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3 simple steps that will change the way you blog
If you've been reading my blog long enough you'll notice that I have already in one way or another spoken about the things I'm about to mention now, but since Q+A's, Blog Conversations and Tip Posts are fairly long, I decided to search for 3 basic things to turn your blog around that have helped me and transformed me; not only as a blogger but which have also made a difference in my personal life.



01. Be Positive:
No matter what you're blogging about and how real you are in your posts, always be positive. Encourage your readers by example even if you're sharing something personal - a trial, a problem or simply venting. Find a positive thing and share your experiences in a light-hearted way so that your blog is always enjoyable and people understand where you're coming from. Remember that we all have our own issues and challenges and most of the time we too are looking for someone to shed some light on things.


02. Be Curious:
Yes, I do apply this to life as well because it is that big question mark over your head what drives you to learn, read and inform yourself about things that can potentially change your life. If you want to always offer good content, be informative and style both your blog and posts in a way that reflects you and what you stand for. Be curious. Use the internet to your advantage and apply what you learn to your blog.


03. Be Resourceful:

Since I spend my days (and nights) working on blogs and meeting wonderful bloggers all over the world, I have learned to sense what Bloggers worry the most about. The main concern is, "How do I better my blog if I cannot attend conferences?... I don't have a DSLR camera, a super interesting life or creative friends to help me out". All I can say is MAKE DO. It doesn't matter how little or how much you have. It is not really about that. (Because honestly even having the best equipment and resources you still need to learn how to use them), but rather about how much effort you put into your work your way of thinking. I advise you to think outside the box. Work with what you have. Start being picky with the photos you choose to share, offer good content, tutorials etc... and always put an emphasis in those things you do well. If you come across a piece of interesting information, share it. Be wise and never stop believing in yourself.

I hope these little tips help you. Please leave a comment if there's anything that you've learned that could potentially change the way we blog or see our lives as a bloggers... and if you cannot think of anything, let us know what you admire the most in a blogger/blog.

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33 comments:

  1. Wonderful collection! I'd like to add that - whether in real life or in a blog - everything you do with your heart involved will be good work :)!

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    1. SO true! I could resume all what I said in that sentence :) Thank you! xx

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  2. Your Q+A post and this one are both exactly what I needed during the last week. Thanks for sharing.!

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    1. Thank you, Anna Rosa! You have a beautiful name BTW (Not because it's Anna, I just love the Anna + Rosa combo). xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Ana. I love reading tips from other bloggers, I always feel like there's some 'psychological' thing about. Almost like we all know it, but we need/want to hear it again - hoping that reading it would do the job for us. I always find it hard to actually implement those things. Especially number 1 - I keep wondering how some bloggers can 'sound' nicer than others, why we feel more drawn towards one blog than the other. And it makes me think about my own blogging 'voice' and how to work on it, how to find it in the first place (and then to make it sound nice ;) ).
    It's hard to stay real in the blogging world where everything seems connected in a way but still everyone's anonymous and a 'stranger'.

    One thing I keep thinking about (which could be added to your points) is not to limit yourself to one skill. I feel you can easily restrict yourself to being the 'professional go-to person' of one area, although you're actually passionate about so many more things.
    I believe that if you're passionate enough about something you can learn and broaden your skills (maybe by teaching yourself, and as you said, by using the internet).
    I guess this kind of relates to your third point.
    xx

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    1. Helena, Thank you, thank you, thank you for commenting! Really this is what I look forward to every time I post about blogging. Even though I've been doing this for a long time, I take the past 5 years as a learning curve and I do also need to talk about this things with others. It's not that I was always positive or uplifting but I've seen how it makes a difference in my life and blog. I must agree with you that we shouldn't limit ourselves, it is an easy thing to do, you know, not stepping out of your comfort zone. I see that in myself and I've been also considering just breaking the shell a little bit more. I'm passionate about my job and so I'm always happy (ok maybe ecstatic) when I get to chit chat about this things. Thank you for your input!
      xx

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    2. It's so nice to read about your experiences! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I really appreciate it.
      Did you change jobs within the last 5 years? I just read what you said below about not loving the same things now as you did back then. I'd love to get to know you better, honestly! If you're up for it - not pressure! :) xx

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    3. Hi Helena! Actually before my main job was my previous blog and graphic/web design was a side thing. I guess my rolls have just reverted. I made that change because I love what I do so I focused more on blogging, designing and coding :) Love getting to know you better too. xx

