bloggy guide: 101

happy friday my loves! i trust you all have some fabulous plans set in play for this lovely weekend! as usual, friday night is date night over at the taylor household. woo! but we also have some rockin' plans for the baby sister-in-law's 19th birthday. hikes, picnic's, photoshoots, amazing dinners, rockin' desserts. yes, yes, yes! but today i have a little something special planned for all those inquiring minds that have been emailing me as of late -- some blogging tips that i have taken to heart and learned along the way in my first year of blogging. 
warning: i am in no way an expert. these are just suggestions.



1. write what you know best, and keep that as the center point of your blog. 
stay true to yourself and write on topics that inspire you. one tip i've learned from what i wore is to write the way you'd talk or explain it to a friend. when people meet you, you want them to say "you're just like your blog!!"


2. it ain't nothing but a number. 
always remember the main reason why you started this blog. don't let your motivation change to that pesky number on the side. when you love what you write, people love to read it. BUT, if you are looking to share with more people it's important to use all of those amazing social networks that are open to you: twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook. 


3. be invested. 
be invested in your blog and your readers. blogging can be a full time job if you let it. upload, comment, email. the more you show your readers you invest in them, they will invest in yours ten fold. *this for one i have really come to find to be true!


4. keep it visually stimulating.
people don't always have the time to really sit down and read a novel of a post (much like this one). they like lots of pictures and little text. keep your posts light and try to use good photos!
*hint: by making your photos "pinable", you allow more traffic to your site!


5. layout.
this also goes along with keeping it visually stimulating by not going overboard. sometimes peoples sidebars can get too cluttered. i personally like crisp, white backgrounds and open fresh spaces. 


6. do your homework.
it always help by drawing inspiration from those blogs you love. study their sites. what do you like, what do you not like. there are some really great blogs out there that have quality and focus. 


7. keep progressing.
it's a learning process for all of us. as we continue to blog, we hope to get better with our writing, our pictures, our content. no matter what we do in life, we should always be progressing. 


8. patience is key.
and always remember, "rome wasn't built in a day". be patient, be consistent, and you will reach your goal one way or another. 
happy memorial day weekend!

115 comments:

  1. thanks for these! it can be easy to get off track sometimes about why you even start blogging. so helpful to read these.

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  2. Wonderful advice. Thank you! You certainly do it right. xo.

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  3. Since I just started blogging those tips are really useful. Thanks for sharing, I'll try to follow the instructions ;). And I totally agree with all of them, especially with the first one :).

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  4. i think i really needed to read "always remember the main reason why you started this blog." thanks for that! and happy weekend :)

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  5. I'm so happy I found your blog a while ago. You are seriously just adorable! Keep up the good work!

    Greetings!

    R

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  6. I think these are spot on. Thanks for sharing - it's great to be reminded of some great points to be keeping in mind.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these! I've been having some doubts about my little corner of the web but after reading this I have a new found confidence!

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  8. Great information, thank you so much and have a lovely day and weekend! xo

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  9. I agree with all of these tips, especially the last one. I have to remind myself of that every day! And as far as the number game goes, I think we all learn it's better to have a small dedicated number of followers than thousands that never come by... or maybe that's just how I make myself feel better ;)

    Have a great weekend, TJ!

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  10. good advice!! have fun this weekend!!

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  11. Thank you! This is all great advice, and very helpful for me as a new blogger :3

    Zia

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  12. Thank you for your comment! I'm very happy about it!
    And the blogger tipps are really helpful and inspiring! :)

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  13. Thanks for the advice TJ!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. Great tips! I like how you said be who you would be in person. I want to try and work on that, although I am really shy in person and not as much on my blog haha.

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  15. Great tips! I always learn so much about blogging and what I want my blog to be about by reading a tonne of other peoples blogs too.

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  16. These are great tips!! The only thing I would add is to make yourself a reply- blogger. No-replies drive me insane.

