My Very Best Blogging Advice

  1. Kelly @ JourneysAndDetours says:

    Thank you, Lindsay. Great advice. Some I’ve heard before in various forms, but sometimes you need to hear things more than once before it really sinks in. And hearing it from people who are in a place you’d like to get to is always an inspiration. It reminds me there’s no magic or secret I’m missing and can’t get. Mostly your blog makes me happy. And hopeful. So thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      One of the first questions from the audience was that we as panelists had made our success sound so magical in our introductions, and was it REALLY that easy, and I was all, DID YOU NOT HEAR ME JUST TALK ABOUT ALL THE REJECTIONS I HAD GOTTEN?  LOL. That’s what prompted the rejection letter story, which got a great reaction so I wanted to share it with you guys, too. 🙂

  2. Love the honesty in this. Thanks for some inspiration for today!

  3. Jenna says:

    Thanks for the post, Lindsay! I would love to be entered to win; the book looks great!


  4. Honey B. says:

    Fabulous advice, and thanks for the book opportunity…I checked it out on Amazon, it looks great!

  5. Rjones2615 says:

    I want to enter! Wow, that’s such a great lesson for anyone!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Persistence really is a key to just about everything, isn’t it?  Love so very much how every real and open you are here!

  7. Astrid says:

    Great post! Very very useful! I am considering starting a blog myself on a lightly different topic, democracy, but your tips sound great for any blog. 

  8. Michelle says:

    I bought the e-book so I’ll save my entry for someone else. It’s an amazing book and very informative as well as informational. As a matter of fact it’s how I found your blog!

    Oh and I’m one of those coupon moms. I won’t hold it against you 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Ha! I love coupon moms- UNLESS THEY’RE IN LINE IN FRONT OF ME. Then the love is not flowing.  ;D And sometimes, I am one of the coupon moms. I’ve gotten the stink eye, too!

  9. amandamagee says:

    Spot on. Dressing the part, while maintaining your sense of self, or in this case, writing about what your passionate, is what will resonate.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s amazing how simple this advice is to follow, too, in any career and how few people actually do it.  🙂 I can’t wait to help my kids with this when they’re older.

  10. I was so glad to attend this session. Yes, on the panel I would have top say that your story and advice spoke to me the most although everyone had great insights and information to offer. I am finding myself just beginning to to expand and be known locally…not willingly at first. Local media would contact me for interviews and perspective for pieces they were writing and presenting which just flabbergasted me because OMG more than my family and blogging friends are reading my blog! But lately  I am embracing it, even thinking what can I do with this. The panel you sat on and the information shared and exchanged really gave me some tools and inspiration to to keep moving forward in my neck of the woods.
    So nice to see you and hear your lovely voice.
    Thank you!

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Laura! I learned a lot from the other panelists, too! I was shocked that ANYONE had questions for me- I remember seeing everyone line up and thinking that it was going to be so embarrassing that all the questions would be for Darya and Jaden.  It didn’t occur to me until later that many people are starting from my starting point, and that perhaps I had good advice to give, also… I’m learning to embrace that, too. 🙂

  11. Erin Perry says:

    This is great stuff! Thanks for posting it. I need to check out that book!

  12. I needed this book yesterday, so I am going to order it right now! Thank you for sharing your hard-won wisdom. When my website grows up, I want it to be just like yours.

  13. Random Chick says:

    Was wondering how you handle random requests for ads on your blog? How do you go about determining if they are reputable? Would love to get my hands on that book. Thanks!!! 

    • Anonymous says:

      Typically, if they don’t give me a last name, I assume they’re not reputable.  😀 In general, I only accept private ads for companies I’m familiar with and that seems to work fine.

  14. Marie says:

    You rock, Lindsay! This is a great piece.

  15. Jayme Swallow says:

    Wow! Your persistence inspires me!

  16. That’s some great advice! I might have to go out and get that book since I’m Canadian and not eligible to win 🙁

  17. Linda Lansford says:

    What wonderful advice! I especially like the “do one thing a day”. So often I look at my own website and how much work it needs, and I get overwhelmed.

  18. Mary says:

    I’d love to read that!

  19. Cmendez25 says:

    That book sounds great! I’d love to read it!

  20. Rebeccah Connelly says:

    The books sounds great!  I’d give it a read…

  21. Michelle says:

    Always up for reading a book that may prove helpful!

  22. me.burke says:

    I’m Canadian but have a US mailing address!  Hopefully still eligible.

