28 January 2013

Somewhere Out There

You ladies are all aware, but blogging can be a total time suck. The amount it takes to put together an outfit, take pics, load pics, wrack your brain for words that make up a post, etc. And that's just some of what's involved to get your own blog up and about.

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But just having a blog isn't enough, is it? If you're going to be brave enough to put yourself on the Internet, there's no point to do it if no one knows you're there, right?

When I started this blog, I didn't have big aspirations for it - in fact, I wasn't sure I was going to be into it enough to last a month or two. I had stumbled on a community of fashionistas interested in the same retailers I was and was attracted to the real-life styles and sense of camaraderie. I wanted to be part of it.

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Getting people to know I exist in blogdom has taken a long time and hasn't been easy. I don't a whole lot to market my blog, so what have I done to put myself out there? I approach my blog as a fun hobby, but I still try to put together the best style blog I can with the time and "talent" I've got. And I try to be courteous to others by responding to reader comments and visiting new blogs. I think the only marketing-y things I do are also to have FB and Google + pages, but I really only link my posts there - and I'm still naive to the Tweet or Insta worlds, so I guess I am behind the blog-marketing times.

I'm curious, ladies, how do you get your blog "out there" to the world? Are there blogger marketing tactics that you find really helpful - and those you think are kind of annoying?

pink & pearls

pink & pearls

Top: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew no.2 pencil in double-serge wool (worn here - sim, sim, tweed)
Jacket: J.Crew tweed khaki moto (worn here - contrast, faux leather, all pink, floral)
Necklace: AT pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim, blingier)
Bracelet: AT pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)

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  2. Wow, this outfit is like a preppy dream come true! You look so pretty. And how awesome are those sparkly shoes!

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  3. (oops spotted some typos!)

    I don't promote my blog at all via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. It's just a secret hobby to me really that none of my friends/family know about. I read other blogs of course and leave comments when I genuinely have something to say. I've never been one for simply saying "fab outfit" and leaving my blog address on every single post in my reader, I just don't have time! The blogs I comment on are the ones I read every day (some like yours, for years) and feel some kind of affinity/connection with. I get a lot of page views from Dina obviously thanks to the BWRR and the group I'm in on Facebook for Boden lovers all read it which is lovely.

    So yeh that's why I'll only ever have a teeny blog but I'm happy with an average of 500 page views a day over in my little British corner :-)

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    1. I know what you mean. I have a real affinity to other bloggers like you who have been "around the block" with me through many seasons. It's like in our own little ways, we know each other.

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  4. I have really struggled with trying to remember why I started blogging, as a stress relief from my student life. With that simple task in mind I have basically let is overshadow what my goal is. I am content with just commenting on blogs I love and being happy with that.

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  5. I only promote my blog on Twitter and even my twitter account is private so not a lot of people see my blog tweets. That's mostly because there are a lot of family and friends that don't know about the blog so in order for that to remain the case I need to be careful about what I post on social media. I don't mind it when bloggers promote new posts on Twitter or instagram but you only need to do it once. Some bloggers post 8 different instagram photos from their most recent blog post and it drives me crazy :)

    Looking lovely as always!

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    1. I have a personal FB account and a blog one because a lot of people in my reg life don't know or don't care that I have a blog, so why inundate them with stuff they don't want to know about anyways.

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  6. Thats a great question, and I'm looking forward to reading others responses, as I've just started my own little blog and still trying to find my stride!

    And what a great skirt to brighten up a Monday!

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  7. It's a very good question. I have also not done a ton of work to "promote" my blog too much other than I use FB and I do use Twitter and then the best I do is reach out to other blogs I like - but I don't use the "follow me and I'll follow you" approach, I just try to engage the person in conversation if I'm truly interested in what they're doing and I find it works. I have also found joining link-ups and challenges that bloggers put up - it's a really great way to meet new people!

    And speaking of your blog - I love the gingham shirt you're wearing, I have a similar one! I plan to pair it with a pencil skirt in the near future too!

