Some Tips From My Friends

Hi everyone!  I'm back with another Blog Baby Blog post for my summer blogging series.  Missed the first four?  Catch up here:

I'm with my sweet girl in Philadelphia.  She had surgery on Friday, and we got to leave the hospital a day early!  It's been rough, but she's been amazing.

Since I've been a little busy taking care of my daughter, I asked some of my bloggy friends to share some blog tips with you.

#1 Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Using Blogger, always use the "Properties" feature for the pictures on your blog. Use your blog name in both the Title Text and the Alt Text. For example, Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday Vocabulary Notebook. This will be hidden in your html and help move your blog up the Google rankings.

#2 Dana from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron

Prepping for the Primary Gridiron
Keep a journal or file of ideas to blog about. Spread your ideas out so you can post 2-3 times per week (if not more). And remember to share pictures - a great visual goes a long way!

#3 Tanja from Journey of a Substitute Teacher

When commenting on a blog post, instead of saying "Come follow me !", you can leave a comment relevant to the blog post, and then a link to your blog underneath your name.

#4 Angela from Hippo Hooray Second Grade

Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!
Always watermark your photos with your blog name. Images get passed around on Pinterest or other bloggers might share your photos on their blog/Facebook page, and you need to make sure people know the original source. Megan has a GREAT tutorial on how to do this :)

#5 Jivey from Ideas by Jivey

Ideas by Jivey
Don't be a no-reply blogger! I have built some of my best friendships by emailing with other bloggers... Many people don't even realize they are a no-reply blogger. Here is a link on my page to fix it!
**Google is constantly changing things now that they're really pushing Google+, so if Jivey's tutorial does not work for you here is another: Get Connected

#6 Amanda from Collaboration Cuties

Collaboration Cuties
Blogging is a great way to share your ideas and products you've made. Be sure to include pictures of how you use your products and ideas in your classroom. It's much more fun to read a post that shows learning in action than just lists of products you'd like your followers to buy. Only posting about your products will turn your readers off. Be sure to space out your advertising posts with posts that have tips and tricks for your readers to use in their classroom.

#7 Sara from Miss V's Busy Bees

Miss V's Busy Bees
Just be yourself and communicate with bloggers like you would your friends in real life. Being more authentic and personable is the easiest way to gain followers instead of asking for them. This will be completed through simply holding conversations.

#8 Katie from Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Queen of the First Grade Jungle
Make it personal! I think it is important for readers to connect to you as a person, in addition to a writer/teacher. I remember when I first started reading blogs, I fell in *love* with Cara Carroll and Abby Mullins because their personalities just shined in their blog posts! I make sure to include pictures of my family and infuse my writing with ME! It's just like we tell our students: If you are bored when you write it, your readers are going to be bored when they read it!

#9 Gladys from Teaching in High Heels

Teaching in High Heels
Be consistent and give it time! Consistency is super's much easier to lose followers than to build up an audience, so make sure you're blogging consistently 2-3 times a week is perfect! Also, give your blog time to grow. The web is an enormous, noisy place so if you want to be a successful blogger you have to invest more over a greater period of time.

#10 Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road
I've grown so much as a teacher through the collaboration and sharing that's done through blogging. Better yet, I've developed many friendships with teachers all over the states and beyond. Building these relationships starts with authentic commenting on other blogs, responding to those that comment on your blog, before you know it you'll develop some truly great friendships!

And the last one is from ME!

If you haven't claimed your blog on Bloglovin', go do it NOW!!! It's the best thing you can do to build followers. Here's an easy tutorial on how to do that.

your photo name


  1. Great tips, everyone! I can't even think of anything else to add! You covered a bunch!

  2. Ditto! These were great tips. Some I already do but others I need to implement. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great variety of tips, even for old school bloggers like me! Sending get-well-thoughts to you and your daughter as well. Hugs!

  4. Thank you for this!!
    I didn't know about the properties of pictures - I'm on it now!

  5. I am still working on last week's tip about my thumbnail : )
    I will have to work on that properties of pictures one too....just when you think you know what you are doing....I don't even really know what Google rankings are!
    Hope you and your daughter are doing well, safe trip home : )

  6. I'm really loving your Blog Baby Blog series! You are so sweet to share some of your knowledge with us. Consistency and watermarking my pictures are 2 things from today's tips that I need to work on this school year. When the year starts and we're rolling, I often feel like I don't have time or forget to take the great pictures.
    Hope your daughter is recovering well,
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

  7. Awesome tips from some of my favorite people!! I really need to work on what Gladys said and be more consistent!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  8. These are GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing! I love your Blog Baby Blog Summer Series. I've just started blogging, and I'm really struggling. You make it look so easy!

    Thanks so much!
    For the Love of Teaching

  9. I'm enjoying this series. Thank you for sharing each week. I'm also glad to hear your daughter got to leave the hospital early. Prayers for continued healing.

  10. These were all great tips- I am definitely going to look into the properties on my pictures...I don't know if I ever noticed it before. Glad your daughter got to leave the hospital early and I hope she makes a fast recovery!


  11. I've been blogging 3 years and I learned several things I didn't know. Thanks so much!!!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  12. I'm just getting started with my blog. Great tips. Thanks so much. Wish there was a mentor school for us newbies.


  13. Awesome tips and advice for new bloggers! I randomly came across this post and am so glad that I did because I just started blogging earlier this week and couldn't be more excited about my new journey and adventures!


  14. These posts have been so helpful! Thanks again!


  15. I just recently started blogging and I am still figuring things out. So I really appreciate all of these great tips :) Thank you!

    Mrs. Wiley
    @ Wiley Teaching