Q&A Monday: 5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers

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Q: I like your blog, and it seems to have a good following.  I just started a blog of my own.  How can I make it a success?

When people ask how to have a successful blog, it’s hard to know what to tell them. I’ve been blogging at ReFashionista.net for a looooong time and it has only VERY recently gained traction. Here’s a few things that I think I’ve done right.

1. I’ve got a gimmick. My blog is  very focused on a very specific thing. (refashioning and eco fashion).

2. I try to have a clear writing voice and I don’t try to dumb myself down or write like another successful blogger. In the beginning I tried to be way too “cutesy” and it didn’t work, because it wasn’t me. Just trust that you’re as clever as you think you are. I hate reading blogs where the person’s humor is really try-hard.

3. I edit. Poor spelling and grammar can really turn your readers off (unless it’s intentional and/or funny). Their There They’re and all that jazz.

4. I TRY to use good photos. This is a toughie and a major learning curve for me (and something I’m still working on). Get a good camera. Don’t be like me and use the same craptastic one for ages and ages. Edit your pics. There’s an awesome free photo editing site called Picmonkey, and that’s what I use.

5. I have fun! I genuinely LOVE what I’m writing about.   :)

I hope these tips are helpful for you newbie bloggers out there.

Happy Blogging!

Stop Buying Cheap Crap and Change the World
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18 Comments on Q&A Monday: 5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers

  1. Deb Flam
    March 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm (2 years ago)

    You are so generous! What a lovely lady you are.

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  2. JodiQ
    March 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm (2 years ago)

    And your so cute and fun!!!

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  3. jenny_o
    March 12, 2013 at 12:51 am (2 years ago)

    What Deb Flam said :)

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  4. Deborah
    March 12, 2013 at 5:04 am (2 years ago)

    Good tips! #2 is so key.

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  5. vjstracener
    March 12, 2013 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips. I have been blogging for years, but I just started using WordPress and I really like the format. Following blogs using this format is so much easier.

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  6. Shirley Clarke
    March 12, 2013 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and have recently started blogging myself. I love when bloggers share their secrets!

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  7. Meagan
    March 12, 2013 at 9:58 am (2 years ago)

    THANK you for mentioning spelling and grammar! I read a lot of blogs and most of them, including some very popular and successful ones, have spelling and grammar mistakes and it makes me want to become a blog editor (Is there such a thing?) because it drives me crazy!

    By the way, I’m a long time reader and you have inspired me to look at clothes differently and attempt refashioning. I’ll admit, it hasn’t happened yet, but I have bought the shirt- I just need to find time to play with it! :-)

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  8. bodhismum
    March 12, 2013 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    This is just what I needed to hear, thank you!
    My blog is still new, and I get impatient and disheartened easily, if I start something and it doesn’t take off right away. I need to chill, and just keep swimming x

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  9. Susan
    March 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your blog & your suggestions. Thanks to inspiration from you, I picked up 3 shirts & a dress at Value Village this morning to see if I can come up with some amazing new pieces for my wardrobe!

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  10. 2Momma2
    March 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for this! I actually found your blog through Pinterest a while back and spent a few nights sucked into and catching up on the 3 years of blogs! You’ve inspired me to give it a shot and this definitely helps. Keep up the great refashions – I love them!

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  11. Nellie
    March 14, 2013 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    This is a great post! Asa a fellow refashionista, I agree, if you love what you do you will find your voice. My blog was mostly about my shop even though I refashioned in the background. But I never kept up with it; once I started writing about my projects, it really motivated me. Love your blog!

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  12. Tori Perkov
    March 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey, I just found your blog a little while ago through Pinterest. Its awesome! I just lost like 20 lbs, but I don’t want to buy any new clothes until I’m done losing weight. Your blog has me so excited. I can refashion some of my too big clothes into new clothes I will love. My biggest problem is looking at a shirt or dress I can’t see what it could become. Any tips on seeing the possibilities?

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    • ReFashionista
      March 16, 2013 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome! Yep, you can keep all your favorite clothes! :) As for how to see what they can become…just start playing! I don’t always know where I’m going with a piece at first, so I just start changing stuff/gleefully snipping away! :) Good luck!!!!

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  13. bonnie harris
    March 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I really love your blog. I have always loved bargain hunting, but only recently started shopping at thrift and consignment shops. My youngest daughter, who is successful, brillant and thrifty turned me on to thrifting. I am glad I found your blog, your are smart and genuine!!! You are for real!!!

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  14. reg
    April 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm (2 years ago)

    “Poor spelling and grammar can really turn your readers off”…how about getting shitfaced in every post, that doesnt turn readers off?????

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    • ReFashionista
      April 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Hmmmmnnn…Maybe you’re right. Think I’ll pour myself a drink and mull it over. :) Cheers!

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