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How to Start a Blog

A primer.

Illustration by Caitlin

I’m a blogger, and my friends are always asking me how to start one. I usually tell them that I was blessed with mine via immaculate conception, but they never believe me. When I first started my blog in 2008, I didn’t have a lot of friends who were interested in talking about runway shows or the music that I really liked, but I knew I wanted to talk about those things somewhere.

If you’re a writer—or what I call a “sharer”—you’ll no doubt love blogging. I like to write, but more important, I like to share. I like to share things that I’ve discovered, I like to share my opinions on a movie that I’m really into at the moment, or a book I just read. Luckily, right at the time I began blogging, a bunch of other young girls across the country were doing the same thing. I was able to interact with an awesome community, one that in part evolved into what you know as Rookie today.

So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, but aren’t completely sure how to go about it, welcome to Madame Cills’s Blogging Institute for Girls.*

Decide what your blog is going to be about.

First things first! Your blog can be about anything you want, like politics or romantic comedies or every little thing your next-door neighbor does as you watch them creepily from your window. It’s a common misconception that blogs are just online diaries, or that every blogger is an aspiring Carrie Bradshaw. Untrue! Blogs can be a place where you write about what happened during the day, or what’s going on in your life, but the topics and themes are endless. Your blog can consist of funny pictures of your cat. If you feel passionate about Downton Abbey, you can dedicate your blog to Lady Grantham’s zingers. Or maybe you just want to write about music? So post your own reviews. One time, I started a blog consisting of screencaps of conversations between myself and my fellow Rookie Gabby. (It’s a really good blog—probably the best one out there.) The point is: the possibilities are endless!

Pick a platform.

Not all blogging platforms are the same. There are a lot of platforms out there right now, but these are some of my favorites:

Blogger
This completely free blogging site is home to the blogs of a lot of Rookie writers, including Arabelle and Laia. And, of course, I’m sure we’re all familiar with Style Rookie, Tavi’s infamous tribute to Shawn from Boy Meets World. And that’s only a few of them!

Blogger is extremely user-friendly, and if you don’t know much about HTML and coding, it’s easily customizable. I would recommend Blogger to those who tend to write lengthier posts, often with several different components, like images and video. While most blogging platforms are becoming more minimalist and image-driven—Tumblr and Pinterest don’t tend to feature much text—Blogger stands out as a solid platform for writers. You create an account, pick a template, and compose an entry by writing directly in the text box, no coding necessary. Most templates follow a basic format: title at the top, a large section for your post, and a sidebar for links and pictures. Hit the little picture icon to insert a picture, hit the little link icon to insert a link—it’s easy.

Tumblr
I love Tumblr. It’s equally easy to use, and you can upload video, MP3s, and photos to the site in seconds. I wouldn’t recommend Tumblr if you want to write long posts that incorporate a lot of different forms of media, because most Tumblr posts are really short. It’s also more difficult to mix media in one post, like including an MP3 AND video. But if you mainly want to post pictures, Tumblr might be the best platform for you. Many long-form blogs and websites have Tumblrs as their simple sidekicks. (For example, if you read Rookie, you’ll no doubt want to follow our Tumblr for extra content.) In the Tumblr feed, all of your posts and the posts of others that you follow are listed in chronological order in one continuous stream. You can re-blog other people’s posts or “heart” them, which allows for a lot of interaction among bloggers.

LiveJournal
LiveJournal is a website for, you guessed it, online journals. The great thing about it is that you can choose very specifically whom you do and don’t want viewing your blog or even specific posts, whereas with other blogs you would have to make all posts private or password-protected. My favorite part about LiveJournal is the communities. A community is “a journal where many users post entries about a similar topic.” I live and die for online fashion content communities like Mixologies and Foto_decadent (which I’m not linking to because it has an adult content notice!) that allow me to look at editorials from magazines all over the world.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Wanna know a secret? Rookie is made using WordPress. IS YOUR MIND BLOWN!? Anyway, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are pretty different for a few reasons. WordPress.org isn’t for novice bloggers. First of all, you need to find an internet-hosting service and then download the WordPress software to your computer. It’s definitely difficult to customize and set up for someone who doesn’t know anything about coding, blogging, or building a website. If you ARE familiar with these things and want more control of where and how your blog content is stored, then WordPress.org might be something to consider. The best thing about using WordPress.org is that you’re in complete control of your site, so you can authenticate commenters and fully control spam. It’s also an open-source software, which means it;s free! It gives you a lot more freedom, but that freedom requires some experience.

