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{Blog Help Series – Blogging Blocks Part One: "But I’m Not An Expert"}

Sometimes whether you are just getting started or even if you have been blogging for a while, there are some “roadblocks” that can get in your way.  We’ve decided to begin our Blog Help Series with some of the things that can get in your way and prevent you from blogging or even getting started.

Blogging Blocks – Part One: “But I’m Not An Expert.”

Unless you’re writing a small family blog, feeling unqualified to blog because you aren’t an “expert” is a common roadblock.  This is especially true for new bloggers, but more experienced bloggers run into this one as well.  In fact, we ran into this when we decided to do this “how to” series.
Getting past feeling like you can’t offer your opinion because you aren’t an “expert” can be tough.  Here’s how we thought about it: We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we have run into alot of things over the last couple years of blogging and do feel qualified to share our opinions and what we’ve learned. So our focus is to take the information we’ve learned and try to help someone with it.

Whatever topic you’ve chosen for your blog is probably something that you care about and are excited about. Based on that fact, you probably have alot to say about your topic even if you don’t have a degree or tons of experience. You can think about it this way.  You don’t have to have a degree in Child Psychology in order to write about your experiences as a parent and talk about what works for you.

In fact, sometimes people prefer to learn from someone closer to their experience level. I’ve found that especially when I’m begining to learn something, I prefer to learn from someone who ISN’T an expert.  Sometimes “experts” are so far above where new learners are that you don’t feel like you can relate to them or they don’t provide the detail that you need.  For example, I’m learning to play guitar.  When I am trying to learn a new song (gotta love You Tube) I try to find a tutorial by someone who is more of a beginner.  I’ve found that many of the “expert” players assume I know more than I do or cover something much to quickly, and I don’t get as much from that as I do from a beginner who is explaining the details in depth.

There are some types of blogs that need someone with alot of experiece at something to author them (blogs about taxes, legal advice, and brain surgery are probably best left in this category).  There are also a ton of  blogs where someone who isn’t an “expert” talks about their experiences and tells others about what they’ve learned.  Just be honest about your experience, and be yourself.  You can add your voice to the blogosphere even if you aren’t an “expert”.

 
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{Blog Help Series – Introduction}

Over the last couple of years, Jennette and I have discovered some blog strategies that work for us, researched a lot about the tech part of blogging, and found some ways around some of the metal blocks that can get in your way when getting your blog up and going. 

We don’t mean to suggest we are in anyway experts, but we would like to share what we have learned to try to help other mom bloggers avoid some of the trial and error that we went through (Ask Jennette about the panic-filled “WHAT DID YOU DO?” emails and calls during a couple of major template revisions.  But don’t tell her about the time when I messed up the entire template and couldn’t find the back up, lol)


Jennette and I are real-life friends who are having a great time blogging together. Jennette started with a personal blog that she was using to promote her sewing creations.  I was designing websites, but was unsure about blogging (I’m the reluctant one).  Luckily, Jennette dragged me in to work with her, and we have turned the blog into a source of product reviews, giveaways, and parenting ideas and websites that relate to moms and their families.

We decided to try to help other bloggers by putting together a series of posts based on what we learned.  We would love it if you would comment on what has worked for you and/or ask questions about things that you are running into with your blog (even if we can answer them, I’m sure some of our awesome readers can!)

Look for the first post in our Blog Series coming soon.

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{Simple Ways You Make Money With Your Blog/Social Networking}

There is so much information out there on making money while blogging or social networking. Providing great information for your readers that will actually be useful is so important. When I find a new way to monetize I always make sure I will be able to choose what to post. I think it is really important to post things that are relevant for our readers because after all it is you that I am communicating with. I have tried a few ways to monetize STM and decided to make a list of the ones that work for me. Each one works a bit different so be sure to familiarize yourself with each one. Do you know of anything else I should give a try? If so do leave me a comment.

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{Scrolling Buttons Box for Blogger}

Have you ever wanted one of those boxes with the scrolling buttons on your Blogspot/Blogger blog. Here is an example of one with two of our Smart and Trendy Moms Buttons:

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Since we are dealing with a widget, if you already have buttons in your widget, you will want to cut and paste that code into a text file and save it.  (You NEED a backup. Its really a pain to set up all your buttons again if something doesn’t go right the first time.)

Here’s how to add the scrolling button box:

AS ALWAYS BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES, BACK UP YOUR CURRENT TEMPLATE & WIDGETS

1. Go to Layout

2. Click “Add a Gadget” in the area that you want to add the box

3. When the Add a Gadget box comes up, choose HTML/JavaScript

4. Here is the code you will paste into the box. You need to add the html for your buttons in between the two pieces of code.

<center>
<marquee direction=”up” onmouseover=”this.stop()” width=”175″ scrollamount=”4″ onmouseout=”this.start()” height=”350″ align=”center”>

THE HTML FOR YOUR BUTTONS GOES HERE

</marquee>
</center>

In the top piece of above the button code, you can customize things:

direction=”up” can be changed to control which way the buttons move – “up”, “down”, “right”, or “left”

height=”350″ controls how tall the area that the buttons scroll through is – “number”

width=”175″ controls the width of the box – “number” (this cannot be larger than the column it is in)

scrollamount=”4″ this controls the speed the buttons move, the higher the number the faster they go.

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