Lifestyle Blogging 101

I started blogging as a hobby. I’d graduated & moved up to the big smoke. I hated Facebook but wanted a way to keep in touch with friends & family. There are only so many times you can say what you’ve been getting up to before you start to go barking mad. I also wanted to be able to share recipes & restaurant recommendations without bothering old school friends who just want to look at pictures of each other’s babies.

I was working in social media & a blog that people could visit if they wanted or ignore if they didn’t, seemed like a great idea.

I barely imagined my own friends would read it, never mind people from half way around the world! I’ve been blogging for less than 2 years, so by no means consider myself an expert. None the less I do get asked for help and advice again and again so I thought I’d pop it all into one post, for anyone who needs it.


House Hunting:

First you have to decide which platform is right for you.

The 2 big contenders are Google Blogger (which is what I use) or WordPress. WordPress is more complicated but you have greater control over the layout & look of your blog. Blogger holds your hand a little more & you should never really need tech help. If you’re a bit of a whizz at coding I would almost certainly choose WP.

Naming Your Baby:

Once you’ve found a home you’ll need a name for your new little bundle of joy. The importance of this is pretty questionable. You want something short, memorable & a bit catchy. I had the audacity to call myself The Londoner despite only having lived here for about 6 months when I started. It’s your own little slice of The Internet, call it whatever you want! To give you an idea here are the most popular lifestyle blogs in the UK according to Bloglovin:


Name your blog after you, your pet, your favourite food… whatever you like. Just make sure no-one else has nabbed it first.

Make Up:

Now you’re going to need to get your plot of Internet spruced up & lookin’ pretty for visitors. In my opinion your personality should shine through from your content. I like a nice clean, simple blog. No distracting backgrounds or flashy, glittery bits… but that’s my feeling on it. Lots of really great blogs have bright colours, backgrounds, music, bells & whistles. I guess it’s down to personal taste. Try and be objective and make something you would like to stumble upon yourself. Kenza is one of the biggest bloggers out there. When you go to her blog you’re greeted with an enormous picture of her…


Whereas Olivia Palermo has a fairly restrained outlook…


I’d say do whatever makes you happy, but make sure it’s easy to navigate & you have an easy to read font.

Get Socialised:

Even if you’re blogging about your little family trip to the beach for the benefit of your cousins & no-one else will ever ever read it… social buttons are worth having. In the same way that people “like” that photo of your cat, it’s nice to be able to “like” your new blog post.

If you do have big blogging ambitions, social buttons are absolutely essential. People are lazy and forget to Like/Tweet/Pin unless you give them a nice simple button to press. It’s only a little bit of work for you & saves a lot of work for them.

If you’re using blogger here’s how to add a Facebook like button, Tweet button & Pin It button to your blog.

Select & copy this-

<div> <b:if cond=’data:post.isFirstPost’> <script>(function(d){ var js, id = ‘facebook-jssdk’; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(‘script’); = id; js.async = true; js.src = “//″; d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(js); }(document));</script> </b:if> <fb:like expr:href=”data:post.canonicalUrl” layout=’standard’ send=’true’ show_faces=’false’ font=”arial” action=”like” colorscheme=”light”></fb:like> </div> <a class=’twitter-share-button’ data-count=’horizontal’ data-via=’ RosieLondoner ‘ href=’’>Tweet</a><script src=’//’ type=’text/javascript’/> <a class=’pin-it-button’ count-layout=’horizontal’ expr:href=’&quot;; + data:post.url’>Pin It Now!</a> <a href=’javascript:void(run_pinmarklet())’ style=’margin-left:-93px; width:43px; height:20px; display:inline-block;’/> <script src=’’ type=’text/javascript’/> <script type=’text/javascript’> function run_pinmarklet() { var e=document.createElement(‘script’); e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’); e.setAttribute(‘charset’,’UTF-8′); e.setAttribute(‘src’,’’ + Math.random()*99999999); document.body.appendChild(e); } </script>

***change the red bit to your Twitter username*** Go to your Blogger dashboard, click Template and then Edit HTML.


Press “Expand widget templates” and find this (press control and the letter F and paste it into the search box to find it): <data:post.body/> Just below it paste the big piece of code above. Save template & you should be good to go. Here’s how to do it if you’re using WP.


(Yes those are Like stickers)

Putting Pen To Paper…or Keyboard:

Lots of people are intimidated by the actual writing of a blog. Don’t be. I am not the best writer. In fact I am off the scale Dyslexic. I was almost completely deaf when I was little so when everyone else was learning to write & spell, I was sitting in the corner reading. Thankfully, I’m not writing a novel, I’m writing a blog. Just relax & enjoy it. I always say, just pretend you’re sitting across from your friend on a sofa with a nice cup of tea telling them about your day. Write as you would speak. Not only will it make it much easier & more fun for you, but your readers will get a real sense of you & your personality. Use slang, pop in a joke now & then. You’re talking to a friend, not writing a report for your boss, yo!



Blogs need pictures. If I wanted to read an article or a book, I would. What I want is to see into your life & your world. Show me, don’t just tell me. If you’re serious about blogging I’m afraid you do have to invest in a camera. Yes, a few years ago people were able to blog with nothing more than a camera phone, but the world & his dog (literally in some cases) has a blog now & those grainy little pictures aren’t going to get you noticed. My weapon of choice is the Lumix GF5.


I’ve had a lot of cameras over the years (mum was a photographer) and this is my champion. It’s a compact DSLR, so you get the quality of a huge SLR without the hassle. It’s small enough to go everywhere in my handbag, and I can use it one handed when I’m cooking…



It’s subtle and unobtrusive in restaurants & just takes the most fabulous photos, even in very low light. It has detachable lenses & I use a pancake lens on mine.


Not everyone’s lifestyle blogs will include as much food as mine does. Food is a huge part of my life, so I like talking about it. Maybe shoes are a big part of yours, so you’ll want to talk about those. Whatever your focus, natural light is key when taking photos. You don’t need some fancy-pants studio or lighting set up, just some daylight & your trusty camera.


You don’t want direct, blinding sunlight.

It will be too contrasty and just make everything look a bit rubbish. A window is ideal.

If you can drag your food/shoes/bike/watches/books near a window, you’ll get a much better photo.

The same goes for lifestyle/fashion shots.

A lovely sunny day is perfect for taking pictures of your outfit outside, but don’t stand IN the sun if you can help it. It will blast out all the details, desaturate colour and you’ll have a hell of a time trying not to squint.

Try and find shade & look out into the sunshine…



You can always play around, try with the sun behind you.


And pictures at sunrise/sunset are generally much nicer than those taken at midday.


Don’t allow yourself to be embarrassed taking photos. Grow some balls & just do it.

It can be tough sometimes but later you’ll be pleased that you plucked up the courage and took the shot.





What To Write:

I’m a big believer in writing a blog that you would want to read. I talk about food, fashion, restaurants, travel, parties, etc. because that’s what I would want to read about. Lots of people don’t want to read about those things, so they have other blogs that they go to. Thankfully The Internet is big enough for everyone to have a plethora of places they like & enjoy. If you like talking about Batman patterned teacups, write about them! You can guarantee that there are other people who like them too and are just dying to read a blog about it. A blog doesn’t have to be massive for it to be ‘successful’. If you enjoy writing it then it is already a success. You are succeeding in making yourself happy, which is in itself a triumph. If you have readers who enjoy it to then that’s just the cherry on top. …I don’t have a picture to illustrate this, so here’s Custard enjoying himself in a field of buttercups.



Lifestyle blogging is scary. You’re opening up yourself, your world, your family & friends to people you’ve never met. People can me nasty, vindictive, jealous & cruel. People can also be lovely. Don’t let the seeds keep you from enjoying the watermelon. If you read someone’s blog & enjoy it, leave them a comment telling them. It only takes you a few seconds & could very easily make their day. It will aslo help your blog’s popularity as people will click through from the comment section, and Google will rank you higher in searches because your blog is linked from lots of different places. Win win! I have made friends for life who I would never have met had it not been for blogging. Get out there and do the same.


While we’re on comments, turn off Captcha . That’s the thing that pops up saying “type this word in to prove you’re human”. It is freaking annoying & creates a barrier between you & those wanting to say hi. On blogger go to Settings > Comments > Turn off word verification. If you’re worried about spam, just set it up so you have to approve comments. Not sure if this even happens on WP… please let me know if it does & I’ll research.

Bringin’ Home The Bacon:

Mmm… bacon.


Your blog can make you money. Whether it’s through advertising or links. As far as I’m aware the most popular tool for this is SkimLinks . This is an affiliate company, so say you blog about your jeans, and I love them so click your link and by them, you will take a (very small) percentage, paid to you buy the company. Basically it’s Mr Denim saying “Thanks blogger! Here’s a tip for sending a customer my way!” He gets a sale, I get my jeans, you get a tip.

Everyone’s happy. It doesn’t work with every company, just those signed up with SkimLinks. You can also use “skim words” so every time I mentioned “washing machines” you would see a link for somewhere that sells washing machines.

I don’t do this because I think it’s a bit spammy, but it’s your show, you decide what works best for you. If your blog starts getting around a bit you’ll find PRs start to get in touch asking to send you stuff. Don’t be bullied into saying yes or posting a suck-up review of a product just because it was free. I’m very open with people, I say that you can send me your product if you want, but if I don’t like it I’m putting it in the bin, I will not post a fake review.

People may even offer to pay you for a positive review, whatever they offer it’s not enough. You can’t put a price on integrity & trust. If I started telling you that McDonalds was the best burger ever & totally not that bad for you… you’d smell a rat & stop reading my blog. Trust is far more important than money.


