In between workshops and other meetups, we thought we’d share a few blogging and social media tips with you.

Blogging Tips

There are a few blogs out there specifically about blogging. If you haven’t already, take a look at the following sites to see if they may be of use to you.

  • ProBlogger – “Blog Tips to Help You Make Money Blogging”
  • Daily Blog Tips – surprisingly, daily blog tips.
  • TentBlogger – professional blogger advising others on how to do the same.
  • copyblogger – content marketing advice
  • Women Get Social (fka SITS) – “Social Media, Photography and Blog Tips for Women”

If you know of other useful blogging tip sites, let us know in the comments!

Instagram Tips & Tricks

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Instagram is a quick and easy way to connect with your friends online by sharing pictures you take with your smart phone. You also have the option to feed an Instagram photo post to other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

For those of you who are not Instagram experts, here’s an Instagram Tips and Tricks article by Kira of Her New Leaf. You’ll learn things like how to enhance light, lock focus and remove picture frames in your photos.

If you have a tip about Instagram you think could be useful to the group, please share it in the comments!

 

Don’t Buy Twitter Followers

If you haven’t heard by now, StatusPeople has a tool that can tell if you’re Twitter followers are fake, so if integrity is your thing, it would behoove you to avoid it. There’s an article on Fast Company that talks more about it.

If you’re curious how many fake followers you or someone you know has, go to the StatusPeople Fake Follower Checker here.

 

Blog Gossip and Snark

If you’re looking for a blog that mocks the Kim Kardashians of the blogosphere, look no further than Get Off My Internets. It’s like a snarky TMZ, but less flashy. And fewer ads.

 

Resources for Blogging, Instagram, Twitter and Gossip

4 thoughts on “Resources for Blogging, Instagram, Twitter and Gossip

  • October 9, 2012 at 3:18 am
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    Hi Margaret,

    This post is packed with good info! It encouraged me to reply with this rambly comment.

    First of all, I checked out Get off My Internets – um, wow. It is amusing but SO snarky and I’m just glad I’m not a widely read enough blogger to be on their radar! It did amuse me, but in a guilty sort of way. I didn’t feel so bad when they went after the big bloggers like Heather Armstrong, but picking the random lifestyle mommy blogger kind of made me squirm (although I agree that some of them were smug and obnoxious)

    The links to blogging blogs are awesome – I was reading Problogger already, but hadn’t really heard of the other ones on the list. One I really like to read as well which is targeted towards lifestyle bloggers is Alt Summit’s blog at

    http://www.altitudesummit.com/content/

    There’s usually a new post every day about blogging, and beautiful photos.

    Finally, for the Twitter thing – thank you for sharing that tool! I block the obviously fake or spambot followers instantly when I see them, but I actually had one follower that seemed that they could be real or fake because of the genericness and vagueness of their blog – but they checked out! I have zero fake followers – so though my little list is sad at only 127, they are all honest followers at least. I just read the article on Slate last week where the journalist bought zombie Twitter followers for research – I had no idea that that was a thing before then.

    p.s. I have 2 random things I would like to share with the group:

    1. For those on Blogger rather than WordPress, I found this cool widget for adding a Pinterest widget to a Blogger blog (this site also has lots of other good Blogger resources and tips) – http://www.codeitpretty.com/2012/03/pinterest-gadget-for-blogger.html

    2. This is sort of a random recommendation, but @HonestToddler on Twitter is laugh-out-loud hilarious (and I don’t think you even have to be a mom or even like kids to find it amusing).

    Happy Blogging!
    Gretchen

    • October 9, 2012 at 4:17 am
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      Gretchen – What a great rambly comment! 🙂

      I haven’t seen Alt Design Summit before – thanks for the recommendation, I’ve added it to my reader. Good stuff!

      And don’t call your number of followers sad. More and more, marketers are realizing that quality is better than quantity. They are learning that it’s how influential you are with your followers and if 99% of your followers aren’t even listening to you, it doesn’t matter how many you have.

      Thank you for sharing tips particularly for Blogger blogs, we need more of those!

  • October 12, 2012 at 10:45 am
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    I had some one tell me about buying twitter followers for our business but I wanted to research before I did it and I’m glad I found your article. Thanks!

  • November 29, 2012 at 3:52 am
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    Instagram is so amazing! I use it all the time, this article did point out a few good points like not just sharing and actually commenting. I fall short in doing that.

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