Friends encouraged me and I think I had 11 views my first month. If you go back and visit my very first blog posts they were written more like notes to my friends and my reviews were tiny.
Over time I have received emails or random comments on how I created this or that for my blog and sometimes I even receive requests to help freshen up a blog. I’m not sure if many bloggers get these types of emails (fellow bloggers please let me know if you do get similar requests, I’d like to know I’m not alone on this) and in the beginning I was flattered and happy to help if I could, but now that I’m posting reviews nearly every day I just don’t have as much free time as I did before.
Here are some of the top questions and comments I receive:
I don't have time to do my blog and I don't know how. Will you do it for me?
I try not to be insulted that the requester has no time but I should. Along the way I have given tips on how to create this or that but with a fulltime job, trying to read books on my free time and keeping my own blog fresh there isn't much extra time. I will say you know you are wrong if you ask the same question every few months because you didn't save the instructions. Also give credit to those who have helped you along the way.
Well who taught you to do that?
I get this quite a bit and the answer is simple no one. I do have some experience in html, xml, and vba but my best friend has been Google and having an idea of what I want my blog to look like. Most weekends I search for blog add ons or cool blogger tricks. I pick and choose what I like and I try it out.
I am afraid of breaking my blog!
Oh and if you are wondering yes I have broken my blog many times but I always back up data before I start. If you aren't comfortable experimenting with your blog create a second one to play in. Also Blogger has improved its layouts and templates dramatically and there is nothing wrong with using those.
I want my blog to look just like yours!
This is similar to your bff saying I want your exact hair style or shows up wearing the dress you told her you were going to wear on the very same day. Flattering yes but you wish they would pick a look that says them and not a copy of you.
Your blog looks so cute!
Why Thank You! It hasn't always looked like what you see today. I have gone from two columns to three and for a moment thought of one column but changed my mind, I added flash items and then wanted a cleaner looks so removed a bunch of items. I did how ever know that pink, black, and white would be my theme colors and that hasn't changed too much. A blog takes a lot of dedication and long hours. I’ve pulled out my old wallpapers, logos, and buttons to show you the transformation my blog has gone through in just one year!
Here’s a trip down memory lane…
The logo also went from:
Simply put this blog has been a lot of work and has changed often from it’s inception.