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Lifestyle Blogging 101

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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.

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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:

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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…

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Whereas Olivia Palermo has a fairly restrained outlook…

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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’); js.id = id; js.async = true; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″; 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=’https://twitter.com/share’>Tweet</a><script src=’//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’ type=’text/javascript’/> <a class=’pin-it-button’ count-layout=’horizontal’ expr:href=’&quot;http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=&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=’http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js’ 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’,’http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r=’ + 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.

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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.

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(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!

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Shutterbug:

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.

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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…

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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.

Photography:

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.

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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…

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Community:

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.

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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.

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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.

Security:

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.

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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

    http://a-dash-of-anna.blogspot.co.at

  • 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.

    http://universityandtheuniverse.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://www.technologyexplores.com/ Muhammad Lal

    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… http://www.techmnologyexplores.com

  • Kates Days

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

    http://www.katesdays13.blogspot.com

  • 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!

  • Nuša Jazbinšek

    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

    http://gateway2therockies.blogspot.com/

  • Gentry

    collegiateme.blogspot.com

  • 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 :) x.

  • Dannielle

    Brilliant, this is so helpful! Just what I needed to read. Started whileimyoungandskinny.wordpress.com 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

  • http://definingayesha.blogspot.com ayesha ahmad

    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!

    Ayesha
    http://definingayesha.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.julestruly.blogspot.com/ Jules Truly

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

    http://www.julestruly.blogspot.com/

  • 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

  • http://www.thisisitthough.com Agirl123

    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.
    XX,
    A

    http://www.thisisitthough.com

  • Liv Reeves

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

    http://andalucia-wanderlust.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://mrslucikell.blogspot.com/ Luci

    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 :)

  • 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, http://cocosarah.blogspot.pt/
    Love Sarah

  • http://www.thediaryofatallgirl.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

    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!

  • http://thetaranakigirl.blogspot.com/ Kelsey M

    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.

    thetaranakigirl.blogspot.com xx

  • Isabel Rejto

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

    xx

  • alicekatex

    This was soooo helpful! And inspiring :)

    alicekatex ♥

  • 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 :)

  • 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. :) 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. :)

  • http://www.espressoandlace.com/ espresso&lace

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

    jacqueline
    http://www.espressoandlace.com

  • 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.

    wwww.amadhattersteaparty.blogspot.co.uk

    Xx

  • 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
    http://www.becosmopolite.com

    xoxo

  • Laura May

    This is such a lovely post, thank you!

    justlauramay.blogspot.co.uk

  • 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!

    http://freespiritedginge.blogspot.co.uk/

    Happy New year!

    Matt

  • http://www.the-orchard.me/ Joanna

    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

  • http://www.myloveforparis.blogspot.com/ My Love for Paris

    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!)

    http://www.myloveforparis.blogspot.com

  • 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 :)

  • http://twitter.com/minamello Mina

    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. ;)

    http://www.anibblebit.blogspot.com

  • 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!

    beccatalks101.blogspot.com

    XOXO
    Becca

  • http://www.lifeplus1.me/ Lifeplus1

    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.

    http://www.lifeplus1.me

  • http://www.covetsandcassandra.blogspot.com.au Cassandra

    Great post. I just went ‘live’ with my first blog http://www.covetsandcassandra.blogspot.com.au 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. truetoyou.co
    thank you

  • http://alongtheleftbank.com Along the Left Bank

    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!

  • http://momsrelease.wordpress.com/ Suzanne

    Great advice! So glad to have found it! :)

  • Lilia Esperon

    Great advice! thank you!

    http://lilioshka.blogspot.mx/

  • 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
    Teainoctober.blogspot.com

  • 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
    jememanque.com

  • 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 Dobrée-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.

