Top 10 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

by Alli

Today is officially my first blogiversary!  Can you believe it’s been one full year since I began blogging?  I still remember how nervous I was the first time I clicked “publish” on my blog’s dashboard, wondering if anyone besides my family would ever read anything that I wrote.  Would my family even read it?firstanniversaryredo

I’m not, by nature, a salesman.  I remember when I was in my late twenty’s and was a stay-at-home mom and tried to sell Avon.  It was a complete disaster.  That was back when we had our own “territory” and we would make cold calls, not on the phone, but in person.  I would pray that no one would be home.  That job lasted about two weeks.

When I, hesitantly, asked friends to “like” my new facebook page, I was so excited when I exceeded 100 likes, never imagining that a few months later I would have over 1,000!  When one of my old friends from high school commented on my endeavors, he told me he thought I should be starting a driving school because I had taught him how to drive all those years ago.  Thanks, Andy, for sharing that precious memory!

I remember the day I started my blog as if it was yesterday.  Because people (on crack, maybe) were constantly asking me for decorating advice, recipes, party planning and wedding tips, I was having trouble remembering who had asked for what.  And then it happened.  I awoke in the middle of the night (which is a stupid saying because it was actually in the wee hours of morning) with a thought to start a blog.  Was I having nightmares?

Being the non-technical person that I am, I immediately starting researching the subject of starting a blog and almost stopped before I ever started.  But, once it was a done deal, I surprised myself that I had achieved it; I had created a blog that actually worked.  I wanted to just stop right there and relish the moment, but that was just the beginning.

Of course, because I knew nothing about the blogosphere, the first six months of blogging shouldn’t even count.  I didn’t know the first thing about SEO, Klout Scores, Google Analytics or Google Plus!  And what in the world was bloglovin with the “g” missing?

If I couldn’t get something to work, I would just put it on the back burner, pray over it and come back later. That’s why Google Analytics was just installed a few months ago.  Oops. The first time I actually wrote a code and it worked, I was elated!  Don’t get too excited.  I still don’t like doing it.  A coder I’m not.  But I tip my hat to all coders, everywhere.  You are some smart cookies!

And through it all, my sister, Melinda, has been my biggest fan.  She shares every Facebook post.  She comments.  She calls and sends texts.  I’m sure the Colorado Springs/Black Forest/ Meridian Ranch Elementary area is sick of my face!  🙂

You can find my very first post here!

So, I said all that to say this:  Here’s the top 10 things I learned in my first year of blogging:

  1. A tech-challenged person (me) can start a blog all by herself and surprise the heck out of their family, especially their techie son-in-law.  Thank you, Amy!
  2. How to take, edit and resize pictures.  Looking back at my first attempts makes me laugh out loud.  I remembered the day my photographer daughter told me that my pictures had a yellow tint. My ego was a little bruised.  And I always forgot to resize the pictures!  Trust me, I haven’t arrived, but I’m getting better!  And I need to go back and fix those “old yeller” pics.
  3. To watermark my pictures.  I learned that one the hard way, after someone lifted one of my Christmas pictures and claimed it as their own.  It was a centerpiece I had done for a Christmas party at our church.  (Secretly, I felt a little flattered!)
  4. I don’t have to share five recipes in one post.  It’s called overload.
  5. Always get someone else to proofread.  I can zero in on every typo and grammatical mistake you make – mine, not so much.  Read all about that here!  I have to give a shout-out to my hubby, the best proofreader in the world!  (When we were first married, we would have spelling bees – against each other.)  If you find a mistake in my writings, it’s his fault!
  6. Bloggers are a very friendly, welcoming group and will gladly help out newbies.  For the first six months, I had no idea what a link party was.  I’ve learned so much from seasoned bloggers.  I must give a shout out to Brittany for showing me the ropes concerning link parties and making new friends!   And now I’m helping to host a link party myself!  (Come join in the fun every Friday)Pretty Pintastic Party
  7. Most bloggers are really, really young.  I’m glad.  It makes me think and feel like I’m really, really young, too.
  8. I like simplicity.  I’ve been tempted to junk up my pages, but I like wide open spaces.
  9. I love answering comments.  When I first started blogging, all I heard was crickets because no one even knew I was out there (except my family and a few friends). The rare times I would receive a comment that wasn’t from one of my daughters, I would answer, thinking it would automatically be emailed to the person that commented.  Wrong, again.  Blush, blush.
  10. My love of writing, sharing faithful Fridays, helpful hints, recipes, menus, memories, etc. has not diminished, but has increased!  Who knew?  I love what I do!

And, most importantly, if it wasn’t for my readers, I wouldn’t have a platform to do this! Thank you so much for your comments, your encouragement, and most of all, coming along for the ride.  You rock!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them.  If I don’t know the answer, I will try to find it.  And for you seasonal bloggers, any additional tips you would like to throw my way?  Be kind!  🙂


Cindy Eikenberg September 25, 2013 - 7:11 am

Alli, happy blogiversary! I love hearing about all of the things you’ve learned throughout the journey (and agree with all!) So happy that I have had the chance to meet you through blogging! Heartfelt wishes for many more years of blogging friendships, fun and happiness! Have a fabulous day!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:51 pm

I just have to say that your blog is one of my very favorites! I always look forward to seeing all the beautiful things you create, not to mention your recipes. Have I said that already? 🙂

Jen @ West Street Story September 25, 2013 - 7:53 am

Happy blogiversary!!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Thanks, Jen!

Diane September 25, 2013 - 8:11 am


Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Thanks for stopping by!!

