13 Blogging Tips from 2 Years of Blogging

It has been a whole two years since I began sharing with you all on ScaleitSimple. Hooray!

To sum up my current thoughts on my blogging skills I would say I kind of feel like a toddler. Sort of cute, eager to learn and moving forward in the mystery of life all while looking clueless and stumbling like a drunk person. You know what I mean?

Regardless, of my mixed feelings, I have learned a lot over the past couple of years, and although I have a long way to go I wanted to share the lessons I have learned so far on my blogging journey.

Last year I shared 12 tips from my first year blogging so this year I thought I would share my best blogging tips from 2 years of blogging (there are 13 by the way). At least I learned one new thing am I right?

Thanks for being a part of my journey. Cheers!

1. Utilize a planner

My planner has literally changed my life when it comes to blogging. I am a pretty organized person and have always been an avid list maker. After too long of struggling to remain organized with my blog I decided to head to the bookstore and buy the prettiest, coolest planner I could find.

Before my planner entered my life, I struggled with my content. Ideas for blog posts would be forgotten and I had no long term vision on postings and to- do’s.

Now I use my planner to plan out the days I am posting, social media automated links and I use my daily viewer to remind myself of the little things I need to work on.

If you are a blogger you need to invest in a planner, it will take the stress out of planning and it will help you be your best most productive self. Taking some of the stress out of blogging leaves more room for creativity.

Stay tuned in September for a new blogging series. There will be lots of helpful posts including a – plan with me post – all about social media and blog management. 

2. Schedule social media a month in advance

At the end of each month, I look at the month ahead to begin scheduling posts, quotes, and images that I wish to share. I use HootSuite and currently schedule all Twitter and Facebook posts a month in advance.

I utilize #motivaitonalmonday #traveltuesday and #sundayblogshare hashtags. Sharing appropriate posts for those days helps with the struggle of constantly scrambling to find content to share on social media daily. I usually try to go for 3 twitter posts a day and 1 Facebook post.

I hope to graduate to a Pinterest scheduling platform in the future, however, most of these programs cost money which I am not able to invest in at the moment. One step at a time!

3. Less is more

In the beginning, I liked to blabber. Ok, so I still kind of blabber. However, I have learned through continued writing that using shorter concise words and sentence structures is better for the blogging world than using fancy filler language.

Getting to the point with a little personality is way more enjoyable to read than a thesis or essay.

4. Join a blogging community

The Big up your Blog and Show your Blog Love communities have been invaluable to me. Both groups are extremely supportive and I have learned so much from other bloggers within these groups. Also linking up with these communities is a great way to increase traffic to your site.

Joining a community is a wonderful way to keep you motivated and relevant in the blogging world. Additionally joining blog events and parties like the ones I host on my site each season is a great way to connect and grow. You can check out my blog parties here.

5. Branch out

For a long time, I wished to branch out and begin sharing the all natural products that I use. I heard about other bloggers reaching out and working with brands on their blogs but insecurity kept me from thinking I would ever have such luck.  I thought there was no way brands would be interested in working with me.

After reading the book #Girlboss I decided to go for it! I created a short and to the point media kit and began reaching out to brands that were in line with the morals of myself and my blog.

The biggest highlight of my blogging year has been when the company DEMES emailed me back and said they would love to work with me.

I honestly cried.

Working with brands is a huge source of inspiration, satisfaction, and pride for me and my blog. If working with brands is a venture you have been thinking about then I urge you to go for it!

Stay tuned for my October E-Book – Getting your blog brand ready. A beginners guide to working with Brands.

6. Fill every post with love and inspiration

In the beginning, I was a little obsessed with creating content. During various times through my blog history, I created posts that I did not love. Some I revamped and edited into sources of happiness, others I hit the delete button on.

Now I don’t publish anything unless I love the writing and the message. Using this kind of filter for yourself will help you create content that goes the distance.

