Things Every New Blogger Should Know When First Starting Out

So I came across 11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging while researching blogging tips and hot topics. After reading over it, I figured I’d summarize it for some of you, but I highly recommend reading the original post if you are blogging for a living.

Number One: Being Social

Don’t expect people to just stumble across your blog. Yes, it happens, That’s how a few of you found me 😉 BUT the best way to get your blog out there is through other social media. Facebook,  Pinterest, Twitter, and StumbleUpon  to name a few… I started to thinking about it after I read it and thought about how popular Instagram has become. If you have a lot of followers via Instagram I’d recommend it as well. Don’t be shy! Put yourself out there and make some connections!

Number Two: Consistency

Be consistent with how often you post. If you go one week writing absolutely nothing, the next week writing every day, and the following week only blogging once, it will have a negative impact on your traffic. This probably means I’ll be in big trouble soon since, I’m so excited about my first blog, I’ve written at least one post a day! I plan to post an average of 3 times a week.

Number Three: What Goes Online, Stays Online

Be passionate about the things you blog about. Ensure every post is a masterpiece. It can take one “lazy” post to screw up your reputation. You may find people blogging about how much you suck. Ouch. Once you put it out there, it’s there forever. Are you scared yet?

Number Four: Address Book

Apparently the best traffic source is though email. I’m actually surprised by this because most people I know never check theirs. But according to this post email subscribers are 3.9 times more likely to share the content via the social web.” Which leads to more traffic for you.

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“Vintage” Inspired Page Corner Bookmark – Tutorial

So I’ve been seeing a TON of corner page bookmarks on Pinterest lately. I mean tons of them. From monsters with teeth, to Angry Birds, to just about any animal you can imagine. I think they are absolutely adorable… For kids that is… I wanted to make myself one that “spoke” to me.

Awhile back I had bought several pieces of card stock and decorative paper from Michael’s when they went on sale.  This particular cream script design has been screaming my name. “Make me into something beautiful KeLeigh!”

Okay okay, we all know the paper wasn’t actually talking to me, but I think you all know what I’m talking about.

So I’m sitting there starring at it tonight trying to figure out what I should make with it… As I’m lost in thought, Aria walks up to me holding a book I’ve been TRYING to read… Knocking out the bookmark that was holding my place… BINGO! I knew what I wanted to make!

Isn’t it ADORABLE??? I love it!

Soooooooooooo, I figured I’d make a little tutorial to share with y’all!

So to start off, we need to gather the supplies:

  • – Scissors
  • – Glue Stick
  • – Ruler
  • – Pen/Pencil
  • – Paper
  • – Decorative Paper/Card Stock
  • – Ribbon
  • – Glue Dots or Hot Glue (Not Pictured)

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