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BLOGGING 101Welcome to my Blogging 101 Series where I will address everything from A-Z about blogging. My goal here is to help new bloggers and even current bloggers design and start their blogs, manage and promote their content well, and overall get a grip on the challenges blogging presents.

I’m here to help YOU! Check back each week for a new topic (which are listed below!). I will be updating this post with the links to each new post as well, so definitely bookmark this page!

A little about me – I am a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger, so there may be sections of this that do not apply to you if you’re a different type of blogger – just keep that in mind!

So! Without further ado, here is my guidebook to everything you need to know about blogging! This will be split up into a series with the following topics, so stay tuned each week!

Week 1 starts TODAY! Tune back in tonight at 7 p.m. PST for the first topic!

Blogging 101 Series Topics

POSTED: Week 1: Steps to Take Before You Start Blogging
  • Defining your blog
  • Brainstorming ideas for posts
  • Research
POSTED: Week 2: Setting Up and Designing Your Blog
  • Picking a blogging platform that’s right for you
  • Self Hosting vs. Free
  • Design Your Blog
POSTED: Week 3: Writing Process
  • Editorial calendar
  • Do’s and don’t’s of writing posts
  • Reviewing and editing
  • Giving credit/Links
POSTED: Week 4: Photography Part 1
  • iPhone Photography
  • Photo Editing Apps
Week 5: Photography Part 2
  • Posing
  • Selfies
  • Lighting
  • Digital Camera (Point-and-Shoot) Photography
  • Tripods and Self Timers
  • Best Free Photo Editing Online
Week 6: Promotion of Posts
  • Checklist of what to do for each post
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Bloglovin’
  • Google+
Week 7: Blogger Networks
  • What they are and how they work
  • My favorite networks
  • How to utilize them
Week 8: Monetizing Your Blog
  • Product Reviews
  • Sponsorships
  • Giveaways
  • Affiliate Programs
Week 9: Building Your Reputation in the Blog Community
  • Commenting do’s and don’t’s
  • Blogging friends
  • Networking
Week 10: Conclusion of Series, Summary, and Q&A

Blogging 101 2DISCLAIMER: I am absolutely no expert. I don’t make my living off of blogging, I haven’t been at this for years, and I do not have a huge following. But I also think this is what makes me unique – so many “Blogging 101” posts come from well-established bloggers with massive followings, their own photographers, access to Photoshop and other resources, and who make a living off of their blog work. I love reading those posts because it is incredibly inspiring and helpful to hear what their advice is to us newbies. However, there is merit to hearing from somebody not so high up in the blogosphere as well. It’s hard for a lot of us to get started when we A) Little to no social following; B) Little to no money; C) Little to no experience; D) Little to no support.

These are tips, tricks and pointers about what worked for me and I understand that everybody is different. My hope is that this helps at least a few people get a better grip on challenges blogging presents!

Please comment below if there are specific questions you want answered or particular topics you want to see covered! Your feedback is extremely important to me! Thank you ♥

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  • We can all use tips and tricks since things are always changing! Can’t wait to follow along with this series :)

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    • Exactly! Thank you so much for checking it out Jessica – I hope you keep coming back!

  • Coffee Beans High Heels

    cant wait to read more! so excited!i’ll be back at night to read it!


  • Megan Tichonevicz

    Really looking forward to this series! I love sharing tips and tricks with fellow bloggers!

    • I’m so glad! I definitely want to hear other people’s advice too – I’m definitely not an expert haha. It’s always great for bloggers to help each other! xo

  • This is awesome! Can’t wait to see what you write!

  • Looking forward to this series! I think it will be really informative and helpful for me!

  • Erica Ligenza

    OMG I was planning my own Blogging How-to series for the near-ish future, too! Great minds DO think alike! I agree with you 100% – the fact that we’re NOT already huge bloggers, makes our viewpoints unique, but also that much more relatable and admirable, I think, for baby bloggers! I’m SO excited to follow your series.


    • YES! Great minds think alike! You should absolutely make a series – I love your blog! And yeah, it’s always really helpful for me when I seek advice from bloggers kinda on the same level as me! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! xo

  • This is such a great idea, Madeleine! Although I have been blogging for about a year and a few odd months now, I am always looking for new tips and tricks! Can’t wait to see what you have to say about it all! :)


    • YAY! Thank you so much for reading. Yeah, there’s lots of people like you who already have well-established blogs, but there’s always every now and then that you have a question (: I hope I can help in any way possible!

  • Jaclyn Beasley

    This is awesome! So useful for those who want to start a new blog and for those (like me) who just started! Thanks for sharing :)

    • I’m so happy to hear that!! I really appreciate feedback like this – thank YOU! xo

  • I can’t wait for the self hosting part! I have been playing around with that idea for a while! I already have one self hosted site for my design website.

  • I’m so so excited about this! I can’t wait to read all of your tips. Particularly looking forward to your photography and monetization tips!

    • YAY! I’m so glad to hear – thank you! Photography part 1 is this week so be sure to check it out!

  • Ashley

    Look forward to this! Go girl! :-)

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