Tuesday, September 8, 2009

All I know about blogging.

If you haven't already, check out the Before and After Party below! I think I'll make this a monthly shindig. I'm highlighting some of the projects on my Facebook page, so join me there if you want to check them out. (You can find my button to the left of my site.)

So a few days ago, Thrifty Decor Chick hit one million hits. Wowzers. I still can't even believe that. I mean, that's a lot. Especially considering a year ago, I had about 1,000. And those were probably just from my four friends who read my site. I've learned some things along the way that I wanted to share with all of you. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I know about one million hits worth. So let's start from the beginning!

Starting a blog:
I went with blogger because it's so incredibly easy to start up and operate. I am pretty computer savvy, but not overly so, and blogger is very user friendly. And it's FER-REE. Score!

When I was creating the name for TDC, I wanted something fun but that perfectly described what I was going to write about. (I had Thrifty Decor Girl at first. Chick is so much more caaute.) I think my name helps bring folks to my site, because they know exactly what it is I write about. So if you want to start a blog about a certain subject, I recommend creating a title that alludes to what you are going to write about -- if it's a cooking blog, include words about food or cooking in the title. If it's a gardening blog, the same. If you have a family blog and want to start making it more specific to something you love, I suggest starting up a separate blog just for that.

Your site design:
Make it easy for people to read your site! I have a background in marketing/journalism, which included a lot of graphic design. I know white space (empty space) is a good thing, serif font is a good thing (the one with "feet" -- easier to read), people read left to right (meaning their eye travels across the page that way) and the average population reads at an eighth grade level. (Not sure if that is still the case but it was back in the day.) Please don't think I assume you all read at the eighth grade level folks -- it's just a standard writers use and it works!

This one is very important -- make it easy for people to COMMENT on your site. I like my comment form because it opens a separate box for comments, and commenters can still see the page they are commenting on. I highly recommend you go to your own site, while you are logged out, and try leaving a comment. See what is the easiest for your readers. There is one blogger comment form that seriously takes me four steps if I'm not logged in. Many times I've almost said forget it. :)

The comment moderation (where you are required to enter the "word" they give you) is a big topic of discussion among bloggers. I don't find it necessary. It's just another step your readers have to go through to leave you a message. In almost a year I've had mine off, I've only gotten about four of five spam-type comments I've had to delete. It's worth it to me to have it off.

Bringing people to your site:
I didn't even realize there were many decorating blogs out there for the first three months I blogged. I did it for my friends and family to see what I did around the house. When I discovered this big, beautiful bloggy world, I quickly realized how important commenting was to getting my name out there.

I did it a LOT. And often. And I was sincere. And when I realized I could add a "blog roll" to my site, I would comment and let people know I was adding them, then ask them to stop by if they had a chance. Some did, some didn't. It did help bring people over to see what I was doing. (If you ask me to come by your site, I ALWAYS do, it just takes time.)

One big tip I have is to change your name you use when commenting to include your blog title. So instead of "Sarah," mine says "Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick." If people see my name in a list of comments, they also see what kind of blog I have, and if they are interested in decorating, they may click over.

There are many sites dedicated to highlighting bloggers -- I am so fortunate that I have been highlighted by a few of the big ones, including Tip Junkie, Today's Creative Blogs and The Secret is in the Sauce. I recommend you go to these sites and check them out (see my blogroll on the right.) Most of the time you need to submit to be featured on these sites, so please do so!! They will drive an insane amount of traffic to your site.

Keeping them coming back:
When things started to get busier around TDC last fall, and just because of the time of year it was, I was posting a LOT. Almost every day. That is the nature of this time of the year for me (it's going to get crazy here in about a few days folks!) but I also wanted to have something new to keep people coming back.

I think this is important to do to drive traffic to your site, but I also want to warn you -- blogging gets addicting. You will quickly get obsessed with it, both as a blogger and a reader. PLEASE do not let it interfere with your life. If you have the time, post every day. If you don't -- DON'T. I got so busy with it last fall, I realized I was letting it take over my life just a bit, and I didn't want that, and I don't want that for any of you.