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    1. I have four of these gingham shirts in different colors and they totally go with everything!

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  8. I love this gingham and that necklace, I'm honestly on the look out for a similar one because I love the way you style it. :) I like to do link up parties and do about 7 of those a week. I think that's a fun way to see new blogs. I just done ever want to be a spammer leaving ingenuine comments on blogs just to gain followers. Yes, I love gain new followers because I fells good, but I want it because they chose to, not because of the lets follow each other idea.
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree - I love gaining new followers, but I want people on this blog who actually enjoy reading it, not joining just because they want to enter a giveaway or something - because they'll be gone soon after anyways!

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  9. i love this outfit. gingham is my favorite.

    for me ive been working on connecting with people locally cause then i can meetup with them in person, which is so much fun. i tend to be one that just reads and doesn't comment and i've been trying to break myself of that habit as well. its helped me.

    K

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  10. I actually thought about this same thing over the weekend! What exactly is my blog? Do I want it to get lots of hits and be really popular? How do I do that? What if I try to do that and fail miserably and feel like an idiot? Or do I want my blog to just be for friends, family and a small online fashion community of regulars? Will the friends/fam care about my outfits? Will the regulars care about my home life? It's like my blog is having an identity crisis!

    But other than seeing what other people do on their blogs (sponsored posts, giveaways, etc.) I would have no idea how to begin to promote it other than having a Twitter and Instagram. Great idea for a post!

    Taylor

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    1. I know there are gals out there who have blogged for like three months and have huge followings and tons of sponsorships from seemingly out of the blue. I know it is more than this, but I think it def helps that most of them have the magic mix of being you, gorgeous, jet-setting with a seemingly endless bank account to buy new designer duds with!

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  11. I use a lot of social media to promote my blog...I tweet new posts, add them to Facebook, and pin them to Pinterest. I'm also on Instagram. All this social media can be exhausting at times but it does make a difference. Sponsoring other blogs can also help a lot in getting your name out there. But I really think the best way is to form relationships with your readers by commenting on other blogs.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    January Group Giveaway!

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    1. Whatever you're doing, you're doing it right, girl!

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  12. The J. Crew pencil skirt looks so good on you- it's definitely on my wishlist!

    I promote my blog mainly on twitter and facebook- then I use other social media apps like pinterest and instagram as mostly sort of a side gig. It's definitely a lot of work to keep up with all of these but I only use the platforms that I like and have fun on!

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  13. This may be a naive way of thinking, but I'd like to think that I blog for myself first, and if others want to read, then the more the merrier! I find promoting via all the social media platforms available gets exhausting after awhile. I started out tweeting every time there's a new post, but then I felt like I was bombarding other people's Twitter feeds because I update pretty often. So after awhile, I stopped, and now mainly use Twitter as a way to engage in convos with others. I don't mind when other people promote new blog posts via Twitter though, but once a day is the limit for me. For similar reasons, I'm not much of an Instagram user, but I understand that reader circles may not always overlap.

    The one thing I do find annoying are all the affiliate linking through social media. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, just to name a few. I never click on any. Affiliate links on the blog is fine because I have the chance to see an accompanying photo, but straight up texts I never click on.

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    1. I feel the same way as you about affiliate links on Twitter or Pinterest, etc.

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  14. So funny that you are talking about this today Lisa. I had an epiphany last night about my blog and have been mulling over several ideas on ways to do my blog differently. I am going to talk about them today actually. I don't really interact in social media as much as I could. I link my posts to FB and Pintrest and Twitter and Chictopia, but I don't go beyond that as far as interaction. I don't actually have many followers, but the ones I do have I think are genuine. We comment on each other's blogs and that is what really matters to me. My blog, for now at least, is just a hobby and not a profession.

    I love your gingham blouse and monochromatic look today!

