Blogging tips from Blog Guidebook

Blog Guidebook

Today we have Sarah over from Blog guidebook. When I first started blogging I was over at this site everyday trying to figure out my blog. If you have a blogging question you could stop by Blog Guidebook and they have a tutorial for it!

1. What’s the reason you began blogging?
I started blogging as a sort of journal/scrapbook. Luckily when I met Lyndsay (via email) we were able to use both our talents
as bloggers…Lyndsay is the design guru and I’m the idea and fulfillment person.

2. What’s your favorite DIY project you have done?
My favorite is painting my kitchen cabinets a bright aqua color. They were a dark wood color which I painted pale blue,
then I needed something bright and turned to aqua.
My other favorite is painting brick walls w/ a spray bottle. It was an amazing transformation!

3. What hidden talent do you have, in which you have not shared with your fellow readers? 
Well, because my blog is pretty much specifically geared toward blogging and DIY blogging, I haven’t talked much about food…
which is one of my passions. I love baking and icing cakes and cookies.

4. What are your blogging goals have you set for 2013?

Goals…let’s see. We’re focusing on really communicating one on one with our readers, leaving comments and replies, and of course,
growing our blog even more by branching out into new venues (such as crafts and recipes).

5. It seems like it that time of the year where a lot of blogging conference are happening. Have you attended any and if so which one would you recommend?

Sarah went to The SITS Girls Bloggy Bootcamp last year in St. Louis…it was just to meet other bloggers and see what the conference thing is all about. It was amazing! This year she is going to Phoenix to attend the SITS Girls Bloggy Business Camp. Definitely recommend the Bloggy Bootcamp…it’s affordable for most bloggers and you learn a lot! There are many we’d LOVE to attend…Snap and BYB come to mind.

6. What was the best blogging tip you ever received and would pass on?

You can’t blog alone. You have to have a partner or a group of bloggers to help you. If you try to do it on your own you will burn out and not grow.  If you have a “tribe” you will have supporters that can tell their readers about you too. Having regular contributors helps take the performance pressure off too.

7. Do you find it easy in reaching out to other bloggers?

I think so. Of course, if they are “famous” you can’t reach them because of the assistants and email machines, but smallerbloggers, new bloggers are good at asking for help and emailing back and forth.

8. How do you believe you are able to determine yourself between a small blog,a medium blog, large blog and a super star?

When we started blogging we hoped for about a thousand followers…now almost three years later we are grateful for our 3000+ (GFC) and all the others who read in us in their emails and readers. We try not to compare ourselves to super blogs (because they’re just the lucky ones!) mostly because there are so many amazing blogs out in blogland…I found one recently that only had 200 followers but it was SOOOOO good! Don’t compare yourself to others (another rule of blogging).

9. Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years?

I have no idea where the blog “industry” will be in five years. Hopefully it will still exist and be going strong. If it starts waning, then I’ll get my brain turning and move onto the next project. As long as we can keep helping the average Jane blog her best we will be here. We’d love to find something amazing to do with our blog…we’ll keep trying new things and meeting new bloggers. One long term goal would be to host our own “conference” and do it our way!

10. Anything else you would like add? 

Thanks so much for the questions. They were answered by Sarah of The Blog Guidebook.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you stop by tomorrow for more fun. 

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