Blogging tips to grow your blog part 2! | LOVELY LITTLE RANTS

Blogging tips to grow your blog part 2!

Hi! So I wrote this post a while ago with some blogging tips to help grow your blog!  I talked about why pictures are SO important, how to reach out and work with brands, and how to keep people coming back. Obviously I want to blog to document my life but it's also encouraging and exciting when other people besides your husband is reading it :) Here are more tips on things I do to grow my blog.



1. Replying 
Point blank reply to everyone. Chances are if you're reading this, you don't get 1,000,000 comments per post that you write. Replying to each comment (and email) is so important and it shows that you care about the people who are taking the time to comment on your blog! I am way more likely to revisit a blog where the blogger interacted with me vs someone who completely ignored anything I had to say/ask on their blog.

It takes some extra time, I know, but it is worth it and people will notice! I personally reply via email AND paste my response into the comment section so other people see that I do join the conversation and so they can see answers to any questions they might have had. Usually I will designate a day where I just reply to comments and emails until I'm all caught up. Replying to emails is also super important, if someone asks you a question or just takes the time to email you, you need to reply. They are reaching out to you and you need to show them you care and reply to their message.

2. Commenting
That brings me onto commenting. I talked about this before, but it drives me nuts so here we go again. Commenting is probably the best free and organic way to introduce your blog to new people. But, MAKE MEANINGFUL COMMENTS, PEOPLE! I get soooo bugged when someone comments and it's obvious they did not read anything!! One person recently commented about my wood signs calling them "a cool art project" if this person would have even read a single word of my post, they would have known my wood signs aren't some random art project, it's my company and I make signs for real customers daily. So if I see any "great tips, check out my blog!" comments on this post, we can't be friends anymore ;)

Be genuine and meaningful, I don't blog just for people not to read it, I take a lot of time to write each post so I appreciate when someone actually reads it. Obviously at the end of the day my blog is my place to write down my memories so if no on reads it, no one reads it! But I enjoy knowing that there are people out there who read my blog and you never know when you can help someone with something you posted! Plus, if you leave a meaningful comment, other people WILL notice and they will most likely look at YOUR blog, too. Also, if someone leaves a real and kind comment on your blog, go ahead and check theirs out and return the favor! I've found a lot of great blogs that I now read just because someone commented on my blog.



3. Why your mobile design matters.
In my other post I talked a lot about design, but not mobile design! Make sure your blog looks good on a desktop AND mobile/smart device. More than half of the people who read my blog read it from their phone (according to google analytics) so I have been trying to make sure the mobile version of my blog looks nice and pretty. Making your blog mobile friendly is also super easy! With blogger, just go to the template tab and enable your blog to be mobile friendly.

Making it mobile friendly makes your blog perfectly resized to each mobile devise thus making it easier for a mobile user to navigate AND spend more time on your page! People like easy so if your page is annoying and you have to move the screen from side to side just to read a line, most people will get over it and leave quickly.


If you didn't notice, I just got that cute nav bar that sticks to the top of the page (if you're on a desktop/laptop computer) and I LOVE it. Lauryn did the coding for me and I am SO happy with the end result! A little coding can do SO MUCH for your site! Lauryn has awesome prices, too! She's amazing! Check out her shop, Adoration Studios!

4. Peek user testing!!!!!!!
I have been so obsessed with Peek. I was reading blogs one day and a blogger (whom I can't remember, dangit) talked about peek! It's basically this website where you type in your blog URL (or instagram or etsy or any random site) and someone randomly looks at your site and talks about what they like and don't like, what sticks out to them first, what frustrates them about your site, etc. Once the random person is done viewing your website, you get emailed a video to watch of that person talking about your blog! Here is one of someone reviewing my blog if you're curious to see what it's all about! Just know, I LOVE it!! Plus it's free, so why not?!

 It's honestly the best thing ever and I have already learned a LOT on a few things that people mentioned over and over that they wish my blog had and I've tried to magnify what people said they really liked! You can test your website 3 times a month and I think I used that up in 1 day haha it's SO AWESOME and helpful to see how other people view your blog and navigate it!



5. Making Friends.
MAKE BLOG FRIENDS. I've made a few awesome blogging friends just by commenting on their blogs or them on mine. Connecting and making friends is SO important!!! Making friends makes blogging more fun because it's fun to see what your friends think of this or that. Also connecting with other bloggers means maybe they'll mention you or share your content just because they like you! Sharing is caring, we're all in this together, people!! :)  Obviously don't make friends ONLY because you want someone to mention you, that's so dumb/sketchy, it's obviously just a plus to make friends.