Stay true to you. If you are goofy, funny, sarcastic, crude, whatever -- don't CHANGE. People that love your site love it because you are goofy, funny, sarcastic, crude, whatever. Don't think you need to change because more people are visiting. Don't stop being funny. PLEASE. And whatever you do, don't stop saying "cauuute" and "lurve." No matter what.

Extra little tips:
I succumbed to the Twitter bandwagon and really do love it (thought I would NEVER do it). My "hits" went WAY up when I started really using it. It is a fun, unique way to get your site out there, and I recommend it if you are interested. There are some spammers within Twitter that you have to watch for, but otherwise I've found it really enjoyable.

This is a big one -- YOU WILL NOT PLEASE EVERYONE ALL THE TIME. You will also offend someone, no matter how much you try not to. It's just the nature of the beast. You can't please everyone, and even though the disgruntled comments hurt, you have to move past them and stay true to you.
Speaking of not pleasing everyone, you will most likely never hear me discuss anything controversial on this blog, my Facebook page or my Twitter account. For example, I am a VERY passionate, opinionated person when it comes to politics. As hard as it is for me not to discuss it at times, it would take something really big for me to break this rule. I want this site to be fun, stress-free and enjoyable for everyone -- no matter if they share my views or not. I don't like seeing it (unless I agree -- hee!!) and I never want to make anyone mad or uncomfortable. I mean, this is a decorating blog. If you have one about politics or where you are sharing your opinions on a regular basis -- that's what people expect.

ALL of this being said -- these are MY thoughts, and what I follow on MY blog. As with your home, you can do whatever, whenever, however you want!! It's your blog. (Whateva whateva, I do what I want! Who says THAT?)

Just wanted to thank you all for visiting, reading, commenting, and inspiring me! Here's to another meeeeeellion hits!!

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  1. Congrats on a "meeeeellion" hits, Sarah. :)

    I was pleased to see that I have implemented some of the things you talked about (esp. the word verification!!). I am a little scared of Twitter, but am considering trying it out. ;)

    Hope you might be able to swing by Decorating Dilemmas (part 2) tonight or tomorrow. :)

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  2. Thank you for the info! I've been stalking blogs (not in a creepy way, just trying to get design ideas for my home), and I've been thinking about starting my own blog. But it is intimidating, especially for the non-computer savvy people. I think I will give a try though and see how it goes! (And Cartman can do whatevah he wants!)

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  3. Wow, that's a lot of great advise! I need to work on about 90% of it, so thank you for taking time to teach all of us beginner's a few things!

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  4. great enrty Sarah! Thanks for all the tips and cograts on your 1million with mannnnnny more to come!

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  5. I just started my blog a few weeks ago, so thanks for sharing your growth story and tips. I'm excited to grow and it's nice to know how you reached 1 million hits. Congrats!

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  6. WOW! Great post! I love your blog!
    I have to say, I was starting to let blogging take over my life, and I needed that little reminder!
    Thanks for the recommendations, and keep up the GREAT work!
    And...Stop by sometime when you have a chance ;)

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  7. Congrats on the meeeeeellion hits. I lurve your blog. You give lots of great tips. You are just too cauute!!!

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  8. Congrats, Sarah! You are a wonderful writer and we all appreciate your hard work here at TDC. Here's to the next million!

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  9. such great tips...and I laughed when you made the comment about not blogging politics. I have a post that I haven't finished mentioning the few things I won't talk about....politics is one of them. I am way to passionate about what's happening to every actually blog about it. :) Now face to face is another matter. :)

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  10. Sarah...perfectly said! What great info. and I myself have found in the 8 months I have been blogging many of these things I have done and they work. I think that my blog has grown in a short amount of time, and it does mean so much to all those that follow, comment or just read and enjoy my blog...after all this is why I do it and it gives me happiness as well. I myself never thought I too would be...FB, twitter or even blogging, (never say never)! lol. I love this blogging world and only look forward to what I can show my readers as well! Congrats on your million hits...you were one of the first blogs I started to really follow and am always happy to see your new posts show up in my dashboard! Thank you for just being you, because that is what I love about you and your blog! I personally can't really see myself using "lurve, caute, or the many things you say that make me laugh", but I admire that quality in you. Have a wonderful week my friend!!

