Blogging Tips

Saturday, October 09, 2010
I've been getting several emails about tips on starting a fashion blog and building your readership. I wish someone had given me tips on what to do and what not to do a year and a half ago when I started blogging. Keep in mind I'm no expert - these are just some tips that I've learned through trial-and-error.

First, if you're in it for the money, quit now...because you're going to be sorely disappointed.

Have a clean layout. There are times when I come across a blog with a hot pink background and bright yellow and green font...and then I immediately close the window. Keep a simple neutral-colored background. That means no colorful backgrounds with big prints. If you want to use a patterned background, make sure it's a small print and, again, a neutral color. There is a reason newspapers are a light gray with black font - it is easier on the eyes. Also, use a legible font. Cutesy isn't legible, sorry. Keep the font size mature. I've been to a few blogs that have the font blown up it resembles a poster. Please...keep your blog professional!!!

Keep your sidebars clean. It's very annoying to go to blogs and they have award after award after award on their sidebars. It just crowds the sidebars with unnecessary pictures and buttons and adds to the page loading time. Only post elements that are direly necessary to your blog. Remember, you want to keep readers on your blog, you don't want to confuse them with 100+ other websites you linked to that they can go to and get lost in because at this point, they're already lost in your blog. If you are having trouble keeping your sidebars clean, start using pages. It'll open up the blog a lot more. You can create pages by going to your Blogger dashboard, then to Edit Posts. Click on Edit Pages. Click on New Page.

Keep your blog width fixed and not at a percentage. I made that mistake for a while. Not everyone has the same screen size as you. What they see on their screen could be completely different from what you're seeing. A fixed width will make sure nothing is cut off and there will be that extra space on the left and right side of the blog width. You can get a fixed width for your blog by using the newest Blogger templates or you can use the classic Blogger templates and edit the HTML by going to this website. I use the Minima Lefty Stretch Classic template and customized it to fit my needs.

Check your blog in different browsers and screen sizes. It could look good in Firefox but look horrible in Internet Explorer. Check out ViewLike.Us to see your blog in different resolutions (Sidewalk Chalk).

Get rid of Posted by and timestamps. Unless you work on a team blog, there is no reason to have Posted by because everyone will know who is writing the blog. It's unnecessary and crowds each blog post. Timestamps are also unnecessary because your blog will be read by somebody from country X and somebody from country Y and timestamps are irrelevant to them. Again, it just crowds the post. You can do this by going to your Blogger dashboard, then Design. Go to Page Elements. Click on the Edit button in the Blog Posts link. Uncheck the Posted by and Posted at boxes.

Keep the comments link at the BOTTOM of the post (Ms. Ten). It's a chore to have to click on a comment link only to find that it's for the previous post and go back and try to find the comment link for your most recent post.

Be yourself!!! Don't try to copy some other blogger. There's only one you so why waste that by trying to be somebody else? People can sniff out posers a mile away.

Have an About Me page. When checking out a new blog, it is usually the first page I go to because I want to get to know you, not just give you a few page hits. When writing it, tell us what your blog goal is, why you started blogging, snippets of your personality, and a way for us to contact you.

Have a blog roll of all your favorites. If you don't, you look like a jerk. It's always fun to see who inspires you.

NO MUSIC!!!! ...unless you're writing a music blog.

Make it easy for new readers to follow you. You want them to keep coming back. Place the follower buttons at a visible location, not at the bottom and not at the very top because it's annoying. But don't ask people to follow you in all your social networks in every post because then you look desperate.

If you're starting a fashion blog, good pictures are important! It doesn't mean you need a fancy camera. It means taking into account your background, the lighting, and your poses. It's hard to take a fashion blogger seriously when they take outfit pictures with their iPhone. Lighting can do wondrous things for your pictures. Stay away from harsh lighting like at noon during the day. Shade is best. Sunset lighting is best. Cloudy is best. If you take indoor pictures, make sure you have even lighting. Try shooting with the light source behind you. Keep in mind to have interesting backgrounds, preferably outside. When taking pictures, be yourself. Don't over think poses. Be natural and don't get discouraged! If you're still having trouble, try to get candid shots of you walking, talking, jumping, twirling, dancing, etc. Think happy thoughts. Smiling also helps :). Don't be afraid to edit your pictures, but don't go crazy because you can tell when someone is overly Photoshopped because you'll look like Barbie and not in a good way. If you do edit your pictures, keep the resolution low - it'll subtract from the loading time.

