Growing Your Blog Series

Hi, friends!  The very first blog-a-versary for this artsy mama is just around the corner, and I can’t believe that after just one year’s time, there are over 780 of you following along and reading about our crafts, projects, and adventures!  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that!  I remember being thrilled when I hit 20 followers, and thinking if I could ever just hit 500 that would be the greatest accomplishment.
I know that there are many of you who aren’t fellow bloggers, but I also know that a good number of you are, and I’ve gotten lots of questions about what I’ve done to go from 200 followers in September to the number you see now in just six months.  So, I decided to kick off this month and my “birthday” celebration with a short little series that will hopefully answer some of those questions for you:
I’m no expert, by any means, but I’m happy to share the things I’ve found that work {and the ones that don’t!} for growing and improving your blog.  Most of us when we get into blogging aren’t looking to be “super-bloggers.”  Many of us have one or more {or all} of these motivations:
- we’re stay at home mamas or wives looking for an outlet
- we love to make things and part of the fun of that is sharing them!
- we want to inspire others and gain inspiration for ourselves
- we’re looking for community
- we want to talk about our hobbies with others who share them
- we enjoy writing/photography and want a platform to use those skills
- we want to make a little bit of extra income {etsy, affiliates, etc.}
- we want to have a voice in a larger community about the things that are important to us
Some folks start with only the goal of having their close friends and family follow along.  Others hope to have a wider influence.  But I think that for most of us, we find that once the follower number starts to go up, we start to dream bigger and want to reach farther.  Once I thought I’d have really ‘made it’ if I hit 500.  But when I hit it, I by no means wanted to stop gaining new friends.  My ideals changed and now my new goal is 1000.  But once I {hopefully} hit that, I know I won’t just sit back and be satisfied.  For as long as I blog, I’m going to want to keep seeing that number grow, because it means that I’m getting out there and making a difference.  Inspring.  Encouraging.  Having a voice.  The larger audience I have, the more of a difference I can make.  But at the same time, I don’t want to compromise who I am or what the blog is about.  I want to remain authentic and keep focused on the purpose of what I do.  If you feel the same way, this series is for you.  Join me over the next week as we talk about these things from this Artsy Mama’s p.o.v.
Friday 3/2 – Getting Started: Blog Design
Saturday 3/3 – Getting Started: Posting 101
Sunday 3/4 – Building Real Relationships
Monday 3/5 – To Link or Not To Link…
Tuesday3/6 - Social Media is Your Friend
Wednesday 3/7 – Affiliates, Sponsors, and Advertising
Thursday 3/8 – Q&A with Amy
Then, to celebrate my blogaversary, I have a ton of fun giveaways scheduled from 3/11-3/17!
 Have a blogging question?  Email me at dancers4life{at} or leave a comment here.  If I don’t answer it in one of the upcoming posts, I’ll try to tackle it during the Q&A!
I hope you’ll join me!  For those of you who don’t blog, don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled craftiness soon, and there just might be some fun project posts in the mix this week too!
Shine on Fridays will be up and running tomorrow as well.  See you then!
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47 comments on Growing Your Blog Series

  1. Sarah
    March 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM (4 years ago)

    Sounds like lots of great stuff is in store- looking forward to more :)

  2. Four Marrs and One Venus
    March 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM (4 years ago)

    I love this Amy! Can’t wait to read all about this! Awesome series I will be in tuned for sure! Thanks!!

  3. Lindy
    March 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM (4 years ago)

    I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks Amy!

  4. Jill @ J♥
    March 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM (4 years ago)

    Sounds fun! Can’t Wait! Smiles, Jill

  5. Jenny Melrose
    March 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM (4 years ago)

    This is fabulous! It amazes me how much of a community bloggers truly are.

  6. Jenny Melrose
    March 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM (4 years ago)

    This is fabulous! It amazes me how much of a community bloggers truly are.

  7. Jenny Melrose
    March 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM (4 years ago)

    This is fabulous! It amazes me how much of a community bloggers truly are.

  8. Kadie
    March 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM (4 years ago)

    I am really excited about your series Amy. If you every get the time I would love to have a similar series about Etsy shops. Just a thought.

  9. The mum of all trades
    March 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM (4 years ago)

    Really looking forward to this. It is very good of you to share your tips.

  10. Magic Brush
    March 5, 2012 at 3:24 AM (4 years ago)

    I am trying so hard to hit 1000 followers. i’ve been stuck in the 900’s for WAYYYYYY too long. Looking forward to these posts!

  11. Katie
    March 5, 2012 at 4:22 AM (4 years ago)

    Great series! I really enjoyed reading the other posts too. I am a new follower on GFC and Linky Tools. Cant wait to see the rest of the series, and congrats on the upcoming blogaversary!

  12. Kathy
    March 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM (4 years ago)

    Thanks for creating and sharing this series.

