The Candy Girl's Guide to Blogging

From what to name your blog to styling photos for your posts, brush up on the essentials here.
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  1. 9 things to think about before starting a blog

Blogging can be a great pastime but starting without a clear plan can get you nowhere fast, here are some basic points to mull over to get you started.

  1. How to go about naming your blog

Naming your blog maybe as simple as combining your passion with your name, but a lot of factors like being concise, spelling and even not being too trendy that can really help you in the long run, check out what we mean in the pin.

  1. Choosing your blog design

These tips can help you pick out the design that your future readers will get to know and love. So adding cute animal photos may not be the best element to keep your look timeless. 

  1. Writing an effective About page

This is one of the basics that get easily overlooked. An about page can be angled professionally or more personal depending on your blog, you may want to look into this more especially if you plan to attract partners.

  1. Styling blog photos

Today, a blog post isn't complete without the complementary photos to support your theme and point. Learn to shoot and style your own pics so you don't depend heavily on stock photos. Note: an expensive cam isn't necessary, check out another pin here.

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  1. Free stock photos for your blog

To save some time and effort, this pin lists down several sites offering free stock photos with new ones added daily.

  1. What to consider when writing your first blog post

So you're facing a blank document on your laptop, ready to write your first blog post. It's an intimidating hurdle but this pin explains how you can overcome the fear of producing a great first post.

  1. Keep a blog calendar

Like a normal class schedule, a blog calendar will you organize your work, when to post, what to post on time. tI'll save you the struggle of thinking about what to write next in the future.

  1. Where to promote your latest blog

Promote your blog post on several platforms, and not just social media. Consider emails, newsletters and other blogger communities to maximize your reach.

  1. 3 things before hitting the launch button

Great tip, before you go live with your blog, have five posts ready rather than with just one so your readers stay longer and can browse more from your site.

  1. SEO

Or Search Engine Optimization is basically like tagging your post with relevant keywords so people can find you easier. Get more in-depth information from the site!

  1. Coding tips and tricks

Simple things like adding a Back-to-top button or customizing newsletters are great to have in your tool belt.

  1. Blog post inspiration

You might encounter a writer’s block, keep yourself inspired by reading this pin for helpful tips on where and what to check.

  1. The before and after checklist

Before hitting publish, make sure to tick off the reminders in this list but it shouldn’t end there, double-checking your grammar and more is also essential after your blog post goes live.

  1. The ultimate checklist

You may have a before and after checklist but this one keeps everything from your site to content to growing connections in line.  









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Leslie Lim 21 hours ago

To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.


You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”


I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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