10 Reasons why blogging is like wearing a thong.

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Why is blogging like wearing a thong ?  Because most blogging advice is boring and is directed at dumb-asses.

The advice that you read out there in cyberspace is for sissies.  It’s a snooze fest.  The info is the same.

Same.  Same.  Same.

Blah blah blah.

Burp.

Snooze.

Snore.

Exhale.

Close your eyes.

 

Note :  My mother is going to need a pacemaker after reading todays list.  Then… she is going to want to wash my mouth out with soap.

Warning : Potty mouth alert.   Avert your eyes if you are a nun or more immature than I am.  Like that can happen.

 

 Blogging is like wearing a thong.

 10 reasons why blogging is like wearing a thong

1.   Both blogs and thongs get down to the nitty gritties.

 

When I first started blogging, I wanted to read the down and dirty nitty gritty.  The behind the scenes.  The down low.  The magicians secrets.   The blogging tricks and insider secrets.  Was there a secret club that I wasn’t getting invited to?   I wanted to know the EPIC shit.   The big picture and the wee itty bitty picture too.   The whole enchilada.   The big taco.   The real deal.

What did I learn?    It’s pretty tough stuff to get the real deal shit.   It’s definitely impossible to get it under one roof.

 

2.  Every thong blog is different, but the structure and patterns are the same.

 

And that’s a good thing.  You can learn the structure.  You can learn the patterns.   I can help you with that.  Although all of our blogs are different, the patterns to success are the same. We need to learn the same things about social media, website SEO, content, photos, how to share it, and how to organize it all in a cohesive and beautiful way.

You see, the thing about having an epic blog and growing an online business is that it is like eating cheese.

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

Once you taste an incredible aged cheddar cheese, you never want to go back to Kraft cheese slices again.  Like Taylor Swift never ever … ever.

It’s nice to be entertained in the blogging world too, right?  I know.  You’re demanding.  Let’s not talk about that.   *Smile*

It’s nice to have some fun.

If it isn't fun, don't do it.

So there.

 

 3.  Blogs and thongs are entertaining in their own weird way.  Each one is unique.

 

How do you learn how to blog?  

You do it…. by doing.  Put one foot in front of the other and soak in all the learning like a sponge.  It took me 2 years.  That is like 50 years in a cat’s life.  I feel like a blogging senior citizen.*

 

*   The kind of senior citizen that sips bourbon under the table while cheating at playing cards.

 

Wearing a thong and writing a blog is scary shit.

 

Here’s the thing.  Once you learn a lot, it gets scary.  Scary because you start to realize the potential.  Scary, because it is a ton of work.  Scary because you start to GET it and then you get in your own head.

You truly get the big picture of what your blog can be.   Holy shit, batman.  Scary.

Some days you will be worried that you will have to write in your ‘ Everyone hates me today ‘  journal.

Sometimes you will over edit yourself.  You know what I mean.  I do it.

I deleted fuck 20 times out of this blog post.

I lie.

19 times.

 

4.  Want to get noticed ? Wear a thong blog and wear it well.

 

You are an idiot if you don’t have a blog.  Why?  

  •  Because working on paper is so last century.    Blog 
  •  Want to catapult yourself and your brand?    Blog.
  •  Want to make a difference in the world ?   Blog.
  •  Want to open up doors of opportunity?    Blog.
  •  Want your business to be found on-line?    Blog for cripes sake.  
  •  Geesh.   Blog.   For crying out loud. 

 

Do I need to scream it?  Because I will.  From a roof top.  Buck naked.  Possibly wearing a thong.  Or not.  PS. The thong visual just gave me a hot flash.   Ewwwwwahhh.  I would rather swim in a pit of crocodiles than wear a thong.

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What happens when you blog?

5.   A thong blog can touch you in your deepest darkest places.

And it can ‘crack you up’.  Excuse the pun.  Maybe not.

You grow.

You write.

 You learn.

You shit your pants from fear.

You drink.

You cry.

You celebrate.

Rinse.

Repeat.

 

You see, when you grow an online life and a business, it comes with pains. Those of you who have worn an uncomfortable thong* know this feeling.

* ouch

Except the feeling is a zillion trillion billion times more painful than that.  It is like a roller coaster of hell and euphoria all at once.

Mostly euphoria.

 

6.   Why does a blog feel like a thong this way?

Sometimes your Mother won’t approve.  Sometimes you will offend.  Sometimes you will entertain.

Keep this thought in your heart :

Whatever is good for your soul, do that.

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I have grown this blog to where it’s at today in an unintentional way. Some people have a better plan than that.  I wasn’t that smart { in the beginning. }

My blog grew because I just wrote whatever happened to come out of my mouth that day.  Or week.  Yes, it sometimes takes a week to write a blog post.  I’m fast as molasses like that.  Take the time because it matters that every blog post matters.

 

7.  Make your thong blog stand out in the crowd. Be naked with your thong words.  Be proud of it.   Own it.  Crush it.  Kill it.  Be awesome.

 

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

Quote via Minna May

 

Do you want to write an incredible blog post?

Write to educate, inform, entertain, or inspire.

Don’t be afraid to catch hell when you do it.  The blog posts that scare the shit out of you to write…. publish them*.

* I sipped wine just to write that line.

Want to really know how to grow your content and write like a superstar?  Follow your favourite bloggers.  Learn from them.  Grow with them.   Talk to them.   They are real people.  Reach out.  Who are my faves?  You can see my list of favourite bloggers here.