Swapping guest posts is also a great way to show your blog off to an entirely new audience and introduce your readers to a great new blog! Whenever I swap guest posts, we've both seen a surge in new readers and new people interested in our blogs, it's a great way to put yourself out there in a new way! Some people want to to it, some people don't, and that's ok!

6. Investing in your blog.
It's ok to invest a little in your blog! I've invested in nice len's, a nicer camera, blog courses, and different photoshop actions to help make my blog the place I want it to be. Some courses I have taken/ are currently taking are Sarah Smirk's instagram course  (still in the middle of it, she shares some good info and her course is only $17 which is really cheap!) I took Helene's instagram course thatis available here, and I am currently taking her Quit your job to blog e-course. It's kind of pricy so I am really hoping it's worth it! Her instagram course was really good and helpful so I have confidence in this one :) There are a lot of free courses, too! You just have to google and search for them, I haven't really looked for free ones (which is dumb, I NEED to do that, duh) Helene announces when she has free ones so I usually just catch those ones!

7. Scheduling.
I typically schedule all of my posts, usually I write a post the day before and schedule it to go live the next morning or so. This helps me feel more efficient and less stressed (if I am stressed about writing a post or something) I personally like to go back and edit things a few times before it's 'perfect'. I get in "writing moods" where I'm feeling extra snarky or excited about life and those are the times I try to blog because I feel the most creative when I'm writing when I'm feeling extra great. I try to post 3 times a week, just to keep a good flow and keeps me on a good schedule with blogging so that's what I mean by "stressed" because I am really into my blog schedule and sometimes I wait till the last minute to write my post and it just gets a little stressful.



8. Meaningful posts.
My blog is a life + style blog (whatever that means) but basically I like to write about my life, clothes, hair, whatever I want! If I ever feel "pressured" to blog, I can't blog. I can't be genuine and authentic so I can't do it! That's not super often that I feel pressured, but basically don't just blog to BLOG. Unless your pressured posts are amazing! Mine suck so I usually have to wait till I'm in a writing mood and don't feel pressured anymore to write a good post that I WANT to look back on.

9. Cute workplace :)
Ok so I'm just throwing this in to tell you about my cute  caseapp cases (sneaky, huh) I got my cute computer case + phone case from this place called Caseapp. Basically it's this place where you get to design a custom iphone case and/or computer skin  and obviously I was stoked to do so because after all, I loveeeeee design! (duh) They have premade designs, too! I just wanted to make something completely custom. I had a bulky case on my computer to keep it protected and I love how the skin I designed was like a thick protective vinyl to keep my computer safe and not be all bulky anymore! I usually don't have a phone case because with the 5c all the cases are weird or silicone or ugly and I can never find anything I like so obviously I was excited to make my own exactly how I wanted it to be :) The deer drawing is by Fleurosity and I added a gray stripe because I knew the hot pink of my phone would peak out and I thought the contrast would look nice :)

Caseapp is offering the code LOVELITTLE20 for 20% off if you purchase a case from them! The code is good for 1 week. A cute work area always makes me happy and gets my creative juices flowing so I love these new additions!

Caseapp is also offering a $40 credit to use to get your own custom whatever!! :) Enter below and you could win a cute case of your own (I'll help design it if you want any help!)

  Caseapp Case!


*Thank you to Caseapp for sponsoring this post.

131 comments

  1. I loved peek - it was so fun to see what people would say and of course I got a guy in England - it was hilarious!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. haha that's awesome!! I always hope I get a girl reviewer since I assume it's mostly girls who read my blog :)

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  2. I think 1 and 2 are definitely the biggest/best. As far as responding goes... I get that my blog may not be everyone's cup of tea so I don't always expect a return visit - BUT - you can at least give people the time of day who have read and written something to you. If there's no interaction, what's the point???? And as far as commenting goes, there have been times when I've read a post but couldn't think of anything to say... not even in a bad way, I just literally couldn't contribute ANYTHING to the conversation - so, I just skip commenting. To me, that's better than putting your foot in your mouth like the "art project" person or saying "cool outfit!... the end"

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    1. I totally agree!! If someone takes the time to be nice and say something nice, it needs to be recognized! And plus then you make friends and it's great :) I've asked people questions that I really wanted an answer too and NOTHING haha leaving me hanging! So that bugs me. And I'm the same way, sometimes a post I just don't know what to say or how to contribute to their post so I won't comment and sometimes I'll skip to a different one that I can relate to and say hi. But yeah that art project comment pissed me off haha I'm sure she meant nothing mean but I was like COME ON LADY!

