A Blogger's How-To Guide. How to do everything better.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

When you get a chance to partner with the original blogfather, AKA Bon from The Life of Bon, you take that chance and you run with it. Bon knows the ins and outs of blogging and is always my go-to when I need to freshen things up a bit, or just pick her brain for some new ideas. And at the very least she takes some killer fashion photos- just look below.

So today we've collaborated to bring you all some blogging tips, because we know everyone needs help when it comes to writing a blog, so we're here for that very reason!  Everything you will ever need to know to be an amazing blogger.

This is important stuff guys, so if I were you I'd grab a pen and paper right now.

How to take a good photo:
TayBloggers, this one is essential! Here's my secret, I just always try to feel as uncomfortable as possible and then hope Instagram will magically turn that look of discomfort on my face into a presentable photo. It also helps if you shrug your shoulders, turn your knees in, and coyly look away from the camera. I also really like to pose with my dog, or a glass of wine. Animals and alcohol are always very photogenic.

How to master your self timer on the camera:
Bon-  Place the camera carefully on a table.  Then, set the timer for ten seconds.  Five seconds ain't nearly enough!  Run as fast as you can to your designated standing spot.  Freeze, smile, and act like you haven't just done a mad dash.  Remember to smile for the picture because you don't want no pic of you just standing there frowning like an idiot.  Do your best to hold a normal pose.  No one wants to look like a fool.  
Perfect picture!

No-no #1:  Acting like a fool.

No-No #2:  Standing like an idiot, not knowing that the camera is going off.

How to take photos of your food when you're at a restaurant:
Tay- Just do it as quickly and discreetly as possible! I often act like I'm sending a text message, or better yet reading a text, and then as soon as my food is set down BOOM! I grab a shot before anyone can judge me notices.

How to deal with spacing issues on blogger:
Tay- You just have to pray on this one, it's your only hope.
Bon-  Bang on the keyboard and yell a few choice words.  Works like a charm.

How to pretend you're not addicted to blogging:
Bon- Tell everyone that you don't check your stats and you don't care who reads your blog.  Publicly declare on your own personal corner of the web that you blog for you and no one else!

How to explain your blog-friends to your real-life friends:
Tay- This one can get kind of tricky as some people just don't understand that "online friends" aren't nearly as creepy as they sound. I recommend just making it easy on yourself by simply referring to blog friends as "cousins" or "coworkers" from now on. Trust me, there will be a lot less questions this way.

How to talk about your boy in blogland:
Tay- Never refer to him by his first name. Think of a cute nickname like "hubs" or "hubby" or "hubbster" or "bubster" or "the mister" or "Chris." See you all think my boyfriend's name is Chris, but in reality it's actually Kevin. Jk it's Chris. I think I missed the memo on the nicknames.

Bon-  STEP ONE:  Follow Tay's advice about cutesy nickname.  STEP TWO:  Never mention any disagreements in your life.  The blog world cannot know that you might not have the perfect relationship.  STEP THREE:  Above all, post lots of kissing pictures so the world can truly see how much you love each other.  You ain't a real couple if you ain't got the kissing pictures to prove it!

How to write a recipe post:
Bon-  Go to allrecipes.com.  Find a recipe for something that looks kind of good. Copy and paste the recipe in to your blog post and while you're at it you can just copy the pictures too.  EASY!  You don't even have to make the recipe yourself- I mean, seriously, who likes to cook?!?  Then, tell everyone you made up the recipe because there are some totally selfish people out there who don't think it's okay if you "borrow" their recipe and claim it as your own.  Jerks!  Oh, and don't forget to post it to pinterest so you can get oodles and oodles of traffic.  You're a genius!

How to respond to comments:
Bon-  Don't. You will seem much cooler and like more of a celebrity if you ignore everyone that comments on your blog.  We all know that anyone who responds to comments has no life.

How to stay out of drama in the blogging world:
Tay- you just say no to internet fights, pretty simple really. Or you jump right in it and have a ball. Whatever suits your fancy.

How to ask your boy to take yet another photo of you:
Tay-  I usually say something like this (while looking very apologetic and ashamed of myself)  "Hey Chris, will you take a photo of me really fast? Real quick I swear. Just one. It's for my post. Sorry. I'm sorry. You're the best." And then I'll usually have him take ten more because I never like the first nine.

Bon-  Promise him 18 holes of golf in the morning.  If that doesn't work, tell him your blog will soon make you millions and it'll be worth it when he's driving a sweet Lexus.  If that still doesn't work... find a new hobby.  Or a new boy.

How to pretend you're a fashion blogger:
Tay-  Put on some clothes, throw on a purse, and then look away from the camera as many ways as possible (or straight at it like I often do.) It also helps to pop a knee or look down at your feet. Or hide behind a plant.

How to complete a DIY project:
Tay- For DIY projects I prefer the DIFM route instead, which stands for Do It For Me, as in someone else please do it for me.

