivated for the week ahead! Your a star.

    Katelynn x

    1. Katelynn, as you may know by now, I’m a big fan of yours. Love all the education I can get on your blog on things I know nothing about.

      Thank you for your sweet comments. I love seeing your face and your words are incredibly encouraging. P.S. I apologize for responding so late.

    1. Alayne, thank you. I’m so happy to hear this. Please forgive me for taking so long to respond. I really do appreciate that you took time to stop by and to comment.

      You are incredibly beautiful and your blog is so pretty and clean. Wishing you continued success with it.

  22. This was so tremendously helpful. I will definitely be making a list of what I need to do now… not to mention checking out your other posts! Thank you so much for posting this!!

    1. Diandra, thank you so much for saying that. I’m sorry that I’ve taken so long to reply to you and your encouraging comment. By the way: Congratulations on your new domain name + site. Hoping that you’ll see continued success and joy with it.

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  24. As a new blogger SO much information out there is intensely overwhelming. I am still overwhelmed but I like having a go-to list for when I feel up to the task of taking on more blog-sponsibilities.

    1. Summer, thank you for coming by to read and comment. Also: Every single thing on your site looks so freaking delicious. Thank you for taking time to post such healthy dessert options. I’m obsessed.

      1. Regina thank you so much! Your site is so beautiful and helpful…I adore your writing style to no end! I am SO HAPPY you like my healthy treats. That makes me smile the biggest goofy grin ever. It hurts my face, I must stop!

  25. These are the reasons I read byRegina:
    1. You are real and true and right ALL. THE. TIME.
    2. All your posts are like reading a great story but afterwards they are like having read a huge life changing treatise. It’s almost like attending Medical School in the space of only a few minutes. One actually learns something of great value.
    3. I love it how you use the third person voice e.g “Like what Regina, what promotion and maintenance tasks? I’m glad you asked friend.”
    4. Also, I am (all your readers are) going to giggle. No matter what, when I am doing my “byRegina” homework, I ALWAYS give a good hearty laugh out loud (see #22 – WORD).
    5. And finally, everybody loves a shout out!

    Thank you for everything you do. Your attention to all of us who need you, your cleverness, your creativity, your sense of humor and your savvy.

    XOXO “Gweb” (see #26 on this post)

    1. Gwen/Gweb, if that’s even your real name:

      You are truly the most encouraging person ever. Thank you. If I were to ever wonder if there was someone out there in the blog world who gets me + who I enjoy interacting with because I get their voice, then I would just come back to your commentary. I love it and appreciate it. And seriously, I laughed out loud to “Medical School.” Never had such an epic compliment.

      Hey, and we’re hair twins. I did a stalker scroll through your Instagram just now and saw the curls.

      Thank you for taking the time to say such incredible stuff. Thanks for reading. Thanks for caring.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate that you took the time to leave one. P.S. I love your quote on your “Be Diverse.” page: “There are no right answers, it’s a conversation, but there are wrong answers.”

      You’re awesome for that.

      1. Thanks, I appreciate you taking a look at my blog!

        I am working on adding graphics, I actually thought that page was hidden, he he, I guess not… but that is a question I had, I launched my blog, and only after getting over that hurdle did the ideas really start to pour out, so I’m adding pages, content, graphics that I want to enhance my site, so after launching it, it’s back in a “work in progress” stage, SO my question is, is it okay to add components piecemeal as I create it, or should I wait till it’s all ready and re-launch at once, or does it really matter as long I get it accomplished?!?

        1. Frances, that’s a really good question. I think there are a number of ways to look at it and it depends on your personality. Let me explain:

          If you are someone that is motivated by seeing a live thing in need of modifications, “prettying,” and attention (this is me for sure), then you might want to leave it up. Seeing it up can inspire you, make you want to improve it, and still allow others to find you and interact with you in the meantime.

