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The bloggers's support and blathering thread

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DillyTante Sun 19-Feb-12 22:01:16

I thought I would start off a new thread based on a comment by Queen Maeve on another thread, which I completely agree with. In the beginning, the bloggers' chat thread was just that, we chatted, shared links, tips and exchanged views on each others' blogs. Now it has become a bit 'post and run' sort of a one way street really.

While I think that has it's place, as I like to have somewhere to go to pick out new blog posts, I miss the chat and the community, so I am deeming this a chat/support/blather thread. Posts and running will only be tolerated in extremis from regular contributors. Otherwise we shall glare at you via our screens.

So, I'll kick off: how's your blogging going? I hit 101 posts today! That's since July. What sort of numbers are you averaging?

I was really inspired by Latte Lady's post here, and have decided I need to make my blog more instructive, rather than just bumbling around going "oh look, I made this, it's really easy, I bet you could do it too" and sticking a couple of instagrammed photos in. And I want to be more passionate and more interesting. I want to branch out a little, but I'm worried about putting off any followers I do have who follow me for my niche which is mainly crafting.

Blogging has also made me think a bit more seriously about writing. I have always enjoyed writing but never pursued it in anger. I did NaNoWriMo and loved it, but I think that blogging has shown me that if I am going to give writing ago, I don't think fiction is my thing. I'd like to write features. I currently have complete career envy of Perri Lewis. She craft blogs for the Guardian and writes on Mollie Makes and Psychologies. She get to write about craft and psychology, that is what I want to do!

Hello Dilly - good idea.

My blogging is going okay - I notice a spike in the number of hits when I post here, on FB or on Twitter that I have published a new post. Those days I get around 100 hits, on slower days it is usually around 40. I've only recently started linking the blog to FB and Twitter, so it may change the numbers.

My blog is about how I am dealing with having a cancer dx, treatment and now the news that I am in remission, and also about dealing with facial palsy, which is a result of the cancer treatment, so it tends to be an account of what I've been up to, how I'm feeling, how I'm measuring progress. I'd like to make it a bit more zingy, with pictures and links etc but probably need to sit down and figure out how to do that (techno-numpty....).

Like you, blogging has made me think about writing. Also like you, I don't think fiction is my thing - I'm not nearly imaginative enough! I'd quite like to see if there's a chance my blog could somehow be published but have no real idea how to go about it. I enjoy the writing process and find it quite easy to let the word flow, but that's because I just empty my thoughts onto the screen and don't have to think about what I'm going to write!!

MmeGuillotine Sun 19-Feb-12 22:12:29

My writing really took off after I started my blog - I've been writing novels since I was about fifteen but never really took it seriously or thought anyone would actually want to read my work until I got into the whole blogging thing. It's going brilliantly now though - I'm selling about a thousand books a month and can mostly give up my job and concentrate on writing instead which wasn't even a daydream in the past as it seemed so unlikely to ever happen! smile

Um, as to the numbers that my blog is averaging, I'm getting about 3,500-4,000 page views a day at the moment. There's quite a few hot topics on there that's bringing them in. I'm not complaining, just feel a bit pressured to 'perform' I suppose. I don't think I am naturally very good at blogging, you see and I'd love to be able to do all the crafty stuff that you do. smile

DillyTante Sun 19-Feb-12 22:37:25

By numbers I meant how many posts do you average. But if we are sharing, mine are similar to TheSweetestThing, around 40 or so when I'm quiet. 100-200 on good days. I'd like to do google analytics, though not sure how.

MmeG, your success is amazing. Crafting does lend itself well to blogging as its very visual and you can share ideas, tutorials etc. I imagine that it is harder to come up with topics for yours, but you obviously do I great job.

MmeGuillotine Sun 19-Feb-12 22:50:12

I gave up on Google Analytics recently as I didn't really know what to do with the information. I'm not really into working with PR people, reviewing products or attracting advertising though so all that sort of thing isn't really relevant to me. smile

I've written um 966 posts. Christ. Well, clearly I'm coming up with some ideas along the way... ;)

QueenMaeve Sun 19-Feb-12 23:42:30

My blog was a year old on Friday! It was funny looking back at my first post. It was a bit 'hello is there anybody out there?'. I really feel I've gotten the hang
Of things a bit better. I try to be as instructional as I can and take pics as I go along. I really can't believe how my blog has been such an incentive to get stuff done. I've made far more little bits and pieces for the house because of the blog. I'm not very good at the writing bit and feel a bit self conscious when I do more wordy post. A lot of people I know read it now which is a bit inconvertible at times. So that's how things are at the minute.
Mme& Dilly I love both your blogs. Sweetest thing I'm going to have a read at yours now.

Flubba Mon 20-Feb-12 09:46:01

I'm really enjoying blogging but certainly don't have the follower numbers you lot have. I only started in December and have written 30 odd posts now, and currently getting about 40 views a day. I don't 'do' Twitter or FB so it's basically mainly views from search engines and about 1/4 of views are from MN.
I'm doing it predominantly to keep track of the various things I do/make and how to do them again. I had started doing a paper version for myself at home, but realised a blog is a much more visual (and less likely to get lost!) version of what I was doing smile
I don't have a knack for writing but have plans in the long future (2017 to be precise) to travel with my kids and DH around the world for a year, so thought a travel blog would be a way to record what we're doing and experiencing, and keeping in touch with 'back home' while we're away.

kej75 Mon 20-Feb-12 10:37:01

Hi, this seems a great idea. I've been blogging for a whole year today, and have only done 76 posts. I don't have a huge following, so some days I may ony get 5 fews. I average about 30 views depending on what I've posted.

I write about my PND, so some people may find it a bit much. Its quite personal to help me try and make sense of what is happening. I am also hoping to highlight PND and all mental illnesses and try and be a help to others who are suffering and also help no sufferers understand a bit more.

I'm fairly new to the mumsnet blogging so will be good to try and get to know more people.

Just a quick question how do you 'showcase' your blog on here?


SallyDon Mon 20-Feb-12 10:42:14

I have been guilty of post and run, mainly due to frazzlement. I blog about parenting children adopted from the care system, infertility, education, identity etc which all sounds worthy and dull but hopefully isn't. I write about related TV programmes and books, education and sometimes bread-making.

I've been blogging since last summer to try and promote a book which publishers generally like but are wary there isn't enough of a market for. I use twitter a lot and have found a 'tribe' there.

I get between 300 and 40 hits a day and it's been a real process of trial and error. I'm less worried about the stats now though. I really enjoy blogging and tweeting, it has rescued me from tedium and isolation and I've connected with some interesting people.

I enjoy reading blogs and generally find them through twitter.

Great idea for a thread by the way. Will try harder.

Hi, I've never really got into the discussion boards before but thought this was a good thread to start.

I blog about news and pop culture but I've been so busy lately I'm not posting enough so I feel like there are quite big gaps on my blog for something that is supposed to sync up with current affairs. Oh well.

I find twitter, facebook and comments on other blogs are the best way to get traffic but I don't get a huge amount of subscribers - mostly because a lot of my readers are people in my extended social circle irl and not necessarily that big into blogging per se.

Does anyone else find traffic just doesn't translate to subscription for them?

polkettle Mon 20-Feb-12 11:28:12

Well I've just finished my blog entry for the day so nice to come and join you with my cup of tea.
I blog about children's books and only started in January-34 posts so far I think-Really it's a way of reengaging my brain, with both kids now at school and to stop me playing so much Scrabble on Facebook ;)
I'm trying to post every weekday- but that may be too ambitious for long term sustainability. I'm getting about 30+ 'hits' a day- most of them probably my friends- more if I participate in a Kidlit community 'meme'.
I enjoy it- and have to keep reminding myself that this is for ME not for any world domination- as I started to get discouraged by the many people who have been doing it much longer and better than me! It's easy to get swept up in your own cyberspace bubble of self importance. I spent too long during half term worrying about my inability to post because of actually needing to be with my kids... Like anyone really caredsmile Don't worry. I'm getting a grip.

ReallyRachel Mon 20-Feb-12 11:52:34

Hello I'm a newbie blogger and this is my first time using the chat on mumsnet but seemed like a good place to start. My blog just turned one month old and so far I've written about 43 posts. Some days I'll write a couple some days I'll write none LOL. I'm a busy mum of 4 but 3 are in fulltime school, in fact my eldest has just gone on his first overnight school trip. I'm trying to use google analatics but as I'm such a newbie I'm still learning how to do everything. I love the blogs where they have all their little links for facebook, twitter etc on the top of the page but no idea how to get them. I'm also still breastfeeding my youngest and she always decides when I sit down with the laptop then that's the perfect time to nurse LOL

ReallyRachel Mon 20-Feb-12 12:09:34

Does anyone else struggle to use twitter? I prefer facebook myself but I read that twitter is very popular, I also think I have to follow everyone who follows me on twitter but then my feed just seems to be full of competition entrys! I do have my facebook and twitter account linked so anything I post as my facebook page is shared via twitter and I'm trying to post more often as my page, as though it was my personal page although without as much personal details

polkettle Mon 20-Feb-12 12:10:52

now I feel really slack- that's very impressive ReallyRachel!

polkettle Mon 20-Feb-12 12:13:54

I keep on meaning to subscribe to Twitter...but worry that it'll just distract me further from Life. I've just joined Pinterest which I think is really Twitter for Girls- I have wasted hours gazing in fascination at pages of artery hardening cake recipes and diverting photos of kittens dressed as Pikachu etc.

ReallyRachel Mon 20-Feb-12 12:21:17

Thanks Polkettle. My kids love books so I will go have a look at your blog. Their favourite is A Squash and a Squeezeby Julia Donaldson and its good because the rhyme repeats my 5yr old reads that with us and now my 6yr old likes reading it to us!!! I have twitter on my phone but I just can't get into it like I did facebook and I've read some really good getting started blogs which have helped as well

GingerEm Mon 20-Feb-12 14:32:57

Hello Ladies! It's so interesting that this is the discussion today- im ashamed to say that I'm hardly ever on here- I too tend to just post and go! I started blogging about 10 months ago, but regularly from a bout last September. I blog about life with 5 children, the big and the small stuff. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not.
The thing is, I wonder where I'm going with it, and why I do it. I really enjoy it, and get a lot of good verbal feedback (although I DO wish friends would comment more in the blog!). I probably get about 100 views a day when I post, about half that when I don't. I'm not good at 'getting it out there' I really don't know where to start. I would LOVE to think that some day I would publish something or write for a magazine or even try my hand at a book but that's so far removed from my reality right now that it's almost ridiculous....
I'm going to go now and take a nosy and some of your blogs - they sound fabulous so im hoping to come away inspired rather than intimidated! Em
PS-Oooooooh- meant to say, I'm thinking of tweeting too!