Please remember, there are dark corners of The Internet. Not everyone is a kind meaning reader sipping a cup of coffee while they peruse your holiday photos. Don’t mention where you went to school, your university, your workplace & obviously keep your address secret.


Most importantly, have fun! Don’t stress about blogging, if it stops being fun stop doing it.

You are interesting.

Your world is totally different to mine, your parents, even your best friend’s world.

You see things differently and take different things from each experience.

Blogging is your way of showing the world a different view & a window into your life. I actually found a whole new appreciation for my life when I started blogging, mundane things that I thought everybody did were suddenly new & exciting to some people. When I’m cold & complaining, people will comment from Australia & tell me how their day’s going. It makes the world a much smaller, friendlier place. And at the very least, you’ll have an awesome scrapbook to look back at when you’re old & grey.


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  • Rosy Rubio

    Hi Rosie! I just found your blog and it’s amazing, I’ve been thinking on starting my own blog and now you convinced me! Oh, and I love Custard! he’s so cute! Have a great day!

  • Anna

    Thank you for this post! really helps me a lot with my blog!
    (: Anna

  • The Gourmand Traveller

    Great post! really a lot of help. Thanks!

  • Cassie Wright

    This is an amazing post! Thank you for being so open with sharing your advice. I’ve only just started blogging (literally, yesterday) and it is great to read a post like this from someone who has done so well.

  • thanks for sharing such a nice, awesome and amazing blog… I enjoy reading your blog. Food, fashion, anti-dieting? What’s NOT to
    like. Thank you for your honesty and experience in this post.its full of interesting one… keep it up…

  • Kates Days

    This was a great handy help as I’m just getting started with my blog. Thank you x

  • Sophie French

    Have come across your blog while trying to start up one of my own! This post is really inspirational – it can be hard when you’re writing a post and you suddenly stop to think ‘who cares?’, but you have made me think in a very different way in that, well, I care, and for now that’s all that matters! Anyone else that cares is a really big bonus! Thanks! x

  • Roxanne Lee

    Best article on starting a blog I have ever read! Well done!

  • NuΕ‘a JazbinΕ‘ek

    Very well written and I took your advice on commenting and security. Pretty much everything. I have no idea how to run a blog, and I’m still learning as I go.. Still don’t know if my subscribe button works or not. It’s definitely there lol but something tells me it’s just a button doing nothing. Also, this is the first post of you I read and I think I’ll come back, you’re so very pretty:)

  • Tawny Reagan

    just popping in to tell you that reading this today gave me a push to finally start a blog! great tips and im a too frequent (if thats possible) visitor of your page

  • Gentry

  • Tori Saunders

    This has been the best blogging tips i have seen yet. I have really been able to use these tips to my advantage. I am now soo excited to really start blogging πŸ™‚ x.

  • Dannielle

    Brilliant, this is so helpful! Just what I needed to read. Started 2 years ago and still had some questions! Thanks xx

  • GG

    Love, love, love this! Great advice!

  • Olivia

    This was so incredibly helpful. I have been wanting to start a blog for ages and this gave me the confidence to just do it. Thank you

  • This really made a hell lot of sense! I’ve been blogging for a couple of months. I enjoy it. But there is so much I need to learn. So much I need to do to make my blog more attractive looking, improve my readability and expand my network. Thanks for this post!


  • This was a very useful article, as I’m new to blogging. Thank you!

  • dulcetwanderlust

    Hi fabulous Rosie,

    I am looking to get my first DSLR and your recommendation of the GF5 has definitely tempted me…. I am stuck between the GF5 and the slightly bigger G5 – im a complete photography beginner and for now only use my iphone!!… however do you find that the lack of viewfinder makes it harder to take beautiful pictures? I just want to feel like im getting a “realllll” camera you know? However the quality of your pictures is stunning! xxxx

  • hi rosie,
    i have been following your blog for a while now and finally decided to take a shot at starting my own. found this post super helpful! i truly admire your blogging style.

  • Liv Reeves

    this was very helpful thanks rosie! but i just cant seem to get the social media network buttons!

  • Thanks to “google” for helping me find your amazing post!! I’ve always thought about blogging but have been somewhat shy to the idea for whatever reason. Your post makes it all seem so much easier and more approachable. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

  • Sara Edwards Silva

    This is a really really good post, I’ve started a blog and even if I don’t have an huge amount of readers I already feel great about it.. I love writing my blog and reading this post just gave me a little extra push to keep it going and believe in myself as a writer.

    This is my blog,
    Love Sarah

  • Thanks so much for this! I just started blogging seriously… again… Oops. I’ve been scouring the internet for tips and these are by far my favorite! God bless Pinterest for leading me to your blog!

  • Excellent post, Rosie. I’ve just started my own blog and it’s frustrating me to no end that I haven’t been able to find a template I just LOVE. Thanks for the html tip about connecting other social networks, though – will definitely be using it once I find a decent template. xx

  • Isabel Rejto

    Thank you so much for inspiring me to start a blog! I’ve always wanted to, and now I finally am.


  • alicekatex

    This was soooo helpful! And inspiring πŸ™‚

    alicekatex β™₯

  • obelix glutt

    Thank you! That was really helpful as I am starting a new blog.

  • Lea S Photography

    Lovely post, interesting and well written !
    But now I want bacon and homemade hamburgers… yum !

  • Ashley Elizabeth

    Hi Rosie! I know you posted this a while ago, but I just wanted to say “Thank you!” I love your blog and I am finding this post really helpful as I recently realized I wanted to start blogging about my cooking adventures. I really enjoy your unique voice and the way you bring your readers into your world. I have you listed in my favorite blogs on my site! Thanks for sharing your life and being generous enough to share your how-to secrets! Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Jessenia Fernandez

    I’ve been following your blog for over the past year. I can’t remember exactly how I came across it but I would like to tell you personally that it is because of you and your blog that has inspired me to get back into writing let alone create a blog of my own. I follow you on IG as well and I can’t tell you enough how much your personality shines through your blogs. I have done my own soul searching being a 22 yrs old city girl from Miami, and have come to the conclusion that writing would make me the happiest of all even if its just writing in my own blog and no one reads it. I was a pre- medical major and have recently change to mass communication & I am excited to see where my writing takes me. You are an inspiration & one day I plan to go to London. It is one of my many dreams next to going to Paris or traveling the world period. If I ever get the opportunity to meet you personally that would be a great honor. You are the BOMB! I love everything about you and your writing on experiences, fashion, recipes etc. You truly are an inspiration and I could not thank you enough. πŸ™‚ Thank you! Thank you! from the bottom of my heart.

  • Paula V.

    Hi Rosie! I’m trying to get back into writing and I found your blog on Bloglovin’. Thanks for writing this post and sharing your tips. Keep doing what you’re doing. πŸ™‚

  • this really helped me, thank you so much for your honesty!


  • Rossica Simeonova

    You are the most inspiring person I have ever came across! THANK YOU! Me dream is to become a blogger exactly for the reasons you mentioned above! <3

  • Rachael Victoria

    I just found this post and absolutely love it! So honest and refreshing and so many great tips.


  • Nicholas Randall
  • becosmopolite

    To be honest this is the best article about blogging i’ve ever read, and i love how you’re true-hearted !! I just start my blog as i want to share with the world my travels and more^^

    Thanks for sharing


  • Laura May

    This is such a lovely post, thank you!

  • Maria Pn

    Hey! Really great blog and awesome pictures! Who takes your “style” photos, if you don’t mind me asking? Thank you! Maria

  • Francesca

    Absolutely wonderful guide to blogging – I have been contemplating writing a blog for a while, spending time researching and reading others blogs. This post covers all the basics in an easy to read and enthusiastic way. Your love of blogging really shines through and has inspired me on the journey to writing my own. Cannot wait to get started.

    p.s the Flat Iron is now one of my fav restaurants in London. xx

  • PatriciaParisienne

    Thanks so much for this fantastic post! I’m just getting back to my blog after nearly a month’s absence, revamped and ready for 2014. I absolutely adore your blog and always look forward to the next post! Hope you’ve had a lovely holiday & wishing you the best for the new year! xx

  • Matthew Maclure

    This piece has been really helpful as I’m just working on a new blog. Your blog’s really impressive and a great inspiration.

    Please have a glance at mine if you ever get a chance!

    Happy New year!


  • A little late to the party… but amazing post, really helped me get the confidence to star my own blog, something that I have wanted to do for ages! Love your blog Rosie, it’ like meeting an old friend for coffee at least once a week! xxx

  • Hi there Rosie, my friend who is a friend of your friend (!) told me about your blog and this post is just fantastic. So clear, easy to read, refreshingly honest, encouraging and inspiring. I just started a blog and being a complete newbie, I am nervous as anything.
    Thanks for helping with the jitters (even though we’ve never met!)

  • Kathryn Ann

    Thanks for sharing your tips Rosie – they’ve helped me a lot with my launching my first blog! Really enjoy reading your blog πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for sharing this! I recently started a blog, and hope to ramp it up to a large following. I used to have a website when I was younger, which was pretty popular, but sadly those were the pre-affiliate days. πŸ˜‰

  • Rebecca

    I really enjoy your blog and these tips have been very helpful as I’m getting started. I’ve literally just started (only one post up!) but I’d appreciate it if you’d take a look!


  • Great post, thanks! I love blogging, just started my second one. But how do you get over the fear of putting your face out there for the world to see and judge? Maybe it was never a fear for you? It is for me.

  • Great post. I just went ‘live’ with my first blog and need all the advice I can get! Thank you! x

  • Tracy

    Thank you for writing this post! Did I read right…you are deaf (or hard of hearing)?

  • Donna George

    I enjoyed your post. Your honesty was refreshing too. I would value your opinion of my blog.
    thank you

  • Went looking for some blogging inspiration and this was by far the most informative and realistic article I read all day. Thanks for the frank discussion!