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  4. Great tips!! Have you ever seen Project Runway? The mentor, Tim Gunn, always tells the contestants to "Make it work". At your 3rd tip I kept hearing him in my head. I need to learn to positively talk about my every once in a while challenges. =)

    Ergo - Blog

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    1. I've seen project Runway once and Tim Gunn didn't strike as a guy who would say that but I'm pleasantly surprised. Yes, yes! Let's make do. When I started my job about 5 years ago I only had my little blog and a horrible poopy digital camera. I started buying little props for my photos at vintage shops and slowly but surely got momentum in my learning. Making-do empowered me and even though I don't love the same things now and my camera is just a tad bit better I stand by using your skills 100%. Thank you for sharing, Chloe!

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  5. This was very insightful. I struggle with it all especially #2. I am not a DIY kind of girl but I do realize I am curious about other things out there that I love like photography. Maybe I can help explore this more and see what comes of it. Hmm. :)) Thank you Ana!!

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    1. I think a lot of blogs are spectacular in their own way. Some people do nothing but share great stories about their lives and experiences and I;m equally hooked on those as I am on crafty, artsy, designy ones. Love.

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  6. Nice tips! Both to use in blogging and life :)
    It's not always easy to see the bright side, but we should struggle to do it for ourselves, as well as for our readers. I think the trick is to let go of the pressure and share what we are and love to do - I believe the rest will follow!

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    1. I agree with you Ana! No everybody will love what we love but people understand passion because that's one thing we have in common. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Nothing to add really, other than I ALWAYS come away happier and uplifted after reading a post of yours :)

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  8. As always, wonderful tips. Thank you so much.

    Kate from Clear the Way

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    1. My pleasure, Kate! Thank you for stopping by! xoxo

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  9. Thanks for sharing these tips, Ana. They came at the right time for me and are good words of encouragement. When I get discouraged because I compare my shortcomings with blogs that I admire, I try to remember the thought "You have everything you need," and remember as you wrote that I need to make the most of everything I already have and focus on what unique thing I can bring to my blog. I still feel as if I am searching for my groove, but I'll keep plugging away until I get there. I've been admiring your beautiful minimalist blog designs and have been eyeing one of them (Mod Theme) that is on sale now, but was also curious about the new designs you mentioned you'd be releasing at the end of this month (January) for blogger. Any suggestions?

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    1. Thank you Michele! We are a little behind as we are also updating our brand but hope to soon finish it. There won't be themes similar to Mod, mostly 3 column themes. xx

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing. I've been blogging for years but recently decided to make a more focused and purposeful effort at it, and I've had to be resourceful in trying to learn all I can. Posts like this definitely help. :)

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    1. Oh yes! We all start somewhere and I'm truly impressed to see people put that much effort and succeed because they're truly passionate about blogging. Best of luck!

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  11. Good tips Ana! I always feel so dull on a blog, so hopefully learning from you will help :)

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    1. Thank you, lovely Emma! I think you're far from dull. Will stop by in a bit. xoxo

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  12. Hi Ana,

    Loved this post and appreciate you keeping it real with all of us here!

    Some things I appreciate in a blogger:

    1. Authenticity
    2. Sharing resources
    3. Unique content
    4. Friendliness

    Some things I have learned that has helped me to blog better:

    1. Do it for yourself
    2. Be patient. It's not about already knowing...it's about learning. It takes time.
    3. Reach out and don't be shy if you have questions for other bloggers.
    4. Scheduling posts in advance makes life easier.

    Again, appreciate your lovely posts as always!

    Cathy via Cathy Trails

    Will be tweeting this to my readers!!

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    1. You are the best! I awe you an email. Life has been crazy. Thank you so much for sharing, Cathy!
      xx

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  13. This is great! i totally agree on being positive, especially because there are so many blogs out there that are worse than Debbie Downer... great post!

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  14. Hi Ana, love this list. There's something about being curious...discovering and learning...that just makes it all worth it.

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  15. You always give the best advice and tips, Ana. I think sharing the love and being supportive of the community is the best advice for any blogger, seasoned or just beginning.
    PS~Love, love the new site! Beautifully designed. Congratulations on what I imagine was a lot of hard work and many hours. I was tempted to enter your giveaway, but I'm still SO happy with my Blog Milk theme. ;)

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  16. This post was really inspirational. I just came across it and it has made my day. Keep doing what you're doing because you do it well. Thank you! ;-)

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  17. These tips are really very applicable and practical in their simplicity.

    Than you for taking the time to share them.

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