          However, if you think someone’s impression of you and your blog will be drastically different after your graphics/tweaks are added (and that they are more likely to stick around, subscribe, follow, etc.), then definitely do a hide and relaunch. You can use a WordPress plugin like Ultimate Coming Soon or Coming Soon Pro (if you’re on the WordPress.org version) to hide your site while you work on it.

          I feel that as long as you get it done, it doesn’t really matter too much, but, knowing your readers and yourself, perhaps judge whether one method or the other would kill motivation or turn away readers. And . . . if it’s only going to take a few days, I’d say leave it up. A re-launch only makes sense to me if there’s a real pause and build up for it.

          I hope I’m making sense. Feel free to virtual slap me if not. Thanks for your comment again.

    1. Thank you again Maya, and haha >>> I just suggested this post to you in another comment since you talked about establishing a blog recently. I was also talking about how epic your blog tagline is.

      Thanks for your comment. Canva became an obsession with me too. I talk about it constantly. I feel like it changes people’s lives.

  26. I think I’ve come back to this post and a few others like a million times since I started my self hosted site (it’s a work in progress). Your posts are really, really helpful. Thanks for your awesomeness!

    1. Renee, thank you for your sweet comment and congrats for going self-hosted. I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to read + comment. I apologize for getting back to you so late.

    1. Ladies, thank you so much. Congratulations on your blog launch. You’re already doing a great job making it look fabulous and filling it with consistent content. Yay.

      I appreciate your sweet comment. Thank you for taking time to read.

    1. Aww, Cherene. That’s the best compliment ever. Thank you so much.

      Also: Your site and your eBook look beautiful ma’am. You are really killing your online presence.

      Thanks for reading Cherene.

  27. This post was amazing from start to finish. As a new blogger, but an online marketing professionals, some of these tips were things I knew but needed to have clarified as to how they could be translated from my work life to my blogging life!

    Thank you so much!

    1. Ashley, thank you for that sweet + encouraging comment. P.S. Your tagline, “Diary of a Wannabe Housewife” is hilarious.

      I appreciate that you took time to leave your thoughts. Congratulations on the new blog. I wish you success with it. Certainly with your background (in cooking + crafting + marketing), you’ll add valuable content to the Bloggywebs. <<< I don't know why that just came out, but it did. Thanks again, Ashley.

  28. Regina! I am new to blogging so have been trying to read as many blogging tips as i can and this was so helpful. You have such a good style of writing I feel like we have been friends for years. I now have ten other posts to read following the links in this one.

    Thanks again, cant wait to read more.

  29. I thank God that I randomly found you when I was ransacking pinterest one night. You have been a blogging angel! Although I am completely new to this world, you help me take a deep breath, relax and know that down to earth and giving people do exist – and I have NO excuse to stay “stuck” and blame my lack of initiative on ignorance.

    I may be a broke wannabe bloggin’ missionary living in Uruguay, but after reading your articles and cruising your blog, I know that I can do dis!

    PS-My husband is from Austin. Austin rocks! And so do you!

    Thanks amiga!
    <3 Amy Denise

  30. Hi Regina!

    First off, thank you for this post! Excellent tips and so even more great articles to read. I will definitely be checking out your Pinterest, thanks for linking!

    When it comes to networking with other bloggers + proposing guest posts – do you have any more specific tips for going about this? I’m fairly shy and hate “networking” (like most people), but really do want to build relationships in the blogging community. I’ve seen so many women rave about the fabulous people they’ve met!

    I appreciate your advice! Thanks again!


    1. Theresa, thank you for your comment. I really appreciate your kind words.

      I too am a bit shy + I really dislike the word and concept of “networking.” My best tips for people like us are in my post on how to make blog best friends (BBFs): 7 Tips for Finding Your BBFs

      P.S. I love your blog header. Huge fan of what you did with the text.

      Thank you for reading this post Theresa.

  31. So much useful and practical advice, I felt like I needed to be taking notes! Instead, I’ll just bookmark this for future reference. Maybe I’ll even Pin it, because I’m still desperately trying to not suck at Pinterest.

