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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Katie from Love is Everywhere

Welcome back to Blogging Reality

Today we have Katie from Love is Everywhere!!
SHe has a wonderful blog that is full of people's true love stories amongst other amazing posts and Katie's great photography!

Let's learn from this amazing blogger...

      Here is Katie.....

What is your favorite season and why? Spring is my favorite season. Besides the weather being absolutely perfect (in my eyes), I feel that it wakes you up after those inactive Winter months. It’s like seeing a beautiful actor on the TV screen that immediately perks your interest, yes you all have done that. Spring does that for me! I’m ready for all of the fun adventures outdoors and photos to be taken.

What do you do when you are not blogging? I take my camera with me pretty much, wherever I go. Whether, it’s finding random places or being at destination such as a family or friends home, I live for taking photos. I also have a little puppy, Peanut and two cats so I love being around them.

What is one post you are really proud of? I’m proud of how many people have been inspired by my blog. I receive numerous e-mails a week from all over the world. Some days, I will have bad days and just reading something so sweet that what they read or a simple photo I took helped them get through a really bad time, makes every moment that I blog worth it.

Who are some bloggers you look up to and why? I absolutely love Sydney at The Daybook (http://www.thedaybookblog.com/) She’s open, honest and quite funny. Over the last year I’ve watched her blog grow and I think of how many people she’s effected. Also, one of my first friends I met blogging Lindsay from Scenic Glory (http://scenicglory.blogspot.com/) has always been an inspiration. I watched her grow in her blog and then create her own business which then inspired me to start an Etsy Shop with my photography. These women are truly amazing.

What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog? When I come home from work I try to catch up on all of my favorite blogs and go through any e-mails I may have. That can take a good few hours. I then work on what I’m going to blog about for that day. If there’s photos needed I spend time capturing some fun moments to share with my bloggy friends. Upkeeping with my blog could be and should be a full time job because I dedicate so much of myself and mind into it.

What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success? How much time it truly takes. If you really want to be successful you’ll find that you need to dedicate a lot of time to your blog. Take in what fellow readers recommend to you. Take in their feelings to.


Do you set goals for your blog? Yes, when I first started off I began what is called the 30 Days of Truth (http://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/p/30-days-of-truth.html) I wanted to work my way into starting off completely truthful with fellow readers and be able to open myself up to what I would soon be doing every day. It worked. I learned things about myself during those 30 days and I was proud with the end result. From there my goal was to touch as many people as possible with my blog. To spread love in every direction. To this day that is still my main goal.

What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world? Spam comments. I had to say it! I truly dislike getting those and maybe one day there will be a better filter system so I don’t have to even see those comments come through my e-mail. Granted they are not posted on my actual blog, it’s still quite disturbing, haha.


What are the most important activities for growing your blog? I remember when I first started out I joined tons of Blog Hops as well hosted them. Those are great because then you have a list of blogs that you can go one by one through and learn about. There’s a diverse amount of writers out there but it’s hard to search in Google. That’s why I recommend blog hops. Also, participating in Awards. I’m unsure how popular it is now but there was amazing amount of Blog Awards in the Blogosphere when I first began. People nominate who they feel is a great blogger. You can learn so much about someone and find some great successful blogs to be inspired by. There is also sponsoring which a lot of bloggers (myself included) do. It helps to give more exposure to blogs. Also, Guest Posts are great. If you can reach out to other bloggers and ask to Guest Post or host a Giveaway. Those are wonderful ideas to help grow your blog.

What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period? Sometimes you get writer’s block. That has happened to me on more than one occasion. It’s okay. I know a lot of people that get that and they seem to give up because they feel they’ll never find something to write about. It will come to you. At that point you need to step away from the keyboard and find ways to clear your mind. It could be days or weeks. I will find new music to listen to, or go walk around my yard or some close location. I’ll people watch because sometimes a simple act someone does just immediately brings thoughts flowing through your mind.

Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to? The first would be all of the wonderful friends I made because they’ve helped to spread the world. That’s key to being successful. Writing about things that others care just as passionately as you do. The second I would say is letting myself be open. Without being yourself and putting your all into it a blog can’t possibly exist.


What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs? The first most important thing is finding out what you’d like to blog about. Make a list of things that make you happy. Perhaps, you want to write about cooking. I know many successful bloggers that share their own recipes and have such an enormous following. Perhaps, you want it strictly about your Photography business, that too is successful. Whatever it is you really need to define your blog. Once you do start going out and getting motivation. I carry a little notepad with me because at any time during the day I may come up with a thought. If I don’t write it down, it’ll be gone in seconds and never to be written about. Be open and honest. If you choose to hide your identity, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are many successful bloggers that choose not to divulge who they are. Be open to others opinions. If you are going to write about something that may get negative feedback, be open minded about it. Research and being following other blogs. You’ll find so much inspiring by just a simple post, story or photo. There’s a world of other talented minds just as yourself, you just need to find them. 
Thanks so much Katie! 
Make sure you stop by her blog and follow you won't regret it!!


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6 Thank you for your thoughts:

Erin said...

Thanks for the great insight girl! :)

-Crystal said...

Thank you so much for the advice! I am totally going to work on some stuff for my blog!

Ashley@Heart2Heart said...

What great advice! Thank you Katie for sharing. Thank you Ashley for hosting such beautiful posts like these!

Venassa said...

All great advice. Right now I dont have the time or energy it would take to grow my blog. My life right now is all about napping enough to get by.

Jenni Swenson said...

It is so interesting to read how people get started blogging and what motivates them. What a great idea! Your blog is beautiful by the way!

chrissy said...

katie.. thank you! i love your advice. im just getting started in the blogging world and you were one of my first comments and i thank you for that.. i was so excited! lol you inspired me and your blog has too :)
bringing a notebook around is such a good idea.. thoughts really do just slip away and i since ive started blogging ive realized really how many thoughts/ideas do slip away!
and
ashley.. this is an amazing idea.. the blogging reality.. reading about different bloggers experiences and passions is really neat.

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