Not just for experts only—Getting your blog off the ground.

09 Mar
Kirkwood, The Wall, snowboarding, skiing, blogging tips

The Wall at Kirkwood. Our favorite run of the day

A couple days ago it dawned on me that although my commenting system was greatly improved since my move from Blogger to WordPress, it was still missing a crucial element. I had been taking the time to reply to many of the comments left by you for naught. Without a reply notification plug-in, you would never know I had done so. On one hand, it seemed so trivial, on the other, it was a glaringly obvious how much more I had to learn.

I reflected on the fact that it was barely six months ago when I thought starting a blog would be fun. Well, it’s been a lot of fun. And it’s been a lot of hard work. Blogging is not limited to experts only, fortunately, there are some wonderful souls out there who have taken the care and time to share their experiences and knowledge base with the rest of us.

30 for 30 remix challenge, day 22. Ivory lace dress, vintage sweater and cowboy boots.

Birds making a pleasant commotion on day 22 of the 30 for 30 remix challenge.

Without them, this blog would not be what it is today. My success here and anywhere else, is and always has been, the result of collaboration and support. I would like to share a few of the resources I turned to in the past few months. By no means is this list complete, it’s merely a sampling of the information out there. If you’re already blogging, or are thinking of starting, check out some of these links. I have relied on the first seven at different times, the rest I think you might find useful.

What you need to know to be an outfit of the day blogger

Introduction: So you want to leave Blogger for WordPress?


Trademarks–What you need to know

Blog Analytics

Independent Fashion Bloggers – (Community resource)

FBFF – Friend Friday – (Community group)

Killer fashion blogging: 50 ways to take your fashion blog to the next level

How to make failed outfit pictures work (Photoshop tutorial)

Build a better blog

While I couldn’t remember the original site I turned to for grammatical assistance, I did find this one which is equally helpful. You may be the smartest cookie around but if you are misspelling regularly and don’t have the basics of English grammar down, your readers are going to think you’re dumb. Or worse yet, that you just don’t care. Like I said, blogging is fun but it’s also hard work.

Last but not least, last week I wrote about the correlation between your blog and branding. It’s a topic I’ve reflected upon on this journey and believe it’s good food for thought. While I may still have a long way to go, I’m confident that I’m headed in the right direction. I’m enjoying the journey and hope you are, too.


Deets: Vintage sweater/eBay, ivory lace dress/Jeremy’s, lace tights/Hue, vegan grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, owl necklace/Urban Outfitters.


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    March 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Hey cutie, thanks for the link love! I appreciate it! I’m sure many of your readers will find this post so helpful!

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  2. Collette Osuna

    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

    GREAT informative…a MUST read for everyone..a shout out to V….shes an amazingly talented woman who is always there to help everyone!!!

    Stop by and say Hello♥
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  3. Jodi

    March 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    great post.. I have to do the wordpress thing but am intimidated since I dont know how to use it yet… ohhhhhhhh I love your resources too… lucky you to be up snowboarding!! xoxo J
    Jodi recently posted..Grey Skirt and Jet Lag

  4. Monica

    March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Cute outfit and generous post!


    March 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Thank you so much for all the lovely tips.
    Such an interesting post.
    When i leave a comment, as most people do, I do not come back for an answer.
    You are doing so well.
    SACRAMENTO recently posted..contrasts

  6. Arash Mazinani

    March 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Really great post for anyone starting out to read. It’s a one stop starting point really get let them hit the ground running.

    Arash Mazinani recently posted..The Art of Vintage Brand New or Second Hand

  7. Ofelia

    March 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Fabienne, I always learn something new or reflect on some aspect of my life after reading your postings!
    The outfit is also so generouslly cute!
    Ofelia recently posted..Saturday Class

  8. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    These links are fantastic. Thanks for sharing, they are straight in my favourites folder. Even though I work in online communications, there’s always more that I can learn.
    Emma at Daily Clothes Fix recently posted..Fine print

  9. Casee Marie

    March 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Wow, thanks so much for including my tutorial in your list! I’ve read most of the others and used them a plethora of times over the months – and I’m very excited to check out the few I’ve missed!

    Not having a proper reply feature was one of the things that bothered me about Blogger. I love that WordPress lets you respond to individual comments and the plugins give you options to e-mail people upon response! I love being able to have conversations with people as a result of my posts. (:

    Love the snowboarding shot! And your 30 for 30 outfit is darling. Those boots!

  10. Madison

    March 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    This is a wonderful post! I am always learning and still quite a newbie to some things. You’re right blogging is hard work. I’m in the process of switching to WordPress. Thanks for the info!
    Madison recently posted..Extraordinary- Measured


    March 10, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Great sources, Fabienne! Thanks for putting these links together. I’ve read about half of them already and will check out the others. I wish I’d seen this post when I first started blogging :)
    Twitter @theloudermouth
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  12. kristy

    March 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

    hello!! this is my first time on your blog, i found you through stephanie over at the LoudMouth. she just wrote a post about how she gets to party with you in vegas for the meet up!!!!

    anywho, i wanted to come over and say hello. we seem to run in a very similar blogger circle and i can’t believe this is my first time here. you are stylish and smart, and all these things you describe in this post are things i have felt about blogging as well. it’s amazing how much things have changed, how different my mentality is, and how much i’ve learned since starting my personal blog about 11 months ago!! that’s the thing with blogging if you really get into it… it grabs hold of you and does not let go! =)

    i love your outfit in this post btw. that skirt is simple and stunning and i love how you’ve styled it.

    it’s lovely to “meet” you! have a fantastic time in vegas, i can’t wait to read all about it from all you lovely ladies.

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

  13. Tashrin

    March 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    You literally brought together every single thing a blogger could need to get their blog off the ground. I have come across many of these posts, but have lost many over time too. Now all I have to do is book mark yours.

    Thank you so much. I am lucky that I came across your blog recently because it is a treasure trove.


    Tashrin recently posted..Footprints in the snow

  14. Joy

    March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Fabienne, These resources you’ve listed will come in VERY handy for new bloggers like me.

    Thank you!
    Joy recently posted..XL Old Navy Skirts Times Three

  15. Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby

    March 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

    yesssss! thank you so much for this! this was just what i was needing. thank you for being a mind- reader and i adore the outfit! so glad you got to go snowboarding again, darlin’.
    Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby recently posted..scenes from twenty