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  3. Great tips, lady! Thanks so much for putting this together. I'll have to check out Peek. It sounds great as long as you check your ego at the door. I try to comment as meaningful as possible, because it's never fun when someone just leaves a 'COOL' post.

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    1. Thank you, Pinky!! You will LOVE peek!! But yes, you have to be prepared to hear the stuff people don't like. It hasn't been anything that has made me lose sleep or anything but I do like hearing what people want to see so I can make my blog a more user friendly place to be! Totally agree!! Comments that are like "great post!" I'm secretly like "you wouldn't know though cause obviously you didn't read it....."

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  4. Great tips, be sure to check out my blog! Hahahah jk jk. I really like the tip about responding to comments! I reply to every comment I get and I actually stop commenting on blogs of people who either 1. Don't reply to comments or 2. Never comment on my blog. I love my blogger friends I have made and get so excited to see emails from them!!

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    1. hahah WOW ;) those comments make me so bugged! I am the same way!! I tried so hard to build a relationship with a blogger once and she never replied to anything I said so I got turned off and just stopped visiting that blog, it was pointless because she just ignored anything I had to say! Same same same!!! I love getting emails from blogger friends and reading their blogs (yours, obviously!!) Seriously when you announced you were prego I was so excited haha and I don't even know you!! But I'm SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

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  5. I am obsessed with your phone case and laptop cover! So cute. Also, those generic comments are the most annoying thing on the planet. If I get a comment that says, "Excellent post, dear!" or "Great post! Check out my blog!" chances are I see the same comment by the same person plastered all over every single blog I read. Bad way to try and gain readers! Anyway yes commenting and replying are my biggest things. I always make sure to do that. and scheduling posts because I like to be more consistent. I don't want to post one at 8 a.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. and be all confusing.

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    1. Thank you!!! I always want to have a phone case but I can never find exactly what I want so I was stoked that they contacted me to design my own!

      And yes!!!! I've gotten a few comments that said something like "Great photos! I'm desperate for followers, please follow asap!!!!" and I'm like ....????...... no. Yeah scheduling is awesome!! Cause you can write a few posts at once and then schedule them all out and fell all accomplished and stuff haha have a great weekend, Mattie!

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  6. Peek sounds SO awesome, although I might be a bit nervous about what they would have to say! Commenting and replying is definitely a HUGE thing. I usually try to check out anyone new that comments if I am not familiar with them already. Definitely way to build your base! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is the best!! And so far all the "criticism" I've gotten has only helped me improve my blog, so even though it's kinda scary to see what someone truly things, it is AWESOME!! Thanks so much for being my blog friend :)

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  7. I am new to blogging so I love reading others thoughts on how to improve nad grow your blog. What really struck me is writing truly meaningful posts. what I learend from this is the QUALITY is WAY WAY WAY more importnat that quantity. Thanks so much. I agree Mattie- that generic comments are TRULY annoying.

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    1. Yes that is so true!! My blog is something I like to look back on my old posts and I like to remember all the things I really care about! Welcome to the blog world!! :)

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  8. i've never heard of peek, but what an awesome resource! i definitly agree with you about leaving *meaningful* comments. and i also think its rude when people don't reply back to comments. in my head i picture it like, i'm going up to someone and trying to talk to them and start a conversation, but instead of saying something back they just stare at me and then walk away. sad face :( i've learned the blogging world is kind of like being in kindergarden trying to make friends all over again. haha.

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    1. That is seriously such a PERFECT example!! It really is like you go up to talk to someone and they just look at you and say nothing haha very annoying! That is so true!!! It really is like "HI I'm Candace, you're invited to my birthday party!" Like so simple and everyone (I guess the majority of bloggers) just want to make friends and document their memories :) Couldn't have said it better myself.

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  9. I always do my best to respond to people, it is something that is so important to me.

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    1. You are so good at it!! I always like getting your replies :)

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  10. You have some great tips! I've never heard of Peek before but it sounds super interesting. I agree with commenting on your blog as well as others. I really love the blogger community, everyone is so nice and motivating and they are always willing to help you out and give you tips!

    Molly and Stacie

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    1. I totally agree!! The blogger community is like nothing else, it's very unique and can be a great thing to get into! You will love peek!! It is very very helpful!