If your head is throbbing with the thought of building something from scratch, there’s WordPress.com, which is more like Blogger. It’s free and easy to use, so there won’t be any tears on your laptop as you try to figure out how to make all your links hot pink when you hover over them. Which brings me to my next piece of advice…

Make your blog look effing sweet.

Truth: people like good-looking websites. I’m a very visual person, so when I started my blog, personalizing its aesthetic was important to me. Being able to easily manipulate your layout is very useful. Don’t be afraid to pick a standard layout, and then fool around with sizing and colors. One of my favorite music blogs, Fluxblog, has a minimalist design and is easy to navigate. One of my favorite art and design blogs, Booooooom, features a changing header and multicolored links. And It’s Nice That breaks the usual format of posts on one side, sidebar on the other, by including tiny, square-shaped previews that you click on to access the full post.

This is why I strongly suggest learning a little bit of HTML. Most blogging services (such as the ones I’ve listed above) can be customized using HTML. People have made their Tumblrs look and feel like professional websites, but it’s just coding that does the trick. If you’re reading a blog and you like the way it looks, right-click (control-click on a Mac) and hit “View Page Source” or “View Source” and you’ll get the HTML coding for the blog’s layout. Don’t steal it, but use it as a guideline.

Finally, my 10 commandments for blogging.

1. Thou shalt not spew anonymous hate in comment sections, because that’s really immature and terrible.

2. Honor thy fellow bloggers and re-blog with proper credit! Whether you’re re-blogging a work of art or a piece of text, always give credit to the original source.

3. Thou shalt not feature music that plays automatically, because that’s just annoying. Sorry!

4. Make thy blog easy to read and use. No complicated Flash animation on thy blog!

5. Thou shalt not judge the success of one’s blog by the number of comments or followers. It can take time to gain a readership.

6. Thou shalt not ask aggressively for link exchanges from other bloggers.

7. Title thy blog wisely. Snuffle Pug Fashion Kisses might get tiresome after a while.

8. Thou shalt not assume that everyone on the web is who he or she says they are. I don’t want to sound like a mom, but seriously: trust your instincts, and beware of randos!

9. Thou shalt respect the privacy of other people! Blogs give you an outlet to write, but it doesn’t make you a journalist. It can be unethical to share information about people who don’t want that information given to the public.

10. Thou shalt exercise caution, for what’s on the internet is there FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.

Now join the party, and I wish ye good luck on your journey through the world wide web. ♦

* Coming soon

121 Comments

  • Abby November 5th, 2012 3:23 PM

    I clicked on that link expecting to get a blog full of cats and it was an article about how Sady likes dogs better. You’re mean… lol.

    Anyway, this is great!

  • bookworm123 November 5th, 2012 3:30 PM

    Honor on you, honor on your family, honor on your cow!
    But seriously, I have dabbled in blogging-stuff, and it is so helpful to have someone just tell you, “these things work, this is a good way to do things.”
    Thank you Hazel!

  • missblack November 5th, 2012 3:34 PM

    Geez this would have been so helpful a year and a half ago!! Haha. I had to learn all of this stuff by trial and error – especially the bit about blog design. (and I’d also like to REALLY EMPHASIZE commandment number 2 because a ton of bloggers don’t credit images and etc. and that is not good for ANYONE.)

    Little&Trivial

  • deuxiemesexe November 5th, 2012 3:35 PM

    Love this article! I’m glad to say that I’m a dedicated follower of(fashion) Hazel’s blog since 2009, but never had enough determination to keep my blog alive :(

  • HollinsCollins November 5th, 2012 3:38 PM

    Yay for blogs because I love them, even though I don’t have one.
    My favorite blog (aside from Rookie) is crying while eating. (So hi Katrina if you see this!!!)

  • Isil November 5th, 2012 3:46 PM

    Oh, it is a very useful article. I’ve just started my blog on WordPress.com and I am writing about things that I like. For example, I write posts about Doctor Who when I really like the episode. I sometimes post my drawings to my blog, sometimes some photos of people that I like. It’s simply a blog based on me. I started it like a 2-3 months ago.

