Blogging 101: October Tips Roundup


Happy Monday! I spent the weekend slightly self-indulging in some alone time which meant no time for last week’s Links I Love post. It was very impromptu and the calm before the storm so to speak. With the final quarter underway, we’re close to closing out two very different projects and I see myself putting in a lot of time in some new opportunities that popped up over the weekend. Plus, the holidays are around the corner and they can be just so draining. So thank you for putting up with my MIA status over the weekend. I’m excited about this month’s roundup. Some really great posts from blogs I’ve never featured here before in this roundup which is always exciting.

The Do’s & Don’t’s of Commenting – Meg of The Well

 The Do's & Dont's of Commenting - The B Bar

I’ve really come to enjoy The B Bar’s blog, The Well, lately. Meg shared some really good tips on things to remember before hitting submit on the comment box. The comment section can be an inviting, warm space for visitors to share their thoughts or it can be a complete battlefield. Whatever your intention for leaving a comment, think before you speak is a simple rule to remember.

Tips for Blogging with a 9-5 – Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

Blogging with a 9-5 - Delightfully Tacky

Blogging with a full time job can be tough. Elizabeth shared some of her experiences as a blogger who previously held a full time job or from the perspective of being a full time student. Finding the time to submit your posts and interact on social media isn’t the easiest when 8-10 hours of your day are dedicated to your career. “The biggest thing, when it comes to blogging on top of a 9-5, is organization.” is one of my favorite quotes from the article so if you’re having some issues dealing with your 9-5 and maintaining your blog, be sure to read a few of Elizabeth’s tips.

Inspire // Blogging – Victoria of Oh So Pretty

Inspire - Blogging - Oh So Pretty

I’ve heard so many great things about Alt for Everyone which is why I love this roundup of simple blogging tips from Victoria. Being yourself is one of the first key items to creating an amazing blog space. It doesn’t matter how many readers or followers you have. As long as you’re being genuine, the right audience will come along.  Victoria covered two other great points so be sure to read what she learned from some of Alt’s amazing speakers.

5 Biggest Mistakes You Are Making With Your Blog – Kat of Rock N Roll Bride

 5 Biggest Mistakes You Are Making With Your Blog - Rock N Roll Bride

It isn’t everyday that a wedding blog ends up on this list but Kat of Rock N Roll Bride shared some great tips last month about blogging mistakes. The biggest tip (and the first) that impacted me the most was what Kat shared about having a lackluster about page. “… be sure to let go of your inherent shyness.” As someone who absolutely abhors writing about herself, coming up with something other than Hi on my about page was a big deal.  I will definitely encourage all bloggers to check out the list if you haven’t gotten to it yet. There are great tips for all bloggers, no matter how long you’ve been blogging.

Who Are You Online? – Alyssa of Glossy Musings

- Who Are You Online - Glossy Musings

This article is slightly different from what I’m accustomed to posting on this list. However, if you got a chance to read Victoria’s post above, this post would be an amazing follow up. Alyssa challenges bloggers to take a look at themselves and check if their online personas reflect who they are. After spending more time this year connecting with other bloggers, it’s slightly relieving to know that my blog is a reflection of my offline character. I try to be as honest and upfront on my blog and if anything, I’m more honest when talking to other bloggers face to face. If you feel you don’t feel authentic on your blog, take some time to read Alyssa’s post to reflect back on how to showcase your character through your blog.

5 Things All Bloggers Must Do – Kelly of Pink + Lola

5 Things Bloggers Must Do - Pink & Lola

Before I can chat too much, can I talk about how much I adore Kelly and her blog? She’s really become of my favorite blogs to read in the past few weeks and I admire her tenacity and honesty. She’s also very kind which is always appreciated. In her list of things all bloggers must do, she goes into detail about keeping your followers updated and promoting yourself the good way. I know it’s hard to promote your blog, especially when you’re a new blogger but being authentic is the best way to get people to read your blog. Be sure to see the other three tips Kelly covers and she also shares some great tools to make blogging efficient.

A Mini Guide for a Perfect Blog – Corina for Of Trees & Hues

A Mini Guide for a Perfect Blog - Of Trees & Hues

Corina shared some great tips on Latrina’s blog, Of Trees & Hues, this month on how to achieve the perfect blog. Being observant is one of the tips Corina shared and one of the most overlooked I think at times from most bloggers. If you’re not sure about what to bring to your blog, check out other blogs! Of course, you need to remain unique, but sometimes inspiration can be hidden in your RSS reader.