  • Great advice! So glad to have found it! πŸ™‚

  • Lilia Esperon

    Great advice! thank you!

  • Tia

    Thanks, came across your blog and am perfectly happy that I stopped to read. I have been blogging for a while but stopped for over nine months. This was very inspirational and am so happy I came across this post. Thank you so so much…you have made my day!

    Tia xo…

  • Ffion

    Great tips and tricks, thank you very much!
    Ffion x

  • Penelope

    I’ve decided to make a lifestyle blog this year and this was top of the Google searches! I’m so glad I found this, it was really well written and lovely <3

  • Elizabeth Larson

    This is great! Thanks for posting this!

  • Keira LeFranc

    Thank you so much for the great tips! I’m a big fan – your blog is so lovely. I just started a lifestyle blog, and I hope to be able to convey such a friendly and honest voice as you manage to do. Your blog and your exciting life are so inspirational. Keep it up girl!
    xo Keira

  • Danielle

    This was very helpful..I’m a college student with so much going on in my head . I’m sure this will be a great way to write out my thoughts, ideas, and aspirations online, great way to clear my head and get feedback whether it’s negative or positive.

  • Charlotte DobrΓ©e-Carey

    Just wanted to say great blog with interesting tips about blogging on this page.
    I, like so many others, have started a blog but it’s pretty niche as it’s about physiotherapy. That being said the advice on here is useful and it’s fun to see what you’re up to!
    So jel of Thailand.

  • Thanks so much. IΒ΄ve wanted to set up a blog of my own since I started reading yours. Your blog is really inspiring and every blog post of yours kicked me a bit further into writing my own blog. IΒ΄ve always had problems with anxiety. I was and still am scared of not being interesting enough, not being perfect enough, not being worthwhile of reading or talking to and generally making mistakes. I have been diagnosed with Social Anxiety a few years ago and this affects most aspects of my life but IΒ΄m currently fighting it with the help of a therapist. I really think writing my own blog will help me with my fears and hopefully inspire others the same way you inspired me to start living.

  • Luke

    Your pictures you’ve posted are really great! I really like how they all capture a special moment or something that looks really good to eat. Thanks for the tip about being cautious with what you decide to post because you never know who is going to see it or what they are going to do.

    Luke | Forever Janet

  • Thank you so much for your post, it surely has helped! I’m starting a lifestyle blog, if you have any time I’d appreciate a check out! Thanks!

  • Katie

    Thanks Rosie, just entered the blog-sphere and this is super handy!

  • Pineapple Girl

    You’ve given me the motivation to actually start a blog that I’ve been putting off for ages – I’m a big fan!

  • Laura

    Hi Rosie,
    I wanted to thank you for all these advises! I think that your blog is fantastic
    and discovering it has encouraged me to create my own. I am also a Londoner,
    but my blog will be a bit different than yours. I have still to decide a more defined
    topic frame and I need to get hold of a good camera! Please feel free to have a
    look and give your advice if you want!

    Best regards,

  • Sabrina Belaid

    Do you have any post about how to create a nice template

  • Incredibly helpful post for a new blogger like me! thank you πŸ™‚

  • Hey!!! Absolutely love your blog. These tip are so helpful and a great insight into the big world of blogging. I am a lifestyle blogger as well and have been blogging over a year. Your blog is one of my most favourite ones!

    Lots of love, Cheeni xxx

  • Cavorting in the Country

    Hi Rosie,

    Just read this post as I’m researching into starting my own blog – thanks so much as some great ideas here which hopefully should send me off in the right direction – I have a question to put to you (and your readers/other fellow bloggers): I am toying with the idea of being an anonymous blogger. I see a lot of benefits to writing totally anonymously on the internet (not that I am planning to write anything offensive you understand). I could comment on things/people/goings on in my life without offending anyone, etc. However, the cons would be that it limits me as regards posting pictures or naming people that could therefore link the blog back to me.

    Can I ask what you and others think on this?

    p.s. love your blog Rosie x

  • Johnny

    Great advice thanks. I’m thinking of starting a blog for the same reasons that you did and feel I now know where to start. Great blog by the way.

  • Have just been directed to your blog by a friend and am already obsessed!
    I started my own travel blog at the end of 2013 so your advice has been really useful – thank you.

  • MissPriss

    This was great! Thanks!

  • Offonalittleadventure

    This is the first article I read when I decided I was going to actually start my travel blog, so thank you Rosie.

  • Shafira

    You made my day! Wonderful to read, made me realize how fun blogging is again! πŸ™‚

  • Jeanne Grunert

    Love these tips! Excellent and gave me more to think about – and I’ve been blogging for quite a while, but am new to the whole ‘lifestyle’ category. I look forward to following your posts in future.

  • Oh thanks so much! I have gotten quite far with my blog so far, but these tips are super helpful! xo,

  • Thank you for those hints and tips.
    You’re my blog idol x

  • I started blogging a month ago and have recently stumbled upon this post. Talk about perfect timing. THANK YOU FOR THESE AMAZING TIPS! You’re a life saver! <3

  • Fabulous collection there. I’ve been blogging for around 10 years on and off but it’s good to give inspiration to others, especially when you have such a lovely site yourself.

  • Ekeisha

    Such an inspiring post.

  • Thank you, Rosie, I keep going back to this post for inspiration!

  • Michelle Meagher

    Great post! I’ve been blogging for a few months now and was starting to despair, but you have reminded me that I love my blog and that’s all that matters! Ps – I love wordpress –

  • LS

    It always impresses me when I read a post like this and the time and effort it takes to select and curate all the details.

    Very valuable information. Sometimes we dwell on what makes people read certain sites and choose them over others but as you said, it’s about “your life & your world”. So true.


  • Inspirational. I, too, am writing a lifestyle blog. Beautiful photos and wonderful tips. Thanks, Rose. xoxo

  • isabel

    I can’t wait to start my blog! This was very helpful

  • Seem like you have a great life. Why don’t you share it with the rest of the world about the amazing places you see ?

  • I’ve just started my own blog and these tips have really been helpful to keep in mind whilst doing so, so thank you so much!

  • Thank you so much for taking your time and writing this. I found it very helpful!!


  • Sneshka Richter

    Hi Rose, this is a great bunch of tips and an even greater blog.

    Love your approachable writing style and easy step-by-step tips.
    In fact, you have encouraged me to go with my idea of a blog (which I really should have started years ago, when I was paid to travel regularly…do you think it would be interesting at all to dig out those old photos and adventures to reminisce a little?) and just write to keep in touch with friends and family who live so far away. After I’ve repeated the same story about 3-4 times, I feel like I’m slowly going loopy.
    Perhaps I could ramble on about anything from cake or soup making to the latest destination discovered, or the pains of setting up your own business…hmmm..

    Thank you for the tips, encouragement & inspiration. xx
    You are a great writer! πŸ™‚

  • VahidAfshari

    I like the style of lady on pic 6

  • Neil Setterington

    Hi, I am new to blogging. I am and English forester based in Rangoon, Burma and wanted to tell you all about the amazing native forests here. Maybe you would like to come over here to see them for yourselves and see the amazing cultures of Burma. : – ). Neil

  • Thank you for this very informative post. I am still new to blogging and feel that there is so much I don’t know or have never imagined.

  • Wow, great information! By far one of the easiest to follow and will definitely be using a lot of your tips. Already changed my comment settings – had no idea! Thanks again for this post! πŸ™‚

    I just started my blog this month, I have a long way to go but now I have some inspiration!

  • Such a timely piece. I really like how you keep it all about self and building an organic community.

    Thank you!

  • Great article! I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog …keep up the good work… xo

  • Sinead Loftus

    Stumbled across your blog about a week ago and I am totally inspired to set up my own. This was a really encouraging post! Some fab tips – can’t wait to get started πŸ™‚ xx

  • Freyja Elizabeth

    This was really helpful for me! I’ve got a baby blog at the moment that I really adore writing for. I’d love if you, or any of your other wonderful readers would take a look!

    I’m searching for more blogs to follow too, I love yours and would really enjoy finding others so people feel free to drop me a comment so I can become a reader πŸ™‚
    Tanks for this advice Rosie hopefully I can find some readers that don’t just include me, my mum and my boyfriend!


  • Emma

    Some really good tips and much food for thought. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • CalLynn Lynell

    This was great! It was an easy read and touched on every and anything that new bloggers would have questions about. Also, I do like your layout; I agree that sometimes simple and clean has a nicer look. I’ve had a blog with WordPress for a little over a year now, but I wasn’t consistent. At the beginning of this year I decided to dedicate some time to developing my blog; at first, I was testing out other sites, but I think I’m gonna stick with WP. It’s been a success so far.

    Anyway, thanks again for this post! Very helpful πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Sue Wildman

    by far the BEST tips on starting a blog that I’ve come across. thanks for reinforcing the basics!

  • TheWestCoastExplorer

    That came in handy! Will definitely remember some points as I am starting a new blog:
    Lovely blog Rosy!

  • Kayleigh McKnight

    Brilliant blog post and given me loads of ideas so thank you πŸ™‚ Here’s my start to my lifestyle blog: πŸ™‚ xx

  • Abbie Morrow

    Just retread this and feel refreshed to get my blog out there – the blogging world is so brilliantly current. I want be a part of it!

  • Thanks for all the tips! Cant wait to give my own blog a new look.

  • Morien Parrott

    hi, I absolutely love your blog. I started my own a few weeks ago, and I’m excited for this summer when I have more things to blog about! I like your travel posts the best (and the ones about your dog.)

