Let's Talk: Blogging






I often have long discussions with my fellow blogging friends.  We talk about everything that blogging involves, we share tips, we talk about our favourite blogs and what we love (and dislike) about blogging, social media and these interesting times in which we find ourselves.  As naturally as woman talk about men, shopping, diets and let's face it other women so blogging has also begun to feature.  But...what if all your friends don't blog and what if you want to share and find out things like how to get the most out of your blog, make it pretty and how to deal with comments, giveaways and so on.  Well...this is what this new series of posts are all about.  It is an open platform or forum for you to ask questions, share knowledge and become the type of blogger your heart desires. 

Unfortunately...there is often a desire for those in the know to keep it that way, but I stand by the idea of sharing knowledge and learning from where and whom I can.  No one will ever be able to be just like you, see the world through your eyes or even feel how you feel so there is no harm in the best blogging abilities being stolen or taken away from you. 

I hope you enjoy some of these resources on blogging.  As I hone my skills - so I will share what I know and if you feel there is something I should know then please share it with me and the rest of the blog readers.  Enjoy, be creative and don't let blogging become a burden.  Keep it light and fun! Blogging need not be about who has best camera, computer or graphic skills.






Something very important:  Crediting Images
We are constantly reminded to credit the work of others and to list sources.  I found a very well written opinion piece on the matter (via oh, hello friend).  Take a look at this post by frolic! for more on credits.

Design Sponge lead me to this clever poster designed by Pia, Erin and Yvette which makes the whole process easier.







There are several blogs and sites that offer some very pretty and free downloads.  It is key, however to read the terms and conditions that accompany downloads. 

My favourites:
Pugly Pixel:  Katrina will be your new best friend with her free downloads.  Her blog speaks for itself and is full of inspiration.  Her premium membership offers you even more and for only five dollars a month...I can already hear the swipe of my credit card!

One of my favourite freebies from Pugly Pixel

Mellowmint:  Vintage resources which are perfect for a multitude of projects.  Remember that crediting what you use from this site is essential.  They are so beautiful - who can help, but tell the world where they came from!

The Graphics Fairy:  Karen waves her wand and shares her papery finds with us.






Big Huge Labs:  Perfect for a variety of fun photo actions.  My favourite being the mosaic, as well as the photo booth strips.

Rollip:  Adds a vintage tint to your photos with some of the effects giving you an almost 'lomo like' feel.

Macaroons from Daniela's that I snapped, then loaded into Rollip for an aged effect






Design *Sponge a favourite amongst creatives has a series called Biz Ladies which has some really amazing advice for bloggers and craft business owners.  The topics range from giveaways to growing your business as well as commenting (positive and negative).  Useful tips from industry specialists.

These are just a few of the resources that I have to share.  I have loads more saved up...so if you are already familiar with these then hopefully the next post will be of  more use to you. 

I would love to hear what you have to say on some of the topics I covered so please feel free to comment.

Happy blogging!

25 comments :

  1. What a lovely post Nadia, lots of good blogging karma coming your way xx

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  2. Thanks for the karma and thanks for the comment :)x

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  3. Hi Nadia, I'm new to your blog and been lurking around quietly for the last few weeks! thanks for this post: It's really great to find someone who is willing to share knowledge!!

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  4. Awesome post! Thanks for the great links. I am busy looking at them now.

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  5. Brill post Nads!!! I had to laugh at the opening line - how we do like to talk about blogging!!! Haha! This is so fab, thanks again for posting x

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  6. Oh wow - thanks! I'm a little lost in the blogosphere myself with not many friends who are able to help out. These have been sooo useful!

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  7. Awesome, awesome post! Only recently started blogging and there's still so much to learn and wrap my head around...

    Ooooh, and thanks so much for the links to Rollip and Big Huge Labs... keep looking for good online photo fixers :)!

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  8. Hi Nadia. Excellent post about sharing ideas and sources. I worked with a graphic designer who told me that a lot of the learning process when he qualified had been learning tips and tricks from other students and I couldn't think of a better way to learn than from people who are doing what you do and who do things that you think are good and worth knowing how to do. Wow, long sentence there. Thanks for all the useful info. One thing I'd really like to know is whether it is essential to blog every day. Tx.

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  9. Woo - good for you love! That's exactly the kind of attitude to have about all of this, I second the blog karma, and keep up the beautiful blog and good work, such a shame that I'm not in S.A to meet up for chats and come to see you at the market xx

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  10. This is a lovely post! It's so nice to find different resources to help out the blogging! MaybeMej is also another great site for actions and freebies as well as Paint the moon. :) Thanks for the lovely links! :)

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  11. Thanks for helping us out Nadia, I like learning new things to better my blog :)

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  12. wow wow wow! thank you for sharing your website gems:)

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  13. Just replied to Helen on her blog but will do so here to: Heehee! My two cents is, bloggers should never feel pressured to blog every day. I think everyone should persue their hobby when the moment takes them. Otherwise, it might not end up being as enjoyable. I tend to blog alot but that's just cuz it helps me to unwind funnily enough! xox

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  14. Thanks so much Lauren...also mailed her.

    Thanks for all the comments - enjoyed hearing whether you found this type of post useful.

    More tips and sites to visit coming soon.
    x

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  15. Haha, just realised I threw in a 'heehee' there by mistake! Was for a reply to her blog post.lulz.

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  16. Wonderful !wonder if I can get by on 3hours sleep, so need to look up these sights hmmmmmmmmmm may be not! Great blogging don't stop:}

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  17. Thanks for the great post! I know what I'm going to be doing this weekend

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  18. A fantastic post - this is going to be bookmarked methinks! x

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  19. Wow - this is such an amazing post - I'm going to include it in my Weekly Love roundup for sure!

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  20. Great post. I love the vintage effect and a great source for blogs. I always love reading other people's blogs and especially love this blog.

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  21. This might be a rookie question but did you add the 'tape' to your images using photoshop?

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  22. No time to read through this fully now (got to rush), but got it bookmarked for later.. A quick scan shows some lovely blogging resources in the list!

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  23. Thank you for the comments! So happy to be able to share them.
    To those with questions - please watch your inbox for a reply! Thanks again.

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  24. you've truly made my day, nadia. thank you soooooo much for including my blog in this list. :)

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