16 dos and don’ts of blogging

Amy Treasure

I have been blogging for around 4 years with the last two years being solely on this blog. A couple of years ago I didn’t take blogging as seriously as I do now and I certainly didn’t earn much of an income from it. Over the years, I have definitely made plenty of blogging related faux pas. I’ve also come across some of the nicest people I have ever been blessed to meet who have given me a ‘foot up’ and a helping hand when I’ve needed it. I’ve also come across some not so nice people that have dampened my spirits, and made me question myself and my worth. Some of the advice here may become a bit of a waffle (read:rant) as my list reflects some of the negativity I have grown tiresome of.

You may or may not blog for profit, that’s not really relevant here. This list isn’t going to miraculously turn your blog into a profit making machine but I do believe that it will help improve your approach both to blogging and other bloggers within your network. I also want to share some of my blog-wins with you which will hopefully give you a nudge in the right direction if you are unsure what path to take.

Do consider opt-in boxes

I have an email subscriber list at the bottom of each post it is the one where the majority of my readers will sign up, a fly-in box in the lower right-hand corner AND a form in my sidebar these both get an equal amount of sign ups. I use the paid version of the Mailmunch plugin which syncs the collected emails to my Mailchimp list. I have a campaign set up each week that emails out my posts from the week before.

Email subscribers are important because when you send out your posts by RSS you retain readers by alerting them to what they may have missed. I would recommend using a campaign format that sends only snippets of posts so readers click-through to your blog to read further. If you have a large list this will only ever be beneficial to you in terms of working with brands so always mention it. I have seen pop-ups and opt-in forms being discussed negatively in Facebook groups, such as ‘I immediately click off if I get a pop-up, I HATE them’ In my experience it is only other bloggers that are affronted by them and not general readers. Think about the last time you visited Tesco online or Topshop. Did their pop up offend you so much you clicked away? I doubt it.

Don’t do Twitter DMs

They are completely unnecessary and invasive I never even read any DMs on Twitter unless it’s someone I know. When someone new follows you and you want to/have time it is better to personally send them a proper tweet to say hi and thanks but don’t do the whole auto DM ‘hey! Thanks so much for the follow, please check out my blog and give me a like on Facebook’ they are so ANNOYING!

Do check your spelling and grammar, but…

Don’t whine about other people’s spelling and grammatical errors on Facebook unless you are meticulous yourself. This is a huge bug-bear of mine; we all make mistakes, it is only natural. No, I don’t want to read a blog that’s littered with errors because that’s not easy on the eye nor is it enjoyable to read. However, I do understand and appreciate that not everyone is able to write at an advanced level. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be blogging and it certainly doesn’t mean they can’t have a voice. I have noticed a LOT of bitching lately and a holier than thou, I’m better than you attitude.

The saying ‘people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ is very apt here because I can pretty much guarantee I could find mistakes on their blogs except I wouldn’t go and do that then write about it because that wouldn’t be nice. It’s a bitchy, mean and unnecessary thing to put all over facebook, nobody is perfect. If you have the time to go and write a status update specifically to slate people that can’t spell ‘definitely’ (or insert word here) properly then frankly, you need to get a life. This is essentially sneering at other people and making out you are better than them and that is not cool. Why not direct all that negative energy and turn it into saying something nice?

Ok, and breathe.

Amy Treasure headshot

Do approach other bloggers for help

Especially those that have been around for a while. I never mind when someone approaches me, in fact, I’ve recently become friends with someone who initially emailed me to say hi, not just to bombard me with questions. I do get the odd person asking how I make money from my blog and freelance work but there is no magical answer to this. You just have to work your ass off! I never mind giving anyone advice or sharing contacts but please, if you are going to reach out make sure you say thanks to whoever has helped you as that is a common courtesy.

Do join in blog linkys

By joining in with linkys you will increase your blog reach to a wider audience you will also become more immersed within the community. Make sure you are adding the badge or a link back to your host and share the linky love by visiting other blogs in the link up. You might even make a new friend and you will definitely find other fab blogs to read. It’s win, win!

Don’t turn down small offers without considering the bigger picture

Another thing you will come across a lot in blogging facebook groups is a newbie blogger saying they’ve been offered a small value item and should they review it. You will then get an influx of people being offended on behalf of the person who has been offered a low-value item, protesting that not in a million years would they work for whatever the equivalent £ an hour would be. My thoughts on this are: if you are new, take the lower value review op if you want it. There is no shame in reviewing a lower value item. It will give you an excellent opportunity to understand the process of reviewing items with brands and what is expected from you.