Want to learn the inside scoop on writing great copy and becoming an epic blogger?  Follow copyblogger.   <– Note : I just handed you an epic link.  Go to it.  It’s the best thaaaaang since sliced bread.

Copyblogger will rock your world.  Big time.  If I could french kiss Brian Clark for all his Copyblogger epic-ness, I would.

Right smack on the lips.  A wet juicy one.

And you think I joke.  I like that you think that way.

 

And then, ohhhh then… something happens along your blogging journey…

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

You are going along happily and your world flips upside down.

You get water up your nose.  You cough.  You spit.  You want to punch your dingy blog right smack in the jaw.  ** POW **

Truth :

Once I learned the potential of an online life, it almost made me want to quit.

Gospel truth.

Quit.

 

8.   Thong wearing Blogging can make you feel naked and vulnerable.

Bloggers  { including myself }  who start to over-edit ourselves start to get scared.  I write words like you’re an idiot & dumbass.  Sometimes I even write the word fuck.  {Mostly because I have been reading the middle finger project}

I love how they own an f-bomb and they aren’t afraid to use it.

Dear world, I just ate 2 stale chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, and I’m fucking proud of it.

Keeping it real is where it’s at.  Authentic.  Real.  Scared out your pants real.

Putting the authentic words out there = true blogging.

That is the kind of writing what will catapult you to epicness.  Not the grey matter shit that everyone seems to want to write just because everyone else is doing it.

Content is King and epic original content is the cat’s fucking meow.

 

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

 

Is that the real truth?

Abso-fucking-toot-ly.

 

What will make your content the bee’s knee’s?  The cat’s pyjamas?  Amazeballs of epic-ness??

The kind of blogging that scares the hell out of you to hit that publish button.

 

I literally had to hit a wall of fear to really get that in my own head.

9.   A thong blog can have incredibly uncomfortable moments.

How do you get through it all ?  By learning how to go out on a limb.

You will discover something pretty cool along your blogging journey :

All the nice fruit is waaaaay out on the far-reaching end of the limb.

The limb that is really hard to reach.

 

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By the way, the far-reaching fruit on the teeter totter edge of the limb is worth the stretch… even if you don’t like the  thong up your ass fall on your ass part while trying to climb that freaking tree.

O. M. Effffing. G.

You can do it.

And take the high road along the way. 
There is less traffic on that road.

 

Are YOU up for a journey?  A blogging journey.

 

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

Illustration by Minna May

 

I want to show you how I have been doing it.  I want to show you the inside scoop, the ropes, the inner workings of what it takes to have an amazeballs blog.

It takes effort.  Huge effort.

And….

 Some people may want to trip you along the way.

 

10. Thongs Blogs can encounter assholes.

What do you do when that happens?  Throw the thong aside and put on your big girl panties.  Suck it up buttercup.

Breathe in.  Breathe out.

Think about your blogging path.  Where do you want your blog to go?  Where do you want to take your readers?

I will guide you through the steps to help you so you won’t run straight into a wall.

Uhhhm, like I did.

Negative nellies, and feeling overwhelmed can make you feel like you not only ran into a wall, but you got hit by a truck along the way.  Damn it.

That wall.  Bastard.

But remember this…

 

Your voice can make a difference.

10 reasons why #blogging is like wearing a thong via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton

Before I figured out my blogging path, my frustration level meant that someone was about to get punched in the head.   I was über frustrated.  And tired.

I contemplated tripping people { and smiling about it }.

It was official.  I did it.

I ate the shit sandwich.

If you don’t recharge your batteries, you will head for a backstage pass to guaranteed disaster.  Been there.  Done that.  Got the poster.

Make a plan.  Develop a business plan.

A plan that works for you.  Your family.  Your lifestyle.

Design your life.

Getting permission from someone else for your success is so last century.

You can wear a thong make your plan and nobody needs to know that you did it all in your bathrobe.

Here’s the real deal : I want to show you the ropes on how to blog.  I will make mistakes.  I excel at that at times.

I need your help.  You can help me by telling me what you want.  What blogging advice do you want to hear?  Do you even want to know about blogging?  NO ?!  Then tell me what you want to hear about.  Want more DIY’s ?  Tell me.  Want a little of this and a little of that? I LOVE to mix it up, so that is all still staying the same on the blog.

My goal is to help you to

Design your life.

 Design your work life.

Design your blogging life.

Design your creative life.

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  1. Great -thong- Blog Article– def. Changed the way I feel about them and the People that -wear- write them.. had a lot of fun reading [from begining to end]…which doesnt happen very often… will def. Look into -wearing- writing one!

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  4. Mary says:

    Lynne,

    I just stumbled across your blog today–I’m in love. It’s official. I am just starting my (ahem…renewed) blogging path with lots of self-doubt and frustration. Ugh! But I suppose we all put our thongs on one leg at time! LOL

    XO
    -Mary

  5. That’s it…now I’m mad at you!

    COMPLETELY PISSED, LYNNE!!!

    This was the best article I have ever read. Laughed SO hard, I just wet myself. Shit.

    Well, no…urine. Whatever.

    My wife walked in and stared at me, then chuckling asked, “What’s SO funny?”

    All I could do was point at the damn screen.