    If you are a WordPresser, please follow me Rookies! Actually if you are not then you can follow me anonymously I guess.

    http://isilnoir.wordpress.com

  • Sasssquatch November 5th, 2012 3:48 PM

    HEY! Whoever makes a blog, I would LOVE to make more blogger friends, this isnt a shameless self promotion, I actually really want to start interacting with more friends! My blog is called sasssquatch.com LETS BE FWENDZ

  • mayaautumn November 5th, 2012 3:54 PM

    thou shalt obey these blogging rules.

    this is so good! i used to have blogspot but now i use tumblr cause i find it easier and better and i prefer the layout.

    http://mayathapapaya.tumblr.com

  • ItsKelsey November 5th, 2012 3:55 PM

    This is great! I use tumblr for delirious procrastinating and wordpress for my design portfolio. If you were planning on continuing this article as a series, a cool idea would be to show how to actually buy your domain name and all of that to own the rights to your own website!

  • Kathryn November 5th, 2012 4:00 PM

    Well now I’m just thinking about Shawn Hunter’s outfits

  • ijustreallylikebands November 5th, 2012 4:06 PM

    Even though I’ve already started my blog, it’s fairly new so this is pretty helpful! I can always count on Rookie!(◡‿◡✿)

    http://www.glitterycatqueen.blogspot.com

  • mdoodle13 November 5th, 2012 4:09 PM

    When will Madame Cills’s Blogging Institute for Girls be open? My Tumblr needs help!

  • DreamBoat November 5th, 2012 4:11 PM

    HAZEL, YOU’RE RAD.
    Way wish I would’ve had this when I started my blog a while back, but BLOGGING IS SO FUN AND AWESOME EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT. Plus you can meet fun people (unless they are crazy creepo stalkers, don’t meet those people) <3
    And I really needed the piece of advice about judging your blog based on readers/comments. It can really feel ~suckish~ when you feel like you're blogging for like, 6 people, and that every thing you write is lame, so that little thought lifted me up <3 <3 <3

    http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com

    • DreamBoat November 5th, 2012 4:20 PM

      Oh, I’d also love it if people would comment on this telling me their blog addresses! I’d love to find some new blogs, so I’ll totally visit anyone that wants me to! <3

      http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com

      • I.ila November 5th, 2012 4:56 PM

        Hi! i don’t know if you meant tumblrs too, but mine is eightknot.tumblr.com. it’s pretty new, (like, four months old) and i’m working on the layout and background too… anyway, i post a lot of edward gorey, rookie photos, feminist cats… and there’s fezzesetcetera.tumblr.com too, which is basically a doctor who blog. anyway, i’d like some blogs to follow! (i hope that this doesn’t come off as shameless self promotion. but it sort of is. oh well.)

        • moonchild November 5th, 2012 6:04 PM

          is there a way to follow a tumblr if i don’t have a tumblr? CUZ THAT DR WHO BLOG SOUNDS MIGHTY COOL.

          love,
          gwen

          http://under-a-bridge.blogspot.com/

        • I.ila November 5th, 2012 6:27 PM

          YAY ANOTHER WHOVIAN IM SO HAPPY. anyway, i don’t think there’s any way to follow a tumblr without creating a tumblr. but you can make a tumblr and not post anything on it. This, however, is how i started with tumblr and now i’m sort of obsessed, so be careful.
          Also, if you’re looking for other doctor tumblrs, the official doctor who tumblr is amazing.
          YAY FOR ROOKIE WHOVIANS!!!!!!

        • DreamBoat November 6th, 2012 1:26 AM

          AHHH I LOVE UR TUMBLR <3 <3
          i would love more Tumblrs to follow! Mine is http://hellolittledaisy.tumblr.com

          AND YAY, SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION FOR ALL <3

      • Mary the freak November 5th, 2012 5:26 PM

        You recently commented on my blog and it was sooi cute, thank you! Your blog rules.

        http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

      • Kathryn November 5th, 2012 5:36 PM

        I would love to find blog friends too!
        I started a blog in August (2nd attempt) but I haven’t really STARTED it yet if you know what I mean but I’M GONNA GET AROUND TO IT.
        Anyways, it’s http://http://casualhopelessness.blogspot.com

        and I have a tumblr also:
        http://http://whimsicalbutabsurd.tumblr.com

        • Kathryn November 5th, 2012 5:37 PM

          whoops I don’t know how the http:// thing got in there twice but you know what I mean!

