10 Tips for New Bloggers

After blogging for over 2 and 1/2 years, I can definitely say that I’ve learned a few things about the subject. I started out “green” just like a lot of you new bloggers out there.  I had to learn how to do posts, how to spruce up my blog and make it look all purdy, and how to add gadgets and widgets and all those other things that make blogging fun.


(all of these images were found online under Google images…pretty funny & a reminder not to take blogging too seriously)

So, in light of all of that, I thought this would be a good time to share with you new bloggers out there.  And there are a bunch of you! I see new blogs every single day and am amazed at all the new ones on the block now.  So, we all have to start somewhere.  I’m going to share some hopefully good tips for you to take and use to perhaps make blogging easier for you and fun too.


Many of the things I’ve learned have been trial and error.   I can’t tell you how many emails I sent in those early days, trying to figure out how to do something, so I would ask another blogger “how do you do that?”.  Everyone was so kind along the way, so I would like to pass on some of that to you “newbies”.

I changed my blog around so many times that first year, trying out backgrounds, headers, adding widgets, and so on.  Now that I’m on my own domain and with WordPress, I can look back and see how far I’ve come.  And hopefully, I can share some of that with all of you.  Figuring out HTML is a whole ‘nuther subject and one that I’m just beginning to conquer just a little bit.  It was scary at first, but once you learn some of the basics, it all gets easier.


1.  Writing posts in Windows Live Writer: I did a whole post on Windows Live Writer earlier this year. Another blog friend told me about it and it made posting blogs and uploading pics SO much easier and faster than writing in Blogger.  I have now moved my blog over to WordPress (I have all these options built-in now), so I don’t need to use Windows Live Writer anymore, but if you are still on Blogger, I would highly suggest you download this wonderful tool and use it.  You will be able to get much larger pics without all the hassle of changing codes or anything.  I learned how to do that too with my pics before I started using WLW, but once you start with it, you will never have to change any code again for your pics to be larger.  You can drag them any size you want and they will stay.  Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about loading them a certain way or if you want to go back and add a pic in blogger, it messes everything up.  You can load them and then move them around in WLW before you ever send them over to Blogger.  Read all about it HERE.

One little tip about WLW. Once you get it loaded on your computer, you will then need to link it to your blog.  Click on the Blog tab at the top and you’ll see Add Blog Account, you just put in your blog url and follow the steps to get your blog linked up with WLW, then you’ll be all set.  When you write a post, you will have the option of Publishing right then, or you can Save to Draft, as well as Send Draft To Blog. Once you start playing with it, it’s easy, I promise!  I usually Save to Draft first and then Send Draft to Blog, since most of my posts are done ahead of time.

2.  Letter Verification: This is #1 on my Personal Pet Peeves.  If you are a new blogger, I would highly recommend that you TURN OFF the comment with letter verification.  Your readers will be SO frustrated constantly having to type in those letters to leave you a comment.  And it is totally not necessary to do that.  If you feel you need privacy and some form of control over spam or bad comments, then just simply have all comments moderated.  That way you can delete anything that shows up that you don’t want posted.  Putting the letter verification thingy up there is just plain NOT necessary and makes people jump through some aggravating  hoops just to leave you a comment. You may find that people will not leave as many comments if you continue to keep this on your blog.  I know it certainly makes me think twice about leaving one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve typed in those letters, only to have to do it again….sometimes twice.   Don’t chase your readers away by doing this! PLEASE! I see SO many new bloggers with this feature turned on and you may not even know it’s on there.  Go and check your comments and see how you have them set up.

3.  Music: If you are a serious blogger and want to be taken seriously, turn off your music.  Now, there may be some exceptions to this and this is just my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth (about 2 cents :). I know some who have sort of a theme music going on their blog and that I can see. But, for you to have random music blasting all the time on your blog, it just makes me get off really fast if I go to a blog with blaring music. Chances are, your readers will not have the exact same taste in music that you do.   But, if you’re just having fun with all your friends, then do what you want about the music situation.  You won’t see any long-standing blogs with music for the most part.

4.  Have fun, be friendly, and be yourself: Have fun with blogging!  The best thing I can tell new bloggers is to be patient, get out there and meet a lot of people.  Comment, comment, comment all over blogland.  There are a TON of new blogs out there in the time that I’ve been blogging and it is really overwhelming to try to meet all the new ones even when we are all in generally the same niche:  mom blogs, homemaking blogs, crafty blogs, decorating blogs, thrifty blogs, cooking blogs, etc. It’s gotten impossible for me to keep up with all of YOU who come to visit me.  I hate that, but that’s just the truth.  I keep up with almost 200 blogs on my Google reader and I can’t even read all of those consistently.  So, please understand how hard it is to stay up with everyone.  But, if you are a new blogger, the best way to get known is to keep commenting.  Strike up a conversation and talk to those that you’d like to get to know. If  you keep talking, they will notice you! Be friendly and you will make friends!  That’s a simple one, but it works.

Don’t try to be someone you’re not.  Just be yourself, that’s one of the best things I can tell you.  We are all made differently, with unique personalities, so let yours shine.  No one can be YOU better than YOU.  If you are passionate about what you’re blogging about, it will show.  Blogging can sometimes feel competitive and a little bit like a High School popularity contest.  But, that is part of putting yourself out there.  Again, just be true to who you are and your blog will be uniquely yours.

5.  Be patient in growing your blog. This is one of the things I see too, lots of blogs all trying to get noticed, make a name for themselves, and grow big.  It may or may not happen, you just have to be patient and it probably won’t happen overnight.  It’s taken me over 2 1/2 years to grow my blog to where it is now.   There are many blogs who are bigger than I am and some of them grew much faster than I did. That is just the way it is in the blogosphere.  Most of the time, it takes time and effort put into a blog for it to grow consistently and most blogs do not explode in growth the first year.  Time, grasshopper, it takes time!  Plus, with all the new bloggers out there, I think it’s even harder to get noticed and to build a successful blog takes much effort and time. I can’t tell you the hours I spend behind my blog to make it all work.  Lots of hours! 🙂  But, it’s fun and I love it!

6.  Add your Email: Encourage interaction with your readers by adding your email address in your Profile or sidebar.  Most people just want to be friendly and they may want to just email you a question or comment about your blog.  It’s fun to get emails, so don’t be afraid of that. This is a community.