    That’s it. I’m getting you back lady.
    Gonna write something epic funny and make sure your name is in it–so you have to read it.

    Ain’t nothin scarier than a motivated, hairy, 364lb ‘fluffy-man’ sportin’ nothing but a thong and revenge on his mind.

    …so if I see the turd, I’ll holler–cause I’m gonna avoid that sucker like Aunt Bessie after a meal of liver and onions!

    Game on.

    • Hey Jaime!

      How are you?! Sooooooooo sorry it has taken me a while to write back! This week was a crazy train! I just laughed out loud with the ALL I COULD DO WAS POINT AT THE SCREEN.

      It’s true ain’t it? Blogging is like wearing a thong 🙂

      Lynne xx

  6. Joan B says:

    well….not sure what I learned here…. 🙂

  7. Darla says:

    Love this, so real, so good.

  8. Lynne–

    Your blogs always put a smile on my face and make me feel better about the constant onslaught of “crap, I’m gonna crap” fear that goes along with being a new business owner and blogger. Thanks!

    Thong, I mean blog, on!
    HAK

    • Ahhhh,

      I totally get what you mean … there is so much stuff out there that is crappy and fluffy. I like to get to the down and dirty of blogging. I am soooo happy that it makes a difference for you.

      Many bloggy hugs.

      Lynne xx

  9. Once you start wearing thongs, you get used to it and can’t even feel you’re wearing any. As long as you have the right ones. Some can be uncomfortable. I guess it is similar to life. haha

  10. Gary says:

    Why weren’t you my mother?

  11. Chanda says:

    I need to say fuck more…goodness knows I say it too much out loud……but I hold back. I’m southern and for real grew up on a farm where life revolved around church. Then I grew up…left home…joined the air force…got amazing friends….got amazing gay friends…learned new things….traveled all over…got screwed by life and said fuck…and it felt good. Life is good. Thanks for an epic lesson on blogging and truth to be who you are. Plus my mom thinks I share too much anyway so doesn’t read my blog. Epic lessons here!!!!

  12. Todd Dulmage says:

    Um, wow.

    Where did you learn to do that?

    And funny thing, you blog like you talk.

    For reals, peeps, she talks like that. I mean, there’s more swearing and stuff, and she laughs a lot too, but holy cow over the moon, you’re good.

    Yep, it’s true, I’ve sat around with the Lynne – you can touch me, now.

    Okay, you totally can’t, it’s a blog… and now I feel like a weirdo…

    Lynne? Help?

    Follow the leader, peeps, and that leader is wearing a thong!

    Man, that tree is tall.

    Climb. It.

    Thanks, Lynners!

  13. barbee says:

    I went to pinterest and was immediately sidetracked onto blogs. Yours &the art of doing stuff & between naps on the porch to name a few. I knew I wanted to blog. But, so.much to learn! & my kids don’t call me a technotard for nothing. What if nobody reads it? What if people who know me read it? And think it’s lame? I’m scared!

    • Barbee,

      You just gave me the word of the day.

      Technotard.

      Not gonna lie. I just pee’d my pants laughing.

      Don’t you worry. You will be fine. Start every blog post with technotard. 🙂

      Here’s what you can do : Start your blog and keep the settings on private, until you get comfortable with public settings. It will be a chance to get your feet wet. Then, put one foot in front of the other and go for it. One blog post at a time.

      PS. I have a friend who has been blogging for years and no one knows her name. You can do it that way too. Be anonymous until you start to feel like an epic blogging floozy. A technoflooze.

      Kisses,
      Lynne

      • barbee says:

        I did once sit for hours & design a header, “about”, & first post. Then hit the wrong button & lost it all. Technocrats! Techno-yard. TECHNOTARD! Look at me outsmarting autocorrect! Anyway, thanks for the encouragement-I’m going to try again!

  14. okay so i’m kinda in major love with your blog 🙂
    this post is the type of post i have searched the web high and low for with being a relatively new blogger. love your break down, inspiring and just downright hilarious.
    lynne you are my blogging guru 🙂

    • Claire !

      I am your blogging guru ?!! <-- I just screamed that. First, you should know... that I typed this in my pyjamas and I haven't brushed my hair yet today. Yes. It is 4 pm. Are you sure you want me to be your guru ? Okay. I gladly accept. * I just happy danced * Shhhh. Don't tell anyone. Lynne xx

  15. mom says:

    Now you know how much of a fan of yours I am….I just tried to sign up to get blog info….that’s how crazy I am….I’m already a subscriber!! LOL.

    • I know you lovessss me momma 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog. This is cool. You AND my dog read the blog. 🙂

      Love you.

      PS. Please don’t wash my mouth out with soap for the f-bombs, ha ha !

  16. milkteaxx says:

    very very inspiring and i had a great laugh! totally made my day! thank you and keep up the awesome work!

  17. Kim Beaulieu says:

    Man I wish I knew the secret to blogging success. It has serious ups and downs and I’ve thought about quitting myself. And I’ve certainly encountered some assholes, one fairly recently who I thought was a friend but was really an evil asshole in disguise. Who knew. Blogging is a definitely a journey but every time I want to bang my head against the wall I think of friends I’ve met along the way like you. Then I pull the thong out of my crack and move on.

    • So true Kim !

      There should be a ‘behind the scenes’ camera for everyday blogging life and it’s ups and downs. Wait. Never mind.

