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  1. Carey says:

    I read your twitter advice….. and still can’t do it. LOL Maybe one day it will make my to-do list, but for now, there’s just not enough time in my day. Now, if I could HIRE someone to learn it all, set it up and tweet for me, then sign this sista up!

    • Courtney K. says:

      LOL I understand completely! I had a twitter account for MONTHS before I ever started using it. One day, when things slow down for you though, I encourage you to take it up. I promise you will see substantial blog growth once you do.

  2. Jessica says:

    Great advice, I think involving your readers in your posts helps too. Whenever I do something somewhat interactive those posts are always very well received.

    • Courtney K. says:

      I agree. My readers love the chance to stand out against the words that I write. Guest blogging and featuring other bloggers has been a big hit around here.

  3. Samantha says:

    I really like your points about being too big for your blog and helping out the smaller blogs. Very, very good advice!

  4. Gina says:

    You said it all my friend. I see it a lot- there is a lot of “bloggy clickiness” that happens out there. It’s hard to get a relationship or even a reply back from certain blogging groups that seem to form. Which in my opinion is so sad. You are right- we all start somewhere. We all like to hear back from someone we left a comment for- especially if it’s a super heartfelt comment because you just happened to find their blog & you were so moved & inspired by it that you had to poor your heart out. Then…. nothing. I try to be open & friendly to EVERYONE that visits. You never know who you are going to hit it off with. I never thought that I would find some of my dearest friends- 2500 miles away- having only talked on the phone a couple times. But I tell you what- my life will never be the same since I started blogging & found these AMAZING women that keep me going each day!

    • Courtney K. says:

      Girl. Tell me about it. Some of the bloggers that started out the same time I did and have grown are beyond ridiculous with their cliqueness. And it’s so obvious that they try to one up and group together with everything. Bloggy karma always comes back around though. 🙂

  5. Fab Tips.
    I love Twitter. IN fact, I think I shall marry Twitter 😉 xx
    thanks !

  6. Shell says:

    Love the advice about never getting too big for your blog!

    I’m almost switched over to wp, so my commenting will be fixed soon. 🙂

    • Courtney K. says:

      I think I could write an entire series on that piece alone. Blog cliques are so high school and it drives me nuts!

  7. Kir says:

    I loved this, it was so well said and exactly the way it should be. BRAVO. Really. Every single point you made was right now , blogging can bring people together and that has to be your ultimate goal. Right???

    great post!

    • Courtney K. says:

      I agree! I think that when you lose site of what the real intent behind your blog is, that you end up losing your tribe and quality readership. The free products and whatnot are great, but I love my friends and readers and the relationship I’ve built with them more.

  8. Sarah says:

    Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing. By the way I TOTALLY know what you mean about the ads. I am once again feeling like the outsider like in high school.

  9. Jessica says:

    I think Twitter is the best tool I have used to grow my blog.

  10. lots of good advice! i still haven’t updated my commenting method & am kinda lazy about it. someday i might get around to it 🙂

    • Courtney K. says:

      Haha! You should do it. But then again, you could always move to WordPress and be done. (I’m a total WP advocate…in case you didn’t know that!)

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