It will also most likely lead on to more work, bigger reviews etc. We all have to start somewhere; one of my very first reviews was a children’s book written by David Walliams, he picked up my tweet about it and sent a link to my blog out to his followers, this led to a massive influx of traffic (very nice) and a huge boost for me on social media. You just never know where these things can go. I still work with the same PR to this day and most recently was given an item for review that retails at £700.00. Small acorns and all that.

Do take inspiration from other bloggers

I often read other blogs and feel inspired, I look at styled photographs, take elements and ideas from them and apply this to my own photography work. What I wouldn’t do, though, is copy. If someone starts a new blog series, linky or hashtag on Instagram, admire it, learn from it and then come up with an original idea which works for you and your readers.

Don’t be a Twitter nuisance!

If you’ve written an amazing blog post that you think will spark the interest of others, do tweet them a link. Don’t then go and tweet a link of every single post you write to the same person though. I have a few people that do this and fair enough if they engage with me at other times, or even read my blog, but they don’t! I also get the odd couple that ask me to RT their blog post to all my followers, which I have done and then not even got a thanks in return. Unless you are going to engage then it’s plain rude, also, it’s a good idea to be following the person you are asking for retweets from or at least retweet some of their stuff too. Remember manners are as important on twitter as they are in real life!

On the subject of persisitent Twitter badgering, If you have started a new project or linky then great, try and drum up some initial interest by tweeting those in your niche, I would absolutely do this myself. Don’t tweet them every single week for a year and ask them to join in and link up if they never have. I would hazzard a guess that after a year the linky isn’t for them so save your Twitter characters for someone else!

Do use Instagram to your advantage

I see my Instagram as an extension of my blog and my brand. I know there are people out there that hate a styled Instagram, again I think this is mainly a problem other bloggers have and not general Instagram users. Don’t be afraid to use your ‘big camera’ for Instagram and only post your best pictures if you really want to use Instagram to your benefit. I have written about the pretty/fake Instagram debate and listed the reasons why there is nothing instant about my Instagram.

Do find your blogging tribe

Having a group of people as a sounding board to run ideas past is so important to me. I doubt very much that I would have got as far as I have with my blog if I didn’t have my girls to keep me motivated, to collaborate with, share my work and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Blogging tribe

The two Katies are missing from this pic, but you get the idea!

Don’t get sucked into Facebook

Facebook can be useful but generally scrolling through your feed will waste your time and prove unproductive. Most of the time it will rain on your parade bringing nothing but doom and all the negative soul sucking people that come with it. If you need to take a break scroll through Instagram or Pinterest instead, these places are instant happy-makers.

Don’t compare yourself to others, it will drive you barmy

There will always be a slicker, fancier and amazingly well-written blog that is better than yours. Try and improve, of course, but don’t compare yourself to the point that it gets you down, or worse your green eyed monster comes out to ruin your day.

Comparison is the thief of joy

Do unfollow people on social media if they don’t follow you back

Another contentious issue! If you have engaged, attempted to chat, retweeted their work, liked their pictures etc and you still get nothing back then unfollow. The only time I wouldn’t recommend this is if they bring you some value eg. you really admire their blog and want to keep up to date with it, that, or they are Channing Tatum who isn’t going to follow you back, soz.

Talking to and following someone on social media (on the same social level as you – not Channing) and being ignored, is like having a conversation in real life, and having someone not answer you! In that situation, you would walk away and find someone else to chat to, right? So if you’ve made every effort with them and get nothing in return then it’s ‘Bah Bye’

How blogging has changed my life. From teen mum to business woman http://www.amytreasure.com

Do take the best images you can

You don’t have to be a pro photographer but do make an effort to learn how to use your camera. I started out with my DSLR on dummy mode, I wasn’t happy with the way my pictures looked so I taught myself how to shoot in manual. I only ever use manual mode now and am passionate about producing the best images I can. It is also appealing to brands if you take good photographs. Brands may even buy your images to use on their packaging, just like the one I took below!

Chocolate canape

Don’t buy followers

For starters it’s obvious, someone on Instagram with over 13k followers but only 17 likes a picture. Hmmm suspect, much? Also really annoying for those in charts such as Tots100 who genuinely work their way up to the top of the chart without cheating and buying followers. Brands aren’t stupid and will be able to spot it a mile off, they are looking for an engaged following and not fake followers so just don’t do it!

Don’t get too wound up by traffic and follower numbers

The longer you blog the bigger your audience will build organically. The more well-written content you write, the more it will be shared which in turn means backlinks and new readers/followers for you. Take it from me that this will happen in time if you keep plugging away. You need to post consistently and do these three things to increase your traffic, a tried and tested method that works. You can also follow my 20 ways to help drive traffic to your blog which goes into more detail about hooking readers in. If you want to make an income from your blog then it is possible, but you need to build on what you have. It will happen for you eventually and could even change your life if you work hard :)

So there you have a few of my blogging dos and don’ts. Take them or leave them as you please and apply them where you see fit, after all, it’s your blog and your online space. Hopefully, this will help you get to a happy and positive place with your blog and network. You will always find negativity and bitchiness online and in real life but don’t let it tarnish your blogging journey or make you forget the reason you started writing in the first place.