        • moonchild November 5th, 2012 6:02 PM

          HEI CAN I ADD MY BLOG LINK HERE?

          http://under-a-bridge.blogspot.com/

          so yeah thanks check eet out :)

          also, great article and i love your blog, hazel, and also birdiewearsatie (heyy there!)

          love,
          Gwen

      • Moxx November 5th, 2012 6:09 PM

        I’m
        forbidden-planet.tumblr.com
        but am currently on hiatus because of schoolwork

        • TinaBallerina November 6th, 2012 3:43 AM

          Wee, great article! Maybe I should start a proper blog someday!!

          Mine is latteandballet.tumblr.com :)

    • TessaTheTeenageWitch November 6th, 2012 2:14 AM

      ALL OF THESE NEW TUMBLRS TO FOLLOW!
      Mine is http://the-tree-witches.tumblr.com/ but I have auto-playing music. Is that uncool? OMG.

      Also I rlly need to start a proper blog-ing type blog.

      Thanks Hazel YOU ROCK.

      <3

    • Tasya November 6th, 2012 8:40 AM

      I LOVE DOCTOR WHO AS WELL. also, i’m overwhelmed by all these blogs, my laptop is starting to lag hahaha. check out mine too! (if you want to..)

      http://vaguevisions.blogspot.com/

      GOSH i love how everyone’s sharing their urls, it’s like an internet party or something

  • Taylor WM November 5th, 2012 4:23 PM

    This is so good – I could have done with this in the summer when I started mine, but still, immensely helpful! :)
    Also, big fan of the Downton Abbey reference, being the true Brit I am ;) hahah Great post :)
    Taylor x
    http://www.whitemoth.co.uk

  • I.ila November 5th, 2012 4:24 PM

    Yes. Tumblr time is definitely de-stressing time for me, because i have very few followers and i just post stuff i like. I wish i had the determination to start a real blog because that would be fun, but i have a feeling i would barely post. I really want more rookie tumblr friends! I feel like it can sometimes be hard to find people that you really appreciate and have similar likes with though.

  • 28lover November 5th, 2012 4:35 PM

    Thanx great infomation BTW i have my own blog if anyone wants to check it out… :)

    http://sweetcandyflossdreams.wordpress.com

  • jenaimarley November 5th, 2012 4:39 PM

    Thanks Hazel!
    I love the idea of blogs and blogging but I’ve never had the time or devotion to actually dive in.
    I may use this when I go on a gap year exchange though, because blogging is such an amazing way to record and share that type of thing!

    Does anyone know if any of these platforms are legal in China (Facebook/tumblr aren’t…)?

    • alena November 5th, 2012 8:15 PM

      Hey jenaimarley,
      I’m living in china, and I can get onto tumblr with no trouble. For Facebook, and some other platforms like blogspot or wordpess, you’ll need a VPN/proxy, but not for tumblr.

      http://alena-cover.tumblr.com/

      • jenaimarley November 5th, 2012 10:28 PM

        Aww cool! thanks! :D
        Where in China are you?
        I don’t have a tumblr yet and thought it might be kind of restricting for all the writing etc I want to put on there…but I dunno…Would Blogger work maybe?

  • catpower44 November 5th, 2012 4:56 PM

    I wish I had this article in March! I have a blog, and I absolutely LOVE blogging. It’s like a creative outlet for me.