      Then everyone will know that we do our jobs in our bathrobes 🙂 We certainly aren’t doing it in our thongs. * ewwwwwwh *

      Hang in there my friend,
      Blogging is a great reminder of the beautiful opportunities that can come knocking at our door. More importantly, look at the ahhhhmazing friends we gain along the way. Awesomeness.

      xx

    • Well said Kim !

      I am blown away by the negativity that I see on some blogs and what ‘anonymous commenters’ will say to some bloggers. I have been über fortunate in that department (it rarely happens) and when it does… I try to have thick skin by moving on and carrying on (but the sting still stings) O.U.C.H.

      I hope you survived the evil troll experience.

      I think you figured it out, tho ~ by focusing on the beautiful friends along the way. xx

  18. Carol says:

    Lynne, I wish I was you, do you ever wish you were someone else.

    • Hello lovely Carol,
      Yes, I wish I was someone else sometimes. Someone who owns a beach hut and works on her blog while looking at the sea. What a dream ! 🙂 xx And…. I want a bucket of money at my feet, just for fun and girls road trips.

      I must tell you, I feel the same way about you. You have such a lovely soul. I love your comments about your family, your hubby, your momma-pause and your grand children. I love your stories over tea sipping. Keep doing what you are doing my friend. I love having you here.

      Big hugs,
      xoxxoxo Lynne

  19. I love your post Lynne, I truly do. No jokes here – can’t top your thong ones anyway, they were over the top awesome. It’s 1:35 in the morning and you just got me all fired up. Inspired. Ideas are flowing. Big things are swirling around in there. I am moving one kid off to university tomorrow, which means there will be some SPACE. I suddenly want to fill it with some blogging epicness. Or epic bloggingness. Looking forward to seeing where you go with this – I am so there. Thongk-you Lynne, for this post. xo.

    • Hellloooooo my palsie walsie Dani,

      I think we should stir up the BlogPodium pot this year with some blogging epicness. Whatcha think?

      I love the fab info that we all can learn at conferences, but the real magic for me is in the smaller conversations and epic relationships from online pals like you and Nads.

      Big love,
      See you soooooon!
      Gawd, I hope you got some sleep 🙂 PS. I use ‘rescue remedy sleep’ for nights when my head won’t stop dancing with excitement. It works !

      Kisses,
      Lynne

  20. lisa thomson says:

    Thank you for the inspiration, Lynne. The posts I fear are usually the ones that get ‘read’ the most. Putting my ‘thing’-I mean my heart out there isn’t easy but it is rewarding. I hope I don’t become boring though. I agree with you, boring is…snoozefest. I’m checking out the epic links right now!

    • Hi Lisa,
      Luckily, I’m not divorced right now ( I might be one of the happiest married people on earth ) but when I did go through a divorce, I sure wish that sites like yours existed !

      It is a great resource for divorced women. Well… I think so… because you sometimes post photos of hawt men with gorgeous tattoos. Not that I noticed. I totally noticed.

      Kisses,
      Lynne

  21. just read your post (and signed up for your weekly emails)…a friend sent me your link…she said I would get a kick out of it…she’s right – I did! I’ve been blogging for about 3 years and have been liking it more than I thought I ever would…I would even say I enjoy it…so I’m along for the ride…and look forward to reading you on a regular basis…
    p.s. love copyblogger too
    p.s.s. drinking wine as I write this…its the great motivator, isn’t it?

    • Too funny Amy !
      I can’t wait to go and read your blog now ! Hahha… wine is a great motivator… you know what they say ‘ Write drunk, edit sober ‘

      It works for me every.single.time 🙂

      Thanks for signing up !
      * I’m happy dancing right now !! * I can’t wait to hang out with you here on the blog some more and more and more….. hiccup. xx

  22. Ardis says:

    Lynne,
    Every time I read one of your posts you bring a huge smile to my face and reignite my passion to move towards what truly makes me happy! Your inspiration is contagious and thank you for your beyond clever antidotes that make me LOL but also make complete and utter sense!
    I can only hope my thong,… I mean blog… Appeals to people a tenth of what yours does! You are such a talented woman and I look forward to meeting you…finally…very soon,
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Ardis

    • Hi Ardis !

      It will be so FAB to spend time with you at BlogPodium in Toronto !!!!

      I think as long as you remain loyal to your own voice, inspiration, and what makes you feel truly happy…. others will be attracted to that. That’s all I do. Really. It really is that simple sometimes… and yet so difficult at other times.

      Take naps in hammocks. That always helps 🙂

  23. Love this Lynne. If I wasn’t already blogging I would be ripping off my metaphorical clothes and squeezing into an uncomfortable little thong/blog right now. As it is, I should challenge myself more. Feel the fear, and do it anyway. Kind of like tempeh. PS Thanks again for keeping little ol’ me on your list of favourite bloggers. TRULY honoured, my love xxx PPS Who the hell would be nasty to you on your own blog? F*** ’em!

    • Hey Guuuurl !

      I’m happy to have you on my blog list. If you ever hear a funny knock at your door from a Canadian….uhhhmm..heads up… that’s me 🙂 I love a good road trip across the pond.

      Negative blog commenters : Luckily, knock on wood *knocks on head*, that rarely happens here. When it does, I text my girlfriends. After the texting convo- I usually feel like I need to burn all the texting evidence of what names we called the meanies. Honestly… I need to laugh through it all just to shake it off.

