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.
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. :)
^^ tyler knows how to party.