  • RainingMiceAndMen November 5th, 2012 5:14 PM

    Blogging is the best because it’s a great way to just chill out and think about what was important about the last few days. I find it quite relaxing.

    rainingmiceandmen.blogspot.com

  • Mary the freak November 5th, 2012 5:19 PM

    I have been blogging for five months now, and starting a blog was one of the best things I ever did for me. It is so much fun to share your thoughts and feelings with others. I made some awesome friends out there in the blogosphere, swapped zines and stuff. It actually was rookie and tavi who inspired and encouraged me in some way to just do it. I love love love the community of rookies there, as said earlier, I got to know the most amazing people. Amd yes, blogging is SO much work, but I love it cuz I get so many positive response and it is just awesome. It encourages you, makes you more self-confident and helps you to develope your own style.
    I am using Blogger and made the whole layout by myself, incl. header. I really recommend Blogger, it’s easy and really cool. Tumblr is not for me, as I realy want to write long posts…
    This article was really helpful! Thank you for sharing this awesome stuff with us!!!
    at this point, thank you rookie. and rookies. I love you guys.
    If you wanna check out my blog (come on, I know you want to…)

    http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

    • DreamBoat November 5th, 2012 6:35 PM

      Oh, god, I love your blog! I have to remember to follow you, you are totally fabulous!

      AND AHHH, YES! Tavi was the reason I started my blog. She also encouraged me to be more ~style courageous~ and is a major source of inspiration. Plus, I found out about so many movies/artists/bands through her and basically i owe her for a bunch of my current existence?
      ANYWAYS, LUVZ TO TAVI FROM EVERYONE IN THE UNIVERSE

      • Kathryn November 5th, 2012 9:17 PM

        samez about the tavi thing
        HI TAVI YOU RULE

  • honeychurch November 5th, 2012 5:24 PM

    This is a handy wee guide for the first time blogger. I’ve had mine for 2.5 years now, and it doesn’t have a substantial audience, but I heartily agree on the sharing aspect of blogs. A few of my ~real life friends slyly read my blog and are quite interested to stumble across my diverse interests and we talk about it over tea! I’m not sure how to expand my audience, but i mainly use it to cement friendships with other bloggers, and i’m satisified with that so far!

    http://vagabondlanguage.blogspot.com

  • laris November 5th, 2012 5:33 PM

    I want another blog after this post D:

  • yourenotfunny November 5th, 2012 6:27 PM

    I’ve wanted to make a blog for a while, then I’m like, no, that would be dumb… but this article and a spurt of optimism inspired me :)

    trustedfaces.blogspot.com

  • mads November 5th, 2012 6:29 PM

    AH downton abbey reference FINALLY! <3

    • HollinsCollins November 5th, 2012 7:03 PM

      I KNOW RIGHT???

  • jessthetics November 5th, 2012 6:44 PM

    I’ve just started blogging, and it’s so much fun, but there’s still so much to learn! I love blogs that have great photos and a great layout. Thanks for the tips :)

    http://www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

  • jesus_chan November 5th, 2012 6:58 PM

    ohmygaaaawd tumblr is the bomb diggity, because depending on the people you follow you can gain knowledge of SO MANY SOCIAL ISSUES
    like the upcoming election has been all over my dash, and I’m not even American!

    http://chemical-butter.tumblr.com/

  • PaolaB November 5th, 2012 7:07 PM

    I use wordpress for my blog! It’s really easy to use, and yes my mind was totally blown that rookie is used with wordpress.

    http://www.septemberandfriends.wordpress.com

  • Eryn November 5th, 2012 7:27 PM

    Ahh, this article is fantastic. I started blogging in the summer, it’s so much fun! I still don’t know anything about html codes, or pretty much… anything. But oh well.
    Also, I love it when people add their blog urls to Rookie comments, because everyone is so awesome! sooo…

    http://fashionfledge.blogspot.ca/

    • Nomali November 7th, 2012 9:12 AM

      Hi Eryn, I wanted to included in my comment that I found your blog through a comment you left here on Rookie but I though it’d be too odd. I changed my mind when I saw this. Thanks for reigniting my need to document days using a disposable camera.

      I’ll stop typing now

  • AnaRuiz November 5th, 2012 7:41 PM

    So many blog links open on my dashboard.

    anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

  • Tiger November 5th, 2012 7:52 PM

    Hazel this is amazing. Please make Madame Cills’s Blogging Institue for Girls a real thing, that would be lovely :)

  • alena November 5th, 2012 8:08 PM

    This post is too perfect. I’d been putting off starting a blog because I thought it would take too much time to maintain, but I did it anyway, about a month ago, and I’m glad. It’s quick and easy, and a great way to write about what I’m doing and what I’m interested in.

    I’m an aspiring writer/artist/adventurer living as a foreigner in china. Find me here:
    http://alena-cover.tumblr.com/

  • KatiFingers November 5th, 2012 8:20 PM

    lol I love the part about automatic music! I’m usually already listening to my own music and surfing for visual treats!

    http://katixvielizabeth.tumblr.com/

  • Lulu November 5th, 2012 8:33 PM

    Hazel, I read your piece on the internet in Oyster yesterday afternoon, and I just wanted to say that you’re actually just so snazzy.

  • Tulip November 5th, 2012 9:39 PM

    Great post.
    If anyone wants to, check out my semi-new blog.

    http://tulip-agate.blogspot.com/

  • Lascelles November 5th, 2012 10:00 PM

    Style a:hover color:pink :>

    http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/sel_hover.asp

  • krissyt November 5th, 2012 10:04 PM

    thanx

    http://krissytuason.blogspot.com/

  • angusyoung4eva November 5th, 2012 10:56 PM

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much!!! I just started a blog over the summer about my pursuits as an Electrical Engineering Major and I don’t have a following at all. I really just want to learn from others and make my blog the best it can be for me. I also love so many of the blogs that girls on Rookie and the Rookie readers have! :)

    http://www.ee2be.com/

  • Yani November 5th, 2012 11:44 PM

    thank you hazel!!!!!!

  • LilySew November 6th, 2012 12:07 AM

    Love the advice :D I used tumblr for 2 years straight but felt it restricted me in the way of lengthy text posts (people tend to just scroll past them on tumblr). So my friend and I made a blogspot!

    http://rebeccaandlillian.blogspot.com.au/

  • Gabby November 6th, 2012 12:38 AM

    “GABBY ON ICHAT IS THE BEST BLOG EVER!” – everyone

    • Kathryn November 6th, 2012 5:15 PM

      omg no seriously you are hilarious
      I LUV UR TWITTER

  • Majel November 6th, 2012 4:05 AM

    In which way is Style Rookie a tribute to Boy Meets World? I don’t know the sitcom, could someone explain?
    Well it surely might get me interested in it!

  • Tasya November 6th, 2012 8:52 AM

    i started a blog in 2007 and kept it til last year, started a tumblr in 2009 (AND WAS COMPLETELY OBSESSED) but i occasionally reblog stuff now so i kinda wanted a fresh start and a new objective (my blogs were kept for annoying rants and whining about how i hate school, life and the people around me and reblogging pointless pictures of cats and models)

    so here’s my new blog:

    http://vaguevisions.blogspot.com/

    and please comment if you happen to check it out so we can be inTernet friendziezzzzzzzz omggggg <3

  • teenager November 6th, 2012 10:22 AM

    I’ve returned to my blog that had been d e a d for 5 months thanks to this post! thnx Hazel xoxox

    http://interstellarsuburbia.wordpress.com/

    • thelionheartedgirl November 7th, 2012 5:29 PM

      I really love the pictures on your blog!!!!

  • Me November 6th, 2012 10:59 AM

    So I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for quite a while now, but had no idea how to start, so this article was really useful! I still haven’t decided what I want to focus on though, there’s so much stuff I want to write about!

  • mismatchedsocks November 6th, 2012 11:48 AM

    THANK YOU HAZEL!!! I’ve been a blogger since I was 10 years old but I’m thinking about making a new one, because frankly the other one is extremely embarrassing. Do the amazing Rookie ladies who write these articles for us have any tips on how to write an introductory post? I would love to see a post on that so much! :) <3 Thank you!

  • evangelinemay November 6th, 2012 1:36 PM

    thanks rookie this is so helpful! i just started a blog a couple of weeks ago and i had no idea how to start! lol
    love the part about downton abbey
    xx
    http://theparadiseinteriors.blogspot.co.uk/

  • larvaa_ November 6th, 2012 3:08 PM

    horrayyyy 4 livin the bloggster lifestyle!! :)
    I have a blog on tumblr (rill-il.tumblr.com) I remember I started it the summer before my freshman year (3 years ago) and im still bloggin my life away lol I love it and I’ve talked to and hopefully meet awesome ppl anddd I hear a lot of different music and bands!