    Hugs to you,
    ~Victoria~

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  11. Great advice and info Sarah- thank you! I just started my blog a few months ago and need all the help I can get. :-)

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  12. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful advice I to have a decorating blog and have just begun to implement some of these things and am seeing a difference slowly but surely. Stop by if you haven't already would love to have you!

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  13. My how you've grown. I found your blog in the early stages way before you had such a following. From one thrifty girl to another, I admire your can do spirit and creativity. Oh and of course fact that your frugal! Keep up all the good work!

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  14. My how you've grown. I found your blog in the early stages way before you had such a following. From one thrifty girl to another, I admire your can do spirit and creativity. Oh and of course fact that your frugal! Keep up all the good work!

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  15. A million? That's awesome!!!

    Thanks for the great tips today. I am turning off my word verification pronto.

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  16. Great info. Is it a pain for you to leave me comments? Do you have to type in funny words and stuff? Where do I go to make it easier for people to comment?

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  17. Sarah, thanks so much for posting this! It is very good advice, I'm sure, coming from your successful blog. I always enjoy reading your interesting and informative posts! :)

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  18. Great tips! How do I change my name so it shows up as "Ashley @ Bride on a Budget"?

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  19. Thank you for all the wonderful tips!! I love your blog and am so glad I came across it!!! Have a wonderful day.

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  20. Thanks for the info! I have a little blog myself, but I am really trying to get my mother and her best friend to create one of their own. They are hilarious, creative, and inspiring. I just forwarded your post to them as a little *nudge, nudge*. I'll let you know if it helps! :)

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  21. Great tips and you know I love your blog! Congrats on hitting million!

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  22. Sarah! I want to thank you so much! If I could hug you in person I would but alas..Hugs to you! You are so very kind and I really appriecate that! I got my link on mr.linky and I am there! I can't believe how easy it was! I love this post because it makes me feel like I am not alone. And you understand how hard it is to get people to reconize your blog. Do you have to get on a blog search engine or not? my friend suggested that but they cost money girl! Thanks again Sarah you are a very cool chick!

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  23. I LOVE your blog! I just found it a few days ago and it has really been a help as I try to come up with ways to decorate my house on the cheap. I keep coming back for more and have almost gone through the whole blog! =]

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  24. I'm pretty sure I've commented here before... but if not- I should have! :) I enjoyed this post, great tips! And I totally agree about being yourself on your blog! I started mine to keep a journal and to keep my family updated... it's become a great outlet for me and I love finding the little things in every day that make the day great and "blogworthy".

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  25. Congratulations!!! That's huge! I loved hearing a snippet of your story. From 1,000 to 1,000,000 in a year?? That's craziness! Here's to another year and another gazillion!

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  26. Yay! Thanks so much for the great tips and info. It really helps to know what the "pros" do. hehe. Ok so really you actually just made my day that you even came by to say hi! thanks again!

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  27. Thank you so much for your blog!!! Not only are your projects totally UH-MAZE-ING but your posts are hilarious!!! You crack me up! Keep on blogging, you are truly talented! P.S. That is my FAVORITE Southpark line...

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  28. Thanks for blogging, I really enjoy reading your site! I have 9 followers, I'm working on making that more! Come visit!

    I also have a great blog design business, I'd love to work with you!!

    www.finewire.blogspot.com
    www.onefineblogdesign.blogspot.com

    Have a great day :)

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  29. thank you for this post! it really helps me out alot. i have a family blog but have been including some decorating and i have recently had some hits due to me posting on your "before and after" party. so i may need to start a new blog just for the decorating! thanks for the new traffic to my blog!

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  30. WOW! 1 Million...that is amazing! Thanks for the info, I'm always trying to get more readers over here. I've been your #1 stalkerazzo for awhile and have gotten TONS of fabulous ideas from you. Thanks!!!
    -Jill @ Barnes Yard

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  31. Hi Sarah- Love your blog, I'm a daily visitor for sure.
    Good info here for me as I'm new to this blogging hoopla. Started my own blog 4 or 5 months ago and definitely needed some of these tips.
    Thanks Again,
    Kelly

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  32. I cannot even FATHOM a million hits! As a brand new blogger, I am making it a point to leave lots and lots of comments, but as a writer, I also really try to give my readers something memorable or witty when they return the favor and visit me. I would be extremely honored if you would pay me a visit at:

    http://fionaandtwig.blogspot.com/

    Bless you!
    ~ Anne

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  33. Hi Sarah, Congrats and thanks for the very timely information. I started my blog yesterday so your tips are soooooo valuable to me. I've been following you for a really long time, but joined your blog today.