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  11. I have never heard of Peek, but I really liked the video you posted! I giggled that she couldn't figure out it was Lovely Little Rants. Love the CaseApp skins you made! So pretty!

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    1. hahah I know, I'm wondering if it's really that hard to tell it's an "R" up there? But I really liked her review!! Peek reviews are so helpful! And thank you!! I was so excited to design them so they look exactly how I like :)

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  12. I must check out peek. This is a website I have never heard of. Thank you for the tip!

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    1. Of course, you'll love it, Leslie! It's very helpful!

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  13. This Peek thing is awesome!!! I can't wait to try it out! Also I'm with you on commenting and responding. I don't think I would have ever figured out what all blogging could offer until I started connecting with other bloggers. I mean, that's the best part right?! Love all your pretty cases too.

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    1. Yay you will LOVE peek! I totally agree!! I love all these blog friends I've been able to make just with this whole blogging thing :) It wouldn't be half as fun if there weren't friends to be made and new blogs to read. Thank you, Laura!! :)

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  14. I have never heard of Peek! I'm totally going to have to try it out! I'm also in Helene's Quit Your Job to Blog course & feel like I'm learning a lot so far. I think that everything you listed are really great (& simple) tips that all of us bloggers should be doing. And those cases are so cute. I was literally thinking in my mind as I was reading your post, "I'm going to ask her where she got her cases from!" and then you answered it in your post :)

    Sarah
    www.cunninghamlovestory.com

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    1. You will love peek! It is so helpful!!! Yay, I was soooo excited to take her course. I haven't gotten too deep into it yet, but I've started it and like how it's going so far :) Thank you!! I always love soaking up tips from other bloggers and I decided to do some tips of my own. Thank you again!!( about the cases) I was so excited to design these because that meant it was something I made completely custom with my exact taste! Happy Friday, Sarah!

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  15. I'm doing a caseapp!! (I am the worst I've been sitting on it forever though but I swear I'm going to make it this weekend haha) I just had to think of an idea first. I love you blog tips. Because in my eyes you are the best blogger out there ;) There's a lot I need to work on, but I really really need to start preparing posts better and scheduling them. I totally post whenever I'm done writing (and rewriting and editing 100 times) so it's always at random times. I just get so excited when I'm satisfied with a post I need it out there asap haha. And I did notice your new bar! I looked at all the tabs and decided I'm going to hire you someday. I'm not kidding.

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    1. And if it isn't obvious by all my typos, I almost always read on my phone lol.

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    2. Yay what design are you going to do?! I really do like my case! It's not annoying to take on or off (those cases that are are the WORST and so annoying) and it protects my phone! haha so pretty much everything I love in a case :) K and you are SO NICE!! Your blog is my favorite one, I feel like I can always relate to you and I love how genuine you are, like you are the same person on your blog and real life, if that makes since! (even though I haven't met you in real life, I'm assuming you're the same haha) Scheduling for me just helps keep the stress off of "Oh I want to blog and keep my schedule going but I have to do it NOW" so it has helped me for sure to try to schedule myself better! And thank you!! I do the design but Lauryn did that bar for me, she was AMAZING!

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  16. Great tips! I agree, it is extremely annoying when people leave short blahhhh comments on my blog. I can tell those are the people in blogging communitys that are only there for their own results. I personally think what you put out in this world you will get back, so when I say I will comment on 5 people's blogs, I try to REALLY read and give genuine comments. I would love to find a blogging course near where I live, but I haven't had any luck finding on yet. I'd love to do a course that isn't online... so I can meet great other bloggers face to face. Great post!
    Danielle Greco
    AccordingtoD.com

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    1. Thank you!! I totally agree!! What you put in really is what you will get back from people :) It's all about growing together, not just all about you and your blog and getting to the top alone. We have to help each other up :) I haven't done any live courses but I bet they are awesome! The reason I like online ones is because I always have the info at my fingertips and I can refresh at any time, but live would be awesome to meet new bloggers and be able to ask questions right away.

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  17. I'm new to blogging and it's really refreshing to see such a supportive community!! Thanks for the tips, I am truly soaking everything in! ;-)

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world!! Congrats on starting your blog :) I hope these are helpful!!

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  18. I used Peek one time a while back, can't remember what blog I read it on, but it was so neat. I'm gonna try it out again since I have a new look since then. These are seriously the best tips girl, commenting and responding to people is super important and I need to set a dedicated time to do it weekly because mine is pretty sporadic. I hope we are blogging friends because you are just the greatest :)!!