GingerEm Mon 20-Feb-12 14:48:33

Still trying to do a public profile page but my blog is just in case you wanted to take a look.

trulymyrtle Mon 20-Feb-12 17:26:18

Hi everyone - I am a very newby blogger - truly myrtle is just over 2 weeks old!

I blog about my sewing and knitting mostly, stuff I make. I have four kids and a lot of what I make is for them, but I love selfish knitting and sewing too!

My aim is to figure out how I can turn my crafting into a job - I thought I'd start with this and see where it takes me. OMG I am having sooooo much fun. Sod the housework. The house is a tip, the meals are late and scrabbled together, but at least I am enjoying myself....

No, seriously, how do you fellow bloggers find that all so oft talked about "balance"????

DillyTante Mon 20-Feb-12 19:28:40

Thanks all for joining the thread.

Rachael, what blog host are you using? I use Wordpress & you add the share buttons via your widgets.

As for twitter, I love it! Honestly, I was a complete skeptic, but it is a great way of sharing information. Do give it a go, it's a great way of networking.

Sally, what is your book like? It's about adoption isn't it? Have you thought about self publishing?

Flubba, I think the writing improves with practice. Did you know you can turn your blog into a book? Best to do it when you have been doing it for a while, but it's a good way of preserving it.

kej75 Mon 20-Feb-12 19:51:15

Hi, its good to read about other's experinces, but how do I find everyone's blog/twitter/facebook page? It is probably really simple, but I can't work it out.

Thank You!

ReallyRachel Mon 20-Feb-12 20:00:50

I'm using blogger and I have the little share box at the bottom plus wigets for facebook page and twitter but I like the little boxes I've seen some small square ones at the tops of some blogs and they look cool. You can see my blog at My blog doesn't have a theme, just my ramblings and stories of my kids, plus I'm an extended breastfeeder so I throw in some of that as well LOL

I did write a children's book many many years ago when I wasn't much older than a child myself as I used to LOVE writing stories and had so many idea's floating about LOL

ReallyRachel Mon 20-Feb-12 20:04:37

My eldest went on his first overnight school trip today, seems so quiet without him!!!

PetiteRaleuse Mon 20-Feb-12 20:06:46

Hello everyone. Long time, no chat. I went back to work in January and I no longer have the energy time to blog every day. I have also been guilty of posting and running, something I used to whinge about dislike before when other people did it blush

I have also been abandoning my twitter feed - as I work in Luxembourg but have a French phone due to the roaming charges I spend very little time on Twitter now.

My blog is over three years old, but I have been more regular about posting since last summer.

I started posting regularly to force myself to write. I am currently writing a book about happiness (non fiction) and have a couple of germs of ideas for fiction, which are a long way from being completed. But that's fine.

What I like about blooging is that my blog is very ranty, whereas in real life I am not very ranty at all. I sometimes wonder what people must think of me when I go on and on about politics or the press. But as long as people read and comment and interact I am pretty happy.

Tee2072 Mon 20-Feb-12 20:10:54

Hi all

I actually stopped posting on the weekly thread because I missed the chatter!

I write at Tee's Blog about my mental and physical health issues, being an American in Belfast and my 2.8 year old son, who I had when I was 40. I've been blogging for about 3 years but do it totally for me so haven't even gotten 10,000 views yet. I'll hit that sometime this year.

polkettle Mon 20-Feb-12 20:34:14

Anyone else using Pinterest? I don't think it's particularly useful for my blog but it's loads of fun and I can imagine if you did write a craft based blog it would be invaluable. I've just entertained the kids all half term with ideas pilfered from there.
The problem with a Blogging chat thread is that you keep being distracted from the chat by wanting to go and read everyone's blogs!

Tee2072 Mon 20-Feb-12 20:39:55

I use Pinterest, but also just for fun. Everyone told me it would be consuming but I don't really find it so.

Same user name as here if anyone wants to follow me.

In fact, this is my user name everywhere. grin

PetiteRaleuse Mon 20-Feb-12 20:39:56

I don't use Pinterest very much - and certainly not for my blog (which goes against all the rules and is text based 99%) but I do like going in and looking at people's pictures and adding some to my own. I wish I had far more time to waste

polkettle Mon 20-Feb-12 20:40:51

Should add that it's not that I doubt either the usefulness or the fun of Twitter...just feel sort of exhausted by the thought of it!

Great idea for a thread Dilly.

I've found this part of MN really helpful and inspiring, and have just got into Twitter, trying to get a hold on it all. I'm also on Pinterest - I tell you, it's a whole new world out there!

How do you turn the blog into a book Dilly? Surely someone has to want to buy it first! I'm finding it really helpful writing every day, it's giving me hope that I may be able to turn into a professional writer one day.

SallyDon Mon 20-Feb-12 21:37:05

Dilly - yes the book's about adoption. I've had some good advice from Mme G about self-publishing, that laydee is a mine of information. Still holding out for the big one for now whilst researching digi.

I'm @sallydwrites on twitter if anyone wants to say hello. I don't use the FB due to the many complications of security around adopted children.

And I only blog once a week, so much to do, so little time ......

DillyTante Mon 20-Feb-12 21:40:42

Kej, if you look at the 'latest posts' regular thread you'll find a lot there. Some might have them in their profiles if you click on their name.

Mine is and I'm
@dillytante on twitter.

RecipeJunkie Mon 20-Feb-12 21:44:57

I joined the mumsnet network a few weeks ago but I'm not sure it has done much for my stats. I've been blogging since last summer although had a few weeks 'hiccup' after the first few posts when a lovely hacker got into my gmail account. I think I've notched up about 70 posts. I use a stat counter and in total I've had just over 1150 hits. I get anything from 5 a day to around 50 - not always following on from a post. I try to post 2-3 times a week but soetimes I'm just too tired - I work 6 hrs a day (in a field totally unrelated to y blog, which mumsnet has described as an 'energetic jog round my kitchen', plus have 2 primary school kids and a springer spaniel who needs lots o walking. I also find that I no longer have the luxury of time to surf around the blogosphere as much as I would like, so I guess I am also guilty of post & run. It would be lovely to do more, but...

Recently, a lovely artist friend started offering me some illustrations and even finding the time to revamp the layout of my blog took some time. I'm not sure i'M entirely happy with it, but I htink it's more attractive than it was when i started, and I try to use photos etc.

I think a lot of my traffic comes from my extended circle of friends - someone else made this point. I share to Facebook. I did wonder about asking my fb friends to subscribe, as I get quite disheartened when I see that I've had 150 people view but that it hasn't turned into subscribers (I;ve only got 7!), but hey ho - really I guess I'm doing it for me...

Anyway, I'm going to make a bit more of an effort to hang about rather than post and run.

Happy blogging all...

RecipeJunkie Tue 21-Feb-12 10:42:17

Actually, in a bid to spend more time here, I have been looking about a bit and I found a list oif 'recent posts' but the last post that I uploaded to my blog on Friday doesn't seem to have made it on to the list - I applied the mumsnet logo to my blog etc - how do I get it onto the list?

eccosse Tue 21-Feb-12 12:06:44

My blog has been my life line really since I ended up in rural France 'accidentally'. It gives me a great focus to get my work photographed and to take pictures of what inspires me - and if I'm not inspired I just go looking for it, or just collect a load of beautiful things and write about them.

I was MN blog of the week last week which was such a lovely surprise! My views are not massive, 100 or 200 a day depending on what is going on.

I used to always keep a diary as a child / young adult - so blogging fills that void and forces me to make it public - although I don't tend to blog about personal trials and tribulations - I may allude to them just so people don't think I'm swanning around in some bucolic paradise!

Tee2072 Tue 21-Feb-12 12:41:03

Recipe drop MNHQ a line to make sure they've got you on their feed.

tallblonde Tue 21-Feb-12 12:41:32

My blog, with some editing, seemed to lend itself quite nicely to being a book about the first year of motherhood, so I took the plunge last week and published it as a book on Kindle! Eeek! What no one tells you about having a baby

It's actually felt quite exciting as writing a book has always been on my 'bucket list', so it would be great if any of you could share tips on how I could promote it. Although it's a humourous take on motherhood, I actually had severe PND when I was writing my blog and had a terrible year. The blog was almost like a saviour to me, as it reminded me that there was a smart and funny woman still in there underneath all the misery and warped thinking. So I suppose that if my book does ok, I'll feel a sense of pride (and closure) that something good came out of something so awful. It'd be a real personal acheivement.

Anyone else find blogging to be a form of therapy?!

RecipeJunkie Tue 21-Feb-12 13:31:33

Thanks Tee2072

kej75 Tue 21-Feb-12 13:43:13

Thanks DillyTante, I will have a look at that thread, I have followed you on Twitter (Mrsshortiesmind).

Looking forward to find some new blogs to follow. X

tallblonde, my blog is definitely therapy for me. I started it as a way to keep people informed about what was going on with me but it ended up being much more of a way to "cathart" about how I am feeling, how I am coping, etc.. It's invaluable as a way to set my thoughts down and see what they look like - sometimes good, sometimes not so good!

If anyone wants to find me on Twitter, I am FacingThings.

Flubba Tue 21-Feb-12 16:25:24

I really don't get Twitter (or FB for that matter). I don't understand why anyone would be interested in my 'tweets' (and what on earth would I tweet about?)? Genuinely don't get it. hmm blush

Every now and then my stats go mad (relative to my site that is). I've had an average of about 30-40 per day in Jan then Feb then had nearly 300 yesterday.

Do you all get lots of comments? I get a bit sad if I know a certain post has had a lot of views but no comments, as I assume it's because people think "woah that's shit"! grin / sad / confused

mrsshortiesmind Tue 21-Feb-12 18:20:55

I don't tweet that often, but my blog is linked up to it so get some views that way. I've also got a fb page and get views from that, still don't really understand how it works though!

trulymyrtle Tue 21-Feb-12 19:17:15

Flubba - you were on the craft thread yesterday I think? That thread seems to generate lots of hits! I certainly surfed your way smile

Flubba Tue 21-Feb-12 19:28:27

Yes I was, and I know that yesterday's post about sewing machines on arts & crafts is one of the ones looked at (from MN views) for yesterday, but it doesn't always happen like that. Some days it just goes a bit bonkers for no apparent reason.

trulymyrtle Tue 21-Feb-12 20:56:49

I have been getting a fair number of hits but only a tiny number have signed up to follow me. I am hoping it is just a matter of time, and getting more stuff posted. How quickly have others built up a following (without fb or twitter at this stage? smile) What helped?

