Blogging Tips for Beginners

Welcome to the new Pencils and Pancakes! Today I am sharing some blogging tips for beginners…like me! I am so excited to share with you guys the new design for Pencils and Pancakes…..it has been a long time coming! I went from WordPress.com to self-hosted about a month ago and waited until I found an affordable designer that fit my needs to design my new site. This was what I really wanted when going self hosted and I’m so glad I finally did!

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The site is done by Kate over at Elevenses Designs … if you are looking for an affordable designer who also does an awesome job I highly recommend her. Kate basically kept me in the loop every step of the way. Her email responses were almost instantaneous…. and she never went ahead with the project unless I was 100% happy with everything…which I am! She worked hard to make sure I got exactly what I wanted.

paleoCheck out my new “paleo” section

I never thought in a million years I’d be running my own website…however here I am. I love blogging, the people I’ve connected with through blogging, the entire community and every opportunity that it’s created for me. I still consider myself technology challenged. I won’t lie- going to self-hosted has been a challenge! I still have SO much to learn about everything. I am seriously behind on so many things. Blogging has proven to become a full time job on the weekend and my husband is a saint for putting up with my long computer hours!

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That being said…I am LITERALLY at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to knowledge about this whole running a website thing…and I wanted to share some blogging tips for beginners that have been a great help to me. If you’re not on self-hosted yet but thinking about it, check out these resources. I’m not saying it’s all a walk in the park, but if I can do it I’m gonna go ahead and say anyone can.

The SITS girls <<GREAT blogging website

WP Beginner <videos, tutorials….the original post that I used to move myself over. They also offer a free blog transfer. I was too paranoid about it…it just seemed too good to be true. I ended up just doing it myself.

Moving from WordPress to self hosted by Mangoes and Miles << she put it in “normal people” language

Launch a Self-Hosted Blog in 8 minutes << Instead of paying WordPress $100 to switch over, or hire someone to do it, I literally used this video to transfer from WordPress.com to .org

Blogging Resources by The Lean Green Bean

150+ Food Blogging Tips

Hope that these resources help if you’re considering the switch, or just looking for ways to grow your blog. I OBVIOUSLY am not an expert, but what I’ve found helpful are articles that are in “normal people” language……and not some crazy technology jargon.

Happy Blogging!

What are your favorite blogging resources?

What is your favorite thing about being self hosted?

What are the best plug-ins to have??? Still need tips!

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10 thoughts on “Blogging Tips for Beginners

  1. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    Love the new site! So fresh and inviting! I’ve been blogging for just under two years now and still feel like i’m in the beginning stages! There is so much to be constantly learning and to be honest, I haven’t put much effort in to mastering the job. I do it for fun and enjoy where I’m at now but now it’s time to make some changes. Alysia from Slim Sanity offers some great blogging tips every so often if you don’t follow her you should! http://slimsanity.com/
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  2. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance

    😆 It’s looking so great!!! I like the fonts that you picked and the simple layout.

    Good to know that you found those sites helpful in switching. Those are literally the EXACT ones that I have been looking at and it’s good to know they worked! I found Goins Writer’s video to be great and Recipe Girl is such a fantastic blogger so I already had pinned a bunch of those resources from the first time I read that post 🙂 And Lindsay’s Bean Bytes are the best for blogging tips! I love her long blogging resource list too.

    Katy Widrick always has great blogging tips. So does Averie Cooks on her FAQ page… and Carrots N Cake, Minimalist Baker and Pinch of Yum. I’m sure there is more, but that’s all I can think of now 😀
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  3. Karey @ Nutty About Health

    Love the new look!! Congrats!! 🙂
    I like being self-hosted since it just allows more freedom… best plug-in to have would probably be Comment Reply since it’s so nice to give readers notification that their comment got a reply. Took me awhile to find that one, but SO glad I did. 🙂
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