10 Ways To Make Your Blog More Professional

Hello, and welcome back!

Lately, I’ve been working on making my blog more professional, and I’ve been turning it into more of a website than a blog. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing some tips with you on how you can make your blog a bit more professional. Ready? Let’s get into it.

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  1. Clean up your sidebar

Okay guys, this one is so important. Your sidebar is always there for people to see, so it’s important that it’s not clogged with random links and pictures!

2.  Limit yourself

Of course, in every post, it’s fun to use a million exclamation points and emojis and all that, but limit yourself!

3. Check your writing

This is similar to #2-check your writing! Delete all those “lol”s and “omg”s, and make sure your writing is clean, neat, and professional–but also fun to read!

4. Have a theme

When people go to your blog, it should look inviting and cohesive! Pick a few colors that you want, make a nice header image, make a logo…have it look nice instead of sticking with the bland WordPress theme! Customize it and make it personal, make it your own. Fiddle around.

5. Take high quality pictures

This probably goes without saying, but good pictures make for a good blog post. Check out my post here on how I take my pictures if you’re curious!

6. Have a sign-off

I  have no clue what these are called, but I’m gonna roll with it. Having a sign off (for example, mine is Love, Abigail) will end your posts in a tidy way and make the post look more professional than if it ended abruptly.

7. Have a blogging schedule

Most people have a blogging schedule, but if you don’t, what are you waiting for?! For example, I usually post four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. My followers know when to expect posts, and it’s not like I post whenever I feel like it.

8. Quality over quantity

If you find yourself posting just to post, take a step back. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Come up with posts that you’re proud of, and I promise you’ll gain more followers!

9. Spruce up your about me page

I’ve edited my about me page more times than I’m proud to admit. But that’s okay! I am constantly changing little things on my about me page as I change. Over the years, my age and my interests have obviously changed, so I don’t want people to go to my about me page and see that it’s incorrect. I’m always updating the page with new photos and changing it–and you should do the same! Using new photos of yourself, and make it look like it’s cared for, not something that you wrote when you started your blog, and left it since.

10. Remember your followers

Your blog should have a balance! It doesn’t matter what kind of blog you have, your followers should always take something away from each post. Maybe you give your readers some tips, maybe you review a product so they know if it’s a good product or not…help them out! Even if you’re posting about yourself, ask questions at the end of the post so your followers feel included.


Lately, I’ve been having some trouble coming up with post ideas, so here’s a question for all of you: what would you really like to see more of on my blog? If you have any post ideas, let me know down below, because I really value your feedback!

Have a great day!

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How I Take And Edit My Blog Pictures

Hi, welcome back!

Over time, I’ve gotten better at blog photography, and since a lot of people have been asking me what camera I use and how I take my pictures, today I’m going to be spilling my secrets with you! Although this is a pretty common blog post, I personally think it’s interesting to see how other bloggers take their pictures.

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Let’s start with my camera. I use a Canon EOS Rebel XS, which is a pretty old camera, but you know what? It works perfectly for me, and takes high quality pictures! I then take out the memory card, insert it into my laptop, and upload the pictures.

I always take my pictures with natural lighting, because it produces the best look.

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If I’m going for a certain look, I’ll use VSCO to put filters on my pictures. I discovered VSCO a few months ago (gosh, I’m behind on the times), but I love it. It makes editing photos extremely easy, and I’m almost always happy with the result. VSCO is usually used to edit Instagram photos, but it works just as well for blog pictures.

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If the photo just needs to be brightened and played with, I’ll use Befunky or Picmonkey. Honestly, though, I don’t edit most of my photos! The Canon takes such high quality pictures that I find the photos don’t need editing.

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Apologies for the blurry picture.

To make blog graphics, I love Canva and Befunky. I like how Canva will make sure all the elements in the graphic are lined up, and Canva also has a large selection of free images and elements to add to your graphic. However, I find myself using Befunky more because I can use my own fonts from Dafont.


I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions about my blog, just ask! I really love doing blogging posts, so if there’s something you want to know about, shoot me a question.

Do you use any of these websites/apps?

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5 Things Not To Do As A Blogger

Hello there! Happy Saturday! By the way, thank you all so much for the survey results! Many of you said that you wanted more blogging posts, so be prepared for quite a few of those over the next few weeks!

In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about five things NOT to do as a blogger. I’ve talked about what you SHOULD do as a blogger in the past, so it’s time to shake it up and try something new! Let’s hop right in.