  • http://writingsfromberlin.blogspot.de/ Mareike

    Thanks so much. I´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. I´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 I´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.

    http://writingsfromberlin.blogspot.de/

  • 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

  • http://savoreachbite.blogspot.com Andrea Ruiz

    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!

    http://savoreachbite.blogspot.com/

  • Katie

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

    http://www.amelbournite.wordpress.com

  • 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!

    http://imfrombarcelona.blogspot.co.uk/

    Best regards,

  • Sabrina Belaid

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

  • http://www.dreamingofleaving.com JDiGi

    Incredibly helpful post for a new blogger like me! thank you :)
    http://www.dreamingofleaving.com

  • http://cheenithoughts.com Cheeni

    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.

  • http://dovastonsdusseldorfdiarys.wordpress.com/ Victoria Dovaston

    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.
    http://dovastonsdusseldorfdiarys.wordpress.com/

  • 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.

    http://offonalittleadventure.blogspot.com.au/

  • Shafira

    You made my day! Wonderful to read, made me realize how fun blogging is again! :)

  • 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.

  • http://www.sassystreet.com/ Emma Felin

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

  • http://www.frommargaritawithlove.com Margarita

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

    http://www.frommargaritawithlove.com

  • http://heyvannahbanana.blogspot.com Vannah Pacis

    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

  • http://ustwofriends.com Jackie Allum

    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.

  • http://shadeofredblog.com Shade of Red Blog

    Thank you, Rosie, I keep going back to this post for inspiration!
    http://shadeofredblog.com

  • 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 – workerbeefree.wordpress.com

  • http://www.localspotter.com/ 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.

    Thanks http://www.localspotter.com

  • http://xoxoallison.wordpress.com Allison Perez

    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
    Blushing beauty.org

  • http://www.worldrankingsystem.com World Ranking System

    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 http://www.worldrankingsystem.com ?

  • http://thewhimsicalway.wordpress.com Emily Sarah W

    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!

    thewhimsicalway.wordpress.com

  • http://cekora.com Fatima Sheremetyeva

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

    -Fatima
    http://www.cekora.com

  • 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
    P.S.
    You are a great writer! :)

  • VahidAfshari

    I like the style of lady on pic 6
    esta

  • 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

  • http://www.elegance-revisited.com/ TiinaL

    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.

  • http://www.ellelloyd.com Ellie Lloyd

    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! :)

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

    http://www.ellelloyd.com
    Best,
    EL

  • http://www.savagegazelle.com/ Sirita Wright

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

    Thank you!

  • http://www.shabbytochic.ca/ Kelly@ A Shabby To Chic Life

    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 :) 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 :)
    Tanks for this advice Rosie hopefully I can find some readers that don’t just include me, my mum and my boyfriend!

    Xx

    freyjaelizabeth.co.uk

  • Emma

    Some really good tips and much food for thought. Thanks :-)

  • 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 :)

  • Jenny Sue Wildman

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

    http://justsowereclear.co

  • TheWestCoastExplorer

    That came in handy! Will definitely remember some points as I am starting a new blog: http://www.thewestcoastexplorer.me
    Lovely blog Rosy!

  • Kayleigh McKnight

    Brilliant blog post and given me loads of ideas so thank you :) Here’s my start to my lifestyle blog: http://thewhatifdiary.wordpress.com :) 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!

  • http://www.annachungxo.blogspot.com Anna Chung

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

    http://annachungxo.blogspot.ca/

  • 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.)

    http://threehound.blogspot.co.uk/

  • 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!

    http://www.maybeshesmagic.com

  • Jennifer Michelle

    AWESOME POST!

  • http://the-chatterbox-blog.blogspot.co.uk TheChatterbox Blog

    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

  • http://kinazilla.wordpress.com Kina

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

    kinazilla.wordpress.com

  • http://www.voucha.com.my/ Voucha

    Nice blog you have, love it.

  • http://astoldbytavi.blogspot.com/ Octavia Spiker

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

  • http://sagalaine.blogspot.se/ Saga Laine

    Thank you for an Amazing reading! And thank you for telling how to turn the Word- vertification off :)

  • http://sixdgreez.wordpress.com Jennjen Williams

    Thank you for the great advice. Love your blog!

