When You Know Better, You Do Better Blogging!


Hello everyone, and welcome to “The What #BelleLive Taught Me Blog Tour”! You should be arriving from Jennifer Ashley’s blog. If this is your first stop you’ll want to begin at Jo Cavagnis ‘s blog so you don’t miss out on any of the fun, interesting information we are sharing.

Back on May 1 to May 3, 2014,  I took this amazing class called Build A Successful Creative Blog by April Bowles-Olin on the Creative Live Website. I have to say it was totally amazing!! I’ve learned so much from April about what I’m doing and not doing right on my blog.

I wanted to share with all of you what I learned and what I’m still working on to make my blog space fun and more creative.

What I Learned:

1. Finding my own style and voice.

Prior to this class, I was having a hard time finding my own voice and style. I thought if my blog looked liked like other bloggers that I liked, I would get the results I was looking for but that wasn’t the case.  April really taught me how to just be me. Do what makes me happy and comfortable.  She taught me to look for things that I offer that others do not.  I realized that no one but me can be me and that is what my blog offers, the authentic ME!!

2. Better visuals for my blog.

When April talked about visuals for our blogs, I was worried because my pictures were not the best at all.  They were either to dark or washed out.  I couldn’t figure it out at all.  She talked about using your own pictures.  They are more authentic than stock photos.  So, I decided to reach out to a couple of bloggers who photograph cards to see what they are doing.  I took their advise and WALA, I think my photos are sooo much better.  I still have some work to do but boy, what an improvement.  I also signed up for a photography class.

Birthday 2 Cards Before

Hello After

What a difference a lens and reading the camera manual can do!!!

3. Letting people know you exist.

This was a big lesson for me.  I learned in order for people to know I exist I need to put myself out there.  For my craft, joining challenges are a big way to promote yourself. I’ve join so many challenges and I love it!!! I’ve learned so much from others.  April also taught me to leave comments on other people blogs.   I knew this but after this class I decided to leave comments on everyone’s blog that participates in the challenge.

4. Building relationship.

This class has introduced me to a lot of talented people who love to share info and wants to see you grow.  I’m so grateful for this community.  Everyone is willing share and teach me about things I have no clue about.

5. Setting up an email newsletter and other social media platforms.

I learned why having an email newsletter is so important.  So, I want to add this to my blog. I haven’t done that yet but it’s coming shortly. Facebook is the only social media that I’m not on and want to be but I’m not sure why I have taken that step forward.  There is a fear but I’m not sure what that fear is. It will happen soon, hold me accountable.

So, this is my list of things that I really learned and took personal, so that I can improve my blog.  I hope you found this information interesting.

Like I said earlier, this class was awesome and if you want to check it out, visit Creative Live here.

The name of the class is Build A Successful Creative Blog by April Bowles-Olin.  April’s blog is called Blacksburg Belle  and you can find it here.


Please let me know what you think!


32 thoughts on “When You Know Better, You Do Better Blogging!

  1. Wow! the difference in the example photos is huge. I still like the first photo but the second one is amazing! I admire you for reaching out to others for help, I need to practice that!

    • Thanks Jo! It wasn’t easy! I’ve had people say no without saying no to help me. So I treasure those that helped me with no conditions! I’m still learning about lighting and how to position my cards. The photos have to sell the cards for me so I need them to be just right!! Connie is a pro at it!!!

  2. Man, you’re not kidding about the difference that reading the manual can make. When I first started using a DSLR, I didn’t know what half that stuff was. But boy oh boy..learning how to use the ISO & the different light settings made a HUGE difference.

  3. Wow great difference in your photos!!! Well worth it! I love your take-aways, number 1 was also my fav and number 5 is also my fear!! Scared I can’t keep up with it!

    • Vivayna, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment. That might be what why I’m scared too. Being able to keep up might be holding me back. We have to get over that fair if we are going to move forward. Lets take that step together.

  4. Kymona, I am giggling because Face Book is where I started in social media, because it felt so easy to me…and that is the one you are finding challenging. To each her own, I guess! I have been blogging for a couple of years, but my creative blog is still very new. I, too, struggle with my photos. This is a great post! – Fawn

    • Hello Fawn, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I laugh at myself too because I don’t know what my fear is about Facebook. I have a personal page and I never go on it. My sister set it up for me because she was tired of people asking her for me. I like Twitter, go figure. I need to let this Facebook fear go because I really believe I’m only hurting myself and my craft.

