Let's Talk: Blogging

I often have long discussions with my fellow blogging friends.  We talk about everything that blogging involves, we share tips, we talk about our favourite blogs and what we love (and dislike) about blogging, social media and these interesting times in which we find ourselves.  As naturally as woman talk about men, shopping, diets and let's face it other women so blogging has also begun to feature.  But...what if all your friends don't blog and what if you want to share and find out things like how to get the most out of your blog, make it pretty and how to deal with comments, giveaways and so on.  Well...this is what this new series of posts are all about.  It is an open platform or forum for you to ask questions, share knowledge and become the type of blogger your heart desires. 

Unfortunately...there is often a desire for those in the know to keep it that way, but I stand by the idea of sharing knowledge and learning from where and whom I can.  No one will ever be able to be just like you, see the world through your eyes or even feel how you feel so there is no harm in the best blogging abilities being stolen or taken away from you. 

I hope you enjoy some of these resources on blogging.  As I hone my skills - so I will share what I know and if you feel there is something I should know then please share it with me and the rest of the blog readers.  Enjoy, be creative and don't let blogging become a burden.  Keep it light and fun! Blogging need not be about who has best camera, computer or graphic skills.

Something very important:  Crediting Images
We are constantly reminded to credit the work of others and to list sources.  I found a very well written opinion piece on the matter (via oh, hello friend).  Take a look at this post by frolic! for more on credits.

Design Sponge lead me to this clever poster designed by Pia, Erin and Yvette which makes the whole process easier.

There are several blogs and sites that offer some very pretty and free downloads.  It is key, however to read the terms and conditions that accompany downloads. 

My favourites:
Pugly Pixel:  Katrina will be your new best friend with her free downloads.  Her blog speaks for itself and is full of inspiration.  Her premium membership offers you even more and for only five dollars a month...I can already hear the swipe of my credit card!

One of my favourite freebies from Pugly Pixel

Mellowmint:  Vintage resources which are perfect for a multitude of projects.  Remember that crediting what you use from this site is essential.  They are so beautiful - who can help, but tell the world where they came from!

The Graphics Fairy:  Karen waves her wand and shares her papery finds with us.

Big Huge Labs:  Perfect for a variety of fun photo actions.  My favourite being the mosaic, as well as the photo booth strips.

Rollip:  Adds a vintage tint to your photos with some of the effects giving you an almost 'lomo like' feel.

Macaroons from Daniela's that I snapped, then loaded into Rollip for an aged effect

Design *Sponge a favourite amongst creatives has a series called Biz Ladies which has some really amazing advice for bloggers and craft business owners.  The topics range from giveaways to growing your business as well as commenting (positive and negative).  Useful tips from industry specialists.

These are just a few of the resources that I have to share.  I have loads more saved up...so if you are already familiar with these then hopefully the next post will be of  more use to you. 

I would love to hear what you have to say on some of the topics I covered so please feel free to comment.

Happy blogging!