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  15. Love this outfit lady! Is the community you talk about GCOGH perhaps? I loved that site! Using it actively has made SO many people find their way to my blog :) I always respond to my comments as well, which is how I ended up on your blog today :) Secondly, Twitter has slowly grown into a place where I interact with existing readers, but it does not seem to be a great source to find new readers though :( I personally believe that being featured on other (big) blogs and in local magazines or something is the wonder trick, but I'm not sure... :)

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    1. I am on GCOGH and it's a fun way to browse outfit posts from reg people and bloggers alike. By community I meant this style blogging community, but GCOGH is just an extension of that.

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  16. Hmm, I am not an expert in this at all.. I have no instagram, hardly tweet and not a single sponsor or giveaway. I guess I don't market my blog in any way but to visit others and get others to read mine if they want. I am not even sure if my visitors actually read anything or just browse the pictures. Well, blogging for me is something I do to keep me occupied, at least my brain works, right? Compared to yours my blog is almost non-existent!

    Greetings from Dubai!
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    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
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    1. I don't Insta either - figure I'd end up taking really random pics of things that no one would care about anyways!

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  17. i'm finding blogging to be a lot of work and a huge need for patience... i started last year and it's been a slow process in building my traffice.. it can be some what discouraging but at the same time i've met so many wonderful other bloggers that made my slow journey worth it... it seems like blogging is a lot harder to gain followers than youtube, instagram or twitter... i have no idea on how to market blogs so wheny ou find out, please share with us. =)
    loving the pink gingham! <3

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    1. I agree - I enjoy building relationships with other bloggers. Even though we may not really know each other, there's still a nice sense of camaraderie there that's really nice.

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  18. i think blogging is a lot more time consuming when you sit down to plot it out. i don't have a ton of followers but have been trying to think of ways to meet more bloggers so whenever i see a bloghop i try to participate.

    i guess in part i have to learn that i'm blogging for myself - don't get me wrong i love it when i get a new follower or a comment on a page... but its also my own little space of the net, you know?

    adore this whole outfit!

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    1. I'm with you - for a while I tried to post almost every day and tried to be as active a blogger as possible to try to gain followers, etc. and it was so exhausting and not all that fun! I'm never going to make a living at blogging, so I need to do it because I want to.

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  19. I'm a Google reader subscriber of yours, even tho I don't comment much, your posts have always one of my favs to read, your outfits are always so full of color, and your always so candid. I started blogging very recently (mid January) and identify/agree with this post so much. Its hard work! But its just a hobby of mine and even tho I have 0 followers, its nice to be able to go to my blog and see that I'm putting effort into dressing myself everyday. (I try to blog everyday)

    I also realized that my outfits are pretty colorless (like how one of ur earlier posts said about yours when you started), so I hope that as I continue this, my outfits will eventually transform as well. Im glad that there is a whole array of petite bloggers out there such as yourself to get inspirationa from, so a big thanks, and especially for this post to remind me that perhaps I should start by commenting on posts I've enjoyed. :-)

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    1. I started this blog because I was working from home at the time and needed an excuse to get dressed again. I figure blogging was a good way to hold myself accountable to still acting like a normal person and not spending the day in my jammies or something. Most of my early outfits are so sleep-inducing, but blogging has def helped me come out of my style shell and become more adventurous.

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  20. I absolutely agree with what you're saying. People don't realize that blogging is something that takes a lot of effort, time and imagination! I had a pretty successful blog about a year ago, but deleted it due to lack of new content and inspiration. Now that I've gotten that back it's hard to just start from scratch after that, but commenting on other blogs who are just as eager to get new people interested in their hard work, has been the best method so far. :)

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  21. Well, I appreciate all of the time you put into your outfits - I LOVE looking at them! I have found that giveaways are much more effective than simply sponsoring other people's blogs!

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    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. I agree, people like free things, including myself, and there's nothing wrong with that!

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  22. Oh i love this post. I can't help but read through your comments because I'm also curious :) I'm still getting use to the blogdom as well, but personally I use FB, Twitter, Instagram and comments to really try to get out there. Blogging def takes work to be successful. But when you enjoy it, it's totally worth it!!

    Happy Monday!

    Redheaded Daybook

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  23. First, you look amazing as always :-) Second, I completely get the whole blog taking up time thing. I love having a blog and connecting with others so I feel bad when I don't have a lot of time to respond, comment, or even posting as often as I used to :-(

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  24. I'm actualy semi-secretive about my blog. I haven't told most people about my blogging hobby because I'm worried they won't be supportive or get it...and then judge me. So I do not promote it throgh FB, Twitter or Instagram. Although I would LOVE to get more followers. (I only have 17) I guess I'm a little afraid of putting it out there to everyone I know. BUT I do want to connect with more bloggers. I find it difficult to find the time and energy to make it happen.

    Most people I know don't love fashion. Thats one reason I started my blog. So I could rant and rave and share to my hearts desire.

    Lisa, You must be doing something right. You have alot of followers. I found you and I check in all the time to see what your wearing and whats on your mind. :)

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    1. Actually a lot of people in my real life don't know that I have a blog, or don't get it and don't care. I actually have separate FB pages for regular me and blogging me. ;o)

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  25. I have a similar approach to my blog. My biggest way to market my blog is by commenting on other blogs, but that's also a great way to make blogger friends :) I love this look!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  26. Wonderful outfit. I love the bright color of the skirt and the pattern mixing.

    As for advice on growing/marketing your blog, I'm afraid I can't help you there; I am the worst. I am on Twitter, but all I do is talk about my bike rides. lol.

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  27. Blogging does take up so much time! I love all of your bright color here, so fun to brighten up the winter!

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  28. I think fashion posts are especially time consuming - styling, pictures, makeup, editing...and then you have to write something engaging. Well, you seem to be very good at it though. And what a lovely - and bright - outfit.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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  29. First and foremost: you are such a cutie patootie! I adore this look and so want to borrow/steal that jacket from you;)

    Second: Great topic for today! Seems like many of us are asking ourselves internally what are blog is all about:) When I first started my blog I had some delusions of grandeur and thought I would skyrocket to have tons of followers, sponsors, etc. Not so! I didn't realize how much work goes into taking pictures, loading them, getting posts ready, you know the drill. At first, every little accomplishment was a huge thrill and I was a little obsessive with commenting, twitter, and all that. Then all the work became exhausting. Now I just blog for me and do what I can with no expectations. I don't worry about numbers, page views, followers, etc. I really enjoy connecting with other bloggers, but I don't always have time to respond to everything or leave comments on everyone's page that I like. I just do what I can, when I can.

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    1. I went through a period where I blogged almost every day and tried to do it all and it really wasn't that fun. I only blog a few times a week now, and I agree with you, it's much more enjoyable to do it when I want to, not because I have to!

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  30. Hello Fabulous! That jacket is TDF!

    I think my blog didn't really start growing until Pinterest came along!

    Sequins&Stilettos

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  31. You look gorg in this outfit! Love these colors on you.

    I'm definitely new to the "blog marketing" business, but so far just reciprocating comments, visiting new blogs - and keeping up with my other social media channels regularly (I'm using Twitter and Insta, also) have been my main marketing channels. I also think it's a great help to look out for the different types of blogs that offer reader outfit posts (like Roxy & Effortless Anthro!!) and try to submit photos when applicable - definitely helped me! :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  32. I really love that top! The color looks amazing on you!
    I'd love for you to check out my blog :)

    xo Ally

    www.gumbootglam.com

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  33. Love your gingham shirt and skirt pairing!! I am really behind in blog marketing and I don't think I do it well. I just blog for fun and I don't have much expectation. I usually update on FB, IFB, and twitter when I have a new post but it's only every couple of days. OTherwise I just try to get to know ppl through twitter. xoxo, Phoebe

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  34. girl, I think this is one of my favorite outfits of yours. those pearls are beautiful on you.

    as far as blogging goes, the biggest way I've gotten blog hits is participating in a few select link ups - wiww is I think one of my biggest traffic source! i occasionally tweet about a post but not too often. I have a facebook for my blog where I upload my entire post because I know some people just like facebook more than going to blogs. and I have a pinterest board for my own blog so I don't pin my own looks to my inspiration board.

    what I love about your blog is that you are sincere about your outfits, and what you are doing. I think that shows by the amount of followers you have by your minimal promoting.

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    1. Thanks, girl! I've never tried a link up before, I need to look into that, sounds like a fun way to be introduced to new blogs too!

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  35. Love this outfit, especially the gingham shirt with the bright pink pencil skirt. The jewelry and jacket are fabulous! Great blog!

    Sofia

    http://stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com/

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  36. What a great look
    I love everything about it and would totally wear it in a heart beat
    Brett

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  37. I adore your outfit! <3

    I would, of course, give some advices, but the sad thing is that I have none myself! I don't promote my blog at all! I'm not even sure how these people found my blog (not like there is many..). If I were to somehow promote my blog, I'll probably try by making friends with other bloggers and things of that nature. Since I'm new to blogging even though I had this account since forever, I tried reading this comments and several of them says linking up. Sadly, I don't even know what that means.

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    1. I think as long as you're enjoying yourself with blogging, that's the important thing! Otherwise it'd be more like a part-time job than a hobby.

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  38. Love the gingham paired with the bright pencil skirt - such a chic work outfit! I'm not expert, but I think twitter is a great way to promote your blog content as well as connect with other bloggers/potential readers and I still believe that just visiting other people's blogs and leaving thoughtful comments is the best way to really build a readership that keeps coming back!

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    1. I agree - one of my fave parts of blogging is the interaction. What would be the point of me just spewing stuff out if no one's listening?

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  39. ohh i love your jacket! i love love moto jackets especially when they're made w/ two different materials.. the tweed and khakie is soo cute together!

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  40. I'm not one to market, but for what it's worth, I can tell you what I like and dislike. I like link-up parties; I dislike when someone goes to every blogger who has linked up and leaves the same copy/paste message "love your outfit! come follow me on my blog and i'll follow you back! xo" -- most people who leave such a comment won't actually follow you (I speak from personal experience). At the end of the day, it depends who is on the receiving end-- I've made some great connections just through frequent visiting and commenting, but some bloggers have yet to ever visit my blog or reply to a comment. I also think guest blogging is a great idea, but I have yet to do it.

    I used to like the idea of group giveaways, but I felt like that became more about collecting fans than about building relations. Now they just annoy me because there are so many that require you to tweet and instagram the giveaway in order to be eligible for the prize. I don't even have either account!

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    1. I'm the same page as you on a lot of these things. I think blog giveaways are awesome, but honestly I'm not a big fan of ones that require you to follow the same blog in fifty different platforms or have to follow twenty different blogs just to enter. Giveaways should be a fun thing!

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  41. I love your top and skirt, fab outfit!!

    For me, blogging has been my outlet and a way of meeting new people on the internet. Reading blogs is one of my interests and I actually learn a lot from them. I would have to agree that using social networking sites is an advantage of widening your blogging experience. It's about sharing with everyone the same passion and interest :)

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  42. I thought I was the only one who didn't Tweet or Facebook or whatever. You are right, blogging takes so much time so you have to pick some things to cut. We do our blog, Pinterest, and the Lucky Magazine contributor. It's fun to blog, but real life stuff also has to come into play too.

    I love your top and bright skirt too. Great outfit! Heather

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  43. Wow the jacket is so fun! Great blog :)

    Would you like to follow each other?

    http://fashion-a-holic.com

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  44. I´m just between "be or not to be a blogger"...I have the same doubt...Following certain blogs I had found http://www.thedecorista.com/ she is the only one who public how this thing really works if you want to do something popular and financially convenient .
    She makes like a manual, I don´t know if you are in to it, but is an option... I don´t have her publication yet...if you try this please Let us know please!
    Greetings from Mexico
    Jaqueline

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  45. Great questions Lisa. I feel like your blog is one of the "big" ones!! I've always wondered what you did to gain readers/followers...that being said...I try to reach out to other bloggers & build friendships & I also try to post npretty regularly. It's def. a time sucker:) I love this super preppy look!! Gingham is always a winner in my book.
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm thankful for every follower I've got and I think part of it is just because I've been around for a while!

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  46. Totally love the color of the skirt and pattern mixing, Lisa! That pearl necklace is so pretty!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  47. I love the plaid blouse! It's so spring picnic <3

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  48. Great question Lisa! How do you get your blog out there? I know so many of us would love to turn this hobby into a full time job:)! A gorgeous look as usual! Loving the red gingham with that beautiful necklace and skirt:)!

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    1. I haven't done much more than what I posted below and what I'm doing now - I really enjoy the sense of "meeting" new bloggers and building a rapport with folks.

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  49. first off, i love the outfit! :D as for blogging, what i really try to do is visit other blogs and communicate with other bloggers. besides that, i think we just really have to enjoy what we're doing. :)

    <3, Mimi

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  50. Beautiful outfit! I love it ;)

    I'm following you already ! would you like to follow me back? www.gabusiek.blogspot.com

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  51. Getting your blog out there is such an up hill battle, particularly when you have aspects of your life that require more attention than your blog such as, for example, a full time job. Personally, I'm still trying to find the magic formula for getting the word out while not alienating people with annoying marketing tactics. If I figure it out, I'll be sure to pass on the secret :) Loving this outfit, by the way - the gingham blouse and pencil skirt combination is just lovely!
    xox,
    Cee

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  52. Besides being on the JCA blog roll, I haven't marketed at all so am still aiming for that modest 100 followers milestone.

    You always do great things with that jacket, this outfit is very cute indeed.

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  53. beautiful outfit on you.

    If you get a sec, check out me latest post... ' Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.' It was love at first sight when I saw this skirt. I would love to read what you think.

    Be featured on Stylishly In Love: If you would like a chance to be featured on my fashion blog, then email me (stylishlyinlove@gmail.com) a picture of your go-to outfit for Valentine's Day. In honor of Valentine's day I will be featuring 14 bloggers. Make sure to email me by February 11th.
    Thank you.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  54. I don't actually promote my blog that much :) I just respond to other readers commenting and like to visit other blogs :) I think blogging for yourself first is better than trying to get as many followers as possible! Otherwise it becomes a chore :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  55. Love this look Lisa! The gingham in that gorgeous color is just gorgeous! I honestly don't know the best way to market your blog - I love finding new blogs through comments, but it can get overwhelming... If you crack the code let me know :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  56. Haha - I still have trouble with Twitter...so I guess I'm behind too :) Love this look - that jacket is fabulous!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  57. I have that skirt but haven't worn it yet...I like how you're wearing it, it's inspiring!

    I'm with L S...I don't promote my blog at all, and it is pretty much a secret hobby for me. Which I'm fine with. :)

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  58. I really like this look, the combination of colours and textures work really well together. As for getting my blog to be 'known' in the blogosphere I just visit blogs of people with similar styles and lifestyles as me and if I see something I want to comment on (like I am now hehe) I leave a comment. I have the FB page, my Twitter account and Instagram too. However, the FB and Twitter accounts only really work for promoting my posts to people who already follow me so I don't see it as a way to attract new readers, more as a way of connecting and staying in touch with my existing readers and the blogs I read. Instagram is an excellent way for new readers to find you I have found (providing you are using the correct hastags) as most people reading blogs respond to photos and especially outfit photos. It's all a bit new to me so I am not entirely sure the best way to do things, as long as I am enjoying it that is fine with me whether I have 1 reader or 1000 readers, I just want to enjoy it :)

    Janine xx
    BakeGlueandTrend
    Giveaway Post >>> bakeglueandtrend.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/love-dress-giveaway.html

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    2. I don't Instagram because I know I take pics of the most random things sometimes and figure if my real life friends don't care, would my virtual ones? Hehe.

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  59. You look amazing! I'm loving that jacket so much!

    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/

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  60. Love this colorful outfit! That tweed jacket is so cool! I try to keep up with my blog's fb and twitter accounts. But I don't have a smartphone so that makes it hard. I think the best way to get traffic is to visit other blogs and comment!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  61. Beautiful! You have such great light in your house, too!