    1. Erica, thank you for your sweet comment. P.S. You’re too epic for loving all things French and Pirates. I love your “about me” snippet. Haha.

      Thank you for taking some time to read. I appreciate it.

  32. As a very new writer trying to resurrect the blog I started last July (…and then didn’t post in for nearly a year! Good work, Angela), let me just say that this is the MOST helpful post I’ve come across. I’ve been reading heaps of blog advice posts, and most of them just seem to repeat the same obvious and tired old advice.

    (as I was typing this, you followed me back on twitter! I’m beaming! haha)

    So, thank you thank you thank you. I can’t wait to start putting this tips to the test!

    1. Umm, yes I followed your cool self on Twitter. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous. AND you said you are a Cary Grant fan. I submit this tweet as proof that I love him too and am not just bandwagonning. And, because it’s important >>> The movie that kicked off that marathon for me was An Affair to Remember.

      Moving on to stuff that’s actually about blogging and your wonderful comment: Thank you for your sweet words. I’m wishing you tons of success with your seriously excellent blog. Please let me know if you ever have any ideas for ways I can help or collabos that might be a good fit for us.

      1. You are a peach and a half! Thanks so much for your encouraging (and crazy-fast) reply <3

        I just got to see An Affair to Remember on the big screen a few months ago. That man is extra handsome when his face is thirty feet high, lemme tell you.

  33. Thank you for all great inspiration & insight! I just started my blog and it’s a bit overwhelming. I know everyone starts somewhere BUT it’s still so damn much. Every bit of helpful information is appreciated. Thanks again!

  34. Holy sh*t! I popped on your site for ‘a little browse’ this morning. It’s now 3.15pm and I’m still bouncing about from article to article making notes like an excited puppy . . . this is *absolutely* my new blog-crush! 😉

    1. Victoria, this is about the best compliment I could ever receive in life. You are so sweet. Thank you. I appreciate that you are spending your valuable time here. That’s so meaningful to me.

  35. Aaah, thank goodness I stumbled across this article (thanks for linking Kat @ rocknrollbride!). Some fab tips here that I will wholeheartedly embrace asap!

  36. I’m not new to this post – I’ve read it a few hundred times. I’ve also marked it on my favourites in 2 browsers (chrome and safari if you were wondering) and I love this post. I’m currently in the ‘i want to take my blog to the next stage but I don’t know if I should/I don’t know what the heck to do’ slump. It’s always inspiring to read your posts though Regina. They are so filled with great info and tips. Thank you!

  37. Such a great post! I’ve been blogging for 5 months now and I realized I don’t really have a target audience, or specific niche. I’m working on your Blog Business Plan now to help figure out what and who I want to reach.

    I had a question for you about Pinterest. I have been using it to promote my posts but I have NO IDEA how to get invited to group boards. Only my followers are seeing my posts (which is like 40) as opposed to the tons that might be able to see it.



    1. Emily, thank you for your kind words. So happy you found the blog business plan, and I hope it helps. In answer to your Pinterest question, I don’t yet have a post with tips on that, nor have I actually joined many group boards, so I’ll direct you to another blog that has information on it:

      >>> The Pin Junkie’s blog post

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.

  38. Hey,
    I’ve been pinning a bunch of your post from various places on pintrest, and love reading them.
    This post in particular, I’ve both laughed at jokes and found really useful at the same time!

  39. Wow, what a post! Seriously thank you for this! You have make points that are actually interesting, so grateful!

  40. Hello, I love this post and there are some great ideas.. Thank you.
    My question is this: which blog site is the best to go with?
    I am looking for one that will give me a decent amount of creative control (for free) out the gate, so I can get my blog off of the ground.


  41. This is a lot…but all of it is wonderful. It’s helping realize how I need to be more targeted in my posts. I also, for some reason, never thought about utilizing Pinterest to promote my own blog. Even though I have a lot of Pinterest followers! SO doing it:-) Thank you for all of your help!

