The Learner Observer

Backstage Pass

Ever wonder how your favorite bloggers do it – cranking out posts consistently, managing their social media and answering comments, all while being fabulous and charming? “Backstage Pass” is here to help answer your questions! In this series, we take you behind the scenes to show you how blogging works; what motivates us, what is important in blogging, how do we juggle it all? Come join us to find out!

Who is “we”, you might ask? Well, let me tell you!

Brittney at True Vintage Love 

Blogging for: 3 months

Blogs about: True Vintage Love is a lifestyle blog!  I rant on about my adventures of becoming a new mommy, DIY projects, getting fit, and just the small things in life!

Find her on: Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin


Johanna at Dear Life, We Need To Talk


Blogging for: 5 months

Blogs about: Dear Life, We Need To Talk is a collection of things in which I find joy, inspiration & motivation, as well as my thoughts on issues from the mundane to the divisive, all brought to you in a creative, generally sarcastic way!

Find her on: Facebook | Bloglovin | Tumblr


Dannielle at D is for…


Blogging for: 7 months

Blogs about: D Is For… is a beauty blog with some lifestyle and fashion posts thrown in the mix. I have more makeup and beauty bits than one person should probably own, so expect plenty of reviews and general ramblings.

Find her on: Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin


Thalita at The Learner Observer


Blogging for: 13 months

Blogs about: The Learner Observer follows my journey of making a house a home. I want to share what I know and what I learn, be it DIYs, decorating tips, or just life insights – at the Learner Observer, we have fun!

Find her on: Facebook | Pinterest | Bloglovin


Here’s how it works

Every 4 months, Brittney, Johanna, Dannielle and I will answer ten questions about blogging. Since we’ve all been blogging for different lengths of time, and we’re all in different niches, the answers will be wonderfully diverse. In that, we want to give an insight into blogging, and how a blogger and their blog evolves over time. We think it’s something that hasn’t been done in quite this way before, and we’re really excited to share our thoughts and insights with you. If all goes as planned, this series will allow you to accompany us along our blogging journey over time, and maybe (hopefully!) even learn a thing or two.


Question Time!

What inspired you to start blogging?

My husband!  He always told me how I have so many opinions on everything, and I have creative ways of expressing them – I think it was his nice way of saying I’m opinionated and I have a big mouth! Just kidding!  Seriously, though, if it wasn’t for him suggesting it several times, The Learner Observer wouldn’t even exist!  Once I got started I had no focus.  Then I started my very first 31 Days Series, and I’m actually int he middle of round two right now!  The Nester has always been a super inspirational blogger to me.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?

The incredible interaction I get to have with people!  It still bogs my mind that anyone other than my mom reads this little blog, so to be able to make new friends and feel like we’ve bonded over spray paint, or nail polish, or our last Home Depot trip is pretty awesome!!

What is the most difficult thing about blogging?

I guess there’s nothing particularly difficult about just doing it.  Things get more and more complicated as you become more involved in it.  For me, learning things like coding, transitioning to self-hosted, and the never-ending plugin game have been major learning curves.

How do you measure your blog’s success?

I feel most successful when I see comments on my posts.  Again, it goes back to making a real connection with people I don’t even know.  When I do that, I feel totally awesome about myself and my blog.

In 5 words, how would you describe your blog?

Still finding its true purpose.

How do you deal with criticism?

What criticism?  HAHA kidding!  I take some of it seriously, and have even made changes to the blog based on it because it was really good constructive criticism.  The negative stuff I dwell on for a few days, let it make me a little upset (which I am aware I should stop doing), then I forget all about it.

Which social media channels do you use and why?

I am Instagram obsessed.  I’m a visual person, so pictures speak to me.  I also LOOOOVE Pinterest.  So much!  I love those two because they’re both image-based and they help to spark creativity.  I also use Twitter and Facebook because I know it’s important to try to reach people on all social media channels.  I’m terrible at Facebook and I have just recently gotten better with Twitter.  The 140 character max is good for my wordy self!!

How did you choose your blog design?

First I looked for free themes.  I ended up with a quilt design that I completely hated and had nothing to do with me.  Then I went to Etsy and decided to work with the awesome Tiffany of Beautiful Dawn Desings.  It’s a lot more “me” now.

If there was one thing you could tell newbie bloggers, what would it be?

Keep at it, even if your mom IS the only person reading your blog.

For the next four months, what are your top three goals for your blog?

To post at least 3 times a week, maybe even 4.  To make my High/Low into a monthly series.  And I would love to increase readership, of course, because connecting with all of my awesome readers is addictive and I want more of it!
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A MASSIVE thanks to Johanna for bringing us all together and writing up all of our blurbs and such.  She’s a real blogging gem, this one!
Now head on over to the other fantastic blogs to see how they all answered these 10 questions!  They will each open in a new tab/window, so click away!
Dannielle @ D is for…


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    October 10, 2013

    I am SO HAPPY this series worked out!
    And I am also hopefully getting internet next Wednesday so I can come stalk all your latest posts and everything – being Wifi free is terrible! #firstworldproblems
    Anywho THANK YOU for participating – I’m really excited to see where this goes :)

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    October 10, 2013

    I loved all your answers :)! Coding, etc terrifies me… I’m suuuch a technophobe, it’s ridiculous haha! xx

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    Brittney @ True Vintage Love

    October 11, 2013

    I would have to say my husband encouraged me to start my blog as well! He is always telling me “WOW, that looks good, so many people should see it!” When I show him something I’ve made or baked! One of my goals is to increase my postings as well. Your blog design is SUPER cute by the way!

    ♥ Brittney @ True Vintage Love

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      October 11, 2013

      So nice to have supportive hubbbies isn’t it? You do really beautiful work, though, and he’s right – people need to see it!!

      Oh and thank you. Thinking when I need a change I might just go to this really awesome girl. I think her name is Brittney? lol ;)

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    October 11, 2013

    This is such a good idea! I like the idea of getting a peek into the head of fellow bloggers :)

    Well done Thalita!

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      October 12, 2013

      Well I wish I could take credit. Johanna put this all together. It IS a great idea though, and hopefully new bloggers can see that this whole blogging thing can be done without too much intimidation!

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    October 15, 2013

    Yay! I love this series for so many reasons, but namely because it includes two of my favorite gals – – you and Johanna! Also, it was so much fun to learn more about you, Thalita! I love that your hubby was the one to encourage you to start a blog. And how very much you love comments. I’m the same way! And I’m always struggling to trim down my tweets to 140 characters. Seriously, though, it’s tough. Also, I definitely would love to see High-Low as a series; that’s something you have a knack for, and your readers definitely have an appetite for it. At least, THIS reader does. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and your story with us!

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      October 16, 2013

      Isn’t Johanna just the coolest, though? Seriously, she cracks me upppp!!!

      He’s pretty proud of himself for being the one to get this ball rolling! haha Comments seriously are the best thing ever. It’s the coolest to connect with people!

      I’ve got a new High/Low ready for November! It’s so hard not to post it, but it defeats the “no stuff” theme of this month… sigh… I guess I’ll wait! So glad you like it, though! It’s one of my favourite series!

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    December 23, 2013

    so fun! I feel so old next to all you guys – hard to believe SaigeWisdom turns the big 4 in January :S
    I love the feel of your blog, definitely “you” and I’m REALLY looking forward to this series :) Well done ladies. xo

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      December 28, 2013

      That’s gotta be a milestone of some sort, Sara! An early congrats on the four years. I’m sure it’ll be around for many more years to come because, let’s face it, Saige Wisdom is kind of amazing!!!

      Thanks so much for saying that about my blog and the series! You’re the coolest!

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