Can some of you blogging about crafty stuff also explain more to me about linky parties? I just don't really get how they work or what are good ones to join blush

MASSIVE learning curve!!!

Flubba Tue 21-Feb-12 21:07:13

Likewise with followers - I have had just over 2,750 views since I started in December, but have only 17 followers (and one of those is one of my friends! blush grin)

Thanks for your comment on my blog btw truly. I was sorry not to win your lovely knit bag, but will now give a similar one a go myself.

GentleOtter Tue 21-Feb-12 21:24:50

Thank you for starting this thread.

My blog is where I vent or describe day to day life, albeit not every day.

I'm not too sure on just how far to go with it as I've held back on an awful lot of things....our life was made hell after one or two blog entries.

I'm wondering whether to blow the lid on what really goes on here or remain silent and not rock the boat but seethe with oppression and class divide.

It is so bitter sweet. Lambs, new chickens and arrogant arsetocracy.

singlemarriedmum Tue 21-Feb-12 21:42:31

Flubba I'm with you about tweeting (and FB) Wish I did get it, but worry if I did, it would take up way too much of my time and I'd be constantly trying to think of things to say.

I'd love to know how many times a day people tweet? And is it a bit addictive when you get the hang of it?

Am now going to comment on your blog and find a way of getting onto the craft thread..... sounds like the place to be!

DillyTante Wed 22-Feb-12 22:52:05

Tough one gentle otter. You know we are all on your side. Can what you say make a difference?

JoanneMallon Thu 23-Feb-12 09:30:51

tallblonde congratulations on your book. I've also recently had a book about toddlers published and have done quite well promoting it via guest posts. I found that when I did one or two guest posts (you can see a roundup of them here), other bloggers would ask me to post one, so I haven't had to hassle people to do it. Each guest post is a 3-400 word extract from my book, so all I have to do is choose a bit then cut & paste it so it's very quick to do.

Since your book is on Kindle, you could easily send the document to somebody else's Kindle for them to review. Try tweeting that you're looking for parent bloggers with Kindles to review your book and ask people to RT your request. The only problem I've found is that people can take a long time to produce book reviews (inevitable really, since they have to read the book), whereas a guest post can be published straight away.

MrsDanverclone Thu 23-Feb-12 15:33:51

I shall de lurk to join in the blathering. I'm right at the very beginning of blogging and have been stalking most of you ( but in an admiring from afar way, not the stalkerish scary person type way), while reading your blogs and and trying to work out what the heck I am doing. Just posted my 2nd post, keep changing the theme, swearing a bit at the computer and not yet into the hang of it .
Twitter and a Facebook page are next on the agenda, with Twitter looking the most confusing out of them.
My whole blogging abilities so far, have been acquired by what I have read on Mumsnet, so thank you for getting me to this

DillyTante Thu 23-Feb-12 19:12:20

Hi mrsdanverclone, mumsnet has been my main source of education too. Stick with it and hopefully it'll start getting easier.

HedleyLamarr Thu 23-Feb-12 19:27:49

I blog very occasionally, I do it purely for me and the enjoyment it gives me. My kids like what I have written, and beyond that I'm not bothered. I don't know how many hits I've had as I haven't bothered to look at the statistics.

GentleOtter, your blog is beautifully written. I aspire to writing with such passion and eloquent fury.

MadeleineMorrow Thu 23-Feb-12 21:52:35

My blog is almost 5 months old and I only post twice a month on average. I write about travelling with a foodie family and decided to write a couple of entertaining (hopefully) pieces each month with photos and recipes - although I have yet to really get going on the recipes. Never seems to be enough time as blogging is very much a new hobby. I have had about 800 views a month and some of the comments are hilarious as they are obviously translations which sometimes make for entertaining reading. My children check each day to see if I have had any new comments and get really excited if comments have appeared. Strangely most of my commments are about one particular post which is about finding the best ice cream in Rome and I wonder how this story has found its way out into the world more than the others.

QueenMaeve Thu 23-Feb-12 22:55:54

In response to the comments on Twitter. It is a handy way to tweet your posts and share them with your followers but also it is a great way to find other blogs that you might like. I have stumbled across some really good ones through it.

GentleOtter Fri 24-Feb-12 09:02:56

Thank you Hedley and DillyTante. smile

DillyTante Fri 24-Feb-12 18:44:32

Evening all.

Sparked off by the mumsnet blog newsletter, I'm wondering if my blog needs a bit of redesigning. It's deliberately simple but I wonder if that puts people off & is a bit of a newbie sign. Trouble is I have no idea how to jazz it up, both in a creative sense & a technical sense.

Would appreciate any advice.

GentleOtter Fri 24-Feb-12 19:47:56

I love your blog as it is, Dilly.

Some blogs confuse me and are quite terrifyingly technical but it is easy to find my way around your blog and it looks fresh and uncluttered.

DillyTante Fri 24-Feb-12 20:33:36

Thanks GO, that's the look I was going for, not down to lack of technical knowledge at all!

PetiteRaleuse Sat 25-Feb-12 11:59:32

I also think your blogs works really well as it is Dilly

It's also one of the only two crafting type blogs I read (not being a crafty person, so to speak)

sarahRT Sat 25-Feb-12 14:59:44

Hello all, thought I would join in with the Twitter subject, I joined up but really am clueless. DS was telling me some of his chums tweet virtually every move they make, going to the toilet now, going to the pub in 5 etc. Very bizarre. But there is an expression that has put me right off in one fell swoop, and that is leeching. Think it means that you scoop up loads of twitter people it gives you kudos apparently if you have gazillions of followers. So think I will not be a heavy tweeter, rather like the FB thing, I really have no idea who all my new found 'friends' are!!

As to the blogging I am new to it, but really find it cathartic, and I am hoping helpful to others, I really enjoy it, words can be such beautiful things.

MrsDanverclone Sat 25-Feb-12 18:25:24

Hi Dilly

I like the way your blog is laid out, its simplistic style makes it easy to follow. I've been looking at quite a few blogs recently, not on contents but on lay out, trying to decide how I wanted mine to look. As GentleOtter mentions, some blogs are just so busy it can be quite off-putting trying to read them.
Then again, I am totally new at this lark and haven't really a clue what I am talking about.

Tee2072 Sat 25-Feb-12 18:29:49

Dilly, I design blogs (among other things) for a living (but don't go by my blog as the blog designers blog isn't designed grin) and I think yours is very nice. It does what you want it to do, show off your work, right? I wouldn't change a thing!

DillyTante Sat 25-Feb-12 19:55:56

Thanks for all the lovely comments. Just feeling a bit inadequate compared to some of the big league crafters. I need to try my hand at some tutorials.

QueenMaeve Sat 25-Feb-12 23:33:35

I too like your blog the way it is dilly. Its simple and easy to find posts

trulymyrtle Sun 26-Feb-12 08:20:09

Firstly, Dilly i like your blog the way it is too.

I am feeling very excited because I finally cracked the button that takes you to another post issue I was having! Well, actually Mr Myrtle did the first one, but I did the second MYSELF! So, I can help - if it is blogger you want a button on!!!

Flubba Sun 26-Feb-12 21:34:02

You know I love your blog, Dilly and in fact I've just linked to it with my most recent post. (Hope you don't mind)

CoffeeMummy Mon 27-Feb-12 11:56:27

Great idea for more of a 'chat' thread Dilly, I confess I'm so pushed for time these days I'm a bit of a post-and-run kind of gal blush

I've been blogging on a reasonably regular basis for about 6 months but I've still not got a large amount of followers etc - it's gone up massively since I joined the MN network which is good, and for now I don't really mind. This shyness about wanting to share my words with the world is strange, and contradictory, as I'm a journalist - but I still feel like I'm trying to work out my online 'persona' IYKWIM? Like some of you, I want to use my blog as a springboard for writing more, bnd I'm trying to figure out my niche - where do I fit? What should I blog about most regularly? Do I even HAVE a specialist subject?? I'm quite envious of those of you who are crafty bloggers - you've got a very obvious topic. My blog still feels a bit...rambly and all over the place. It's loosely based around being a mum and liking coffee. But I think I may need to find more direction.

Dilly I'm another one who likes a simple blog smile And if you want to be a writer - go for it!

I don't really frequent these parts of the forums, even though my blog is on the MN network! I've not got any followers on my blog and it's understandable as my blog is essentially me wittering (is that a word?) on about nothing much. Mainly my confusion in life, being young with health ishoos that terrify me but aren't that scary in reality, my desire to travel which conflicts with my desire to fix my health and falling for my best friend. In fact, my blog is summed up by those four topics!
As for numbers on my own blog, a couple of page views per post? I'm not too bothered about that right now though, as I said, I am not too interesting on my blog at the moment! I'm with those who say their blogs are therapy for them!

I post sporadically, more so since Christmas and three times today (blush joined in my first bloghop though and think I did it wrong, oh well!) and I have no clue where I want to go with my blog as it's quite personal, but I feel like I could have something to say if I could work out what.

I really enjoy reading other peoples blogs though and go through phases of reading and not, mainly through links on twitter from MNetters!

If I suscribe to peoples blogs by adding them to my google reader, would they know? Would it appear in their page views? I read blogs from reader mostly and have some I really enjoy reading but feel like I'm cheating sometimes!

polkettle: Is your blog Read with Rosie? I came across it on the book bloghop and love ti, it's gorgeous!

Dilly: I love your blog, though read it from reader so don't see the format usually. having popped on though it seems good to me, nice and simple and I have always envied your header!