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  62. I always love reading your blog :) Love the outfit and I got into blogging due to my sister. As well as the fact I had all these clothes, shoes, and bags from my love of fashion and thought it would be fun to share and see what happened. Now the jewelry line and everything it works well together!

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  63. I think people come to your blog because you just have killer style and you always have something interesting to say. Love this outfit!

    I do pretty much nothing to "market" my blog other than comment on other blogs. For me it's as much as an outlet to express my daily doings, photos, memory keeping and outfits. Oh and yoga. Just a mish mash of crap that' doesn't really matter to anyone but me :)

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  64. What a topic!
    I outgrew my blog, but not blogging. My blog started as a way to share outfits and my love for fashion and while I still love getting dressed every day, I hardly shop and have no interest in outfit posts anymore.
    As you know, I shuttered the old blog and started fresh talking about ALL the things that interest me: food, home, family and LIVING.
    And it feels good again. :)

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  65. This topic comes up every day. When I started my blog (a mere 29 days ago) I really just wanted to share my creations with the world. I love making things. Twenty-nine days later, I've already sold my first advertisement, I sold an item of mine on my Etsy shop and I have over 100 followers! It's an incredible feeling. I comment on other blogs and post my blog on social networking sites. Reddit (believe it or not) has been my biggest source of traffic. Ps, I'm really in love with your blog and I hope you keep blogging for a long time.
    Liz
    http://liz-makes.blogspot.com/

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  66. What a brilliant mix of patterns and colors! I love how this all came together!

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  67. Just as eek above, I don't do much except commenting on other blogs when I like something or when I have something to say. It's basically my little space where I talk frivolous things whenever I want.
    The one thing I find extremely annoying is when a blogger posts a likk to her/his new blog post on twitter several times. I click every time expecting to find something new, but it's the same post I read two hours ago!
    FInally, great outfit. Love the skirt but above all, these soes!!!!

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  68. Gorgeous colors and pattern mixing here. I love gingham.

    I'm still curious about the marketing aspect myself. I do instagram and twitter. I link my blog to my real FB page, but I don't have a CCK FB page. I don't know how some of these bloggers so much time to blog surf and comment. I have swapped buttons with other bloggers and I think that brought a bit of traffic.

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  69. You always have the best topics...sorry I'm a day late!

    I recently switched to a new blog because I wanted to be more authentic and possibly post more personal things. I started it because I wanted a little space of my own on the internet to post pictures of my family, etc. I was surprised when I eventually ended up with 30ish followers. Now I have 9 on my new site but I don't really care. I comment on blogs when I have something to say. If someone new comments, I try to go check out their blog & let them know but sometimes, to be honest, I'm just completely not interested in what they're offering so it ends there. I often wonder how some bloggers get a ton of followers by seemingly doing the same things I am, but whatev. It's just my little creative outlet.

    And PS - I'm so glad to have "met" you through the blogosphere! You always have great outfits and your posts always inspire some thought. I love that.

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  70. Wow, this outfit is a stunner! I love the pink and just everything about this and how you styled it!!! You have great fashion taste and sense! I totally agree with you, blogging takes up so much time. I just started a month ago and I didn't realize how much work needs to go into it. But with that said, I love doing it. Every little monotonous thing about it! LOL anyways thanks for the inspiration xo

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  71. Believe me, I'm still trying to figure it out! Like you, I started this blog as a hobby and I never thought it would grow into anything at all, and while I love all the oppotunites that have opened up to me because of it, it's been 4 years and I'm like, "Come on blog, go viral already!"

    (Thing that annoys me the most - when I pin an image from someone elses blog and it gets repinned a 100 times. Why can't my blog images ever get that kind of lovin?)

    LOVE your jacket by the way!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  72. Well, one way to "get out there" is to rock the fuck out of gingham and tweed. Brilliant. Stylish and awesome. You are now on my radar. Happy weekend, lovely!

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