      I just checked out your blog and I love it. It is so smooth and clean. It has an inviting feeling. I left you a comment, happy national blog posting Month!

    • Hey Krystal, I signed up to Mail Chimp that’s all I did. I need to really get it together. Creative Live has taught me a lot that I didn’t know before. We should get our newsletters out soon. I’ll check back with you in a few days to see where you are in your process.

  5. Wow you are really making progress — I am so inspired! I really have to learn to take better photos so I might be asking YOU for some tips down the road! I love how you posted the before and after! I have a “big girl” camera but am only now trying to learn how to use it off the auto mode — scary! Your blog is lovely and your creativity shines throughout your site! I’m excited for you and look forward to learning more as you grow! 🙂

    • Hey Michael, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Ask away, I’m love sharing. I just took a class today on Creative Live called The Photography Starter Kit, it was awesome. You will learn how to take your camera off of Auto mode. I highly recommend the class. Its in rebroadcasts right. I’m still making my way down the hop, I can’t wait till I get to your blog.

  6. Hi, the same as you – I have an issue with photography – I honestly am not a fan of it, so I just do it as a task but I can’t seem to get it right. I think the reason is that I just don’t like it so much…maybe a class or networking with photography students can help…

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I just took a look at your Esty account and I love your photos. You can see all of your items nice and clear. Creative Live had a course called The Photography Starter Kit class today live that was awesome. It is rebroadcasting now. You should watch it if you want to do more with your camera. I feel more confident now. Let me know what you think. I also have my eye on one of your pieces.

  7. I think you’ve learned a lot. I’m still learning. Your photos alone (the before and after) are amazing! ay to take away a lesson that actually helps you out and put it into practice!

  8. Hi Kyona, I have just started watching the intro to the course and really looking forward to seeing it all. This is great visiting all the blogs on the BelleLive Blog Tour so I can see what others learnt from the course, makes me even more sure I want to watch it all.

    • Hey Rachel, the class is awesome. You will be amazed from beginning to end. April really share such great information with us. The workbook is great too. I bound mines and I have it sitting on my desk. It is such a great reference for me. Everyone is the group is awesome too. Let me know what you think of the course when your done. By the way, I like your blog. Your post for today is so cool I might have to try the sticks.

  9. What a great thing to do, to ask other bloggers for help! Not only does it help you learn, but also a great way to build relationships. I should definitely be doing more of this!

    I also agree with #3, it’s really important to let other people know you’re out there. I try to comment on other blogs too, which again is a lovely way to start building relationships. It’s definitely helped me make a few friends!

    • Hey Rachel, thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad the information was helpful to you. Asking for help was hard for me at first because some people didn’t want to help but I kept moving and then finally someone did reach out and helped me. So you have to just stay at it and your right it does build friendships.

      I think that is what blogging is all about, building friendships!! The more you respond to others the more they will respond to you. I participate in a lot of challenges and I make sure I comment on everyone’s blog who participate.

      I visited your blog too and I love it. Wow, living in Hong Kong!! Do you speak Chinese? Wait they speak English too, right? How fun is this? I’m going to read more of your post to see how things are going.

      • Thanks for looking at my blog 🙂 They do speak (Cantonese) Chinese here but luckily there is a lot of English too. I speak a little Chinese, enough to get myself understood in a few situations where the other person doesn’t speak any English so it’s been quite useful.

        I love your cards, unique and beautiful!

  10. wow the different in your pictures is awesome! I am so afraid to put me out here because I am having a tough time identifing my ideal client. I have to do the hard work now and your post has inspired me!

    • Hey Shannon thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. STOP being afraid, just do it. Put your self out there. You see my first photos are good at all but I just kept working at it and finally came up with photos that I like.

      I tried visiting your blog but the link says it doesn’t exist. Can you send the link?

    • Hey Jamie, it isn’t so bad. Remember its online, you aren’t face to face. If someone says no, you thank them and keep on moving. That’s what I’ve learned.

      Yes, April’s class was amazing. I just went to check out your blog and I love the booties. How much are those?

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