      More importantly.. I see it happen on other blogs. I see people write negative comments and I know that it hurts the person who took the time and hard work to make that blog post. It is for them.. that I want to scream from the roof tops ” don’t let that person get you down… it will be OKAY!! ” and then I want to give them a HUGE HUG.

      If that ever happens to you, let me know… I’ll hop an airplane and come and punch someone for you. 🙂 I roll like that for girlfriends. LOL.

  24. Carina says:

    In awe at how you put it together and the words flow and I just can’t pull myself away. 🙂 I believe there is time for you to quickly squeeze into Norma’s bag and come on over, like now, and create bubbles and fizz in Paree…we can have a ‘no thongs allowed’ party! xx

    • Oh noooo….. Carina, you read my f-bombs. Todays post wasn’t exactly a classy mix of lovely words..

      Can you go read some other posts of mine that don’t have swearing in them ? ha!

      Truth serum : When we lived in Paris I tried to learn a few ‘bad words’ in case I encountered a rude person in my daily travels. Not going to lie… it came in handy on occasion.

      I promise, I’m usually sort-of-classy 🙂

      * giggle giggle, bubble bubble… I would love to have some bubbly with you some time in Paris *

      Bisous,
      Lynne xx

  25. kristin says:

    i love your blog! have been a follower for a while…one of my favorite tips you gave was using picmonkey- that place is the bomb!! and super easy to use! i am still fuzzy about FB- i am a total newbie on FB. how do i put a note on FB that i have a new post on my blog? how do i get these two to work together better?….thanks!

    • Hi Kristin !
      I’m still luvin’ your gorgeous ART. Love it ! Yes, PicMonkey is pretty awesome ! Do you have an iPad? Oh.My.Word. There are great photo apps to be had on that puppy too!

      Facebook : From your personal FB profile, you need to make a Facebook page. Call it your business name. Then you can share your posts with photos, or just links and status updates. Your sharing buttons on your blog allow you to share blog posts directly to facebook from your sharing bar at the bottom of each of your posts. You can do it that way too. Very coolio !!
      Because FB is such a beautiful visual for photos, I usually share my posts with a photo rather than just a link.
      Have an epic weekend !
      Lynne

      • kristin says:

        Hi Lynne,

        have you been told that you are “da bomb” today?!….cuz just your short tid-bit back to me about FB made all the differnce! there were rainbows, unicorns, and a happy dance in my living room today!! thank you!
        Kristin

  26. Dawna Jones says:

    Hi Lynne, I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I’m still not sure what I want. I don’t get a lot of commentators or people who have signed up for it, but I feel like I do it mostly for myself, almost like a creative outlet. If people enjoy reading then I’m happy. So I’m up in the air in terms of what I feel being successful in the blogging world would mean.

    • Hellooooo gorgeous Dawna !

      Have I told you lately that I think you are beautiful ? 🙂

      The awesome thaaaang about your blog is that you are Canadian. Canadian bloggers are a rare thing.

      I would really ramp up your pinterest options on your blog. Pinterest drives 75% of my social media traffic to my blog. As a designer, the visual aspect is so beautifully inspiring, so it is great to make that easy for readers to pin.

      Is your site self hosted? If so, the pinterest pro plugin is awesome to get !

      Hot tip : Fill in your photo image descriptions – in the title area and alt text when you upload them into your blog. Why? Because google images search engines won’t understand 123456.jpeg but will understand ‘beautiful kitchen sink’.

      I hope that helps ! I have a ton of great info that I am working on in ebooks that could really help you down the road. The ebooks won’t have f-bombs but will have epic info 🙂

      Big kisses, my fellow Canadian pal…
      Lynne xx

  27. Linda says:

    Oh Lynne,
    You always come thru. Just as I am contemplating starting a blog to promote my new jewelry making business, the one I quit a job I’d been at for 23 years to pursue, you write about…………….blogging. I think about blogging the way I thought about making jewelry full time, “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING”??!!! But sometimes, you just have to jump and hope the wings will come on the way down. I did finally open my Etsy shop, Linda McCulley Designs and I will start my blog. I would love any and all advice you can share. It is scary shit, but I have to agree, blogging is very important these days. Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Linda !

      I checked out your etsy shop… you go girl !

      Here’s the cool thing ~ When you start your blog, you can link your etsy shop within it. Your blog can be like your HOME where you share your words, products, inspirations and social media. It is just one more way for people to find you. You can then add the blog URL to all your social media profiles and voila…. you are OUT THERE 🙂 as a blogger and jewelery designer with an etsy shop. Wowsers!
      Lynne xx

  28. Danica says:

    Blogging is def. scary shit because when you find out how epic blog posts change lives you start to question your own blog and whether it is actually doing anything for anybody else….this is my biggest fear….what if my blog is boring as fuck and people just think it’s the stupidest blog ever. I am in a constant battle of I want to write because I enjoy looking back and thinking how bat shit crazy we were working long long hours building homes or I wanna write and hope that people are inspired to work harder to achieve their dreams and goals…

    Ummmmm did I just swear that much….yup I did…..sorry Lynne.

    Also, I love reading your readers comments somebody beat me to swearing.

    I have a lot to learn still and this post as most of your other posts always gear my into the right direction….

    Oh one other thing did you get that cheese from Costco? because we just picked up some really good old cheddar cheese from Costco and now my waist hates me. 🙂

    • Dan-eee-zzza

      Good for you for making your epic blog changes along the way. You have truly been growing as a blogger, so don’t forget to give yourself credit for that along the way.