Edited to add: Also, sign up with Sitemeter (I have it on my blog) or one of the other stat counters to get an accurate count of who is visiting you.  Google Analytics is also another great thing to add to your blog. You can find that in My Account under Blogger also.  You’ll have to add some code to your blog, but once you set it up, you can go in and look at all your stats and  get an accurate count of who is visiting, where they came from, and if they landed on your page from a Google search, it will tell you that too.  Good information to know!

7.  Learn How to add a Permalink: Most of you have probably participated in linky parties before and I do a lot of them myself and I still see a lot of folks who just don’t understand the permalink thing.   When you are participating in a party and want to leave a permalink, here’s what you do:  type up your blog post on your blog and once it is posted “live”, then you can get the permalink by clicking on the blog post and highlighting and saving the url address.  That is what you will paste into the party box, along with your blog name.  There are other ways to get the url address too, but this is the most direct for me.  It’s easy once you give it a try.  I can’t tell you how many people still don’t understand this simple process or they don’t take the time to read and do it correctly.  Everyone who hosts a party will love you and thank you for learning to do this right.

8.  Taking pics for your blog: As a new blogger, I knew nothing about taking photos for my blog. It was all definitely trial and error and if you look back on  my earlier posts, you can see how far I’ve come. 🙂  Thank goodness!  I’ve also upgraded my camera, but I still don’t own an expensive one.  Mine is a Canon Powershot A570IS and cost less than $150, but I have managed to get some pretty good pics with it.  One thing I learned early on is to turn off the FLASH! Such an easy solution, but it really makes all the difference. You’ll have to learn h0w to keep very still while you’re shooting so that pics will not be blurry, but my camera works pretty well without the flash and I don’t ever use a tripod.  Your pics will look SO much better.  And post your pics as large as you can (see Windows Live Writer above)! Your readers will love that.  Don’t you love to open a blog with big, beautiful pics??  Yeah, me too!

9.  Learn how to do “live” links in your blog posts and sidebars. I still click on some blogs that have the whole string of url addresses in their sidebars or blog posts.  That is so messy and there is a really easy solution to this.  Every blog post will have an icon for “live” (clickable) links, all you have to do is use it.  If you want to make a word or sentence “live”, all you have to do is type it out, go and grab the link url where you want the link to go to once it is clicked on, come back and then highlight that word or words, click on the Globe icon on your blog post bar and it will bring up a box so that  you can paste in the url for the link.  Easy, peasy!  So, if you haven’t learned how to do that, do so pronto.  The same thing goes for your sidebars.  You can paste in live link urls to your sidebars too.  Just play around with doing that and you’ll get it.  If you have questions about anything, there is always someone around who will answer it for you.  Myself included, I’ve answered many questions about blogging how-to’s along the way.

10.  Google Reader or Bloglines: If you haven’t signed up to read blogs in a reader yet, you will definitely want to do that.  It saves a ton of time to get all the blogs that you subscribe to in one spot, so that you can click on there and immediately see who has a new post up.  It’s so much easier to keep up with your favorite blogs this way.  I now use Google Reader, but started out with Bloglines.  I found that Bloglines didn’t update properly for me all the time, so I switched.  Adding a subscription and feed option to your blog will help your readers too, so do that also.  If you don’t understand that or know how to do it, I can help you.  Blogger has their own feed service, under Feedburner and it’s really easy to get installed.  You can also receive blog posts by email and that is another option.  I like to offer all of these options to my readers, so you can all pick and choose the best method.

I also want to take a minute and just say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to come by and read my blog. It means the world to me and without all of you out there, I wouldn’t be doing this. I have so much fun with it all and it has taken me places I never dreamed I’d be.  So, I just wanted to tell y’all how very much I appreciate all of you out there who consistently support my blog, the ones who leave comments AND the lurkers.  I love you lurkers too! 🙂  How about throwing me a comment occasionally?! :;

Susan, over at Between Naps on the Porch wrote a nice, concise post on blog tips and she goes into even more details than I did here, so check that out for more particulars on how to add widgets and other things on your blog.

Also, check out some new blogger tips on styling your blog from Donna at Funky Junk.

I hope this helps all of you new bloggers a little bit.  Blogging has been SO much fun for me and if I can pass on some of my knowledge to you newbies, I want to do that.  There are always more things to learn and I’m always on a quest to learn new and exciting things to make my blog better too.  Sometimes it’s totally overwhelming and over my head, but I keep plugging away at it.

Two really neat success stories are two blogs that I’ve been following since they started.  One of them, Young House Love, just celebrated their 2 year blogoversary and they just did a post on how they got started and how their blog has exploded in this short time.  They’re a fun young couple in their first house, sharing their remodeling and DIY projects and their blog took off like a rocket.  If you’ve never visited, go over and take a look, as they are a very inspiring young couple.

And my friend, Layla, from The Lettered Cottage, has had tremendous success with her first year of blogging and has really taken off too.  You can definitely see when someone is sharing their passion and these 2 definitely do that.  Heart and soul combined.

Happy Blogging! 🙂

- Rhoda


  1. Thank you Rhoda for your tips! I am sooooo new to this life in Blogland that at times it seems overwhelming! I love your blog and I scour over the details of your beautiful pics! Thank you for “teaching” us on how to take a trash and turn it into a treasure….in these tough times, you have given me hope to be able to create beauty in my home! I am grateful for you and your lovely blog. Donna <

  2. Rhoda, this entry could not have come at a better time. I just created my blog account last night – I’m FINALLY doing it. So excited to become a blogger – thanks for the tips!

  3. I agree with your tip about the comment moderation. It is very annoying and not necessary! I will usually jump through that hoop to comment, but it’s much nicer when I don’t have to do that!
    Question: Where do you store your photos so you can edit them? I’m looking for a good site. Any suggestions??

  4. Thanks for the great tips! Even though I have been playing around with blogging for about a year now, I have just started to try to make mine more helpful to the people who read it. Putting in links, and widgets, and live spots, are all very new and time consuming to learn. This whole post is GREAT for me!! But then, I always love your posts! Have a great weekend!!

  5. I agree with everything you mentioned above. Especially the music..
    I have a question related to your home office. I love your shelves, Do you have a post on them? I am interested in something very similar.


  6. I am so excited to learn about windows live writer… what a great tip. Going over to turn off the little code verification thing on my blog. Thanks Rhoda!

  7. Hey Rhoda,

    Agree with all your tips…I really like the one about the music! I have to turn off my sound when someone has music going! The comment word verification/moderation…thingy….I have had to turn back on….the amount of spam, was unreal!!!! And someone from japan had hopped through SEVERAL of my post leaving comments that could not be read….it took me quite a bit of time to go through and delete the mess they had left! I beleive that comment word verification is there for a reason…I hate it, but for now it’s back on! I hope to be able to remove it again, but since it’s been back on, I haven’t recieved any spam!

  8. Thank you for adding this post! I’m a newbie (& a lurker – this is my first post…) I can’t wait to learn how to set up my own blog one day.

    I love your taste in decorating: I have lots of bunnies scattered throughout my home, too! I love almost any shade of green, but favor the shades of apple/pear/lime. My first project idea I’ve borrowed from you will begin this weekend – I’ll be framing out the “builder” mirror in the master bath. Then I have plans to buy some of that beadboard wallpaper… did I mention that I really love your decorating ideas??

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Thank you so much for this posting. As a baby blogging of less than a year, I am still learning so much for the “pros”. You are truly a blogging mentor.

  10. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I started my blog yesterday and I am printing this and saving it so that I have it at my finger tips!
    I enjoy your blog SO much! I have even started thrifting and my first finds aren’t too bad! 🙂 You have been a real inspiration to me!!!

  11. Lynn Osborne says:

    Hi Rhoda, thanks for all the tips. I use Google Reader but I can’t figure out the difference between subscribing to a blog and following a blog. It seems not to make a difference on my end but some bloggers refer to one and some refer to both. Can you explain the difference?

  12. Wonderful tips Rhoda- thank you! I just started my blog this past May and I love it when established bloggers such as yourself and Susan share your tips. I need all the help I can get!
    Happy Friday to you. 🙂

  13. Rhoda-This is such a good post. I started my blog less than a year ago and have had the help of so many strangers who are now “friends”. I am not considering this a “race to the finish line”, but really enjoying the journey 🙂

  14. Thanks for the great tips. I really enjoy your blog.

  15. Lots of wonderful tips! I’m going to check out the Windows Live Writer. I too hate the comment verifications!

  16. I just wanted to thank you so much for this post! I am a new blogger who has just taken up the hobby. So I’m glad to read a blog I actually related to and understand.
    For instance: I didnt even know I had the letter verification turned ‘on’ on all of my comments! I hate those things… well after reading your post I went and checked and sure enough! So I changed it right away!

    Again, thank you so much!
    -Courtney Rae*

  17. Love this post. I love reading blogs through google reader. For bloggers who use blogger/blogspot there is a feature that lets you upload the whole post or just part of a post to google reader. I can’t tell you how many blogs that I have unsubscribed to simply because the writer/owner won’t let the whole feed go through. Just thought I would mention that because I think people will want to keep reading if they don’t have to take that extra step of going to the blogs main site. I hope I am explaining this well. 🙂 I am going to look into Windows Writer thingy! Thanks!!

  18. Hi Rhoda
    Fantabulous post. I’m taking this link over to the Back Porch and adding it to my comfort food post. I think I’ll add it to the sidebar too. Lots of good info!


  19. thanks so much for the tips rhoda!!!! i have to say i am one person that had the word verification but i have taken it OFF! yay and i am downloading windows live writer right now! so any other tips for my blog???? hehehehehe

  20. Thanks Rhoda – I am excited to try Window Live Reader – those tips should come in handy – thanks for taking the time to write them down for us!

  21. Thanks Rhoda. I love reading tips from “seasoned, successful”
    bloggers. Yours is one of the first blogs that I started keeping up with long before I started my own.
    The tips today are very useful. I really appreciate ya!

  22. You have inspired me to start my own blog! I have been reading blogs for the past few months and actually got started by stumbling across yours! I have picked up so many helpful ideas and I would love to share mine as well. Your tips have really helped me (although I’m still not at all sure what I’m doing)! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!

  23. Wonderful tips. I started blogging consistently in February, and what you suggested I have done for about two weeks. I never thought I would enjoy blogging so much but it is so much fun. Not to mention addictive. lol

  24. Hi, Lynn, to answer your question about Subscribing or Following, here’s how it works. Subscribing to a blog is getting their feeds sent to you either via email or through a reader like Google Reader or Bloglines. Following is the Friends follower gadget that Blogger has on their blogs. It’s only available if you are on a Blogger blog (I think it can be inserted on a WordPress blog, but takes a lot of effort), so that is just another Blogger method of “following” a blog. I chose not to use the Follower thing, but I just use Google Reader and put in each blog I want to subscribe to.

    If you have a subscription button on your blog, then each person can click on whatever reader they want to choose to read, so the Subscribe button makes it simple for them, as well as the Email feature. Some folks want everything sent to their email, so there is something for everyone. You just have to get that installed on your blog properly and everyone can subscribe to your feed. Check out Feedburner under My Account in Blogger for that info.

  25. About a week ago, I got so unnerved by the whole word verification thing on posts that I wrote on my blog that I would no longer be reading blogs that had that enabled, as it was testing my eyesight and my sanity. Then took it off about an hour later because I didn’t want to offend anyone. I hate those things with a passion. I have used Windows Live Writer for months and just love it! Can’t say enough about how it has made life easier! Music? I leave my speakers turned all the way down so I don’t get knocked out of my chair by it. My blogging is a mute world by choice. You have some wonderful advice. I hope people listen. Because if they’d turn off that word verification I’d have time to read lots more blogs and comment!!!

  26. Thanks Rhoda! Reading your tips helped me to see where I’m on the right track with my blog and where I may not be. Your blog is one I’ve checked out regularly since the very beginning for style and content inspiration. I’m still working to find my own “voice” and direction but it feels like it’s coming together a little more every day. Thanks for being so generous!

  27. Thanks, Rhoda…I am feeling a bit discouraged out here in blogland and your advice came at the right time. I went straight away and took off the word confirmation….and I need to practice my “no flash” photos.
    I have many photos that I want to incorporate from BB (Before Blogging), so I will just have to make it all work…
    Thanks again!

