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

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Happy Holidays! I hope you're all getting in to the holiday spirit and embracing that Christmas is just around the corner!  Whether we're ready for it or not, here it comes!!!  For the next few weeks, I'm going to be highlighting the Bloggers that have been so gracious to participate in this series.  It's such a busy time of year that a lot of us don't have much time to blog on our own blogs, let alone guest post.  So, I hope to refresh some memories and highlight some tips from the past few months ... Amy from The Idea Room "Balance is the key.  I love my readers, but ultimately it comes down to being there for and WITH your family.  I wish I had learned that lesson a bit earlier in … [Read more...]

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

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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: "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 … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ The Adventures of Ordy and Joon

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Blogging Today, we are so lucky to have Ordy and Joon here!!! {she's Joon and her fiance is Ordy} We met at Creative Estates in Phoenix and I've followed her ever since! She's getting married and it's so fun to check out her blog to live vicariously through her photos she's posting with plans of a beautiful wedding!  {we got married with literally 1.5 weeks of planning, so I didn't get a chance to 'plan' .... no, I wasn't pregnant} Anyways, she's a law student and here's what she has to say about blogging.... ******** I have a mentor in almost every aspect of my life. There's a specific attorney I look up to for career guidance, a professor I look up to for school guidance, and … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging – Denise from Denise Blooms

We're back and running this week! {sorry about last week, friends!  Just was super dooper busy and had a hugely full week!} I met Denise on Twitter and have loved her blog and her tweets for the last year.  She's a beautiful writer, and an inspirational woman. With that said, here is what she has to say.... Thank you Tara for inviting me as a guest to share a bit of my experience in the blogging world. I am always thrilled to be able to encourage someone out there who might need a nudge in the right direction for their blog. I have been online since 2007, where I started out building a website on home decorating from scratch. I was passionate about that subject and knew I could talk … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Lara from Less Cake {more frosting}

I'm really excited to introduce Lara to you this week!  Yet, another post that I couldn't wait to get out to you!! We met earlier this year {and I'm so glad we did}.  She is someone who I've loved following and reading and now that we've met, I can 'hear' her talking as I read her words. She has some wonderful blogging tips for you this week.... *************   Hey Tara Dara readers! My name is Ellie G, and I blog at Less Cake {more frosting}. Actually "Ellie G" is my online cover. My actual name is Lara. And my initials are "LG" so that's where that name came from. It's so confusing to people. I should probably fix it. But now I feel all tied to this "Ellie G" gal. I don't … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Mique from 30 Days

Hi everyone- I'm Mique from 30days. I got to meet Tara last year at the Creative Connection. She is just as fun and sweet in person as she is online! I love when that happens. ;) I started 30days in 2007 when my family blog was getting cluttered with creative projects and links. At the time, creative blogs were just starting to really pop up. I loved having a place to put ideas that I could use in the future. My blog really started to change when I got the courage to ask a company if they would be willing to do a giveaway. I was blown away when they said yes. Soon I was doing giveaways at least once a week. Doing the giveaways in the beginning gave me a huge confidence boost (What? They … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Holly from 504 Main

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Here we are again! I hope you're loving this series as much as I am! If you have any questions or suggestions you'd like a guest to touch on, please comment below and I will do my best to find a fit!  I'm sure if you're thinking of questions, there are at least 50 others thinking the same thing!  So, please, do not hesitate!!!  This is for ALL of us to learn and gain insight!  I'd love to have feedback from you, too! ************ This week, Holly from 504 Main is here! We met at Creative Estates in Phoenix and sat together at the Girls Night Out Arizona and had a GREAT time! She's fun, exciting, and tells it like it is! {I like that!} Here is her blogging insight for you in an … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Kami from No Biggie is here!

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We have Kami from No Biggie here to offer her blogging tips and advice!!! Kami and I met briefly at Creative Estates!  It was a busy couple of days and I wished we could have had more time to talk {I felt like that a LOT}. She is so kind to have taken some time to write down some of her thoughts for you {and me}..... {the format is a bit different this post, more of a Q & A} I'm curious to know if you had a definite direction for your blog in the beginning. If not, what was your aha moment to where you decided that this is where you would like to take your blog. I had no direction in the beginning. I've been blogging for 4 years. It started out as a family blog, and then it … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Advice from Meghan Tucker from The Tuckers Take Tennessee

How are you liking this series so far? I'm learning so much from these great seasoned bloggers and hope you are too. Meghan This week I'm featuring my dear friend, Meghan.  We met on Twitter {of course} and have become great 'virtual friends'.  She has a great blog called The Tuckers Take Tennessee in which she describes in her post below.  Blogging advice in Meghan's words ... It was in 2006 that I really started to hear more about blogging. But what was it? Who knew. A place for people to journal online? For the world to see their dirtiest of secrets? Eh, not for me. In 2008, that I really started to look deeper and start reading blogs. Okay, people didn't air their dirty laundry … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging – Amy from The Idea Room

As promised, another FABULOUS blogger here to share her insight to blogging in the beginning   Amy from The Idea Room has graciously taken time out from her FIVE children to write a little something for us {THANK YOU!!!!!!}  You need to go over to her blog, The Idea Room, and read about her and see ALL of the AMAZING ideas she has!!!!     The beautiful AMY!!!!! Amy and I met at the Creative Estates conference briefly.  All be it brief, I could tell that she is a sweet gal who has so much to offer {you'll see in just a moment}.  I cannot wait till our paths cross again. Here's what Amy has to say... I started blogging over at The Idea Room just over a couple of years … [Read more...]