My Top 5 Blogging Tips

I started blogging exactly five years ago today, and whoever said “fun flies when you’re having the time of your life” must have been a blogger because I sure have enjoyed adding posts to this thing over the past 60 months!

To celebrate, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite blogging tips today.

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 Tip #1: Go with your goosebumps.

When it comes to the what kinds of posts to write, I say go with your goosebumps. Meaning, allow yourself to have way too much fun sharing pictures and posts about the people/places/projects that you feel most passionate about. Doing so makes the whole process that much more fun and fulfilling. Plus, journaling about what makes your heart sing right now will make re-visiting your entries really special in the future!

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Tip #2: Inform. Inspire. Entertain.

There are three things I like to keep in the back of my mind when I’m actually putting a blog post together: Will this post inform readers about something? Will this post inspire readers in some way? Will this post be entertaining to those who read it? My hope, every time I push the publish button on a post is that anyone who reads it will leave feel informed, inspired, or entertained. (And maybe if I get really lucky, a combination of all three. Ha!) Seriously though, I think those are three really good things to think about, and I’ve found that using them as a foundation makes the creative process that much more exciting, too!

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Tip #3: Stay Positive

I’ve always loved the quote, “a joyful attitude is your best tool” (Sandra Dodd) and I think it’s such great advice for bloggers. Whether you’re visited by one reader or one hundred thousand readers, I think keeping the tone of your posts positive is always a good idea. You don’t really know who is reading your blog on any given day, but whether it’s their first visit or their five hundredth, I think it’s nice to greet everybody in a positive way. Just like when you meet a new friend in real life for the first time, and interact with them in a way that makes them (and you) feel comfortable and happy. Or just like how you’d interact with a friend that you’ve known for several years- pleasant and positive. They say a warm smile is the universal language of kindness, so it makes sense that a  warmly-worded blog post could have the same kind of positive effect on people. Seems to me it’s not about what’s in a post that matters most. It’s about how readers (and the writer) feel having read (or written) it.

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Tip #4: Keep your grin up.

Making your blog public and welcoming peeps from all over the place to read it is enjoyable 99.9% of the time. Every once in a while though, someone will stop by and leave a hurtful comment that sucks the fun right out of blogging.

Me and my thin skin have found that the best way to get through those experiences is to step away from the computer and immediately surround yourself with people (or a person) that will make you smile.

Be intentional about mentally (and physically) moving far away from the comment, so that you can get back to being happy! It seems like most of them don’t sting as bad the next day, and if you quickly delete them (without re-reading them) when you log back on, you (and other commenters) don’t have to experience them ever again!

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Tip #5: Think it through.

This is your voice to the world, how do you want to use it? What do you want to say, and how do you want to say it? That publish button might as well be called the “permanent” button, and there are real live people sitting on the other side of your screen. Really thinking things through is definitely a biggie when it comes to maintaining a positive blogging experience!

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And that’s my top five!

I hope some part of this post has been informational, inspirational, or entertaining- and I thank you so much for joining me on the other side of my screen today! :-)

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  1. yuko says

    Thank you so much for sharing the tips Layla. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog of my own,and this post was so helpful! I think I keep coming back to your blog because of your positive, happy attitude. And congratulations on 5 years of blogging fun!

  2. says

    Hi Layla, thanks for these great tips! I try to inspire and entertain on our blog, and sometimes, it’s funny how I think a post will go one way and then it shimmies another direction. I try to keep up!

  3. Ter'e says

    “Go with your goosebumps”………..I love that. Baby Girl……….you do it ALL right………….we love your honesty most of all. You should do a blog school and Kev could teach us the finer things associated with photography!

  4. says

    Lovely tips, Layla. I always love reading your blog. Your sunny personality and creativity are always a wonderful place to retreat to.

  5. says

    These are great tips! I am a new blogger and my goal is to always have a positive tone throughout my post and to try to let my personality shine through. I only discovered your blog a few months ago and I love your positive attitude, photography and following your adoption story.

  6. Louise says

    Hi Layla, Love these tips, and your wonderful blog! You have such an upbeat, warm and friendly attitude, and I’m sure it’s contagious. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration.

