CREATING A BETTER BLOG PART 2 / WHAT I'VE LEARNED SO FAR.....


SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED ME WHAT I'VE LEARNED THIS PAST YEAR.  I REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT,  AND THOUGH NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PROBABLY ORIGINAL,  THIS IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH. 


FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. IT IS MUCH HARDER TO ERASE A BAD EXPERIENCE THAN BUILD  A GOOD ONE :)  ~ THERE ARE MANY THINGS I THINK I'VE LEARNED, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO REMAIN HUMBLE AND KIND. EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL, CREATIVE AND HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER...


WHAT I LEARNED THIS PAST YEAR :
1.  Be Myself and be honest and sincere about my style choices.
2.  I can't please everyone. If that is the goal of a personal style blog, it will show through. No one wants to read about someone else's style choices. Remain true to yourself :)
3.  Listen to your audience. ( I used to blast "theme music" when other's clearly didn't enjoy it. Not everyone likes the same tunes ;) It was detracting from my blog.
4.  I've learned to try to stay on topic and not ramble so much. I have a unique voice and that's what I try to put out there ;)
5.  Be polite ! If I don't have anything positive to say, I zip it. I want my blog to be a friendly place to visit :)
6.  It's important to acknowledge my commenter's and visitors. To support them in their endeavors. I like the community I 'live' in .
7.  I've learned a clean blog is a better blog. Too many distractions take away from the true intent of my blog.
8.  To produce good quality images and not post 10 images of the same pose !


THINGS I AM STILL WORKING ON :
1. To produce good quality images and not post 10 images of the same pose ! ;)
     ( It is hard for me to choose, but my "posing" and image quality are improving, making it more 
        easy to just pick a "few" ;)
2.  To limit myself to only a couple hours a day blogging, instead of hours on end !
3.  Letting go of perfection . ( See number 2 .... )
4.  Honoring my fellow Diva's more, and making my posts more interesting. ( Yawn ;)
5.  Keeping up with new technologies. I don't "tweet" and the applications are ever changing as 
     well.  When you are on a strict budget, this can be challenging.  ( That is why I want to open a 
    "thrifty" custom header/ads shop. Not everyone has hundreds of dollars , or the time, to spend
    on things like that , and I hope to make them affordable for all of us . Not just the 'Big Timer's' ;)
    Of course, I hope to make a few bucks as well, but I believe that to help out others should be my
    primary goal in this venture.  A few "thrifting" dollars would be Icing :)
WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHER BLOGS AND BLOGGERS :


1. No one likes "forced" music tracks ;) ( Generally )
2. Good images and original content are the key to a good blog. There are blogger's I feel I know, simply by their blogging styles.
3. A little goes a long way! ( Some of the most interesting blogs I read have simple, clear messages in their posts.)
4. Being honest about who you really are , and how you really think keeps me reading a blog.
5. Always say thank you and give props when someone does something terrific. ( It makes my day :)
6. Originality and thinking outside the box is most interesting to me. I love variety and risk takers ;)
7. You keep what you have by giving it away! ~ Sharing advice, tips and ideas (if asked) can really help others.
8. I don't enjoy blogs that are always asking me to follow them to win something. ( I had a give-a-way once, and will probably never do it again, unless it requires something like doing a good deed :)
And lastly the two most important :
9.  * The amount of "followers" isn't what makes a good blog. Many great blogs I read have a small "following" (per Blogger) But are awesome , while some of the blogs I have read have tons of "followers" but lack the content I like.
10.  * Love What I'm Doing and Try my Best to do it Well :)

IF YOU TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THIS POST I HOPE IT IS TO JUST BE YOURSELF !
PEOPLE REALLY DIG THAT :)
CERTAINLY THESE ARE JUST MY OPINIONS. THANKS CITIZEN ROSEBUD FOR THE QUESTION :)
PART THREE WILL BE POSING AND PHOTO TIPS I'VE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.
HAPPY HUMP DAY !
xXx
Reva

15 comments:

Terri said...

You keep what you have by giving it away--best advice in this entire post. Your spirit gave me courage when I was just beginning. I owe you big time!

Vintage Vixen said...

Terri's sad it all and more. Great post, Reva. xxx

sacramento said...

Very interesting, and very wise.
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Marta said...

absolutely fantastic post!

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

Reva, you rock! These are great tips. When I get back from my conference we need to talk about a new header for Schoolmarm Style, maybe using the Rosie pic?

I agree with you that giveaways are a pain, especially when there's so much following involved, but maybe once the header/widget shop gets going you could do a giveaway of that. I think the re-posting would be great advertising.

jemina said...

Thanks Sweetie for sharing, words of wisdom indeed :)

Kisses
J
XOXO

Lesa said...

Reva, I've been gone for a while. Too many meds....I love what you have to say, although I am a huge fan of yur flair and self confidence no matter what...

Love the scarf in the first pic.

xoxo

Chris & San said...

Ah, sooo true. Really interesting list.

I totally like the last two pics.

Cheers,
San

the Citizen Rosebud said...

The best thing about my brief stint at Weardrobe was discovering WONDERFUL YOU! I love your blog, your flair, and have so much admiration for your willingness to change AND for your unchangable spirit that makes me come back to this blog time and time again.

May I suggest you submit this post for consideration at IFB for links ala mode? There's some good advice on here with your great voice that many people could use. xo. -Bella Q

the Citizen Rosebud said...

PS: love your hot legs in those cool brogues.

Kasmira said...

Oh! I love the idea of requiring a good deed to enter a give-away!

Joy said...

This is a fabulous post and I agree with pretty much ALL of it! There's some very good advice here, too!

Keep on being fabulous, Reva!!

Patricia Jernigan said...

Although we may not share the same style aesthetic, I do respect your spirit! Through your blog, I can tell you are genuine and are true to your style. I follow several different fashion blogs, but of them all, you are the most inspirational and most positive! I just wanted to let you know and hope you keep up the good work!

style underdog said...

This is such a small comment for what I really mean but I truly like what you wrote. Truly.

gina said...

Lovely post! There are a lot of great things in here that I should keep in mind as well.

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