  • Naomi

    Thanks for making blogging feel so easy :] I am encouraged to start mine. Thanks :]

  • Kelly

    This is so useful for someone just starting their own blog – like me! Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer Michelle


  • Hi Rosie, I’m just starting to put my blog together and I’m STRUGGLING!!! Can’t find the expands widgets bit for adding the facebook and twitter buttons. Has blogger changed? A little help PLEASE!

  • Laura

    By far one of the best blogger advice pieces I’ve read for a long time! Totally agree with writing a blog like you would talk to a friend! The only person I write my blog for is me but it’s always a bonus when someone stumbles across it and leaves a cheery comment!

    -Laura @ Me & Mr Jones

  • Great blog post! Just started blogging and really needed this (:

  • Nice blog you have, love it.

  • I love this. The fall & fly quote really hit home. Keep up the amazingness. xoxo

  • Thank you for an Amazing reading! And thank you for telling how to turn the Word- vertification off πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for the great advice. Love your blog!

  • This was so handy to read! I have just started my own blog and I was a
    little worried that my writing wasn’t good enough because I write how I
    think. Some very handy tips right here thanks πŸ™‚ thefaceofmoo x

  • Dania Aslam

    Some really useful tips. Great post. Thank you so much, this will for sure come in handy! πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful post. Great picture of Custard, too πŸ™‚

  • I liked your tips. I really love your pictures – thanks for sharing your camera details! I own a DSLR but sometimes find carrying it to a restaurant for pictures isn’t very subtle/ unobtrusive. Your camera seems to fit the bill! Thank you!

    Nadia from

  • This Post is fabulous and really helped me when I was starting out, and gave me the confidence to give blogging ago, I’m really enjoying it, so I just want to say thank you, for this comprehensive, and easy to use guide. Much love xxx

  • Yola

    Thank you so much for this post! Love it, it’s inspirational. I’m starting my own blog as well, nervous about it lol. Thanks once again xx

  • Great Article! Thank you for writing this. I have a fairly new blog and I am still learning! Love your blog already : )

  • Claire Harvey-Jones

    This is a great post, thank you! I have just finished writing two blog posts, as I had completely forgotten to blog over the last 6 months! Oops!
    I started my blog to start recording the renovation work and my love for food.
    Feel free to pop over and say hi! (I’m currently deleting over 8000 spam comments!) x

  • suruchi sharma diwan

    very inspiring post. thanks for sharing the insights on your blog.

    would love you to have a peek at my travel and entertainment blog

  • Gabriella Granata

    This post has been a great help. So well written too. Thanks Rosie!


  • Squal Lionheart

    This is an amazing blog! It inspires me to have my own blog.

  • Merrimiley

    Such an inspiration !

  • I know I am super late to this post because I just discovered you, but this was so helpful! I love your perspective. I am becoming a fan fast! πŸ™‚


  • Monica Carling

    Thanks so much! I’m just setting up my own blog about life as an expat in Italy…. Very daunting and intimidating task, but reading this has reminded me that most important thing is to derive pleasure from it. Blogging above all should be fun, not stressful!!!

  • Kato De Maertelaere

    thank you so much for posting this! I have been blogging for almost half a year now, but this has helped me a lot!

  • Joelle Majanil

    THUMBS UP!!! I just recently started blogging early this year and I am loving it. Even though I don’t get that much views and i don’t have any followers at all. But I enjoy it very much. WOOHOO πŸ™‚

  • Queenie Lee

    Such an inspiration, Rosie! xxx

  • Jen

    I read this post whenever I need inspiration and motivation…now being one of them πŸ™‚ Thanks Rosie!

  • Nikki Cavanagh

    This has been so soo helpful. Reading things like this reminds me that there are people out there who want to help you!

  • This is by far the best blogging guide I’ve ever read. I’ve been freelance writing for over 5 years, but have only just got out ‘on my own’ and started writing about me and my life. I’ve been a bit stuck as to where to go or how to get things right, so this has helped me a LOT.

    I’d be interested to know what you think about social media and whether it’s worth using Twitter etc as the key tool in advertising your blog? Maybe a different social media platform? I’ve found a fair few of my clicks are coming from Twitter already, even though I’m only 3 days old!

    Thanks again for all the advice – I’ve just turned Captcha off (phew) and will be putting everything else you said to good use.

    Toodle Pip!

    Bex x

  • Thank you for this! I enjoyed this very much and it gave me inspiration for going on with my blog!

  • Thank you. It’s great. πŸ™‚

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  • Danielle Thirtle

    This has helped me so much! I have a blog and enjoying it even more than i thought i would, i never thought blogging would bring me this much happiness. A little slice of internet space that i call my brain! I do think i need to invest in a camera and your recommendation looks winning. Thanks! xx

  • Tammi

    Howdy! I’ve only just found your blog from your Glasto posts and I just wanted to say how amazing you and your blog are. I’ve wield away many hours reading your posts. I’m a budding blogger but been a little intimidated to throw myself fully into it, so thank you for this amazing post and advice.

    I’m definitely a new found fan and look forward to all you so in the future.

    Thanks and have fun (just tell us about it afterwards!!)


  • jasmine nile
  • Thank you, Rosie! This post is very helpful. I just recently moved and started a blog to keep my family and friends in the loop. Love your blog! Cheers!


  • Oh Rosie, this was such a lovely post! i’ve been following you for quite some time now and i totally missed this, i’m so grateful for your “have you seen these yet” widget! i love reading your blog, you have such a great way of writing! Love x

  • This really inspired me & made me actually really excited to start this huge blogging adventure just when I was starting to second guess myself. So thank you!

  • Zahra

    Loved this post, so very very helpful. I’ve started blogging not so long ago. Happy to have come across your blog! Wonderful πŸ™‚ x

  • Daveddl

    Great post! Really the most inspiring I have read so far.
    I am struggling since months if I should or should not start a blog. Months of reading other tips, ideas, books and articles but I am was not there yet. Probably not fully there by now but this post and the past few weeks had shown me that i could do it … I am excited what is to come.

  • Wafa Su

    hi rosie, this is absolutely inspiring! you seriously made me wanna start posting on my blog! we have similar interests and blogging directions, I’m blogging to share my world with everyone and to improve my english and i will be blogging in two languages.
    thank you very much for this important post all the tips were so helpful to me and I’m sure to many other green bloggers. hope we meet one day!
    wafa su, 23
    saudi arabia riyadh
    instagram @wafasu

  • NaVeGue

    Hi! I just started a blog in Spanish about running and this post just changed my perspective of everything. Loved it, thank you!

  • This is a great post full of very useful beginner blogger information for me. Thank you!

  • Brenda

    this is great advice, just the motivation i needed. thanks!

  • Shannon

    Great tips! Thanks for this post! I’m so glad I have found your blog! πŸ™‚

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    thanks for all the tips! thinking about starting my own blog but always thought no one would read it, this has inspired me to give it a shot anyway! πŸ™‚

  • Kinsey Clemmer

    Loved the post! Very helpful and on point.

  • πŸ™‚ I am now so inspired, THANK YOU!

  • Hey Doll! I absolutely love this post (and your blog of course!), it is so helpful! I am going to look at investing in a similar camera similar to yours, as mine is so large and can in turn mean that I can’t take it to certain places in risk of losing it! Therefore, sometimes I find myself using my iphone which means that they’re all grainy and just like….not great! I find myself missing out on posting interesting blog posts when I am out because my photos just aren’t good enough therefore I haven’t been blogging enough! I am in need of something more portable! Can I also take the time to say your blog is absolutely fabulous, Total Love!!! My friends and I all love you and are often discussing what you’ve blogged about or your beautiful images. If you’re reading this have a lovely day and thank you for the advice! Bea x

  • esther

    I’ve been umming and ahhhing about whether to start my own blog up for so long and this post has been so helpful and i’m definetly going to do it now! so thank you very much πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Berelson

    Hi Rosie! I was actually wondering about the pictures. Who takes all the pictures of you? Do you just ask random strangers to take the photos or is it usually friends? Also, you mentioned not to say in your blog where you live and where you go to school, but I am making a blog about my college experience (I’m going to university this fall!). Would you suggest that I just don’t mention intimate details or do you think if people know my university I’ll be fine… It is a humongous school anyways. Would love it if you could reply to this! If not, any other suggestions from other commentators would be great!
    Thanks again, and I adore your blog! This post in particular was very inspirational!

  • One of the best blog articles I have read in a while! Thank you for the great advice….. now to come up with a name!! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much for this post!! I have recently considered the idea of starting my own lifestyle blog (having written a travel blog while my husband and I spent a few months in South America) and you just make it sound so achievable, and rewarding, and FUN! I am even more keen to get started now so thank you xx

  • Abigail

    Thank you for posting this. I found it informative and encouraging.. Really useful stuff πŸ™‚

  • the-lahori-abroad

    Love your blog! I am fairly new to the blogger and just wanted to say that your blog helped me set-up mine! I am still working on it to get it into the shape I want it to be in. But just could not resist commenting πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    Thank you! I just started my blog over at (: What do you think so far?

  • This is a brilliant post. I have too started a blog about my life as a Londoner living In Sydney and how I’ve spent the last 3 years travelling the world. I just found yours fellow Londoner! I know you must be inundated with emails all the time but if you could take a minute to check mine out and let me know what you think, that would be awesome! thank you so much!!!xxx

  • Buffy

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it!!
    Buffy xx

  • Emma Reilly

    Thank you so much!! Just started my own blog after years of umming and ahhing over it. Very helpful post x

  • Elisa Fallavollita

    Lifestyle got me here…love your blog post. Most inspiring thanks:)

  • Siobhan C

    I love your blog & this is so helpful as I have just started up my own London Lifestyle blog having just moved to London! But I need a little help with the social network icons? They are appearing on my ‘About’ page as well.. how do I change this? As I feel it looks a little weird on my about page haha. Thank you lovely!


