// two years + blogging tips //

yoooo, it’s my two-year blogiversary.

*my cat explodes, showering you with candy and confetti*

how rad. i would suggest a party, but 1) i hate parties, and 2) i pulled another all-nighter and i’m too tired for one.

i was trying to come up with something special to do for this very important moment in history. i came up with making mallowmelt and doing a giveaway, and although that would be pretty fun, i feel like my eyes are going to fall out, and fun just sounds like “getting tired while laughing.” so i’m going to post some really interesting stats while i think of something else.

but you should totally listen to party poison // my chemical romance to celebrate.

anyway. the stats.

*coughs*

*adjusts glasses*

664 followers.

315 posts

80k views

9k comments

top commenters:

rutvi – 106 (get a LIFE, rutvi. honestly.[i’m kidding, i like your comments.])

sam – 45

mckenna – 32

allison – 32

kathleen – 26

gracie – 24

so i thought of something sort of special that i could do. blogging tips. *jazz hands* it’ll be fun, don’t worry. i’ve got three and a half years of experience total, so i’m definitely qualified to write this (sarcasm).

☼ if you’re trying to design a button, header, featured image, etc., canva will be your friend.

☼ white backgrounds look the cleanest.

☼ avoid colored text, it’s hard to read.

☼ reply to comments and comment on other blogs.

☼ hosting challenges is a great way to get views.

☼ experiment with themes and colors until you find something that feels right.

☼ try to write about a variety of topics (unless, of course, your blog is specifically about one thing).

☼ tag your posts! they’ll help wordpress users find your blog.

☼ whatever you’re working on for your blog right now will be embarrassing in time. you’ll look back on it someday and wonder why anyone let you put that on the internet. it’s alright, post it anyway.

☼ if your pictures are blurry, say that they’re aesthetic, and no one will be able to complain about it.

☼ write down your blog-related stuff in a notebook. it can be titles for posts, bits of poetry, ideas for challenges, things you want to take pictures of, whatever.

☼ when in doubt, do a tag or q&a.

☼ pictures are good. make them big.

☼ make a separate email for your blog, so your main one doesn’t get swamped with notifications.

☼ give credit where credit is due. if you’re using a picture you didn’t take, link it back to the owner.

☼ there’s no shame in editing your pictures. the photo editors i use are picasa and picmonkey.

☼ try not to check your stats obsessively.

☼ proofread your posts. preview them before you hit publish and check for spelling and grammar errors. make sure that they’re well formatted.

☼ leave a gap of at least one day between posts.

☼ take hiatuses whenever you need to. there’s no need to post if you don’t want to/don’t have inspiration.

☼ become friends with other bloggers. internet friendships are amazing (although a little painful, since you can’t actually be with them). you can share ideas, encourage each other, chat, etc. you might become closer to them than your irl friends.

if you’ve got any tips to add, leave those in the comments.

so if my blog is two years old, then i myself must be at least that old, too. maybe i got my blog as a gift on the day that i was born. maybe i’m actually a two-year-old who got ahold of a computer and a dictionary. i’ve tricked all of you into becoming friends with me, a baby. let’s be lost is run by a two-year-old, pass it on.

(i’m not actually a baby.)

(well, a crybaby, perhaps. but that’s different.)

now we’ve just got to see if i can survive another year and get to my three-year blogiversary. :)

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^^ tyler knows how to party.

xo

loren

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How to Come Up With Post Ideas

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1. Look around your room

There’s the obvious one: do a room tour!

Have you made any cute DIYs for your room? Post a how-to.

Write about your favorite spot in your room.

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2. Look in your closet

Do you have a favorite outfit? Share a picture of it.

Have you recently bought new clothes? Review them.

Have you revamped an article of clothing? Show how you did it.

Do you have a great fashion sense? Post about how to put together a cute outfit.

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3. Look outside

Are there pretty flowers around your house? Take pictures.

Do you keep animals outside? Introduce your readers to them.

What season is it? Post about your favorite crafts, recipes, and clothing, depending on the season.