    MIMI

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  34. I found your site... ok, I don't really remember how I found it, but OH how I found a kindred spirit (that doesn't sound too weird, does it?). Anyhow, my blog is not along the same vein as yours, and I have been tempted recently to change it up so that I could participate in some of the contests, etc., that yours and others offer.

    BUT I've decided not to change (or start a 2nd blog, which made my head hurt when I thought about it too much).

    Thank you for your humor, ideas, and just a great way to "escape" some days. I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

    (And please, if you have a moment, check my blog out. THANKS!!)

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  35. I agree with you 100%!

    And I remember you way back in the day, so I'm *thrilled* to see you reach a meeeellion hits! That's crazy cool!

    Not that you need it, but here are my top 5 tips for blogging.
    http://pamperingbeki.blogspot.com/2008/02/5-ps-of-successful-blogging.html

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  36. I'm not sure if you'll see this, but it's my first visit to your blog and I l i k e your "flavah" :). I'm not a decor blogger, I'm "here" pretty randomly, but your genuineness is makin' me feel right at home.

    Thanks!!

    :)

    @PensieveRobin
    www.pensieve.me

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  37. I know what you mean about Politics. I grew up with a VERY polital father. I break out in a cold sweat if someone just looks like they might talk politics.

    Thanks for all the tips!

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  38. Congrats on the 1 million hits!

    Someday I hope to be there.

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  39. What a great milestone! Congratulations on reaching one million!

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  40. Congrats!! One million, wow!

    Thanks for all the tips! Us newbies are so thankful for bloggers like you!

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  41. A Million Congrats! Thanks for sharing all of your bloggy wisdom with all of us mere mortals ;) . Your blog was actually my introduction to the world of decor blogs. One day I did an internet search for easy DIY window treatments and up popped your blog. I read, I laughed, I clicked on some links...and before I knew it I was hooked on blogs and blogging. Thanks a meeeelion!

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  42. Great information! Thanks for sharing!
    Traci

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  43. Great information. Thanks for taking the time to share it!

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  44. Thanks so much for all of the great tips. I've always loved your site. You do a great job. Now I'm off to see how long it takes to leave a comment:) Congrats on the 1,000,000 hits!!! WOW:)

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  45. Congrats Sarah!!!!

    Your blog is truly one of my all time favorites. Thank you for inspiring me from the beginning.

    Blessings for many more years of future blogging. ~Melissa ;)

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  46. I've lurked for way too long...and now have taken the plunge! I moved last year and was thinking that this is a great way for my family to see what 'projects' i'm working on...which means I have to actually work on projects to have some to post! Thanks for the push...
    http://missobara.blogspot.com/

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  47. Yay for a million hits!!!Lots of good advice! Thanks!

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  48. Such good information on how to blog the "right" way! I also majored in Advertising/Marketing- LOVE how it has helped my in everyday life. Thanks for being an inspiration with your thriftiness and congrats on one million hit! I hope to get there some day :)

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  49. Too funny! I FINALLY decide to come over and actually leave my info on your blog in order to "get my name out there" and you post about how to "get my name out there". Just so you know, I love you blog, check it OFTEN, and just added you to my list of favorites on my parenting/family blog. You can take a peek if you like. www.pumpkinpatchdesigns.blogspot.com --Sarah

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  50. Now that is a LOT of hits, Congratulations!

    I really appreciate this post, it comes at a great time for me. How generous of you to share all your thoughts and what you've learned. I've implemented many of your suggestions. I have had such a positive experience with my blog, it is remarkable what can happen when people share and support others!
    Thanks...Janell

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  51. Congratulations on a million hits! I found your blog just a few short weeks ago, and fell in love at first click. LOVE all of your ideas, and my husband is loving my newfound energy to "de-crap-ify!" :-)

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  52. You are just so gosh darn fabulous, I just love you to pieces! Thanks so much for addressing my question regarding sincerity in comments. And thanks for so generously sharing your tips with all of us! And, okay, I'm following your advice here, I was too shy to ask before, but it would mean soooo much to me if you would stop by my little blog sometime when you get the chance!

