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  1. Eek do you mind me asking which host you are with? I’m with GoDaddy and have no idea how much bandwidth I have- did that happen because too many people were accessing your site? That’s pretty amazing! It’s really the tech and social media side of blogging I find difficult, I started to blog because I wanted to write bit it’s so much more than that!
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    1. I’m with Freshsites, but I think that you can email and ask them about it. I definitely would choose a host that had a larger bandwidth next time. It’s so difficult when you’re not a techy person, but just want to blog isn’t it! 🙂 xx

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    1. #Blogstorm sounds great! You need to tell me more about it! Blogger is great for doing it all for you, I remember using them in the past and it made it so easy! 🙂 xx

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  2. K's Mum

    You can also use Paint if you’re using Windows to make your picture size smaller. 🙂 #mummymonday

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  3. Great tips not stuff I normally think about and am now thinking – eek! #mummymonday

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    1. Ha ha, I didn’t think about it and have now realised that I probably should have!! 🙂 x

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    1. Tell me about it! It’s been a learn as I go along kind of thing for me, hopefully the tech side gets easier! 🙂 xx

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    1. Didn’t occur to me either, but then I chose the cheaper option with less space to begin with! 🙂 x

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    1. It’s hard when you don’t know the techy stuff! I can’t remember all the Facebook group names right now, but UK parent bloggers is really useful. Send me a message when you get on FB and I will add you to some! 🙂 xx

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    1. Thanks, it’s probably easier if you’re not starting from scratch. You’ll have an idea how it works after reading all the blog posts about the techy stuff! 🙂 xx

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  4. Don’t make your images too small. I use acorn rather than picmonkey but you can ‘web export’ them to trim off all the extra bits of data that you use (it makes the smaller in terms of data but not size or quality.) Generally people advise 650 x 950 for pinterest (or roughly) and 650 x 650 for FB (or there about). #LetKidsBeKids (sorry, I don’t want to contradict your post but it’s better to get it right than spend months having them too small and then having to change them all…as I am currently doing. Pictures REALLY sell a post 🙂

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    1. Oh no, you’ve had to resize them all by making them bigger? My pics seem ok in 300 x 300, but I suppose if I’m writing a post with fewer photos or more dramatic ones then I will need to size it up a bit. Thank you! 🙂 x

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  5. Gosh I think I made every mistake in the book to start with! Actually I now use slightly bigger photographs as I thought it was the number of pics, not the size of them that matters? I was told to go and delete all of the photos that you never used in the end – I have hundreds of those!
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    1. Oh yes, I really need to clear out all of those pics I never used too. The size matters too unfortunately, the bigger the pic the more data. I have a lot of pics to fix, but need to find time to do it! 🙂 x

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    1. I think most people don’t realise this until they’ve been doing it wrong for a little while, never mind, we learn from our mistakes! Our fellow bloggers are great with support, I’d be lost without them! 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks! It’s really not hard being self hosted, just need to think more about hosts and things beforehand (not just go for the cheaper option like me!!) x

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    1. Ooh yes, they’re great! Try joining UK Parent Bloggers, PBlogger Network, Mummy bloggers, UK blogger opportunities and Blogger opportunities. 🙂 x

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  6. These are such great tips, thank you for sharing. I started my blog over a year ago but have only recently been regularly blogging for the last few months. Feel like I’m learning as I go! X #Brilliantblogposts
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    1. Same here, I’ve had other blogs before, but this is the first one I’ve self hosted and regularly posted! Hope they are useful! 🙂 x

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  7. If you self-host with WordPress, there’s a great plugin that does the photo resizing for you at upload. It’s called EWWW Image Optimizer, and I’ve had an excellent experience with it. Another point when it comes to bandwidth is to be aware of what you want to do if a post goes viral. I’ve had a day where our hits increased 40 times over an average day! Thankfully, I had “unlimited” bandwidth with GoDaddy (which isn’t really unlimited, but served our needs).

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.
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    1. I like these Facebook groups: UK Parent Bloggers, PBlogger Network, Mummy bloggers, UK blogger opportunities and Blogger opportunities. Also there are FB groups for different linkys too, such as #Toddlerapprovedtuesday, The Dad Network and POCOLO. 🙂 x

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  8. I am still new to the blogging world and it can be very frustrating. I haven’t come across anything bandwidth related yet, however my latest frustration was trying to create a badge, and a grab code for my new linky. It took hours to figure it all out, even though the online instructions said you could do it in 5 minutes!!! I eventually got it, and am slowly learning more computer techie stuff as I go!
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    1. I know what you mean, you think everything is going fine and then you try to do a new seemingly simple thing and it takes forever! Well done on starting your own linky, any tips appreciated as I’m starting one myself soon, good luck with yours! 🙂 x

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  9. Great tips! #1 & #2 go together. If you resize your images for the web (protip: Photoshop has a handy resize for web feature) you’ll use less bandwidth. For the web images really only need to be 72dpi, most modern digital cameras (including phones) are MUCH larger, so reducing image size is a must. You can keep the size and reduce the dpi to save on space. 600×800 is a decent size. It’s small enough not to be huge, but large enough so you can see details. Facebook Blogger groups are awesome! You can learn so much just by reading through them! My go to place for all sorts of blogging questions.
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  10. This is a great post! I love that it goes deeper than the average Newbie Blogger post. You’ve done an excellent job!! Hi. Elle here from Creative Rebel Designs, you’re newest follower. I love your page! What an awesome post this is. Keep up the great work!

    PS- I write a blog too. It’s called Creative Rebel Designs and its aimed towards solopreneurs and people looking for help to design and market their own stuff. It’s a resource in process. Perhaps you can take a look when you get a chance?

    Anyway, thanks for the great content and I’ll check back soon!
    Rebel Love, Elle

    http://creativerebeldesigns.com/

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  11. Great post and some great tips. Tip 3 of blogging groups took me so long to do!! I really was clueless to the wider community to start. I suppose there’s always something to learn. #blogstorm
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    1. Thanks Martyn! I was introduced to them by another kind blogger, it would have taken me ages to find them too otherwise! 🙂

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  12. Great tips, if totally confusing to a clueless techie like me! I’m hoping wordpress does most of this for me!
    What are the benefits of becoming self hosted? I’m assuming there are plenty!
    I haven’t joined fb yet…I think I will (but want to get my blog appearance sorted first) and when I do I’ll be sure to join groups. Thank you v much. Visiting from #blogstorm
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