  • http://www.thefaceofmoo.wordpress.com MooFace

    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 :) thefaceofmoo x

  • Dania Aslam

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

    http://cocoaandchanel.com/

  • http://thefearlesscreative.wordpress.com/ Casey

    Wonderful post. Great picture of Custard, too :)

  • http://lechicbynadia.com/ Nadia

    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 http://www.lechicbynadia.com

  • http://the-chatterbox-blog.blogspot.co.uk TheChatterbox Blog

    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
    http://the-chatterbox-blog.blogspot.co.uk

  • 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

    http://thedivinetale.wordpress.com/

  • http://julianaisaac.com/ Juliana Isaac

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

  • 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

    http://www.rhianfa-cottage.com

  • 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

    http://eatexploreshop.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Gabriella Granata

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

    gabriellamanchester.blogspot.com

    xx

  • Squal Lionheart

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

    http://www.worldrankingsystem.com

  • Merrimiley

    Such an inspiration !

  • http://msmelange.com Miss Mélange

    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! :)

    -Stephanie
    msmelange.com

  • 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 :)

  • Queenie Lee

    Such an inspiration, Rosie! xxx

  • Jen

    I read this post whenever I need inspiration and motivation…now being one of them :) 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!

    http://www.ourpreciouswonders.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://rebeccawalton.com/ Rebecca Walton

    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

  • http://www.sharona.org.il/ sharona kaufman

    Thank you for this! I enjoyed this very much and it gave me inspiration for going on with my blog! http://www.sharona.org.il/

  • http://www.clippingsolutions.com/ Rashed Milon

    Thank you. It’s great. :)

    Clipping Path

  • 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

    http://ayeardown-under.blogspot.com.au

  • 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!!)

    Tammi

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  • http://theseattleista.blogspot.com/ Brianna

    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!

    ~Brianna
    http://theseattleista.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.thegirlnamedlove.com/ Love Improchori

    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

  • http://mosaicsea.com Sarah

    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 :) x

    http://www.iamchiclondon.blogspot.co.uk

  • 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
    http://wafasobsessions.blogspot.com/
    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!

  • http://IndianaSexy.com A. Raquel

    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! :)

    http://thelifeofshannonarielle.blogspot.com/

  • 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! :)

  • Kinsey Clemmer

    Loved the post! Very helpful and on point.
    thefabtimes.blogspot.com

  • https://plus.google.com/108880758077344540993/about?tab=XX Ivz Vlakic

    :) I am now so inspired, THANK YOU!

  • http://thesartorialdoll.blogspot.co.uk Bea Rose Caplan

    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
    thesartorialdoll.blogspot.co.uk

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • http://behinddoorthirtyone.blogspot.co.uk Emma Meek

    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!! :)

  • http://www.thesplendidlife.com Emma Stuart

    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 :)

  • 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 :)

    http://the-lahori-abroad.blogspot.sg/

  • Megan

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

  • http://www.londonerinsydney.com LondonerInSydney

    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! http://www.londonerinsydney.com thank you so much!!!xxx

  • Buffy

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

    http://www.lotsoflovebuffy.com

  • Emma Reilly

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

    http://alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • 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!

    Siobhan
    xxx

    http://www.thetextileintern.blogspot.com

  • Becky Lou

    Loved this thanks so much, I’ve just started my blog :) 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

    THANKS!

  • http://www.staciapriscilla.com/ Stacia Priscilla

    Love the concluding quote .. Your tips are pretty straightforward and helpful for sure :) 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!

  • http://theconbonz.blogspot.com/ theconbonz

    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. :)

    theconbonz.blogspot.com

  • 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

  • http://www.memyselfandines.blogspot.com/ Ines C

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

    xoxo http://www.memyselfandines.blogspot.com

  • 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

    http://allthingsvle.blogspot.com

  • Chantel Thorpe

    SO SO helpful! Thank you :) x

  • http://whitecover.co.uk James White

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

  • 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?
    x

    http://www.designdinnerdogs.com

  • http://thesecretsofceelee.blogspot.com.au/ Courtney Lee

    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! :D
    Thank you! xx

    http://thesecretsofceelee.blogspot.com.au/

  • 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.