      Your home projects are growing too. Holy hannah…. what a HUGE garage. I loved all the tool photos !

      When you started blogging, you started it as a chronicle of your home renovations.Your blog goals are changing & you are growing. You are becoming more public with your blog. Very cool !

      For each blog post you write, think this….

      ** pretend you are on the other side of the screen and reading it.
      ** write like you are talking to a friend.

      You will blow yourself away as you write, write, write and grow.

      I look back on my old blog posts and cringe. But it has taught me one thing.. we all grow and change and our blogs grow with us.

      Big love to you !! 🙂

      Lynne xx
      PS. I wish that cheese was from Costco. I would LIVE in Costco if they would let me sleep in there 🙂

  29. I read this post and was all: this is awesome.

    Then I re-read it, replacing every instance of the word blog with thong. Aaaaaand it was still awesome.

  30. Deidre~ says:

    Hey stop over and visit me ,your newest blogger friend sometime!

    • Hey Deidre ~

      Your DIY for your son’s bed is pretty coolio! I love the shabby chic look !

      Blogger platform : I don’t know a lot about blogger ( I’m a wordpress gal). Does blogger have a plugin or widget or somethin’ somethin’ for spam comments for your blog? I use akismet on wordpress so commenters don’t have to fill out all the captcha stuff. Aksimet catches almost all of my spam.

      I LOVE IT !

      The reason I ask, is that I found that more people leave comments if they don’t have to jump through captcha hoops and fill in all those crazy letters and numbers. The easier it is to leave a comment, the more that people are likely to comment. PS. Only 1% of blog readers comment in blogs. Holy batman. That’s not a lot, so it is great to make it easy for them when they do. Wow, I’m full of hot tips today. hahaha. xx

      Not gonna lie tho, I love it when the captcha words spell crazy words like hussy or crazygurl and stuff 🙂 LOL !

      • Deidre~ says:

        I know I know I hate that I had to go and use all that spam protection! But I had Filthy Spam and didnt know what else to do:( I will check into that site you spoke of:) You still rock!

  31. Nancy Carr says:

    I am not a blogger, however, I enjoyed your post. I believe that if people cannot say something nice, they should say nothing at all. A negative comment tells you more about that person than it tells you about you. Some people are just not nice and that is sad. I appreciate you and your efforts and your inspiration.

    • Linda says:

      But doesn’t that go against part of Lynne’s rant today? If all the blogs are full of all the same shit, the niceties repeated over and over – why are we writing? AND why are we reading more than one or two blogs?

      Recently, I have vowed to be upright honest when I comment (made a bit of a rowdy mess on “Rich Life On A Budget”) not just “nice post, your pictures are beautiful”. Or if I’m headed in the direction of a compliment, I add a bit to the conversation by sharing a personal story. So far, that has not caused a problem…. more than taking up a lot of space in the comment section compared to others.
      Thanks Lynne! You’re an f’ing (baby step) beautiful potty mouth. (hi Lynne’s Mom!)

      • Ohhh Linda, I am totally going to go and read what rowdy mess you left on Rich Life on a Budget. You crack me up.

        My Mom is going to keel over (laughing) with all the f-bombs created in this blog post comment section. Thank gawwwwd she has a sense of humour 🙂 xx

    • Hello lovely Nancy,
      I love the words that you write on my blog too. To tell you the truth, sometimes I love blog comments more than the blog post itself.
      Lynne xx

  32. This is AMAZING Lynne. You got in every reason I blog, and then some. So looking forward to seeing you in September!

  33. babs says:

    This post is just what I needed. since I just set up a blog and don’t know what to write. My mind went completely blank and I felt so scared, but I do not want to ever wear a thong so I will give it a go and write something to get my old mind started. I know I will end up cussing in it since I do enjoy a good cuss word here or there and I need to get over caring who in my family reads it. Probably they never will!!!! Anyway, I love you blog. Thanks!

    • Hi Babs,
      Have no fear, it happens to all of us. The scaredy-cat in us comes out… right before you hit the publish button. I swear I have a hot flash every single time. Just GO FOR IT anyway. Every blog post is a new adventure!

      You go girl !
      Lynne xx

  34. Joanne says:

    Thanks so much for that, Lynne. I really needed a kick in the thong. I don’t like thongs–I even have a training thong–and my blog/thong has been stuck in my butt now for about six months, just waiting to be launched. I know over-editing is going to be a problem (should that have been hyphenated??) because I worked as a Hansard editor for 21 years! I feel more inspired now, and starting next week I’m going to DO IT!!! Love your blog and all your advice–now how about a poll on what brand of underpants DOESN”T end up in your butt?

    • Joanne,
      If you find a pair of panties that don’t travel up your butt, I wanna hear about them. I am going to go out and buy about three thousand pairs of them (if they are ever invented). TAKE THAT …little miss pantie ride-up 🙂
      Lynne xx

  35. There is the soul sista I know and love. You uncovered the realities of blogging perfectly, though can I add a #111? Sometimes the “dental floss” part of blogging makes you itch. Like a pesky mosquito bite you just keep on scratching, it gets redder and redder and finally when you ignore it, it goes away. Point being sometimes you can be too close which is one thing you taught me. Back off, loosen up, don’t over edit, make a mistake and say WTF, like I do in real life. Lynne you have become the blogging Queen of being real while you do it. Big kisses to you my friend! Just so I understand… we are wearing thongs for the next Blogger Retreat? XXOO – Lisa

    • Kathy says:

      Lisa,

      Noooooooooo! I need my eyes for designing and blogging and, you know, seeing. They are far too delicate to be subjected to such blinding beauty. Beauty? Nope. That’s not it. Booty. Yes, that’s better.

