Me! Ruthie Ridley Blog (Started in January 2015)

I have received quite a few emails in the last little bit that have been asking me for advice as a blogger.  Seeing as I consider myself a newbie still, I have pulled on a few bloggers that I have learned a TON from and really look up to! I do have a few cents to offer as well! My biggest advice would be this: Invest in good photography.  Find a few photographers in your price range that you are comfortable with, represent you well and show the quality of your work.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  It is so true.  Your photos are a representation of who you are.  Don’t sacrifice quality as a blogger.  It shows your professionalism and increases your validity.  My other piece of advice would be to plan ahead.  Get a planner and plan things out.  From posts, to shoots, to topics and ideas, plan, plan,plan.  I typically shoot 4-5 looks at a time so that I can get photos back, get creative and plan content.  Being prepared and ahead of the game is a big key to success!

Jaime: Blog- Sunflowers and Stilettos (Started April 2013)

Be Authentic: Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned blogger, your authenticity is EVERYTHING! In a sea full of influencers, it’s easy to compare or feel like you need to keep up with the joneses, but don’t!  The only way to gain a loyal, authentic following is to stay true to who you are and what you believe in. Let your personality shine through in your writing, photos, or videos. Focus on creating quality content that you feel passionate about that also helps your target reader. Don’t be scared of being vulnerable or exposing insecurities. People appreciate honesty and #RealTalk. It’s what makes us feel connected! Just do you girl!

blogging-advice- Jaime

 

Julianna: Blog- Blush and Camo (Started in 2015)

You don’t have have to work with every company that emails you for a collaboration. You want to make sure that when you work with a company the fit is perfect for both your brand and the company you’re working with. It’s perfectly ok to say no to a brand because you know your reader base and the brand you’re building wouldn’t love it. In the long run this will help you greatly! Plus, working with brands you truly love will produce better content because you’re willing to go above and beyond for each collaboration.

blogging-advice- Julianna

Roshni: Blog- Glamrosh (Started in April 2015)

Remember to always stay true to your personal style. This is the first and last impression you will leave with your followers. How do you want to be identified, someone who only posts what is trending or someone who can take a trend and add a little personal twist? I always aspire to be the latter but that is just my opinion!

blogging-advice- Roshni

Sandy: Blog- www.sandyalamode.com (Started in January 2010)

One of the best parts of blogging is the friendships and community I have formed with it. I’ve met so many women from all walks of life with different life experiences, yet we still have so much in common. My advice would be to respond to your friends and readers when they leave comments or ask questions.  Being interactive is so important in cultivating that sense of community.

blogging-advice- Sandy

Laura: Blog-  Walking In Memphis High Heels (Started in 2012)

My biggest tips for blogging are first and foremost, blog about what you love and what interests you.  Your love will shine through in your posts, and others will notice and invest in what you have to say when you’re genuine.  I didn’t do this until after a year into blogging, but take high quality photos.  Most of the compliments I get each day on my blog are that people love the photography.  A pretty picture will grab people’s attention, and writing about what you genuinely love will keep them there.  Be social.  I know we are all SO busy, but try to at least pick a time each day or each week to respond to readers whether it be via email, social media or on your blog.  It really lets them know how much you appreciate them taking the time to follow along with you and your blog.  And last but not least, I completely recommend in having a schedule so people know when to expect your posts.  With that being said though, if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say it.  Don’t post just to post, but when you do have content you want to share, try to share it around the same time or same days each week so readers will know when to go out to your blog to look for a new post.  Oh yeah, one more thing…have fun!  Blogging is such a great way to express yourself, who you are, what you love, to make some friends along the way, and to maybe even help a few people who read your in vitro post and now know that they are not alone in their journey through life.

blogging-advice- Laura

I hope that you found this post helpful!! I know I am still learning so much as a blogger! I have a really long way to go, but I find gems like these to be helpful on my journey! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog and have an amazing week!!

Much love,

  • Comments ( 60 )

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    Tine

    Totally agree with Julianna, I’ve only worked with 3 companies so far but they were always brands I fully support and that actually matched what I write about. I also really agree with planning, I usually have my whole month’s schedule of posts ready at the start of each month, including what I’m going to cook & when, when I’ll post it on my blog and when I’ll share it on social media. Good luck to all new bloggers, it can be tough at times!