  • Becky Lou

    Loved this thanks so much, I’ve just started my blog πŸ™‚ xx

  • Becky Lou

    This was a great help, I really enjoy your posts x

  • Rosie Ortiz

    This was an awesome article and absolutely loved your perspective on blogging. You gave helpful tips and will be using them to edit my blog! I love that you use Blogger too! Thanks again. xx

  • Kirstin Gold

    I’m glad I read this, I’m on my probably millionth attempt at starting a blog..reading this post was informative and inspiring..I quit Facebook because I felt like it was ruining my brain cells but didn’t want to completely cut myself off so i’m on my 1 million and 1 attempt. ANY WAY


  • Love the concluding quote .. Your tips are pretty straightforward and helpful for sure πŸ™‚ One of the biggest things that scares me most is ridding readers away whenever I post something that won’t interest them, but then showing my personality actually helped me connect more with my readers. You know, talking/writing in the way you would speak to a friend like you mentioned. Thanks for the advice!

  • I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this… Inspires me every time. Sometimes I realize that I might have gone too caught up with the number of views, but when i read this I’m back to my normal self again. Thank you for posting this! It was extremely helpful. πŸ™‚

  • Vanilla Camomile

    Wow, that was interesting. I’ve started a blog just a week ago and I felt really confused what to do next and what to write about. Glad I found your blog and this post, it helped a lot, thank you :3

  • This was fantastic! Thank you for creating such a wonderful post!


  • Vanessa Le

    loved this! ’twas very helpful, hehe. thank you very much! i have just also started my own blog. would love if you could check it out xo

  • Chantel Thorpe

    SO SO helpful! Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  • Exactly what I’ve been looking for! I was thinking of changing platforms to make my life a simpler. What do you think?

  • Jade Lundie

    I found this post really helpful as I’m just starting out as a blogger! Do you have any reccommenadtions of times to post to get the most exposure or does that not matter?

  • I no longer feel like a deer in headlights! Haha! Ive been reading blogs for years and have only just got up the courage to start my own. I can not thank you enough, this was so inspiring and really helpful

    Let the adventures begin! πŸ˜€
    Thank you! xx

  • Caroline May

    I have been planning my own blog (health/wellness/lifestyle oriented) for a while now and a friend of mine recommended that I check yours out. I am certainly going to be back here as I love your content and photos. This post about starting a blog was very helpful. You’ve made it a little less scary for me and I look forward to having a community to share and connect with others the way you have.

  • you are delightful. I love this.

  • Holy heck, am cock-a-hoop after reading this. I’m a new travel blogger – – and you’re saying all the things that make me think I’m not a dingbat after all. Thanks. Great end quote, btw πŸ™‚

  • Oh this post totally kicked ASSSSSS. Loved it. New to your blog and blates getting on this every day now.

    I’m your new stalker. Pleased to blog-meet πŸ™‚


    http://Www.fifimcgee. co.UK

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  • ezimonteiro

    Hey, I really liked this post! It helped me a lot!
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚


  • Chauny

    I’m totally inspired, thank you…. I love your blog…

  • thank you so much . My writing voice started getting a bit bloggery lol really appriciate.

  • What great tips! Thank you for this! I’ve been blogging for a couple years as well but I can never really manage to get successful wuth what I’m doing. Pretending I’m talking to a friend on the couch us definitely a good way for me to feel more natural doing it!

  • Thank you, this article was just what I needed to read to give me the encouragement to start my own blog! Love yours by the way! Great work.

  • Emma Donovan

    Very helpful post. Thank you for all of tips. I’ve been reading a variety of blogs for years and just decided to jump on the bandwagan.

  • themod

    Great advice, thanks for the tips! Reading up at the moment about setting up a blog, seems daunting but hopefully will get over that!

  • This might be the nicest thing about blogging advice I have read so far! Viva la helpful tips, and the watermelon metaphor made my English major heart sing. It is true though, and guess what? There is way more yummy watermelon-y fruitiness in the big old melon than there are seeds. xx πŸ™‚

  • Great advice! I’ve always been a little embarrassed about my blog, but I recently threw all that to the wind! If people want to read it, great. If they don’t, that’s great, too. I actually had my grandmother tell me she reads it all the time and loves seeing what I’m up to. You have a really good point – if you’re writing and that makes you happy, you’re already successful!

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  • I came here quite late, but I really enjoyed reading this. Also, the quote at the end is one of my fav quotes ever so that was just a cherry on top. Thank you for this lovely post x

  • I came here quite late, but I really enjoyed reading this. Also, the quote at the end is one of my fav quotes ever so that was just a cherry on top. Thank you for this lovely post x

  • Kathy

    Thank you so much for this lovely post Rosie! This is such wonderful encouragement for newbie bloggers like myself.

  • BellaKendra .

    Great post with a lot of great advice! Thank you so much!

  • I am planning to start blogging soon and was searching if something could motivate me more. Thanks for the tips! πŸ™‚

  • Great post, really useful!!

  • What a great post! I am new to your blog, but I appreciate this post and your wisdom, as I and my sis-in-law are starting a blogging venture! =)

  • Juan F. Bueno

    I’m glad I found your post, I’ve been wanting to create a food blog (now a lifestyle blog) since I moved to NY, you inspired me to actually start it and work on it. Thank you for your knowledge.

  • Natalie Miranda

    I’ve read posts from other bloggers and it seemed to me they quietly discouraged readers to find some other topic than “xyz” that isn’t already saturated with blogs. But yours was encouraging. I’m not looking to get rich, just write and share my interests with others. So thank you for this post!

  • Maaike

    Love this post, really helpful! Thankyou

    If you have any time I would love for you to bring a visit to my blog:

  • Lucy

    Thanks for this – now it is just time to take the leap πŸ™‚ x

  • Louise

    Thank you! This gave me a few great ideas and helpful tips to start my own blog!

  • Dei Brun

    Hi Rosie
    Dedicated reader here. I loved this post, and used
    many of the tips from it to start up my blog about
    half a year ago.

    Now knowing a thing or two about the blogging
    world, I was wondering if you would maybe consider writing a ‘Lifestyle
    Blogging 201’ post? I’m sure you’ve learned lots since writing this
    post, and I know you have many fellow blogger followers who I dont doubt
    would also love some more advanced tips and information you’ve gained
    over the years making The Londoner into the huge success it is today!

    Some thing I know I would love to have your input on would be:

    You used to watermark your photos, but dont anymore? Could you let us know the reason for the decision?

    Key tips for social media?

    Details on creating a media kit?

    Information on how to get working with companies and sponsors?

    And any other information you think might be useful, I promise to hang onto every word!

  • Sarah

    I know I’m a little late to this party, but just wanted to say this post rocks! It’s by far the best blogging advice post I’ve ever read – thank you for being so thorough, open and most of all inspiring!

  • Charlotte

    I have just been sent this post by a friend (how I missed it I don’t know!) and it is amazing! I have been thinking about starting a blog myself and keep umming and ahhing about how to go about it, it seems so scary! I was just wondering if your recommendations have changed since this was posted? If so it would be amazing to know your updated thoughts or any tips you have learnt since last year! I absolutely love your blog and find it, and you, inspiring! Have a great day, Charlotte xxx

  • Lovely post that has given me that boost to keep going with my fledgling lifestlye blog. πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine Hutcherson

    Thank you! Totally needed this!

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    I read this all the time. Still trying to get into the blogging world but it’s a lot harder than I thought! I won’t give up xx

  • Rosie, this is amazing – I can’t thank you enough! I’ve been reading your blog for as long as I can remember and have finally plucked up the courage to start my own – I’ll definitely be using these tips!

  • I loved reading this. You always have a slightly different take on things which I enjoy reading.

  • Some good tips, thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Aishwarya S

    I love this!! πŸ˜€

  • alittlefreckle

    So glad I read this in the summer πŸ™‚ I now have my very own blog which I love!!!! Emma x

  • Abi Spear

    hey Rosie πŸ™‚ lovely blog post about blogging! I really enjoyed it!!

    I tried to follow your advice about adding like buttons but am a little confused…

    Firstly, I can’t find “Expand widget templates”. Has the blogger “Edit HTML” page changed since you wrote this blog post?

    Secondly, when you refer to changing “the red bit to your Twitter username”, but I cannot see a red bit?

    Please help! Many thanks!! Abi xxxxx

  • Jessica

    What Blogg plattform are you using now?, or Blogger?

  • Phoebe Williams

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while and after numerous conversations with my husband, mostly him telling me to get on and start writing one and me constantly finding an excuse, I have finally set my own up ( I’ve just read this post can I just say a heartfelt “thank you Rosie” this info is golden πŸ™‚


  • That last quote is actually my background, I try to live by it so that’s why I’m blogging again! Thanks for all the great tips πŸ™‚

  • LEE @ Modern Granola

    I just found this post today, and it is so helpful! Thanks for all the great advice.

  • Victoria Clemons

    I just found your blog and I am so happy I did! You have some really great insight into the blogging world. I started my blog last year but took a break and now I’m back but with a whole different outlook.


  • Hiba Rashid

    Thank you! Helps a lot. I’ve always wanted to blog and now that I thought I’d start at it, I got scared and was about to back out. Great to have some motivation. Needed it. xxx

  • Thanks for posting this, i actually felt like you were talking to me. A bit like a big sister giving some really good advice. I’m new to blogging so this was really helpful πŸ™‚

  • I just stumbled across this through a search on Pinterest and it is one of the best, most motivating posts I’ve read on the topic of starting a blog. Even after blogging for several years, I have found myself at a starting-over point and your post was exactly what I needed to see at exactly the right time! <3

  • myeverydayjapan

    This is such an inspiring post. I love your honesty and I can tell that your blog-philosophy hasn’t changed these past two years since you’ve written this! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  • Sam Crowe @ TrillTalk

    Love this. You’re so personable in your writing. I’m in the process of starting my own so this was very helpful. No posts are up set, but def check it out:


  • Thanks for the tips! I am in the process of starting a blog and I am so excited, but also nervous about writing the first post.