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  17. These are wonderful tips! I especially love number 3. It's so important to be a part of the blogging "community" and to invest your time in other's blogs as well as your own. I love reading other people's perspectives on what has made/will make you successful in blogging, so thank you so much for sharing :)

    xoxo, me

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  18. thanks for those tips!! they're really great inspiration.

    xo,

    wardrobe girls

    www.wardrobesimetandliked.com

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  19. This is great! It's crazy how much your blog has grown so fast!! Crazy!! But awesome. You're just likeable, I must say!

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  20. Great tips! Love the ain't nothing but a number. It's so true. Numbers are just a way to show that what you have to say is worth reading. And isn't that a reason for blogging? To impact someone's life? Thanks for sharing!

    -Amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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  21. These tips are perfect! I can't believe this is only your first year of blogging, you seem like quite the guru. How ever did you get so great so fast?! Clearly, I need to follow your lead! Hope you have a fabulous weekend dear, enjoy the date!

    xo Shane

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  22. These are really fantastic tips, a lot of which, I have learned along the way!! I've been blogging for 4 years nearly, and am still learning.

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  23. Thanks for this post! I really enjoyed all your blogging tips :)

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  24. THIS IS THE POST I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!! :) Thanks for this cute girl. You're fab and this is all very very helpful. I'm PINNING IT! :) Hope you got my email and hope to hear back from you soon. keep the goods on the blog comin! xoxo

    -Shannon
    http://gbofashion.com/

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  25. It is so incredibly thoughtful of you to do a post like this for your readers!

    I agree completely, especially regarding the #'s and overcrowding :)

    Have a wonderful long weekend and thank you again for stopping by my blog xo

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  26. Great tips!! I'm off to apply them<3 Happy Weekend.

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  27. Thanks for sharing TJ! These are very helpful and encouraging at the same time! :)

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  28. Great post! :) Thanks for sharing!!!
    xo

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  29. There is some great advice in here, TJ. I'd agree with a lot of it. =)

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  30. what good advice! i love writing just the way i talk.. ;)

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  31. I love the advice!! Great post :)

    Melanie

    iambornlippy.blogspot.com

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  32. great advice girl, keep up the fabulous blogging! your posts are always a treat :)

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  33. preach it girl. such a good post. your blog is definitely one that inspires me! thanks for that!

    xo.

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  34. Great comments and I def need to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day--patience isn't my greatest strength ;)

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  35. Great tips -- I agree with all of them!

    I'd also add: blog consistently. Whether you post every day, every Wednesday, whatever -- set up a schedule that works for you, so that you regularly have fresh content to keep your readers engaged.

    However, don't feel guilty when life happens and you can't blog. Get back into the saddle when you're ready and don't stress -- it is, after all, just blogging. Live your life, too!

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  36. YES! Also another tip someone gave me: Remove the "captcha" for comments. If I have to make a huge effort to comment, I won't! :D

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  37. I just started writing my blog 3 months ago, so this post is really appreciated! thanx a lot and enjoy your friday :)

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  38. Great advice!! Especially about patience :-)

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  39. thank you so much for this tj.
    what a blessing it is to have advice from such a beautiful blogger herself.
    i know that i will soak this all in :)

    xoxo,
    t

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  40. I love the last point, I think patience really is key with blogging :) You can't expect to update your stats every two seconds and have a thousand hits and loads of comments!

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  41. awesome tips. you're a great blogger. i'ma email you about how to get those icon links to like pinterest/facebook/twitter/etc cuz i've wanted to know for a long time!!

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  42. Such great tips=) I have learned so much from the last few months of blogging, and I have so much still to learn! It is such a fun way to document life though, isn't it?

    -Adriane

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  43. Writing about what you know makes the process much easier and way more fun! Great tips.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  44. thank you for the comment on my recent post! I love all your help tips for bloggers, especially a newbie like myself! keep up the great work you do on here!