Keep your pictures the same width. It easily focuses the eyes on the main column as you scroll down the blog. Plus, it creates a distinguished separated space from the blog post column from your sidebar columns. You can do this by going to the Edit HTML tab when you're about to publish your post. Find this code <*img src="linky link"> without the asterik. Type in your desired width like so: <*img width="a number" src="linky link">. I like to keep my picture widths at 550px.

Whatever blog you're starting, good content is important. Keep your blog to a few topics. If you keep on adding more topics, it's going to look more like a personal diary than a blog for everyone to enjoy. Have text. If you don't have any text, search engines can't direct people to your blog. Write enough that it doesn't feel like some homework assignment for your readers. Don't know what to write about? Respond to comments from your last post. Talk about your outfit - why you wore what you did, the color combo, the accessories, why you paired this with this. Don't forget to include outfit details! Post often! ...but don't post like ten times a day. You're hogging my Google reader. If you're too busy with work or school or family, you're going to lose your readership and any future readers. Nobody said blogging was easy. It is like a full-time job for me.

If you have any DIY projects or tutorials, share them! All the (three) tutorials I did, I hesitated because I didn't think people would actually want to know how to do them since it was so easy for me. What is easy for you because you did it so many times is not easy for someone who's only seen the same view of it on your blog!

Don't copy or steal other bloggers' ideas! With the internet, it's easy to save anything onto your computer and not remember where you got it. If you use that content, it's stealing. If you want to use another bloggers' content or pictures, ASK and it's nice to link to their site.

COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!!!! Some bloggers are lucky enough to gain readers overnight. Some have to work for it. Commenting is the best way to attract new readers. It's a way to meet new people and build future relationships, not just a few extra page hits. Comment in your blog niche. If you're a fashion blogger, comment on other fashion blogs, not craft blogs or cooking blogs. When commenting, don't forget to CARE. Like I said, people can sniff a poser a mile away. Write a genuine, relevant comment. None of this copy-and-paste Great post! Follow my blog!!! nonsense. When commenting, use a comment signature. Nothing fancy and nothing more than a line or two. It should just be your blog and maybe your name - nothing more is required. Comment signatures are great when someone has a ton of blogs listed on their profile and you don't know which one to go to. It's also easier for people to click on the link instead of going to your profile and then to your blog. You can do a comment signature by using the HTML link code: <*a href="your link here">your text here<*/a> ...and take out the asterisks.

Be active in your social networks...like Twitter and Facebook. Some people have one and not the other so it's good to use both to update your readers on new posts or just to say hi and create small talk. Place social network buttons at the bottom of each post to make it easier for your readers to save it for another time or share it with their friends online.

Join fashion communities like Chictopia, weardrobe, and LOOKBOOK.nu. But be careful to read their terms of agreement. There have been accounts of fashion communities using bloggers' pictures without letting them know.

Be open for giveaways. Everyone loves a chance to win something! Make sure it's something everyone, including your international readers, would actually want and not something you pulled out of the junk drawer. The great part about giveaways is you can include entries like following your blog or spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter.

If you're up for it, get business cards with your blog URL and perhaps your email and hand them out. Everybody is a potential reader.

Keep track of your stats and numbers...but don't obsess over them. They're useful for advertising in the future but that's it.

I get a lot of questions about advertising and sponsors. I'm still pretty new to it but I think I've got a handle on it. It's all trial-and-error because everyone has a different way of doing it. If you don't know what price to ask, start with something reasonable. If you're getting a lot of requests, you're obviously charging too little. If you're not getting a lot of emails, you're charging too much. Find that medium. It takes a while, but don't rush it. What advertisers look for is the best cost per mille (CPM) - mille means 1,000 in Latin. You calculate your CPM by dividing the advertising cost by your monthly traffic in the thousands. For example, if you have 100,000 monthly page views and you are charging $100 for an ad you would do this: $100 / 100 views = $1 CPM. It's good to stay around the $1 CPM range. For more information on making money from your blog, check out this post.

Be nice. Make friends. Have fun.


If you aren't a techie and don't have the time to mess around with HTML and your layout, I will fix up your blog for you for a small fee! If interested please email me.

157 comments :

  1. agree with these, i wish i had time for keeping my pictures the same width.

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  2. Amazing advice. Thanks for laying it all out there. The advertising and sponsors bit is especially helpful.

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  3. Hi Elaine! I've been a reader for a long time, but this is the first time I've ever commented. (Sorry, I sound like those radio callers who always say "Long time listener, first time caller).

    I just started a blog of my own and I think these tips will be really helpful. I'm going to work on my "About Me" section now. I think it will take some work to get higher quality pictures. I'm guilty of iPhone shots, and that probably won't change for dressing-room pictures. But I'm definitely going to work out my tripod situation for when I'm at home.

