Things I’ve Learned Blogging

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I ♥ blogging.

I actually started this blog sometime last summer.  I played around with it for a few weeks, and then I got busy with other stuff, and then I forgot about it.  I didn’t pick it back up until a few months ago, and this time, I decided to really do the thing.  I read a bunch of articles and posts about blogging, I made goals for myself, I bought a fancy camera, and after a few weeks of working on my content, I was hooked!

I realized the reason I was loving it so much, was because I was learning so much.  My mind was engaged, and I was acquiring new skills. Cool right?  So this week, I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I am learning (key word is: learning, I have not mastered ANY of these things), and I also want to share some of my favorite resources 🙂

As a blogger, I have gained a lot of new skills! In this post, I share my favorite places to learn more about designing graphics, HTML,, social media marketing and photography! All things we need to learn to really excel as bloggers.

Graphic Design

I have been working hard on my graphics, yo!  I have read, repeatedly, that it is aaaaaaall about having a pin-worthy graphic.  If you take a look at some of my original posts, they suck.  I mean honestly, the pictures are kinda terrible and they are not at all eye-catching.  I mean, I wouldn’t pin them if they weren’t you know, um, mine, for reals, BUT I am getting better! My main featured image on my post about Savannah is probably my favorite so far, and I am starting to notice a difference on my Pinterest stats as well. (updating all of the old graphics is on my crazy long blog to do list)

I mostly use Snappa for my editing and creating.  It does everything that I know how want to do.  I found the tutorial videos to be very helpful, and they send periodic emails with little lessons and ideas as well.  I have considered upgrading to the pro version, but so far the free has fulfilled all of my needs.  I hope to continue to get better and faster at making my images, and I really hope to keep expanding my Pinterest reach.

How to Create an Image in Less Than One Minute from Snappa on Vimeo.

Social Media Marketing

Rocking social media is a work in progress.  Before I started blogging, I had a personal facebook page,  and my Pinterest had a few messy personal boards.  Now, I have a twitter, a blog Facebook page, a Google+ profile, an Instagram, and I have added several group boards to my Pinterest which I upgraded to a business account.  I have also joined a few blogging facebook groups and started sharing on Stumbleupon. Whew!  I haven’t even begun to look at Periscope, Snapchat or Reddit yet!

Social media can get overwhelming quickly.  I am trying to work on a good strategy because I often find myself spending too much time on Instagram.  I have been working on applying a few of the tips found here, but I am also considering one of the automated programs to help me post at regular intervals.

Tweet: “Six months ago, I knew nothing Jon Snow. So I am super proud of myself!” http://ctt.ec/BL_co+ @daralikesara“Six months ago, I knew nothing Jon Snow. So I am super proud of myself!” 


I do not claim to know a ton about coding.  I actually know very very little about it, but 6 months ago I knew nothing Jon Snow, so I am super proud of myself all the same.  Right now, my skill level is “I can copy and paste some code that someone else provides for me”, BUT there was this one time that I was adding a little “featured blogger” button to a post, and I wanted it to be centered.  I had no idea how to do that, but then I saw a bit in the code that said “left-aligned” and I deleted it and typed in “center” AND IT WORKED!  The little button was centered in the page just like I wanted! That was a super proud moment for me. It’s the little things, right?

Have your own super proud coding moment with these handy tips:




I love my fancy camera. It takes amazing pictures and it has all these fun buttons and dials, but I don’t really know how to use my fancy camera.  I can’t even say I am working very hard at it though because I mostly just leave it on auto. I know. I know. UGH! I promised myself that I wouldn’t! I said, “what is the point in paying for all these buttons and knobs if I am just gonna leave it on auto all the time”. I’m the worst, and my aunt even gave me a good photography tutorial DVD that I haven’t even cracked open yet.

Although I have been lax on learning to properly use my camera, I have been learning more about staging photos and properly lighting a shot. There is a wealth of free photography information out there!  This post from the Sitsgirls has SO many tips and tricks, I still haven’t finished going through all of it. 🙂

Here are a few practice shots (my kids love being little models for me):

Blogging has taught me a lot of new skills from social media marketing to graphic design. In this post I share some of my favorite resources!

Things I have learned blogging

How about you? Has blogging taught you any new skills lately?