7. Create lead measures that are not money and views

In this post-Dear bloggers, It is not just about the money– I go into some detail surrounding my concerns for bloggers setting unrealistic expectations of success for themselves and their blogs. It is all too easy to read posts by others about their thousands of daily blog views and their thousand dollar incomes and think, “man I stink.”

But hey just like in real life some people have giant houses, yachts and are millionaires, while others are happy camping under the stars. I don’t measure my success and happiness against those standards in my nonvirtual life so why do it with my blog?

To be honest I have no interest in those kinds of blogs because to obtain success with those measures I would have to jeopardize my core message and blogging values.

My measures for success include; steadily pushing my blog boundaries, engage regularly with followers, constantly improve image and site quality, consistent posting, and constant collaboration with fellow bloggers and brands to name a few.

It is OK to still measure traffic but don’t make that your only gauge for success and don’t measure it by the standards of others. If you do you might find yourself very unhappy when you don’t reach those crazy stats.

8. Write when you feel inspired

For a long time, I would write when I felt like I needed to post something. That often resulted in a great deal of dissatisfaction with writing as I would write in a hurry about topics that I had not given much thought about. I was in a rush to post often and sometimes I would not be motivated to write anything, resulting in inconsistency and dissatisfaction.

Now I write as much as I can when I am motivated. Meaning I will draft 2 or 3 new posts because inspiration has struck me just right.

Doing this gives me time to edit and create. And thanks to my planner I have lots of time to spare as I am usually a few weeks ahead of schedule.

9. Write some posts just for you

I think it is important to write posts that are just for you every now and then.

An example of a post just for me was -Finding Patrostism, Kortrijk Belgium. These are the types of posts that will keep you inspired and you will love to read over and over again.

10. Don’t overwhelm your visitors

Maybe it is just me but I truly dislike the prompts and popups I get when visiting blogs. You know those annoying subscribe via email or buy their latest e-book pop up boxes? I know that these are key ways to keep people coming back to your site but they are also a good way to turn off people from your site. If you do decide to have pop-ups then limit the clutter on your side bar instead.

Having too much happening on your blog can scatter the message you want your readers to receive. Ultimately if you write good content people will keep coming back, so make that your main focus!

11. Make every post shareable

Pinterest is, of course, a huge source of traffic for most bloggers. It is a good idea to join a few group boards where other bloggers pin their posts. Like my blogging pals group board which you can join by adding me to Pinterest and sending me a message.

Once you are a part of a few groups you can then add your images and blog posts to those boards. This is a great way to get your posts shared and to discover blogs that you yourself would enjoy reading.

Making shareable images for each post will attract readers on all social media platforms. Be sure to

12. Reach out to other bloggers

Previously when I would stumble across blogs that I really liked I would stare in amazement and maybe brood a little over how mine will never be that great.

Now I look for the “contact me” menu and reach out to the blogger. If it is the images I like then I comment and ask questions. When it is their style of writing I like then I will ask them to write for me. If it is their layout I ask for pointers.

Many bloggers are flattered and love to hear from someone who is authentically interested in their creative baby and are happy to help. Also, reaching out is a wonderful way to grow your blog into the type of site you like and to connect with bloggers who are inspirational to you.

13. Find value in the negative

One of the worst parts of blogging is the nasty comments. Most bloggers will agree that blogging is pretty personal and involves putting yourself out there in ways most people may hold back. Blogging can be vulnerable. When you put yourself out there you are opening yourself up to criticism, some welcome and constructive, some not so much.

When I received my first “nasty” comment on a post I was pretty shocked. I have been lucky to have mostly positive feedback however that first comment stuck with me. It was a not so nicely worded comment about my grammar.

Grammar has always been a huge problem point for me and a big insecurity. So I can’t say the commenter was wrong in saying what they did however unkind the comment was. I did manage to pluck the lesson from the comment in the end and it helped me improve my blog and writing.

I still struggle with grammar but now I try to do better because I want my blog to be a quality one.