    Thanks again for the tips!
    -Mich

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  4. speaking of give aways, who won the uggs?

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  5. You can see who won the ugg boots here.

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  6. How do you keep your blog width fixed? Can you help me? =)
    Bellesme

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  7. Such great tips!
    (I TOTALLY agree with the music one, so annoying, I usually have music on already when I'm commenting :p)
    I've been meaning to do a business card for a while, haha...but I never seem to find time, since it will take me a while to design it XD
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  8. These tips are so helpful! I started my own Fashion blog a couple of months ago and I am seriously learning something new everyday, like today! Thanks so much

    ~Tessa

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  9. Elaine,

    Great tips! I have learned so much in the past few months (I started my fashion blog in May). One thing I totally agree with you, blogs that have funky background with flashing objects immediately turn me off.

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  10. Thanks for posting this. These are incredibly helpful. There are so many things you mention that I need to do/change, but I think the most helpful tip was the one about the "about me" section of one's profile. I definitely need to re-do mine.

    And I loved the belt tutorial. Something so simple can be tricky (especially for people like me) and a video helps.

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  11. How do you make a comment signature? I've always wondered how you do that.

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  12. Great tips Elaine, thanks for sharing. I have to take a look at the website about the width.

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  13. You can do a comment signature by using the HTML link code:

    <*a href="your link here">your text here<*/a>

    Take out the asterisks.

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  14. I always wanted to remove the timestamps and "posted by" on my blog, but I just don't know how! Is it somewhere it settings, because I can't find it. >__< hmm~

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  15. Thanks so much for the suggestions. I have recently actually been interested in increasing my readership lately. There are very good suggestions!

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  16. On your Blogger dashboard, go to Design. Go to Page Elements. Click on the Edit button in the Blog Posts link. Uncheck the Posted by and Posted at boxes.

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  17. Ah! Thank you so much. :) I feel neater already. <33

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  18. Very helpful and I think others will find so too. Thanks for the tips, E :)

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

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  19. I have added the Pages gadget to my page but I cannot seem to add more than just 1 page. My voice is nearly gone from screaming at the computer screen (which responded silently). Help?

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  20. Go to the Posting Tab on Blogger. Click on Edit Pages. Click on New Page.

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  21. Thanks for the help I was always so curious...don't mind if I test it out on this comment ha ha:)

    Wearing It On My Sleeves/a>

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  22. great post elaine! i know i've definitely had my share of frustrations learning to have the right layout, etc, and wish there had been someone to tell me what to do...but i think i'm slowly learning. i totally agree with a lot of the things you mentioned, about not having music, iphone photos, etc....those type of things immediately make me leave a blog too!

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  23. This is a great advice post! =)

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  24. You've got some really good tips here that I haven't considered before. I've been trying to find a layout I like but isn't too cluttered or bright. And I didn't even think how my blog would look on other search engines!

    And I *hate* when people have music playing on their blogs...it shouldn't annoy me so much, but it does. I think its the sudden, unexpected noise of the music that startles me, lol.

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  25. RE: Post by & time stamp--thanks for pointing that out! I never even noticed it was there.

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  26. Great tips! Only now I'm wishing I wouldn't have chosen such a bright background color when I won a blog makeover contest.. :S haha oh well..

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  27. Thanks for the great advice! I am always looking for ways to improve my blog, and lots have "advice posts" but this one has new information. It was very helpful. I'm glad you've had success with your blog, I enjoy each post :0)

    Kinsey
    inkinseyscloset.blogspot.com

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  28. Thanks so much for the advice! There's great information and tips in here. I hope that I come off natural in my poses-- I am still getting the hang of it. Something to work towards! :-)

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  29. I'm a newbie, so this advice is timely and invaluable. Thank you!

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  30. I've definitely had to sweat and toil to learn these very facts-- time has been the greatest teacher. Though I have to admit, there are some advice that you've written here that never really occurred to me! And for that, I hug and heartily thank you. :) This is a very useful post, Elaine!

    Also, I wish I could have more time to comment. I'd love to just sit down and click and peruse through all these blogs and get to know them so they'd get to know me, but I procrastinate enough as it is...

    Toast with Charmalade

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  31. Great tips Elaine! I am going to take off my timestamp right now! I thought about it before, but now you've convinced me that it really isn't that important.

    Just Better Together

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  32. the MUSIC on blogs absolutely KILLS me. I hate hate hate hate it.

    I hate it.

    I have to rush to stop it because I'm usually listening to something already, or I was listening to something and so the speaker is up really loud. It's especially annoying when you have to search for the music amidst all their buttons and links.