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  • Lucy Smith

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Ah such fabulous advice! I agree that there can be a lot of negativity and there seems to be a fair bit going round at the moment so recently I’ve taken a step back and thought about what I want my blog to be and what I want to do rather than sticking to the so-called rulebook!
    I totally don’t use my camera properly so I need to take some time to learn how to make the most of it and produce better quality photographs!
    Yours are so beautiful and definitely an inspiration.
    The blogging community as a whole is absolutely wonderful and I am so grateful to yourself and others who take the time to help us little bloggers and share your wisdom :)
    Xx

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      I agree lovely, I have taken a step back lately especially from SM and FB groups in particular they are just SO negative and really put a dampner on my day. It’s good to take a bit of a break and think about where you’re really going with it all hun, I have done that many times. If I can learn to use my camera then you defo can!! Thanks for the lovely compliment huni, I appreciate it xx

    • June

      Written on 19th September 2016

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      Thanks for sharing your useful tips and insights! as a fairly new blogger (7mth) I’m still finding my way and now getting more organised with my blog so this info is really useful. I totally agree about the support network of a great ‘tribe’ having joined a great group of regional bloggers. It’s amazing how helpful people can be who you haven’t even met (that includes you). I also don’t see the point of negativity towards others, it’s awful when you see an online conversation turn sour. Everyone sees the world differently and writes differently so others should only comment if it’s constructive, meant well and helpful (I’ve had a couple of those and was grateful for them). I hope one day I’ll be able to share useful pearls of blogging wisdom to beginners or those stuck in a rut too! June

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Awww thanks huni I am just fed up with it as you know, especially the bitchiness on Facebook some of the things I see I would be embarassed it my kids were doing/saying it, let alone a bunch of grown ups! And I hate to break it to you about Channing, soz xxxxxx

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      What a lovely comment thank you Hannah I was trying not to have a major rant but it’s just how I feel at the moment. Thanks for reading and commenting I really appreciate it xx

  • Mim

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    First of all, I want that cake – would you mind popping over here and making me one please? Secondly, I love your tips and totally agree on loving the support and hating the Twitter DMs – stop it stop it stop it! Thirdly I love your Instagram feed and the effort you make in the photos is well worth it for a viewer like meeee! x x

  • Katie

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Loved this post. Gave me something awesome to read at 5am on an unexpected night feed. Found myself thinking crappie do I do that? To every post. And.. I don’t care what you say, channing told me he couldn’t follow me because everyone else would be jealous but his special dms through crowdfire to me make me feel special

  • Steph Oakes

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Fab post! And oh so true. I’ve been blogging for nearly two years now (part time) and this advice is invaluable. Thanks Amy xx

  • Kelly | To Become Mum

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Brilliant,positive post about blogging! Above all, you have to blog for yourself I believe, which may sound strange when you’re sharing with the world, but you have to enjoy what you do and that comes from not comparing yourself or stressing over stats like you say

  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    I keep hearing about bitching, which makes me sad. So much wasted energy! Totally agree re the auto DMs, and the constant invitations to linkies too.

    I’m a notorious grammar pedant. It’s rumoured I’ve corrected signs with a Sharpie while out and about….I can’t see the point of bitching about other people’s spelling and grammar on social media though. No need to make people feel small.

    Lovely post Amy, and a shame there is case to write about such negativity xxx
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      It is a shame…but see I wrote a disclaimer, Leigh, if you are meticulous in your grammar and it’s your ‘thing’ then fair enough, I like to think I am on the advanced end of the scale but I wouldn’t ever ‘out’ other bloggers for that not being their strong point and laugh in their faces which is what is done on SM. I know you would never do that, though! Thanks for reading darling xxx

  • Natalie Ray

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Some brilliant tips, thank you Amy. I particularly like the one about buying Instagram followers. I have noticed THAT person, much higher up in the charts than me with their 13,0000 odd followers and 17 likes per photo too. Very frustrating, but it has inspired me to work REALLY hard to build my Instagram followers and overtake them. It’s my aim for the year, and the tips you gave me for building my followers are working like a dream!x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      It’s just so annoying, why would you buy followers?! Quite sad really… Your IG is coming on fabulously Nat, you should be proud. Thanks hun xx

  • Tanita

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Amy this is such a great post. I love what you say here and how relaxed and confident you come across. You really have a wealth of knowledge and il ins myself reading and just nodding along. You really have hit the nail on the head in regards to engagement and being ignored this is a huge bug bear of mine. Really great post and I will be taking on all your tips. Thank you for sharing x