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4. Look at your hobbies

Teach your readers how to paint, sing, write, play softball, etc.

If your hobby involves making something, share pictures of your favorite items that you’ve made.

Do you play a sport? Talk about why you love it, share sport-inspired memes, or take pictures of your equipment.

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5. Look at what’s going on around you

What are people talking about? Popular TV shows, books, video games — or deeper things like politics, feminism, mental health, etc. Write your opinions.

Is a holiday coming up? Write about your traditions, favorite crafts and recipes, and festive outfits.

How do you come up with post ideas? What would you add to this post?

Loren

New Look

Hey, guys! As you can see, my blog has a new look. Don’t be worried, it’s still Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes, just with a different name. I’ll be posting the same content, it’ll be the same URL . . . I just got bored with my old design and decided to revamp.

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My blog went from Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes . . .

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. . . to Let’s Be Lost.

I hope you guys like the new look! I think it suits my personality better.

Loren

Create Your Own WordPress Blog

Hello!

I’ve put together a post about how to start your own WordPress blog. I thought it would be helpful for anyone who wants to create a blog, but doesn’t know where to begin. :)

First, make sure your parents are OK with you starting your own blog! Talk to them about what you can and cannot say online. Some things you can’t say might be your full name, birthday, location, etc. As soon as you get the go ahead from your parents, you can create your own blog!

Create Your Own WordPress Blog

Step One — Create Your Blog

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First, go to WordPress.com. Click on the big blue button that says “Create Website.”

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WordPress will then take you to a screen where it’ll ask you to choose a theme. Don’t spend too much time selecting a theme, as this isn’t the full spread. Besides, you can always change your theme later.

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Once you pick a theme, it’ll take you to another screen. This one will ask you to choose a domain — what you type in the search bar when you’re going to a website. Type in your blog’s name, scroll through the options that are brought up, and choose a free one.

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Next, you’ll be asked to pick a plan: Free, Premium, or Business. Choose Free, which is all the way on the left. It’s what I use for Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes. ;)

Somewhere along the way, you’ll need to create an account. It’s pretty straightforward, so I didn’t bother to take a screen capture.

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Then, after a bit of loading, your blog will appear!

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To write your first post, click the little button of a pencil located on the top right of the screen.

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Once the new screen loads, you can begin composing your first post. Try to make a good impression, but don’t drag it out. This is what I wrote in the post above:

Hello, World!

My name is ______, and this is my blog! My hobbies include ______, ______, and ______. Check back for more fun posts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Insert name here

You’re welcome to use the text above as a base for your first post. You can tweak it all you’d like.

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Over on the left side of the screen is a white menu. This is where you can add things like categories, tags, featured images, and more.

When you’ve finished your first post (make sure to proofread it for typos!), publish it by pressing the blue button helpfully labeled “Publish.” Or you can save it, and post it at a later time.

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In order to view your drafts (what your post is before you publish it), click the “Drafts” button at the very top of the white menu. It will take you to this screen. You can access and edit all of your unpublished posts from this area.

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If you want to add a page to your blog, just click on the “Pages” button on the white menu.

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Creating a page is exactly the same as writing a post. Type whatever you want to say and publish or save it.

Step Two — Customize Your Blog

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Now that you’ve learned how to write a post, let’s move on to Step Two . . . customizing your blog! Click the little “Customize” button on the white menu.

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It will take you to the customization screen, where you can add widgets, change the background color, upload a header image, and more.

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Let’s start with changing your blog’s name and giving it a tagline. Currently, the name being displayed is whatever the URL is — in my case, exampleblog241. “exampleblog124” is a terrible name for a blog, and this is how you can change it!

Click on the Site Title, Tagline, and Logo button, which is found in the left menu.

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Type in your blog’s official name in the “Site Title” slot. I choose to call my example blog simply My Blog. (You should try to come up with a much more original name than that. ;) ) Write the tagline in the second slot: a little more information about your blog. I wrote A blog about a teen girl and her life.

