Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Any questions?



 
Continuing on in the blogger theme (because I'm massively hormonal and too stressed over the school holidays to write about anything else) of the other day, the one thing that I found really encouraging in my last post is that there are a LOT of really superb new blogs out there.

Now this is a good thing, it is. It is a rare sort of person that sits there and says, "You know what we need LESS of?  Blogs"

I really love finding new blogs and people who are at the beginning of blogging and seeing how they grow and find their own voice.

I've been blogging for just over two years and in the great scheme of things that really isn't that long. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way (and I'm sure I will make more) and what really helped me was other bloggers who always took the time to answer my questions, however stupid they were and steered me away from trouble when my big mouth ran away from me (this happened surprisingly often, or maybe not so surprisingly, I dunno)


So here's what I can do. Pay it forward.


Are you a new blogger?


Got any questions?


Or need some advice?


Then leave your questions here. I have asked a couple of other bloggers if they wouldn't mind popping in and being on hand to answer any questions that they can help with. Or if you see a question that you know the answer to, feel free to jump in and help out.

Or if you would prefer to email me you
 can do so on bigfashionista@sky.com


I don't claim to know it all (before Anon decides to pipe up again) but I do know a bit, and if I can help someone else how people helped me then why the hell not? I'm not doing it to be big, brave or clever, Just a genuine desire to help make sure people don't make the same mistakes I did or fall into the same traps.


So if you would like to, leave your questions here and we will try to help.



Big Fashionista x x


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41 comments

  1. How do you get free stuff from companies?

    Only joking. Great idea for a post Kellie, I hope you get to help out lots of new bloggers.

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    1. Wot she said! (Only us long-timers can get away with that question lol)

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    2. LOL it's true. ;)

      Anyone else think that NOTHING is ever free anyway?

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  2. Great idea! I am a relatively new blogger and would love to know how you boost your readership? I'm at a point where I think I may just be too boring!

    Thanks xx

    http://ivefallenoutwithmyjeans.com/

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    1. I've just read your blog, you aren't boring. Loved your 50 shades post and I now have serious clothes envy too :-)

      How long have you been going for?

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    2. The way I'd recommend is to dedicate time each day/week to seeking out new blogs, interacting with them and you'll gain readers that way.

      By interacting, I mean more than leaving a comment "love your blog, follow mine" which will get ignored!

      Takes a lot of time and I don't do it often enough, but it's the way to go.

      X

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  3. It's great that so many new blogs are appearing every day. I find that (a few long-time reads aside) after some time there are blogs that I no longer read, not because the quality has gone down hill but because they're no longer a style or subject that interests me. It's always good to be able to fill the gap in my reader.

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    1. I totally hear that. Fresh eyes and a fresh voice are a great thing, I don't know about you but when I see a new great blog it inspires me as well and gives me fresh energy

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  4. I am completely new to blogging. (1.5 months) already it is great to see how many people follow and leave comments, but I would like to enter competitions and awards but find that when more established blogs enter, they have an advantage because they have so many more followers voting for them. I'd like to know if there are any competitions or blog awards for newcomers ?! X

    http://powderblue1.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I have my own opinions about blog awards, one that a lot of people don't share. But the great thing about opinions is that we can all have our own. With awards such as Cosmo, it isn't just about votes, their awards are 50% votes and 50% judging so it levels the playing field somewhat. A lot of PR companies such as Immediate PR do a blog of the week so why not look out for them as well if you want some exposure x

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    2. Thank you ! Will definitely keep a look out for those. Thank you for replying x

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    3. Anytime babe. And immediate PR are @immediatepr1 on twitter

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  5. Hi - I think this is a great idea! I'm only thinking about starting up a blog from getting obsessed with reading other people's. After looking into it, it's so much bigger and more complex than I first anticipated and is there even room for my tiny little blog in this big crazy world? It's all rather daunting at the moment, but it's great to know there are established bloggers out there willing to offer their advice. Thanks xo

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  6. Great idea for a post, mine is a practical question please. Is there something bloggers should be doing to their sites in response to the new cookie law? I have seen people writing about it, but my brain is not yet techy blogger enough to understand?!

    Thanks :)

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    1. I will see if I can find someone technical to answer your question ;)

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    2. Hi! The cookie law is mostly aimed at businesses as they use data (such as info from shopping carts and analytics) without visitors knowing what they're using it for. As a blogger I think itd be best practice to add a little disclaimer about what data you're using (analytics? Or something else) and what you use it for (eg to improve visitor experience). You could also inform the user how to turn off cookies if they don't want to be tracked (in browser settings).
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    3. Thank you both :) Any suggestions as to where on the site you should put these bits?

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    4. Can you not put something in the sidebar?

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  7. The things that I like about your posts Kellie and which I think makes a difference, they are not trying to sell anything, they don't preach, they are witty, light and easy to read. Too many Blogs have a hidden agenda, and tend to be a lot of waffle. As you so rightly say on your header "Just Saying What You are Thinking" which hits the nail on the head, something we can ALL relate to.. Keep up the good work

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  8. Ooops - I'm right down here now! Thank you for the advice. I think I need to set aside some time to do that. I've been blogging for just over a year.

    Thanks for the feedback and advice x

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  9. Oh hey, can I haz blogz too?! :)

    I'm a very lazy person when it comes to blogging. I don't even know if I can even call myself a blogger? I post rather infrequently (once-twice a week), faff around and babble a lot. And quite often I drift off into a rant. I do have quite a few ideas what to write about, I just need to get my sexy butt into motion and get it done, right?

    But then again... only a handful of people even know the blog exists and even less have ever commented on it. Is it even worth posting then?

    I'm babbling again, aren't I?

    Help me Obi-Wan Kellienobi, you're my only hope!

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    1. LOL. Obi-wan Kellienobi
      I'm putting that on business cards.

      Course it's worth it, blog for yourself. And they will come.

      You are unique Markus, coz you are you.

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    2. Unique, eh? Thank Goddess for that. Imagine two of my kind! That'd be terrifying and amazing at the same time. Terramazing? Amafying? I think I'll have to trademark them words!

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  10. How can I stop people from reading my blog? The bastards.

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    1. Stop being quite so awesome?

      One of the stags get the ump babe?

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    2. I hear ya! Them's my letters and words! How dare these people...

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    3. Every sentence now starts with "don't put this in your blog but..." it's like they don't trust me. Cool post though I just wish I had a serious question to ask xx

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  11. I've recently been inspired to start a blog (inspired a huge amount by reading your blog Kellie!) and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. You know that thing that you used to do when you had a big piece of homework and you would do ANYTHING else before you started? Well that's me. Ooh, I have to have the perfect layout for the blog. Oh, wouldn't this be a great opportunity to practice my graphic skills and design a killer header. Hmmmm, do I need a new laptop?! Which is all ridiculous, as all I want to do is write and find an outlet for my creativity.

    I think it's because I have a couple of fears: I am a bit of an all or nothing girl. It's either perfect or a complete mess and I don't want to be a messy blogger. I put huge pressures on myself and will always assume that I've made a bad first impression, and who wants to do that?! I've always loved writing, but after years of ill health am only just starting again and I'm nervous about finding my own voice. I write a lot of copy in my job and I'm pretty good at adjusting to fit in with an existing tone. How do I know that I'm writing in my voice and not that of all the blogs I read? I'm also a pretty private person and trusting an unknown audience with my thoughts is tough.

    Wow - maybe I could do this blogging lark! That was some emotional exposure right there!

    Thanks for your brilliant blog Kellie and for making me chuckle on twitter every day!

    Robyn x

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    1. Robyn I know what you mean. But as you blog you find your feet. Go and check out some of my old posts. They make me cringe but are a great way to see how far I've come.

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to reply. This whole bog post has been very timely - I'm all inspired now! Perhaps you could pop over to my blog when it's up and running and cast your eye over it.

      I was thinking about this last night and had a couple of things that I'd love to know: what is your favourite thing about blogging? As in, what keeps you coming back and so engaged... Also, Which blogs would you reccomend would make inspirational reading for a new or yet-to-start
      blogger?

      Thanks again! X

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  12. Hello lovely lady,
    May I please ask a really boring question about blog names?

    My blog is called "A Life Well Blogged" and I write about all sorts of crap, but I'm finding the name really uninspiring and boring (I'm coming out of a three year long cycle of depression) and I'm feeling so much more chipper (not actually a word that I tend to use, but seems fitting here) and I want something a bit cheerier and more like me (now).

    I'm rambling... so I'll get to the point: I don't have a huge following or a large number of readers, so will anyone really care if I change the name of the blog?

    Ta muchly
    Michelle x

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    1. I think if you've got to the stage where you want to change your name then this reflects a turning point in your blog. An opportunity.

      You can blog about why you want to change it, and the reasons behind it. It would definitely be a post I'd read x x

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  13. Hi! Thanks for following us back on themblogideas! If you would like to look at our individual blogs when you have time? And let us know what you think :)

    Emma from http://emmaloeskow.blogspot.com and
    Ina from http://limesandsmiles.blogspot.com


    we are also on twitter https://twitter.com/emmaloeskow and https://twitter.com/limesandsmiles

    This is Ina writing btw :) Ixxx

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  14. Lovely post. So nice to see that you're giving something back. I'm a relatively new blogger...actually that's a lie. I've blogged before and ended up getting very disheartened with it both times. I find that blogging can be VERY cliquey and whilst it's nice to see other bloggers supporting each other with lots of gushy praise, it can sometimes feel like nobody wants to know 'new' bloggers.

    This time i'm determined to make it work but i'm not really sure that i have enough focus. I find myself wanting to use my blog as an outlet for my writing but since i love blog posts with lots of pictures, outfit posts and whatnot i'd like to include those too. I'm a new mum i also wanted to try my hand at 'mummy blogging'. At the moment i just feel like it's a bit of a mish mash of all sorts that doesn't really work together. Any tips on how to get some structure/focus in blogging?

    Laura
    mee-and-thee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Laura, look at my blog, I have no structure. I literally spout about whatever is going on in my brain.

      Structure works for some but not all of us.

      I hope that this post helps you to realise there are a lot of bloggers out there that are willing to help new blogs.

      Mail me if you ever have a question. Always happy to help.

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  15. I just started a new blog as my old one was a total mess tbh and like Laura above me I got disheartened.

    So a new start for me, new direction, as if I have any direction at all rofl.

    I'd like to say thank you to all the bloggers that are helping everyone else out <3

    masses of love!

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  16. would you mind checking out my blog and emailing me what you think of it? i need some constructive criticism haha!xx
    http://beautyworthy.blogspot.co.uk
    beautyworthy@hotmail.co.uk

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  17. Of course there's room for new bloggers. And there's also guest posts. I love my tweeps who blog from beauty to fashion to politics to womens issues and of course whatever has tickled Kellie's feature of the day. And it's not always about followers but interaction. Kellie is always supportive. She's like a care bear on crack :-)

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