The Learner Observer

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!

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Find her on: Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin


Find her on: Facebook | Pinterest | Bloglovin

Here’s how it works

Every 3 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.

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 Let’s get to the questions!

1. What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?

I love that blogging has brought me closer to people, whether I have actually met them or not.  Let me explain: I get to have some very cool conversations with people about what’s going on at The Learner Observer – friends, acquaintances and even family is always asking about things I did or what’s next.  As for the connection with those I haven’t met, I’ve connected with a lot of bloggers and non-bloggers around the world and built friendships with people, which still amazes me.

2. What is the most difficult thing about blogging?

Finding balance is pretty difficult in several areas.  It’s hard to balance how much of yourself you share with the world, how often blog posts are written, how much time you give to blogging and social media and comments.  Finding a balance is very important.

 3. How do you deal with everyday stress and managing a blog?

That little word “balance” comes into play hugely here.  I do my best to not get stressed out.  I don’t give myself too many hard deadlines because if this isn’t fun, I don’t want to do it.  So far it’s always been fun, so as long as it stays that way I’m good!

4. If you had to start your blog again, would you do anything differently? If yes, what and why?

If I started again I might either try using Blogger instead of WordPress because it seems to be a much more use friendly platform.  Not to mention that blog designs and templates are always less expensive for Blogger!  I might also go straight into self-hosting instead of waiting a few months.  That would have made lit much easier!

5. Do you actively monitor SEO?

I actually just started doing this about 2 months ago and I wouldn’t say I actively monitor it, but I am definitely MUCH more aware of it now than I ever was before.  It’s a learning curve!

6. What was the biggest blogging “aha!” moment for you in the last three months?

Well SEO was definitely a big one!   Not using it before was not doing my blog any favours.  I have also learned a little more about how to interact with readers via social media and I’m starting to get a hang of what gets people talking.  I still have a long way to go, however!

7. Which social media channels do you use and why?

Instagram is BY FAR my favourite because I’m such a visual person.  I love seeing what my favourite bloggers are up to and it gives us the opportunity to see bloggers’ real lives, not just the prettied up versions we get on the blogs.

8. How has your blog design evolved in the last three months?

I’ve cleaned it up a little.  I no longer have a background, it’s all white.  I removed the tagline from my header (which may be making a comeback) and I cleaned up some of the fonts as well, choosing more sans-serif fonts for a more streamlined feel.

9. What’s more important: style or substance?

Ohhh, that’s a tough one!  Style is important for first impressions, so I’m going to dare say that is most important.  Style is what gets people to your blog and substance is what makes them stay.  If you can’t get them there in the first place, there’ll be no one to stay around to read, so I’m going with style even though my first instinct was to say substance! 

10. For the next three months, what are your top three goals for your blog? (maybe also mention if you reached your last goals)

Last time I said I wanted to post 3-4 times a week.  That goal has changed to 2-3 times because 4 is simply too much!  I do post on average 3 times, so I guess I’m right on point.  I also said I wanted to make the High/Low a monthly series.  That remains a goal of mine as that hasn’t happened yet!  I have increased readership since last time, but that’s no longer a goal for me.  Instead, I want to increase the quality of my content.

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Now it’s time for you to go see what all of the other lovely ladies have been up to!

Johanna @ Dear Life, We Need to Talk

Danielle @ D id For…

Britney @ True Vintage Love

The first Backstage Pass post had some different questions, so check there if you want to know a few more things about us and how we got started.

I hope you guys are enjoying this series so far and if you have other questions about blogging, let us know and we’ll be sure to address them for the next round!

I’m off to medicate myself some more…this cold is getting the best of me this week and I just can’t shake it!


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    January 10, 2014

    Great answers! You’re right, balance is key when it comes to blogging. Once you get it right, you’re sorted :) xx

    D Is For…

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      January 13, 2014

      Totally! I’m still working on it! haha

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    January 11, 2014

    Wow, I feel like we are in such a similar place right now…craving balance…aiming for less in post quantity and more in post quality…steering clear of post deadlines. It’s almost like we’re blog soulmates or something… ;-) And I agree, if I could have, I would have started out on Blogger instead of But, what doesn’t kill us, right?

    Love this series you gals do!

    (Oh, and when I do some blogging tweaks, I’m definitely going to be picking your brain about the whole font thing. I love my Blog Title / menu font, but it’s hard to read for some…so yeah, I hope to improve the reader experience a bit with an easier to read font, but maybe one that still has a hand-drawn quality to it. Yup, I’m totally taking up your precious comment space with my verbal processing about blog fonts. Don’t mind me. Lol!)

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      January 13, 2014

      haha we totally ARE blog soulmates! I always encourage new bloggers to start out on Blogger now, so I guess if nothing else, my learning that lesson can help someone else! I’m so happy to be with WordPress now, but by golly, those first few months were rough. And self hosting? Still makes me cringe! But it’s all over!

      Ohhh I love talking fonts! I mean talking about them… not fonts that talk. The hand drawn fonts are definitely my faves too. And hey you can use this as your verbal processing space anytime!!

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    January 13, 2014

    I love that we’re both like “SEO, whaaaaat?!” haha I definitely have a HUGE learning curve ahead of me in that department!
    And I also really dig your “cleaner” design.. the all-white is really fresh and bright!

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      January 13, 2014

      Ugh seriously. I got a plugin a little while back that is SLOWLY pushing my butt into SEO shape though sometimes I ignore it and go back to it another time when it doesn’t make me want to pull my hair out! So glad you like the white! I couldn’t look at that wood background anymore. Now I need a new blog button, too. Excuse me as I go add that to my running list of things that MUST be done this month…

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    April @ Money Pit Love

    January 13, 2014

    Sistah, you are speaking my language when it comes to balance. I could spend my whole life – literally, my WHOLE LIFE – working on posts for the blog, and then it all becomes too much (because obviously, I can’t spend my whole life) and I fall off the wagon. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal, so finding that blessed middle-of-the-road balance is SO. HARD.

    Also, it’s funny that you’d go with Blogger if you could do it over again; I wonder if it’s a grass-is-always-greener situation? Reason being, lots of bloggers I know would choose the other over their current platform (myself included). Weird.

    And I love the white background and how clean everything looks. It’s beautiful!

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      January 14, 2014

      I totally hear you on being all or nothing! It can be great, but also a major fault especially with this whole blogging thing! Fingers crossed we can figure this out!

      You’d go WordPress? Huh… interesting!

      YAY for clean! I still need to clean it up more, but thank you!!!

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