7.10.2012

A Little Proposition for You

Well I'm supposed to be in NYC right about now but as I mentioned before, due to some financial circumstances, I'm not! I had 2 lovely guest posts lined up for when I was away and since the posts are so great I'm gonna share them with you even though I'm not on vacation :)

Before I let my first guest poster take it away, I wanted to bounce an idea off of you guys.

The Proposition:
I'm thinking about starting a weekly series (name to be determined) that features an exercise/fitness move of the week. I will give you the name of the move, show you guys pictures of me doing the move and explain what areas of your body that the move targets. I think this will help me with my personal training studies :) So leave a comment telling me YAY :) or NEY :( Don't worry, my feeling won't be hurt if you guys don't like the idea!

And on to the guest post...
Today's post is brought you by one of my favorite bloggers, Tammy of Lemons, Avocados & the Bay. Make sure to swing by her parts and say hi from Lovely Little Things!

Last thing and I'll shut up: thank you so much for letting me use this post, Tammy! You're awesome!
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Well, you already know this buttt Jessica is awesome. I really respect her as a person and as a fabulous blogger, and am pretty excited that she asked me to do a little blog takeover while she is away.


Sooo hey, I'm Tammy, and I blog over at Lemons, Avocados & the Bay. On July 2nd I celebrated my 1 year blogging anniversary, and man, I have learned a lot. I have also made the most wonderful friends, been introduced to some incredible opportunities, and have become more creative AND disciplined than I could have imagined. Let's just say I'm thankful.
I'm thankful and I want to share some of my newfound knowledge with you. I've put together a little list of the things I have learned over the past year. That being said I am no expert, and of course, these opinions are all mine and mine alone. Sooo if you want music to play when people load your blog, start picking out your songs. =P

Just a note: these tips are mostly directed to bloggers who are looking to grow their readership and get involved in the blogging community (it's a great one). =)

Do's And Don'ts of Blogging
Do blog regularly. Readers are drawn to new content, and if you constantly provide new and interesting posts they'll keep coming back.
Do schedule and set aside time for blogging in a way that best suites your life. I've found that writing blog posts during the work week can often be stressful for me so I write and schedule a few blog posts on Sunday evenings while Nadav and I are slowing down and watching some of our favorite TV shows (cough Mad Men and Games of Thrones). That way I have blog posts ready and don't feel so rushed during the work week to knock out some posts.
On that note don't feel guilty about not blogging. Blogging should be fun, and not a job. Trust me, I'm still working on this lesson...

Do connect with other bloggers. Leave lots of comments all over the blogosphere, join twitter and start chatting with other bloggers you might have things in common with. Chances are, you'll make some friends. I also highly recommend attending blogger meetups, or gasp.. planning some yourself. I promise you won't regret it =)
However, don't get so wrapped up in social media that you neglect those in your "real life". It's a challenging balance, but it's an important one. Truth is, replying to that tweet can wait just a little bit, but hugging your significant other shouldn't wait.

Do make things pretty. A pretty blog design will help grab the attention of readers, and large pretty pictures are always a plus but...
Don't rely on a pretty blog design. Write, write, write, and write some more. Readers are interested in finding out who you are and what makes you special. Let's just say a pretty blog design will help bring all the readers to the yard, but interesting content will keep them coming back for more.

Do express yourself and share your interests with your readers, but puhleeeease
Don't set music to automatically play when someone loads your blog. Although I also  love the Beatles, The 500 Days of Summer" soundtrack, and Jason Mraz please don't interrupt my attempts to watch The Real Housewives of Orange County and read blogs with your music... =P

Do play nicely. It's scary to put yourself out on the internet, but it's something you have to do in order to grow your blog. Be kind and thoughtful when you love comments, we're all just doing our best.
Don't take negative feedback too seriously. If your blog continues to grow it's going to happen... you will receive a mean comment(s) at some point. Trust me, it won't feel good, but it's just what happens when you put yourself out there. You just have to keep on truckin and work on growing that thick skin. Focus on the good blogging has brought to your life, and try to refrain from focusing on the negative. If you ask me this whole blogging thing is so worth it.

and most importantly..
Do be yourself. Blogging will rapidly lose its appeal if you're trying to present yourself as someone you are not through your blog.
Do blog for yourself, whatever your reasons may be. Try not to get lost in the appeal of sponsors and free loot, because in the end.. if you don't love it you won't want to do it.



What have you learned from blogging head on over to Lemons, Avocados & the Bay and let me know?

45 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your advice! i am a newish blogger and have found myself (at times) trying to please others through my posts. But, when it all comes down to it, I created my blog to write and to be heard. And though challenges and regular posting is fun, if I dont want to do things like "social sundays" or "thankful thursdays", then I shouldnt feel the pressure to participate. So thanks for your advice! Your blog has been fun and been really enjoyable to read! Good luck with your quest to be a personal trainer (I am a physical therapist)!

    Thanks again!
    Jyndia
    livingmylife10.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this guest post! I needed to hear a lot of this. So glad to have read it :) And YES, absolutely go ahead with your fitness/work out plan! I would LOVE something like that.

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  3. YAY!