Some comments are just mean but it is important to keep in mind that some people feel very passionately and through their own passion they may lose their point. Sometimes it’s best to try to find the point they are trying to leave behind, take the lessons from it and move forward.


What are some lessons you have learned from blogging?

Stay tuned for the special blogging series coming up in September! 

79 COMMENTS

  1. amindfultravellerblog | 15th Aug 17

    These are all great tips Steph. I just started a planner and its the best thing. Keeps me focused and on track. Thanks, Lorelle. X

  2. tachiwi | 15th Aug 17

    I love this article . It is so helpful . I will pin it for later .

  3. Cristina | 15th Aug 17

    I recently started scheduling my social media post. Although I’m not new to blogging or social media, I don’t know why I wasn’t doing it. Anyway, love it! Also a planner is a life saver.

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      Great to here! Planning ahead has saved my life 🙂

  4. yasmin ebrahimi | 15th Aug 17

    Great tips. would love to connect with you

  5. Lauren | 15th Aug 17

    I love the tip about branching out! I also read Girlboss and LOVED it 🙂 I just finished “Power your Happy” by Lisa Sugar, founder of Popsugar, and loved it too!!

    Xx,

    Lauren | http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      Might have to check out that book. I love a good source of inspiration!

  6. Kari Carter | 15th Aug 17

    I don’t use a planner but I keep a separate Digi folder of post ideas and create one folder per month then drag the ideas into the month I want to use them. I also use the editorial calendar in WordPress. Similar to you, I schedule my social posts in advance. All of my throwbacks and memories get scheduled at the beginning of the year and my new posts push automatically. Thank you for all of your tips!

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      Wow! Sounds like you have a great little system worked out for yourself as well! I prefer a physical calendar but I can image a digital one works just as good depending on your own preference.

  7. Rachel Ritlop | 16th Aug 17

    Using a planner and branching out are definitely two tips I really agree with!

  8. Lisa | 16th Aug 17

    Valuable insight in your post. It would be very helpful for me to plan out the blog month a bit better. I plan the blog post ideas but seem to be doing the social media last minute and it is so time consuming! I will check back for news about your book about working with brands as I need to get a media kit together and start promoting my site.

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      I will also be posting a whole series of my social media tricks in September. Mainly twitter, facebook and Pinterest. You might find that helpful! Sharing is caring 🙂

  9. Tabi Bee | 16th Aug 17

    Congratulations on 2 whole years! Ooh I agree wuth all of these tips- so useful! <3 xx

  10. Holly | 16th Aug 17

    This is such a lovely post!! Also, I’m in awe of how much you use social media to promote your blog… it’s so awesome! That’s always one of my goals but I’m just so bad at using Twitter haha 🙂 Love these tips!

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      In September I will be posting all about how to start using twitter for beginners. You might find some of the tips useful. I know it sounds like lots of promotion but when done in advance it is not too bad.

  11. Bhushavali | 16th Aug 17

    Great tips! Very useful for beginners! I was using Hootsuite, but gave up on it, when it didn’t support Insta!

    • stephaniewp | 16th Aug 17

      I find it useful for my current needs but in the future I may go with something with more options!

  12. Lindsay L. | 16th Aug 17

    These are amazing blogging tips, especially the ones about branching out and joining Facebook communities – they can be so invaluable!

  13. Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) | 16th Aug 17

    All so great and true! Blogging teaches you so much!

  14. Victoria Schneider | 16th Aug 17

    So many great tips on here! Wish I had this when I first started blogging. Blogging communities have been huge for me.

  15. Christie Brown | 17th Aug 17

    I agree with every single thing on his list! I definitely wouldn’t be able to blog as efficiently without my planner haha. I also recently(ish) started using Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest posts and it sure is worth it (I HATE paying for services, but I do recommend Tailwind). Great tips, girl – super helpful. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I used tailwind on a trial and I really enjoyed it. However, I did recently switch to self-hosted so the costs involved in that are keeping me from investing in a Pinterest software at the moment. Do you notice an increase in views since you switched? I would like to do it someday when I am more comfortable with the benefits.

