#IRISHBLOGHOUR WEEK 4: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BLOGGERS

Another week, another great #irishbloghour. We’re delighted to have chatted to some new bloggers as well as some regulars. We continued on with some blogging questions and topics so we’ve pulled some great tips and advice and shared them below:

Blogging Goals:

  • To post more often and consistently. This means that your followers will become familiar when you will post up on your blog, ensuring that they will come back at the expected times of the week.
  • Traffic goals. Check out your current daily traffic and try to aim to increase it by 200-500% by a particular time. If you have this goal, it will make you try that extra bit harder to work at driving traffic to your blog.
  • Make lists of topics to write about. This will ensure that when that dreaded bloggers blog takes hold, that you can go to your list and work on a topic that you had thought about before.

tips and tricks for blogging

 Traffic Tips:

  • Boosting posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Good quality articles and content
  • Consistent posting
  • SEO and keywords
  • Writing about current events/celebrity/popular topics
  • Networking on Twitter
  • Honest is the best policy. Be yourself, write about your own opinions and experiences.
  • Reading and commenting on other blogs

how to get more traffic on your blog

We asked #irishbloghour bloggers when they post on their blogs: (how many more times can we say blogs in this blogging title about blogs?)

  • Evenings
  • Weekends

best times to post on social networks

We are looking for bloggers form #irishbloghour to guest post here on this blog. We will be looking for topics centred around blogging and your experience with it. So anything about traffic, blog design, social networking, seo, content, writing etc. With this, we will post your article up on our blog, showcase your site with a blurb and links.

Make sure to join us next Thursday from 8-9pm on @irishbloghour to network and chat other Irish bloggers!

MONDAY MUNCHIES WEEK 15: CHOCOLATE TART

chocolate tart by like mam used to bake

 

I have to admit, I wasn’t able to illustrate this recipe without drooling a couple of times! As you can see, this week, we have an amazingly scrummy looking chocolate tart from Rosanne at Like Mam Used to Bake.

We had seen Rosannes blog and really enjoyed reading her recipes so we really wanted to have her involved in our Monday Munchies so we could showcase one of her delicious creations! She gave us a pick of any of her recipes, so we just had to have this one. I mean, who can’t pass up chocolate tart eh?

Here’s a little bit about Rosanne and her blog:

I have a love for all things crafty and dip in and out of different things every few months.  I also have a short attention span it would appear, but the one constant that has remained with me for the past few years is baking.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake.  I remember watching my mam bake as a little girl and then tasting her delicious creations afterwards, and so the love affair was born.

I’m not a writer, I’m not a pastry chef and I’m not a photographer, I’m just a girl with some memories that I cherish, who appreciates a nice slice of cake. This blog is my space to share with you those memories, to create some new ones and also to share recipes for some scrummy treats.

Make sure you check out Like Mam Used to Bake by clicking here

Follow Rosanne on Twitter here

Follow Rosanne on Facebook here

If you try out any of these recipes, please do let us know. Maybe you could tweet us a pic of your finished dish @doodlemooseirl for us to see! If you are a foodie or chef yourself and would like one of you recipes showcased on our blog, get in touch with us at doodlemoosedesigns@gmail.com

If you enjoy reading these posts, leave a comment & let us know and share it with your friends! 🙂

#IRISHBLOGHOUR WEEK 2

So we’ve just finished the second week of #irishbloghour – great to see so many new people join in this week. Tonight, we were chatting about blogging platforms, how long everyone has been blogging and favourite blogs!

There didn’t seem to be a general consensus regarding WordPress, Blogger or other – many people have their personal favourite platform that they enjoy working with! Some points for WordPress included the ability to include Google Analytics within your blog – so you can keep track of traffic. Others find that you can be more creative with it – plugins, themes etc. Blogger seems to provide an easy-to-use platform for many – with a nice and use-friendly layout.