MmeGuillotine Mon 27-Feb-12 19:19:56

Google Reader subscriptions don't show up in page views unless you only have a teaser few lines of text with a link to the actual site, which most bloggers don't enable thank goodness as it's a chore. Otherwise, it never actually takes you to the blog unless you want to comment on it. smile

It's possible to look on the Google Reader site and see how many people have subscribed with it though. Just go to 'Browse for stuff' then 'Search' and type the blog name you are looking for in the search box - it'll come up with the number of Google Reader subscribers and an average weekly post count. smile

DillyTante Tue 28-Feb-12 19:52:48

Thanks for that info MmeG, I have 22 subscribers smile

DillyTante Tue 28-Feb-12 19:54:32

Confusedpixie, sometimes it takes time to distil what you want you blog to be. Mine is evolving too. I want to get more into psychology. I'm even trying to come up with ways to combine craft and psychology together grin

trulymyrtle Tue 28-Feb-12 20:15:05

MmeGuillotine - so are google reader subscribers different from people who have joined and people who subscribe? Or is there some overlap? Can we see who these google reader subscribers are?

Sorry, I seem to be learning new things everyday....massive brain overload!

Thanks for explaining MmGuillotine smile

I sincerely hope that you keep up the crafting still though DillyTante! Is there any way it can be merged like a branch of geek craft?

I adore geek craft, the scientific bits are my favourites but I am like everybody else of my generation when it comes to Nintendo 8-bit graphics too!

I really need to discipline myself to post more regularly - tonight's post, capturing the last week, was mammoth!

Dilly, I also think your blog works well as it is - simple is better for me (I am a bear of very little brain and what brain I have has been a bit frazzled!). I think I need to do something to make my blog look more interesting - at the moment I don't think it looks very appealing so I rely on people wanting to read the content and not minding too much what it looks like!

QueenMaeve Tue 28-Feb-12 21:41:22

I do love the yarn bombing Dilly, you have to keep that up!

Flubba Wed 29-Feb-12 12:13:52

I can't believe nobody joined in the valentine's yarn bomb thingamy either.

I've been wondering about making labels to sew into my things with a possibility of selling them on Folksy or something later on, but the nicest cheap ones I can find end up costing about £2 per label - which is often more than the materials themselves. Can't really justify it.

Anyone know of a decent label place? Or is it not worth it?

ATOmum Wed 29-Feb-12 12:23:05

Hi everyone - Great idea for a thread - I wanted to join in ages ago but I often only seem to have enough time to read a thread but not post anything. I've been blogging since last September - I try to blog about once a week but recently it's been less than that. I wanted to ask everyone when do you blog? How do you find the time to do it? How do you find the time to read other people's blogs? And how do you find the time to tweet and FB too? I'm on both but I so rarely do either that I'm not sure it's worth it. I just find with juggling work and kids and household stuff there doesn't seem to be any time left in the day, so I'm usually blogging either when I should be working, or when I'm too tired to make any coherent sense! Does anyone have any top tips? Also, can someone explain bloghops and memes to me - it may be really obvious, and I'd love to join in, but I don't quite understand what I'm meant to do!

Flubba Wed 29-Feb-12 13:46:11

Hi ATOmum I've only started recently, and usually I blog in the evenign, or whenever I get a moment. Just added a post now because my baby was down for his afternoon sleep, and my DD2 was taking an unscheduled nap in her teepee! grin

I read others' blogs at night. Shameful to say that I sit on the sofa watching telly and surfing the web in the evenings. Occasionally DH and I wave to each other blush

I haven't got into Twitter at all, and I Don't Do Facebook. It's like Tesco's to me, and I just can't bring myself to use it grin

DillyTante Wed 29-Feb-12 19:44:31

'I read others' blogs at night. Shameful to say that I sit on the sofa watching telly and surfing the web in the evenings. Occasionally DH and I wave to each other'

Yep us too! Except usually West Wing or Big Bang Theory. I read a lot on my iPhone. My house is a mess and my children are very self sufficient! I do neglect other things I enjoy though like reading books.

Confusedpixie I am actually thinking of doing stitched versions of psychology models like Maslow's Hierachy of Needs - very geek craft, very niche!

Sweetestthing, following on from what you are saying about your blog, the one downside is you are using quite a common theme, so it does stand out visually. Mine is a really simple theme with a banner which you can make anything you want. Requires v little technical skill! I think it would be good if you could personalise the look.

Thanks for all the kind words about my blog. I wouldnt have done have half what I have done without mumsnet support.

DillyTante Wed 29-Feb-12 19:46:50

Flubba, the people who run my knitting group sell stuff and they use school style name labels for their stuff.

QueenMaeve Wed 29-Feb-12 20:59:32

Ago mum a meme is like a theme for a post that gets passed around bloggers. People sometimes tag someone else who they want to take up the theme and write a post.
A blog 'hop' or link is when a blogger sets up a list for people to enter their blog URL address into and they are then added to a list of other blogs taking part. They can 'hop' in and out of other blogs. These usually have a theme. There is a reasons to be cheerful one I do mummy from the heart or there is the gallery

QueenMaeve Wed 29-Feb-12 21:01:19

Sorry posted too soon! The gallery is a photograph blog link which has a different theme each week. You don't have to be invited to join these just link up. They are definitely a good way to find other blogs and share your own

trulymyrtle Wed 29-Feb-12 22:47:29

flubba I labels too - I've set up an Etsy shop and want to link it to my blog (somehow?). all I need now is stock!!!
I've read that you can print your own labels on your printer - but haven't looked into it any more yet. It sounds like I'd need fabric transfer paper or something?

Re everyone's comments about when to do it all - I have GOT to find some happy balance. This blogging thing is so much fun I just want to do that. House is a mess, kids going a bit bonkers and meals whipped up... grin

LynnCSchreiber Wed 29-Feb-12 22:51:01

<pops head in the door>

Trying to catch up on all that is going on, slightly stressed out at the moment due to house move but will get back into the swing of things soon.

Hope you are all well, and enjoying blogging.

DillyTante Wed 29-Feb-12 22:51:50

What about using luggage tags and having a stamp made to make your own labels?

Flubba Thu 01-Mar-12 06:25:22

That's a nice idea Dilly I might look into getting a stamp made. I've just done some mock-up business cards which I'm waiting for DH to print at work and bring home (we have no printer at home), so would be good to have something to go with them.

staranise Thu 01-Mar-12 11:23:22

Hello! I've been blogging for about 3 months now but still feel rather clueless. Ostensibly I blog about chldren's reading and working in children publishing but I also blog about all sorts of stuff to with motherhood and what we've been up to. I knit a lot but tend not to blog about it as I usually work on fairly large projects that take me ages to complete.

My main problem is lack of time - I work part-time in two jobs, three small children, soon to start studying as well blah blah blah - I would love to research blogging more, how to up my stats, use Google analytics etc but I just never seem to find that extra hour in the day.

I confess, I don't even know what a 'bloghop' is or how to go about doing it! I do read a lot on the internet though - I have my regular blogs that I read religiously. MN has helped my stats lots, as has using Twitter & FB - I have become somewhat of a Twitter addict, another way to waste time!

I would love to learn people's top tips for improving stats and/or improving your blog!

MyNameIsntFUCKINGWarren Thu 01-Mar-12 11:32:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

waves shyly Hi all,
Love the idea for somewhere to chat and have a [cuppa] and a biscuit. Have posted my blog for tonight on the other thread so can now chill out.

I have been blogging for 3 years now, but only joined mumsnet in November (and now Britmums and Netmums too (sorry!))
With that, a new facebook page for the blog, and this month joining twitter, my stats have taken a lovely slope upwards. I had never had 1000 page views a month before December. But in February nearly got 2000.

I am loving blogging.. But am slightly worried that my husband is less and less of a fan, particularly as I ordered a "Teach yourself html" book from the library. I think he thinks I've gone slightly mad! smile

Twitter is completely addictive. Once you learn to ignore the pornstar followers that you inevitably get (I figured they may also be mums - so what the heck). And realise you don't 'have' to follow everyone that follows you. Oh, and learn how to use the 'lists' so you can organise what you are following easily. It's really useful. I am actually a lot more 'uptodate' on current affairs than I ever was, as I get the BBCwordnews updates.

I'm at @ymummyreally.

Looking forward to coming back later for more chat - but hubby is hinting at wanting to watch The Wire now - so I'm off for some non-laptop time in front of the tv. (normally we sit with laptops and wave too!)

Keep blogging everyone!

DillyTante Sun 04-Mar-12 20:01:20

Yummymummy, talk to me about Twitter lists. How do they work?

So I read an article the other day, can't even remember where, praising the virtues of stumbledupon's url shortener. By using it to shorten your urls you can increase traffic via stumbledupon. You can use it to send and schedule tweets too. Not sure how much it helps, I just started using it tonight, but worth a try.

I've got a lot of interest in my latest post on glossy magazines. Really pleased with it actually. I didn't even proof read it as I was so desperate to get it out there!

Flubba Sun 04-Mar-12 20:19:18

I haven't got a clue about bloghopping or tweety-pie lists or anything grin but I have made a 'Grab my Button' button! Really rather pleased with myself, even if nobody uses it, it makes me a happy bunny.

Have been a bit busy trying to sort out whether or not I try and sell my stuff and so have been playing about with getting a folksy shop etc, so maybe I should take my dinosaur head out of the sand (or some other such mixed metaphor grin) and get my head round all the twittery facebollocks grin

Flubba Sun 04-Mar-12 20:34:34

My wordpress blog is playing silly buggers with me tonight - the formatting's gone all weird and I've lost all my sidebars even though they're still supposedly there when I check on my dashboard. Harrumph.

ATOmum Mon 05-Mar-12 22:32:41

Thanks for the info guys - I will attempt to join in a bloghop sometime soon! I'm still struggling to find time to tweet/blog/fb - but hearing everyone's tips, I think that probably having a computer that takes about 5 minutes to get going and not having set things up on my phone probably doesn't help - it means I don't really have the chance to grab a few minutes here and there, which seems to be how most people do it - (along with the not cleaning/tidying/cooking - which I'm already pretty good at!!). So that's my next job then...

Tee2072 Tue 06-Mar-12 08:02:17

Completely forgot about this thread!

Shoot, small boy needs me, be back soon!!

Stitchthis Tue 06-Mar-12 17:42:09

Hi everyone <blows dust off MN quick link> it's been a while. How is everyone?

Stitchthis Tue 06-Mar-12 17:44:28

Hi dilly I made it back grin v good post re manky mags btw - completely agree. I'm weaning myself off mags except crafty digital ones.

trulymyrtle Tue 06-Mar-12 18:53:22

Popping head in to mark my place! Back soon!

RecipeJunkie Tue 06-Mar-12 19:44:02

I have been learning about not posting and running. Have been doing lots of reading and commenting, and am getting a small (well, tiny for now, truth be told) amount of reciprocal feedback, so hopefully that's OK. Hope I'm not breaking any of the unspoken rules that might exist and which I don't understand as a newbie blogger...