      Lynne,

      Epic blog advice. I think you maybe lucked up and found your voice earlier than most. Two years is like 730 days, so really not that long. Losing your edit button, that’s the hard part. Your “You-ness,” everyone’s You-ness, well, that’s the magic sauce we have to offer the world. Your You-ness is sprinkled with glitter and f*ck and wine and shock-the-shit out-of-nowhere sex-offender kitty faces. Mine is…well, I have no idea, but I’m learning. Always learning.

      You woo me,
      Kathy

      • Hey Kathy,

        Good point about the blogging voice… I *blush* and *hot flash* when I read old blog posts that I wrote. How do I spell E.m.b.a.r.r.ASS.i.n.g ??

        I was lucky. About a year ago, a blogging mentor of mine told me this : keep it real, don’t fluff it up and make it all ‘perfect-like’ because life is more like a clusterfucker than rainbows and fairies. Those were her exact words actually. The clusterfucker part anyway.

        LOL.

        PS. for those of you reading this comment section… you should know…. the kitty cat in the photo of this blog post is the same one who FELL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE with Kathy in a not-so-cat-appropriate-way. hahahaahaha. The sex offence took place in our hammock.

        Okay, I’m off to have another hot flash again.

        I love you miss Kathy. Legit. Love you.

    • LMAO Lisa,

      I know what we need to put in the Blogger Retreat goodie bag now. BIG GIRL PANTIES !

      Sooo true about the over-editing in all of us. It is so refreshing to know that we are not alone. We are all feeling it.

      I forgot to mention the guilty parts too. The guilty parts of not getting blog posts done and saving 28 drafts in my draft box. OMeffffffingGeeeh.

      That one will be out in the next blogging series blog post. I already have it titled and ready. It has the word NAKED in it. Ready for it?

      Big hugs, my friend. xo, PS. I love KATHY’S response to your comment. I am still rolling on the floor laughing….

  36. mrsugarbears says:

    Beautiful and awesome, as always! Hugs and Luvs to you!

    • Right back atcha Shannon. I love your recipes, words, awesome outlook, lovely disposition, kind heart, gorgeous soul and adorable photos. You are a beautiful soul. Just sayin’.

      Lynne xx

  37. Lin says:

    Others have said I should do a blog. The only time I’ve blogged is to do a travel blog for my friends when I take a trip. I must say I enjoyed it because the content was easy because new stuff happens everyday while travelling. To do a blog such as you do…a frequent missive with funny, meaningful, insiightful and dynamic stuff…well I’m not sure I am up for that kinda challenge. I so enjoy your blog, specially the DIY stuff cuz I’m a upcycle, create stuff kinda gal….just don’t do it all the time…..kinda when the spirit takes me. I think folks would findit tiresome if I blogged all the time about how in love I am with my big orange boy cat! LoL Anyway if I decide to seriously take up blogging I will pick yer brain and follow the links you give. Love yer stuff, Keep doin Epic shit…big hugzzzzz from Lin to Lynnn. Great name even if you spell it funny.

    • Dear Lin,

      Ha ! That was just FUN to write your name.

      Did your friends call you Lynnie-Pooh when you were a kid? Okay, not going to lie… my friends that I have known all these years from my elementary school days STILL call me that.

      I love your name Miss Lin {it certainly takes less time to spell} 🙂

      Love,
      Miss Lynne

  38. Pete Walker says:

    Hey silly-

    It sounds a little like you’re asking permission to tell us how you got your blog right…we don’t KNOW what we want to know, except we want to know what YOU know.

    So just freaking spill it, Missy.

    And have you read “Blue Ocean Strategy” yet? Why not? What are you waiting for?

    WHAT the fuck???

    When you’re waiting, We’re waiting. I hate waiting…

    Which reminds me – have you seen “The Princess Bride”? If not, watch it now.

    OK.

    Later…

    • To my pal Pete aka BAD ASS,

      PS. I like my new nickname for you.

      Unlike most people, you have the insider scoop of knowing that I have an epic blogging plan of helping to teach others how to blog.

      You are like a race horse – ready to run. I love it !

      I have some homework for you :

      1. Set up a facebook PAGE for your biz. You need a personal FB first to set up a page, and you already have that.. so that part is good to go.

      2. You can write. I mean… you can really write. I wouldn’t mess around with a free basic blog. I would go big or go home, if I were you. What that means is set up a wordpress.org blog. It is the big leagues. PS. WordPress is the #1 blogging platform in the world. Go with it.

      3. I know you hate that techie stuff (reserve your time for what you are GREAT at…that is WRITING) and hire a web designer for the techie parts. I personally have a FAVE -> Wayne and Selina from http://www.waylaydesign.com . (No, I am not paid to say that). I just adore them.

