Real Talk About Blogging

If you walked up to me (or sent me a message, since it’s unlikely we live in close proximity to each other) and asked me if I enjoyed blogging, I’d tell you of course I did! I mean, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t get some satisfaction from it. And if you followed that up by asking if you should start a blog, I’d say “Absolutely!” Blogging is great for sharing your ideas with the world, it’s a fun project, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment.

No matter where you go on the internet, there’s an idea that bloggers have great lives: they have hundreds of followers, their pictures are beautiful, and their posts are always well-written. Bloggers are perfect, aren’t they? They’re so well put-together.

But you want to know the truth?

Sometimes, blogging sucks.

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Blogging How-To: Title Images Part 2

Remember that blog post I wrote last month about creating title images for blog posts? Well, I’m back again with more title image tips, including ways to find fonts, troubleshooting to make sure your image shows up on Facebook, and creating abstract backgrounds!

If you haven’t already, be sure to read my original blog post, since that tutorial lays the foundation for this one. Also, I use the free image editing program GIMP in both of these tutorials, so if you don’t have that program, you can download it here. If you’re not familiar with GIMP, don’t worry – it’s a pretty easy program to learn!

So, are you ready to learn some more tips and tricks? Keep on reading!

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Blogging How-To: Title Images

The other day, a friend of mine approached me about how I make the title images for my blog posts. It’s actually a part of blogging I find very enjoyable, so I figured why not share my methods with the world? After all, it was quite the process to teach this so myself and I thought I’d save you the trouble.

The program I use to create my images is GIMP, and so that’s what I’ll be using in this tutorial. You can download the program for free here. If you don’t like GIMP, I’m sure you could use something like Pixlr, which I’ve heard is a very good online program, though I can’t say from experience.

Why create title images? For one, they look good on your page. But the larger reason is that it makes your posts look more appealing when you share them. Using title images makes your posts easy to share on Pinterest, which is great especially if you’re a blog that talks about writing, crafting, or other Pinterest-worthy things. Adding images also makes your links look more appealing when you share them on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you like to use.

How do I make one? Well, buckle your seatbelts friends, because I’m about to teach you almost everything I know about making title images in (hopefully) fifteen minutes or less.

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What I’ve Learned About Blogging

Well, so far at least.

Today marks one year since I started up Maggie’s Musings, and in addition to the other celebrations going on around the site, I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve learned over the past year of blogging (almost) consistently. It’s been a journey for sure, and there have definitely been days when I dreaded having to write a blog post for the week. But no matter what, I love creating, and Maggie’s Musings has given me an outlet for that.

I’m certainly not an expert yet, but based on the ups and downs of blogging for a year now, here are a few things I’ve learned!

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