  7. Dicksi says

    Thanks so much for your tips! I’ve been researching & now I’m deciding how to start my own crafting & home organizing/decorating blog. Your blog is so inspiring. I hope than in the next few weeks when I work it all out, I can be inspiring to others, too!

  8. says

    I love that qoute! Your article was informative, entertaining, and inspirational. Love following along and can’t wait to hear about your trip. You are a “Little Miss Sunshine” in your words and photos :) I hope you had a nice stop in St. Louis–can’t wait to hear what you chose to do! Safe travels home.

  9. says

    Happy 5 years!! Isn’t blogging fun? I just had my 4 year blog-a-versary a few days ago! I wanted to tell you that this post is so very true. I’ll be referring back to it, because it helps me remember what’s important about writing. :)

  10. says

    Congratulations on five years of blogging!!! Thanks so much for all that you have shared, it truly is a joy to read each of your posts. :)

  11. Nancy says

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary, and thanks for the tips. Your blog is one of my favourites. Keep up the inspiring, educational, entertaining, upbeat, positive, goosebumpy (is that even a word!?!) work!

  12. Marian (Sweetopia) says

    Congrats, Layla, on 5 years!
    Your blog is a pleasure to visit! Definitely all if the things you mentioned… Positive, educational and inspiring! One my favorite places to surf on the net – thank you!

  13. says

    Congratulations on 5 years ~ the best is yet to come ucky for us! Your posts are always all the things you strive for and your outlook on life is much appreciated. Here’s to the next 5!

  14. says

    And thank YOU, Layla, for all the great blogging tips! I’ve been a reader of your blog for a long time and can’t imagine anyone saying anything negative to you. Wow. Some people must really have a chip on their shoulder or be angry at the world. You are right – surround yourself with those who make you smile! Have a lovely and blessed day. :-)

  15. says

    This is such great advice. I just started a blog earlier this week about renovating our new home. (it’s a colonial…so potentially fantastic!) Anywho, I have been stalking you and a few other blogs just getting idea’s and seeing what makes your blogs so successful. This post could not have been better timed. Thank you!

  16. Lorraine/Vintage Cowgirl says

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve been dreaming of dipping toes into blogging. You accomplished all your goals . I felt informed, inspired and entertained.

  17. says

    Wonderful advice, Layla. I’ve tried to keep all those things in mind through 7+ years of blogging. A key word, for me, is positivity…not a real word, but I like it just the same.

    Congratulations on 5 fabulous years of blogging.

  18. says

    Great tips, Layla! Whether you are a new blogger or an old pro, I think these tips are a great framework to follow. I have always found joy and inspiration on your blog, so you must be following your own advice! :)

  19. Carrie - The Corson Cottage says

    Congrats on your Five Years as a Blogger!! What a rewarding way to spend a career:). TLC was the first blog I ever had the pleasure to come across. Who knew there was a whole group of people out there just like me?!? You truly are an inspiration & my life is richer because of the blogging community! Still one of my daily stops, I sure am thankful for the day I first visited your welcoming & entertaining corner of the blog world. I’ve learned so much here, laughed outloud, been inspired and even shed a tear here. Here’s to the next 5 years Palmers! I feel like I have a friend for life in TLC:-). Thanks for sharing some of your Blogging tips. I would love to hear more tips. Have you ever thought of hosting an online class for blogging?

  20. Kari says

    Your blog site is lovely and I enjoy reading, looking at pix! I’m not a blogger but your 5 pieces of advice seem on track and wise. Thanks and I will keep reading!!

  21. says

    Thank you for these tips! As a newbie blogger, I sometimes still find it a bit scary and intimidating. I too am of the thin skin variety and I think my fear of negativity is what prevented me from starting my blog sooner than what I did. Thank you for sharing these words of inspiration, and Happy Anniversary! :-)

  22. says

    These are some really great tips! I will definitely be mentally filing them away as I blog. I’ve been a semi-whenever blogger for quite a while but recently decided it’s something I want to do consistently and faithfully every week, so this is such a great time for me to read this post. :) I like your perspective with how to deal with critical comments. I have extremely thin skin, and I dread the point where I might start getting negative comments. Hasn’t happened yet, but I know it will at some point. Surrounding yourself with happy encouraging people is such great advice. I always find your posts to be very “sunny” in tone. :) Keep up the good work, and congratulations on five years of blogging! I think I’ve been following you for about four of them.

