Beth asked me if I would write a few tips to share what I learned during and since the Blog Hop last year so I have compiled a little list that I hope will be helpful. But before I start listing off tips I wanted to start with my main piece of advice: I made new friends and I learned a lot while participating, but the most important thing that I probably learned is that making friends is a big part of blogging. And that information has been so valuable in helping me to develop friendships and my blog over the past year.
Make sure you are having fun.
Don't feel like you have to write a certain way or post multiple times a week or have all of the latest fabric lines. Make what you want to make and have fun with your blog posts. Find a way to share that works for you.
I am certainly no computer or blog expert, but if I have a question I have found that there is a tutorial out there for everything. Whether you want to change your blog header or increase the width of your blog, there is probably a few detailed tutorials out there. If you don't know how you want to improve your blog, just Google, "How can I improve my blog's appearance?" and I promise you will find some answers.
If you have a question about quilting, just ask.
Posting questions on your blog is a great way to get answers and feedback and is also a great way to help others get involved in your blog. Plus it may help someone later when they are looking for answers to the same question.
Improve your photos.
You don't need to take perfect photos that are works of art, but a little effort goes a long way. And you don't need a fancy camera to take nice photos: focus on using natural light and spend a few minutes perking up your photo in an editing program if necessary. You can read my tips on taking better photos here and here.
Fill up the width of your blog with your photos so we can see all of the beautiful things that you have made.
Would you rather see this photo?
Or this one?
We don't need to know all of your business, but sharing issues and asking questions (about life and quilting) makes a blog more relatable. Finding a balance between what to share and what to keep private is a personal decision so decide what works for you.
Share a little about where you are.
Have you ever followed someones blog for a while and assumed that they lived in the Midwest only to find out that they actually lived in Australia? Quilters come from all over the world and we have the opportunity to share our surroundings. I love being inspired by where I live (San Diego, by the way) and using the beautiful scenery for photo backgrounds and I love seeing and hearing about where other people live. Even if you don't find where you live very exciting (I grew up in one of those places!) other people just might.
I know you have probably read this advice before, but these are important to the success of your blog and also important to help you enjoy blogging. Personally I don't have a Facebook account, but I love Instagram and I try to regularly comment on blogs. I know this is difficult to do sometimes, we are all busy, but I promise it helps and it's fun!
I hope that some of this information helps you. Beth does a fantastic job organizing this blog hop and I am so grateful that she is continuing it so that I can find a whole set of new bloggers. Thanks for stopping by!
If you are interested in participating in the Blog Hop this year make sure to leave a comment here and make sure that you leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger.