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I’m Hooked on a Feeling

1blog15I can’t fight this feeling, deep inside of me, I’m hooked on a feeling…blogging, you don’t know what you do to me.

I’m not entirely sure how many posts about blogging advice I’ve read in the past couple of years. Some posts were extremely helpful, others decidedly unhelpful, many didn’t pertain to me, and others gibberish. So here’s my best blogging advice that will most certainly change the way you blog forever!

1. Have a blog.

2. Write posts that are 300 words to whatever-your-readers-think-isn’t-too-long. Think of each post as a summer hat, you want it to cover your face and neck, but you don’t want to be the one with that Royal Wedding hat.1blog21
3. Add pictures and images to your posts. There are many ways to do this – take photos, make memes, scan, find, paint, draw…and please credit them, if possible.

4. Publish the post – this part is way more important than it seems.

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5. Read. Not just books, but other people’s posts as well. If you don’t have time to read, how do you have time to write?

6. Before writing or posting, don’t think about if people will: Like it, share it, reblog it, tweet it, agree, disagree, unfollow, hate you, become your worst nightmare troll, make voodoo dolls of you, or nominate you for awards. Don’t think about becoming rich and famous. Just write. Write, because if you don’t the words will burst out of you like an alien bursting out of your chest! I can’t guarantee they’ll show up at your blogdoor with flowers and candy for each post you write, but it’s worth a try.1blogs29
7. Think of the internet as a massive, sprawling, loud house party. Sometimes it takes time, effort, and quite a few trips to the ‘refreshment area’ to find people and have them find you.

8. Engage with your readers and other bloggers, be generous, share the works of others, but don’t always expect reciprocation in kind. Think of the blogging community more like a big chain link fence – the links don’t all connect, but altogether they make something strong.1blogs28
9. Don’t worry about who’s reading or not reading your blog and what they might think, although, you might want to worry if you worry about that too much.

10. Share your work. Be a shameless self-promoting bloghussy – like me! Be as overexposed as Miley Cyrus, wait, even as I type that, it sounds like bad advice. A little mystery goes a long way. The important thing is to be out there, getting experience and learning.1funny125

1blog3611. Most of all, enjoy the process. Never in the field of human communication has so much been written by so many to so few. It’s a massive virtual haystack (yes, sadly, you’re the needle in this analogy), so just sit back, type on, press publish, and enjoy the ride.

12. Ignore all the aforementioned advice. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy. Get whatever you need from the moment.

What about you, dear readers, what would be your best blogging advice, besides Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga?

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285 thoughts on “I’m Hooked on a Feeling

  1. I was laughing my way through this- but yeah, your post is spot on! I think my two bits of advice would have to be 1)To have fun, to have passion in your work and 2) to always reach out and talk because this community is really amazing.

    But I think we’ll get along famously- thanks so much for checking out my blog, it means a lot to me.

    And I’m going to go explore a little more.
    -Daniel

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    1. Thank you and that’s wonderful. I think these blog parties or blog shares are a great way to find other bloggers! And now I’ve found you as well. Hope you can virtually visit often. Wishing you the best of today! 🙂

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  2. Answering questions from first meme: yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.
    This is a great post. Informative yet witty in the right places. Great advice for all, new or seasoned.
    As usual, you hit it out of the park. You have a brilliant knack for covering a huge variety of topics in a fun and informative manner. I don’t know how you do it but I am so THRILLED you joined the linky #MidLifeLuv. #bestbloggerever 😄

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    1. Elena, I’m the one that should be thanking you for hosting such a wild party – us midlifers sure know how to have fun!!! I’ll keep sharing it so more people find it. 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate them. Hope this weekend is a good one, so far. 🙂

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    1. The question, can you forget it? lol
      Very glad I joined you all for #MidLifeLuv – what a wonderful group and thanks for dropping by,Kimberly, just popped over to you blog and followed you, like everywhere. 😉

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  3. I think you need to edit like crazy. I sit with a post for a while – let it simmer kind of – that advice was given to me and I have followed it. I think it really helps to keep the quality consistent. Great post and such a fun, fresh presentation!

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    1. Thank you. I started by editing a lot and I found it so time consuming so now I try to write less and edit less. I wish I could pretend it always works. lol 😉
      I agree completely about sitting with the post for awhile, it helps. Thanks for dropping, hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  4. Really enjoyed this article, you had me chuckling – glad to have found your site! and thanks so much for the follow and for dropping by my blog – someone else who remembers mysterious cities of gold! 🙂