    I obsess over my stats but just because I'm curious. And mystified if anyone ever stays longer than 10 seconds. Cause my blog is really quite half-a**ed if I say so myself. I really just like to read other peoples stuff, but having a blog is how you get to know those super cool people you stalk better!

    And I hate fake comments, almost as desperate as asking to follow me!!

    haha

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  33. Actually, I take that back that I am going to take off the timestamp and the "by Justine" because I don't know how....


    Just Better Together

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  34. hi Elaine! i've been following you for like a few months now and i admire you and your modest fashion sense a lot. though i'm not really into fashion blogging i still enjoy to drop by your page every so often. :) I find this post very very helpful esp on keeping your blog fixed and yes i always wonder how my blog looks like in other browsers. Kudos to you! :)

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  35. Something you could add is that people should keep the comments link at the bottom of each entry. When people have the comments link at the top and don't have any kind of divider between entries, I end up clicking the link to add a comment on the wrong post. It's kind of a pain to read an entry and then have to scroll up to the top to comment on it.

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  36. Justine,

    On your Blogger dashboard, go to Design. Go to Page Elements. Click on the Edit button in the Blog Posts link. Uncheck the Posted by and Posted at boxes.

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  37. Very useful tips -specially the one about the fonts and backgrounds. And loved the belt tutorial-will leave a comment when I use it.

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  38. Elaine, I love that you not only gave some of the techie tips, but that you also told us how to use them.
    See, I can even try it now.

    <*]a href="http://schoolmarmstyle.blogspot.com">

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  39. Very interesting post! I might have to overwork my about me section now.
    And you are right about the music! I have nothing against music that only starts when you click on this music bar thingy (you know what I mean?) that some people put in their posts, but I hate it when the music starts blaring as soon as I open a website.
    As for not having too many links: I like to have an extensive blogroll, because A)it shows which blogs I like and B)I found a lot of nice blogs through the sidebars of other blogs. A blog without a blogroll feels a bit like a dead end to me.

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  40. Great tips. I wish I knew how to do the top bars like you have (about) etc and the side bars. for some reason I cannot get my blog to do that and I think it gives it a horrible presentation.

    xo

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  41. I think this has to be the most useful blogger tips ive come across Elaine. Maybe because your so honest :)
    I have to agree, I HATE comments that say 'Love your blog, follow me!' if someone writes this I deffinately dont follow them.
    Sorry if you wrote this and I missed it, but which layout do you use?

    Rose

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  42. Great tips! I agree with it all. I need to learn HTML ... find it hard to align without knowing how to work around it! :)

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  43. Wow, these are some great tips, thanks!

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  44. Thanks so much for these great tips! I can already apply a bunch to my blog...thanks for helping me make my blog better! It's always great to get tips from seasoned pros:) Thanks again!

    ~Ally
    http://modestlyfashioned.blogspot.com/

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  45. Great tips! I've just been wondering about the ad price - I had no idea what to charge..until now!

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  46. Thanks for sharing your tips. Super helpful and super sweet of you! :-)

    Alrighty, I'm trying out this html link ... let's see if it works ...


    Call Me Ishmael

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  47. Dear Elaine!
    You summarized it very good, these tips are so helpful!
    And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, it's so honourable from you!

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  48. These are all really great tips! I have to admit, over five years of blogging, I've regularly had to clean out my sidebars because I got seduced by buttons and badges. I agree that pages are a better place to post the badges of other blogs you read, and awards you get.

    Also - you won my Baby GoGo doll giveaway on MomReviews! Emailing you for your address :)

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  49. Great post, very informative and helpful. I'm with you on the clean background and layout especially. I click out immediately if it's too much going on.

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  50. I love this post; very useful and thought out tips.
    Question: What is your preferred image width?

    thanks; L
    the silly little things

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  51. Elaine...this is the most helpful post ever!!!! I have learned a lot from your point of view...I do believe that keeping your blog clean is really important...sometimes I hate it when blogs loads very slow...and there music and videos that is ready to play every time you refresh the page.

    It is nice to know someone who shares the same ideals with me. Just be yourself and nobody else is the most important thing.

    Thank you for giving us this wonderful post, Elaine, this would help a lot aspiring bloggers around the globe.

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  52. Hi!

    Thank you very much for your blogging tips! I just started my first attempt at blogging and that's the kind of advise that helps. For example, I haven't thought about checking the blog in other browsers yet.