  28. Nadir @ Hodgepodge says:

    Thank you Rhoda! Those are wonderful tips! I am a newbie blogger myself & have trouble getting used to the vast world of blogging & all it has to offer but I’m so excited to just get my voice out there, even if my fiancee is my only reader 🙂

  29. Rhoda, these tips are fantastic. The only blog with music that I love is Daisy Cottage. It completely works there, I think. I would only add: please, please enable your email in your comments so it’s easier to communicate (in Blogger) ! Have a great weekend!

  30. Thanks for all the wonderful advise! Being a NEW blogger, some of these tips will definitely come in handy! Thanks again!!!

  31. Thanks for all the wonderful tips and advice! I just started my blog a few months ago and have been trying to make more “blog friends” because I love reading so many other blogs and wanted to share a bit of me back.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand word vertification for comments! Please everyone turn that off!!!

  32. These are great tips! I didn’t start blogging for anyone other than myself and my close friends, but found that others like keeping up with what I’m doing too. I never paid any attention to any blog features, but have already used a couple of your suggestions and will definitely try out the rest. Thank you!

  33. Thanks for this awesome post! :o)

  34. Rhonda, once upon a time I was brand new to blogging and you said a precious “Hey!” in my comments. You won me over right away and I continue to follow you, so the theory works!

    Not sure if the masses know yet, but blogger now has an enhanced version of blog posting that I actually prefer over Windows Live Writer myself. I found when I used windows live, my little thumbnail didn’t show up in other’s blogrolls, very strange! Only glitch I’ve found is you can’t attach a link to a picture within your post. There’s always something! LOL

    There is indeed a place for blog improvement writeups. So much so I started a regular piece that is getting lots of kudos. I’m just glad I can help and I’m also learning in the process!

    On the topic of pictures, I learned so much from an artist friend of mine. Turning off the flash was tops on the list to maintain true colours, but then illuminating your object with other lights (a lamp tree is what I use) is also imperative for indoors to stave off the darkness. Then I haul the pic into free Picasa to do abit of very quick editing. Now that I do these three steps, I’d never go back! Such a big difference! I have photoshop but I’ve yet to load it and know what to do with it. That’s next. 🙂

    Sorry to write a book! But blog improving is such an interesting topic to me! I’m a graphic designer by trade and here I am with a plain ‘ol blogger template, hacking away attempting to make it beautiful. Why? Because of the experience of learning and sharing while I go! Sometimes doing it the hard way forces you into learning mode and it pays off in the long run.

    Thanks for all you do Rhoda. It’s always a pleasure dropping in!

    Funky Junk Donna

  35. Rhoda,

    Thanks! I have been blogging since the first of the year and knew there had to be some better ways of doing things. Thanks for taking the time to explain things to us all!

  36. Candice Holyoak says:

    Thanks for sharing! I am in the process of creating my own decor blog, so this is great info. I am gonna go and check out the other links you suggested, too!

  37. Thans for all of the great tips! I’m heading over to check out that Live Writer thingy right now!

  38. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I find it very valuable as a newer blogger. Love your blog!

  39. Awww Rhoda, great tips! And I can say I knew you way back when… Look at how far you’ve come! Great job.

  40. Thank you, thank you. As someone who visits and promotes (for free) bloggers, I cannot stress enough how the word or letter verification slows me down. I often just cannot get it right. I am almost to the point of not following those who have it, although I’m afraid I’ll miss something I love if I do that.

    My second thank you is for the inspiration to fix my button links to my own stuff. They disappeared (hey, I’m sure I didn’t do it! :-)) and when I stopped by here earlier this week I was reminded to get this done! Done!!!

  41. Guilty! I have been a lurker at your blog. I think I may be a bit shy. Good tips and I took your advice and removed the music from my blog. You are right, not everyone enjoys country music!

  42. Hey there thanks alot for your tips..they are great and you are right it takes alot of work and alot of trial and error! i just got my first award yesterday and I learned alot about linking and font colors and such ..thanks again for the tips! Stephanie from http://thewhisperingcreekhouse.blogspot.com/

  43. Thanks Rhoda for this helpful post! I am one of the newbies still trying to figure out how to blog so it was very exciting to see your good tips and advice.

  44. Thanks Rhoda! My daughter and I are going to begin our own blogs. This is so helpful!

  45. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    I took some of your advice while reading the tips. The others I’m off to explore. Yay! Always want to improve.

  46. Awww…thanks for the shout out Rhoda!
    We’re very excited about the future of our blog and about the opportunities it has created. We never would have dreamed that it could actually turn into a full-time thing!

    Thank you for inspiring me from the beginning…


  47. Rhonda: I don’t blog, but I so enjoy reading blogs (It’s either take time to blog or take time to read them and reading won out!) and I so appreciate this post. And … I’m happily leaving a comment because you’ve made it so easy to do. Nothing is worse than having to jump through hoops to comment (which I will not do) and then being accused of being a second class lurker for not commenting when it is difficult to do. Bloggers – If we take time to check out your blog, it is because we enjoy it/you. Make it easy for us to visit/comment and invest in you. Great friendships can be made this way!

  48. As alwaysl, you’re so generous about helping others, Rhoda. I think one of the first tips I’d include would be to determine WHY you’re blogging. For some, it may be to gain a big audience and a lot of comments, sharing their lives, projects, photos, etc. I’m not in that crowd personally, although I enjoy reading those blogs, too.
    I follow mostly spiritual/self-discovery/deep-meaning type of blogs (can’t think of a good word for it – lol!). These don’t use a lot of pics like the deco-type blogs; it’s mostly about the message.
    I started my blog because I had a lot of people asking me to share my thoughts in a blog. I started writing mostly for them and for me to have a place to share the thoughts in my head. I’m not a decorator or yardsaler, cook or crafter. But I love to write and my blog is my outlet.
    Good point about leaving comments, but new bloggers should know that some people don’t reciprocate. I’ve followed a couple of blogs for two years and received exactly one comment from each in that time.
    Re: music. You wouldn’t believe the number of comments I get from people who tell me they love the music on my blog. At least a dozen or more have said they leave my blog up while they’re online elsewhere cuz they love the music. Personal preference, I guess.
    I’d really love to know how to change the layout of my blog. I’d love for the columns to be wider like yours, but I don’t know how to do it. I’ll have to look around and see if I can figure it out.