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Great post and so many fab tips here! I have recently changed to way that I use Instagram (and started to really work on my photos for both that and the blog) and as a result I am loving Instagram so much more!
    It’s such a shame about negativity – it makes me glad that I am oblivious to that type of thing most of the time! Goes right over my head!
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Ah that’s amazing about your IG Jenni, I have noticed how awesome it is! Yep, it’s sad about the negative stuff but I just ignore the bitching now. Yawn. lol thanks for reading hun x

  • Laura

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    As a new(ish) blogger this is really sound advice, thank you. I totally agree about the Twitter thing, there have been many people I have tried to engage with and got nothing back from. You kind of feel like the new girl at school…you want to make friends and ‘find your tribe’ (engaging with like minded people was one of my main reasons for starting my blog) but you also don’t want to come across as weird or annoying. I’ve found some people to be more friendly than others and unless I really enjoy their blog, I don’t think twice about unfollowing those who don’t want to engage now. Used to make me feel guilty for some reason!
    Really insightful post :) x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      No don’t feel guilty! There are loads of bloggers out there and most are friendly and will chat with you, even those you might think are ‘higher profile’ they probably don’t see themselves that way. I know what you mean about new girl at school thing but it won’t be long before you find your feet! Thanks for reading x

  • Rachel In Real Life

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    I am a terrible one for bemoaning my poor stats and how my blog isn’t growing and for comparing myself to others. I am really annoyed with myself that I’ve fallen behind this last week or so after posting consitently for a good six weeks. I checked my stats and lo and behold they rose once I’d managed a few weeks of consistent posting and dropped off the edge of a cliff this past week! I absolutely agree with FB being a time sucker, I only realised that fairly recently! I don’t really have a tribe either. Brilliant advice though! Xx
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      It is true that the more you post the better your stats will be. Concentrate on putting out the most shareable and evergreen content you can, you will get there. Comparing yourself to others will never help, I don’t think so anyway. FB is the devil, haha! You will find your tribe, perhaps try and get yourself to an event and if you get friendly with anyone they suggest a small group get together and share one another’s posts, give advice etc xx
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  • Azaria

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Love this!! Great advice that I’ll be taking on board. Especially the one about Facebook. I waste so much time on there when baby is napping that I could be using more productively on my blog or getting housework done.

    Azaria

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Absolutely agree Caro, of course we all want our stuff to be read but getting into arguments about pop-ins being discussed in a facebook group is just not my style. There are a lot worse things to get your knickers in a twist over, I say! Thanks for reading and sharing hun xx

  • Nathalie

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Love this post! It’s refreshingly honest and absolutely on point! I too get frustrated by twitter DM’s asking me (read begging) me to go follow them on every social media platform they use! It’s really off putting! Real interaction is far better, and you get to see the ‘real’ person!
    I’ve only recently ‘got’ Pinterest, and I’m currently trying to suss out what rich pins are and how to do them, because I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest compared to other platforms! It’s definitely the way forward, Facebook isn’t what it used to be!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Totally agree on the Pinterest stuff, plus it’s just so inspiring. I do enjoy my facebook page and the community on there but most blogging groups are a no-no for me now as I can’t take the constant whining! Thanks for reading and commenting x

    • Yesenia Castillo

      Written on 3rd May 2016

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      Nathalie, I echo your sentiment about Facebook. I have even contemplated deleting my account entirely. Not quite ready for that, yet. ;)

  • Lucy

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    This is a brilliant post Amy, I have subscribed to your blog as I read a couple of your other posts too and I love the way you write. I have learnt more about blogging since I switched over to WordPress at the end of last year. It’s been hard for me to interact due to adhd, depression and anxiety but I am really trying to change that this year. Everything is being written down and I still need to find a really good time management plan and task list that I can stick to easily for my blogging to work better.

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Hi Lucy, what a lovely compliment, thank you, it’s so nice to hear you’re enjoying my posts :) WordPress is the way forward so good on you for making the switch, it can be a total minefield but you will get there and there is so much info on Google. Happy to help if you need to know anything specific? Feel free to drop me an email or message on facebook. I understand it must be difficult if you are struggling with depression and so on but blogging could be such a wonderful creative and expressive outlet for you. Best of luck x

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    A wealth of knowledge here and your blog is fantastic. You’ve worked really hard to get where you are, so well done. Lots of great advice. I’m slowly working on my instagram, my followers are so small but I’m planning what I put out there to match my blog and going to save some more candid shots for my personal account. I’m seeing a difference already, but it’s slow going. It’s so much more enjoyable to see your followers growing when you know you’ve worked for it. Thanks for all the IG tips and advice.
    Xxx
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Ah thanks so much, just sharing what I have learnt and what I think but I am not the oracle on these matters! Always happy to advise about Instagram, I have a post in drafts about it actually. Really is nice to see your account grow Alex, you’ve done so well with it xx