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Fancy graphic, huh? I don’t think including too many photos or over promoting your posts would kill your blog, but then again, I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic. 😉

-Don’t Post Just To Post-

Be sure to check out my post on My #1 Blogging Tip, because it talks more about having quality content! It’s really important that when you post, it has a purpose, and you’re not just typing up a quick post just to post. If you find that you’re doing this, maybe try posting less often so you have time to work on making every post perfect.

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-Don’t Use Too Many Images-

It’s always really important to have images in your post. But it’s also important not to have TOO many! If you have more than 15+ pictures, go through the post and see which ones you really need. If some of the images are unimportant, consider deleting them! But if you don’t want to take away any photos, just warn your readers that there are a lot of pictures in that post.

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-And Don’t Use Too Few, Either-

But make sure you don’t use too few photos, either! If you have a post heavy with text, it’s easier on the eyes to include some images. So how many pictures should I include in a post?  It depends on the length of the post, but four to eight is usually a good amount. IMG_0221.jpg

-Don’t Tag Posts With Irrelevant Tags-

Tagging posts is so much fun, am I right?! But before you hit the publish button and share your post with the world, make sure the tags you use in your posts are relevant. Also, make sure the tags are common, frequently used tags so that people are more likely to find your post. Don’t use too many!

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-Don’t Over-Promote Your Blog-

Okay, for this last one, you’re probably shaking your head. It’s so important to get your blog out there–Pinning every post, putting it on social media, commenting on other blogs–but, remember, everything in moderation.

I once followed a blogger that pinned the same post from her blog over and over and over on Pinterest. She did this so that it would get more views, because the more you pin something, the more chances for it to get views. But that got annoying pretty quickly, as you can guess. If you re-pin your posts or share your posts over and over, you could lose followers. Tread carefully, my friends.


Were these tips helpful? Is there anything else that you think you should never do as a blogger? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll help each other out! Have a marvelous weekend.

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Blog Survey

Hello, how are you on this sunny day? It’s finally spring, and the snow has begun to melt in NY. How is the weather where you are? Cloudy with a chance of chocolate? I’m curious, let me know in the comments!

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Lately, I’ve really been curious about what YOU think of my blog. Your opinion matters so much to me. So, I created a Google Form survey. It has four questions on it, and your feedback will help me to improve my blog and make my posts even better. It would mean so much to me if you would set aside one minute and take it.

Here is the link to the survey. Thank you so much. Although this post is short, stay tuned for Friday’s post, I have something delicious coming your way. It involves chocolate, if that will sway you. Have an amazing day!

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My #1 Blogging Tip

Okay, before we get into the post, let me say something: the amount of followers that you have doesn’t matter. Each of those followers matters, but the total amount is unimportant. Whether you have 1 or 1000, at least someone is reading your blog. But you already know that, right? Cool. Then, let’s get into the post!


My post on Things Blogging Has Taught Me was really popular, so I thought I would do a post similar to that. I thought about doing a post on blogging tips, but in the end, your blog all comes down to one thing. Cue the drumroll…

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-Your Content-

That might seem kind of obvious, maybe not. But it’s true! Your content is everything. Here’s an example, since those seem to be helpful. There are two people. One person posts on their blog every single day. Each post has either typos, blurry pictures, spelling errors…or, maybe the person has amazing pictures, maybe they don’t have typos. It doesn’t matter, because the photos alone can’t hold the post. What’s important is the content. Is the post something interesting? Is the post something people will enjoy and want to read? I don’t know, maybe this person posts about avocados. You decide.

Then there’s the other person. Maybe they post every day, maybe they post once a week. But the difference is that they have interesting content. People look forward to their posts, because this person works hard on their photos, checks their spelling erorrs, and is constantly working to make their blog bigger and better.

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I’m not hating on anybody, please don’t think I’m being negative. People can post about whatever they want on their blogs.

There are so many important tips I could give. I could talk about how to design your blog, how to take good photos, but I’m not a complete expert. The one thing that I constantly tell new bloggers (or think of telling new bloggers, but I forget) is to have awesome content. To work hard on writing good posts.

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Hey, what do I know? I’m a 13 year old blogger with 800 followers. To the person with 3 followers, that seems like a lot. To the person with 5,000 followers, that’s not very many. But, like I said above, don’t worry about numbers! Worry about your content, your pictures, your community. Are people constantly commenting on your posts? Are you engaging your readers and are you sincerely interested in what they think about your posts?

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If you’re reading this and you feel that you work really hard on your content, hats off to you. You’re awesome. And before you go thinking the wrong idea, I don’t have perfect content. I don’t have a perfect blog. I don’t have thousands of bloggers. But I’m going to keep working hard–we’re all right where we need to be at the moment.