  • Bunmi

    It’s one of my new year resolutions to finally start a blog so thanks for the tips!! I’m super excited to get started πŸ™‚

  • Bunmi

    Its one of my new years resolutions to finally start a blog and this has made me so much more confident in my abilities haha. Thanks!!! Super excited to get started

  • Katlyn

    Im just in the beginning stages of starting my very own blog. Research led me here to yours and it seems that we have a lot in common, thanks for the great advice on starting a blog. I will surely take your tips to good heart! When I get my blog up and running i’ll be sure to keep you posted, bloggers unite! x

  • Ashley Loveman

    I’ve been blogging for ages now but this is so helpful!

  • i got so motivated after reading this! Thankyou!

  • Great post Rosie! I wrote a piece called Business Women Of The Blogesphere which features you

  • Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m still new to that big blogging world but thanks to you I can now improve my blog πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m still new to that big blogging world but thanks to you I can now improve my blog πŸ˜€

  • You’re a gracious writer.

  • Katy Elgar

    i realise this post is a little dusty but i started up a blog a few months ago and this is the most helpful thing i have read since, so big ups to you for being incredibly insightful two years on! cheers from nz xxx

  • Mean Margie

    Wonderful! I just started blogging and I LOVE IT! Your post was informative and very encouraging! I’m all about that! Molte Grazie!


    Very useful info for start up lifestyle bloggers like myself. Thank you

  • Great read! Appreciate your honest approach to something that I have been wanting to do but shying away from. Love what you said about talking with a friend and sipping tea. I had topics to blog about that I just wasn’t feeling. More organic ideas came to mind as I read this…writing about what I would want to read! Thank you!

  • You just made my day!
    I recently started a blog and suddenly felt really vurnerable when I made accounts on social media for it… I was afraid that if I’d post something people won’t like, they’d gonna hate me, but I forgot that I made this blog for myself, not for the public eye to pick out my mistakes.
    Thank you so much for giving me a bit of my courage back πŸ™‚


  • Soffyaaah .

    I love this post, so true! Thanks Rosie!!


  • Amana

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  • Anna

    Thanks for this tips!!! This is very helpful πŸ™‚

  • Thanks rosie!! i was always reluctant to do one, but your tips were so helpful.

  • shannan

    Thank you so much for the tips!!!

  • Bit late too the party but thank you for writing this! I’m new to the world of lifestyle blogging and found your tips really helpful <3

  • Freya

    This is perfect! This year I have been thinking of starting to blog seriously and this post has given me the confidence to get it going!

  • Love this! Thanks so much!

  • Hi Rosie – Just wanted to let you know how helpful this was to me in getting my blog off the ground. Really appreciate the tips – stop by if you want a daily taste of life based out of NYC πŸ™‚


  • AvirΓ© Pietersen

    Just stumbled across this post and it reminded me why I wanted to blog so badly in the first place. Blogging should be fun and as you say, it makes the world seem smaller. Thank you for letting us into your world. I’ve been reading your blog non-stop since TheBeautyCrush (Sammi) mentioned you in hers. Keep up the good work and thank you for inspiring me to start blogging again. Kind regards from South Africa.- Ava

  • Klavdia

    Rosie, you are amazing!

  • Bonnie Velazquez

    Great article, I have been dying to write a blog but the idea has also been a terrifying one, because its been such a long time since I have written anything. Reading this article reminded me of all the reasons why I want to write and gave me the courage to take the plunge. Thanks so much for writing this.

    Bonnie V.

  • Glow Hunters

    this is my first comment on any blog but definitely bumped into your article now the third time so thanx for info. Just started two weeks ago, it looks unfamiliar but I am selfishly very excited that I am not yet into advertising my blog.
    Still, sneak and peak

    once more thanx and br

  • What an interesting welcome note! Love the photo of happy Custard πŸ™‚

  • Mun

    Just stumbled across this blog post while looking for blogging ideas. Thank so much for this post, not only informative but really encouraged me with the quotes and reassurance at the end. If you have time I would love it if you would check out my very small blog,

  • Hey Rosie. I am just reading your post now, after 2 years, and it is super cool and very useful! thanks for the tips! still, i have a question in mind: are you still using the same camera, The Lumix GF5? or if not, what would u recommend me now?

  • Chloe Moore

    Thank you for being so transparent and honest about the things that most bloggers try to keep secret. i.e. camera they’re using, affiliate link programs to generate income. As I start my blog, I have bookmarked this page as my starting point. Thank you for the inspiration and community centered around your blog.

  • Great Tips thanks for share about

    check more tips about latest fashion tips and updates

  • Hey girl! Just found your blog when I was doing a little research on google! I absolutely LOVED this post and your blog! You have a new reader! πŸ˜€

    Mindy | Blonde Nouveau

  • Thank you so much for the fabulous tips! I look forward to reading more of your blog

  • Shivani Singh

    i came across your great post just now! a total worth reading..! i loved how fairly you put your heart out in every word. these suggestions are so very useful thank you so much! xoxo πŸ™‚

  • Glad I came here. Thank you so much for this beautiful post – informative and useful !
    Can you please have a look into my website and give suggestions for improvement. Thanks.

  • littlemissblogger

    Hi I love this blog! It was really helpful, since I’ve just started a blog! You are so right about pictures!
    I would really appreciate it if any of you could check my new blog out!
    Thanks xx

  • I only just found your blog and I’m so happy that I have. I started my blog about 1 and a half years ago and I am now wanting to take it in a new direction. reading your blog and actually seeing what people blog about has helped my understand blogging so much more! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Fantastic!! Thank you so so much, I can feel my blog getting better πŸ™‚

  • What a fantastic post. Thank you very much indeed! Xxx
    I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying the read. You an an inspiration.
    Mathilde x

  • Diamante Box

    Definitely an amazing tips and tricks for a blog just starting up!
    Great i stumbled across you!

  • goundy

    thanks allot for this post. i appreciate as im just starting out myself.

  • I have just found this post and it’s by far the most in depth and loveliest how-to post I’ve read! I’m late too it but it’s completely relevant now!

    Thank you, Lily xx

  • Your photos on the blog are great, love it!

  • This is such a great article, thank you so much. You can tell a lot more care has gone in to it than many other ‘how to start blogging’ blog posts. As a new blogger the majority of this advice was invaluable; the community aspect scares me, a lot, but I just need to pluck up the courage and get out there, so to speak. Thank you again! Suze x (I normally feel very awkward leaving my URL in comments, but your arguments for this make perfect sense as well, so that is definitely going to be something that I do more of going forward. Starting now!)

  • Ashley Graham

    Thank you for the helpful article! I rushed starting my blog now I am going back and fixing the kinks.

  • I know you wrote this 2 years ago but I’ve just come across it now. What great inspiration for startup bloggers like me. I’m feeling very inspired! thanks πŸ™‚

  • I loved this post! And no, I’m not just saying it to write a comment, I really did enjoy it very much πŸ™‚ I started out my blog as a food blog, but over the time I realized that although I enjoy food it’s not my main focus. I write a lot about restaurants, events, my travel adventures, etc. I “stumbled” on your blog while researching the idea of what is a lifestyle blog and realized that’s probably what I’ve doing doing all along. And you seem like a kindred spirit! You got yourself a new fan πŸ˜‰ keep up the good work!

  • Awesome post. I love all the points you made. I just started my blog and still trying to find its foot. Check it out

  • Thank you for all your tips, reminds me to keep going because I love writing. Thanks for showing me how to make it look good and how to spread the word x

  • Eve

    So helpful, thank you!

  • I just started my own blog (literally yesterday), and to be honest, it’s a scary world out there. Your post made all the more sense I am where I belong and I am aiming to connect to people that believe and see the world differently like I do. Thanks for this helpful and inspiring post. If you didn’t mind taking a look at my new little corner on the internet, that would be great! Thanks!!!

  • Morgan

    do you know the best blogger template to use for lifestyle blogging?

  • Moriah Rose Wood

    This is so helpful! I am starting my own blog (actually just made it today) and I needed some tips and inspiration and it looks like I hit the jackpot with this post! Thanks!

  • Great place to reference and find encouragement for new bloggers!


  • Apricots and Cream

    Ok so I know this is 2 years old but I have to day even at it’s old ages this post is soo awesome and exactly the hat I needed!!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Apricots and Cream

    Also how did you manage to become London #1 lifestyle blogger!!!????! Aaah you are now officially my blogging role model!!! πŸ˜€

  • MichelleDubai

    wow! you have really inspired me to look into blogging! thank you πŸ™‚

  • Nicole

    Thank you for sharing this information and inspiring to be open and sharing your world! <3
    I wanted to ask you something, but apart from a comment I couldn't find another way and so there it is: In order to be or to become a known blogger and get more people to like it/read it, do you think one has to have more well off and be able to blog about expensive dresses or exotic places (helicopter photos, beach, runaway shows..)) What is your advice if someone cannot really afford to go BIG straight from the beginning? Thank you πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week!

  • kirsten

    This is a great post, so helpful thank you! Will use in relation to my own little blog.

  • SuhayraDollie

    Thank you so much, what a great help you are ! πŸ™‚

    I’ve always been flaky with blogging but I’m glad that I have this to give me motivation and encouragement!

