New Beginnings and Blogging Tips

Two and a half years ago, I finally got the courage to start blogging so I created a blog for the market, Parkesdale.  I’ve seen the blog grow and myself with it.  While blogging for the market, I sometimes felt as if the topics I was discussing were not inline with what Parkesdale customers would be interested with.  So this summer, I decided that it was time for a “new beginning” and that’s how my own personal blog started.  With that being said, I thought it would be fun to share some of my blogging tips with you.

New Beginning

Attend a Blogger Conference

If you are serious about getting started with your own blog, I suggest you attend a bloggers conference.  I recently attended the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando and while there was a lot of talk about food and wine, they also discussed how to get started with your blog and how to bring your blog to the next level.  If you want to meet brands, then this is the conference to go.  I got to meet representatives from Cabot Cheese and Duda Farms.  There were also many more brands there, like Gallo Family, Wish Farms, Idaho Potatoes and of course, Parkesdale.  😉  Here’s a link to the blog post I wrote for Parkesdale.

Another conference coming up in Florida is the FlBlogCon in Orlando on September 20th.  It’s a full day of wonderful speakers and all around fun.  I got to speak with J from JsEveryDayFashion and it’s amazing how her blog is really just how she is in real life.  I also got to meet Katy from KatyWridick and she’s amazingly helpful.  If you want to meet other bloggers in real life and get some good advice, then this is the conference to go to.  Here’s the blog post I wrote about FlBlogCon in 2012.

Widgets and Plugins

If you are wondering what the difference is between widgets and plugins, here’s a good blog post about it.  Either way, widgets and plugins are your friends.  They may seem a little bit overwhelming because you have to download them and install them, but let me tell you they make your life so much easier!  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Tweetily – It will automatically tweet your posts.  You can select which posts to retweet and how often to tweet.  It really is a time saver.
  2. nRelate – This little widget will add related content to the bottom of each blog post.  Brilliant. Just brilliant!  This widget makes its so easy for your readers to stay longer on your site.  And that’s what you want as a blogger. 😉
  3. WordFence – This is a new one for me.  I found out about this one at the Food and Wine Conference last month.  This plugin will prevent hackers from attempting to login to your blog.

Now that you have read about some of my tips, I’d love to learn about your blogging tips.  If you are considering starting your blog, just do it.  No time like the present.  Yes, there will be a learning curve, but its completely worth it.  Just figure out why you want to blog and stick with it!  Good luck!

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  1. Congrats on the new blog!! I so badly want to attend the FWC but it’s always been held on the weekends of my twins birthday, so I can’t leave them! And bringing them along wouldn’t be fair either since I’d be attending sessions while they are swimming in the hotel pool, etc… 🙁

    • Thank you! Ah, that’s tough. I wouldn’t want to miss my kids’ birthdays either. To be honest, I brought mine this time around, and I feel like I didn’t participate as much as I should have. Although my kids were with my mom, I kept leaving the conference to go “check on” them. Not sure I will bring them next time.