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    1. Yay I loveeee peek!! I bet you'll get a good video, your blog is so cute! I need to get better at just sitting down and replying to everything but I'm getting there (I think haha) and OF COURSE we are blogging friends!!! Crazy you even had to ask ;) So glad we found each other's blogs!!

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  19. Thanks for sharing these suggestions. I am new to blogging to so I am trying to learn as much as possible right now. I already follow some of your suggestions such as replying to every comment. Based on your post I am going to try peek...I can't wait to hear some honest feedback! I feel like my family and friends are biased so it will be nice to get an unbiased opinion. In the meantime I need to work on building my blogging community of friends and making sure my comments are always meaningful.

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    1. Yeah, no problem!! Welcome to the blogging world :) Peek really is SO helpful and it's nice because the person is totally random so they give their honest feedback! It's helped me improve a few things :) Yes, meaningful comments cannot be stressed enough!! Just keep being genuine and you'll do great!

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  20. I couldn't get your peek video to play but I think it's SO cool that something like that exists! I hope they have all good things to say because I love your blog! And I really like the top nav bar :) My template has one too!

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    1. Oh weird, but guess you'll just have to try it for yourself! It is awesome and your new design is so cute! I love the sticky nav bar, it's like my favorite part of my whole blog haha

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  21. I wholeheartedly agree with you on EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST!!! I've never tried Peek before!! I'm definitely going to have to look into it because you have PEEKED my interest. (See what I did there?? ahhahaha)

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    1. hahah so punny ;) But really, you will love peek!! I am so glad someone else blogged about it or I wouldn't have known! It is SO helpful!!

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  22. Are you skins and case from the caseapp? They're awesome to work with!

    I am definitely checking out the peek too :) I'm sure it will be super critical because I'm such an amateur and I am still so lost on what to do with everything with my blog and I feel like it's so not professional (it's very personal) so I don't know if that's a turn off or not.

    And I so agree with the commenting and replying it's one of the biggest things I've stressed in my blogging tips too. i've made tons of friends through regular commenting and replying and going through through the comments on other people's blogs. Guess how I found your blog and now we're like best friends haha.

    Also what is that font you used in the second half of the first picture? The like cursive one.

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    1. Yeah! I mentioned they're from caseapp in the last point on this post, #9 :) Yeah peek is so awesome!! I loveeee it and it's so helpful to see how a random person sees your blog and it's a great way to learn what works and what doesn't! Yes replying and commenting is so big in this community!! It's like the only way to make friends and meet new ones :) It's always a turn off when I've asked a question or tried to make a friendship with a blogger who doesn't ever reply to anything I say! The font I used is called Bonjour, it's my header font, too :)

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  23. You are an angel sent from heaven! This post seriously could not have come at a better time!! I really like your advice on taking classes! I would not have thought of that! So thank you! And thank you for all of your help recently!!! You rock

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    1. K you are so awesome! And I need to reply to your email haha sorry!! I will I promise :) Yeah the classes have been helpful so far!! They're kind of an investment but I think they're really helpful as I'm trying to grow this little blog of mine :) I'm so glad you're blogging!!

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  24. The best comments are the ones offering viagra ;)
    But I agree on having to invest a bit on the blog and spending time connecting to other bloggers and commenting.

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    1. hahah oh my gosh, those ones are SO annoying!!! haha I'm like "DO I LOOK LIKE I TAKE THAT?!" But yeah, making blog friends and keeping track of memories makes this blog world so great!

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  25. Great tips -- I have made many friends through blogging too. It's fun how that works. And I'd completely forgotten about Peek, which I just used to order both a website and mobile test.

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    1. It really is pretty fun :) Yay I'm glad you used peek! It's soooo helpful!! I need to do a mobile test!

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  26. Why didn't I know until now that you had a degree in graphic design.. me too! I like you even more haha =) I'd never heard of Peek before this but it sounds like it would help me a lot considering I design websites for a living. I'm about to start designing my website for my baby shoe business in addition to my Etsy shop.. so if I have any questions about the Etsy part I may be emailing you soon!

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    1. Whoa, we are basically twins!! :) You will loveeee peek! yeah it is super helpful to even get an insight on a new design that you make, too! I always ask for opinions after I design something so that I know I'm not only thinking it's cute because I made it haha Yay for opening an etsy shop!! It has been the best decision I've ever made, please email me if you have any questions because it can be kinda confusing at first!! Yay!! :)

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  27. Thanks for the intro to Peek. I need to do better at some of these things... like scheduling. Ekk!

