Thank you so much to Kristin of The Frugal Girl for taking the time to share her blogging tips with us. I’m so excited to be featuring several bloggers this month – real-life successful bloggers – and hearing their thoughts and tips about blogging! So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and be inspired!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog:
I blog about cheerfully living on less, and the focus of my blog is not so much on deal-shopping and couponing, but about living simply. For instance, I talk about contentment, avoiding food waste, cooking from scratch (I bake my own bread and make homemade yogurt), thrift shopping, and refurbishing/repurposing old items.
How did you get started with blogging?
I started blogging in March of 2008 because I got disgusted with the amount of food I was throwing away. I thought about how embarrassed I’d be if anyone saw my food waste, and then a light bulb went off and I thought, “Ooh, that’s it! I’ll show the whole internet what I waste every week, and then I’ll be inspired to stop throwing away food!”
So, I started a blog about food waste, and a few months into that, I decided to expand into the topic of frugal living, so I started The Frugal Girl. And since not wasting food is definitely frugal, I continued to post a food waste picture each week (I still do, actually!)
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started because it would have saved you so much time and energy?
Well, I’m still learning this, but it’s important not to let critical comments ruin your day. Though I still struggle in dealing with negative comments, I have gotten a little bit better at taking them with a grain of salt. Also, I’ve learned that it’s best not to get into a long, drawn-out argument with an unkind commenter. A simple, “I’m so sorry you feel that way.” helps to keep the conversation short.
What is your balancing secret in managing a blog and a family?
I generally don’t blog while my husband is home or my children are awake. So, that leaves me with just an hour or two for my blog each weekday evening after the kids are in bed and my husband isn’t home from work.
I’m sure I could grow my blog more if I devoted more time to it, but while lots of people can blog, no one else can be mom to my kids and wife to my husband. So I try to keep that a priority.
What is the biggest mistake you made and how did you fix it?
Well, probably the silliest is that my first blog had the longest url EVER. It was www.
Fortunately, I chose a shorter name when I started The Frugal Girl!
What has been your best readership building tactic?
Hmm. Things like commenting on other blogs in my niche have been helpful, but the central thing is that I focus on producing consistent, authentic content. I think that’s what makes people fall in love with a blog, and when people love a blog, they tell other people about it. Word of mouth is one of the main ways my blog has grown.
What has been your most successful way to make money?
Network blog ads (I use BlogHer) have been my largest revenue stream thus far.
What is one tidbit of advice that you would offer to a new blogger, just starting out?
Ooh, can I choose a few?
-Use WordPress. Best blogging software e.v.e.r.
-Include pictures! Even not-so-great pictures are better than none, and your photography skills will improve as you practice.
-Make an About page with a picture of yourself. That’s so important to help new readers connect with the person behind the blog.
Still Have Questions?
Leave them in the comments below – then be sure to head over to Kristin’s blog – if you’ve had fun reading her insight here and have been as inspired like I’ve been, you’ll find even more inspiration at her beautiful blog!