  42. I’ve recently decided to start my own blog and I’m so happy I found this! This post is extremely helpful. Thank you!

  43. I’ve just begun blogging and I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your site. I’ve learned so much from this post! Thank you, Regina! Looking forward to reading more!

  44. I’m very glad I did a pin search and found your post, I blog and have been for almost a year and a few months I just got switched over from blogger to wordpress, I have my domain pointed to my wordpress I even added webhosting I’m very excited and to find this at the time I did I think you may have saved my blog slump. Thank you for being so creative and sharing your knowledge.

  45. I’m so glad I found you! I started with this article and have read about three others, thanks for all of the advice. I have a lot of planning to and love your templates!

    Thanks again.

  46. You know usually I visit a blog several times in a month before subscribing. (I don’t want to fill up my reading list with junk >_<) lol But it only took this article for my to fall in love, subscribe and stalk ALL your social media sites. Thank You for sharing something so resourceful!

    Maggie A

  47. Regina,

    Did you know that Canva now has a “Design School” section? I’ve done a couple of the short classes and it’s been great for giving me ideas for what I do at work.

    Now to finally settle on an idea or two and start my blog!

    Your site is a must-have resource for anyone looking to start their own blog. You’ve got a lot of awesome material and a great way of presenting it so it’s not so overwhelming.

    Thank you!

  48. Hey there, I read so many of these types of articles on growing your blog, and it’s usually all tips I’ve read before, but this one was very helpful! Pinning it to digest it some more! 🙂

  49. Hi, I’m looking for bloggers for a new family friendly social media site. Bloggers make a backstage account and add links to their recent blog posts. Here is an invite link for you to make an account and try it out https://www.gosquishy.com/i/ca5rc4bs/b
    If you like it I’d really love to interview you for it!

  50. Hello Regina,
    I want to say thank you!!! Because I want to star a blog and this help me so much, I can’t wait to star. This was so helpful.

    Thank you again.
    Love, Annie.

  51. I have been reading your blog for the last couple of hours. I wish I could pick your brain. You seem so smart about this stuff. I started my blog about 4 months ago, but not a lot of traffic. Mainly because I have not promoted my blog (I figured I am not posting enough just yet.) I have a question thou? How do you figure out your brand identity? I would characterize my blog as a mom blog. I don’t know…lol It makes me feel old thinking about it.

  52. Thank you for this post! I am working on building my page views and my subscribers so this list was very helpful and will help me focus on actionable things I can do to reach my blog goals!

  53. Valuable info. Lucky me I discovered your web site by accident, and I’m shocked why this coincidence didn’t came about in advance!

    I bookmarked it.

  54. Girl, like what?! This was everything and more I have been looking for all my life and I’m already binge-reading this blog of yours. Gah. So much love. Thank you!

  55. Regina,

    Thank you for the great information. We are in the process of starting to grow our blog after our initial 3 months of trial and error; things seem to be coming along now! We have utilized the tips and advice given by your blog and it all seems to be very helpful so far!

    Thanks again!
    Falynn | OUTINON.com

  56. Great stuff Regina! Being a new blogger, tips like these help out immensely! I’ve already watched some of your many Webinars and can’t wait to see what you blog about next!

  57. Regina, you just emptied all my printer paper! 🙂 Seriously, I think I just downloaded and printed everything available resource from every link you have in this article! This is going to take me all summer…! 🙂 Thank you for the great information I consistently find on here. I could spend days on your site and not exhaust the information!

  58. Hello Regina,

    Pinterest is awesome because from there I found this post!

    I so agree with everything you mentioned. Blogging like a little pro (or with a feel) is going to rock it.

    To become somewhat different, we have to invest a lot and the first thing is time.

    To be honest, I am not a pro in anything especially the coding and designing but I got some great tools which are helping me along the way.

    Thank you once again, happy to share it on my social accounts!

    ~ Adeel Sami

  59. I have been reading so many tips for Blogging and this one is the best! A whole page full of notes and the links are great. I feel like I have a clear understanding of areas that were foggy for me.

    Thank you!