Ashley September 25, 2013 - 8:31 am

Hard to believe it has been a year!! I love reading all of your blogs.

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Thanks, Ash! It is hard to believe it’s been an entire year! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kim September 25, 2013 - 9:02 am

Wow – you have learned a lot! Happy bloggiversary!!!
I’m embarrassed to say that I just passed 1 year of blogging and still don’t know how to do a lot of the things you mentioned – watermarks? and coding??

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Believe me, you will learn! A lot of what I’ve learned has been by trial and error! Thanks!

Sue @ bebeandj September 25, 2013 - 9:17 am

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I am still a newbie – been blogging since July so am still trying to figure everything out. There are so many beautiful blog sites with tons of followers – thanks for reminding me that we all started out in the same place.

Great post and I love your blog!


Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm

You are so right. We all started out at the same place! And I love how no one is in competition with any other blog, but everyone I’ve encountered has always helped me out. Thanks for stopping by!

Nash September 25, 2013 - 10:22 am

This is such a lovely post to read! I’ve just started blogging and I really hope this is how I feel in a years time. I love reading your blog, please don’t stop!
Nash x

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Oh, thank you very much! You made my day! I will be by to visit your blog soon!

Kim Osburn September 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

Hey Alli,
Congratulations on your blogiversary. Thank goodness I found you. You are just the little piece of encouragement I needed to keep going today. To do this thing we do, for whatever reason we do it. I am a very new blogger (my 11th post) and am still learning the ropes at the ripe old age of 53, (today) thank you. Keep up the good work and again thanks for the encouraging words. <3 Kim

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Happy Birthday!!!! Oh, you’re just a child (I’m 54!)!! 🙂 So glad I could encourage you! I forgot to mention that when I started blogging, I didn’t even know what a blog was. I had actually read one, but I just thought of it as a website. 🙂 Live and learn, I guess. I love meeting other bloggers. I will be coming by to visit and check out your slow-cooker sloppy Joes! I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes!

Marcia September 25, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Huge congrats on your one-year blogiversary! I’m just coming up on month # 2 of mine – so all you mentioned in this post was extremely welcomed and appreciated info! Progress is indeed slow-going at the beginning and WOW all the things you learn every day as you go! Mind boggling … or maybe I should change it to “mind bloggling!” 🙂 Like you, my sisters from Day 1 have been my biggest supporters, commenters and re-posters. I’ve gotten involved in a few hops and have been social networking like crazy (all a learning experience for me also) – and slowly Blogitudes is gaining attention, receiving comments and much-appreciated followers. Bloggers like you that post such kind and wise advice have helped me learn so much and make it this far – can only be confidant that on that one year mark I will also be looking back like you with a smile and writing a post similar to yours! Thank you so much! Have a great Blogiversary!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Happy almost 2nd month blogiversary to you! The time flies by, doesn’t it? I look with admiration at the bloggers that have been doing this for years. And, like you, I am so open to learning new things, which is still a daily process with me! Thanks for stopping by and I promise I will come over for a visit soon!

Hold the Office September 25, 2013 - 12:44 pm

I love that your husband will proofread for you. Mine gets hung up in the content and misses all the typos! I now always print out anything I am going to publish and try to read it very slowly.

Congrats on your blogiversary:)


Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Even when I read r e a l slow, I tend to miss my mistakes because I see them as being correct. Does that make sense? 🙂

Hold the Office September 25, 2013 - 6:03 pm

It makes perfect sense. There was that proofreading post that was going around for awhile about how we don’t see “if,” “the,” and several other words. I forget what it was but I remember missing all of them! I just can’t have my husband proofread for me because he focuses on what I am saying and later I find out typos were all over it. Maybe when the kids can read they can help me, lol.

Alli September 26, 2013 - 5:05 am

My husband is the best proofreader. He even finds errors in books by well known writers. I’ve actually re-read my posts several times and didn’t catch those little errors. 🙂

Mica September 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Happy blogiversary!

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:30 pm


Mica September 25, 2013 - 1:00 pm

I never thought I’d be reading blogs! I absolutely love yours! (It’s the only one I read)

Alli September 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

I feel honored, Mica! Thanks for reading it!

Daphne September 26, 2013 - 10:37 am

Good Afternoon Alli, Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary….. and thank you for telling us about all the things you have learnt along the way.
I am 61 years, so I don’t qualify for the very, very young quota of bloggers you talk about, but I do qualify for the fun, friendship and inspiration which blogs like yours has brought into my life. I have been blogging for 15 months and I love every minute of it. I never imagined that I would be able to post twice a week….. I wondered what I would have to say, and if anyone would want to read my posts, but I decided to be myself and write as I speak and so far it’s been successful. I remember when Karen, became my first follower, I could not believe it, I was walking on air for a whole week. I am a small blog, but I am thrilled with the amount of people who take the time to read my blog and leave a comment. I know blogging is hard work at times…… but my, oh, my, it’s also fun.
Best Wishes to you,

Alli September 26, 2013 - 10:50 am

We are all young at heart! Thanks for your sweet, sweet comment! Looking forward to following your blog!

Doreen@househoneys September 26, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Congratulations Alli! Blogging has so many benefits, not the least of which is keeping us on our toes. It’s almost impossible to blog for a while and not learn new things. True, some of us learn them a little slower than others *whistling and rolling eyes*, but it’s inevitable and eventually we grow, despite ourselves!

I can’t believe you’re 54! You look fabulous! I’m going to be 60 in January so I’m happy to meet another ‘over 50’ because as you mentioned, lots of bloggers are really, really young.

I love your blog and you’ve accomplished so much in a year. Own it!

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