  23. Thanks for sharing your insights!  I’m just getting started blogging and wonder what specifically did you do to get traffic to your site?  

    • Anonymous says:

      I tell everyone that the best thing you can do is to write well. If you have great content, people will keep coming back after they find your site- and that’s what you want!

      I also encourage commenting on other sites and establishing relationships with other bloggers online- Over time, you begin to help each other with link sharing, retweets, etc.

      And you can submit your posts for syndication at BlogHer- If they accept your post, you’ll get paid $50 AND your work will get a much larger audience. Look for sites like this when you’re starting out that have a large readership, so that people will follow the links back to your blog, check you out, and follow you.  🙂

      Good luck!

  24. April Hunt says:

    I just love this post. It came at the perfect moment for me to hear. My very problem is getting discouraged and giving up. So very glad that you addressed this today. Encouraged and motivated. Thank you so much!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I love the advice you gave.  It’s very similar to what I try to teach my sons and my students.  The most important key to success is persistence.  Dressing the part is useful also.
    I wish that I had kept a rejection file–what a great object lesson!  And a good way to keep yourself humble.

  26. Kathy Melchin says:

    Great advice!  You were my inspiration to start my own blog, and since I have been working full time, it has been tough to keep up with it, but your words make me want to go back to spending more time on it.

    • Anonymous says:

      That is SO COOL, Kathy! That makes me so happy. Even for women who don’t make a dime off their blogs, they’re creating a record of their lives and I think it is so valuable to have that, not just for ourselves, but also future family members and even, one day, sociologists. For the first time, we really have a widespread, detailed social history of what it was like to be a woman during this era. 🙂

  27. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been thinking about starting a blog but I don’t even know where to start. This book would be great!

  28. Amy says:

    Wonderful post, as always, and it sounds like a great book. I know my one daughter (fledgling blogger) would love to have it.
    The idea about saving your rejection letters was awesome for your kids. BUT it might be a cool visual to BRING and hold up the file when you are speaking (if it is relevant to the topic). Sometimes the visual drives home the point more than just talking about the concept.

    • Anonymous says:

      Great idea, Amy! I hadn’t even planned to tell that story until someone asked if my success had been magical. 🙂 But it’s definitely something to keep in mind the next time I speak!

  29. Mo says:

    I hate getting in line behind extreme couponers. It makes me stabby.

    Good advice in this post. I’ve been blogging for a couple of years—more as a hobby—but I would like to make it a business. Would love to win a copy of the book!

  30. Beckey says:

    I want a copy!! I need all the help I can get. 

  31. Kira Rasmussen says:

    Great advice… and I am excited about the giveaway! 

  32. Anonymous says:

    Really enjoyed your post. I totally agree on focusing on what you do achieve and not ever giving up. Would love to win the book; love the authors!

  33. Beth says:

    The book sounds very interesting!

  34. FireMom says:

    I’d love to win the book. I also love your advice. A successful person never gives up. Going to have to remember that one when the going gets tough.

  35. Jennifer says:

    Great advice! Pick me.

  36. Joanne C says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!

  37. Pieridae Red says:

    Being able to do what you do – write and blog for a living while staying home to raise my child – is my ultimate dream.  I’ll definitely be reading the book whether or not I win!

  38. DaneyKakes says:

    I would love to win this book!

  39. Amy Colella says:

    My fingers are crossed!

  40. Denise Schiller says:

    I’d love to win this book!

  41. Myne Whitman says:

    I would love to win this book. 

  42. Britanny Mortimer says:

    Sign me sister! Always looking to improve my blog!

  43. Lainie says:

    I would love to win this book! Just discovered your blog–love it!

  44. Jaime aka So Called Supermom says:

    Mememememememememmee (with my hand raised REALLLLLY high and jumping up and down in my chair).  🙂 

  45. Emily B says:

    Great advice, Lindsay!  Fits my personal situation, too.  Love your blog as always!!

  46. Laura H says:

    I’m the blogger who for the last couple of years has had one foot in the water of blogging & one foot out. Never quite knowing where to start & how to grow. Can’t wait to read it even if I don’t win.

  47. Great post! I was at BlogHer 11 but missed your panel. Thank you for your encouragement — especially the 90% failure rate. Kind of ironic, but that’s the most encouraging part of your post for me! Love your blog, Lindsay!

  48. Jess says:

    I read a lot of posts like this and for some reason, yours resonated much more than most. Thank you for the heartfelt, human advice. Even if I don’t win the book, I am happy to have found your site.

  49. Starfish says:

    New blogger who could really use a good read on the subject!

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