    I especially have a hard time trying to figure out how to take better pictures. I'm not using iPhone, but to be honest, the picures look like I did... I've got a real problem with lightning and background. In a very small appartment there is not much to take as background. There are exactly two places where it is possible to place a camera vis-à-vis and then there is scarcely enough light except at noon. Maybe one simply shouldn't blog under these conditions, but I just like to give it a try before deciding it doesn't work.
    May I ask how you take your outdoor pictures? Does anyone help you with them? Because - maybe it's stupid - I really can't think of a way to take outdoor pictures all by yourself...?

    Kind regards,
    Ilona

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  53. thank you elaine- i took your advice on getting rid of the posted by/at, i never even thought about it before...let alone knew how to get rid of it! thank you, thank you.

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  54. Thank you for the tips. I have to add one though, and that is to please keep all of one post on one page. I don't like to have to click through/follow a jump to finish reading a post (unless it's a rare case of oodles of photos). I LOVE your blog but I don’t read as frequently as I’d like to because of this layout. :(

    - Tessa

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  55. You know what, this is truly awesome of you to share.

    I'm going to focus on writing a blog (that may not be a fashion blog--in the end--), I think that your tips will be super useful. Thanks!

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  56. Hi!
    So I've never commented on your blog before (and no, I'm not just commenting because of what you said above...although that is a good tip!)
    I just want to say thank you for having a blog that is so real. Some blogs make the writers life sound like peaches and cotton candy all the time and that gets so annoying. Thanks for writing strictly what you set out to write about, and making it very much enjoyable at the same time!
    I have gotten SO MUCH inspiration from your outfits, and how to make lots of cute outfits out of a limited wardrobe.
    Thanks again!
    Karasyn :)

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  57. GREAT tips! I agree. I'd love to have more success with my blog, but I try not to obsess about it and just use it as a creative outlet. If you ever have the time to hop over and take a peek, I'd love it..I admire your blog and so agree with the modesty theme.

    Thanks for being inspiring~

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  58. Hahaha... I love your brutal honesty, Elaine! I swear, I get the same bloggers commenting on my blog saying "just found your blog! Love it. Xo" or something along those lines.. And weeks later, I get the same or similar comment from the same person. Such a heart felt comment.

    But

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  59. great tips, thanks for sharing =)
    it's my first visit and i'm enjoying your blog lots!

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  60. Great timing.I spent a few hours yesterday to figure how to add a page.Thanks.

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  61. Thanks for the tips, This was definitely worth the read.

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  62. Very interesting, thank you for this post. I'll be referring back to it for future reference.

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  63. Thanks for those tips. I'll definitely be trying some of them out.

    modest-apple.blogspot.com

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  64. I totally agree with you regarding the colors, the music, the awards, and all that stuff that makes me crazyyyy!!! i hate when I have to wait like 10 mins for a page to load, sooo annoying!

    By the way!! I'm sooo sorry about the outfit!!! hahaha When I picked it i thought it looked "familiar" hahaha and when you mentioned it I totally recalled the look! I must ad to the post that I'm a stealer too, but heeey! isn't it the best way to flatter???? :P

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  65. sounds like you've got it down!

    i switch back and forth from autoplaying music, to letting everyone click play if they want to. lol i want to share my songs, but i compromise by keeping the sound low and placing it in a very visible spot right at the top so people can turn it off right away if they want to. what do you think of that? ( :

    including a blog link in comments is fine with me, but i HATE when people do the copy paste thing... i never approve those comments.

    i LOVE doing giveaways. LOVE visiting others' blogs and commenting ; ) and that is a great tip, to take out the posted by and timestamp--thank you!

    i also enjoy formatting my blog so i'm thinking about adding pages...

    what do you think of my site--cluttered, too bright, or ok? i know it's not a fashion blog but i think you have great advice and i value your opinion! xo

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  66. Great advice, Elaine! I wish I had this to refer to when I first started blogging. You definitely got it down:)

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  67. Thanks for this post! It was very helpful! I can't believe you've only been blogging for a year and a half! That's amazing!

    Jiye
    www.pearlsandgreentea.blogspot.com

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  68. Wow! Thanks for writing this up! It is very sweet and considerate of you to pass on your knowledge to your readers! (like the belt tying tute!)

    here's me trying out a signature :)

    LoriSpeak

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  69. thanks for sharing - love it when successful bloggers, photographers etc are willing to help us all out :)

    Kristin

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  70. Wonderful tips! We all need to learn from each other.

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  71. Great tips. Even though I've been blogging for nearly 2 years, this post has been a great help. I had no idea about width's etc, so I'm definitely going to look into it some more.

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  72. Elaine, you're the best! Thanks for the tips! I guess I need to review some stuff on my blog. Got homework now, haha!