  • Christina @ Ladybug Home

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Such good words of wisdoms. I am limiting Facebook this week because I felt it was making more unproductive and not a “happy place”. The non-follow back does bother me sometimes. Mostly don’t care but there are those people that I repeating interact with daily/weekly but do not follow back. Probably mostly an oversite but it make me feel invisible sometimes. I have tons of work to do on my blog but lack of time without children is difficult at the moment. Happy anniversary and thank you for sharing your insights. Xoxo

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      I can’t stand facebook anymore! There is only one nice group that I will chat in, the rest can get so negative it’s horrid. I do think sometimes if a person has loads of Twitter followers then you can think you follow someone when actually you don’t. I always try and follow people back if I recognise them but would always reply if someone tweeted me. I hope you don’t feel invisible you lovely lady :) xx

  • Laura

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    As a newbie blogger I was reading each point thinking ‘I don’t think I have done that!!!’ Ha ha. Some great advice, I have made notes :-) I hope I can find my ‘tribe’, it must be lovely to have like minded people to share ideas, talk things through with. I’m just finding my feet with it all and just enjoying writing at the moment. Hopefully not annoying people on my way :-) X

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      I’m sure you’re not annoying anyone! I have definitely made so many mistakes so don’t even worry about it. You are doing the absolute best thing on concentrating on writing, the rest will come in time! Thanks for reading and commenting x

  • Emilyandindiana

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    Took me so long to get to the comment box as you’ve already had so many responses saying the same thing haha, but absolutely love this! Really helpful tips and so many things I agree with. Too many people are so negative about things these days, but we all have to start somewhere with lower prices, etc! Xx
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      It’s been a popular one, as blogging posts always are! I am not a fan of negativity and totally agree – we all start somewhere xx

  • Mrs Tubbs

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    I think we’ve smacked our foreheads at the same Facebook groups ;) I agree with you, we’ve all got to start somewhere with sponsored content and working with brands. And for most of us it’s doing small posts for free to build up contacts and develop skills. That’s not letting the side down, it’s just how things are. Excellent post. Which I pinned ;)
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Haha probably! I am trying to stay away from them now. The thing with SP is it’s good to have a portfolio to show potential PRs so why not take on smaller jobs? I have definitely done that when I was new and learning. Thanks so much for pinning, I appreciate it x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Written on 18th February 2016

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    I really enjoyed this post Amy and it is all spot on. I agree so much with building natural engagement and also never buying followers- it is just so obvious! I also agree with helping people out as much as you can, I really do try and do that. So many helpful tips here! x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th February 2016

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      Ah thanks so much Katie, I don’t understand why people would buy followers it’s crazy! Thanks for reading and commening x

  • lizzie ( firstooth )

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    I was nodding throughout this. I think you’ve nailed what many other bloggers think. I especially agree with the low value reviewing opportunities, any opportunity is a good one. I’ve noticed a little cattiness in a Facebook group, I’ll read it but never put my two cents in, we should be lifting eachother up not bringing eachother down. I really enjoyed reading this!
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  • Sharonn Downey

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    What a really informative lovely post. Thank you for taking the time to prepare, write and share with us. Having just started a blog a mere few months ago I have been subject to a barrage of abuse online just because I wrote about my experience on breastfeeding (note to oneself, do not post about that particular post on a breastfeeding group!) I have been inundated with spam comments but yet to receive a DM from Tatum :)

    It is so nice to read about a success story and have an experienced blogger as yourself
    To look up to and someday strive to be as brilliant. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

    This has cheered me up today and made me realise it’s baby steps and just keep doing what I love and adios to the haters.

    Thank you lovely xx

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 20th February 2016

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      Hi Sharonn, thanks so much for your comment I really appreciate it. Sorry you have experienced negativity. I think, when you write do so from the heart and if anyone has anything bad to say about it then block and ignore no one has the right to abuse you.

      Keep shining xx

      Ps let me know if you hear from Channing ;-)
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  • wendy

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Amazing advice, such a detailed post. I am lucky to not have come across any negativity/bitchiness yet, if I do I’m hoping it won’t get me down too much . Nasty comments aren’t worth worrying about when you just delete and hit the block button. I love reading your blog, can tell you work really hard on it and it definitely pays off.xx
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  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    These are great tips Amy, would definitely agree with not being sucked into negativity, getting too caught up in stats or comparing your blog to others – all of which suck the joy out of blogging. We all have our own voices and being true to ourselves is so important. Interesting point about the pop-ups being a blogger thing – that may be true, although they tend to irritate me wherever they are. I quite like your email sign-up though – being in the corner of the screen is much less intrusive whilst still being very visible. I’ve yet to think about having an email sign-up and your post makes me think that maybe this is something I should think about.