    :)
    M

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  45. Every one of your points is so true and it really shows that you know what's going on in the blogging world because your site it amazing. Have fun this weekend and take lots and lots of pictures!

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  46. This was real inspiring! I started blogging a few months ago and saw my 'number' steadily increase and I feel it's sort of stopped. Great reminder that it's not about how many followers you have. That want even why I started blogging so I need to just enjoy it and know that I'm doing it for me. I totally appreciate all your wonderful comments so thanks girl! Have an awesome holiday weekend!

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  47. thank you sooo much for posting this!! I have only been blogging for 2 months, so this is super helpful and informative. I am trying to follow all of these points, and yes, my blogging is definitely already turning into a full time job!!!
    And thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm now following you as you are so inspirational! :)
    :)
    Allison
    afashionfiles.blogspot.com

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  48. good tips!
    im always fearful of ever becoming a big blogger. i like blogging for myself, and my close blogger friends. we share my journal!
    i have found so many wonderful people from all over, just by blogging. it is a true blessing!
    -m

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  49. Great post! Thanks for sharing! <3

    XoXo, Kimberly

    http://www.AccordingtoKimberly.com

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  50. Thank you so much for sharing, this is such a great post!

    happy weekend :).

    Alexis
    http://simplybeautifulveg.blogspot.com

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  51. Love this post! Such great tips! Your a pro!

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  52. Very lovely my dear. I loved reading this. I always appreciate your efforts and especially your sweet comments on my blog =) You do so well and it's so great seeing your success =)

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  53. I love how much thought you put into your blogging...these are great standards to blog by...and I could use a brush up in a few of these areas myself!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  54. Yeah, it seems important that its not just about the numbers, then something you love can turn into a high pressure job. I'd muhc rather get to do something I love and know

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  55. These are great tips! Especially patience--something I don't have.

    A Southern Drawl

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  56. so good to be reminded of the basics. thanks for sharing and have a super weekend! ~Deirdre

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  57. such great advice. it's so easy to forget why you're blogging sometimes . . . sometimes i take a little break and then i miss this little community!

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  58. thanks for the pointers!!

    thanks for the sweet comments and visit us again
    xx

    selvia

    www.am2pmchic.blogspot.com

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  59. awesome possum tips my friend!! You are so right with thinking of what inspired you to first start blogging. It's funny b/c when you start blogging, you know nothing at all!! So by posting a few times, then getting to become aquatinted with other peeps, you're like.... ahhh maybe I should do this... or that... or how do they get a bazillion followers? To be honest, that doesn't matter one bit. I can have one follower and still post what I've been posting about since day 1 (for me American Idol!) and still be happy as can be!!

    Keep truckin' with your fantab self. Have a blast in a glass this weekend with your SIL!!

    Xo,
    Bev

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  60. Thanks for sharing this article! Very useful!

    Kisses.

    www.pollysboudoir.blogspot.com

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  61. Hi TJ

    Thanks a lot for these tips!! Love reading things like this!!

    Elisa

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  62. Thanks for the valuble tips, and inspite of this being a text-heavy post, im sure many people read it through carefully!:)

    Love your blog!
    Shubhi's Revels!

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  63. very helpful post,thanks for sharing this! and for your sweet comment! xo
    www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

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  64. Very nice post :) Thanx for your sweet coment :)

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  65. I agree with your suggestions. Especially about being invested and not doing it for the numbers.

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  66. Thanks for the tips! I'm new to blogging, and it's good to know I'm moving in the right direction!


    With Love From Hollywood, Kier

    Fashion Addict
    Fashion Addict

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  67. Thanks for sharing these tips and tricks with us !
    Have a lovely weekend hon ! xx

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  68. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO

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  69. I couldn't have said it better myself ;)


    XX,
    Miranda

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  70. This was such a sweet and helpful post! Thanks for sharing, TJ! xoxo

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  71. Great tips! Have an amazing weekend. By the sound of it, you're in for quite a fun ride :)

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  72. Thank you! Both for the comment about my red hair and for this post. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself why your spending so much time on bloging. Love Jenny

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  73. Nice post :)
    I enjoyed spending time in your lovely and cozy blog.