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  53. Thanks for the tips. I will DEFINITELY be trying them out really really soon.
    Starting with adding you to my sidebar. hahahah.

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  54. Love your blog and have been "visiting" for quite a while!
    One other piece of advice for bloggers is to turn off the music! It is completely annoying to have to wait forever for a site to finish loading only to have blaring music scare the crap out of me, make the dogs bark and wake up the entire house.
    Love all your decorating advice, pictures and tutorials. Congratulations and continued success!

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  55. WOW! A million hits!
    That is awesome.
    Great post and advice. Thanks blessings
    barbara jean

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  56. That's fabulous. Thanks for the great tips. I'll be making a couple of changes. Blessings, SusanD

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  57. I really heart your ideas! I am finally re-inspired to start working on my art again! I'm going to make the Ballard-inspired cafe shelves for my office. Keep on keepin' it real!

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  58. Woo-hoo! Over a million served! You go, Girl (I mean, Chick!). You deserve all of your loyal readers and all of your bloggy success. Here's to another fabulous year and many millions more!! :-)

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  59. Great tips. Congrats on your million visitors. I have a long way to go!

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  60. Perfection! Will implement a few on my site as well! Congrats on the million - gotta lurve that ;o)

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  61. Congrats! How exciting to hit such a big benchmark, love your projects and all your finds!

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  62. Thank you for all of the great tips! I have been blogging since late June and you have presented some great advice! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Chelsea

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  63. Love your blog! Congratulations on a million hits! I know I contributed quite a few hits here, as it is such a great place to visit!

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  64. Congratulations on the Meeeeellion hits!! It is your blog that got me more interested in decorating (since you make it look soooo easy) and now I've become addicted! Both to finding new ways to make my house look nice and to reading all the blogs about decorating! Thanks! :)

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  65. So glad I stumbled upon your blog - it is fabulous! Your blogging advice is very helpful! Best wishes, Carla.

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  66. Hooray for a meeeeellion hits!!!!!

    Love your blog and all the great tips you give us! Here's to millions more!!! :-)

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  67. Congrats on the million hits! That's awesome!

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  68. This is one of the best posts I've read in a long time! You got it EXACTLY right.

    Love all of your thrifty decor :)

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  69. You have a great blog. Thanks for the information on blogging. I am new to it. Stop by my site if you get a chance. It is really just a hodge podge of stuff.

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  70. You have a great blog. Thanks for the information on blogging. I am new to it. Stop by my site if you get a chance. It is really just a hodge podge of stuff.

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  71. You are AWESOME girl!! great post too! I agree with it ALL!!

    I'm walking that line of TRYING not to let blogging take over right now - my reader is up to 300 blogs, and that's my down fall, I like to read thru them - almost daily! LOL so between that and writing my own blog posts, I'm spending a LOT of time blogging! LOL

    ~TidyMom

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  72. Thanks so much for all of the information Sarah! As someone who is learning the blogging ropes, but still fairly new to all of it this is very helpful!

    pk @ room remix

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  73. What a great post! I love success stories and you do a wonderful job with your blog. I think what you said is so true about not letting blogging take over your life. It is so addicting but rewarding at the same time. Congrats on the million hits!

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  74. Thank you for this post! It was very informative.

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  75. Thank you so much for posting this! It is really helpful and useful information for those of us just starting out.

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  76. Congrats!! And Thank you so much for sharing these secrets!!!

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  77. I am so glad you are doing the before/after party regularly - this week ended up surprisingly INSANE and I didn't get my pictures up. I started a new website too! - since my other was a private family blog I thought a public blog that featured my projects would be fun, but I just wasn't quite ready for monday's party. Thanks for your blogging tips - I started patterning after you months ago and to have it written out makes copying you even easier (in a fun flattering way, not in a creepy infringement of copyright way!) lots of love - keep up the good work :)

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  78. Hi TDC - thanks so much for taking the time to put this together - I am just getting into this whole blogworld thing, and this post couldn't have come at a better time!