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 20th February 2016

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      Thanks for Louise, and I really appreciate you sharing this post on your blog and SM. Give the email sign-up some thought, it is definitely valuable to build a list and I’m really pleased to hear you don’t find my opt-ins intrusive. x
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  • Emma

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Fab post, especially for a newbie like me! I have learnt so much from it. Like I didn’t know that you could buy followers but also why would you buy followers, it seems a bit mean spirited and really not in the spirit of blogging! Thanks for sharing your great knowledge :-) #thelist
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  • Mrs H

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    A brilliant blog post. I agree with every word. So many of these are my bug bears too. Buying followers is a real no-no in my book. It is sad and unfair. It also upsets me at times that there is so much bitching in the blog world. But there is so much support too. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  • Tim

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    A good, comprehensive list as always, Amy. I agree with pretty much all of it and will just thrown in a couple of additional points. (Okay, three.)

    There’s so much inspiration to be gained by reading other blogs but the counter-balance to this is not to get drawn into envy (as you say) or consciously (or unconsciously) imitating them. There’s a difference between drawing inspiration from another blogger and just trying to copy them. What works for them may not work for you and you’re far better off focussing on honing your own voice so that you can be the best blogger you can be and not a pale imitation.

    Spelling and bad grammar: absolutely, we all do it from time to time and some are naturally better technically than others. While I have been put off reading some blogs by excessively bad grammar (as opposed to the odd typo), I agree with you that I don’t feel it’s a reader’s place to take a red pen to a blogger in comment form. Blogging is not an English exam and I’d still rather someone tells a compelling story with some imperfections than produce a perfectly edited post that’s dull. I think it’s okay to champion raising the bat in general, but there’s no need to get personal and specific about it.

    Finally, Twitter. We all promote our posts and build our followings – it’s part and parcel of being a blogger. But three things that particularly annoy me: people whose timelines are nothing but promotion and who never engage with others; people who ask for RTs who have never even bother to say hi to me in the past (do I look like a free advertising platform?) and, finally, those who follow and then unfollow the moment I’ve followed back (do you really think I won’t notice?). Twitter is always evolving but, to me, at its heart it’s a place for people to talk TO each other not AT each other. In the last year or so, it feels increasingly like the latter.

    I’ll put the soapbox away now. :-)
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 20th February 2016

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      Tim, I love that you have taken the time to comment this comprehensively, I completely agree with all your extra points and breathing a sigh of relief that you agree on mine! So annoying when people follow only to unfollow you that is just rude!

      You sir, are a fountain of knowledge and I am glad we’re blogging pals :-)
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  • Cheryl

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Really helpful and interesting advice thanks Amy. I’ve been blogging for a year, but it’s been a bit of a hobby / passion rather than making any money from it, but it’s something I’d love to do so who knows in the future! Some really good advice about staying focused and not comparing to others (which I’m a bit guilty of!). I can see how hard you and Aby work and you totally deserve all your success. Thanks again. x
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  • Laura H

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Love this post! Am looking into getting that email popup right away :) Still looking for my blogging tribe unfortunately </3

  • Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Some great tips! I agree that it can be quite negative just to sit within the blogging community – I think because it’s human nature to constantly compare ourselves with others. It’s so disheartening to hear everyone say bloggers shouldn’t take on review opp x when you haven’t even been offered the lesser valued y! :) x #thelist
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  • Random Musings

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    I loved this post! I must admit I have been known to scream and shout about hating pop-ups! I don’t mind a small one, it’s when they cover the entire screen – especially annoying if you are on your phone. I’m also not a fan of being asked to sign up to this that and the other before I’ve even had chance to start reading the post. I totally agree about auto DMs, I wonder if they work for anyone. Thanks for hosting #TheList
    Debbie
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  • Jody at Six Little Hearts

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    Love this post! Applause!
    Always choose the low-value item if it’s a good fit for you. So many of my large opportunities have come from agencies who I have built a relationship with this way. It is always worth considering anything that suits your focus. It is sad too that some bloggers are not nice people and I have struck a few. Expect this if you are just starting out and reading this!
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  • Emma Jones

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    I don’t use any blogging fb groups & think I’ll stay that way. Agree entirely on your grammar bit. It is important but blimey we are all only human. I love instagram but the over styled ones do turn me off (monochrome entirely for example) but it’s all about personal preferences. I saw a white & black child’s bedroom recently & it actually made me feel sad but that’s going off topic. #thelist Lifeinthemumslane