Anyway, came back to this thread to pick your more experienced brains about setting up a facebook page for my blog. I have my own personal fb account and I do share my blog posts to that about once a week (with consequent peak in hits), but I was wondering about setting up a Facebook page just for the blog, because I usually post more than once a week (i'm getting pretty addicted even though I hardly get any feedback - maybe it's crap, maybe not), and I don't necessarily want to bombard my personal FB friends with the links every time I post, but want to have an outlet to 'get it out there' as well as putting it on the 'new posts' thread on mumsnet. I tried to set up a FB account in the name 'recipe junkie' but FB wasn't having any of it, so I logged on to my normal account and saw that I can 'create a page' - is that what others have done?

Tee2072 Tue 06-Mar-12 21:46:10

Yes, RecipeJunkie, you need to create a page. You can then use Facebook as that page to send out links etc.

I don't actually have a page for my blog because it's not that kind of blog, but lots of people do.

trulymyrtle Wed 07-Mar-12 19:22:18

I'm looking to do that too recipejunkie. Not really sure about the ins and outs of it all tbh. I was thinking of setting up a new profile and page for my blog - want to use it for a small business eventually - craft things and patterns.
What have others done??

ATOmum Wed 07-Mar-12 23:13:34

Hi all, I did set up a new profile on Facebook as I didn't want to link it to my personal profile at all - I know Page's are supposed to be anonymous but I don't quite trust it. (I blog anonymously mainly so I can rant without fear of the ex taking offence and taking me to court over DS1) Amazingly FB happily accepted Attempting TheOrdinary as an acceptable name! Although I have to say, I haven't really used it properly yet - please feel free to find me and friend me because I don't have any at the moment - none of my FB friends on my usual profile even know I blog!! Re: names, maybe worth trying a few different variations until you get one they like?

RecipeJunkie Fri 09-Mar-12 17:47:36

I set up a FB 'page' linked to my account this week - i tried to set it up completely as a new account but Recipe Junkie wasn't acceptable... And I ended up having to set it up as 'community' rather than as a personal blog which I couldn't find, although LittleRedFarm on the fascebook thread that's going on has given me some top advice about that. The thing I'm struggling with mostly is that on the recipe Junkie page, I am having to deal with the new timeline thing which I can't get my head around and haven't switched to on my personal account yet. I need to do more on the page but you can have a look if you like (go on... Recipe Junkie

This weekend I am going to try and get on to twitter too

ATOmum Fri 09-Mar-12 21:22:40

I have liked your page! and thank you for friending me! I think the page looks good - the photos are fab, although I have to say, I'm still struggling to get my head round the timeline thing - I know they'll be changing it over before the end of the month, so I'm going to have to deal with it, just keep putting it off!

DillyTante I started to type an answer about the Twitter lists - then realised It was getting a bit long, so figured I might as well transfer it to my blog. Maybe others will find it useful. It is here but I'm conscious that this isn't a 'posts' thread, so please don't be angry that I linked it. blush

Flying in and out!
I am struggling with not flying in, posting, and flying out. Simply because I tend to only have snatches of time, rather than big blocks of time. The other reason Twitter works for me is that the messages and replies come to me, rather than me having to come into sites to check for them. But I am trying to learn how to organise that better and subscribe to feeds appropriately.

Sponsored posts?
I am also struggling to understand the concept of 'sponsored posts'. I have started to be approaches to get involved in networks that specifically ask you to post their 'pieces' in your blog every so often, and I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that - does anyone have any advice?
And do people charge for reviews? How much?! Oh so much to learn!

DillyTante Sat 10-Mar-12 21:29:00

Yummymummy haven't read the blog post yet but I think it is a great idea, thanks.

Tee2072 Sun 11-Mar-12 15:39:27

Just a warning...if FB catches you using a made up name, the will delete everything having to do with that name. And they do catch people. You really are much safer being an Admin on a page rather than falsifying a name.

Flubba Sun 11-Mar-12 19:47:12

4999 views!! shock Waiting to catch the 5,000 views one grin

Congrats Flubba! I haven't that many more than you and I watch them too much!

Tee2072 is right... better to be an admin. It does work, as long as you check your settings to ensure that you've ticked the box that ensures you always post to the page as 'the page' rather than as your own name.

QueenMaeve Mon 12-Mar-12 09:45:58

I've had my fb page with same as my blog name for almost a year now. I've never had any issues.

TheCamelsHump Mon 12-Mar-12 19:24:16

Right, I'm gonna try and post more in Bloggers Forum. <stamps foot>

I have just had my wrist slapped and a thread deleted off Bloggers, because I was apparently promoting TCH by namechanging to post (I was outing myself too much being words or soe or whatever) and asking for people to join the blog is against mumsnet rules without paying for a job advert. Which is frankly bizarre, esp given that there are two blogs currently recruiting on the main boards (which btw I have no problem with) and this was on bloggers, about a blog network blog. I'm half annoyed and half confused. Argh!

Does anyone know what the situation is with promoting group blogs?

Will come back to chat after I've herded children to bed, just had to get that off my chest. Grr.

TheCamelsHump Mon 12-Mar-12 19:26:34

The other thing with being admin of a page means that you can appoint other people to join you. I know most people don't need this, but I have always done it for any page as a backup - I appoint a trusted friend to keep the page ticking over if I'm ill or banned or something.

annelg1 Mon 12-Mar-12 19:31:27

We're all told we need to use twitter and FB. I think that you have to work out what works best for you and your blog. The new thing is now Pinterest. However, only some blogs do well on that site. It all depends on what you want and what you hope to achieve.

My advice is not to put too much time into this. Do your tests and see which site brings you most traffic, then stick to this. If you feel you have to follow the crowd, you'll be doing this all the time and get absolutely no blogging or writing done.

Another good thing to do is to make out a social-networking schedule. When you've spent that time on the site - leave - no matter what.

TheAlphaParent Tue 13-Mar-12 16:33:02

I've found a lot of my traffic has started coming from Pinterest. Do you think it is worth myself making a Pinterest account, or shall I just rely on the pins other people are putting up?

DillyTante Tue 13-Mar-12 19:29:06

Hello all

Sorry, been a bit quiet of late, and neglecting the blog a bit too. I am busy doing lots of making, but so many things at one that I am not actually finishing anything!

I'm really pissed off that I am having so much trouble commenting on Blogger blogs using my Wordpress credentials. Anyone else have that problem or know if it is Blogger or Wordpress being an arse?

Camel, didn't see your post but it does sound a bit off (not you, MNHQ).

Flubba Tue 13-Mar-12 19:50:07

I was having problems with blogspot, but ended up commenting using an 'OpenID' where I could still post as and it seemed to overcome the problem. May be worth a try?

I've made a clutch bag today, and the intention was to give it to a friend for her birthday, but really not sure about it now. It was a bugger and a half to make too! smile

WordsAreNoUseAtAll Tue 13-Mar-12 21:48:13

We seem to get the vast majority of our views on TCH fron Google, then stumbleupon, then twitter and facebook, with a few from linkedin. Then there are links from other websites - blogs as well as more traditional ones. After that, it's three or four a day, if that, from the 'blogging' sites, but I think having links on those helps the search rank.

I think it's twofold really, you want lots of page views to start with, because that is motivating and helps with things like networking. You also want 'quality' visitors - those who will comment, recommend and even (for group blogs) join in. You are much more likely to get the second if you have loads of the first, but the second are the visitors who will keep coming back and making it more interesting.

I think the deleted post was someone from the maib site being a bit over zealous. Was really confusing though.

(I'm The Camel's Hump, btw. Well, I'm not the website, but I was posting under that name)

staranise Wed 14-Mar-12 13:22:16

HI everyone

Has anyone tried Pinterest as a way of promoting/expanding their blog? It should work well for us as we're a children's publishers so have lots of images and books that 'pin' well and fit easily with mood boards but I jsut find it sooo time-consuming. Plus, I'm a little dubious about copyright infringement - there was a good article linked from teh FT written by a photgrapher/lawyer - it's here if anyone's interested:

I feel we're safe at the moment as I've only pinned our own images and photos but what's the point of Pinterest if you can only use your own images? What does everyone else think?

trulymyrtle Wed 14-Mar-12 15:02:42

My head is about to explode - I need a stiff drink and am about to pick up the kids from school and take them to the dentist...
But, I have a facebook page for my blog AND I have a link grin
I'm going to have a great big celebratory giveaway next week! Like me and sit tight. I'll be in touch...

Flubba Wed 14-Mar-12 16:33:25

I don't think pinterest can harm you, although they (the makers of pinterest) do say not to use it purely to promote your own end). I can't see a copywrite issue as it's all about creating boards to enjoy, not stealing images to use for your own commercial benefit, so it should all be good. As long as you mix your own promotion with your own interest in other's things, I think it should all be good.

Wow truly you have been busy! Well done! I'm still burying my head in the sand when it comes to FB and twitter. But my original purpose for my blog was to keep a note of all my own creations, although I think that its direction is changing a bit... My vistaprint business cards arrived today shock shock grin

staranise Wed 14-Mar-12 19:41:44

Interesting though I think many photographers do object to people using their images even if it's not for a commercial reason - intellectual property on the internet is very tricky, a very grey area (as anyone downloading films and music must know!).

Well done to those with FB pages - I'm afraid I dislike FB enormously so tend to avoid it though I do have a personal page. However, I would massively recommend Hootsuite as a great way to organise all the various twitter/FB/social media accounts especially if, like me, you have both persoanl and business accounts. And I promise, I don't work for them, I jsut do find it really useful!

trulymyrtle Fri 16-Mar-12 10:42:46

Hope pinterest stays untouched - I have to say that despite the copyright problems it is an amazing resource to get hits to your blog. Mine is going totally crazy this week after I posted a tutorial that has been pinned a few times grin
If only a few more of the hitters would join sad

ATOmum Fri 16-Mar-12 13:18:14

Help! I just joined in my first BlogHop, MmeLindor's We believe you one, and somehow I've managed to do four links instead of one - Can I undo this? I guess I was bound to do something technically wrong first time!! Any ideas how to undo this gratefully recieved!