    Thanks for all the very helpful info, Rhoda!

  49. Thank you, thank you, Rhoda. I just started my own blog a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t wait to sit down and try some of your tips. I’ll be sure to read Susan’s tips, too, over at Between Naps. Would you believe that until a few short months ago, I never knew any of these type of blogs even existed!? I literally stumbled into one by Googling decorating tips just so I could see some pretty pictures. Then one blog led to another blog and another….now I can’t wait to read all my favorites every day! Thank you again, and thank you for your beautiful blog written by a beautiful lady!

  50. Thanks for the tips ! And I totally turned off the word verification, I guess I never really thought about it, but it is annoying!

  51. Fantastic tips. They all make SO much sense… I’m still a newbie, only a few months in, and I have learned oh so much from simply checking out other people’s blogs. I still have some things I want to get around to doing, but it all comes with time! 🙂 Thanks for making the effort in listing all of this stuff. 🙂

    Have a good weekend!

  52. This was such an interesting and informative post, Rhoda. I was a very active blog reader for about 2 years before I became a blog author so I had picked up a lot of helpful tips and ideas before starting my own blog. Then when I started setting up my blog, I tried to incorporate all the things I liked on other blogs ( i.e., clutter-free sidebars, decent sized photos etc.) and avoid the things I hated ( i.e., music, word verification etc.).

    Fortunately for me, I was just in the tinkering stages of setting up my blog when you originally posted about Windows Live Writer so I was able to convert and play around with it before I ever published my first post. (Thank you!) I love WLW and have recommended it to several new bloggers. However, I do have one major concern about using it. Whenever I get an idea for a possible post, I start typing out random thoughts and then save them as a draft post until I’m ready to finalize and publish the post. I believe that in the event of a computer crash, I would lose those draft posts (and maybe access to recall and edit published posts?) since they are not being stored in an off-site location like Blogger.

    I whole-heartedly agree that bloggers should have an email so readers can contact you. There have been several times I wanted to send a personal response to a touching comment someone left for me, only to find they have no email attached to their blog or comments. 🙁 My regular, everyday email address contains my full name within it and I didn’t want that on my blog. An easy solution was to just set up a yahoo email for my blog, using my blog’s name. IMHO, all bloggers should consider the same if they don’t want their regular email address out there for the whole world to see.

  53. Hi Rhoda,
    How generous of you to supply all this info. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog but cannot commit right now because of time constraints. I can’t begin to thank bloggers like yourself for everything you share on your fabulous sites. I find its much like sitting down with a fave magazine but it doesn’t cost anything for a subscription. I’ll tuck away all your info for the day when I may just take the plunge. As always, TFS! Sheila

  54. Hi!!!
    This is the first time I have left a comment on your blog, but I visit your site often and I must say that I heart your blog!
    Thank you for the tips, I am making note of what I need to change (or delete) on my blog =)

  55. Rhoda, you are so right on! I totally agree with all of your tips ! I’ve learned all of that the hard way myself with hours of trial and error. You are so brilliant and kind to share your wisdom. EVERY new blogger should adopt every single thing you said. Especially the parts about turning OFF the music and turning OFF the flash on your camera. I haven’t used my flash in six months, and it makes all the difference. A great camera really helps too. I have a Nikon D60. It’s awesome.

    One thing, I just moved over to WordPress mysef, but I was able to update my Windows Live Writer with my WordPress settings. If you go to “Blogs” under WLW and “edit blog settings” you can update WLW with your WordPress settings and use all of the great tools in WLW with WordPress. Just thought I’d pass that along.

    Again, I’m a total newbie blogging for only 8 months, and bow down to the experienced bloggers such as yourself. But so far, I’m pretty pleased with steady growth just by following the tips you’ve discussed !

    FABULOUS POST ! One of my favorites.

  56. Thank you so much. This came at just the right time for me. Ive been trying to get the word out about my first giveaway at my blog. Its been hard and Ive been letting it bring me down today. Your post has been a huge comfort. I just need to be patient and keep on doing what Im doing. Thanks again.

  57. Thank you for your tips … and for not making me type in those letters to leave it :-)) I’ve been blogging for a month … I got hooked on Young House Love and going link to link to a wider group of home bloggers. I thought if they can do it, even I, technically challenged as I am, could do it. I love it. I am now off to join WLW and turn off my flash. Cheers.

  58. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU — I’m am SUCH a newbie! And I THANK YOU for the gift of Windows Writer – SOOOOO much better than blogger direct – I can’t even tell ya! I’m gonna be gettin my bloggin on now!

    In a future blog tip post (keep em coming!) – could you tell us how you set up the comment invitation section? I’m very lonely (again I’m very newbie-ish) & have very few friends (errr commenters!) 🙂

  59. LOVE this Rhoda! I need to check out the Windows live. I think that sounds great. I use Flickr for my pics and can edit them with Picnik {which I love}, and it is SUPER easy to post and change the sizes. I found with uploading through blogger that the pictures- even large- were small and that they messed up my spacing in the post. That spacing thing is why I’m still fighting the constant question, “Should I switch to wordpress??”. Blogger is just so easy right now, but I already have my own URL, so I think I’m going to make the WP leap soon.
    Have you liked it? Was it painful?? 🙂
    Your blog is always fun and looks great!

  60. Hey Rhoda,

    Thanks for the tips. I had no idea there was an easier way to upload and write post. I usually don’t blog because of my limited time. I’m in the process of downloading now…thanks again!


  61. Thanks for the info Rhoda! I’m learning all I can about blogging. I started mine almost one year ago. There are so many men out there talking about how-to blog, seo, etc ect, so it’s refreshing to read something with a different voice!

  62. Thanks, Rhoda! I really have to check out Live Writer. I’ve heard about that before, but haven’t gotten to it yet.
    I just got a new camera, and will be taking some pics of the family room, and posting them soon. But since I don’t have a Grandma that does slipcovers, I’m still not finished with those! 😉
    Mary Lou

  63. Hi Rhoda:

    I’m a lurker who stops by every day! You are one of my top faves in blogdom; you’re obviously doing something right in my book. : ) I enjoy everything – – the how-tos, the yard sale treasures, the decorating tips, the cheapskate fashion finds, recipes – – all of it. Keep it coming!

  64. Rhoda, Thanks for the great tips. I just started a family blog and am considering doing a decorating one, because I love them!! Yours is the first decorating blog that I got into, and now i am hooked. Thanks Again!

  65. Wonderful tips whether you are new to blogging or have been around for awhile.

  66. Dear Rhoda,
    Thank you, thank you. I just removed my music. My ears do not like to fight with my eyes while I am reading. Guess I can’t do two things at once. You gave me the “Okay” to remove what I thought had to have as part of my blog. I will also try more of your tips as soon as I get time to play around. I thought my blog would be a big hit with the association that I belong to, but guess I’m about the only Valentine blogger out here!
    I love your blog and visit many times. I’m sorry I have never posted to you before. You have a keen eye for design and I love that you are from the south. One day I hope to be too.

  67. thanks for all the tips! so nice of you to take the time to share what you have learned. i did not even know i had word verification turned on – it is now off.
    thank you!

  68. I am not a new blogger but I must comment to tell you that I learned some things from your post! Thank you! I would definitely like to try hint #1 ! Happy blogging!

  69. Rhoda,
    This is so nice of you to take the time & hold our little bloggy hands. I am so ready to move to WordPress or change my layout. Could you come to Lexington & do it for me? Pretty please?
    xo Lisa

  70. Hi Rhoda 🙂

    I have some catching up to do on your blog! I’m so behind, like you, that I don’t know if I’ll ever get caught up.

    Anyway, these are great tips, especially for new bloggers. I follow all but a few LOL Oh I don’t know… I think sometimes that Im playing with the big girls and have a small time blog. I have never advertised myself because I do it for fun, so mostly I’m amazed anyone found me. Every time I see a new blogger following me or subscribing to Google reader, I’m thinking “where the heck did they come from?!”

    Can I just say that I’m thrilled that you read my blog at all and that I count you as a friend? Because I do 🙂


  71. Hi Rhoda! How nice of you to post all of these helpful tips for us bloggers. I was reading your blog before I ever started one and when I did, I came and asked you some questions and you were so nice to try to help me.
    Your blog is beautiful and you always have something to see that inspiring or I can learn from.
    Thanks again for sharing and
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  72. Thanks so much for sharing all this info! It has been a great blessing to me. 🙂

  73. I just got an e-mail today from Z Gallerie mentioning Young House Love as a favorite blog of their’s. Interesting that you should mention them today also. Good tips, thanks for sharing!

  74. Great post! I agree with you 100%!!!

  75. Awesome post! I have been blogging for nearly a year now, and I remember just beginning and trying to figure this whole thing out.

    I had no idea what blog buttons were and wondered what all that stuff was on people’s sidebasr. Then I clicked on one once and it took me somewhere else and boy was I surprised!

    Had no idea what following was and wondered who those little tiny people in boxes were, lol!

    It does take awhile to build up readership and you’re right, visiting blogs and commenting is a great way to get to know people. Just like talking to people IRL is a great way too!

  76. Thank you Rhoda! I spent last night loading WLW and created my first post with it it worked like a charm!!! Your advice is much appreciated and thank you for being so generous!

  77. Thanks for taking the time to post these great tips on blogging. I remember that you were helpful to me when I started my blog. Don’t remember what it was, but I posted a “how to” question and you answered.

    I have missed so much of your blog – for the very reasons you mentioned – just not enough time at the computer to read everything – but am enjoying catching up today.

    Blessings to you and congratulations on the success of Southern Hospitality. It was one of the first blogs I ever followed.


  78. OK – I have a major question: I just signed up for Windows Live, and see where I can write a blog post there. But HOW do I get it to publish on my Smelling Coffee blog? I’m in no hurry for an answer – spent too much time fooling with it today – so just whenever you can get back to me would be a gift. Thanks!


  79. Thank you Rhoda – I took into account what you said, and gave my blog a much need makeover (no letter verification, new banner, new button, new writer!) It’s very exciting.

    Thanks for the helpful advice!

  80. Hi Rhoda, I don’t at all disagree with you about the comment verification being annoying and I recently turned it off at another blogger’s suggestion to her readers in a post similar to this one. But after I did, I began receiving a significant amount more spam messages. 🙁 So I turned it back on. Just wanted to share what my experience was and why I continue to use it. I have noticed though on newer blogs that I often have to enter two different ones because of an error and that is a big pain. When helping my mom set up her new blog, I discovered that blogger now has the default set for the comment form placement to be “Embedded below post”. In full page mode I don’t believe it has the same glitches. Just a thought. Kelly

  81. Hi, Kelly, thanks for stopping by & chiming in on the letter verification. When I was on Blogger, I had some problems with spam, but not enough to make me turn on that pesky letter thing. So, I still have to stand by my opinion on this one. It’s just not worth it to have my readers have to jump through hoops. You’ll notice I said, if you are worried about spam, then turn on Moderate Comments & just go in and approve them all at one time. At least your readers won’t have to deal with the letters.

    That’s just my thoughts & I know everyone has their opinions. I just wouldn’t subject people to having to do the letters, cause I hate it so much! With WordPress, I now have a spam catcher, so I can just go in & delete them all & they never hit my blog. I’m afraid I won’t change my opinion EVER on the letter verification. It’s just not necessary.

  82. Thank you so much for these tips! It is all very confusing to a novice like me but your comments are very clear and very much appreciated.

  83. Thanks for introducing me to Live Writer. I’ve included a link to your site on my blog.


  84. I don’t know how long I have to be blogging to no longer be considered a newbie, I certainly still feel like a newbie…but newbie or not I found these tips helpful.

  85. Thanks so much for all the tips. I have been blogging for a while but it’s still nice for a reminder. 🙂

    I can’t agree enough on the word verification and the music on blogs, it drives me crazy.

  86. Thank you so much for taking the time to pass your tips on, they are much appreciated. I started blogging for 2 reasons, 1stly because my computer keeps crashing and I lose everything…(7kids will do that to a computer) and 2ndly because I’ve always wanted to get my photo albums into scrapbooks and never had the chance. I found blogs work as a online scrapbook that I can never lose. The interaction with others is lots of fun too!