  • ali

    Written on 19th February 2016

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    This is brilliant Amy! So helpful and I agree with it all to the tee. What surprised me though is to find out you’re a self taught photographer. I’ve been admiring your shots both on here and instagram for a while and I honestly thought you were a professional photographer (you are a professional but you know what I mean!) I’d love to know how you do your videos too. Might have to pick your brains about them soon. x
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 20th February 2016

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      Thank you and yes, if you go to Aby’s blog: You Baby Me Mummy you will find a downloadable pdf list of all the popular linkys :-)

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    Written on 20th February 2016

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    Excellent list. I must admit to having a little chuckle when I saw a post somewhere going on about never publishing a post until you are sure it has no typos in and and then I saw two in the post … but I didn’t shout of from the rooftops as I know I am the worst person for spelling mistakes. The irony did make my day though!
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    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 21st February 2016

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      Thanks so much Rosie, I feel exactly the same..I have seen people complaining on facebook where I could 100% spot errors on their blogs, perhaps not obvious ones but even things like capitalising words in titles is quite common amongst the ‘facebook grammar Nazis’ when really if you have an advanced understanding of grammar you would know it is improper to do this, but there you go…thanks for reading and commenting x

  • Martyn

    Written on 20th February 2016

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    Great tips. Thanks for writing this. Totally agree with all of it. A few things hit a nerve too. Hate the auto DMs and, like you, I don’t even read them anymore! I tend not to RT too many times the mass tagged tweets too as I find those rather tedious too.

    The buying followers really bugs me. Especially one person where it’s blatant and with that unfair where they stand on Tots because of it.
    I do like the less is more on photos too.
    I struggle with decent photos on my blog posts. In truth I need to invest in a decent camera….but that’s coming in time.
    Admittedly I know my grammar is poor at times; terrible considering I’m a teacher too! I write from my laptop now which makes it easier to spot hideous mistakes but even then it’s difficult where I go a little “blind” starring at text. This is in addition to writing very late at night where I am juggling home ed and 4 jobs. Ultimately my brain switches off slightly. All this being said I know it’s a problem and I’m okay with it. I write and produce content that gets read and have regular readers and I am happy with that.

    I love my tribe and those I speak to as a sounding board. Within that I also know that if I needed help I could reach out to others like yourself. Blogging isn’t as competitive as it’s made out at times and it’s lively people like you that make a difference.

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 21st February 2016

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      I love this comment Martyn, thank you. I am certainly known for the odd typo and so I would never go and call people out on fb for it, far worse things to be worried about. I am delighted that you have a great ‘tribe’ and of course you know that you can always ask me if you think I can help with anything and I feel the same about you so thank you!

  • Fern P

    Written on 21st February 2016

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    Those auto Twitter DMs are the worst! I’ve actually found that youtubers are the worst for it. I went through and followed HEAPS of bloggers and only a couple of vloggers over the weekend, and I didn’t get a single DM from the bloggers. What a refreshing change!
    I loved the authenticity of this post. Telling it like it is without apology is my fave x

  • Mum in Brum

    Written on 21st February 2016

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    This is definitely one of the most useful posts I’ve read on blogging! Such brilliant advice. I’m not sure how I haven’t spent more time on your blog up until now – I’ll definitely be checking in more regularly! I’m so with you on the Twitter DMs, they are so pointless and offer absolutely nothing to the person receiving it. When I first started out I definitely took on low-value product reviews and now find that I can be far more choosy. Everyone has to start somewhere xx #TheList
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  • Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    Written on 21st February 2016

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    I love this post, such great advice that is so true! I hate Twitter Dm’s so much, very annoying. I am so clueless I had no idea people even brought followers, what a strange thing to do as surely that will be so obvious and a waste of time xx

  • Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Written on 23rd February 2016

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    AMAZING post my love! And could not agree more with all of them to be honest. There’s always a hell of a lot of info around for bloggers, particularly new ones and what I love about your list, is that it’s about the essential stuff – being a good person / blogger, ignoring the idiots, valuing your worth and doing what works for you and your blog!

    I reckon if we all did more of these things, we’d all be a lot happier and better off. GREAT post! *runs off to share* X
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  • Milla

    Written on 26th February 2016

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    Thanks for this Amy. Feeling a bit dispirited today and your post just reminded me that, basically, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s OK if my self-hosted-for-two-weeks blog hasn’t taken the world by storm. I’ll need to give it at least a month, right? ;-)

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 26th February 2016

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      That’s it exactly, I am practically geriatric in blogging terms and can promise it will happen for you if you keep plugging away! Don’t despair x

  • 7 Days, 7 Posts #40 - Sally Akins

    Written on 5th March 2016

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    […] with a post by Amy at Mr & Mrs T Plus 3 (@MrandMrsTplus3). She has come up with a list of 16 Dos and Don’t of Blogging, which is really useful whether you are new to blogging or a seasoned pro. I found myself nodding […]

  • Shahida Kola

    Written on 7th March 2016

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    Just love this post . Your right about adding the subscribe to the bottom of each post. I just used it to follow your blog.
    I have been using your blog posts for inspiration . I love your photography , it’s so refreshing.