Bon-  What is DIY?

How to make it look like you have the best life ever
Bon-  Make sure to post about everything you do on the weekend.  Even if you didn't do anything that great, take some pictures that look like you are having fun.  Oh, make sure you post a picture of every last drink- wine, beer, tequila- we need to see it all!  It makes you seem ten times more fun!  If you're Mormon, just put pictures up of all the diet coke you drink.  That'll make you seem almost as fun.

Tay- I agree wholeheartedly with everything Bon said above.  Like I always say, a fake life is a happy life. I also like to try to add in photos of as many different outfits as possible, at as many different places as I can, all with a smile on my face of course. And if I'm eating food you better believe it will show up on every last form of social media. 

Bon getting wild with diet coke in India.  No Mormon vacation is complete without it!

Tay making sure we all know how fun she is with a drink.

How to respond to negativity in the blogging world:
Tay- My favorite method is sarcasm. Or just all out insulting.

Bon- Use your blog to publicly bash that meanie who insulted you!  That's why you started blogging isn't it, so you could have a voice?  Write a whole post on your blog dedicated to those total sluts who put you down.  Make sure you call them jealous at least four or five times because we all know the only reason someone would dare insult your blog is because they're jealous of you.  Remember that nothing they say has even an ounce of truth to it- they're just lies to bring you down because they want to dim your sparkle.  Don't let them take away your sparkle!  If you don't feel better after you write your post, feel free to binge out on ice cream all night long- it's the perfect excuse!

There you have it, ladies!  If you haven't "made it" in the blogging world after this blog post, we can do nothing for you.  We have unlocked every secret to blogging and given you every step you will need to become the next big thing.  You're welcome!

Have a great day. Now make sure to follow Bon and I on all mediums of social media.
Instagram @taylorgracewolfe     Twitter @thedailytay         Bloglovin              Facebook


  1. Writing these pointers down...right now.

    I'm so glad I stopped by. Seems like I might be doing a few things wrong...

    I need to get a better fake life right away.

    ; )


  2. You two just kill me. I definitely plan on following all your advice exactly!!!

  3. hahaha just wonderful, sage advice. thank you for this.

  4. I literally smiled through this whole post! I mean, who LOL's right? Smiling is more genuine.

    Loved this one: "And if I'm eating food you better believe it will show up on every last form of social media." Lol!

    You ladies are hilarious. I'm glad I took that 5-minute going on 45-minute break from studying for my mid-term tomorrow. Learning about anxiety disorders in children can wait.

    I wrote a post on "blogging pet peeves" on April Fool's this year. It was funny, or at least I thought it was. People seemed to like it. Here it is, in case you're curious! http://earnestyle.blogspot.com/2013/04/lets-be-real.html

  5. I loved this entire post!!!

  6. If you respond to this comment, you're a total loser.

  7. I love these tips. And I laughed at every single one.
    You guys are brilliant!

  8. I read this on Bon's blog and commented there - but I wanted to let you know that I LOVE THIS! You two are hilarious!

  9. Haha I love all of these! All I need is a plant to hide behind now.

  10. this is by far the best blogging advice post i have read yet :)

  11. This is SO funny. I definitely took notes on this one. Especially how to get your boy to take yet another picture of you...I'm still mastering this one, but now with your stellar advice, I'm sure to get it down STAT! =)

  12. Best.post.EVER. The two of you together nailed every tip on how to be a blogger, haha :)

    "A fake life is a happy life." <-- classic!

  13. Love it! A fake life is definitely a happy life! And I do the exact same thing when asking for pics from the hubster (good enough nick name??). Just one really quick and then it turns into a millions. Oops.

  14. haha I love this! Especially about how to take picture of your food in public without being judged.

  15. I wish all bloggers were like y'all. <3 I overcame my fear of taking food pics ... with my phone. Now, I'm trying to find the kahones to take em with my actual camera ... along with cool pics of the restaurant. Baby steps.

  16. always find the new boy, not the new hobby. blogging, i can't quit you.

  17. this was so funny! Still cracking up over here <3

  18. For me the best way to take a good photo of myself is to hand the camera to someone else............lol Thankfully hubby deals with me blogging he doesn't get it but he deals and says very little about it

  19. Ha, I recently started blogging and this post made me laugh. You are two funny ladies.

    Big Apple, Little Bites

  20. Peace out, I'm off to get blogland FAMOUS.

  21. I. loved. this. Blogging needs more sarcasm like this, bravo

  22. Ahhh! Great.. according to this post, I'm right on track with my road to blogging stardom.. Thanks for all the help ;) BTW, why the blog world doesn't have more sarcastic posts, I do not know. You two are genius! hahah

    xo caro

  23. Hahaha! Hilarious. I'm so glad you talked about answering comments....finely some validation that I look much cooler by not having to do it (because I kind of hate it) xoxox

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