      4. Write to me when you have your homework done.

      🙂

  39. Mackenzie Knowlton says:

    hahah uhm mom? LOL dad told me to read this ! Not sure why ! Its pretty weird but quite entertaining mom ! Gave me a few awkward visuals though… ew! Anyways Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Uhhh ho Mackenzie,

      I think Daddy fell and bumped his head, when he thought you should read this blog post. LOL.

      Or maybe he was dropped on his head when he was a baby? ahhahahaaa.

      This is the LAST blog post I would want my daughter to read. I am officially going to MOM JAIL for my potty mouth. Busted.

      I see I am not going to get the ‘mother of the year’ award this year.

      But I loves you. With all my heart 🙂

      Kisses and hugs
      Mom xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxo

  40. Lisa Kahn says:

    Lynne, you just made me want to work harder on my blog…to really DO it rather than just dip my little toe into the pool which is mostly what I’ve done so far. Thank you for the inspiration, the laughs and for wearing your irreverence on the OUTSIDE of your shirt. My kinda girl. Your newest fan, Lisa.

  41. Hey! I just found your blog and let me tell you, I love it.

    I’m just wrapping up my first month blogging and I’m finding it hard to stay totally motivated when the feedback is lacking and I’m speaking into a void. I’m looking forward to learning more from you <3

    • Hi Kaitlin,

      Believe me, sista… I know exactly what you are talking about. It is like hearing crickets but the quiet is deafening.

      Best advice I can give is to write. Write once a week. Hit the publish button. It starts off super quiet, and then… when you really throw yourself out there…. LOOK OUT.

      Your passion and work will shine when you shine .. AND you can have a hoot along the way 🙂

  42. Deidre~ says:

    LOL! YESSSSSSSS!!!! I LOVE YOU! This hit the nail right on the head.I have stopped and started blogging at leat 5 times now as Ive been told dont talk about personal things as no body cares and only do projects etc etc.Well heres the thing I neither have the time nor money to be pumping them out at the speed of light:) Soooooooo I got sooooooo discouraged and I deleted my blog several times:( Well Im back lol and trying to decide what direction Im gonna take this blog/thong in:) Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    • Hiya Deidre !

      Woot woot ! You go girl !

      I think it’s so crazy that so many people say ‘don’t talk about personal things, nobody cares’. I have read that a billion times too.

      I’m calling BULLSHIT on that one. 🙂

      B.u.l.l.s.h.i.t.

      I have had the exact opposite experience. I have found that when I started to really blog the reality of things, and true REAL LIFE stories… that many people can relate.

      No one lives in a world of rainbows and freakin’ unicorns. Not without LSD anyway. 🙂

      I love the authentic real writing in the blogging world.

      It is cathartic to write and it makes a difference to others going through the same things. I find that particularly when I write about cancer and illness.

      Here’s the way I go about things : When I write, I like to tell a story. I try to put myself into someone else’s shoes and think to myself “would I want to read this?” Would it make a difference to me? If the answer is yes, then I publish it.

      If the answer is NO, and the blog post is the dogs breakfast, then it hits the rubbish bin.

      So blog it out girlfriend!!
      Here’s three cheers for you ! Hip hip hooray.
      xx

      • Deidre~ says:

        You are “Da Bomb” girl! lol Im so happy I found your blog and Im gonna be following you now ( not in a stalkerish way,lol) Thanks for keepin it real:)

  43. Michael says:

    Darling. Great post. Very real and very funny! :). TMI? Not. Keep rolling girl.. You have epic shit to make a difference. I love your style even if you don’t wear thongs. Your hubby. Xo

  44. Linda says:

    I love your blog !!! You always make me laugh, smile, sometimes cry, but the day is always better after reading your blog!!!

    • L.I.N.D.A <- I screamed that. It is so awesome to hear from you. I love it when you write in the blog. Love it. We could make a blog post from our comments back and forth. Ohhhh. Now that's a dangerous idea 🙂 xx

  45. Simona says:

    Hi, I’m an italian girl and i just began blogging three days ago. My life, I’m chief of a Office of debt collection with a doughter and a husband ( very young! -:)) it’s totally different from my passion.. My absolute passion: interior designer. To change a life is so complicated.. It’s impossible! I started vith a blog but i feel unprepared and very shy.. Maybe a it’s a big mistake.. I read your post very attentively two or three times. You are an inspiration for me. Thank you for that advice and for any other advice that you decide to give me.. Sorry for my english.. It’s my heart speaking.. Best regards, Simona

    • Hello Simona !
      Italy ?! I love Italy. Can I come live with you? I can teach you how to blog and we can eat beautiful Italian food all day long …ohhh… and drink Italian wine.
      Remember this – you are new to blogging. It takes time. I wrote a personal blog for 2 years before I moved into writing this blog.
      Your writing and your learning will grow. Just write. Practice. Have fun and go for it !
      Big hugs !!
      Lynne xx

  46. Brandon S says:

    Unlike Kevin R, I’ve done both (wearing one, I mean writing one right now!).

    Firstly, I seriously don’t believe you would be “sipping” wine. That phrase sounded like a lie. Secondly, I read “cripes” to be “crepes” (Blame it on the French, blame it on no breakfast this morning).

    Third and Most Importantly – this is the best fucking blog post about writing blogs I’ve ever seen. Seriously. This shit is. Bananas. (You have to imagine it’s Rachel Zoe saying that).

  47. Kevin R says:

    Hilarious. Have Blogged but never Thongged.. Thanks for pointing out the similarities so I will have no reason to thong in future !!!

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