    I am new to blogging but I have put a lot of time and effort into my posts. I love writing and it’s so nice when others like what you have written and comment back.

    Looking forward to reading more wonderful posts.

  • Babes about Town

    Written on 10th March 2016

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    Brilliant post Amy, just found it saved to read and glad I did. Very well put together, I agree with most of your comments – apart from maybe the unfollowing one (although I guess you made it clear about engaging with people you follow, if you’re blindly and silently following someone don’t expect them to follow you back immediately or at all if they’re a scatterbrain like me!). You forgot to add Do Stay Professional in everything you do, and you’re a consummate pro lady. Keep at it x

  • Mackenzie Glanville

    Written on 4th April 2016

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    What a helpful post, I really love the way you covered everything. I totally agree with so much of this post. Facebook for me is mostly a waste of time, since I discovered Instagram I can’t stop looking at it, it is my favourite social media just because I love pretty images! I also agree that our blogs and followers should grow organically, I hate when I get messages asking me to buy followers. I am not worried about stats (of course it would be lovely to have more) but what makes me happiest is when people leave me messages saying they feel inspired when they visit my blog, or how it always makes them happy. That is what means the most. You have worked so hard and you deserve the amount of followers you have to me that is what is admirable, not people who pay for followers. Thank you for sharing your tips xx
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  • Aly Hodge

    Written on 18th April 2016

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    After blogging for 5 years a couple of years ago, I decided to concentrate on social media.Networking with people outside your social media circle, you get to see a whole different side to blogging.There’s a few things I don’t agree with you on and could add, but it’s always interesting to see what others think.

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th April 2016

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      Hi Aly! I know what you are saying, years ago I used to look after the PR for a fashion brand it meant that I got to spend lots of time on social media, it was whilst I was working there I set up my first blog and I still network with lots of beauty and fashion bloggers to this day, it is most definitely beneficial to broaden circles and thanks to that I’ve seen many sides to blogging, but it has changed a lot since the early days. You should have said what you didn’t agree with (I don’t ever expect people to agree and love to hear other opinions) -I always like to look at things from a different perspective it can be helpful and I find it interesting too :) Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  • Blabbermama

    Written on 6th May 2016

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    Thank you for this post it is really helpful for a newbie like myself and it was really easy to follow.

  • Lucy

    Written on 17th May 2016

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    This was a really useful post for me – I’ve just started blogging am a complete newbie to Twitter so it’s great to know what I should/n’t be doing! The blogging community have been so welcoming but I keep worrying that I’m about to commit a big Twitter faux pas or something. I came across this advice at just the right time. Thank you!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 18th May 2016

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      So glad you found this useful Lucy, I wouldn’t worry to much about Twitter and just do what you think is best, my opinion might not necessarily be the right one! I’m really grateful that you took the time to read and comment today. Thanks :)

  • Cal at Family Makes

    Written on 2nd August 2016

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    This was very helpful, and I’m glad to say that I probably follow most of your advice already (phew!), but am off to read your other recommended posts about growing your blog. I’ve also pinned it, as I’m sure I’ll need this helpful checklist again and again!
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  • Something About Baby

    Written on 14th October 2016

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    I have just come across this post from Live. Love. Blog and wanted to say thank you for such an informative list! I really love how experienced bloggers do what they can help us less-experienced bloggers! I shouldn’t really count myself as a newbie, having been blogging for over a year now, but it’s only recently I’ve decided to take it to the next level of being something other than a hobby. Posts like this are really encouraging and inspiring, so thank you :-)

  • Tina @ Adventures of Mummy and Me

    Written on 20th October 2016

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    Another person who has come via Live. Love. Blog. And so thankful for this post! I’m new to blogging, and have been trying to get best practice advice on the general Dos and Don’ts of blogging, but continuously coming up with very formal posts that don’t really relate to the real world if you know what I mean? Your post is both engaging and humorous, and really helps give the information you ACTUALLY need to get started in blogging!

    Oh, and I’m also a massive instagram fan! On my opinion it’s the best social network out there! (just don’t tell Twitter I said that!)

    Thanks again! Tina x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 24th October 2016

      Reply

      Hi Tina! Hope you’re really well, thanks so much for coming over to read from LLB. Lovely to have you here. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and found it useful. X

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