  16. Summer Mitch Ryan | 17th Aug 17

    Wow, this is a lot. This makes me think. I have been blogging for almost 4 years, what have I learnt? hmmmm..

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I would love to read what you have learned. You might be surprised by what you write once you sit down and really think about it.

  17. Franc Ramon | 17th Aug 17

    Less is more when it comes to social media. You give more exposure to existing post and you don’t over exhaust yourself with ideas.

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      this is true. It is helpful to promote former post also!

  18. Joei | 17th Aug 17

    These are really good tips. And timely since a lot of bloggers are new to the “business” and are looking for tips on what and how to blog. I’ve been blogging for over 15 years and should compile a list of dos and donts as well 😉

    http://www.joeiandme.com

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      Wow! 15 years of blogging! I bet you have many helpful tips for bloggers. I would love to read that!

  19. Kait Around The Kingdom | 18th Aug 17

    These are great tips! I’m currently trying to work on getting better about scheduling social!

  20. chewoutloud | 18th Aug 17

    These are such great, simple, and useful tips for every blogger! It’s so important to be active in a blogging community. And I’m definitely working on scheduling my social media a bit better in advance, but it does creep up on me!

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I had mine scheduled a few weeks in advance and then it crept on me also. I have some written but I am not nearly as ahead as I would like to be. I think that is all a part of it though, sometimes you will be more ahead than others, but at least with planning, you can give yourself a head start before you fall behind so the only one who notices is you.

  21. Alexis | 18th Aug 17

    So many great tips! I’ve been blogging on and off for 3.5 years and I couldn’t agree more with these. How do you schedule out a month at a time? What do you use to schedule your blog posts on social media?

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I have a post coming up next month with my planning process in it so stay tuned for that. You might be able to find it useful!

  22. Fred | 18th Aug 17

    I liked the advice of keeping it short. Long paragraphs turn people off from reading further. Reaching out to other bloggers is something I do in commex threads in groups. You read their blogs so many times that you think you already know them very well and learn from their innovative styles as well.

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      That is very true! I have learned that keeping things short and uncomplex is key. Thanks for your comment!

  23. Wendy | 19th Aug 17

    This is a really useful post with lots of tips to ACTUALLY help. Thank you and great inofgraphic too…. I am doing some and part of these and your post is helping me fine tune my practise. Awesome, indeed..

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      That is great to hear. I am glad you enjoyed my post and I hope you find it beneficial!

  24. Ritu | 19th Aug 17

    Lots of useful tips !

  25. yesthismoment | 19th Aug 17

    Thank you! These tips were to the point and, each, very helpful. I like the idea of a planner. I work full time in addition to writing. You’re right that ideas come and go. Having one place to keep it all organized will be a huge help to me, the one with many spinning plates! Being relatively new to all this, I also recognize the need to branch out. I love to write, but there are other aspects of my life that may have value to others. Time to do some research!! Again – thanks!! I have saved this for reference!

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I also work a full-time job which is why I find planning so important. I like to keep writing as my hobby and I don’t want it to become like a second job so the planning helps keep things simple and easy for me. Trying new things is one of the coolest parts of a hobby like this, who is to say you can’t try this or that. Good luck in your research and whatever you do next. Cheers!

  26. Stacia May | 19th Aug 17

    Great tips! And I’m so glad you don’t let the trolls bother you!

  27. carolineschroniclesblog | 19th Aug 17

    Thank you for sharing your tips, I’ve made some notes & will be making full use of them!

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      Wonderful! I hope you gain some value!

  28. actuallyannaa | 19th Aug 17

    This is such an awesome post 🙂 The tips you give are amazing and really helpful! I really recognise myself when it comes to reaching out to brands and indeed I loved reading #GIRLBOSS! I’m now reading Little Black Book which is amazing and motivating too!
    xoxo Annaleid

    http://www.actuallyanna.com

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      Thank you very much! I will have to check out little black book. I am always on the hunt for something inspirational!