What are your thoughts on this? Was it helpful, or just filled with rambling? I hope you have an absolutely amazing day. Thank you for reading!

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Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

I’ve been blogging since I was nine, and I’ve learned so many things over these years-how to get more traffic, how to edit pictures, etc. Eventually, I’ll write a post with those tips, but I really want to do a more personal post on the things blogging has taught me and the ways it has influenced me. Without further ado, hang on to your horses and enjoy this post. 🙂

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-Be Yourself-

For the first few years of having my blog, I had pretty much no views. My family read my blog, but otherwise I didn’t have many followers. I kept trying to improve my blog and make it better, but traffic was still low. Eventually my blog morphed into something that didn’t really reflect my personality. My posts became uniform and bland, my blog was just average, and that was that. Yet it still didn’t get many views. Why? Because I wasn’t being myself. 

In 2016, I was mostly writing posts on sewing, but it just didn’t feel right. I really wanted to post about hair, makeup, fitness, and beauty. Only lately have I begun posting about those things, and my blog has been getting a lot more traffic. Why? Because now that I’m posting about the things I love, I’m putting more effort into my blog. I got a new blog design (Thanks Kate!), I began pinning my posts on Pinterest, I followed tons of other blogs and started posting a few times each week. And my personality shows through my posts (I hope). And that’s the difference. Now that I’m being myself, I’m willing to work harder, and in turn, I’m gaining followers. Win-win.

I loved sewing, but over time my love for it has faded away. I’ll still post about it every now and then, but it’s not my main passion anymore. And that’s okay! Things change over time; change is good. It’s the way of the world.

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-Find Your Own Voice-

This one is similar to being yourself. There are so many makeup blogs in the world. There are so many fitness blogs, photography blogs, hey–there are cat blogs, people. What makes each of those blogs different? The author’s voice. At first it’s hard to find your voice and figure out what sets your blog apart, but as time goes by, it will develop.

But, back to the point, blogging has taught me to find my own voice, both while I’m writing a blog post and in my daily life. I no longer want to fit in with everyone else, I want to stand out and be different in the best way possible. Some people may not like that, and that’s okay.  I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

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-Be Ahead Of The Pack-

Ever heard the quote, “Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together”?  This is a lesson blogging has definitely taught me. Don’t be afraid to be ahead of the pack. I try to always do extra credit and finish my homework a few days early, because I don’t settle for average grades, I want perfect grades. Yet I get called an overachiever very often, and people tell me I’m showing off. Unfortunately, from what I’ve found, society is wrapped around the fact that people who work harder are overachievers and show-offs.

Over the years of blogging, I’ve learned that it’s important to ignore this, both in blogging and real life. Bloggers that are ahead of the pack and are constantly creating new content, setting new trends, and working to improve their blogs tend to be more popular, because their hard work shows. Moral of the story? Be ahead of the pack, and no matter how hard you’re working, you’re always able to work harder.

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-Keep Going-

The last thing may seem obvious, but it’s just as important. Keep going, and never give up. Like I said earlier, I didn’t have many views on my first years of blogging. I honestly wondered what the point of blogging was if I didn’t have any followers. I’m so glad I stuck with it. (Thanks for following my blog and reading this!)

Maybe you’re reading this and you have thousands of followers. Maybe you have one. No matter what, keep going! If you want to leave your blog link down below, I’ll be sure to give it a peek.

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I hope this post was inspirational! What are some things that you’ve learned while blogging? I would love to know, let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic day!

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Q & A

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The last post got such great questions, so I want to start this post by saying a big thank you to everyone that commented & gave me a question! A few people asked similar questions with different wording, so if you don’t see your question, it’s because a few were the same.  Let’s get into the post!

What is your favorite thing to blog about? If I’m being honest, I really like blogging about hair. I have a lot of posts on hair care, hairstyles, hair products, etc!

What are your goals for this blog? I want to gain more followers and add a lot more content. I want to start doing some more in-depth posts as well; I think my posts have been super short lately; so I would like to write longer posts.

Why do you like to blog? My answer is probably something many other bloggers will say, but it’s my creative outlet. I can let my personality show through the writing, I can inspire others, I can be myself. I love it.

Who inspires you? So many people! Sarah Nagel, Adriene Mishler, and my mother just to name a few.

Do you know what you would like to do when you’re older? You know what? I’m not sure. I would love to be a professional blogger, but I also want to be a yoga teacher. As they say, do what you love and the money will follow. I want to do something that will inspire other girls and women!

What is your favorite hair care product? Ooh la la, I love this question. Hands down, the OGX coconut oil hydrating mist. It has really helped make my hair silky and touchable; plus it’s super inexpensive!

