Blogging Questions Answered! (via Twitter)


last weekend, as part of blogging weekend, i also crowd sourced a bunch of blogging related questions on twitter.  i summed up some major points, but definitely check out the links to see the full twitter conversation (and to see who said what, which is always fun.)


best advice you'd offer a newbie blogger? - find out here!

some lessons learned:
1. readers can smell fake or forced content.  be yourself and don't jump on a trend just because everyone else is.
2. use photos. (man, i need to work on this one, don't i?!)
3. please make sure you're not a no-reply blogger - bloggers want to respond to your comments! if you don't know/aren't sure, tweet sarah.  she's a huge help.
4. researching and organizing ahead of time can really help you feel less stressed and make sure your content accurately reflects you.
5. build a network by responding to comments and commenting on other blogs.  it's much more fun and helps you grow when you have friends cheering you on.


who do you love to sponsor? - find out here!

some lessons learned:


why would you unfollow a blog? - find out here!

some lessons learned: 
1. don't always take it personally.  you or the reader may have had a change in circumstances that have led to a difference in blog content and taste.  it's okay to grow apart!  understand that only talking about one very personal part of your life will probably push some readers away who can't relate to that.
2. giveaways is a fine line to walk.  if they're outweighing your content, you're not going to have those 'real' readers, the ones who comment and interact.  your numbers will be inflated with people who only follow for free things.
3. sponsored content is another fine line to walk.  take care to accept sponsored content only when it accurately reflects your blog.  and never let the sponsored posts outweigh your own real content!  they want to read you.
4. you have to be a friend to make a friend.  if someone takes the time to comment, you should respond, maybe check our their blog.  they won't keep coming back if they feel ignored.


how do you attract readers, those who interact and comment, as opposed to silent followers? - find out here!
this was a tricky one, and we're still looking for answers.  it's something kelli touched on here and it seems a lot of people struggle with this.  here's what i can offer, though i'm still working on it too - respond to comments.  i respond to every comment, every time.  if it's a new name, i do not look at the blog first.  i respond to the comment, then go check out the blog.  therefore, i do not fall into the trap that a lot of 'big' bloggers do, in that i respond to everyone equally, no matter their size.  sadly, some people pick and choose who to respond to.  if you ignore people, especially 'little fish' (which is dumb, you were a little fish once too) they will likely not return and they will 100% stop leaving comments.  if you're 'too busy' to respond, you need to prioritize your time and sacrifice time you're spending elsewhere.  get off pinterest, shut off the bachelor, organize your incoming email, do whatever you need to do to respond to your comments.  content comes first, then responding to comments.  if you have to, hire someone.  it's a service i offer and many other virtual assistants do as well.  but you must respond to comments if you want to grow and attract those who comment.  this is how you keep them coming back, and how you get them to refer you to their friends.  no one would say 'ohh! stephanie has a recipe for those cupcakes!' to their friends if i wasn't responding to their comments and thanking them for their feedback.


what would you add to any of these?  feel free to respond here, or keep the conversation going on twitter!

27 comments

  1. These are great tips! Can't wait to visit the other blogs as well. Love the profile picture! Have a great weekend!

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  2. love this! i also have a post sort of like this in the works :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. Love all this advice! Often, after I've put a lot of effort into the post, I forget about all the important follow through and other aspects of blogging.

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  4. "if you're 'too busy' to respond, you need to prioritize your time and sacrifice time you're spending elsewhere." This is EXACTLY how I feel about responding to comments. If it ever got the point where I honestly couldn't anymore (doubtful) I'd cut down on something else I was doing. I know people are busy but c'mon... we all have our phones attached to our hips - I respond to some comments while I'm waiting in line at the grocery store for crying out loud.

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  5. Excellent advice - as a newbie blogger I feel like I am just soaking in all the information you're providing. Thanks for the help!

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  6. Awesome tips! Good to be reminded of this or even learn it for those who don't know. Great advice.

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  8. I really liked these tips, some of them I was already doing but others I know I could work on more. The one I could work on is leaving comments for other bloggers, I don't do that much but I have found that the blogger really appreciates it. I know I do when I find people commenting on my blog. Thanks for the advice.

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    1. Thanks Caitlin, I'm glad you liked it! Bloggers definitely appreciate the comments, I feel so loved when you stop by!! Hopefully you'll find new bloggers too that you love that way. Good luck!

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  9. Love all the advice. I think commenting is such a big one. I want to connect with others and being ignored is never fun especially when it is a very well thought out response.

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  10. Love this, thank you for compiling this list!!

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  11. Love these tips. A lot I have already starting enforcing even more. So go me lol

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  12. You did a great round up here! I'll be clicking around :)

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  13. I am loving reading all of these blogging posts! These are all great tips! Thank you for posting! :)

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    1. No problem! Glad you're enjoying them. I'm still working on a ton of these tips, there's always more to learn!

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  14. Love this post. I agree with your reasons why you would unfollow a blog!

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  15. Woohoo, thank you for linking to me! :D

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  16. I don't understand bloggers who never respond back to comments. I get that it might not be the same day....but I am mean....none of us are that important that we cant take a minute to respond back to someone who was kind enough to leave a thoughtful comment on our blog! You are so right! It is a reason I have un-followed many of the bigger bloggers.

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  17. Oh yeah, fake content is very easy to spot and a big turn off--in my opinion, it's better to not have a blog post than to have a fake one!

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  18. I love this. I never stopped to realize that my blog might not be big enough for some people to want to respond to my comment, which honestly, just makes them jerks. As for the silent followers, I'm wondering if a lot of people follow you to get you to follow them back just to inflate their numbers? I have at least felt that way a few times lately. It's kind of crappy too, honestly. Man, blogging can be aggravating sometimes!

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  19. lots of great tips! I think leaving and responding to comments is huge. it makes readers feel valued plus it helps you make bloggy friends! oh and this is random - but i'd also recommend people turn off captcha.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  20. Great post! I'm a new blogger so I've been reading lots of these lately and your post is really helpful!

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    1. That's awesome! Welcome to blogging, I'm so glad you found this helpful :)

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