  87. I enjoyed reading your suggestions. I didn’t realize I had word verification turned on so I turned it off. thanks

  88. Thanks for the mention Rhoda!

    When I cover blog tips, I try and keep it to one tip at a time, explained in great detail complete with screen shots so you really get a good ABC step by step. I also utilize reference materials from elsewhere and give credit where due. Sometimes several resources get the message across better than just one viewpoint. Then I throw it in a bowl, mix it all up and come up with my alphagetti version. 🙂

    I remember what it was like starting out and not knowing where to go for this info rather than the school of hard knocks.

    Here is that direct blog help link you mentioned…


    Funky Junk Donna

  89. Thank you so much for the great information!!! I am one of those newbies & this really helps me a ton! I appreciate your openness and encouragement! Wonderful blog!

    Shellagh Selee

  90. Thank you so much for doing this post Rhoda!! That Windows Live Writer is a LIFE SAVER! I’d completely gotten out of my blogging because with three little ones at home it just took SO long to edit a post, then fix all the HTML only to have it come out still looking terrible! Thank you for giving me my spark back to blog, I’d forgotten how much I missed it 🙂

  91. Hi Rhoda, your post is very helpful even though I have been blogging for one and a half years. It was a lot of work to write this post and I am sure appreciated by many. I know you stand on the letter verification and I hate the extra time to do it myself. I removed mine recently and had a terrible experience. Some automated porn site started sending me verbally graphic language in comments that typepad did not allow to be printed. It was all on my typepad though as unpublished comments. There were hundreds of them. The first several hundred were removed and by the next day there was nearly 100 more. I was forced to add the letter verification back and I have not had another bad comment since. I don’t get it. My friend took her letter verif. off and this did not happen to her. She thinks it is because I share lots of photos of my grands. Who knows.

    thanks for all your time on this post. it is terrific.


  92. Thanks BUNCHES Rhoda! I’ve been following DIY and mom blogs for months now and finally decided to start my own about a month ago. I was SOOOO nervous but after reading this post I decided to dive right in. I downloaded WLW that night and started typing away. In the few short posts that I’ve done so far, I’ve used ALL of your tips! I think that means you did a GREAT job on this tip list . Keep up the good work and thanks for getting me started in the blogging world! Hope to see you around! 🙂

  93. Thank you so much for writing this!!!! It can be a bit overwhelming when you are trying to learn all of this stuff. I really enjoyed your post & have passed it on to a few of my friends.

  94. great advice, thank you! i can’t say it enough.

  95. Thanks for the tips! It’s nice to read when you’re just getting started!

  96. I really like this post. It offered a lot of good info from an experienced blogger! I just started in July and I have really enjoyed it. It started out as a way to keep my recipes together, but now it is growing into such a fun hobby. I love meeting new people and sharing comments back and forth. Thanks for the tips!!

  97. Thanks so much for all these tips. I’m so new, that it’s going to take time for me to even process all the info here. For starters, I would like to ask what you mean about the comment letter thing. I can’t find that on the comment portion of my settings so I don’t know if I have it correct or not. Thank you for your time and generosity!

  98. Hey Rhoda,
    I continue to employ the tactics you listed here and my blog is improving everyday. THANK YOU for sharing. We have some hometowns in common. You mentioned you lived in Marietta some years back. I live in Canton now, but grew up in Mountain Brook on Spring Valley Road. The longer I’m away, the more I miss Birmingham.
    Take care!

  99. Thank you so much for this wonderful advice! I used Windows Live Writer for the first time today and fell in love! I did remove my word verification. I hate having to do that but it had never occured to me to remove it from my blog. So, thank you very much!
    Have a great week!

  100. Thank you! Thank you! Wish I had found this post 6 months ago when I started my blog. It would have saved me even more headache and frustration. Still trying to figure it all out, but I do love blogging, interacting with more people. Still working on the “purdy” part.

    Peace and Puppies!

    Susan at charmofthecarolines.com

  101. Such good tips. I find comment moderation is helpful. It really makes sure you read all of your comments. A tip for you is to let people who don’t want to give their email address comment. I made a seperate email address on gmail for my blog. It as been well worth it. So I suggest that to any blogger. Also, NEVER put too many advertisements.

  102. Thanks for the advice. Your blog looks beautiful and I really appreciate the advice. I’m not on blogger/blogspot. Is it bascially the same at wordpress? I searched their support for similar tips but came up with nothing!

    Thanks again! You are kind to share. I have sent so many help emails to support at wordpress that I actually recognize the helpdesk names.

  103. Hi! Love your blog…not even sure how I found it! Have saved it and continue to read snippets here and there on your blog tips. I have a Mac, so obviously cannot use WLW. Any suggestions for a Mac user? I need a blog coach on all the ins and outs…thanks for this post and I’ll check out the other tips links you posted.
    Blessings, Amanda

  104. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We (my daughter and I) have been trying to figure out how to blog for months and have experienced more frustration than pleasure – technology has kept us from expressing our creativity.

  105. Thank you for suggesting turning OFF the music. I find it very annoying to visit blogs with music attached to them.

  106. i love the nice , fresh, friendly look and feel to your blog, i am very new to blogging but i thought it would be a fun thing to do so im trying to pick up simple tips here, there and everywhere.
    Give me a website and i can advertise till the cows come home, but blogging, its a whole new ball game.
    wish me luck guys x

  107. thanks soooo much for these tips

  108. Thanks for the tips!! Great! I am going to check my settings and switch that annoying letter verification thing OFF!!!
    LOVE your blog and CONGRATULATIONS!

  109. Thanks so much for the tips! It was nice of you to take the time to write this.

  110. Thank you so much for posting this information! I just started my first blog yesterday after thinking about it for ages! It was a bit overwhelming, but with your tips it was easier to just go for it. Congrats to you on your fun blog…I really enjoy it!

  111. Thank you for the tips!!! I still don’t really understand linking, but I’m trying to figure it out! But your tips are great!


  112. Charlotte says:

    I love reading your blog everyday…..I found you about 3-4 months ago and really enjoy your information and all that you share with us, your
    readers….. I would love to blog, but I’m afraid I would fall short after seeing and reading all the wonderful information that you share with us.
    Keep up the good work.

  113. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this email for us newbies. I appreciate your opinions and experience.

    Looking forward to browsing your site some more.


