FAQ About Blogging

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Last month marked 1.5 years of consistent blogging here at The Lucky Lifestyle, which I am excited about and proud to have achieved. Writing, sharing, and content creating are all passions of mine and I'm so grateful to have a space in which to do it (and even more grateful that you take your valuable time to read!). I have a lot of hopes for The Lucky Lifestyle, but I'm also in an insanely busy season of life and just trying my best to keep my priorities in focus while also keeping the dream afloat.

Lately I've been receiving more and more questions from friends about blogging, which I love! I am by absolutely no means an expert (at. all.), but I'm more than happy to share my experiences and what has worked - and not worked - for me. Consider this a Blogging 101 FAQ. ;) If you're considering starting a blog, I hope this is even a little bit helpful... and that you go for it

1. What blogging platform do you use, and how/why did you choose it?

To get your blog up and running, one of the first things you'll need to do is choose a platform. The two most popular are Blogger and Wordpress. I use Blogger, and that's really for no other reason than that's what I used almost 10 years ago when I started my first blog. It's owned by Google, and to me it makes it easy to have everything all linked up through a separate blogging account; I can read other blogs that I follow through blogger and have my blog email address ( set up through Gmail. 

However, I'm hearing more and more good things about Wordpress these days. I would advise anyone who's thinking about starting a blog to research both platforms and decide what seems best for your needs. I've found this resource to be informative: 

2. How did/do you find readers or get any attention for your blog?

There are three big ways I've found to be most effective for gaining readers and encouraging engagement:

1. Follow and interact genuinely with other blogs/bloggers. I have been following blogs for about a decade, so it was natural for me to continue to do so once I started my own. Once The Lucky Lifestyle was up and running, I started to have the confidence to interact and engage with the bloggers I follow and admire. As counterintuitive as it can seem in a saturated blogging world, I truly believe supporting other bloggers and building genuine connections and friendships is key to growing your own blog. If you begin engaging, chances are that blogger will engage right back. Connecting with others is one of my favorite things (if not my very favorite thing!) about blogging.

2. Let your close circles know about your blog. If you don't let your nearest and dearest know about your new endeavor, how can you expect strangers to pick up on it? But really -- one of the first steps after starting your blog should be to actually tell people about it, and you should consider starting with those who love and support you!

3. Join link-ups. A great way to meet new bloggers and be seen when you're first starting out in the vast world of blogging is to seek out and join link-ups. Link-ups are hosted by a blogger or group of bloggers and allows other bloggers to link their post up so it's visible to more people.

3. How do you come up with new post ideas?

This is a great question. The truth is, I have so many more ideas than I can post about simply because of time restraints right now, but I'm constantly thinking "that would be great for the blog!" Really, if I think it's interesting or fun or cute or thought-provoking, I figure at least one other person might think the same and it's worth sharing here. I've always been a big magazine reader, and as this space grows I hope to lay it out more like a magazine -- interesting articles, finds, etc. -- than a diary of my life (although I know those posts are always sort of interesting too).

What I'm saying is: think about what you're truly interested in (or an expert at) and turn it into a post!

4. Do you make any money from blogging?

I sure don't! Maybe someday, but right now this is my creative outlet and I want to organically grow it (or at the very least maintain it!). There are plenty of ways bloggers do make money (some bloggers make lots!), but it is a job and requires a lot of time, effort, energy, and often monetary investments. R

5.  There are so many blogs out there. Is it really worth starting one?

There are a lot of blogs out there. There's no doubt it's a saturated world, however the one thing I kept repeating to myself as I started out was: no matter how many blogs/personalities/brands there are out there, there is no you.

Nobody can replicate the authentic you, and you shouldn't try to replicate anyone else. In simple terms: you do you. If you come from a genuine place and truly enjoy it, it will be a success no matter what.

Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments. If you've recently started a blog, leave a link to it below so I can check it out and say hello. :)

Weekend Recap + This Week's Menu

Monday, February 18, 2019

Hey, hey! How was your weekend? We enjoyed an Olivia-themed second birthday party in my hometown on Saturday morning -- cupcakes and coffee, yum! It's fun to bring the girls to the place where I grew up. We were on Main Street and I was pointing out all of the little places I frequented as a child, from the post office to the movie theater, to the hardware store and my family's favorite spot for a slice of pizza. On the way out of town, we drove by the house I grew up in. There was a big play set out back and it made me happy to think of other kids growing up there!

On Saturday after nap we headed to one of my kids' favorite spots for dinner. It's a popular restaurant around here that specializes in grilled cheese (yes, please) and is super colorful and fun -- sort of a 50's-style diner/ice cream shop.

Sunday morning began with a (solo!) Target run, which was fantastic. They have the best spring stuff -- I had to practically run by the home section with blinders on, but I did spot these little cuties. Wouldn't these make such a sweet mini gallery wall?

The rest of Sunday was super laid back and full of playing and cleaning up the house. Steve has off today, so even though I still have work, it feels like a bit of an extended weekend over here! The girls had gymnastics, a play date, and a movie afternoon. Not too shabby.

Here's our menu for the week:

Monday - Homemade pizza, chopped salad

Tuesday - Tikka masala chicken with rice and broccoli

Wednesday - Baked ziti (using our favorite meat sauce), salad

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Fish sticks, fries, and roasted brussels

Saturday - Out

Hope Monday is being kind to you! 
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