  23. Starla says

    Congratulations on 5 years. It’s so much fun to read what you have to say when I visit. Here’s to the next five including all your new adventures with the little one(s) who will join your sweet family soon. Blessings!

  24. says

    Layla – Thank you! I needed this desperately. I am about to “kill” a blog I’ve been writing for almost two years, because it felt like I was beating myself up with it instead of being joyful.I’m going to re-start with something that I hope will inform, inspire and entertain, and I will try to stay positive for any real-life people that stop by.

  25. says

    I love following your blog. You have a joyful heart and wonderful design talent. I started my own blog this February and love your five tips! I try to encourage, inspire, and bring joy! May The Lord bless and keep you.

  26. says

    Great advice Layla. Staying positive and being around positive people does really help. You can sometimes wonder why you do this at all, some days – so with great people who cheer you on – it helps a lot. Sometimes it can get lonely in front of a project/at a computer. But staying pumped up and excited about each thing you do and write about, will keep you doing it! How else can you explain all those cartons of striped straws in your cupboard…or endless paint colors in your garage!!

    It’s been good for me to read your advice because I was in a slump and I am just now getting out of it. I had too much outside work which tired me out – and I was so beat that I just couldn’t blog. And – even though I had projects to blog about…they were all still in the throes of completion – but not finished. And me being so tired at the end of the day did not help.

    I have to learn how to write some extra posts for when I really need some on my blog (and then when I am busy – I at least can keep up my blog). Any advice on that end would be helpful too!

    Great post!


  27. Suzie says

    Happy 5th Layla (and Kevin)! Your blog is my fav by far! And I KNOW it’s cause you are just a ray of sunshine! Keep shining cause we all love reading and seeing your projects:)

    • Lisa Marie says

      What a great post! And I always see these great qualities in your posts. Thanks to you both for sharing on your blog.

  28. Lisa says

    Ever since I stumbled onto your blog I have been continually impressed with the quality that you deliver every time! Now I know why. These 5 tips are the key to your success. But more than that… Thank you for always bringing your truest and best self to these pages. I always feel informed, inspired and entertained!!

  29. Ter'e says

    Just where is that darling little half bath? Have you finished it yet?
    It is so darling……..I just want to pretend I am “sitting there”. Hey, I know I am not the only person……..pretending……….

    • Layla says

      Hey Ter’e!
      We’re looking forward to finishing it up when we get back home from Minnesota, and then I’ll blog about the whole shebang in June! :-)

  30. says

    Happy fifth blogging birthday! I completely agree with keeping it positive. I run into people in real life who I didn’t know read my blog. Sometimes they tell me how much a certain post was exactly what they needed to hear that day or how encouraging my posts can be. It blows me away every time and all I can do is give God credit for it. He has definitely used my blog to speak to others and I know he does the same with yours.

  31. Kelley Kay says

    Happy Anniversary! Just wanted you to know that I love your blog – love your attitude – love your style. It’s a pleasure to visit you via computer and I’m so glad you decided 5 years ago to give this blog thing a try! Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given me through your projects and renovations.

    p.s. I hope you and Kev are having a great vacation :)

  32. says

    I love that you say go with your goosebumps! I always have certain things that excite me…the garden for example, and I wonder if others will agree. I have had such a positive response to my garden on Instagram, that I know to just go for it!

    Glad to have found you through Becky…Farmgirl Paints

  33. says

    I’ve been thinking about my blog for more than two years and this weekend I pulled the trigger. Thank you for inspiring so many of us, for your couragous words, and for your passion for life and design.

  34. says

    Appreciate these tips! I’m new(ish) to the blogging world, though I’ve loved reading your site for a couple of years. You have a great balance of beautiful, yet approachable design.

  35. Jane says

    Thanks for the great blog tips. I’ve tried blogging – but I’ve been rather inconsistent. Your tips and your positive, down-to-earth attitude are an inspiration.

  36. says

    I think these 5 highlights are all very important lessons that you have probably learned the hard way. They all have a similar message to stay positive and have intention with your words. :)

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