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Next, give your blog a colorful background! You can either upload an image (a pattern is best) or choose a solid color. Select “Colors & Backgrounds” on the left menu. There are squares of colors displayed on this menu, which, according to WordPress, “will work well with the other colors on your palette.” Beneath these squares is the sentence You can also pick your own color. Click on the words “pick your own color” and follow the instructions.

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Want to change your blog’s font? Click on the “Fonts” option, which, like everything else so far, is on the left menu. Scroll through the fonts available for headings and the main font and choose the ones you like best.

Once you’re happy with the way your blog looks, click the “Save & Publish” button on the top left of the screen.

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Go to your blog and see that your edits have come to life!

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If you want to change your theme, scroll over the “My Sites” button on the top left of the black menu on your blog. Select the “Themes” button.

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They have TONS of themes available. Many of them are free, but some you have to pay for. Look through the themes until you find one you like.

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Voila! New theme.

Have any questions about starting a blog? Leave them in the comments, and I’ll reply to them as best as I can.

Loren

Wait — What? *Checks Follower Count*

*checks follower count again*

Does that say . . . 100 followers?

it does it does asdfghjkl

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I checked my blog this morning and was just blown away when I saw that I had reached 100 followers. I guess people enjoy reading my fangirl rants, weird little stories, and looking at my OK photography more than I realized!

I’d like to thank Katie @ Concealed Foundation for being my 100th follower. :)

I’d also like to thank each and every one of my followers for helping me complete something on my bucket list (reaching 100 followers).

Since I started this blog, I’ve become friends with tons of awesome girls, and I wanted to take some time to thank a few lot  number of them . . .

Megan @ A Barefoot Gal is an incredibly funny girl who leaves lots of sweet comments (plus, I know her IRL, and she’s even more fun to hang out with in person).

Clara @ Clara’s Craft Corner is a hilarious girl and talented writer. We’ve had lots of weird conversations, including but not limited to: a discussion about alter egos, a family of LOLs/Lols/lols, and an evil plan to take over the world with screenshots.

K.A. @ Cuddly Critters Blog is an extremely enthusiastic blogger with a ton of pets! She always leaves sweet, encouraging comments, and she comes up with awesome writing prompts.

AnonymousA @ Happy Days With AnonymousA, a fellow writer and doll-lover, with great taste in books. Plus, she’s quite funny. :)

Jaclynn @ Little House of American Girl, who leaves many kind comments and takes wonderful pictures. We have obsessed over LOTR and Star Wars together (ah, good times . . .). ;)

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life, one of the best photographers I know. She makes the cutest clay critters and even gave me one to review.

Josie @ Josie on the Go, a very competitive girl who comes up with amazing stories and writing prompts. (If you’re participating in a writing challenge, you’ll want Josie on your team!)

Lily @ Uniquely Myself, a new blogger who strongly believes that I can become a published author (thanks for the support!). She’s really kind and a great writer.

Rutvi @ Buzz About AG, whose comments always make me smile. She’s a wonderful writer and even has her first book available on Amazon (you can buy it HERE)!

Misty @ Creative World of Writing, probably one of the most talented writers ever. Her stories blow me away!

Suzy @ Craftz ‘n’ Craziness, who, as her blog name suggests, is crazy (in a good way). She does the best book reviews, and they always make me want to buy the book she’s reviewing as soon as I can.

Kathleen @ Dolls and Dance, a girl who writes awesome stories and has encouraged me to keep writing my own novel. She introduced me to NaNoWriMo and one of my favorite book series, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

Hayley @ Flourishing by Restful Falls, who leaves the kindest comments. She’s one of my favorite photographers EVER, and introduced me to ATCs.

Emma @ Drawn to Writing is an extraordinarily talented writer and artist. She’s a fellow Star Wars and Keepers fan.

There are many more people I’d like to thank, but that would take forever. So I’m going to end this post with some exciting news . . .

CWWC is returning in May!

Also: I’m hoping to have a giveaway to celebrate 100 followers — maybe a book/notebook giveaway? — but we’ll just have to see. ;)

BYE (and thanks again)!

Loren