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    1. You will love peek! And scheduling makes things much less stressful if you're ever in a pinch :)

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  28. These tips are great! I always need a reminder of how important it is to comment on blogs and make connections with other bloggers. I'm also excited to try out Peek! I've never heard of it before but I'm super intrigued. Can't believe it's free!!

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    1. Thank you!! Connecting with other bloggers is so fun and makes the community even better :) I can't believe it's free, either! I'm just grateful it exists!

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  29. These are really great tips! Thanks for sharing these♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  30. Love this girly!!! Great tips!! Hope you have a great weekend! <3

    xx Olivia

    www.hellooliviablog.com

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    1. Thanks, O! Hope you have a great weekend, too! :)

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  31. Oh my gosh I'm so intrigued by Peek! What an awesome resource! So interesting that you reply by email AND publicly too, I don't think I've ever seen that before. I always reply by email because I feel like that's an opportunity to have a more candid and personal conversation than in the comments section, but at the same time, if you were just visiting you wouldn't know that and it would look like I don't reply since there are no public replies in the comments section. Definitely something to think about, thanks!

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    1. I love peek, it's been so helpful so far!! Yeah it might seem kinda crazy that I do both BUT I like to do it so people can see I am out there and I answer questions and maybe answer a question that was already asked!! But it is nice to reply and keep it personal, I'm probably just crazy haha Thanks so much for your comment, Tracy!!

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  32. So, I've already visited Peek. Can't wait to hear back the results. So glad you shared it! And I love your computer case!

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    1. Yay you will love it! It is so dang helpful :) And thank you so much!!

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  33. Glad you liked the Instagram course (ps, it's still available on my course page, you even have the opportunity to link to it with an affiliate link on the course site!) can't wait to hear what you think about quit your job to blog!

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    1. I actually wrote this up and I think the next day or so you blogged about it being on your course site now!! I just forgot to update that in this post, but I have now :) Thanks for making great courses!!

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  34. I'd never heard of Peek! That's awesome! How incredibly helpful. Just watching the review of yours makes me realize that I don't have any sort if "about" information on my home page when you come to my blog. I guess I just assume that if you're curious "about" the blog that you'd check the about page. But I'm sure it would be helpful to people to have that information on the first page!

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    1. It is soooo helpful!! When I did it last month, EVERYONE who reviewed mine said I needed a mini about blurb on my page so they could know what the website was and what my blog was all about! So that's why I even added that little blurb :) I didn't think about it before but I guess it does make sense!

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  35. great tips, check out my blog!


    jk hahaha. i just ignore those. i have had some pretty messed up comments where people straight up did not read anything and the comment is so off the wall i am almost embarrassed for them. i get it, we are all busy. but if you are going to comment based on pictures alone, and not reading any of the words (like the person did with your 'art project'), you're bound to get something wrong. it's embarrassing!

    peek does sound super interesting. i don't remember if it was peek exactly, but i know someone did something similar for their blog, but the person who did it didn't even know what a blog was, he kept saying 'what kind of website is this?' lol
    totally agree with all of your tips :)

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    1. hahah omg you are so welcome!! ;)

      Those comments tho... I did get a few on this post even! It's a tip post, if you don't want tips, don't pretend like you read it haha Anyways though, it does drive me nuts!! Cause sometimes I post a few pictures and then talk about them briefly but my post is more about something else! And then people say "great photos!" and I'm like gahhhh guysssss!! haha rant over.

      Yeah when guys see my site on peek, they are usually like "hmm... let's see what this website is.... hmmm" and then eventually they're like "I think this is some sort of blog???" But most of the ones I've done have been very helpful!!!

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  36. You know why people love you and your blog?? Because you are REAL! Your posts are so relatable and you tell it like it is. I personally love that. Thanks for sharing your bloggy tips and your art projects with us ;) Seriously, they are really good....like, you're definitely going to get an "A" in that FramedDecor class.....

    xo,
    Lita

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    1. K you are the best/so nice!! Thank you!!! I laughed out loud at this comment! I BETTER GET AN A+ ON MY ART PROJECTS!!!! Like come on people!!! Art projects?! I'm sure she didn't mean to insult my pride and joy BUT if she would have read like 3 words of my post...
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      and once again I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN!!! Like so much that I had to say it again right now.

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  37. Yay for blogger buds! I had never heard of Peek, must check it out. Also, your tips are SO on point. #nailedit

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    1. Thank you, Louise!! Yay for AZ blogger buds! :) You will loveee peek, it is the BEST!!