  • FiveDimesForNineLives November 6th, 2012 3:15 PM

    This is like the best thing since…. I don’t know platform shoes came out. I just started my blog and I’ve been like crazy all over the place psycho trying to make it perfect and as awesome as everyone else I’ve seen. this article is totally helpful! Soo umm yeah mos def check out my blog and reply with your blog name cause I know all you guys have rockin’ blogs too!

    My blog: http://five-dimes-for-9-lives.blogspot.com

  • Branchesofthought November 7th, 2012 12:14 AM

    Nice article! :) I’ve just started blogging and I’m looking for other bloggers to interact with!

    My blog isn’t a fashion blog like a lot of the ones posted here are, it’s just a place I write poetry, write letters to my future self and discuss my eating disorder (orthorexia). Here it is if you’d like to have a read :)

    glancesintogestures.blogspot.com

    • Nomali November 7th, 2012 8:59 AM

      I have a tumblr on which I post mostly my original writings and short notes to my soulmate person “Nathan”… This is the first time I’m hearing of orthorexia…

  • Nomali November 7th, 2012 8:55 AM

    I started my blog last year in July and my design is nowhere near what I want it to be but it’ll do until my HTML and design superpowers come in. These commandments are the best! I find blogs that don’t adhere to number three and number two to be turn offs. Thanks Rookie people and thank you Hazel.

    PS: Does anybody know of aCSS tutorial that can help me apply different fonts for my widgets and tabs and things on Blogger? Tweet (@NomsZA) me! Thank you.

    Love from Jo’burg

    • Zebbie January 18th, 2013 12:40 AM

      Google is always your friend. I just started blogging on January 1, but I’m sort of a techie person to begin with. I use other search engines, namely Duck Duck Go and IxQuick (better for privacy).

      Some great CSS tutorials are at w3schools.com. Google Blogger has its own set of tutorials at support.google.com/blogger. You can request help at their newsgroup (forum) site, Google Groups — groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-troubleshoot/topics.

      Other useful sites for help with Google Blogger include Blogger Stop (BloggerStop.net), NiteCruzr’s The Real Blogger Status (NiteCruzr.net), and Dummies.com (website of the “For Dummies” series of how-to books) — dummies.com/how-to/internet/Blogging-Social-Networking/Blogging/Google-Blogger.html.

      Best of luck to you. Hope this helps. :-)

  • booboo November 7th, 2012 8:56 AM

    anyone else into fandom stuff on livejournal? :D

  • rockslita November 7th, 2012 11:42 AM

    I love this article!!

  • Val November 7th, 2012 12:08 PM

    AHH! I love this Hazel (I love your blog too), it’s perfect! :)
    I started blogging last year so this tips are really handy for me!
    Btw, I’ve been looking through all the blogs/tumblr’s on the comment section… WOW! They’re all SOOOO GOOD!
    I’m not as good, still learning new stuff every day!

    http://urbsland.blogspot.com/

  • thelionheartedgirl November 7th, 2012 5:36 PM

    My blog is in Spanish because I’m Argentine. I’m currently planning a layout change.

    http://monologodeunarbol.blogspot.com.ar/

    It works as a personal diary of sorts, there’s no defined theme… Although I’m leaning towards “creativity”, not quite there yet. I still love it :)

  • 3LL3NH November 8th, 2012 10:46 PM

    Thank you very much Hazel; I’ve been meaning to start a …-of-the-week blog for a good five years now, but then blogging went insane and tumblr overshadowed everything-

    much as I love a good tumblr, I avoid it for the most part because it often gets messy, confusing, and full of useless disorganization [and I feel like I'm gonna have a mental breakdown]

    -but this gives me hope, and makes me want to search for the good stuff in the blogging world.

    For now, I have weheartit, twitter, deviantART and goodreads, but ima think about this genius you present to me, and maybe tie it all together. So thanks =)

  • Aimiliona November 9th, 2012 12:39 AM

    This is a great article for beginners…now they should have one for those who can’t seem to keep posting their art on a primarily art portfolio blog. xD

    Here’s mine *shamelessly promoting*! I love Tumblr. x3
    http://confectionsofacreativemind.tumblr.com/

  • disillusionedyouth November 9th, 2012 2:49 AM

    I am such a beginner so any recognition would mean the world!

    http://disillusionenedyouth.blogspot.com/

  • _supernovagirl November 13th, 2012 4:19 AM

    *inspired* thanks.

