Newbie Blogger Tips


This last month I have realised I’ve committed a few blogging errors, due to not understanding how the background web hosting and data works.  So I thought I would share a few tips with other newbie bloggers sot hat you don’t make the same mistakes I have!  I know that Cuddle Fairy has already written a similar post with great tips, but as I had already begun this post ready for scheduling I thought I would continue and post it as they are some differences.

Tip 1. Bandwidth and web hosts.  I recently tried to get into my blog and a white screen popped up.  In black writing it said that my bandwidth had been exceeded.  I have to admit I had a small panic, but after asking some blogging friends on Facebook for help I was directed to my web host to try and increase the bandwidth, failing that I should move web hosts.  Fortunately I managed to get the bandwidth increased (for a fee).  I would suggest that when you choose a web host you ensure you have enough bandwidth for your blog.

I was on 10 GB when it was exceeded and have now increased to 40GB, hopefully that will be plenty for  the moment (this is only month 3 of my blog!).

I also had problems contacting my web host, they weren’t answering their phones or email, but after contacting them on Twitter I finally got help.  So when you choose your web host go for one that has 24/7 support and also has good reviews for service, that way you know they are they for you when you need them!

Tip 2.  Resizing Photographs.  I had been happily adding photographs to my blog posts straight from the camera and phone, until suddenly I got an error message and I couldn’t upload any more media.  It turns out I had reached my data limit.

What you need to do is resize the photographs (this can be done in to a low size (I tend to go for 300 x 300 ish size).  They are still good enough quality for the blog, but the size is A LOT smaller.  It would be best if you start your blog with smaller pics, as if you’re like me, you’ll have to spend ages going through all the old blog posts deleting and uploading the smaller photos!

 Tip 3.  Join Facebook Blogger Groups.  Really, really important, they are great for answering any blogging questions, like the 2 points above ^ and you can find out about more opportunities, new blogs and share your own posts.  My blog would not be doing so well if it wasn’t for the help and support of my fellow bloggers!

Do you have any newbie blogging woes?

J x


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  1. June 13, 2015 / 6:45 am

    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!

    • June 14, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      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

  2. June 15, 2015 / 3:59 am

    Great tips Jenny! I just stuck with blogger and I hope they do all the resizing for me yikes! I am so not technical!

    You’ll have to come link up when we launch #blogstorm I’m adding you to my list 🙂

    • June 15, 2015 / 6:43 am

      #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

  3. K's Mum
    June 15, 2015 / 12:07 pm

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

  4. June 15, 2015 / 12:19 pm

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

    • June 15, 2015 / 1:48 pm

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

  5. June 15, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Ugh. I struggle with all this stuff. Wish I could just have someone do it for me. I am gearing up to self hosting soon so may be peppering you with questions at a later date. Thanks for the tips!

    • June 15, 2015 / 1:49 pm

      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

  6. June 15, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Great post! Running out of space hasn’t occurred to me yet… !!!

    • June 15, 2015 / 8:08 pm

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

  7. June 16, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Fantastic tips, I didn’t know about bandwidth. I find all the techie stuff behind blogging really tough.
    I would love to join some facebook groups (when I finally get around to setting up a page!), which one’s would you recommend?
    Becky xx

    • June 16, 2015 / 12:06 pm

      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

  8. June 16, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Great tips, I’m still with, dreading making the move to self hosted but some great tips there about bandwidth! #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 16, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      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

  9. June 16, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    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 🙂

    • June 16, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      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

  10. June 17, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    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!

    • June 17, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      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

  11. June 17, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    A great post, support form other bloggers is so super important isn’t it? and yes resizing is so important I didn’t find this out until a couple of months ago and it has so helped the speed of my blog x

    • June 18, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      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

  12. June 18, 2015 / 7:09 am

    Great advice jenny! I’m not quite brave enough to go self hosted yet but will certainly pin this for future reference. X #twinklytuesday

    • June 18, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      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

  13. June 18, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Facebook blogging groups?! This is something I’ve only recently heard about (I know, late to the party!). Could you tell me which ones you’re in? Or how to go about finding them? Thanks! #twinklytuesday

    • June 18, 2015 / 5:14 pm

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

  14. June 18, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Will definitely look up groups on fb.

    • June 18, 2015 / 7:48 pm

      They are definitely so helpful and supportive! 🙂 x

  15. June 18, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    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

    • June 18, 2015 / 7:53 pm

      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

  16. June 18, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    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.

    • June 19, 2015 / 6:19 am

      Thanks for the tips! Will try out the plugin! 🙂 X

  17. June 18, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    Great tips! I’m a new blogger and all the help that I can get from other bloggers is amazing! Do you mind me asking which Facebook groups do you use for any blogging help? Thanks for sharing, xx

    • June 19, 2015 / 6:21 am

      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

  18. June 29, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    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!

    • June 29, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      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

  19. June 30, 2015 / 1:30 am

    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.

    • June 30, 2015 / 6:43 am

      Thank you! Yes, I ask so many questions on those groups, so helpful! 🙂 x

  20. June 30, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    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

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks Elle, will check out your blog soon! 🙂 x

  21. June 30, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    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

    • June 30, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks Martyn! I was introduced to them by another kind blogger, it would have taken me ages to find them too otherwise! 🙂

  22. July 11, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    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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