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  1. carolinebee
    December 22, 2008

    I totally agree with you on the About me and pictures part- it makes it so much more personal! One thing I don’t have that I like on your blog and others, is the picture on the side…it gives a visual of who you are as I read, so if I’m reading for the first time, it’s nice to be greeted with a smiling face! Thanks for this tutorial, haha I can see your biz-nass skills at work!

  2. sweetandnatural
    December 22, 2008

    Thanks again for sharing your insight! I agree that design is a VERY important element of a blog. I tend to give up on blogs that have messy layouts b/c it’s too much when you’re trying to read them!

  3. Kat
    December 22, 2008

    Sorry this is random; I am catching up on a couple of days past, but where did you get the Eggnog mix? I would love to try my hand at making some cookies with it!

  4. Jenny
    December 22, 2008

    All great points, this series is a good idea, lots of wonderful tips! I love the about me section the best on most blogs, it gives readers perspective 🙂

  5. Erica
    December 22, 2008

    Another great post! I need to figure out how to do those tabs in google blogger. Hmmm 😉 Hope work is going well. Anyone else come in or are you still all alone?

  6. VeggieGirl
    December 22, 2008

    Design is DEFINITELY a crucial component to one’s blog – love all this information!! 🙂

  7. eatingbender
    December 22, 2008

    I think that these Blogging 101 posts are really going to help a lot of people. It can definitely take a while to get acclimated with all of the features that WordPress or Blogger offer, but you are helping the process along by introducing some of the key terms to look for. I agree that “About Me” sections are one of the first pages I click on when I find a new blog. And thank you for the custom header shout out 🙂 Zesty definitely knows what he’s doing – much better than anything I could ever come up with!

  8. ksgoodeats
    December 22, 2008

    Love this series! I agree – less is more when it comes to layouts. About me sections are really important! I like to know more about people and if they have that saved, it’s so much easier for me!

  9. Sharon
    December 22, 2008

    Great post Meghann. Looking forward to the other topics coming up.

  10. Anne
    December 22, 2008

    Great post! I’ve been trying to redo my blog for months, but can’t find a background that I love as much as the one I have. The only issue I have with it is that some plugins don’t work with it.

    BTW, its a dark background with white writing and it shows up perfectly in google reader. (Black writing.)


  11. caitlin
    December 22, 2008

    you have some wonderful advice!

  12. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    December 22, 2008

    Great tips – thanks! Zesty does make amazing headers. Your’s looks great!

  13. Maris
    December 22, 2008

    Blog design is definitely tricky – thanks for the tips!

  14. Melissa S.
    December 22, 2008

    these posts are really really helpful! I’m so glad you decided to do these!

  15. Hangry Pants
    December 22, 2008

    I love your blogging 101 posts! I agree about the search box. Mark moved it to the bottom so he could put the button for the food drive and I freaked out. It’s on the bottom of everything now, but I am going to move it back asap!

  16. Melissa (MISSY MAINTAINS)
    December 22, 2008

    Great advice! I need to become more familiar with Google Blogger so I can make mine more organized!!

  17. Andrea [bella eats]
    December 22, 2008

    Great post, Meghann! I totally agree with all of your points…custom header, archive, search, pages tabs…those are all things that I look for on the blogs I read. And the About Andrea page is still the most read on my blog too, I’m still amazed by that!

  18. tami
    December 22, 2008

    i found another great home based weight training idea for you

  19. Angela
    December 22, 2008

    Did I mention I LOVE these posts!!???
    Thank you- I agree about everything.

    I think the image header is KEY- it is the first thing people see. I spent hours on mine to get it just right and I was really happy with it. Not to say it won’t change at some point though! It can always improve right?


  20. bobbi
    December 22, 2008

    great tips, I am still learning a lot. How do you put the search widget on your blog?

  21. Megan
    December 22, 2008

    Wonderful tips! Thank you so much!

  22. ttfn300
    December 23, 2008

    yes, good post, i have always wanted to know how to do some of the things other bloggers do, but i’m not really designing-your-own-website-saavy. How do you put a search tool for your site?

  23. Natalia – a side of simple
    October 13, 2010

    Thanks for the awesome tips!

  24. Allie
    October 14, 2010

    Thanks for the blogging tips! I got the link from HEAB’s site. I just started a new blog and am working to find what feels best for me. Hopefully I can be as successful as you’ve been!

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