Editorial Calendars and Planning – Chelsea of Lovely Indeed

Editorial Calendars & Planning - Lovely Indeed

While Elizabeth talked a little about how to manage life with a 9-5, Chelsea offers tips on creating an editorial calendar that any blogger can use. While things can be overwhelming, it’s nice sometimes to know that you have a post or two queued so you don’t have to worry about putting something together at the last minute. Having regular columns, much like this roundup, has really aided me in filling in the days of the week with content. If you’re looking for tips on how to keep your blog updated, I would definitely read Chelsea’s tips.

WordPress Quick  Tip: Permalinks – Alyssa of The Barn Blog

Wordpress Quick Tips - Permalinks - Barn Blog

Prior to using WordPress, the CMS I was using set up my article links to be which was a SEO nightmare. With WordPress, you can setup custom permalink structures to allow your blog posts to be a lot more SEO friendly. Alyssa shares a quick tip on how to update your WordPress permalinks to make your life 100x easier. This is also a great post to read if you have no idea what permalinks are to begin with. 🙂

Blog Platform Comparison Chart – Mike of Start Blogging Online

Blog Platform Comparison Chart - Start Blogging Online

Mike sent me an email after last month’s roundup and I have to say his blog platform comparison chart is one of the most thorough on the web to date. From Blogger to Tumblr, Mike covers the pricing, spacing, and customization information for almost every blogging platform out there. The only thing missing from my knowledge is Squarespace which is an amazingly popular option for creatives, including Dana Tanamachi. So if you’re still unsure of where to move your blog or where to host it, check out Mike’s chart. It’s pretty awesome.

Supporting Other Blogs

upporting Other Bloggers & Why It Works

A few weeks ago I wrote about the value of supporting other blogs which I would encourage you to check out if you haven’t. Posts like this one is my way of supporting other bloggers for providing great and helpful content. If you want to showcase bloggers for doing the same, I talked about a few ways to be helpful while still being respectful.

Feel free to share any of your blogging tips in the comments! I hope to have some lovely posts planned for you this week so be sure to check back.

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Angelica Yarde
My name is Angel Yarde. I am a designer, front-end developer, and speaker. I am the editor and designer of Studio 404 whic was founded in December 2006. In January 2014, I launched Studio 404 Paper, a paper shop which includes type-focused greeting cards, note cards, and prints. I currently reside in Celebration, Florida where I co-own a branding strategy studio, Sevenality, with my husband.
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  1. These are really great, i actually opened up a few to read thank you for sharing, and thank you for including me as well! heh it was a nice surprise finding mine 😛

  2. As usual, these are all great links. I actually never heard of most of these blogs so I will check them out. Excited to read tips about blogging while maintaining a 9-5. It’s interesting to see how others do it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I saw your post in Bloggers Like Me and I’m so happy I found your blog. I’m going to check out all of these after work today. I currently contribute to other blogs, but I plan on getting back into blogging … and launching my own. I’m really trying to make sure I get it right.

    • Latoya, thank you so much for stopping by! I’m glad that I can share helpful tips like these on BLM 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your blog when it launches.

  4. Oh my gosh! These are gold!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put these together. Truly, really appreciated. I opened 3 of them and I’m tempted to read more, but I’m behind with work today… hehehe So I’ll be back to read the rest tomorrow! xx

  5. Really great – thanks for some amazing links!! I just loved loved Victoria’s Alt for Everyone take-aways and also Corina’s Mini-Guide!! Love all these helpful tips from everyone 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Okay I just opened every single link in my browser! LOVE this round-up, Angel!! I’m about to pour myself some hot tea and enjoy some beautiful reads 🙂

    And thank you so much for including me! 🙂

    Happy Monday!

  7. I am always so freaking giddy when I see one of your roundups — seriously, the best!! And this one is full of sooo much goodness. I am especially excited to read Elizabeth’s article as I am struggling with the whole 9-5 job AND blogging. And would love to discover tips!

    Thanks for this! 🙂

  8. As usual, I really enjoyed the stuff you found, Angel! These are great articles!

    And also, I tend to lurk on your blog, but I’m not sure I congratulated you on the launch of Studio 404! I really love the content you’ve been creating and the design of it! 🙂

  9. This is an AMAZING post! I am always looking for blogs that talk about blogging to share tips and tricks. A few of these I know, but many I do not! Thank you!

    Sidebar: I was looking around your site… do you also do blog design/branding?

  10. This is great! I just started a Blogging 101 Series on my blog this month. It’s great to gather inspiration from what other bloggers are learning and sharing!

  11. Wow..what a great resource! Thank you so much for this! I just started a blog and I’m really excited about it, but find the whole process a bit overwhelming. I can not wait to go through every one of these. I wish I had found this sooner 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping Mariah! I just posted a new list for the month of November so be sure to check it out. These posts go up on (or around) the 20th of every month.

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