  60. Regina!!
    This was one of the posts I read when I began researching how to start my own blog. I loved the preparation, humor, and realism that came with all your suggestions and I took each and every one to heart. I spent a couple months just working on content and now I’m in that phase of learning simple coding to make my site easy on the eyes. It’s been challenging but soo worth it!

    Thank you!

  61. Hi Regina,

    Love your blog and can’t wait to sign up for one of your classes. But in the meantime I was wondering if you would mind sharing where you get most of your images. I’m looking for some cool, chic photos like yours to use on my blog (not yet launched). Thanks!

  62. this post is really helpful, will try and put as much as possible into practice. thanks girl.

  63. This post is wonderful!
    I’ve read a hundred posts on blogging in preparation for starting my own, but this one has been the most helpful by far! Thank you!

  64. Regina,

    Le thank you one million times over. Your articles pretty much gave me all the info I needed to start my first lifestyle blog! I was wondering what photo editor you use- I’ve been using and loving Canva but always looking to expand. Thanks so much!


  65. I really relate to your writing style; in many ways it reminds me of me. I’m about to embark on the adventures of blogging myself and your tips are just what I need.

  66. Love this post. Love your personality. Looking forward to learning lots and doing much better with my blog…minimizing crazy…lol! Girl you just know me without knowing me ;D

    Found you on pinterest. Subscribed here. You are my new coach ★

    Thanks Regina!

  67. Regina,
    I have been contemplating the beginnings of a blog; hoping it may generate traffic to the crafty stuff I do on Etsy. But, the more I research, the more I realize the WRITING part may be more rewarding than the sewing part!

    I totally get your Austin-vibe! Your lessons are clear and easy to follow and I can’t wait to start! …or at least, TRY to start.

    Thank you!


  68. After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you can remove me from that service? Thank you!|

  69. Thank you so much for compiling and sharing the points in this article. You gave me a lot to think about and work on.

    A lot of time, effort, and consideration goes into creating a brand, something that I need to work on. I will definitely be referring back to this article for reference.

  70. Fantastic tips! Right now I have so many projects, I have decided I need to get my priorities straight and stick with what’s important to me. The last tip was a great reminder that I need to do that and not let myself get distracted over any other situations. My blog is important to me and if I want more readers I need to stick to my goals and make it happen! Thanks for a great inspirational post!

  71. Hi Regina,
    Yes, yes and YES to everything you’ve written in this post! I rarely override my email spam fear but you speak the truth. Tweeted, Pinned, Subscribed x

    P.S- Time to get a decent picture of myself! ?

  72. Regina, I want to thank you for every single tip you made, for every single post your wrote. I few weeks ago I found your blog and still I can’t finish all the article which I want to read 🙂 You’re great teacher!

    Thanks again, I’m still learning!

    All the best, Moni 🙂

  73. Thank you very much! I was gooing to say you have no ideia on how much you are helping me, but for the amount of comments I just saw, you do know how great this is. I reading about 50 posts like this, and so far, this has been the best! Thank you!!!

  74. I have been considering a blog off and on for about 3 years now. After reading so many spelling/grammar discrepancies on others’ (yeah, #26 killed me to read! haha), I decided- what the heck? Time’s a-wastin’! I love you for this post and all the links included. Thanks a bunch!

  75. Excellent list! I only wish I had read it sooner before I had released my blog. I am still in the early stages and fear mine could be one of those unattractive blogs you were talking about..I hope not! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  76. This list is amazing – long enough to be full of fantastic advice but not so long that I’m about to run away crying in denial! Thanks for sharing all of these tips. I’ll be putting as many as I possibly can into practise soon.

  77. hi Regina 🙂 Thanks for the amazing post! Bookmarked !! I’m sure I’ll keep coming back to it for a while. At least until I start being a blogger on track 🙂

  78. Great advice Regina! I wish I’d found your site before I started mine! Still, I just started and your advice has already made my site look more professional. And, my social media stats are going up!

    I’m reading lots of your advice and trying to implement it but there’s lots to do! Love it!