What’s your favorite animal? A swan or a peacock! Both animals are so unique and beautiful

Do you like dessert? What kind? Of course! I’m not a cake or pie person, I really like ice cream & cookies. I’ve been loving coconut milk ice cream lately, because it’s dairy free and creamier than regular ice cream!

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What is the one food you can’t live without? Oh, gosh, this is hard. It’s a tie between sweet potatoes and dried mango strips.

When did you start blogging? When I was nine years old! (Feel like doing math, pal?)

Why did you start your blog? Most people have a really amazing reason for starting their blog. Unfortunately, I can’t remember mine. 😉 I’m pretty sure I started my blog because why not. (Kidding, kidding.) I think it was because I wanted to share some of my designs. Eventually, though, I found myself loving blogging–I would post a few times every day, just because it was so much fun.

What are your favorite bands/singers? I love TOP, Imagine Dragons, Alessia Cara, Liza Anne, Svrcina…I love pop music also; but not particular singers.

What is your dream job? I don’t have one…I think it would be amazing to be a professional blogger & make money from it, though!

What is the hardest thing about blogging? Y’all, blogging is hard in general. It’s so much fun and it’s really rewarding, but it’s hard to come up with posts, photograph things for the post, edit pics, write and edit the post, etc. For me, the hardest thing about blogging is making your content original. A question that every blogger needs to ask themself is, “what makes my blog different?”It’s hard sometimes to make sure my content and blog really reflects me.

Heyo, this post was fun to write. Thanks for asking the questions & being willing to read all this! Have a great day.

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New Blog Appearance!

It’s the weekend! Finally. This has been a longgggg week. 😉 I have something exciting to share! The freckledfashionista has a new look! I loved my old blog look, but it was getting old & needed a change. I contacted Kate, a.k.a the scatterbrainedseamstress (her new blog name is SewChic!) because she has a blog design website, and her examples looked great! I took a leap of faith and emailed her, and wasn’t disappointed.

The new look is absolutely gorgeous. Kate followed my vision perfectly, and I couldn’t be more happy. She incorporated my love of arrows, black & white, and gold into something perfect. I mean, isn’t it amazing that she can design a completely new look by making a header image, a button, a logo, and more?! I’m definitely not that talented. But I knew I was in good hands; her own blog is beautiful.

Kate, thank you so much! I would totally recommend going to her blog and her blog design business! Be sure to check out the new look of my blog and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Note: All credit goes to Kate for creating the blog images. 

A Day At The Clark

Art Gallery #1.JPGTGIF! I hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. I’m just popping in with a quick post. My family loves going to art galleries/museums, and one that we’ve really enjoy o a few times is called The Clark, in Massachusetts. Today my mother & sister & I took a trip there!

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Unfortunately, my camera battery died after about an hour or so, but I was still able to snap a few pictures.

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We grabbed lunch in the cafe. It was delicious–I got a panini with pesto and chicken, along with a side salad. I had to ask them to take out mozzarella, because I’m going dairy free–for a moment, I considered leaving the cheese in any way, but I reminded myself of my goal.

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If you’re ever in Williamstown, Massachusetts, I recommend checking it out! It’s a huge, gorgeous gallery in general, and there’s tons to do, we spent the whole day there and never got bored.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Look for a post from me soon! ❤

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Aloe Vera for Healthy Hair

Hair gets so dry in the winter time, am I right? 😉 In Winter, I find myself needing to do a hair mask once a week to keep my hair nice & hydrated. I normally combine lavender, rosemary, and coconut oil, and put it on my hair, but I always like trying out new things. I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a post saying that aloe vera is a great way to hydrate your hair.

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I have an aloe vera plant, but it’s still growing, and I didn’t want to cut it yet. Luckily, I have a bottle of 100% aloe vera gel. The directions on Pinterest said to apply aloe vera gel to your hair for an hour and then rinse it out with shampoo and conditioner.

My hair wasn’t greasy when the aloe was in my hair–in fact, I couldn’t even tell that there was a mask in my hair, which makes me think it would be great as a styling gel. Once I rinsed out my hair, I noticed a difference.

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Actually, it was the best hair day that I’ve had in a while! My hair was silky and so soft. I purchased this bottle of aloe vera gel for eight dollars when I had a sunburn in summer, but I never knew it would be so good for my hair! I’m going to keep putting the aloe vera in my hair, once a week before showering, and we’ll see what happens! 🙂

I would definitely recommend trying it out! Your hair will thank you.

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Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried aloe vera in your hair before! I hope you have a fantastic day. ❤

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