    Julie

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  79. Congrats on the million hits! I'm just about to hit the 100 posts mark on my new blog, so am well away from the gazillion hits you have accrued. I've had you on my blogroll for ages - I didn't think about sending you a message to let you know that. Doh! Thanks for the tip, and maybe one of these days you'll scoot over and check out my blog!

    http://amyhogan.com/blog/renovation/

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  80. Girl - it's like you read my mind sometimes!!! I have just started 2 blogs. One for my home stuff the other is just random ranting which will probably fall by the wayside but as you said I didn't want to discuss personal opinions and muck up my "domestic" blog! Thank you for all your tips and fun things!!! You are a seriously huge inspiration! ox

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  81. congrats on the huge success your blog has been Sarah!!

    I posted before and told you that I got the IDENTICAL sewing machine table thingy that you got - but I paid $3 for mine!!
    Anyways, I have sanded the whoooooooole thing down just about and it looks AMAZING!! I'll let you know when I am done with it and it's posted on my blog so you can see my take on the table!

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  82. Love your site! I didn't realize you are on FB, but I'm a fan there now too! Congrats on the Million!

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  83. Just wanted to say CONGRATS!! On your MILLIONTH hit! Boo-yah! That is incredible! Keep it coming, I seriously "lurrrrvvveee" ;) your ideas!

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  84. You have been an inspiration to me! I didn't even start a blog until after I started following you, Suzanne McMinn and Daisy Cottage...you chicks rock. Since I started I have found many blogs I really enjoy reading, since my blog is a baby...I get so excited over comments...lol

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  85. I started a Goodwill Goodies Party. Come by and enjoy every Wednesday!!

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  86. I started a Goodwill Goodies Party. Come by and enjoy every Wednesday!!

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  87. This post finally pushed me to create a blog myself...very, very slowly. I was always feeling left out of all the "linky" parties and I love to decorate and garden. When more and more of my friends started asking my opinion, I thought this would be fun....Now to get it up and running:)
    Love your site and your humor!
    Tamera @ doubledelightdesigns.blogspot.com
    (although there is nothing there yet)

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  88. Awesome post, thank you so much. And not the usual things you hear so actually v useful. Yay!

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  89. Great suggestions!! Thanks SO much for sharing! I love your site!

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  90. Congrats on your 1 million hits! I'd love to be able to say that myself someday. Thanks for your insights on blogging. And please stop by my blog and drop me a comment. Thanks.
    Midge

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  91. Thanks for all the wonderful blogging tips.
    I signed up for the Before and After Party for the first time.
    Thanks!
    Rhonda

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  92. Now if only you had a dollar for every person that visits your site...

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  93. Congratulations!!!!

    I think this is my first comment but I visit your blog every day. I like your honesty and all the information you share.

    I'm from Puerto Rico.

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  94. About a month ago I stumbled on your blog by accident. I think I googled chalk boards or something. Anyway...I'm a huge fan! I just got married last Spring and am still in school, so thrifty decorating is something I am excited about! Thanks for your postings!

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  95. Love you site. Havine a million hits is awesome. I just started a blog with my sisters - we each take turns posting. Come check us out: keepthejuicesflowing.blogspot.com

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  96. I love reading your blog. Thank you for the great tips. I just started a blog and have added you to my blog roll.
    check out my blog please http://mycozyhome-ivy.blogspot.com/

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  97. Congrats Sarah on your millionth hit... I think I have contributed at least a few hundred of those since I found you...LOL... I am new at the blogging end thanks so much for your helpful hints.

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  98. Sarah, I completely agree with all of your tips! The one that gets me the most is the one about all the Commenting trip-ups. There is one Commenting structure that makes it impossible for me to send a Comment to someone ... and lots of people use that structure. When they don't have an e-mail address posted for me to use, I have no way to contact them.

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  99. Sarah, I just posted some pics of a a molding project that I just completed...that you inspired! Of course I gave you kudos! Would love if you could check it out when you have time!

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  100. Thanks for your awesome site and info about blogging!!

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  101. Thank you for all the tips! I'm fairly new to blogging, but I love to create! I've been following your blog, and I'm amazed at your decor skills. Come visit me at onecraftgirlscorner.blogspot.com.

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  102. You've inspired me to begin my own blog...I'm going to post my TDC inspirations soon.

