Your Blogging Advice + MIMM

by Kim on February 4, 2013

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

First of all, I’ve been really enjoying reading all of your comments on my blogiversary post! (Speaking of which, have you entered the lululemon gift card giveaway yet?)

I’m especially grateful to those of you who left me blogging advice or talked about what you look for in a blog. This stuff is so valuable to me as a newish blogger, and I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind as I dive into Year 2 of blogging.

IMG_2673 This is a “diving” illustration.
…Work with me.

Since a lot of you are also bloggers yourselves, I thought you might be interested in hearing some of the responses, too. Here’s a random handful of the answers so far…

What Readers Look for In a Blog

–I appreciate other bloggers who are “real” and try to do the same. (from Laura)

–I look for very honest, transparent posts, especially race recaps, whether its the best race ever run or the worst one. I also enjoy bloggers who post on a consistent basis. (from Rosa)

–Pictures! As a reader, the ability to make the mundane entertaining is important. We want to relate, but still be able to learn! (from Kim)

–The more relatable, down-to-earth, and imperfect, the better. (from Julianne)

–The most interesting posts to read, and so far write, are the ones that you are interested in! (from Nicole)

–Glimpses into someone’s everyday life are always fun! (from Rachel)

Blogging Advice

–Post consistently, not just when you post, but the theme of posts. I’m a health/running blogger, and when I stay *too* far from that is when I get into trouble. People learn to expect a certain type of thing from each blogger. (from Larissa)

–Try to make your photos interesting, especially the top one. (from Joanna)

–Always stick to your own voice! (from Hannah)

–People respond best to posts where you really put yourself out there and have a heart to heart with your blogging world. (from Leslee)

–Don’t ever feel like you HAVE to blog if you don’t feel like it. Personally, I’d much rather read interesting, awesome, posts 3 days a week than 7 days of random words filling the page. (from Kelly)

–The biggest piece of blogging advice that took me while to learn is to really listen to your gut and do what you want to do instead of doing what others are doing. (from Sarah)

–Write a blog that you would want to read! (from Kate)

Thanks again, ladies!! I hope I can live up to this list…guuuulp…

MIMM

Now for MIMM time! (Aka baby pics from the weekend time…)

Marvelous is…

This hair.

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I’ve tried cutting it a few times, but it’s like trying give a fish a haircut while it’s flopping on a dock. I have no idea what I’m doing. And that’s not a feeling you want to have when you’re holding a pair of sharp scissors near your kid’s head.

Our morning and post-nap ritual involves something called “getting handsome’d” (it’s a verb, as in: “should we handsome you??”), in which I wet my hand and use it to mat down his wild bedhead. It works for about 5 minutes.

Marvelous is…

Watching dad and son interact.

Dad Son

Although: you go through all that work to make and birth the kid, and he likes Dad better. What gives?? Must be a guy thing.

Marvelous is…

Saturday mornings at the gym! I did a nice elliptical sesh and some weights. I even got Brent to take a (bad) picture to prove it.

IMG_2642 Woah, flyaways!

Marvelous is…

Volunteering in the preschool room at church, and having 3 kids fight over who gets to sit in your lap/next to you during story time. It just kills me.

Marvelous is…

Watching the Super Bowl with friends last night! Of course, SB parties are mostly about the food.

I cut up some fruit…

fruit

Made my mom’s turkey taco dip…

taco dip

And threw some baked beans in the crock pot. (I pulled out all the stops and made the Pioneer Woman’s version—you just can’t fail with a PW recipe.)

Our friends brought over Italian beef sandwiches, which were sooooo goooood.

And the best part: our kids got to hang.

As much as a 10-month-old and a 13-month-old will hang, anyway.

016Yo, is that my remote you’re holding? Woah, woah, woah, girl.

Towards the end of the game, we brought out some Limonchello one of Brent’s coworkers had made. Have you ever tried this stuff?? It was my first time.

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Ingredients include lemon peels, sugar, and Everclear (!!).

It was really, really good—very sweet! Since I knew it was strong (although it didn’t taste like it), I only had about an ounce. And STILL, it knocked me out HARD. I couldn’t believe my (lack of) tolerance. I fell asleep on the couch and completely missed the end of the game (which, I hear, was pretty exciting…). Woops!

On that note…

Hope you had a great weekend!

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Rebecca May 1, 2013 at 3:23 am

Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!
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Jessie February 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Such adorable photos of your little one. He is such a little cutie pie <3
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Kim February 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks Jessie :)

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Joanna @ Midwestern Bite February 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

Well, I’d say you nailed it on your first picture being interesting. Note to self, take more pictures of my kid upside down.

My hubs has been wanting to give our son a haircut for a while now but I keep resisting. He has these little curls off the back that are so danged freaking cute. Daddy thinks they are the start of a mullet however. Potato, Po-tah-to.
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Kim February 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

Haha! Yeah, I hit the mullet hairs first (not curly/not as cute as your son’s sound!), a couple months ago. Then it was the stuff above the ears. But despite my honest efforts, the hair is still winning.

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Samantha February 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm

We are having hair problems over here too.. Grace has a mullet!!!! So funny! And I hear boys aren’t the only ones who love their daddies!
Thanks for all the blogging advice!
<3
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Kate February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

That last picture of the kids is beyond adorable!
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Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thank you for sharing all the advice others had to give! I haven’t had kiwi in forever, it looks so good on that fruit plate!
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Kim@Hungry Healthy Girl February 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

What sweet pictures! You got some great advice and thanks so much for sharing it!!

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Kim February 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by Kim!

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Karey @ Nutty About Health February 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Congrats on reaching the two-year mark on your blog! I’m nearing my 1 year bloggiversary next month. :) Thanks for sharing the tips too, very helpful!

Glad you had a marvelous weekend… I’ve never heard of the Limonchello, but I’m sure it’d do me in too! I’m feein’ it after only a small glass of wine usually! LOL Happy Monday!!
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Katie February 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

You look so adorable even after a workout! Glad you got a good workout in!!

I agree, I like to read blogs where the blogger is “real” not some fake! NOBODY has a perfect life and it is good to be real and share that your life is not always roses and rainbows!

Happy week love!
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Kim February 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Haha, oh no Katie, that was BEFORE the workout. :)

Happy week to you too!!

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Julie February 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I NEED that taco dip recipe- send it over!! :)

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Kim February 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Haha, will do!

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