DillyTante Fri 16-Mar-12 23:00:44

Have you posted your own stuff to pinterest truly? I havent quite got to grips with it yet. Finding it a bit overwhelming.

trulymyrtle Fri 16-Mar-12 23:12:05

totally overwhelming I agree - I am just starting to fiddle about with it. Can see it is a MASSIVE time waster so trying not to do too much!
I have pinned my own stuff - have made a board for Truly Myrtle goodies. But funnily enough my own pins haven't been repinned - others have pinned from my blog. I think I need a pin-it button to make it easier to pin from my blog but haven't worked that one out yet...

DillyTante Sat 17-Mar-12 19:28:30

Truly, have you seen the thread in Arts & Crafts on the Pinterest's T&Cs? Might want to check it out. Loved your placemats btw, so clever!

DillyTante Sat 17-Mar-12 19:29:48

No idea ATOmum, maybe ask MmeLindor to sort it out? I managed to post one with no thumbnail due to my iPhone playing silly buggers!

DillyTante Sat 17-Mar-12 19:30:44

Doh, I see there has already been discussion of Pinterest on here!

trulymyrtle Sat 17-Mar-12 19:45:25

Thanks dilly - off to check it out now...

QueenMaeve Sat 17-Mar-12 20:21:56

I'm really delighted with my stats recently. I have been averaging 1400-1800 steady each day for this past 2 months. I think this is good? Just wondering what else I can do to boost traffic. Any suggestions welcomed smile

trulymyrtle Sat 17-Mar-12 20:30:22

Wow! that is great! looking forward to those kind of numbers...also looking forward to what others suggest!

DillyTante Sat 17-Mar-12 20:54:51

That's great numbers! I barely get a 10th of that!

Flubba Sat 17-Mar-12 21:44:30

Same here - I barely get a 10th of that either QueenMaeve I think you need to give us suggestions, not the other way round! grin

trulymyrtle Sun 18-Mar-12 09:07:25

Good idea flubba! Go on Queen Maeve we need you!

Nevergarglebrandybutter Mon 19-Mar-12 12:00:30

can i get some feedback on my blog please.
I don't appear to be getting followers and it may well just be crap.

any advice for a newbie?

Flubba Mon 19-Mar-12 14:04:19

Your blog looks fine, although I imagine writing about a particular place will have its limited and niche market.

You might be putting people off by writing 'proper job' too wink >>runs and ducks out of way of flying buns...<< wink grin

trulymyrtle Mon 19-Mar-12 14:06:29

I checked you out Nevergargle - it isn't crap smile
Joiners is a tricky one - I am new too - started in Feb 2012 - so take what i say with a large grain of salt. But, I am gettting lots of hits. At least a few hundred every day, sometimes more. But, only a few joiners. Some subscribe by email (I can check them on Feedburner) some hit google reader (check google reader) and some I don't know??! I've just started a Facebook page and am trying to get some numbers going there.
I wonder if it feels like a big commitment for people to join...
I have a couple of suggestions:
Ravelry. Have you joined the bloggers group? It is great and very supportive.
Crafty people love pictures. Can you make yours bigger?
Pinterest. Open an account and post your own pictures.
Get out there and meet a few other bloggers (virtually of course!) visit their blogs and get chatting. It's a friendly world - especially knitters smile
Linky parties are a good source of traffic.
Finally, have you heard about the knitting and crocheting blog week coming up? I think it will be a brilliant way to get known.
for the last two take a look at my blog - you'll see the list of linky parties that I post on (although there are hundreds more!) and a link to the upcoming knitting/crochet week that you can sign up for.
Good luck!

Nevergarglebrandybutter Mon 19-Mar-12 17:47:01

smile well for me to have an actual proper job is quite an achievement i'd say. especially as I spend my time wandering around town with my camera and thinking about gnomes.

lots of lovely advice there thankyou. i have joined ravelry and pinterest but didn't think to link my blog. i'll sort that out.

thanks smile

staranise Mon 19-Mar-12 21:12:59

Love your bags trulymyrtle! I'm always in awe of the craft blogs - I'm fairly crafty myself in that I knit a lot and enjoy crochet and sewing but I'm always amazed how anyone knits/sews quick enough to be able to base a blog on it! If I based my blog on my completed knitting projects, I would only be able to post once every 2 months! Seriously, I have been knitting a cabled cushion cover and keep meaning to blog it but as I have been knitting it for ever and the ned is not yet in sight, it could be another month of so before I blog it!

Assuming that many of you also have young children and/or day jobs, where do you get the time? Or am I just a very very slow knitter (I feel that might be that case...)?!

Flubba Mon 19-Mar-12 21:31:47

I started my 'crafting' when DC3 was waking at 4am for a feed, then going back down to sleep when I couldn't, so I'd get up and start making things. That started about six months ago (he's now 13m), and while he now sleeps till 6am on most mornings, I've still got the bug, so I grab half an hour here and there smile

trulymyrtle Tue 20-Mar-12 07:32:46

thanks staranise!
I just knit or sew whenever I can - I think I dream about it.... smile It's the blogging that is tricky to squeeze in now wink

Dillytante Tue 20-Mar-12 19:28:16

Staranise, I crochet which I think is much quicker than knitting. Also if you look at my blog you'll see I only make small/easy/quick things!

Am truly in awe of the stats you folks are getting. I am really pleased with 100 pageviews a day. Steadily growing due to twitter at the moment. If you get a retweet from folks like mumsnet or similar the post gets loads of views that day(assuming right time of day and decent post to begin with!)

I'm not getting into pinterest. Not really enough photos on my blog!

I struggle to post comments in Wordpress and I am with Blogger. Perhaps they don't like eachother!

I have started to host some other work but still haven't monetised the blog yet.

Anyone any ideas on how I might be able to make some shoes money out of it maybe?!

Dillytante Fri 23-Mar-12 21:15:28
Flubba Sat 24-Mar-12 11:18:23

Hi Dilly I've been thinking exactly the same thing. Not because I have yet ventured into other areas, but I often feel the urge to post about something that's bothering/interesting me, but haven't because of the nature of my blog. I do have plans to write a travel blog - (we are planning on taking a year out of life in five years' time and so hope to blog about the planning and execution of the travels), but I think I will do two separate blogs with a link.

I reckon you'd get frustrated doing just a separate page on your current blog, as you wouldn't be able to distinguish it as clearly, or separate it out once your other writings/musing cover more topics. So, I would do another blog. It is my humble opinion only though. smile

Well, I've been busy sorting myself out for a stall at two craft fairs !!EEEEEEK!!. Mad or crazy. I'm definitely one of those two grin

Dillytante Sat 24-Mar-12 18:10:05

Wow exciting about the craft fairs. I'd love to do one but would have to work all year. Plus my stuff is pretty niche so I think I might start an etsy shop.

I'm really interested to hear about your travel plans (mainly how the hell can you afford it?!). I was talking to dh about your plans a few days ago. We'd never be able to afford it.

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Flubba Sun 25-Mar-12 06:58:39

Hey Dilly We're saving like mad each month - and have been doing for the last year or so. I've only made rough plans of where we'll go at this stage, but much will depend on how much we can save - I reckon it'll cost the five of us about £45k shock shock so we're saving at £500 a month atm, (and scrimping on everything else - serious budgeting going on here) but we'll need to up that at some point and dig into any savings we have.
So far, our plans are to spend 2 months in Nepal & India, 3m in SE Asia, 3m in Central and South America, 2m in North Africa and hopefully a few weeks in Oz or NZ. All our plans though depend on budget primarily, and my dream plan is to have a big atlas on the wall with flags the kids (and me & DH!) can put on places when they find stuff out about things that interest them, and I'd love for that to determine our route!
Ooh, getting all excited about it now!! Just another four and a half years to go! grin

trulymyrtle Sun 25-Mar-12 10:00:53

We have travelled a lot with out kids and, if you are adventurous - camping saves a ton of money! smile

trulymyrtle Sun 25-Mar-12 10:01:16

I mean - with our kids!!!!!

annelg1 Mon 26-Mar-12 12:27:02

Hi PetiteRaleuse,
Regular blogging is not about blogging each day. Regular blogging could be that you're posting an article every 2 weeks. As long as you're doing this, and your readers expect that there will be a new post every other Saturday - you're blogging regularly.

The way to get around this might be to write up 4 posts (or so) when you have time. Then schedule them to be published at regular intervals. It's so easy to schedule posts - and so useful too.

Flubba Mon 26-Mar-12 13:25:38

amelg I think you might have posted that on the wrong thread! wink

We love camping truly - off to Normandy in the summer. Sure five of us will fit snugly in our 4-man hmm grin

Busy, busy, busy with getting things made for the craft fairs. I'm waking up thinking about what to make! Is it wrong that, just now on the way to pick up DD2 from nursery, I spied a pair of jeans that I thought would make lovely jeans-bucket-pots - (but they were being worn by somebody!) and then another fabric that would be great for my doorstops - (except it was the upholstery of a car hmm) grin grin

mrsshortiesmind Mon 26-Mar-12 14:12:20

I keep forgetting to come on to this chat, seems like there are a few of you around quite a bit (trys to remember to make more of an effort!). I really do wonder how some people manage to get so many visits in a day, I'm happy if I get over 30!

One thing I did wonder though is whether to 'out' myself and if that would make a difference. At the moment I am sort of anonymous, in that I have no pictures of me or the kids on it (well only with the faces hidden), but starting to think about changing this.

My blog is quite personal as its about my PND alongside other things I feel like blogging, and it feels 'safe' at the moment.

Would be good to get other people's point of views on it. Please! smile

Dillytante Mon 26-Mar-12 19:04:35

I think you have to think of the impact on your kids in years to come. And I don't know if you work or not but would you want a potential employee reading about your mental health challenges? I personally wouldn't want to real me out there, though I do share my blog with people in RL but that's different.

staranise Mon 26-Mar-12 19:06:51

Well, I have nearly, finally finished my cushion cover so expect a crafty blog from me sometime soon! I forgot to take photos of it as I was doing it though so have broken the cardinal rule of craft posts...

I usually find that having ideas for posts is quite easy but writing them up properly and then taking relevant photos - I always like posts with photos - takes ages, hence I rarely post more than once or twice a week. I do try to write a couple up in advance however, to keep in store in case I'm too busy to write one from scratch.

Talking of which, I have children in the bath and needing to be put to bed so must rush, as usual...