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  103. Thank you for the tips Sarah. I love reading your blog because you show each step and talk like you are already friends with your readers. Congrats on your million =)

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  104. Congrats on the million hits!! And thanks for all of the useful info. I just started a blog and this was a really helpful post! thanks!

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  105. Ah great ideas and advice. I have started a motherhood and Interior Designing blog. I have more readers every day and I am trying to keep a balance. Great advice though. Have you come back yet? You checked out my thrifty curtains once. (I took your suggestion and invited you to come back again!) Ha ha

    I like your blog. Keep up the great work.

    Staci
    www.designingandmotherhood@blogspot.com

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  106. GREAt tips, as always sarah! thanks, this came at just the right time :) stop by anytime ;)
    www.jennasbaggs.blogspot.com

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  107. I took the plunge and started a blog! Thank you for the inspiration. I LOVE your ideas!

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  108. What a great post--very well put, ALL of it =) And please, stop by my blog, LOL!

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  109. You TOTALLY inspire me Thrifty Decor Chick! I've been following your blog for several months and it has been such an inspiration.
    You have sparked my creativity again...I have always been "a creator/do it yourselfer" but you lit a fire that in me that had been barely burning lately. Thank you!
    In fact, I finally started my own blog today after reading your blog about blogging! Im looking forward to following your Blog for years to come.

    http://housecapated.blogspot.com/

    Halle

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  110. This is just what I was looking for. The templates are a nice idea. Good Luck
    more templates easy to download

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  111. Halle,
    I like your blog so far...can't wait to see the after pics (looked pretty good before). I will be following you to see what you have done! I tried to post to your blog but had trouble.

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  112. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

    http://carusbcharger.com

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  113. Thanks so much for posting these tips. Since re-vamping my blogs I am getting loads of compliments. I am sure more comments will come with time!

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  114. thanks for all the great bloggin tips. 1M! wow, congrats.

    xo,
    cristin @ simplified bee

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  115. Thanks for the tips! I totally agree with them all. Up until now I've had the verification word but I think I may take it off and make it easier for my readers to comment as you suggested. I can always add it later if it became a problem.

    Congrats on a Million hits! :)

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  116. I just tweaked my blog a bit thanks to your advice :) Many thanks for sharing!
    Stop on by some time to check out my thrifty exotic projects.

    Shoestring Pavilion

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  117. Oh my goodness, thank you for all of that, I am super new to blogging, and It started out easy, then bam...came the bump in the road...How do I get traffic? and then wala you answered it! You rock! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

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  118. Thank you SO MUCH for these blogging tips! I am not really that new to blogging, but have just decided to kick it up a notch and look for readers beyond my family and friends. Your tips - especially the ones about commenting - were immensely helpful. I really enjoy your site and visit it on a daily basis. I love the work you do. :o)
    Thanks again!

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  119. Such great advice. I just discovered your blog and love it. I really enjoy your writing style! thanks for writing this for new bloggers :)

    Brandi

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  120. I just found this post and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for all the awesome advice!!! So... will you check out my blog? I've added you to my blog roll. :D

    Allison @ www.houseofhepworths.com

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  121. Hi TDC, I wonder what your name is? I hate not saying hello to a 'somebody'. :o) I wanted to say how much I appreciate your advice. It's funny how long it took me to even think to try to be a better blogger. I have learned a lot in a few short months but am getting better. I joined your blog so I can let my readers know where good resources are for ideas that I may not personally come up with. I have a very Texan/Country blog and I'm thrifty for sure! We've been living on the same income for 15 years! With five teenagers! In fact, we're so thrifty we are going to be in Jeff Yeager's next book, The Ultimate Cheapskate Next Door. He came and visited us--now that was awesome!

    I really just love to share the art and heart of homemaking. I am a big do it yourself-er, quilter, seamstress, and song-writer, but I can't do it all--No kidding!! So I'm looking forward to reading your ideas and sharing them at my home site. Thanks so much for taking the time to show us what to do to be better bloggers. I want to help and encourage others but it's not always easy FINDING them!

    Have a great day!