  • livgodz November 18th, 2012 11:09 AM

    ~woop woop~ this is fab!!! thanks for helping me out with my blog :*
    love me+my blog http://livdoll.blogspot.com

  • marzcapone November 20th, 2012 3:42 AM

    I totally just made this blog, like an hour ago. It’s my first blogspot blog after all my years of lurking!

    http://mothmessage.blogspot.com/

    I just followed almost everyone here on blogspot because you are all such beautiful people.

  • spudzine November 21st, 2012 3:18 PM

    Woah! I love how this is a blog party XD And can I just say THANK YOU ROOKIE FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE !!!!WOOOT!

    http://spudzine.tumblr.com
    http://weirdminoritychick.blogspot.com/

  • Lemons December 5th, 2012 4:43 PM

    I might as well add my little blog here too. (http://visualcoffee.blogspot.se/)
    I adore rookie, and I find that the coolest bloggers tend to accumulate here. So far i’ve found a whole new community of girls who adore fashion, feminism, photography, politics,, humour.. you name it.
    Blogging is about expressing who you are, what you like, what you want to say to the world. I agree, it takes time to build a following…you just have to love it for what it is, not by how many people view it.
    Personally i’ve been so happy since I started my blog, i’ve been running around taking pictures all day and meeting new people. I even joined a few photography clubs!
    It’s been so cool to connect with all of you out there, happy blogging everyone!

  • pleasecallmeginger December 23rd, 2012 8:00 PM

    I just started a blog, but i have been putting it off for ages. I procrastinate a lot, anyways. But I really think that this post kinda pushed me forward. Thankyou Hazel for another excellent post!! XD

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica January 14th, 2013 2:14 PM

    My three-year anniversary of starting my first ever blog was a few days before I write this comment (January 9th :)). Starting a blog was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life, if not THE best choice I have ever made! I highly recommend blogging to every human ever! :) ♥

    • Cutesycreator aka Monica January 18th, 2013 12:12 PM

      PS I forgot to mention that one time, a couple months before this article was published, I typed in a link to a page on Rookie or something and I got a message saying it couldn’t find the page or whatever (I typed it wrong :P), and in the message it mentioned that Rookie was made on WordPress, and then I felt all special for knowing that haha!

  • yellowplaid January 23rd, 2013 8:33 PM

    Was wondering….if you come up with an idea or an image that is similar/the same as another blogger, at the same time, without having visited the other blogger’s site, how should you address accusations of plagiarism? I haven’t started a blog yet/still debating on starting one. ideas for a response to this situation that could possibly happen in the future? :P

  • Ella W January 26th, 2013 11:21 AM

    Hi, I know this is ages after this article was posted, but I’ve used this info to make my own blog:
    http://gorillalegs.blogspot.co.uk/

  • StrawberryTwist January 27th, 2013 3:13 PM

    I have been inspired to start my own blog thanks to Rookiemag! :)

    http://fashiononfire.org/

  • RatioRae June 3rd, 2013 2:33 AM

    Well, I found this article pretty late.
    I just checked out everyone’s blog, so I thought I’d just throw mine in as well. :D

    http://thegirlwhodrankstars.blogspot.com

  • Madeline Babinsky June 3rd, 2013 11:46 PM

    Just started a more personal blog! One where my boyfriend can’t see so I can bitch about him (:
    It’s http://madelinemoiselle.wordpress.com !
    and my tumblr is http://lolololitaa.tumblr.com.

  • Léa June 4th, 2013 11:18 AM

    This was really helpful, I just started a new blog !

    If any of you lovely Rookies are interested here it is:

    moodyhummingbird.blogspot.fr

  • eva175 June 7th, 2013 1:26 PM

    What website/blog creator do you use?

  • Haley from HCRT June 17th, 2013 8:37 PM

    Codeacademy.com is a great place to learn how to code :)

    my own blog: heycollegesreadthis.wordpress.com

  • Lindsay June 19th, 2013 12:05 AM

    I just started my blog last week! Someone read it so I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself?

    http://zeaparty.blogspot.com/