  13. Tiffany
    March 6, 2012 at 12:14 AM (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing all the great tips! I just started blogging at the end of last year and love to hear advice from people that have done well so far. I’m a new follower too :)
    Thanks again!

  14. Shiloh
    March 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM (4 years ago)

    You have a lot of great articles here. I hope I remember to come back for the ones coming up.:)

  15. Christina
    March 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM (4 years ago)

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

  16. Chas
    March 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed what you have posted so far!

  17. Catherine
    March 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi, I’m visiting from Handy Man, Crafty Woman! I love this series idea – thank you! I’m your newest follower and look forward to reading more of the Growing Your Blog posts.

  18. Cherilyn
    March 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM (4 years ago)

    Wow!!! Thank you for your blogging advise and inspiration! I am new to blogging. Your tips are very helpful (I just read them all up to today!) I look forward to the rest of your blogging posts! I pinned this and I am a new follower. Thanks again for helping out the newbies like me!

  19. Claire
    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM (4 years ago)

    I just read all of the series posts up to today, Amy and they were a great source of information for a blogger with a blog less than 1 month old. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned along your 1 year journey!

    Claire @

  20. Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes
    March 8, 2012 at 4:57 AM (4 years ago)

    Like many of the above commenters, I too am a new blogger. This series has been very helpful to me. Earlier in the series you wrote about the importance of your blog’s first impression. If you have a spare minute, I’d love to hear your first impressions regarding my blog. Any suggestions for areas I could improve upon would be greatly appreciated. (My email is listed under my profile)

    Thanks for any feedback you might have time to share!

  21. Jen C.
    March 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM (4 years ago)

    Just coming aboard here for your blog session – exciting! I am also thrilled to see that you DANCE! Yeah! My hubbie and I do too, well, a bit anyway, but we love every little bit that we can do. I just signed on as a Linky follower, and would very much enjoy having you stop by my way too. It’s a great new tool!

  22. Tina
    March 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM (4 years ago)

    I just came across this series on Pinterst, and am so glad that I did! I also just became a follower. I love your page, your insight and your writing. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and have just been pretty much winging it, so I gained a lot of valuable insight by reading this series. Thank you!

  23. Mama Jodi
    March 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you for this series. I am going through it now. I’m completely a baby blogger. Just started in January, and I can really relate to your introduction. It starts off as something small to benefit your family and inspire friends, but as you see the numbers grow, you begin to dream bigger. The catch is that I want to keep my priorities straight and my true intention at heart. Keeping a balance is critical, and I’m trying to figure it out now. It’s helpful to read what you have to say about how to grow it. Now, to find the time while keeping it all centered on the important stuff.

  24. Suzy
    March 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM (4 years ago)

    Congratulations on the growth of your blog! I’m looking forward to the series and will definitely be tuning in.

  25. Crafty Cousins
    March 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM (4 years ago)

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! We just hit 100 followers yesterday! Eeek! It’s exciting. I hope you get to 1000 soon! We just helped a bit with that and are your newest followers! :)


  26. Carol
    March 16, 2012 at 1:18 AM (4 years ago)

    This was fabulous! I went back and read all your other posts and learned so much! Thanks for doing this post and I wish I had known about it when you originally posted them – I would have loved to have taken part in the Q & A session! I’m really trying to build my blog up – my goal is to reach 50 by the end of March. (I just started linking to parties about a month ago and have tripled my followers in that month – YEAH!) I would love for you to “hop” over IF you have the time!
    Thanks again for the great information!
    Hugs -
    Carol @ AreWeThereYet

  27. Becca @ The Sassy Penguin
    April 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM (3 years ago)

    I just came across this. I can’t wait to catch up on all the posts. I’m new myself and trying to build my blog :)

    June 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM (3 years ago)

    I am a fairly new blogger. Thanks so much for these fabulous tips! I’ve learned a lot.

  29. Andrea
    July 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM (3 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this series! I am also a new blogger and found your tips very helpful!!!

  30. Brooke
    September 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM (3 years ago)

    So happy to have found this…I am just getting started with my blog and am going to read your fabulous posts. Thanks so much!!

  31. Patricia Robertson
    November 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM (3 years ago)

    Hello Amy I came across your blog from Pinterest. I read every post in this series and found it very helpful thank you so much for sharing. I am your newest follower. I can not wait to see all of the arts and crafts you share

    February 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this series! It’s great to see other bloggers reach out in supporting one another.

  33. tammystroup31
    March 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM (3 years ago)

    Love these tips. I’ve just started to blog and while I love it there’s just so much I don’t know! Pinned for future reference :)

  34. Bonny Yokeley
    March 27, 2013 at 4:32 AM (3 years ago)

    I have enjoyed your series and will be linking to many of these posts in April at The Domesticated Princess. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge with fellow bloggers.


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