Dillytante Mon 26-Mar-12 22:26:47

I always find posting takes longer than I anticipate, even with mainly crafty stuff.

dandelionkisss Mon 26-Mar-12 22:30:17

hi I am new to blogging I am really loving it, I am a textile designer but since having my second child have not found much time to get creative so am loving this new outlet. I have been blogging for about a month now and am getting between 50 and 90 hits a day I don't no if this is any good I am just loving that people seem to be finding my blog. I blog totally for my self and as a kind of diary for my kids hopefully one day to look back on.

Flubba Tue 27-Mar-12 08:25:12

I find you just have to get on and do it when you're in the mood. I blog primarily to keep track of what I've made and how I've made it - so when I've made something I'm proud of, or would like to repeat (and probably with improvements), I blog about it. If it starts to feel like a chore, I don't think it's worth it.

dandelion those are good stats for the start of a blog! Well done smile

trulymyrtle Tue 27-Mar-12 09:03:03

once or twice a week sounds like enough work already! I find it takes ages to get posts put together - it is the photos and making it all look pretty that take time.

mrsshortiesmind Tue 27-Mar-12 14:48:45

Thanks Dillytante, you are probably right, a few people in RL know about my blog and have read it, so might be best to keep it that way. Just sometimes I have great pictures of my kids and would love to share them somewhere, maybe a different blog?

trulymyrtle Tue 27-Mar-12 15:09:11

Apparently I've been nominated for blog of the year and craft blog in the MAD blog competitions. I'd love some support! Feel free to nominate me too smile There's a link on my blog [ Truly Myrtle]]

MrsShortiesMind I decided to be semi-anonymous on my blog, and I also wonder whether it looses the personal touch, as I also don't tend to have pictures of the children on it (in fact I tried to go through and delete them off, once I realised people were actually reading it!)
I don't feel comfortable putting their pictures out there.

Also, my day job is fairly professional (accountant) and again, I don't want colleagues to know what I do in my spare time and quite how unorganised I really am!

But I have got quite used to it, and I think I try and overcompensate with varied content and plenty of interesting pics from free photo stockist Kozzi.

TrulyMyrtle Congratulations! I'm also nominated for Mad Blog of the Year! Can't believe it! I am so pleased. smile Similarly would love more than one nomination.... go to and click the button on the right to nominate!

trulymyrtle Wed 28-Mar-12 08:20:45

Congratulations Yummymummy!

It would help if I put a proper link wouldn't it!
Truly Myrtle

QueenMaeve Wed 28-Mar-12 17:14:22

hello all! I took a bit of a break from blogging, mnetting, tweeting and all things internet based last week. it seems like a lifetime. Congratulations to all blog nominees for wards, there looks to be some great prizes, will be voting for the mnetter blogs grin not biased or anything!
I wish I had stayed totally anonymous, I feel very conscious people are reading now. Maybe I need to do another blog that I can really let go and rant on.

QueenMaeve Wed 28-Mar-12 17:19:45

just noticing dilly you're a featured blogger!! whoo hoo!

In answer to the stats comments a few pages back I've just noticed they slipped right back because I haven't posted! But can do nothing about that as I can't be chained to the blog. It really can be time consuming to update tweets, facebook, pinterest, etc but it does promote your blog so I suppose it comes down to how seriously you want to take it and the time you have to spend.

Thanks trulymyrtle!

queenmuave It is really time-consuming, you are right! I have gone a little mad on Twitter recently, and probably need to calm it down to get a better balance!

JoanneMallon Thu 29-Mar-12 09:05:45

I think a lot of people scale back blogging a bit when the weather's better and it's school holidays. I find having a competition running props up your stats quite a bit. Of course most of those people are simply entering the competition and leaving, but some do stick around to read more.

In other news, I have also been nominated in the Best Blog Writer category at the MADs. Really chuffed about that, although my audience is fairly compact and bijou so I'm not holding my breath about making it to the next stage. I've made my plea for nominations here.

staranise Thu 29-Mar-12 20:17:27

I keep mine semi-anonymous in that I don't name the children and rarely photograph them face on (never for the the girls, I think one of DC3) might have snuck on. I also use a different name professionally as I have a rather serious straitlaced day job - some of my colleagues read my blog but I'd rather htat eg, a prospective employer couldn't. Saying that, I think I'm rather cautious about what I post about - careful not to criticise anyone/thing too overtly and never post anything remotely connected to the day job.

However, I'm sure anyone with a mind too could now easily work out all sorts of things about me and the family. I try not to make it too personal therefore - never blog about personal relationships etc. One side effect is that I no longer post on the boards on MN apart from here as I wouldn't want to reveal too much about me personally now that it's easier to work out who I am/which school my children may go to etc.

I think my blog would be more interesting if I did reveal more persoanl stuff but I would be way too self-concious about doing that plus it wouldn't be very fair on the children (cf. Julie Myerson!)

Dillytante Fri 30-Mar-12 12:27:13

Thanks queenmaeve I was v chuffed!

I found my blog was a perfect opportunity to give me children the 'if only' names I didn't get to choose!

mrsshortiesmind Sat 31-Mar-12 11:58:40

It's good to know I'm not the only one who blogs sort of annonomsly.

I know a few of you are craft bloggers and blog about things you have made, but what gives you ideas to do other blog post? I feel like I want to write sometimes, but can't think of a subject! What inspires you?


trulymyrtle Sun 01-Apr-12 08:47:06

I'm a craft blogger - it gives me endless ideas for posts. I love photos and so it suits me very well but I rather fancy the idea of telling a story around the thing I've made and want to do more of that too. Life is fairly inspiring!

trulymyrtle Sun 01-Apr-12 20:38:57

Can someone do me a favour? I've installed a new commenting widget - I saw it somewhere else and liked that you could highlight a post from your own blog when you left a comment. But, I'm not sure that it's working properly.
Would someone mind testing it for me? Leave a comment, make sure the commentluv box is checked and then (hopefully) select one of your posts that lists.... hopefully. It already appears that it has an issue with blogger id's. I might ditch it if this other thing doesn't work.
Thanks! smile

trulymyrtle Sun 01-Apr-12 21:48:44

i've realised that I've forgotten to add a link, doh!
Never mind. I've got rid of it now - it looked awful in blogger. Getting a bit sick of all the blogger problems. Wish I'd gone with wordpress. Is it a massive fuss to change?

cadburyseggsarebest Fri 06-Apr-12 21:51:01

Ive been thinking of changing, everyone says i should, but I'm so not good at the technichal stuff. Oh by the way its me in my easter name, queen maeve

trulymyrtle Sat 07-Apr-12 09:13:14

I just read somewhere that wordpress is torture too! Might be better to stick to the devil I know? smile

mrsshortiesmind Sat 07-Apr-12 14:22:21

I'm on Wordpress and so far (1 yr) I've not had any problems, but I'm sure some people will have, it's technology so things will never be perfect.

I've found my blog fairly quite this last few days, is it because of the school holidays?

I've found it fairly quiet this weekend comparatively. I think it's because everyone's gone away on hols (or at least I hope that's why!)

I'm with Blogger, and I've had a few problems with it loading slowly sometimes, and other times giving up and showing an error. But if I try again it's usually fine. I thought the slowness was probably because I've got a fair few linky widget things on my home page at the moment, which Internet Explorer isn't too keen on. It's fine with Firefox.

I've found Blogger OK to start with, but once you start wanting to do fancy website things (other than simply keep a diary) it starts to have limitations. So I've started to try and learn html (how sad am I) as I think I'll have better control of where pictures end up for example, if I understand the language!

ooooo... just spotted the bunny smileys shock. That's how out of date I am! Sorry folks - been working full time this week (I'm an accountant and it's year end - boo hoo sad.

Now off for a biscuit just so I can add that bunny too (any excuse! wink)

DillyTante Tue 17-Apr-12 18:58:02

Hello all. Still around?

staranise Tue 17-Apr-12 20:32:41

Yes, still here - it's all been very quiet over Easter. I posted weekly but nothing particularly interesting as I was super-busy with visitors and going away plus the children off school. This week is a bit more normal - I must be feeling inspired because I posted my first proper craft blog about a cabled cushion I've jsut knitted. I even posted it on Ravelry (hung around it for years but never posted on it before).

Trying to get to grips with Google Analytics but I must be very dim as I can't find where to post their code. Does anyone else use it? Not sure I want to know my stats in that much detail!

BlackAffronted Tue 17-Apr-12 21:18:41

I should maybe put this here ... I have had 1.370+ page views in the last hour - my usual daily total is around 75! Whats with that? Glitch or something?

trulymyrtle Tue 17-Apr-12 21:46:56

Wow! That is some jump! I have google analytics - managed to figure out where to put the code although not sure that I am competent enough to advise...But, I have no idea what all the data means blush Anyone?!!

BlackAffronted Tue 17-Apr-12 22:15:22

It appears all teh traffic came from "stumbleapon" and no one stayed more than a few seconds sad

trulymyrtle Tue 17-Apr-12 22:53:45

Wow! I didn't know Stumbleupon was that popular - I have no idea how to do anything with it smile
Pity they didn't hang around sad

BlackAffronted Wed 18-Apr-12 20:26:19

Its calmed back down again, so I wonder if it was soem sort of glitch? It all ahppened within an hour too. Very weird!

BlackAffronted Wed 18-Apr-12 20:26:36

Please excuse my typing sad

staranise Wed 18-Apr-12 23:47:16

Wow, interesting Black - did you get to the bottom of it?

BlackAffronted Thu 19-Apr-12 07:58:00

Nope. Ah well, I was popular for a wee while there grin

mrsshortiesmind Thu 19-Apr-12 18:53:08

It's nice to see people around again, it was sooooo quite over Easter! I have been doing the A to Z Challenge which has kept me busy since the start of April. I am hoping by the end of it I will have thought a bit more about blogging on things other than my mental state!

Have been overwhelmed by work recently but back blogging now. Ds1 made a real leap with his talker in the last ten days or so so it's a good time to return. Now to catch up....

BlackAffronted Fri 20-Apr-12 08:43:13

I passed 10,000 views on my blod during the night, I feel quite chuffed with that!

DillyTante Fri 20-Apr-12 09:18:08

If you sign up to and use it for link shortening it adds your page to stumbled upon. You can link it up with twitter too & even schedule tweets.

DillyTante Fri 20-Apr-12 09:19:02

Wow, blackaffronted, that's great. How long have you been blogging?

BlackAffronted Fri 20-Apr-12 14:02:42

Sparodically for about 15 months, but have only recently been doing it daily. Its just a food/recipe blog, so not all that interesting, so I am surprised!