    Sweet kisses princess! :)

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  73. Awesome advice especially about the clean layout and commenting. If a blog has way too much going on, I'm turned off. Commenting is crucial because you build a community that is so invaluable!

    btw: I found you through Modly Chic when she did a blogger profile of you. Loved your answers and I'm glad I found your blog! :)

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  74. Awesome post! Thank for all of the great tips!

    LOVE your blog.

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  75. You're a rockstar - it was so nice of you to do this! I hope this cleans up some blogs ;)

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  76. Ok, so this post is yet ANOTHER reason why you are one of my muses. Thank you so much for the fantastic advice. Can't wait to put it to good use!

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  77. These are great tips. The only one I only kind of disagree with is the one about posting your social network links at the bottom of your posts. I've found that easier to follow a blog that interests me if it is right in front of me after reading there posts instead of searching for it in the sidebars. Personally this technique is working out pretty well so far.

    No Guilt Fashion

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  78. Thank you so much for this! I have some work to do know...haha:)

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  79. Great tips Elaine! I may have to have a play about with the layout on my blog and use some of your handy hints to help :)

    I don't quite agree with you on the commenting thing and sticking to your niche - I read blogs that I enjoy, regardless of niche or topic, and I comment on them because I'm interested and want some sort of dialogue with the blogger, not for any other reason. It would be a boring world if I could only comment on fashion blogs!

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  80. @Alex I also read blogs other than fashion blogs. What I meant was if you wanted to promote your blog through commenting, DON'T go to food blogs or other blogs.

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  81. Great post! This seems to be a hot topic lately - yours is the third of fourth blog post I've recently seen on this subject. All great pointers here, thanks!

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  82. These are great tips, I totally just went to my own page to look at the layout.....

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  83. Great tips! I am definitely going to apply a couple of these. It's always interesting to hear suggestions from great blogs such as yours. Thanks for sharing :)

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  84. Wow! Awesome tips thanks so much! Im not a very creative/technical person and I find alot of this bloggy stuff overwhelming :(

    What do you use to edit your photos?

    xx

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  85. Thanks Elaine, good tips. I'll have to get the signature worked out! :)

    www.modelmumma.blogspot.com

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  86. Loved the tips! thanks for sharing.. i am going to look over my Blog now....
    Thanks!

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  87. @Sarah Rachel I use Photoshop.

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  88. Wow! This is some of the best advice for (fashion) bloggers that I've read. Not only did you What and Why, but How as well. I'm not very techie, and have struggled with figuring out some of the features you mentioned. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this and will reference this post the next time I get a "How to have a successful fashion blog" question. Thanks!

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  89. Bravo! Incredibly useful advice lady!

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  90. this is the most useful post i've read in a while... such good tips. i learned a lot by reading this, thanks for posting!!


    youareashootingstar.blogspot.com

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  91. excellent post. I found it very helpful! Thank you for posting your tips! I really need to work on my pages!

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  92. Thanks for the advice, I've been thinking about my own blog and want to work on it.
    I haven't commented in a while, but this is a good opportunity to say hello!, and that you're rad!
    Megan Marie

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  93. I love to sew and came across this great site that provides me with my exact proportions/dimensions so i can tailor my clothes to fit my unique body. Visit www.thefashioncode.com

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  94. Okay, seriously, this couldn't have come at a better time for me. Thanks for including the handy HTML codes, because that's what I find most intimidating.

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  95. Elaine, do you know how to take off the posted by and the timestamp on blogger? I can't seem to figure it out.


    Just better Together

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  96. Thanks for these tips, Elaine! I would say that getting my blog the right width and resolution were big developments for me. Viewlike.us was a really big guide in figuring out what to do!

    Congrats on a year and a half of blogging!

    JoAnn
    Sidewalk Chalk

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  97. Thanks for the tips! They're really useful, great post

    xx
    http://not-just-clothes.blogspot.com

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  98. I definitly agree about music. I honestly hate when I go to a blog, and music starts blaring.

    Especially when I am listening to all the piano concertos I absolutly LOVE... :)

    That post inspired me to be a better blogger. Thank you

    Lauren Anne
    Beside Quiet Waters

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  99. I have to say, this is one of the most awesome posts ever. And I am glad to finally read such a post! I have been so interested in all this stuff.

    Oh, and I have totally taken your advice about having an "about me" page. I now do. So thank you!

    heart: Kimberellie: a blog about cookies and socks

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  100. LOL "You're hogging my Google Reader." You're hilarious! I found myself nodding along to all of your tips here. A clean layout is key.