  • http://marykeithp.blogspot.com/p/about.html Mary-Keith Piasecki

    you are delightful. I love this.

  • http://travelcandy.net/ TravelCandy

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

  • http://fifimcgee.blogspot.co.uk/ fiona

    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 :)

    Fi

    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! :)

    Ezi

    homecanwait.com

  • Chauny

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

  • http://www.jaytakeapic.com jayorskerea

    thank you so much . My writing voice started getting a bit bloggery lol really appriciate.
    http://www.jaytakeapic.com

  • http://www.sunnydaysandotherthings.com Sunnydaysandotherthings.com

    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!

  • http://charlottehughesdesign.com LaLa

    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.

    charlottehughesdesign.com

  • 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.

    theindecisiveblog.blogspot.com

  • 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!

  • http://inanumshell.blogspot.com Anum

    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 :)

    inanumshell.blogspot.com

  • http://www.gettingitblog.com Erica

    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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  • http://aniqadreams.blogspot.com/ Aniqa

    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

    aniqadreams.blogspot.com

  • http://aniqadreams.blogspot.com/ Aniqa

    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

    aniqadreams.blogspot.com

  • Kathy

    Thank you so much for this lovely post Rosie! This is such wonderful encouragement for newbie bloggers like myself.
    http://lifesaboutfirsts.blogspot.ca/

  • BellaKendra .

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

  • http://zymonb.tumblr.com Zymon Bergania

    I am planning to start blogging soon and was searching if something could motivate me more. Thanks for the tips! :)

  • http://zzandh.blogspot.co.nz/ Katie

    Great post, really useful!!
    http://justpoached.blogspot.co.nz/

  • http://mommysfitblog.com Jamie Glenn

    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! =) http://www.mommysfitblog.com/

  • 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: degreesoffashion.com

  • Lucy

    Thanks for this – now it is just time to take the leap :) 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

  • http://travelsandtanlines.blogspot.co.uk/ Anna Parsons

    Lovely post that has given me that boost to keep going with my fledgling lifestlye blog. :)

  • 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

    http://mademoiselleaventure.blogspot.ca

  • http://www.the-lifestyle-diaries.blogspot.com Lauren Hudson

    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!

    http://www.the-lifestyle-diaries.blogspot.com

  • http://erinoutandabout.blogspot.com/ Erin

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

  • http://www.starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/ Moonsparkle

    Some good tips, thanks. :)

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  • alittlefreckle

    So glad I read this in the summer :) I now have my very own blog which I love!!!! Emma x

  • Abi Spear

    hey Rosie :) 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? WP.com, WP.org 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 (cashmereandsapphires.com). I’ve just read this post can I just say a heartfelt “thank you Rosie” this info is golden :)

    Phoebe

  • http://www.sarahbyday.blogspot.be/ Sarah

    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 :)

  • 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.

    Thanks!
    simplyanchored.blogspot.com

  • 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

  • http://www.lovehijab.tictail.com/ Love Hijab

    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 :)

    http://www.lovehijabgirl.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.awhimsicallife.com/ Evie

    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!

    http://blogaboutmyjapan.blogspot.jp/

  • 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:

    http://www.trilltalk.wordpress.com

    Sam

  • http://kellybean.co/ Kelly Boudreau

    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 :)

  • 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!

  • http://www.spellbindyou.blogspot.com Prenca

    i got so motivated after reading this! Thankyou!

  • http://www.ledbylucy.com ledbylucy

    Great post Rosie! I wrote a piece called Business Women Of The Blogesphere which features you http://www.ledbylucy.com/post/107340646123/business-women-of-the-blogosphere

  • http://mags-86.blogspot.ie/ Magdalena Kosecka

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

  • http://mags-86.blogspot.ie/ Magdalena Kosecka

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

  • http://marlowesloft.com/ Kate Marlowe

    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

    http://www.ummcats.com

  • 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!