1. I love these post! They are really helpful, thanks!!!

  2. Katie says

    This is a great post. My blogging has slowed way down because I feel like I’m at a stand still. These are great tips to get me back on the blogging wagon.

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  3. This is something that’s been on my mind lately. “I mean, let’s be honest, anyone can regurgitate their Pinterest feed.” hahaha, as a design blog, this hits home. Thank you for this post + its perfect timing!

  4. Allyssa says

    I love these tips. I really like the idea to collaborate. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately and I definitely want to implement on my blog at some point, I just have to come up with a concept first!

  5. This is such a great way for me to check in with best practices as a blogger! Thank you :)

    And, actually, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last week. I link up with {long distance loving} for her Friday’s Fancies, and I resolved last week to comment on EVERY SINGLE BLOG that linked up. (There were over 90! I failed. haha!) It was so easy and natural to engage with the bloggers who posted an outfit with a story – I’m doing X this weekend and I’m going to wear this outfit because… – as opposed to the posts that were, basically, just an outfit with “I like these things.” Giving myself the challenge of trying to build a relationship with these 90+ bloggers last weekend really highlighted the fact that the connection comes almost exclusively from original content.

    So – sorry, that was an essay! But it’s a case in point :)

  6. Thank you for the tips! I try to tell a story or things that are actually going on in my life on my blog! I feel like it makes me real… =) I’ll keep your tips in mind! =)

  7. Hey Lisa,
    thank you for including me in your blogkeeping series. It is such a great honour to see my name in it!!!
    Love this series, so informative and motivational, I’ve been a reader since the beginning!

  8. What it really comes down to is this — strong/unique blog voice = original content. In the online world, everything has been done before. Injecting your own voice into the ideas — even the regurgitated ones — are what will always make them feel original! Great tips, Lisa! (And thanks for including me. :) )

  9. Katie says

    Once again another great post! We hear all of the time “original content is the way to blog growth.” Your tips get to the heart of it and have inspired me to go for something I have been toying with for a while!

  10. Hi Lisa, I love this post and I can totally relate. I have my little art blog, using all of my own photography and artwork unless I’m featuring someone who inspires me. I feel like my content is pretty original, but seem to be struggling with my writing style, finding that casual, conversational tone… But I just keep working at It, trying to find my voice. Thanks for the push!!

  11. Templates are taking over the internet, and more than ever it’s important to remember that we’re one-of-a-kinds. I get really frustrated by blogs that continuously post round-ups of “pretty” and usually “expensive” things.

    Bloggers are better than that. We want our voice heard. Isn’t that why we start blogs in the first place? We have stuff to say … so let’s say it! I want to know about the blogger and her struggles, her triumphs, her creative tricks, her opinions, her routines and her goals.

    My advice:
    When you get fired up about something, write it down. Then go back to your notebook of topics and turn them into blog posts. Being passionate and fired up about your topics will shine through to your readers.

    Great post, Lisa! And thank you for including a link to my Fear Confessions series.

  12. I’m a longtime lurker but new commenter. This post really resonated with me. At the beginning of my blog, I kept trying to emulate other, more popular bloggers. It wasn’t until a session with Victoria and a long introspective look at my posts that I realized that the blog wasn’t really ME. As soon as I started writing in my own voice, unabashedly and proudly, I both loved my content and built a loyal following.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing a guest feature series, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. You’ve just inspired me to get it going!

  13. This post exhausted me. Can’t I just talk about myself with no graphics whatsoever and be beloved? IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

  14. Jadyn says

    Great post Lisa! You give me food for thought as I’m pondering what blogging means to me at the moment and how to proceed.

  15. So honored to be mentioned twice! Collaborations really are key to my blog – they help me stay consistent and I love the relationships built with other bloggers.

  16. Sandra says

    Thanks so much for including the foliophoto collaboration with Christie. Whether it’s a large collaboration or small, I love working together with others. There’s something great that happens that wouldn’t have if we were just on our own.

  17. Clover says

    Oh, Lisa, you are a true blessing – especially to the newbies (like I am) in the blogosphere.
    Thank you for sharing! It’s so important to see it all written down, as it opens doors for creativity and new ideas. My thoughts on this are to respect yourself as a person and to share only what feels right and comfortable to you. I also plead to keeping the content real and genuine and respecting others by offering proper credits and inspiration sources.

    Great post! Thank you!

  18. First, where are all the other men? lol

    Second, good for you in responding to comments, because that’s another way of making sure you keep people coming back, and then encourages others to comment. It’s important when people decide to stop by that they see the author cares about his or her visitors.

  19. Love your idea of collaboration! I will try that one out!!!


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