      • actuallyannaa | 22nd Aug 17

        Yes me too! I love reading motivational books 😊 it inspires me to really work and go after your dreams 😊
        Xoxo Annaleid

        • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

          Especially when it comes to writing, because it is so personal it is easy to second guess yourself sometimes. 🙂

          • actuallyannaa | 22nd Aug 17

            Yes definitely! But those books really help 😊 when I finished little black book the next one on my list is icecream for breakfast 😊😊

          • stephaniewp | 23rd Aug 17

            Oh? I have never heard of that one before. What is that all about?

  29. You Can Always Start Now | 19th Aug 17

    great advice. Planner for sure – I am always jotting ideas down on paper when they come to me. Started a bullet journal last September and it is working for me to jot down ideas and keep me on track.

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I was really interested in bullet journals for awhile, they seem like a fun thing to create. However, I became a little overwhelmed with the idea of creating it so I just opted for a regular planner. It is a great thing to keep the ideas somewhere before they disappear.

  30. cookandenjoyrecipes | 19th Aug 17

    Thank you for sharing these great tips, as a relative newby I love to learn from others and this is one of those. I have also pinned this post

  31. shaunkellett | 21st Aug 17

    All of these were truly valuable lessons! I think bloggers, both new and old, can learn something from some of these. I especially liked “Fill each with love and inspiration” and “Find value in the negative”. They’re definitely tips I try to invoke with each post. Thanks for sharing these!

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      I am glad you could relate to these. It is nice to know there are other bloggers like me out there.

      • shaunkellett | 22nd Aug 17

        Think there’s a fair few of us! haha 🙂

  32. yesthismoment | 21st Aug 17

    Thank you, Stephanie! I am constantly learning from you and this post was especially helpful. I have nominated you for the Unique Blogger Award because you have really made a difference for me! https://yesthismoment.com/2017/08/21/what-a-nice-surprise/

    • stephaniewp | 22nd Aug 17

      Thank you so much for your kind comment and for this nomination. Lots of love!

  33. The Holistic Toolkit | 22nd Aug 17

    Love this 🙂 Thanks for sharing x

  34. The Pen and the Sword Press | 22nd Aug 17

    So you are the Canadian version or at least the internet version of Ann Landers…. Your blog is unconventional. You don’t have a censorship button. You are probably the most unique blogger I have ever read. I came across your blog by chance. Looking to expand my knowledge of WordPress. What does that mean? It means I want adsense but I don’t know how to get it. I was hoping you could inform you on how best to go about getting that. I don’t do for the money either. I do so I don’t have bills… I don’t know why I came to little section of the internet, perhaps it was because your thoughts parlay into some Hollywood fictitious character Sara Drew from Mom’s Night Out. … It was totally because of the hair…..

    • stephaniewp | 23rd Aug 17

      Thank you very much for your kind comment! I am so happy you ound my little corner of the internet 🙂 Unfortunately I am not currently using Google Adsense, although I should. I had some issues with my google account while initially trying to set it up and I ended up going with Chitika which is very similar to AdSense. If you would like some help with setting up Chitika I might be able to help you out. you can email me at scaleitsimpleblog@gmail.com if you are looking for some pointers. Thanks again! Much love!

  35. Lorna | 23rd Aug 17

    Hey Steph,

    Congrats on two years. From this list alone, along with the rest of your blog, it seems like you’ve been around much longer!

    Keep going!

    • stephaniewp | 23rd Aug 17

      Oh thank you very much! i have been trying to learn as much as I can 🙂

  36. The Pen and the Sword Press | 23rd Aug 17

    Thank you very much for your time. Send by http://www.Nerdfornews.com. Have a happy day.

  37. jordancuff | 24th Aug 17

    Great advice! I’m definitely going to give a good number of these things a go. Thanks!

    • stephaniewp | 25th Aug 17

      Thanks! I am glad you liked it. I hope you find it useful!

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