  • This is a great article, simple, to the point, honest. Thanks for the advice. Learning a lot by following your blog

  • I know this is an old post, but this was extremely helpful! I recently became serious about blogging and it’s a breath of fresh air to find bloggers that don’t mind lending a helping hand! Thanks for the great post!

  • Sara Neary

    Thank you for this. I have been toying with the idea of my own blog for months now whilst loving yours, so knowing that it doesn’t come easily to you either will hopefully be the finally push I need to start!

  • Thank you for all the wonderful tips! I’m a photographer, and trying to get better at blogging! I really enjoyed the advice πŸ™‚

  • Anjali Bharadwa

    I really related to a number of your points. I started blogging seriously last week and trying to see where it can take me. I question whether I am being to “how to” and need to be more personal but I don’t know if there is the perfect recipe. I’d love to hear what you think.

  • Paige Weatherall

    I love your blog, thanks for sharing.

  • Jordan1414

    Love this blog, thanks.

  • This post has helped me more than you know!!! My *brand new* blog is definitely a work in progress but it got off the ground so much quicker with your advice. Thanks girl!

  • Daphnie M

    This is FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for sharing! πŸ™‚ I’m just starting to get into blogging and this was a great read with great information!

  • Edwina

    Thank you Rosie for sharing all this. I know this is an old post but it has reinspired my blog. It’s brilliant. xx

  • Nancy Sharma

    thanks for some amazing suggestions as I want to start my own blog about fashion and lifestyle. your blog gave me wonderful ideas and inspiration. thanks once again.

  • Nicole

    I just recently found your blog and have enjoyed your writing so much. This post is certainly food for thought on sharing with family and friends near and far.

  • Lovely post and useful too.

  • This is one of the loveliest posts about blogging that I’ve read. Thank you for all the awesome advice. I’ve been blogging for years (always about books, I’m an author) but only just launched my lifestyle blog last month. I’m totally obsessing over it. I love it and want to spread my joy to the world lol. Sorry, I’m rambling, basically I just wanted to say thanks! πŸ™‚

    Suzy x

  • Thanks so much for this post! It is helpful feeling a bit lost in this whole new big shiny sparkly world of blogging!

  • I love this post! Thank you for all of the tips, I’m just starting out blogging myself. There’s a lot more that I need to learn. I really love to travel and write about it. I hope I can be successful with it someday like you πŸ™‚

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    i am looking for writers to write on partnership bases, i.e. profit sharing ( no investment or blog management required)

    let me know if any of you interested

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  • This may have been written a while ago but the advice is timeless! I’m just starting a new blog – been thinking about it for a while – but had no idea how to go about it or where to start. This totally helped me get my first post up. Onwards and upwards!

  • Rachel Natasha

    Very inspiring, great post!

  • Thank you for sharing this post! I have been blogging for about a year now and I find myself wavering to stop every so often. posts like this motivate and inspire me to keep it up!

  • Ally

    I love this! I just started a blog and I’ve been looking for a list of all the major things I need to do so it’s an enjoyable reading experience. Thanks for the help!

  • Molly Harper

    As a newer blogger hoping to carve out unique space on the internet, I JUST came across this article (a few years later!). Thank you for honest, straightforward, REAL tips. It is difficult to try to find advice and be slammed with so much blogging jargon and overwhelming information. This was, on the contrary, really pleasant to read!


  • Nicole Smolen

    Just found this! Thanks for the encouragement. Your personality truly shines through in your writing.

  • Great ideas!

  • Very interesting, thank you! I’ve been blogging for a while but appreciate a refresh of ‘why what and how’! Big fan of your charming blog πŸ™‚

  • Tiny Forest

    I have also recently started blogging but I don’t have very good camera and I am not in a position to spent a lot of money on it. Still, I try to take good quality photos using the camera I have.
    I would really appreciate your support so I can take my hobby to the next level. Please visit my blog and give me a few tips to improve.
    Have a nice day!

  • Hannah Bee

    part of me desperately wants to start a blog – mostly as a hobby but the other part is screaming dont do it! this blog post has given me confidence to bite the bullet and just do it – thanking you for a little piece of inspiration xx

  • Ashley Webb-Hawkins

    I’m a bit late to the party on this post but found it to be inspiring. I’ve been an erstwhile food blogger for years and have been trying to find exactly what my voice is. Thanks for being a rather inspiring (and endlessly interesting) lady.


  • Merryberry

    Thanks for the tips, and lovely blog!
    Cary x

  • Hi! This article is very refreshing. It sounds very personal and when I read this it feels like a friend is talking to me. This is very helpful, inspiring and encouraging for me as I am starting to get into blogging. πŸ™‚

  • I absolutely love this post! Brilliant idea and so helpful! thank you!
    Jazmin x

  • AmΓ©lieJolie

    Thanks for your great tips (Even if this was written a while ago. It still helped alot.)

  • Jani Suoranta

    Nice to know these guidelines to start growing with them when making my own sportsblog. I’ve got 3 years of experience in a team blog in blogspot, but now at last I’m thinking a bit deeper on this when moving to WP on my own… I wish I’ll write a guide as good one day! Greetz from Finland πŸ˜€

  • Hopefully this comment helps make your day. I loved this post.

  • Mauxy Mbidom

    this is so inspiring…browsing through lifestyle bloggers and i stumbled on this. well done. would appreciate your review on my blog as i just started it.

  • Katie Davis

    Love the style and way you write. Inspirational – earned a follower xx

  • Ali

    Fab advice! I especially like the Anti-Diet page. I’m curious as to why you chose to register your site with the .me domain?

  • Very informative and encouraging – Thanks Rosie πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Lange

    Wow, great tips – thanks! Just started my blog up πŸ™‚

    xoxo – Stephanie Lange*

  • Sophia

    Your Blog helped me soon much in the process of building up my own – especially this post. I love reading your posts, they are amazing.
    I just recently put my own Blog online after putting a lot of work into it. Would love for you to check it out some time:
    Keep up the amazing work you’re doing πŸ™‚

  • Nil

    This was really effective to have some ideas about being a blogger. Δ° liked a lot the pictures, they are really amazing.

  • S x

    I randomly came across this post, and it was a really inspiring read for new blogger starting out. Tbh though, it was the food photos that got enticed. πŸ™‚

    S x

  • Jaime

    Love, love that quote at the end! I have started many blogs and abandoned all of them. I believe because I’ve tried so hard to put myself in a box that I thought others would enjoy reading. With this new one, I’m going to 100% be myself. I’ve been a reader of yours for awhile, not sure if I’ve ever commented. Good to see you’re still posting and living it up! πŸ™‚

  • April Tablante Baytan

    Loved this post! Not only is it interesting. .but I love how encouraging you are!

  • Alison Bigg

    Thank you so much for this blog post! I’m just starting out and really appreciate the tips I would love to eventually make money doing something I enjoy so much! If you have time at the end of February, please check out my blog once its set up! I’m doing my first post this week to set the intention of the blog and hope to do weekly updates alongside daily instagram posts. Thank you again! Have a great day!

    Alison #BIGGLife

  • Lauren H

    I love this post. Great advice!

  • Catherine

    This is such a useful and inspiring blog!!!!!! Im thinking about starting my own but have been finding it a tad intimidating… but after reading this post i feel like i could go and create my own amazing snap shot of life!!!! amazing!!

  • Selda

    Thanks for the tips, totally new to this so it was crazy relevant, u da bomb.

  • Emilie Gagnon

    Awesome post. I’m just about to start a blog and this inspired me to get crackin’ even more on it! Cheers

  • ThatRedLipstick

    I have just found this blog but I love it! Thank you so much for giving such great tips especially about the photography! Getting the right shot takes me ages right now, hopefully I will get better the more I practice!

  • Karla

    Wonderful post! So very helpful, thank you!

  • Caroline B.

    Love your blog Rosie! So fun to read, and very inspirational for a girl who lives in good old Kansas. I traveled to Ireland this summer, but London might have to be the next stop! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Erin T

    This is fantastic!

  • Kathryn Hahnlein

    Wow, I really loved this so much. Thank you! I was looking for more than just tips on how to make money, and you provided that. I needed the suggestions on how to write and be myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • This article was an amazing read! Thank you for publishing it! <3

  • Paschal Chikero

    I love the part where you talked about security…. it is very important we don’t share our lives away. It could be very dangerous. Thanks for sharing this . Please check my blog out :

  • Priya

    I have just started reading your blog, thank you for this post, It was really inspirational πŸ™‚

  • Dvvee

    Thanks for all the helpful hints and positive attitude!

  • Becca Covey

    Lovely! Thank you so much for the tips!

  • Sarah // Preppy Trout

    This is so great! Thank you so much for writing this post. It lays it all out perfectly. I loved reading this!

  • Marisa Market

    Thank you so much Rose. This post is what pushed me over the edge to start my own blog! I just launched it today and am super excited to learn and grow. I love following your blog and am always inspired when I read your posts.

  • Sinead Hawley

    This post helped me so much! I’ve recently started my own lifestyle blog but was having a bit of a down moment with inspiration, but you’ve really helped bring me back up πŸ™‚
    Thank you

  • Such a great beginner’s guide to blogging! I feel like SO many big bloggers give advice of “just do it” but don’t explain the steps they took. Also, thank you for NOT traveling the world with a personal photographer, learning that about you just made you 1000 x easier to relate to!


  • Krishna

    I stumbled across this blog and it has inspired to finally start my own blog! thank you πŸ™‚ x

  • Vesna Xanthopoulou

    Great tips, as I feel less fear now for starting something new. I think that I will read this page many many times in the near future. I love your blog anyway. Thank you

  • Great advice! Your suggestion to write like your speaking to a friend is brilliant; I enjoy reading your posts, down to earth and funny with the puns!