  79. Ok Regina. Your website is amazing. I’m learning so much. I’m also overwhelmed because I have so many posts marked to read 😉 I love your writing style and appreciate all the info you share, it’s really really useful! Thank you for taking all the time to come up with great posts and sharing your wisdom with us:)

  80. Regina,

    You have an awesome series of Newbie Blogger posts! I have been bouncing from post to post to post. Lots & lots of great information for a newbie [but want to be serious] blogger like me.

    Thank you! Cheers 🙂

  81. Hi Regina,

    Thank you for this wonderful post. For someone who just started blogging like me, this is a great help. I am very reluctant about this at first so i do read a lot of posts about blogging. And this is my favorite post! Very entertaining and helpful indeed. Cheers!

  82. Wow! Thanks for such detailed content. I’ve been researching on how to go from a hobby blogger to a professional and your points really helped!

    Question for you! Where did you get those amazing blogging planner stickers? I’m a physical planner type of girl, and those would really help!

    Thanks again!

  83. Okay, seriously, THANK YOU. Not only was your content detailed and easy to understand, but your sense of humor and voice in your writing came through so perfectly. I clicked on each and every link and learned so much! Awesome.

  84. Regina, I am so glad I found you on Pinterest. My friends on FB have been harassing me to start a blog about our journey into homesteading, raising our own meat/dairy, & refurbishing our broken down (but PAID OFF) farm, lol. I also own an online goody business (bakeds goods and homemade candies) so I am hoping to use the website/blog as a place to sell my products and not have to pay Etsy. 😉

    This post is the first one I have read about blogging, and I am a little nervous. I know NOTHING about coding, or graphics, etc. I know I can write an entertaining post and my photography is decent, but the rest of this crap scares me!

    So my question is, should I wait to start, or jump in and start swimming? I am looking at using Bluehost, which uses WordPress??? I’m so lost, lol.

    Thank you for taking the time to write these posts, I am diving in to your website and blog right now.

  85. I started with The Extra Official Guide to Launching a Blog on a Budget and followed up with this post, needless to say my hand has cramped from all the note taking I have done!

    Your writing is honest and helpful, pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly of making a blog work and the work that makes a blog. Aside from the amazing information, your posts are giving me the confidence to know that I am walking the right path in starting a blog and making me aware of some of the distractions along the way (lover of shiny new things party of one!). I look forward to referring back to these posts over and over as I take those first steps.

  86. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have read so many articles about how to start a blog and this has by far been the most helpful. You are real, relatable and you tell it how it is. I love it. All of the links that you included were also very helpful. And I’ve found that a lot of the pins that I saved came from your site.

  87. Hey Girl!
    I love the way you write, you definitely speak my language. I’m a baby blogger (one week old) , just starting out and building my way up. I wanted to know, since you were talking about investing into your blog, if you started off having the money to start your first blog? I don’t have much to invest, but my motivation and business plan is too prefect. My real question is, am I crazy to have no writing background and be really confident in knowing how blogging works?? Is it really all about the writing, or do you have to be able to keep up with the blogging life?
    Again, I like your style. You’re fun to read and really helpful!


  88. Hello Regina!

    Your blog is really very helpful and inspiring. I totally agree with all the points that you have mentioned. I am so glad that I found you on Pinterest.


  89. Bumping into your article today made my Sunday. My first month of blogging left me stressed out, hopeless and frustrated that I wanted to quit ASAP. Your words are soothing. =)

  90. 272 comments, well deserved. Every single tip is on point. I have bookmarked and pinned this page and will refer to it often. Thank you for the tips, Regina!

  91. Hi Regina!
    I just found your site on Pinterest and I freakin’ LOVE this post and your idea of viewing and treating your blog as your own magazine. I’m in the midst of creating my blog now (I hope to launch Oct. 1st! Ah!), and I was wondering if you have any suggestions about what books on blogging (/social media marketing/whatever you think would be helpful) I could buy? Thank you so much!

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