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Thanks for including me Ruthie. Love this post!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    ALL SUCH GOOD POINTS. I agree with every single lovely lady above! Photography is mega important. With that being said, I know some folks are all about needing to pay a pro, but I say if you can teach or if you know someone who knows how to rock a DSLR and does it for free – all the better!
    Community is HUGE, and authenticity is HUUUUGE – never sacrifice that for the sake of “growth.” Stick with authentic, organic growth methods from the start – it’ll get you farther in the long run, even if “farther” is ethically speaking!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Krysten

    I completely believe in blogging in what you love and what you believe in. That’s why I have a food blog, I love creating recipes and having amazing recipes!
    I am learning to not accept every email that I get, it’s slightly hard when you’re still new.
    thanks for the great tips!

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    Natalie @ A Tiny Traveler Blog

    This is a great list! I love your style and look forward to checking out the other bloggers in this list as well!

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    Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    Aw this was very helpful. I’m always looking for new ways to grow as a blogger 🙂 All you amazing ladies are so inspiring!

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    Jessica

    Love this amazing post Ruthie!! Love all the fabulous tips.. interacting is the best way to grow your business and being a true friend…

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    gunjan

    Great post. Keep going.

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    Krista Williams

    As always – super thoughtful and thorough love.

    I only know some of these babes – so I am so HAPPY to meet others. Love how you support other babes girl.

    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

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    Meghan

    This is some major helpful advice by some great bloggers!! Being authentic is really important to one’s brand.

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

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    xoxobellablog

    i agree with all of these bloggers!! This are such a great tips for blogging just starting out.

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    Erica Nicole

    These are fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing.

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    Jenny

    Such wonderful advice here! These ladies are awesome.

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    Alix Maza

    Sound advice! A sense of community is soooo important.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

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    Natalie

    These are all such great tips! I love all of the internet friends I’ve made thanks to the blogging community!

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    Barb

    Amazing tips and post! I’m new to blogging (June 2016) and have already learned a ton but it is an ongoing learning process. It’s so important to do whats right for you, and not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration and advice!

    http://www.flashesofdelight.com

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    Elise

    I loved reading this post!! So much genuine information and it’s all so inspiring. I do need to get better a keeping a posting schedule though – my content is always so all over the place!

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    Ashley

    What an amazing round up of advice from some fabulous ladies! I loved this post!!

    xo Ashley

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    Annie

    Great post! I totally agree with image quality and blogging about what you love. SO important!

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    Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    This is such great advice regardless of the niche. It’s awesome that you gathered other bloggers to collaborate on this post.

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    Christina

    Such great advice from so many inspiring ladies! So helpful.

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    Claire Melzer

    I am a newbie blogger, so thanks for your tips! I always try to stay true to myself and write about things that would be happening in my life regardless of whether I had started blogging or not and I think that is the best way to keep everything authentic!

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    Makayla M.

    Such a great, helpful post! All these ladies are so fab!! 🙂

    Xo Makayla
    http://www.fashionablykay.com

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    Sarah Tripp

    This is such a fun post! I love that you incorporated other bloggers, too! xx

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    Mollie

    Loved reading this post and that you shared advice from other bloggers! Such a sweet idea!

    Xx mollie

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    Jessica Bradshaw (@loveyoumoretoo)

    These are great tip! I think the authenticity is the most important part. I struggled with being a “fitness” blogger that loves chocolate and sweets. Then, I realized, I don’t care! Life is about balance and I just want to be me!

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    Annie

    I love that you got some of my fave girls together for one post! What a beautiful idea, you are always so creative and thoughtful like that. I love their tips and 100% agree. xo Annie

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    Joy @ Jumbled Up Joy

    I love this post! So much helpful advice and encouragement. I’m passionate about writing and story-telling and the pursuit of true joy. I felt truly encouraged in some of the decisions I’ve made recently regarding my blog as I read this post.