    I’ve been blogging for a while but I find writing to be tricky, especially coming from being a designer first and foremost. But I do love writing. I’m going to try out your writing technique!

    Hope you’re enjoying your summer!!


  • MarthaDahhling

    Really enjoyed this post. I like how your guide to blogging is nice and simple – Letting us know that you don’t have to have a fancy DSLR, Media Kit etc etc. The world of blogging can be so intimidating and your guide makes it seem more accessible!

    Martha Dahhling

  • Chigozie Ohanele

    Thanks Rose for this post. I recently started blogging consistently and I have a lot of learning and growing to do but this has been very helpful and inspirational.

    Thanks again,

  • So many useful tips, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! xx

  • Chandni

    This is the best post I’ve found on the internet about this topic! So thanks for writing it and inspiring me πŸ™‚ I bought my domain name and installed wordpress last week, but I was having those exact doubts that you’ve mentioned – about my life being boring or people not reading my content. This made me think, just go out there and do anything that makes you happy and don’t worry too much!

    Chandni xx

  • Tommie Vaughn

    Wonderful post, thank you for the help. Much love from across the pond!

  • Ali

    it’s just great!!

  • The Brit Crowd

    Hi! Just found this and there are some amazing tips here. Absolutely love your website and love visiting every week.

  • Tina

    Great advice! Love your photos and your writing style. Really enjoy reading your posts, so thank you for the good work!

  • Christiane BΓ©gin

    Hi rosie, i know that you wrote this post a few years ago but as i am currently starting a new blog I found this post and wanted to say thank you!! It was fun to read and also encouraging…i just bought a new camera and bought my host for my blog. At times it seems overwhelming but your tips simplified everything. Love your comment that we should write like we are talking to a friend. I love to see your pictures, you always seem to be having a blast!!
    Xxx christiane

  • Natasha Nyeke

    I love that scrap book idea, Ive just starting writing a blog and my Mum doesnt get social media and sharing things about my life. I said exactly that to her worst case scenario its great memories xxx

  • Jax Holl

    Beyond helpful for a new little blogger needing a huuuumoungous dose of dutch courage, and not to mention a beautifully manicured point in the right direction. You rock ✌ xxx Jax xxx x x x

  • katie

    Very inspirational. great read and great tips. Xx

  • Oreoluwa Aremo
  • Poonam

    Really good advise enjoyed reading it x

    Poonam Walid

  • twomainecoons

    I absolutely loved this post – so inspiring after all the articles I read that said that most blogs fail and how hard it is to promote your blog and find intersted readers. Thank you for the positivity and inspiration!

  • yes.. This is amazing

  • Julia

    Picked this up on my Twitter feed today and re-read it! Oldie but Goldie and a tonic for my job-frustration-blues today. I love your blog and I think you’re damn good at what you’ve chosen to do!

  • Katie

    This was just so good to read! Thank you for your tips, I’ve not long started my own blog and it’s inspired me really as I’m not always sure I know what I’m doing (aside from babbling) but this has given me the inspo to crack on. Please feel free to take a look sometime πŸ™‚

  • This was post was extremely helpful, and very well written. Thanks for sharing!! XOXO

  • Sandra Zottl

    I’ve just stumbled upon your post and wanted to thank you for it! It’s really inspiring especially for someone that has just started her own blog yesterday;-)

  • Really enjoyed reading this post! Thank you for posting xx

  • Enjoyed reading this post and found it very useful as I am a new blogger myself, thank you very much! My blog is

  • Jessica Bowman

    Thank you for the inspiration and thoughtful advice! I started my blog about 6 months ago but now just planning to ramp it up. Happy New Year!

  • Sera Burns

    I love this post! It’s really helpful, as I just started a blog!

  • Thanks share your experience..

  • Thank you for this ‘cheat sheet!’ I am very depressed because my application for adsense was disapproved. What on earth can I do? :””””(

  • me too, especially the food & anti-dieting

  • This is great! I just became a Coast Guard wife and will be moving across the entire country to California (I currently live in Ohio). I am thinking since I will have no friends at first, I will start a lifestyle blog. Just everyday life of mine! thanks for posting this. Very inspiring

  • chikaeoh

    This was SUCH a helpful post!!! Thank you so much for posting it!

  • Sarah

    I love this. I just started my own lifestyle blog as well and it can be a little intimidating, but still incredibly exciting!!!

  • Lucy

    Such a great post, I read your blog again and again and now I am starting my own this post is so helpful πŸ™‚ thank you x

  • Susana

    Thank you so much for the lovely post….such a pain free explanation when all you read when you want to start blogging makes you really wonder! I started a week ago and really enjoying…and your tips actually helped me through my today’s post…if you want check it out!

  • Hannah Driver

    I love this post sooo much, thank you for posting it! I have no idea what the heck I’m doing on my blog, I’m just totally going with the flow. This has give me some fab tips and inspired as well, I loveee it and your pictures are soo cutttee X

  • Katia

    Hi guys I recently started writing my own blog so make sure you check it out and tell me your opinion

  • Franziska

    Thank you so much Rosie! I just started blogging and your Blog is a daily inspiration. Big kiss from Frankfurt/ Germany Franziska

  • Katie Swire

    I love this so much πŸ™‚ I have just started my blog and these are excellent tips to blog by. Thanks Rosie x

  • These are great tips! Thanks so much!

  • Amira A

    I’ve read this post about 4 times now. It’s so inspiring. I finally decided to start my own blog (literally a week ago) and this gave me the courage I needed. Thanks Rosie

  • Maggie Clarkeson Carroll

    Thank you so much for these steps ! I just started and i need them. You’ve got me excited to go out and get a camera and wordpress school on Saturday. ~ Also, thank you for highlighting the security part about not mentioning my universities and job.. i didnt think of that. Thank you.

    Here is my new creation-

  • Maria Faith

    Absolutely love love love. Great layout, great easy read. And this is right up my street, as a prospective blogger looking to immerse myself in the scene you’ve inspired me so much more. Thank you!

  • This was really helpful. I have had a blog for a while but didn’t really update it all that often. Recently however I decided to give it a refresh and am now so excited about frequently updating my own blog which I love the new look of. I found this post of yours is really insightful and very helpful. Thank you! x

  • Oh and the last quote you have in this post is one of my all time favourites <3 Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  • ashlee Owens

    Thank you 10 out of 10

  • Malou

    Hi. I apologize for being a few years late from reading your blog. I am a neophyte to blogging but I just wanted to say that you have given hope to the phrase, it’s “better late than never”. I am a self-confessed procrastinator but not anymore. Thank you for your very sensible advice…

  • Lauren Ashley Korstrom

    This was really great to read. I’ve actually been ‘stressed’ about my blog lately and I just started! I’m just really excited about it and so worried if I do one thing wrong now I’ll wreck it all for the future, silly I know. I’ve read so many what not to do, or how tos I feel like if I step off the train I’ll get run over and all hope is lost. So far the best advice I’ve read is from you saying, have fun with it, you are interesting, make it your own. So thank you!


  • Wonderful post, so much to digest but I really enjoyed it. I love the way you do the food shots , as it is happening. I normally stop and take a photo … never tried that technique. Cute dog too !
    Thanks again for the great post. My site is if you feel like stopping by (not as good as yours but I’m getting better)

  • This is so great! I just started my blog and am still researching so this was very informative. Thanks so much!

  • Bayley

    Oh my goodness. This post was just what i needed to see. I recently started a travel blog but have been lacking… not so much in inspiration but in motivation? And with a healthy dash of “what if it sucks”. Your tips about writing (you really do sound like you’re talking to a friend) and your perspective have totally hit home for me. I’m going to go work on a post right now! Thank you Rosie xox

  • Great insight Rosie! Thank you very much xx

  • Wow – this is some quality advice, ma’am πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!
    -Little Lion, | Many Stories, Two Authors, One Website

  • Michelle Olner

    Great post. I’m at the very beginning of planning a blog and any snippets I can find on ‘blog building’ are really appreciated. Although I’m not going to be writing about my lifestyle (trust me, my life is way too boring), i found many of your tips really useful and encouraging. Thank you xx

  • Juana

    Love your blog style and attitude. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Chrystal Hemissi

    Very insightful blog. πŸ™‚ I am new to the blogging world and just about ready to start my own blog; however, each time I go in for the kill I second guess myself and start researching,”starting a blog.” As it turns out––two years later and I’m a non-starter. I typically find blogs that suggests to be careful, don’t do this, don’t do that; which typically begins the cycle of doubt. I found your blog to be comforting and encouraging. I enjoy the “be yourself” attitude. My question for you would be; what should a first blog-post contain?

    • Melissa

      This is me to a T!!! For almost two years I’ve been pondering ideas for my blog and researching how to begin. Just when I think I’m ready to move full steam ahead, doubt creeps in and I start second guessing myself. And here I am again, re-reading Rosie’s post for probably the fifth time. I’m now ready to take the plunge…I think. Haha! I already have my first blog post mostly written. It’s a “Welcome to (my blog name)” post where I greet my newcomers and tell them a little about myself. My second post will begin to focus on my blog’s niche content. Best of luck to you and your blog. Just do it!!

  • LemonPoppySeedGirl Jonita Haye

    This is an amazing read. thank you so much. I am starting my blog in a few weeks & I really needed this read. Totally appreciate your advice.

  • Bea

    ‘Don’t let the seeds keep you from enjoying the watermelon’ – this made me smile! Thanks for the brilliant post.

  • Jassie

    Thank you so much. It was amazing how you explained everything. I have just started my blog just for fun and these tips are really helpful.

  • Nelisiwe Zangana

    Great post, highly informative for people like myself who are interested to get into blogging!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!


    This really helped me & gave me so much inspiration! Thank you x

  • Traci Enfield

    I love this blog! Thank you.