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  • Reply halfa1000miles August 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Blogging has a much higher learning curve than I expected (started mine last week of December 2015). Sometimes i ask myself why in the world I am doing this. And then I meet people like you and I remember 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      aww <3 I love the blogging community. Everyone is so encouraging and helpful, and there are people like you that are super awesome and hilarious!

  • Reply Patti Haus August 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I just started a blog as well. It’s a huge learning curve, isn’t it??? But I agree with that it’s fun to be engaged and learn new things. I am having a blast and that’s what matters, right?
    Your writing style is fun and informative ?

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Having fun is the key! If it isn’t fun, then what is the point???

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Ruth August 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve been blogging for a year. I’ve done a lot more writing than photography. What you said about non-pintest worthy pics has me thinking I ought to try a little harder in that area. (I did get some great photos last spring when the azaleas were blooming! I need to do that more often.)
    I also want to watch the tutorial and check out some of your links, so I’m bookmarking this page so I can come back to it.
    Great pics of your kids! I love the way the water droplets are hanging in the air so real-to-life! 🙂
    Happy blogging!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

      I am glad you found something helpful! I keep reading that you need to have at least one “Pin” on each post, and make sure you fill in the alt description because that is what populates when people pin the image. I have been trying to make sure I have at least one good graphic per post since reading those articles, but it is time consuming.

      The Snappa tutorials are great! There are a few more on the website that go more in depth on various topics.

  • Reply Kendall August 8, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Blogging really can be so much fun! I know I’ve learned (am constantly learning) all these things. I have also learned more about myself and not only how I do make things happen, but also what really works best for me. I found that I’m even more adaptable to certain things. 🙂 Congrats on your blog and here’s to happy travels! 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I have also found I am learning things about myself 🙂 It’s pretty cool right?

  • Reply Carly August 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    This is awesome – I love the “I can copy and paste code that someone else provides for me” thing! HA! That is SO me. I even chose a drag and drop builder theme so I could totally, completely, avoid code. I think the number one thing I have learned from blogging is that if i want something, I need to make it happen. It’s ok for me to say “coding is so freaking far over my head that I’m downing in it”, but it’s not ok for me to give up. (Sooooooon… I will learn why everyone else has a picture with their comments and I am invisible. Gravatar is set up. I dunno. lol)

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 10, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      “If I want something, I need to make it happen” I am beginning to feel like this applies to everything in life now, right? I mean you can basically watch a youtube tutorial and learn just about anything….well maybe not heart surgery (I mean there are videos but no one is gonna let me practice). So anything I am interested in learning google has the answer!

      • Reply Carly August 11, 2016 at 12:42 am

        YES! Anything! lol. But especially the hard things, like blogging. and heart surgery. If you want to be a heart surgeon I’m sure you can make it happen 😉

        • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm

          Nah…I stick to blogging. Heart surgery looks a little messy ;D

  • Reply Bekah Rigby August 31, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    So, yeah, I *know* I need to be doing all these various things if I want my blog to be anything that even remotely resembles an Internet success, but dammit, it’s hard enough to just write the damn posts, let alone promote them.
    The one thing I feel like I *should* actually do is the whole Pinterest thing. People swear by it. But this is my thing: How the hell do my posts fit in with Pinterest?
    “10 Ways To Tell If Your Vagina Is Too Beefy”
    See? It’s weird, right? And nobody is out there searching Pinterest for “beefy vaginas.” They’re out there pinning “beef recipes,” and I don’t think they’re going to be too pleased if my post pops up right alongside a stroganoff recipe.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      I think stumbleupon would work really well for you because you are HUH-larious. Also, there are humor boards and stuff on pinterest, but you might just need to be selective with your hashtags/keywords. Although, people might want beefy vaginas next to their stroganoff…it might help them when they are ahem stroganoff. I will see myself out 😀

      • Reply Bekah Rigby September 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm

        THAT is brilliant.
        You are my favorite person IN THE WHOLE WORLD right now.

        • Reply darabre@gmail.com September 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

          Aw, you appreciate my terrible humor! We are destined to be BFFs 4-evah!

  • Reply Lauren Livesay October 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I’m reading this post two months late, but I can really relate to it. I’m trying to get the blog thing going…some days I am obsessed with it, but other days my “real job” takes priority. I enjoy learning from other bloggers such as yourself! Keep up the good work.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com October 4, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you!!

      It is tough to balance when you have a full-time job and a family, right? I am trying to figure that out myself. I swear my to-do list is overwhelming, and if I think about it too long, I start hyperventilating!

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