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  38. This is great, thanks for sharing! AND, I just submitted my site to Peek, eep! I feel naked!

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    1. Thank you!! Peek is nerve wracking but it's worth it to see your website through new eyes :) I hope your test went well!!

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  39. THANK YOU for posting this! I've been feeling so stuck lately with growing my blog ha. Also, that comment... seriously LOLing... people

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful!! I have to remind myself of the little blogging things that I need to stay on top of (like commenting!) to keep up relationships and find new blogs :) Ohhhh those comments hahah

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  40. Okay, the first thing I wanted to do was comment "great tips, check out my blog!" hahaha. But in all seriousness, these were excellent tips. I'm happy I have already been doing some of them :) and I totally agree, I am obsessed with PEEK! I have made so many little changes because of it. It's super beneficial to hear reviews from others who are not just friends/family.

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    1. hahaha NOOO!! :) And thank you!! They're so simple but just little things that really help in this whole blogging world haha Peek is the bestttt!! It really is so helpful to get unbiased info from someone who doesn't know you and is being honest!

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  41. Thanks for the tip about peek! Never heard of it, but will check it out!

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  42. Very helpful. I definitely need to get better at scheduling my posts!

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    1. Scheduling makes things so much easier for sure!! :)

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  43. Okay so I just checked out Peek, and I was like sweating profusely the whole time I was watching my video! Ridiculous lol. Such a fabulous site — now I'm addicted! Thank you for sharing such a great resource!

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    1. hahah seriously!! Whenever I get my review back, I run like a million scenarios in my head and prepare for the worst just in case. But overall it is SO helpful, oh my gosh. Bless the inventor of Peek.

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  44. "Great tips - check out my blog" ;) just kidding! I'd never heard of peek before, I've just signed up and I'm kind of nervous to get my video back...

    Sophie | www.dreamsandcolourschemes.com

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    1. haha!! :) How did your video go? Was it helpful? The worst is when you get a guy haha they never seem to understand my blog as well because it's so girly (I think!)

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  45. I found this post through a Facebook group and am heading over to check out the rest of your blog now just because your attitude and writing style seems so positive! I love that you included making friends as a point in this post as I am a shy person and began writing a blog to encourage myself to interact with others about things we mutually enjoy! Looking forward to hearing back from you! Until then i'll be over on Peek or checking out the rest of your posts. Hope you're having a wonderful day.

    Seanín || A Great Perhaps.

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    1. He Seanín! Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate hearing your kind words about my own blog :) I feel like making friends is so important AND it makes blogging THAT much more fun, too! I just peaked over at your blog (I can't comment for some reason, but I'm also on my work computer and that may be why) but I love the imagry you have!! Your photos are awesome and I love the really clean design. Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind comment. I bet your peek review will be raving!!

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  46. These tips rock! I will definitely check out Peek :)

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  47. Wow taking so many of these tips and putting them to use, especially the peek one! Love it. Oh and checking out that iphone case :) Would love to connect as another blogger!

    xo,
    Sarah Grace
    http://freshfitnhealthy.com
    IG: http://instagram.com/freshfitnhealthy

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    1. Hey Sarah, thank you!! You will get so much out of peek!! It is really helpful and I just love it :) I just checked out your cute blog, it is soooo professional looking, the design is awesome!

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  48. So many helpful tips here, thanks for sharing. And Peek User Testing is so great. It's nice to get a helpful, unbiased opinion about your website.

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    1. Thank you sooo much for reading, so glad you found these helpful :) It really is very helpful to just get an entirely unbiased review of your blog and it's helped me improve so many little things that I didn't think about!

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  49. Great post! Check out my blog! Just kidding. I get some very weird comments that are not really related to my post. Really vague comments like, "Wow! I have been searching all day for information on this! Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I will share this with my colleagues. They will find it very worthwhile. Here's my blog link." And I'm like, "I just blogged about my dog puking on the floor."
    I'm definitely going to go check out Peek!

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    1. hhaha so help me with those comments!! Yeah i've gotten weird ones like that, too! I'm like uhhh??? Is this a robot person or??? Literally pointless crap that makes no sense. hahaha!! And yes you will LOVE peek! it's the best ever!

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  50. I like the points you made. Some seemed a bit angry, but I get it. As bloggers we have things that really frustrate us and times when we feel like nobody is ever going to comment.

    But I completely agree about making sure that you give a good response to those who do make the effort to comment. It's very important.