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  101. Awesome post!
    I want to add it to my Blogging 101 kit that I'm making to give to bloggers who are just starting up and asking for advice.

    Your perspective on what makes a good blog is dead on. And your advice, no-nonsense, blunt and practical is a god-send. I really appreciate all the added comments you've been making helping people out even more.

    I learned the html code for signature: thank you.

    And congrats on making the Links Ala Mode list. VERY WELL DESERVED.

    Bella Q

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  102. LMAO! I just read your post a comment remark. "because you are ridiculous. Kloveyoubye." awesome.

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  103. Great tips. . I'm definitely thinking of business cards and buying my own domain :)

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  104. This is a really useful post, thanks! I got some good tips out of it.

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  105. These tips are incredible, especially the ones regarding site design. I'll be taking all those into account. Thanks for the advice ;)

    LoveBrownSugar

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  106. OMG. you know what, you had become my favorite blogger. because you give the BEST advices, i think the best was the whole "posted at, by" thing, because i immediately changed it for my blog. & the second best was the advertising thing, i haven't got any yet, but i was still figuring out how to work it. but your like a full-on guidance. & you saying that not needing a fancy camera was comforting because i thought i seriously need one since i can't take really good pictures and oh! i'll start my blogroll now. i thought it will be annoying to readers, but thanks!

    i'm featuring you in for giving the best advice on my blog. sorry, i'm still new and don't really have a lot of readers. but its okay, i'm asking for any favors. just wanna say you're awesome!

    With Love,
    Sabrina
    http://withlovesabrina.blogspot.com

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  107. Great tips, I have to agree with you. One suggestion I have had from my readers is to remove word verification so they can comment quicker - I have had no problem with spam removing this so seems to be a good idea. I seriously need to revise my side bar it is getting messy, so thanks for that tip xx

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  108. This was great advice, my sister and I just recently started our blog; this information was definitely helpful.

    -L.Camille
    flyycoast2coast.wordpress.com

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  109. Thank you so much for these tips. They are really handy- especially the part about the fixed width setting!! I didn't even know about this!

    *Claudia*
    emoltofashion.blogspot.com

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  110. elaine, thank you for the tips! they were all very helpful + there were a few suggestions i never would have thought of.

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  111. I don't agree with everything you've written here, but I agree with most of it. A big part of that is because I just update my blog whenever I feel like it. I'm not out to make a name for myself, and I really don't pay attention to who my readers are. I think there's a space for that among fashion bloggers. Doing it just because you want to.

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  112. elaine, thanks for the tips! They were very helpul! I just started blogging and found your blog through bloglovin' <3 I'm using wordpress though, and I have no idea how to get rid of the "posted by" option...

    http://nataliebrooke.wordpress.com

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  113. Great tips! I really feel like these should be the major dos and don'ts of blogging...

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  114. thank you for the tips!! :DD
    very helpful!! :D

    xoxo

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  115. Thanks for the tips! I am trying out the signature below. Is there a way to put it on automaticaly?

    Classroomchic

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  116. Thanks For This Tips,
    They Were Were Extremely Helpful With Getting Started With My Blog :)

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  117. Wow, this is very helpful!! Thank you so much!! I can see why you're successful and you've had this blog only for a year and a half?! That's amazing!

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  118. Wow, super thorough. I'm actually going to switch some stuff around because of your tips. Thanks!

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  119. This is a great and helpful post. Would you mind if I linked to my readers in the near future?

    Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys

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  120. thank you SO MUCH for these tips! they were incredibly helpful as i was designing my blog -- i referenced back a couple of times, even. great post.

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  121. How did I not stumble on this WEEKS AGO??? Super helpful tips! Thank you SO much!

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  122. Hey Elaine! I just started my blog... like this week so I found this SO helpful. Thanks for putting yourself out there to help others and share your talents!

    nikki
    http://nbadorestyle.blogspot.com/

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  123. Oh wow, I'm sucha rookie with this. I'm so glad I found this world of fashion bloggers--thank you thank you! I even used a button-need to give you a "shout out" asap!!! You rock...

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  124. Hi Elaine!

    How do I insert follower buttons in my blog? I looked at the gadgets on Blogger, but I didn't see anything similar... Please help? :/


    -Amanda
    http://islandermuse88.blogspot.com/

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  125. Amanda, what follower buttons? Blogger has a Followers gadget... If you have questions, please email me instead. It's easier.

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  126. Totally am using basically all of your suggestions.
    definitely agreeing with the no music thing. it just surprises and flusters me and makes me look for the nearest off switch i can find. thanks for the helpful tips. this was definitely what i needed to read.