BlackAffronted Fri 20-Apr-12 14:23:05

Dilly, I think I have just worked out where my 1,500 pageviews came from! Thanks lol

annelg1 Sun 22-Apr-12 17:32:51

Just a note about StumbleUpon. The site can send you traffic, however, because people are only clicking on one page and moving on, this kind of traffic can actually hurt your bounce rate, thus your Google rating. The more page views you get per click, the more Google thinks your blog is relevant to your keywords (your topics).

I talk a lot about traffic and posting on my blog listed here. It's A Blogger's Books and you can find it on the blogs page on mumsnet.

QueenMaeve Wed 25-Apr-12 22:07:32

Hello all. Havnt posted on here for a bit. Am doing extra days at work so haven't been blogging as much either. Going to catch up on some of your blogs over the next few nights.

Evening everyone

This is my first time posting on this thread (though I did lurk on it when Dilly started it) so thought I'd wave hello smile.

I've been on a blog holiday since my second DC was born a month ago, though things are settling down so I'm hoping to start blogging properly again now. Though life with a newborn and a 2 year old means I may just ramble in a sleep deprived way!

Now I just need to properly start catching up on blogs...

Actually, can anyone recommend a reader? I tend to subscribe via email to some blogs but otherwise just hop into blogs via twitter/facebook/MN and would love an easy way to have them in one place (google reader perhaps? Have no idea how that works though [idiot emoticon])

trulymyrtle Fri 27-Apr-12 08:15:02

I get my absolute favourites directly into my inbox by subscribing by email. One I keep tabs on I join with google reader if I can.

trulymyrtle Fri 27-Apr-12 08:15:36

That should say... ones I keep tabs on...

mrsshortiesmind Sat 28-Apr-12 07:45:48

I use google reader, it's good to have the blogs in one place, but I do get some to my inbox too. I've got so many blog posts to read at the moment I can't keep up.

I had no Internet for a couple of days and it's been so hard! I never realised how much I use the Internet!

annelg1 Mon 30-Apr-12 14:13:33

Hi Lowimpactmama,

I've just found Alltop. It's a wonderful platform and lets you choose blogs in different topics to put in your reader. You can also add your blog on the site. I'm getting quite a lot of traffic from them and I've only been with them for a month. Let me know if you need more details. I've written about them on my writing blog.

My blog is through blogger so I get updates of things on my blogroll through that.

BlackAffronted Sun 06-May-12 21:10:31

I passed 13,00 views today smile

Kayano Wed 16-May-12 01:56:50

I started a blog earlier this week so I am very new to it. Only had 250 pageviews so far but I'm doing it every day and loving it!

I have just enabled ads but obv not going to get anywhere soon. I've also created a twitter account to post just about the blog and topics related to the blog. It's quickly becoming an obsession and I find its also helping my creative process

Dillytante Sun 20-May-12 09:32:56

Kayano, my recommendation about twitter is to not just limit yourself to posting about your blog, you are unlikely to build up a following like that. You have to interact and post about different things, that's how you get noticed. Well done on starting your blog though.

QueenMaeve Wed 30-May-12 22:31:30

I have only blogged 5 times this month! really low for me. I am suffering from bloggers block and also from a severe shortage of time to blog or to make anything to blog about. Hopefully I will get my groove back soon. How are things going for everyone else?

annelg1 Mon 04-Jun-12 11:19:28

5 times is not too bad really. If you over-stretch yourself you'll burn out pretty fast. If you have a full-time job and family you'll be cutting yourself short.
The last thing you want is to not give your readers something of substance. It's better to blog once a week with something great, than do it 3 times a week with random pictures or posts that make no sense.

As long as you blog regularly (e.g you always put up a new post on Tuesdays) you'll be fine. Remember you also need time to promote each post you write, comment on other blogs, tweet etc.

All the best.

QueenMaeve Mon 04-Jun-12 21:53:16

thats true. I've noticed posts get a lot more comments and people get a chance to read them when I'm not posting as often

DillyTante Wed 06-Jun-12 21:07:38

Hi all,

QueenMaeve, I've been the same, not been making much, haven't wanted to post unless I've had something decent to say.

QueenMaeve Tue 12-Jun-12 22:21:06

I am trying to decide should I have a blog just for crafty stuff, and then a general blog. My blog is a bit of a mixture and all the blog advice is to find a niche for your blog. I don;t think mine does, its just craft, family stuff, thoughts, whatever notions come into my head. Help me decide what to do!

lifeafterdebt Thu 14-Jun-12 11:27:36

I am completely new to Mumsnet and virtually computer and social media illiterate so I have no idea how to increase my hits. I may well be posting and running because I can't find my way back! I have been blogging for just over a year about my battle with the banks and the politics behind the regulatory authorites and the governments decision to the let the individual shoulder the losses the banks created. Probably sounds really dry but its been a real roller coaster ride to live it for the past four years as we have lost everything(job, home, financial future). I am hoping I may discover how to secure thousands of readers a week as opposed to a hundred a week because I would like to raise awareness of just what the banksters are up to and in doing so, shame them and our politicians into acting compassionatley.

stanleypj Fri 15-Jun-12 12:02:45

As someone else posted, I see my blog primarily as therapy. I have found it helps. But I also hope others get help and information from reading it. So I want it to be seen and read:

Also, as I've always enjoyed writing, I get a lot of satisfaction from writing a post I'm happy with.

Stillbloodysingle Fri 15-Jun-12 13:03:50

My blog is called Stillbloodysingle ... which I think tells you everything!

I post twice a week. It gives me time to work up a head of steam, and also means that I can schedule posts in advance for weeks when I'll be busy, or away, without making the task too onerous.

To be honest, I find that the number of hits is pretty random. (I'm hugely impressed by BlackAffronted's 13000 hits. Congratulations!) Although Thursdays generally seem to be the best day to post for my audience, I seem to get 100-150 hits on the first day of posting, no matter what.

It's interesting to see that my hits come from all over the world, though (44 countries at the last count!) ... I guess that proves that there are disgruntled singles the world over! smile

landofmakebelieve Fri 15-Jun-12 21:08:08

Hi, my blog deals with topical parenting issues, family life and such.
For those saying they're social media illiterate, I find Twitter a great way to find new blog followers.
I didn't have a clue what I was doing on it at first, but now I'm hardly ever off there. grin
Start off by following things that interest you - eg people with other blogs, and reply to tweets creating a conversation. Use hashtags about subjects you are tweeting about, for example if you were tweeting about the X Factor, write it like #XFactor (all one word with no breaks or apostrophes in it) and others talking about the X Factor will pick up on your tweets and you can converse with them.
Basically interact with others and the rest comes naturally. smile

My blog is

DillyTante Sat 07-Jul-12 19:55:33

Hi all, how's it all going?

Bex66 Sun 08-Jul-12 17:53:27

Can I join you all ?- am a relative newbie having set up by blog exactly a month ago to the day about how I lost weight last year - - includes tips and funny stories - its going quite well I guess, its hard to know - have had 1000 visitors this month ( which equates to 16,000 hits) I monetised it a week ago, when I probably should have waited for visitors to get up to about 150/day - I'm only on 70 visitors/day at the moment (max) - but I was just a bit impatient! Made a small bit of money - about enough for a pub lunch! Have set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account for it but am running out of ideas to drive more traffic to it - its on page 1 of Google (no 6) for "how I lost weight" but not much traffic comes that way. I blog at least 5 times a week. Would welcome any new ideas - for instance has anyone got a list builder on their website? landof - will follow your advice re using twitter - thanks

CakesnKids Mon 09-Jul-12 11:56:34

hi allll (not actually posted in here but have been around the board.)

does any one know of a good beauty bloig you dont have to be a millionair to follow tips? one that isnt too intimidating?

(sorry aboit semmi creappy typing i have my 20 month olds who want to 'help' grin

TheNewson Tue 10-Jul-12 12:00:41

Hi - I hope you don't mind if I join you.

I'm also a newbie and will try my hardest not to post then run. I've been blogging for about four weeks now and am on to post number eight.

Like some have mentioned, writing is therapeutic and I enjoy it.

Like others have mentioned, I'm a bit clueless when it comes to the techie stuff and trying to get the blog seen, so any advice and tips are welcome.

Likewise, I will try to share my knowledge. It may be limited re blogging, but I have some experience in writing.

For those of you who are interested my blog is called Anna-notherthing

TheNewson Tue 10-Jul-12 12:11:00

Top tip, Anna. It helps if you get your blog address right. Sorry...


mrsshortiesmind Thu 12-Jul-12 17:50:36

Hi, I've not been on here for a while, probably because I haven't blogged for a while! I have recently done a couple of new posts and I have created a new blog to write about the family and our life.

I am getting a little bit despondent at the lack of visitors though, I apparently have 483 followers (this is from email, rss, twitter and fb) but I don't ever get more than 20 or so page reads a day, more if I am really lucky, but a normal day maybe 5 or 6. I am linked up to Twitter and FB, but I am not sure what I else I should do to get more people actually reading the blog. I know I might say I write for me, but it would be nice if more people would read my blog, or someone to tell me where I am going wrong and what I should change.

My personal blog is, comments about it good and bad (especially where I am going wrong) would be really appreciated.


TheNewson Wed 18-Jul-12 17:04:51

Only been blogging for about a month and finally got round to adding metatags. Some very random ones indeed, it has to be said. Today I noticed that somebody searching for one of those tags stumbled on my site. The tag is: Shakin Stevens (this is from my hair related blog - long story).

I want to know what is the strangest tag that somebody has searched for, which led them to your site?

CreativeFL0 Wed 18-Jul-12 23:37:33

Hi, I'm marking my place on this thread as I'm new to the MB Network and just finding my feet.

I've been blogging for five years but only to myself as I never made it public.
My latest blog is just over two months old and is a mix of tales from our daily famly life, stompy rants, and advice and support for parents whose children struggle with their learning eg: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD.

I've posted on it every day since starting but that's only because I've got a lot of information that I can carry over from my first blog.
I'm sure inspiration will dry up soon enough! grin

Anyway, please pop by and have a browse sometime.

I'm enjoying reading through the threads in the Bloggers topic and hopping around the links to everyone's blogs.

There's some great stuff out there! smile

annelg1 Fri 27-Jul-12 15:02:26

Wow! I've never thought of blogging for myself. Was it a kind of private journal? I'd like to hear some more about how that worked and why you did it.

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