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  5. Donna, great post and your enthusiasm is quite infectious. My advice to new bloggers in persistence and perseverance….as well as reading many other blogs. You need to read more than you write. While it’s good to read a number of blogs, I focus more on building community, connection and depth than having a high turnover. This isn’t just marketing hype and “loyalty building”. That’s who I am. Blogging for me is about community and conversation not just about me raving on into cyberspace but it’s taken 3 years to get here.
    Today, I reached an important milestone….20,000 views. It took me two years to get to 10,000 and just 6 months to go from 10,000 to 20,000. I attribute that to receiving a few awards and participating in the April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The challenge was hard work but it was fantastic. I also belong to a group called #1000speak which writes about compassion on the 20th of each month and we have a link up. I also do #sundayblogshare. I personally check out other blogs in these but I’m not always sure how many readers are there. Readers are a rare breed it seems.
    Hope those ideas might help a few people, Good luck xx Rowena
    PS Many of my posts are very long but I also feel that in shortening a story, you can also lose the tale. If I’m reading about a topic, I usually like something that investigates the twists and turns on a topic. That said, if I’m reading 10 posts last at night, I go for shameless quickies xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      I think it’s all about what works for each person, if we were all carbon copies there would be no point. 🙂
      Yes, I love #SundayBlogShare and #1000Speak although I’m not quite brave enough to attempt anything like the A-Z Challenge yet. 🙂
      It is about community, conversation, and caring. 🙂
      Hope this day treats you kindly, Rowena and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  6. This is great D! Thanks for sharing. and yes, now I have both of those songs stuck in my head. Fortunately I like them both. I like the Nike approach, just do it. It’s nice to have great ideas, but if you don’t act on them, nothing will change.

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    1. Thank you kindly for the lovely mention in your Weekly Link Roundup, you’re so kind and generous and always have great advice.
      And it looks like I’m in good company.
      Thank you again and hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

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  7. Gee, thanks for leaving this song stuck in my head, lol! And my wrist is tired from scrolling past over two hundred comments just to write this, hahaha. I concur with every point here! Funny though, may ‘etiquette blogs’ say to write posts at least 1000 words. I don’t like to write them that long (if I can help it), as I think a reader really starts to skim at that length. Just my two cents! 🙂

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    1. And once it’s there, it may never come out again, but hey, it’s an awesome song. 😉
      Sorry about the scroll, but, for me, the best part of blogging has been finding others. 🙂
      I know, many say bigger is better, but if size does matter, in this case and this case only, smaller is better. 😉

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      1. Lol on both counts. And never apologize for a scroll, it means so many people are listening to you! I was trying to be funny. 🙂 Imagine if your audience kept growing and you had like 1000 comments, lol, you’d never be able to eat sleep, write or go anywhere without a laptop appendage, 🙂 🙂 Haha!

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  8. Wow! I’m the 248th comment! If there’s one thing I want to know, it’s how to get more comments. Truth be told though, I know the answer and it’s interaction. You do it online as good as anyone. You have to give to receive.

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  9. My best blogging advice pertains to reading posts out loud before publishing. Catch typos, words that may look the same, but aren’t, and mishappen sentences. If it reads wonky to you…it reads that way to me as well. Yikes Already!

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    1. That is very true, I find when I read something out loud and hear it, I think, what? That’s great advice.
      Thanks for dropping by, taking the time to comment, hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  10. I truly enjoyed this! Blogging is a lot of work, but it there are also an abundance of rewards for your hard work. Number 1 for my are the relationships that I’ve made through the years. I love what I do and look forward to it every day.

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    1. Thank you kindly, wow, this was a lovely surprise to find in my comments!!! Made my whole weekend! 🙂 Much appreciated.
      Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

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  11. Great advice. I guess don’t worry too much about what anybody else is doing and don’t compare yourself to anybody else would be my two cents… Great advice!:)

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    1. That’s the way to go, after all, there’s always gonna be another mountain
      I’m always gonna wanna make it move lol 😉
      #FridayFrolics was fun and dreadfully frolicky.
      From one shameless self-promoting bloghussy to another 😉

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  12. Teheheee Donna you are a hoot ad I love your blogs, If there is someone who writes as they wish its you. You got your character written all over your blog posts, or so I hope since we have never met. Keep on dishing the goodies your very own unique way and thanks for dropping a plateful at the Pit stop 🙂
    You are a true giver!

    Julie Syl

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    1. Yes, Julie, that’s pretty much me splattered all over every post lol 😉
      Thanks for letting us bloggers hang around your blog parties – #BloggersPitStop is awesome. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. I adore Kathleen, she’s amazing and #BloggersPitStop is awesome, and you’ve reminded me I have to pop over there again. I love your posts and food and tea and travel and more food, did I mention food? lol 😉 Hope the week ahead treats you kindly. 🙂

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  13. I don’t know whether I want to strangle you for getting that song stuck in my head (you just went too far with the ooga-chakas at the end, since I’d already been singing it since your opening words) or high-five you for being so reasonable with this list! I love it and thanks for joining us again at #FridayFrivolity!

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    1. As earworms go this is a delightful one, Lisa, go with it, let it flow through you lol 😉
      Thanks and thanks for inviting me – it’s always an awesome party at #FridayFrivolity – I hope to have more time to visit this week. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the lovely feature. Just when I think #TrafficJamWeekend can’t get any better, it does.
      I hope the week ahead treats you all kindly and thank you again. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly! Wow! So glad you enjoyed it and so good of you to feature this! 🙂
      I love #TrafficJamWeekend – it’s an awesome party!
      Hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂

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