    I also love how you’ve highlighted these other beautiful bloggers. How beautiful to lift up others with what you do!

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    I love what Sandy said. I’ve met her a few times and she is so nice and when you read her posts, it’s just like you are talking to her. I’ve found that interacting with other bloggers and building community have been some of the best things I can do both for my blog and just for me personally because I get to connect with others.

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    RunningInHeels/Kasey

    These are awesome tips from some really amazing blogger ladies! All so true!

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    Mayra

    As a newbie myself I’m always looking for advice from seasoned bloggers. Great advice ladies, thank you Ruthie for sharing!

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    Sandy a la Mode

    love this post sweetie, and i am so honored you included me!!! xo

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    Brittany Daoud

    Being authentic and staying true to your personal style are 2 tips that I definitely agree with! When I started my first blog, I was not following these rules and I quit pretty quickly cause I felt like I was just being fake and not myself. This time around, I remind myself of this all the time! Thanks for sharing!

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    Emily

    great advice from an amazing group of ladies!!

    xo Emily
    http://www.thehipsuburban.com

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    Lauryn Hock

    This article is sooooo cute! I would love to participate in the next one.

    xo, Lauryn
    Lauryncakes

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    Ashley DTKAustin

    I love all of these ladies!! Such a great and inspiring post!! 🙂

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    Nataly

    so much great advice here! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Tuyet

    Thanks for sharing these tips! Your photos are always so amazing!

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    Brooke

    Such a great post, LOVE it! xx

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    Kim @ Champagneista

    Such great tips from some great ladies! I really enjoyed reading this.

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Cristina

    The stay true to yourself is so important! Bloggers can feel so much pressure to “fit” in the blogosphere and they start changing their-selves a lot, which is sad.

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    Sarah Althouse

    Being authentic for me sometimes means saying something silly in my posts to catch people off guard. That way you can tell it is alllll me and provides a glimpse into my personality. So that was my favorite piece of advice here!

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    Carly Delski

    This is such a great idea! I appreciate all your tips. They are all so important in growing an awesome blog 🙂
    Xx Carly | thecarlycollective.com

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    Chelsea-Catherine

    This was so very helpful! I’m a brand new blogger, just launched less than 2 weeks ago! I would love to get in contact with you and get plugged in to this community!

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    Lauren

    Great tips! I need to work on my photography skills for sure!

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    Lavenda Memory

    Love that you started this with “Be Authentic” That’s such a key foundation. Great post babe!

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    Debbie Savage

    Thank you so much for highlighting everything here! I love the inspiration — these ladies are quite fantastic just like you RUTHIE!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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    Rachel

    These are great, thanks for sharing, Ruthie! Photography is something I definitely want to step my game up on!

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    Maggie

    I love all of this advice!! And you’ve featured some of my fave gals!

    Maggie
    Maggie@polishedclosets.com

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    Dashing Darlin’

    All of these tips are so fabulous!! Adore each of those ladies too. Thanks for sharing, Ruthie!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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    Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Love all of the tips you used… and all those girls are such great bloggers! It’s so lovely to see bloggers supporting one another 🙂
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

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    Nadine Cathleen

    They all have such lovely blogs! Such a good post and great advice 🙂 🙂

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    Tatjana

    These are such amazing tips! I absolutely love them! 🙂 Great advice!

    Tatjana x
    http://www.fashionartista.com

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    Stephanie // A Sparkle Factor

    SUCH great advice from so many awesome girls who are kicking butt! Thanks so much for sharing. Total gems.

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    Anna Cobbs

    I think being authentic is the very best advice you could give anyone!!

    xx – anna
    fleurdille.com

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    Liz

    What a great post! These are some of my favorite bloggers. I’ve been blogging since 2015 and can totally relate to everything they are saying. Love!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    gretahollar

    This is such a helpful post! It’s so good to hear from bloggers who have been doing this for a while!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    suzanne

    These are all such great tips, and ring so true. Especially not saying yes to every company who wants to collaborate. So important!

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    Karinthia

    The pucreashs I make are entirely based on these articles.

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    Charla

    Yeah, that’s the ticekt, sir or ma’am

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