Dear Crissy

5 tips to make your blog shine

5 Tips to Make Your Blog Shine

I think most of us have gone through periods of blogging fatigue, or phases when it seems like we aren’t standing out among a sea of other blogs and bloggers.

If you want improve your blog and make a lasting impression on readers, check out these 5 tips that will truly make your blog shine.

How to make your blog shine

1. Make yourself known — Are you showing your readers who you really are? My favorite blogs are authored by people who aren’t afraid to put their personality front and center in their posts. I favor blogs that include a great about me page, and I also love seeing a photo of the blogger.

2. Beautify your blog — Yes, design is important. The best way to really set your blog apart from the crowd is to create a beautiful digital space that frames your content. Make the investment in a professional blog design if possible, or use an attractive premium theme that is free of clutter.

3. Highlight your strengths — What are your strengths, and what makes your blog special? Isolate the topics or skills where you excel, and run with them. If food is your thing, pour your energy into crafting incredible recipe posts. If you love photography, don’t be afraid to use large images that really showcase your passion. Put a spotlight on your awesomeness — people will notice.

4. Be confident — Be proud of your blog, your content, and your hard work. I truly believe that a confident blogger is a successful blogger, and the more secure you are in your vision, the farther that vision will propel you.

5. Be fearless — While we all find inspiration from other amazing bloggers, don’t get caught up in trying to fit the mold — it will sink you. Instead, visualize your perfect blog, and know what your blogging goals are. Be experimental, try new things, and strive to be unique.

Tell me what you think

What qualities do you feel make up a great blog?

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31 Comments

  1. Jadzia @ Toddlerisms — April 20, 2012 @ 5:21 am (#)

    This is one to bookmark! I KNOW I need a decent design–just needed a little push.

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  2. Lisa Brown — April 20, 2012 @ 7:54 am (#)

    Love this post! I think sometimes I get caught up in trying to include a little bit of everything, and often posts to (hopefully) garner Pintrest traffic that I forget to just let my strengths shine :)

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  3. Lorette Lavine — April 20, 2012 @ 8:41 am (#)

    Right on the mark…I am fairly new to blogging …make your blog authentically you and keep it that way. Feel free to tweak whenever necessary but make sure the changes are what you really believe in.

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  4. Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig — April 20, 2012 @ 9:30 am (#)

    I’m totally with you on the About page. I think I did pretty ok with mine, and I’m happy with my blog’s design (which was 100% done by me, which means there’s still room for improvement!). I could definitely do with more confidence and fearlessness, though. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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    • Crissy — April 20th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      Stacey, I think your blog is gorgeous – you definitely don’t need to hire a professional!

    • grace — April 21st, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      I agree with Chrissy, I think it’s gorgeous all ready!

  5. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack — April 20, 2012 @ 9:32 am (#)

    I agree. All of those are really important. I think the be proud of your blog is the most important. Be proud of all the hard work you do.

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  6. geekbabe — April 20, 2012 @ 9:41 am (#)

    All of these are excellent suggestions! One thing that has helped me hugely is developing an ongoing relationship with a great site designer. When your blog breaks (and it will) having somebody talented around to fix things is a god send. Once your site starts earning any money, set aside a percentage of it for blog upkeep, you’ll be mighty glad you did.

    As usual crissy great post!

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  7. Jennifer Sikora — April 20, 2012 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Thanks Crissy!

    I totally needed to hear these words today :)

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  8. Angela — April 20, 2012 @ 10:05 am (#)

    I totally agree Crissy! I will definitely be sharing this post.

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  9. Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook — April 20, 2012 @ 10:29 am (#)

    All great points Crissy! Thanks for reminding us of them!

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  10. molly — April 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I feel like I do all these things and have for awhile. But still I struggle to build my audience. It’s frustrating but I know there are more things I could be doing. Participating in forums, doing guest posts . . . it’s just a matter of having the time to do them and I just don’t right now. So I remain patient that day by day my readership will grow. It has been a very slow process for me.

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  11. Michelle — April 20, 2012 @ 10:52 am (#)

    These are very valid points. I would say that great photography is a plus for any blog. The more attractive/professional looking the photos, the more appealing it is to readers/viewers. I am in the process of creating a blog to go along with my cake business and my husband is helping design it (software/web developer), but he’s a busy man…so it’s taking awhile. I would also say a bad habit would be dropping too much bad language. It’s one thing to drop a cuss word now and then if that’s how your personality is, but if it’s a F-bomb every other sentence I leave that blog in a hurry!

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  12. Erika @Musings From a Stay At Home Mom — April 20, 2012 @ 11:34 am (#)

    Great article, Crissy! It’s a good reminder for all of us bloggers. I have an About Me page, but I do need to redo – thanks for the reminder. And the whole stay-confident, keeping-our-own-vision going is something I need to work on.

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  13. Martha — April 20, 2012 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I think I pretty much am following all these suggestions. :D

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  14. Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} — April 20, 2012 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    These are great tips, and I wholeheartedly agree with them all. I like #2, especially. Even with great content, it is hard for me to want to hang out somewhere with a dark background and clutter.

    thanks for the post!

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  15. Jeannette — April 20, 2012 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    I needed this today! I think the reminder to be you but be the best of you is so important! Thanks for some great tips and getting me refocused on what I need to do and where I want to go with my blog!

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