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  122. Thank you so much for all the sharing...esp. concerning staying true to YOU! This will be my first comment on a site and hope it helps Me & You!!!
    Please stop by my blog...
    trashbagsetc@blogspot.com

    Thanks, Tammy

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  123. I just LOVE or should I say LURVE your blog! This post was great! Thanks for sharing your personal blogging story. I'm a newbie to the blog world - started it up to keep my friends and family "in the know". Come on over to ourfifthhouse@blogspot.com ..... the door is always open :)

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  124. Hi! Just started my blog, but have been reading LOTS of blogs lately! I love the tip about including your blog name for your comments. Never thought of that one, it might make a reader more drawn to your blog. And I would love to see all commenters do that so I could see what type of blog they have before I click on their link! Loved several of your ideas, plan to use them all! Check out my blog when you get the chance...and leave a comment if you are inclined I would LOVE it!

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  125. Thanks for this post! It is so informative! I just started my blog and this will help me tremendously.

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  126. I just happened on this page and it was so informative! My sisters and I just started up a blog and this info is really going to help! We all love looking at your blog and you are so inspiring;-0 Thanks for all the great advice! We will definitely be taking advantage of your experience!

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  127. Thanks so much for the blogging tips! I've had my blog now for 1 1/2 years. It started out as an easy way to share good books and great 'tried and true' recipes with friends and family. Now I want to really focus on growing my blog and your tips will definitely help. Come check out my blog when you have a minute. I've got lots of book reviews and some very tasty (if I do say so myself) recipes to share. Thanks again!

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  128. Trish@Craftymoods.comApril 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I'm a new blogger and every tip helps-Since you mentioned you visit blogs upon requests, here is my blog www.craftymoods.com
    I would LOVE for you to check it out and let me know what you think!!! you are just awesome!!

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  129. This was such a great post! And the fact that you wrote it so long ago really makes me understand you know what you are doing, as people are still commenting on it!

    I have recently started following your blog and you have given this uncrafty girl some really crafty motivation to doing more things around my house. I am glad you wrote this because I am trying to figure out my blog niche and how to possibly do if full time one day. I have been paying alot of attention to those of you who have had truly successful blogs and are willing to share how you got it that way!

    Thank you for the information!!

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  130. I just came upon your blog,and I've enjoyed what my kids have allowed me to look at. I'm a newbie blogger and have followed your advice about sits, but in trying to get their button into my sidebar I have sent myself near tears. This blogging business is not for the computer illiterate. I can't even figure out how to get their little button onto my sidebar and I'm about to just throw in the towel and go back to waitressing...I can't find where to comment on their site and ask for help so...help! It keeps telling me it's copied to my clipboard, but I don't know what or where my clipboard is or what widget I'm supposed to use or...was it this frustrating when you first started? I'd appreciate it so much if you could steer me in the right direction.
    thanks- K at lemsool.wordpress.com

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  131. Suzanne @ WHYCUZICAN

    Wonderful and insightful tips. I just started blogging about my Trash to Treasure adventures I'm trying and I'm bracing myself for folks who think my efforts aren't blog worthy, but it hasn't happened (but I know it will at some point. Snarky is snarky)

    I'll keep TRUE to myself, and my blog "CUZ I CAN"

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  132. Awesome tips, thank you TDC! =)

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  133. Thanks for the tips! I actually added you to my blogroll, so if you get a chance take a peak at www.cornerofmain.wordpress.com
    It is definitely a work in progress, but you are right it sure is addicting!
    Thanks =) Kelly

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  134. Wow - just found your blog and started reading what you have said about starting a blog. I just started my blog in the past 4 months or so.

    I know it can turn into a passion of mine because one of my favorite things to do it to share with people when I learn something exciting. I got married 9 months ago and since then, I've had a growing passion(s) for cooking, saving money (couponing) and decorating my home. Though the last one has been long in coming since I don't have much confidence in my taste. So I am going to soak up your blog!!

    Thanks for all your tips!! I might have to reread it for it all to sink it. :)

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  135. I just found your site...looking at BUNCH of blogs to find helpful tips as I am a blogging newbie! Even though I use Wordpress, I found your info so helpful, and your personality so caaauute! =) (love that!). Thanks for the help and come visit me sometime!

    www.palmettosandpigtails.wordpress.com

    -Shara

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I LOVE your comments, thank you! (I read every single one.)

If you have a specific question I will do my best to answer you back here! Be sure to check out the FAQs tab at the top of the site and my Projects page for paint colors and DIY projects as well.

THANKS so much for reading!