Blogger Tips & A Miscellaneous Pic

April 6, 2011

{Thought these nails deserved to be on the blog. Aren't they, oh so groovy??!}

I have gotten a bunch of emails in the past and lately asking, what I did to make my blog a success (uh what?)...Well at first I thought maybe their emails were intended to go to Kendi, Elaine, or Sydney  but alas they ended up in my little email box. I thought I would share some things and thoughts that have worked for me, hopefully they will do the same for you!

1. Be Genuine:
People can see right through you, even if they don't know you in real life they can still smell when something isn't right. Be exactly who you are in real life. If you honestly think life is a bowl full of cherries sprinkled with fairy dust, then blog that way. If you are say like myself, and have small attention span, love animals of all kinds and don't have it all figured out, then blog that way. I have come to find that there are people out there just like me, and people find it comforting when you have the same thoughts as them but say/type them for the world to see. It adds depth to your blog, and makes it more interesting

2. Comment, Comment, Comment:
Commenting is a great way to build relationships with your readers. Having strong relationships with your readers will increase the likely hood of them engaging more with your blog, which helps your blog grow in popularity. Also it is good blogger etiquette to comment or email back someone who comments are your blog.

3. Don't Be A Negative Nancy:
No one likes a negative nancy. I admit it can be funny every once and awhile to just let it all out, and sometimes can be very therapeutic. But if you think about it would you rather read something that brings you up and puts a smile on your face, or something that kicks you when your down? Also being a negative nancy can include saying that you hate certain things (of course use this in context) for example saying you hate leggings. Ok that doesn't sound good and turns people off because there could be a bunch of your readers who love leggings and you just made them feel like a piece of poop for liking leggings. No one likes to feel stupid.

4. Help Each Other Out:
Nothing bugs me more then when you write another blogger asking them a question and they write you back with: Well I'll tell you that, if tell me this. BAH! That just isn't nice, right? I will be the first to say that I don't have it all figured out, but I would love to help in anyway that I can . Always be willing to help, because you will never know when you have a question, or need help on something.

5. Clean Layout:
I just recently adopted this mentality, and it has done wonders for me. Try to make your layout as clean as possible, this will make your content really stick out. Find a basic font, that doesn't have any bells or whistles and make sure that it is very easy to read. Serious it could be the littlest things that can turn readers off to your blog.

I think that'll do for now (have you ever seen Babe? That'll do pig. That'll do ;)). I hope this helps friends. Really I think, "Success" in the blogging world, is whatever you want it, or make it to be. Have any other questions? Please let me know guys, ALWAYS happy to help!! Happy blogging mmk friends. Love, love.

ps: Do you have a birthday in April/best month of the year? Email me a pic of your fine self, your blog link/website link if you have one, and your birth date for a special bloggy birthday party post! Send them to me at Morgan@meetvirginiadesign.com and if you could have them to me by April 11th that would be great! Thanks friends! You can also go {HERE} for more information.

32 comments :

  1. Morgan, this is awesome advice. I appreciate it since I'm new to this blogger stuff--I'm trying to figure it all out. I just kind of go for the flow, and I didn't start blogging to have it become a success...I just blog because it's fun and it's nice to get a little feedback once in a while :) Thanks for this post!

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  2. :) aw cute fan emails, i always respond to them and try to answer all of my comments! it takes so much time and energy but like you said it is TOTALLY worth it i feel like i have so many genuine blogger friends :)


    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  3. Haha, good form Morgan, good form! Love it. Oh, and my outfit today (not posted yet) I think was subconsciously inspired by you, because I'm wearing LOTS o'color today; blue, yellow, turquoise AND purple (gasp). ;)

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  4. HOLY. I LOVE the nails!!! Also, you are sure a wise little thing. This is GREAT advice. I can't stand it when I open someones blog and there is negativity going on. I read blogs as an escape from my own negativity, I don't want to hear everyone elses! GO GIRL.

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  5. very well-put, friend!! :)
    and those nails def. roooock!

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  6. Great post! I need the advice since I'm going to have more time on my hands to make my blog so much better {i hope}!! I always love your blog :)

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  7. Really great tips! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your insight. <3

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  8. i love your nails and great blog tips!

    cute & little

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  9. I totally agree with you. Another thing that drives me totally nuts is when someone comments on your blog and says, now follow me back, You can tell that they're just in blogging for the followers and not because it's something they enjoy. Good advice!

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  10. great advice!!!! its so hard to get your name out there when there are so many fabulous bloggers! and yay for april!!! i will be sunding you a pic, since my b.day is in april too!!

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  11. I've been seeing the nails everywhere, I must get them! Also, thanks for the tips. I'm finally starting up my blog and trying to keep up with it. It can be really overwhelming but I look forward to being a happy blogger. :)

    http://sixonefour.net

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  12. I love those nails. You gave really good blogging tips.

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  13. thanks for the great advice! it's funny because sometimes i just get so caught up in the growth of my blog that i forget that this is supposed to be fun. it's nice to get readers and of course who wouldn't love to get sponsors or a magazine spread, but in essence it's all about writing for who and what you love. i'll see other bloggers that have been around half the time i have that have 4x as many readers and i'll get all forklempt but that's not what it's about.

    your silliness is welcome and a great breath of fresh air! thanks for being true to yourself!

    -suzanne
    awkwardly chic

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  14. Thanks for sharing such inspiration!!

    Monique xx

    misszuman.blogspot.com

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  15. just found your blog and love it!
    i am loving your style and can't wait to start reading regularly.

    -alex
    ben-and-alex.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks. I've been trying to figure out how to make my blog more successful. I definitely should start writing more comments.

    Method Clothe

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  17. I need those nails! mine look crummy right now.
    I love your blog, you are awesome!

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  18. Those nails TOTALLY deserve to be on the blog! I la la la LOVE them! So cute. p.s. Thanks for the tips!

    -Tessa
    totallytessa.com

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  19. I LOVE the movie Babe!! That'll do, indeed :)

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  20. great tips! i love your nails! xx

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  21. Love those nails! Thanks for the advice too, I need to be a better blogger!

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  22. thanks for the tips! they'll help a lot-as we just started a blog.

    http://asktheduplex.blogspot.com/

    ps- i love your style and the bright colors

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  23. Awesome advice! You gotta be you - and I love that you are always you! It helps that "you" is pretty funny and adorable. :)

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  24. you're so cute :) obviously, i don't know you in real life, but i feel like you're really sweet and thoughtful- from your blog!

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  25. Great tips!

    P.S. Babe is one of my favorite movies. :P

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  26. thanks for the tips! they'll help a lot-as we just started a blog.

    http://asktheduplex.blogspot.com/

    ps- i love your style and the bright colors

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  27. HOLY. I LOVE the nails!!! Also, you are sure a wise little thing. This is GREAT advice. I can't stand it when I open someones blog and there is negativity going on. I read blogs as an escape from my own negativity, I don't want to hear everyone elses! GO GIRL.

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  28. Haha, good form Morgan, good form! Love it. Oh, and my outfit today (not posted yet) I think was subconsciously inspired by you, because I'm wearing LOTS o'color today; blue, yellow, turquoise AND purple (gasp). ;)

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  29. :) aw cute fan emails, i always respond to them and try to answer all of my comments! it takes so much time and energy but like you said it is TOTALLY worth it i feel like i have so many genuine blogger friends :)


    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  30. great advice!!!! its so hard to get your name out there when there are so many fabulous bloggers! and yay for april!!! i will be sunding you a pic, since my b.day is in april too!!

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