Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging Recap

Today I wanted to revisit some of the past guest posts.  If you’re new to my blog, you will find so many AMAZING contributors to this series.  When I started it, I had no idea the amount of knowledge that it would muster in one place!

Here are some excerpts of some of the past posts:

Becca from Blue Cricket Design was our FIRST guest blogger!

Talk about starting off with a BOOM!  Here’s an excerpt:

blue cricket design

  • “It’s ok to take a break! I’m not so good at this but I’m learning it’s important! Don’t force a post just becasue you need one. Take a day off! Just think…Quality over Quantity!
  • You get back what you put into it! I find just as much joy, if not more, in promoting others as I do promoting myself! I feel lucky to be able to toot someone elses horn! I’ve noticed over the years that when I promote others it always comes back to me with others returning the favor and promoting me!”

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Stacey from Not Just a Housewife

not just a housewife

“I get asked all the time “How did your blog get so big so fast?” Well, in the grand scheme of things, my blog is really not that big. I have been blogging for nine months and have over 2,500 followers. There are a lot of factors I am sure, but a big one is the fact that other bloggers have been willing to feature me. I was very assertive in the beginning. I contacted every blog I could find and asked if I could guest post or blog swap with them. Most of them didn’t respond, but some did. I also linked up to as many linky parties as I could. That is a big reason I started one of my own. I got a lot of traffic from others so I wanted to do the same for my readers. I did everything I could think of to get my name out there. I also bought ads on a few other blogs. I looked at my blog as a hobby that I loved but also as a potential business.

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Jamilynn from I {Heart} Naptime

I heart Naptime

  • “Start following and commenting on as many blogs as you can.
  • Find bloggers with about the same number as you and build a friendship with them. You want to find a group of friends you can rely on… because your friends IRL probably wont get the whole “blogging” thing as well as they will.
  • Get a fan page and get on twitter. I just barely started tweeting a few months ago and I’ve had so many more opportunity’s being on twitter. It’s a great way to network and get to know fellow bloggers.
  • Take great pictures. To be honest, the first year of blogging my pictures absolutely sucked. I’m kind of embarrassed by it… but you can learn from my mistakes.”

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I hope that you have gotten something out of this series.  I started it because I really wanted to share with others.  Blogging can be so challenging, exciting, frustrating, and rewarding.  Knowing that other bloggers go through the exact same thing as you is comforting, isn’t it?  Knowing that you’re not alone in the ‘blogosphere’ is encouraging.  Being able to share little tips and tricks and the reality of blogging has been rewarding.  So, THANK YOU to all of you who come back every week to see who’s up next in this series!!!

xo Tara


  1. Thanks for this post! I have been slacking on my blog and I needed this today!

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