Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blog Tips Linky Party

Jane at Cottage at the Crossroads and 
Ann On Sutton Place are Launching a new linky party this Monday....

Gold Medal Blogging Tips

I haven't been blogging a very long time, but I will share some of the tips that have helped me. Hope you can look at all the party participants and glean some helpful hints. Here goes:

 Your Pictures are the Eye-Candy for Your Blog

They should grab attention and then tell your story.
I don't have the funds at the moment for an expensive camera,
 but I read and check all kinds of places about how to take pretty pictures....
then I edit and re-size in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

 Elements is the cheaper, dumbed-down version of Photoshop.....I LOVE it!  But, don't despair, you don't have to learn how to use a software program.There are many photo-edit websites that are free that you can use...experiment until you find one that you like.

Below is one of my pictures used in a template that I downloaded, opened in PSE  and used the color picker to make a colorbar. Loads of fun! You can get this template free from The CoffeeShop Blog 

There are loads of free blog and picture layouts, actions, textures, brushes that you can download and use to make your pictures interesting.

 Here is a partial list.

You have the option of creating your own blog headers....
I REALLY enjoy doing mine every season....sometimes every month....and matching the tags on the!

For a short tutorial showing how to create what I  call a "barely there" header go here.

Mary at Little Red House has a linky party... 
Mosaic Monday [and instructions for making a collage].

Be the Best You that You Can Be

Some days you will be a little frazzled....

Some days you will be Singin' In the Rain....

But....don't be a drama queen ALL the time....[smile]....

Your blog should be just as unique as you are so relax and celebrate your uniqueness!

It is entirely too frustrating to try to thank someone for a kind comment or to answer a question and find this<> !


Easy fix....I like easy!
Go to your dashboard. Click edit user profile.Check show my e-mail address. Save. Done!

 Check your Word Verification!!!

Keep sidebars neat and tidy
I don't care for a lot of stuff crowding my sidebars so I found an alternative followers gadget.
To remove the bulky followers list go to this site-

Goldilocks and the Three Bloggers
Read this for loads of tips and a few laughs.

Be social and get to know other folks by joining to linky parties!

You can meet new people and attract viewers to your blog. This is how it works-
 A blog will host a link party, usually on a particular topic. You are invited to add your relevant post link to the list for others to see. Click on the title of your post and copy the web address for the actual post...not your whole blog. 
Visit and comment....make new friends. Look at my linky party list below. I never link to all of them each week. I only link to the ones that my particular post is relevant to. The ones I can take the time to peruse and meet other wonderful bloggy friends.

 Some weeks I don't have time to link to ANY! I know BAD Audrey!

most of you have a lot more expertise and knowledge to share than I do....
won't you join us at Jane's Cottage at the Crossroads and Anne On Sutton Place to party?
Get the code here for the Blog Hop.

Hope your week is amazingly wonderful!

 Blessings, Audrey

Mosaic Monday at
Make It Pretty at the Dedicated House
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Metamorphosis Monday at
Show It Off Monday at Get Outta My Head Please
CowgirlUp Tuesday at CedarHill
Knick of Time Tuesday at
Tablescape Tuesday at
Tuesday’s Treasures at
Transformation Tuesday at The Ironstone Nest
Turning The Daunting Into the Do-able at
My Favorite Things at
Wednesday is Rednesday at
What’s It Wednesday at
Open House Party at
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Pearls and Lace Thursday at
Share Your Cup Thursday at
Tablescape Thursday at
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasurehunt Thursday at frommyfrontporchtoyours.blogspot.
Air Your Laundry at
Freestyle Friday at
Home Sweet Home at
Kiss Me I'm Irish at I Gotta Create
Show and Tell Friday at
Simple and Sweet Friday's at Rooted In Thyme
Pink Saturday at
Sunday’s Best at
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

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