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  127. Thank you so much for this info! I was about to email some of my fellow bloggers and ask for some of this very advise (you saved me some time)!

    The main issue I am having is adding the extra pages to the top of my blogspot account. (i.e. the about me) if you have any more knowledge on this, it would be greatly appreciated!

    I love your blog and read it every day! Thanks for inspiration

    Mandy
    http://simplicityandreality.blogspot.com/

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  128. Thank you so much for this info! I was about to email some of my fellow bloggers and ask for some of this very advise (you saved me some time)!

    The main issue I am having is adding the extra pages to the top of my blogspot account. (i.e. the about me) if you have any more knowledge on this, it would be greatly appreciated!

    I love your blog and read it every day! Thanks for inspiration

    Mandy
    http://simplicityandreality.blogspot.com/

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  129. You can see all the Lookbook widgets here: http://lookbook.nu/widgets.

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  130. Hi. I heart you. You just helped catalyst me into starting a MFB - Mormon Fashion Blog. I can't wait and hope to be added to your list someday. You rock. xoxo, TT

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  131. Hi Elaine,

    I'm trying to add the LOOKBOOK to my blog, but do not know how to add it to my side bar. Is it via a widget? Or do I copy and paste it somewhere??

    BTW, also love your blog, it is delightful to read, and your advice is fantastic!

    Talitha.

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  132. This is a great post - I'll be sure to implement some of these suggestions for sure.

    Thanks!! :)

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  133. I've just started a fashion blog and your tips are really useful!. Definately will bear them in mind when I start to post more.
    Thanks alot! =)

    Siobhan xo

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  134. Just came upon this and this was such a great post - thank you for writing this. Super helpful and love your blog :)

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  135. I am just starting up as a blogger and this is super helpful information! Thanks so much!
    Devon

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  136. Hi Elaine. I'm glad I read this post because I am starting my own blog and I'm on the brink of destroying my newly born blog. I have linked my blog three times already in my facebook page today. Gosh, I'm glad I learned this early that it is like "begging".. Thanks Elaine!

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  137. Thank you - these are all really useful tips. I especially agree on the clean and simple layout and the sensible approach. One of the reasons why I chose to have a lifestyle/spirituality/photography blog is because it makes it easier with content: if I am uninspired, all I have to do is pull up one of the photos I like and post it with a brief caption. Alternating between long and short posts keeps your readers both rested and engaged :)

    Thanks for sharing and I love your blog - great photos too!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  138. Hey thanks ! AWesome post. I dont have a blog but that was just a list of reasons why i come to your blog all the time.

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  139. Thanks for that! I am 14 and I just started my own blog, so I could use all the tips I can get! I love your blog, too. Mine is themormongirlblog.wordpress.com. Its nice to see fashion blogs by other mormon girls like me! Thanks!

    -Emma

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  140. Thank you for sharing these tips! I am new to blogging so these will definitely come in handy. :)

    Xoxo,
    EYEdirection.wordpress.com

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  141. Ashley JeppersonJuly 18, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Thank you so much for this post! It was so helpful! I found your blog a few months ago and I love it! Keep working it!! :)

    mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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  142. THANK YOU! for what you said about no music!  It slows the loading time and often isn't something I want to listen to, anyway - especially if I'm opening another window while watching tv and that tv program is on a commercial.  Lots of good tips - always love your blog!

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  143. Thank you for posting this. It was articulate and well-written. I have been doing research on creating a blog (with the obvious intention of starting one myself) and this has been by far the best advise I have come across. 

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  144. Thanks so much for taking the time to put up this post! And thank you for being thorough and genuinely helpful! I'm still new to blogging and I really appreciate it! I'm especially grateful for your tips on posing because it does feel awkward sometimes. lol. Thanks again! I love your blog!

    sherri from SHERRI AMOUR

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  145. This is so helpful! Thank you so much. I have been stalking your blog, among other fashion bloggers for a while now and I finally got up the courage to do my own! Thanks for the tips!

    Megan

    www.myclassyconfessions.blogspot.com

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  146. Thank you so much for these tips! They are so helpful for a new blogger like me!

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  147. Thank you for all these tips! I have been stalking your blog for since i discovered it a few days back. 

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  148. This is all fabulous stuff. Thanks! Hopefully I can figure out how to do everything you advised via Wordpress.com, since that is my main blogging host!

    -hanalei

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  149. This is excellent advice! I especially love your note about having the comments at the bottom of the post--I've never thought about it much, but it is confusing when I can't figure out where I'm supposed to click to comment!

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  150. Awesome tips! I never even thought about some of these!
    Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Social!
    xx

    mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com

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