We were thrilled to chat with both experienced and newbie bloggers – some have been writing for years and years, while other have only started within the last few weeks. It was great to see people helping with tips and advice – this is one of the main reasons we set up #irishbloghour – to learn and to network with other Irish bloggers!

Here’s some links to new blogs shared this week. Don’t forget to check out last weeks post too which also contains lots of great blogs to sift through! If you shared your blog on #irishbloghour tonight and you don’t see your link here, let us know and we’ll add it in – it’s so hard to keep track of all the links!

We look forward to chatting with you all next week 🙂

http://www.hirehere.ie/blog/

http://beautyanddbeyond.blogspot.ie/

http://glowta.blogspot.ie/

http://perceptivetravel.com/blog/

http://www.irishamericanmom.com/2014/09/09/the-irish-cuppa-tea-plus-a-giveaway-from-dolmen-county-retailers/

http://home.mjjstreet.com/blog/

http://tra-professional.ie/vat-registration/

http://beautyanddbeyond.blogspot.ie/

http://magnumlady.com/

http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/

http://sparkleblossombeauty.blogspot.ie/

http://breathingsilverlinings.blogspot.ie/

http://gourmetgrazing.ie/asparagus-risotto-recipe/

http://ciaraincanada.blogspot.ie/

http://hickeysworld.com/

http://rosieposiepuddingandpie.com/

http://sessadaily.com/

http://thebeautykemple.blogspot.ie/

https://www.bloglovin.com/saradelmer

https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12297039

THE FIRST #IRISHBLOGHOUR

Well, we’ve just finished our very first #irishbloghour blog chat over on Twitter and we must say, we’re delighted with the turn out! We would have been happy if 2 bloggers had turned up to chat, but it was much busier than we expected!

So, as promised, here is a list of all the blogs that were shared and linked to during the last hour. Have a sift through and enjoy! And maybe during the next week, find a spare minute to share one or two of your favourites on Twitter and Facebook – it would be a great way to spread the blogging love outside of #irishbloghour!

(If I’ve left anyone out, please comment below and I’ll post it in)

Lifestyle & Beauty:

http://theskinnydollsjourney.blogspot.ie/

http://totalmakeupaddict.blogspot.ie/

http://nichollebartlett.blogspot.ie/

http://life-with-lizzy.blogspot.ie/?m=0

http://blueskydaze.wordpress.com

http://conefreyspharmacy.ie/

Historical:

http://samanthmorris.wordpress.com/

Film, Literature:

http://beanmimo.wordpress.com/

Travel:

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/restaurant-menu-secrets-menu-design

http://ifollowislands.wordpress.com/

Personal:

http://mydyslexicblog.wordpress.com/

http://whereismymindgone.blogspot.ie/

http://bumblesofrice.com/

Food:

http://www.kinneaghkitchen.com/

Sport/Fitness:

http://sweepingstatements.org/

 

BLOG AWARDS IRELAND: CONGRATULATIONS!

A big congratulations to all the blogs shortlisted for Blog Awards Ireland! We were involved with the judging process for a number of the Arts & Culture section. We really enjoyed rooting through all the wonderful blogs and discovering some gems!

We want to say a special congratulations to all the food bloggers that have been shortlisted that have been/due to be part of our Monday Munchies! Without these guys and their delicious recipes, our blog wouldn’t be doing as well as it is today.

Here’s a list of the blogs we’ve had/will have the pleasure of working with! Click the links below to check out these amazing blogs – oh, and I dare you to not drool while reading them!

Eat Well Travel Far Love Often –  We will be featuring a great Paleo Falafel recipe from Aoife on 8th September

Like Mam Used to Bake –  We will be featuring an amazing chocolate tart on 22nd September! *yum*

Oak Smoke and BBQ Sauce – Next week we will have Mark’s Cajun Prawns with Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn!

The Little Green Spoon – We have illustrated one of Indy’s tasty recipes a few weeks back. Click the image below to have a gander!

easy and quick asparagus recipe from the little green spoon

Asparagus Benedict Recipe from Little Green Spoon Blog