    And girl, hope you're not down about NYC. It's the same the few times I've been there...it'll be the same when you go there too! I mean great place to visit but it'll be just as fun when you go someday in the future :)) You're not missing anything that you can't see later. And...it's not my favorite city in America...SHHHHH ;)

    Have a fabulous day!!!

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  4. Wonderful idea! You could even have you readers send back photos of them doing the move and provide feedback on how it is working for them! And I loveee her blog - she is so adorable :)

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  5. YES. That is all.

    ok moving on.

    Umm great post!
    These guidelines are so great for new bloggers and great reminders for us seasoned veterans (HA)

    Love you! Sorry you cant in in NY right now! Lets start saving and go next year (maybe to BlogHer?)

    Love love

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  6. Such great tips! And Jess - I'm all for the weekly series - sounds great :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  7. Yay to the fitness series! Maybe then I'll actually start working out! :)

    And fantastic guest post! I was going strong on the whole gaining a strong readership deal and then I just sort of dropped the ball. But I want to get back into it really badly. So thank you for the tips! :)

    yay for blogging! :)

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  8. Wonderful post!! I also really like the idea for the new feature! I love learning new exercises so I'd be excited to not only read about some new moves, but also see them demonstrated.

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  9. Love this idea. My vote is for yay! =)
    Alesha <3

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  10. You idea is great! I think that kind of focus is beneficial to everyone!

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  11. LOVE that idea..and maybe like once a month, you could have someone submit their favorite workout move and feature it?

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  12. this is wondeful! the idea of exercising (can never spell that word right) and the tips for blogging! it's nice to hear that other people go through "impressing" too...I started blogging to just write and now it's grown so much! thanks for the tips!

    danielle
    http://bellaella2121.blogspot.com

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  13. a big fat YAY! Go for it!! And we'll get some free PT tips! :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  14. I would LOVE to see new exercises for sure! GREAT idea!!! I'm always looking for new things to incorporate! And this guest post is fantastic!!! :) Heading to her blog now!

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  15. Love that idea! Since I'll be on my own and working full-time (as opposed to having classes and working) I hope to legit begin working out/losing weight/getting healthy.
    And I love that it would help you work towards your certification! :)

    <3
    kimberrleigh.com

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  16. Love the idea of getting some new moves each week! I'm trying to get back into working out more but am not sure what to do. I don't like to rely on the machines for everything, but I'm not always sure what to do with the free weights, so I would love seeing what you suggest!

    Also, love the guest post! Great advice. Thanks!

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  17. your blog is really great <3 I love it <3 may we can follow each other? :)

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  18. YAY to your idea!!! and a big thank you for the advice - I'm a pretty new blogger and this is the kind of stuff I need to be reminded of!

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  19. Yes to the fitness tips! I would love it and most def read :)

    Hi Tammy! Great tips and I already love AL&B :)

    Evani

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  20. Yes, to the fitness idea! That would be great!

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  21. Love the advice :)

    YAY!!! PLEASE do it!!! I am totally in.

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  22. Thank you so much for having me Jess =)

    and yes, I would love a fitness series! Dooo it

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  23. YAY for your weekly post idea!

    And YAY for Tammy. I adore her! #SDpride

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  24. only if you are showin' off your super fit bod!!

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  25. Greats tips on blogging!

    xx
    Heel in Mint
    www.heelinmint.com

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  26. Yay! Love the idea. Thanks for sharing the blogging tips.

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  27. I think a fitness series would be a great idea. I'm always looking for new moves to do!

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  28. okay so totes YAY on your proposition. I agree with you and think that it'd be a great way for you to start off your training skills!! So DO IT!!

    And omg... I didn't know you skipped out on NYC :/ Sorry friend... BUT just means more money in your pocket for an even greater trip down the road!!

    Love your guest and her tips. I totes agree about not having music play... some times I be at work and I DON'T like surprises to come on the speakers while I'm trying to discretely read my bloggettes! LOL

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  29. 1. I love the fitness idea!!
    2. Thank you for the blogging tips! I started a blog a while ago, posted once or twice, and then died off. I'm currently attemting to revamp and start fresh, so I appreciate the advice! And I'm totally inspired! So thank you!

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  30. Mad Men + Game of Thrones is my exact Sunday night lineup too :) I totally agree that it's stressful to plan and write posts during the work week, so I try to do some on the weekend (but it's an ongoing process - I feel like I'm always behind!)

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  31. What great advice for new bloggers like me! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. Do it! The weekly fitness move - I vote yes!

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  33. I love your idea, but I would still want you to write about your everyday happenings and thoughts in the post too. That's my favorite part about your blog.

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  34. Very good advice. I still struggle with some of it too, but we are all learning and growing! Did she mention ridding the world of word verification? That's a BIG one. Haha.

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  35. Yay!! I would love this! I am always looking for ways to mix it up! I love your blog!

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  36. Yes! Yes! Yes! it will be a great new feature for your blog!

    Wonderful tips - thanks : )

    xo
    Katherine
    http://simplysweetsunday.blogspot.com/

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  37. I've only been blogging for about a month now, so I really appreciate this advice! Thanks!!

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  38. I say YAY to your awesome idea!!! I would love LOVE to get new workout tips! And to help you prep for your test would be great! :)

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