  114. This is seriously, seriously good info! Exactly what I needed. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and especially for all the useful info! It is now in my bookmarks and I will be sure to share it with any other new bloggers I meet by the way!

  115. Stumbled upon your blog and found this post that was extremely helpful! I really appreciate someone who has been through it and had help and is now paying it forward 🙂 Wish more people did that! I will certainly use these tips since you seem to be doing very well for yourself. Love your designs also 🙂 From one GRIT to another, thanks again!

    Dime Store Decor (AKA Kellie from Atlanta, GA)

  116. Thanks so much for the tips, that was great! 🙂

  117. Thank you so much for these tips, just found you through the upcoming Christmas links. I will use many of these tips! And, I am just about to become a follower! Thanks!

  118. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you again!!!!!!!! I just tried out the writer feature and my life has just been changed. I was almost ready to give up on this whole gig because it was taking so long to do a post. I knew I was missing something. Thanks for showing me the way. I also inserted a post to your blog (just in general) to give you credit for showing the way.

    Thanks again,
    Laura of Finding Home

  119. Hi Rhoda,

    I remembered that you had some tips posted in your blog archives and several months ago when I ran across them, I made a mental note, “Rhoda has tips if you ever start your blog!” I literally just started lastnight. I did a few posts in one night. I had so much fun. I will be trying some of your suggestions about Windows Live Writer and the verification thing. So far, some of your suggestions are “chinese” to me, but I will be playing around with it some more and referring back to your tips! Thanks for thinking of helping us newbies out! ..Oh yeah, if you go to my blog, the mirror that my husband and I built from your “Shopping in Destin” post is in my “Christmas Cheer” post. I painted mine white and glazed it though. Check it out if you get a minute!

  120. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wisdom with those of us who are still working out the kinks with our blogs. I found your blog recently and have really enjoyed reading it and love viewing your photos. Thank you again for such a lovely blog and sharing lots of great ideas. You’ve inspired me!

  121. You seem very generous with your kindness. Thank you for sharing.

  122. Thank you, thank you, thank you,…………….I really appreciate your wisdom!!!

  123. Kim @ Today is my Someday says:

    Thanks so much for these well-written tips. I am still working my blog to get it ready. Haven’t even published my first post yet. But, some of these tips are truly moving me along toward my goal. Thank you!

  124. These tips are so great! The only tips I could find before this were not very simple or user-friendly (which so defeats the purpose). I appreciate you sharing this. I’m doing my best to put some of it to use over at http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com


  125. This is my first time to leave a comment on anyone’s blog, but I have just discovered blogs. I know where was I…living under a rock? Well no, just busy. I love Southern Hospitality as I am a southern girl living in the southwest. Thank you for all your hard work. I love all the interesting tips I have acquired reading your blog.

  126. This post was so helpful and it was encouraging to me to know that the blogosphere is so friendly even to us newcomers. I appreciate your generosity. I have been wondering for weeks how to get that nifty cursive signature to post at the end of my blogs, perhaps you could direct me where I could go to figure out how to do that? If you are willing it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  127. Thank you so much for the above post and particularly the section on Live Writer. It is going to make writing my posts so much easier. All the information in this post is very helpful to me as a new blogger. I would like to include this in my Friday Finds and link it up to Friday Favorites at Finding Joy in My Kitchen if that is OK with you. I know that other new bloggers, and maybe some old ones, will find your information very helpful. I will be subscribing to your posts.

  128. I’m a new blogger and am always looking for good tips! Thanks for sharing some of your wisdom:)

  129. Hi, just jumped over from Serenity Now’s commenting series…this is such a great post for newbies (like me!) Thanks so much for sharing and I’m off to implement some things I just learned!

  130. I really enjoyed reading your website. The tips and ideas you give are wonderful. You have inspired me!

  131. thanks for all your wonderful hard work & tips. Having trouble with framing my “boring” bathroom mirror — your instructions are great —problem is adhesive– mirror is 80W x 39 H. Side pieces stick fine with hot glue, but top piece fell off — hot glue not strong enough. Can’t find adhesive for glass & synthetic molding as cannot clamp it to mirror on wall — any suggestions? The frame looks awesome….thanks

  132. Love these tips- thinking about jumping in myself, but wasn’t really sure where to get started and this really helped! Thanks!!!

  133. This information is invaluable. I posted it to my FB wall…

    Thank you!

  134. Thank you for all the wonderful tips-I greatly enjoy your blog! There’s a book out there called “Blogging for Dummies” that has a lot of useful info in it too and it’s written very simply and explains a lot to all us newbies.

  135. Great tips for us new bloggers. I emailed a link to my husband for him to read, learn and enjoy! I sure do! I have been trying to get him on board with me into the blogging world! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, some people don’t share for fear of being passed by a newbie. You are a special person, thanks for helping me and many others as well!

  136. Thank you so much for the information, and for being so willing to share. Your knowledge is such a great help to those of us just starting out. My blog is underway. I have been following other blogs, and yours has really got me hooked!

  137. Felicia Schneider says:


    I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I just found it for the first time today and started reading your story. It’s so sweet and honest that I just had to keep reading. I’ll definitely be around reading, learning and following for as long as you continue.


    • Thank you, Felicia for stopping by and reading! I’m so glad you enjoyed my story, it’s real, that’s for sure. Welcome!

  138. Thank you for the helpful info. I have just recently started taking my blog serious and I am trying to learn all I can, I knew you would be able to help me. I think I have many steps to go to grow my blog, but it will be fun. I know my pics are the worst ever, I am asking for a new camera for my birthday, I have been good. Thanks again for sharing. Any feedback from you about my blog would be amazing so if you get a minute check it out queenofmycastle3.blogspot.com



  139. Thank you ! I am that lurker who has decided I need to leave and occasional comment 😉 seriously I am a huge fan ,all this info is so helpful. I started my blog almost 4 months ago. I feel so lost in the blogosphere and trying to use my blog to help other biz in my local community and my creative outlet. Xoxo

  140. Rhoda,
    Thank you so much for these great tips! I’m a new blogger and am still trying to figure it all out. Your blog site is fabulous. I love reading your story too. Congrats on turning nothing into something and succeeding in the blogging world. I know it wasn’t easy. You are my inspiration! I sure hope our paths cross some day. I noticed there is a Haven conference (which I just heard about) and I’m definitely going to sign up for next year.


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