    Jazzille ***

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  74. so many good points. i love posts that have feeling or stories from the blogger in them. i can't help but smile or feel like i can relate! (: xo Jacqlyn

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  75. Thanks for sharing! I find all those to be true and helpful. I feel my blog is slow-growing due to fact that I don't have the time to devote to truly interact with the blogging community....but that's okay with me for now. In the time I DO have, I always enjoy visiting your little space. Happy weekend!
    -Kristen

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  76. These are such nice tips, thanks for sharing!

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  77. The truth is out there - in your blog! :)

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  78. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my lil ol blog. :) This post was just the motivation I needed to do some spring cleaning to my blog! I'm only one season late, right?

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    1. Ah, it's great! It speaks truth! As it should :)

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  79. Love it, just what I needed for some new motivation!

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  80. Perfect advice! It's definitely all about patience, and lots of love :) Great post TJ!

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  81. Great advices!
    Amazing blog:-) Check mine and let me know if you would like to follow each other:-)
    Kisses
    Aga

    Worlwide GIVEAWAY WITH SHEINSIDE!
    Worlwide GIVEAWAY WITH SHEINSIDE!
    Come and win!
    www.agasuitcase.com

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  82. These tips are all so true! Love them, I couldn't have said it better myself :)

    Hope you've had a great weekend!

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  83. Great tips. You are the best example yourself! x

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  84. Thanks for the comment! These are great tips, I'll have to apply them to my blog! =)

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  85. Love the tips. The whole 'investing' thing is soo true!!!

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  86. loved your comment on my blog and love your blog! thanks for contacting me you are gorgeous! and don't worry, your husband sounds great so you will be just fine whenever you are pregnant, it's very fun actually!

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  87. Love these tips, esp #2. Sometimes i need to remind myself the reason I started blogging in the first place was simply just for me.

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  88. I've just decided to re-vamp my blog so this post couldn't have been more perfect! Thanks for sharing the helpful tips :)

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  89. Thanks for these tips - really helpful, especially for someone who's just getting started with blogging!

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  90. i must say i completely agree! thanks!!

    www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  91. Thanks for sharing, TJ! Much appreciated. And gosh darn, you're just so stinkin' cute ;)
    xox

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  92. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog - this are really good advices! Thanks for that!
    xo xo Mascha from mascha-und-monique.blogspot.de

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  93. Love these tips! I'm new to this blogging game so I welcome all advice. You and your blog are adorbs!
    xox

    www.glamhungrymom.com

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  94. That is great advice. I did just write an epic post, but I had to get it out of my brain...and I find that is they are fairly rare people won't mind the long form. Would really love to grow my audience though. :)

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  95. Thanks for sharing your insightful tips, TJ!

    btw, love your bucket list compilation!

    -V.
    www.victorycarmichael.blogspot.com

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  96. Great blog tips! Thanks for the boost. As a beginning blogger I need all the help I can get. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    Katie @ Miss Tweedle

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  97. Thanks for this post. I've bookmarked it and plan to take your tips to heart. And thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

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  98. Hi! I have just started my own blog and it really is useful to read tips and advice from experienced bloggers like yourself :) Great blog btw, I could tell you do this passionately :)

    Martha
    http://marthafenech.blogspot.com/

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  99. These are such wonderful tips! Thank you so much for the insight. I just started my blog in February and tips like this are key! Love your blog!

    xoxo,
    Rachael

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  100. Wonderful tips! I just started investing in my blog and it does take time! Tips like these great to have! <3

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  101. these tips are awesome and really encourage me cuz it seems like you definitely know what you are talking about :)

    xx,
    thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

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