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    1. Oh no, I didn't mean to sound angry! Hopefully it didn't come off as too bad or negative or anything. I am grateful for each interaction, it does get a little discouraging when some people leave comments that show they didn't really read anything. I believe in and strongly love the blogger community so I love making new connections with genuine bloggers :)

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  51. This is a greta article, great tips! I definitely want to check out Peek! I've never heard of it before!

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    1. Thank you!! You will love peek, it has helped me so much!

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  52. I've so glad I found this post on Blogging Boost! Even though I do all these things, its nice to know someone agrees with me that its the way to go! Thanks for this <3
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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    1. Thank you, Pia!! I'm so glad you do all of these things! It really is the little stuff that counts :) I hope you have a great day!

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  53. Great tips. I love that you recommend that you respond to each person that comments. So, many bloggers don't do this- (yet they will obsess over their social media accounts.) You tips about scheduling blog posts is gold. Once I started doing this, I was much less stress about publishing.

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    1. Thank you, Erica!! I I totally agree, I love when people respond because it helps build relationships and dig deeper into the blogging community :) You are awesome! Scheduling is such a stress reliever!!

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  54. these are great tips. I've never really given much thought to my mobile design but in this day and age I feel like we do 99.9% of everything through our phones, including reading blogs so that made me think about my mobile design. I'm pinning this post of future reference. Thank You so much for sharing!

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    1. Awh I'm glad you liked it!! I didn't really realize that so many people read my blog from their phone until I checked and I just want to make sure it's the best user experience on the phone or desktop!

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  55. I love all these tips! I need to try Peek, I think it would make me a little nervous though! I do have a question for you.. if you reply to a comment on blogger, as replying back to a person who commented.. do they get a notification that you replied to them? Or do you normally reply in emails?

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    1. Peek is so helpful!! Even if a stranger says something they don't like, it's still nice to know that you can always improve it and make it better for your readers :) So if you comment directly on your blog, they will not get a notification! They only get notified if you reply by email! I wish blogger would change that! It looks like you are a no reply blogger so even though I am replying by email right now, you won't get notified :( that's super easy to change! If you see this and want help, let me know!

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  56. Thank you for the Peek tip! I'm nervous to use it because criticism is always hard but worth it!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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    1. You will love it, Susie!! It's soooo helpful! Love your blog, by the way :)

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  57. This was so useful! :) I'm still just beginning with blogging seriously (I've had a few here or there but I never put much effort into trying to get them out there) so any and all tips for finding new readers is so valuable to me. Thanks for putting this together!
    -Kiara
    kiarayoga.com

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    1. Yay I am so glad you found this helpful!! :) Just so you know, you're a no reply blogger so you won't see this notification in your email! I can help you fix that if you want (and if you see this!!) :)

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  58. So many valid points! It's so important to engage with your readers and your fellow bloggers.

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    1. Thank you! I totally agree, if you aren't engaging, no one will stick around for more!

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  59. So I just entered my website on peek and is now waiting for an answer. Super excited to know about that site - thanks for the great blog post!

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    1. I'm sure you got your review back by now!! I bet it was awesome!! Peek is really the best thing ever :) Thanks sooo much for your comment!!

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  60. These are great tips here. It is so important to write content that is full of valuable tips and helps for your audience. People will trust you if they can relate to what you are saying.

    Keep up the great work here. Go out and live unstoppable!

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    1. I totally agree!! It's great to help your readers and just write down everything that works for you so you can see it on paper and look back to it :) Thank you!!!

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  61. I just started to be a blogger this year, so I am very thankful for your tips! :)

    Xoxo Marie
    http://insidethisrosyworld.blogspot.de

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  62. Great tips! Excited to check out peek :)

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  63. I'll have to try Peek! I've never heard of it. Thanks for the tip!! And I love the custom computer skin--- my hubs may not be a fan since we kind of share a computer... That I rarely let him touch 😜 I would love for you to share your tips with us at 100 Happy Days! http://www.akreativewhim.com/capturing-memories-100HD-19

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    1. I LOVE peak so much, it is awesome!! hahah maybe he will learn to love a cute computer skin ;) Yay I will check that out, I'd love to share, thank you!

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  64. These are some really great tips! I'm a new blogger, still getting the hang of it all and doing a lot of "research" and reading so that I can make my blog the best that it can be. Thanks for all your help!

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    1. So glad you found this helpful and CONGRATS on your blog!! I'm sure you will be amazing :)

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