Haven 2013:  How To Blog and a Giveaway

Haven 2013: How To Blog and a Giveaway

Haven

(me and Jess)

This is how my face looked for the last 72 hours.

Grinning from ear-to-ear with red lipstick on.

I couldn’t help it.

I just smiled and laughed and chortled and giggled and guffawed my way through a blog conference.

Remember how nervous I was about that speech?

Remember how my knees were shaking?

Remember how carefully I planned out my earrings and my outfit and my funny story?

Remember?

Just between you and me…..shhhhhh…..

…..IT WAS AMAZING. Β πŸ™‚

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(a giant thank you to Dee for the red lipstick)

I mean….I know it’s probably in the speakers’ Β handbook somewhere that you should never shout out how amazing your speech was in all caps.

And I did accidentally show up with two different earrings on.

And spill the water pitcher.

And trip over the bump in the carpet.

Minor details.

Every. Single. One.

Because when I tentatively walked up to the podium with the microphone shaking in my right handΒ and the audience staring expectantly and I told the story and they actually laughed…..

….there was nothing left…..but absolute pure…wonderful….amazing….joy.

Family

And when the conference was finished and I unfroze my face from an ear-to-ear grin….and my car turned down the winding country road…..

….my favorite audience of all was waiting for me. πŸ™‚

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Beginning blogger or want to learn how to blog?

Here are five “must-have’s” for a basic blog design (and my part of the session).

how-to-blog

(1) Β Header

I know this is basic….but your header is your first chance to make an impression on your readers.

Put your social media buttons right there at the top.

Make them happy or funny or colorful or classic.

Make them you.

Add an e-mail follow button right there at the top so when people read your amazing content and see your amazing photos they have to follow you.

Create a navigational bar that Β for a way for your readers to find your old content.

5 Elements For an Amazing Blog Design (Screen 3)

(2) Β Add a house tour

We all love our houses.

I want to marry mine….or at least have a glass of sweet tea with it.

Your readers want to see your house and your style and your rooms.

Create a pinnable graphic and add it to the top of your home tour page.

Add an image from each of the rooms in your house and have them click-through to a post about that room.

To see my sweet tea house tour….you can click here.

5 Elements For an Amazing Blog Design (Screen 2)

3. Β About Me

Tell your readers about yourself.

Tell them you are happy to meet them.

Put three of your favorite posts on the page so they can learn more about you.

Then take a picture of yourself behind a tree because behind the tree pictures always make you look skinnier.

To see my about me page…..click here.

5 Elements For an Amazing Blog Design (Screen 4)

4. Β Projects page

Easy way to introduce your readers to the last 365 days of projects.

There are all the projects they could ever want at their fingertips.

You can create this page using different plug-ins….but I really like Category Thumbnail.

To see my projects page….click here.

5 Elements For an Amazing Blog Design (Screen 5)

5. Β Advertise page

If you want to work with brands you have to be able to tell them what you can do for them.

Putting an advertise page on your blog is like hanging out a shingle.

Emphasize the positive and reference other companies or marketing campaigns you have worked with.

To see my advertise page….click here.

And here’s the rest of the presentation:

To learn about five ways you can promote your blog…..click here to see the amazing Heather’s post.

To learn about five ways you can better work with brands…..click here to see the amazing Tauni’s post.

Blogging Extravaganza Giveaway

To celebrate an amazing conference with red lipstick and funny stories and cute outfits and laughter…..we are giving away….

A blog consultation from Thistlewood Farms (that’s me)!

A blog consultation from Tauni from SNAP!

A social media consultation from Heather from At the Picket Fence!

A blog design package from Kendra, from Key Lime Digital DesignsΒ worth $400

Four hours of blog technical help from Mrs. Fix It

AND

a ticket to the SNAP conference

Each prize will be awarded to a separate winner….so that’s six chances to win!

Good luck and enter below for your chance to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Comments

  1. Laura Weaver :

    I had a blog years ago before they were widely popular….but now i have more time and would love to start again……needing help in all the areas! Is that a bad thing? πŸ™‚

  2. I am soooooo thrilled you had such a great time! You rocked the house but that comes as NO SURPRISE to me!!!! Thanks for sharing …your heart is so incredibly giving!!!! You are right…the best audience in the world was waiting for you : ) Sending love…hugs and much appreciation to you my friend and congrats for another milestone!!!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I loved seeing you at Haven. You are so pretty, inside and out! XO! Rebecca

  4. I wish I could have been at Haven–I know you rocked it!! I would love to improve my about page.

  5. Oh girl – I was doing my best to not jump in my van and drive on over to Haven, if only for a night. Following along on IG was torture. So many of my long lost dear blogging friends were there (and you, a new to me, can’t wait to meet blogging friend.) Rhoda and I roomed at our first ever blog conference years ago. Such fun!

  6. Oh, one day I will attend that conference…
    So glad you had a fantastic time, and that they laughed! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  7. I’m sure you were wonderful, Karianne. I would love help figuring out how to get “out there” more!

  8. I would love to have advice on how to set up my blog so that I could have more visitors. I have just started a blog and this giveaway would be invaluable. I have to say that you are the funniest and most encouraging blogger I read.

  9. I would like to have more followers!

  10. Hi Karianne, your class was awesome (and so was your shout out to me-still blown away by that one-smile).

    I’m totally inspired to take all the great tips and info from the conference and run with it to transform my blog and readership. I’d love to have help with a site redesign.

    Hugs!

  11. Oh, pick me, pick me πŸ™‚

  12. Glad it went so well…knew everyone would love you. Because you seem so genuine ❀ and you’re so sweet to share all of this knowledge…thank you! I hope to put it to use once my kids are back to college and I have a bit more time. Can’t wait to try!!! Thanks for the encouragement. Mimi

  13. I would love advice from such amazing bloggers.

  14. It was wonderful meeting you, KariAnne, and seeing your smiling face {red lipstick and all!} at Haven. : ) Your enthusiasm and excitement were contagious!

  15. I would greatly appreciate help with design, linky stuff, and photo collages. Actually, there isn’t anything that I couldn’t use help with.

  16. Oh my goodness I could certainly benefit from ANY of these!! I am a BRAND NEW blogger feeling lost in the big sea. I need help. REALLY! Fingers are crossed that I may win one of these! Thanks for the chance!

  17. I need help with all thing “technical” – I need some tweaking/updates to my blog design and I would also love to learn how to better use and interpret google analytics.

  18. I’d love help on where to focus my energy when trying to grow my blog!

  19. Absolutely love reading your posts. . . This is something I need to be doing. . . But where/ how do I begin? HELP!

  20. incorporate the social media buttons at the top of the page but I’ll take anything…..really! πŸ™‚

  21. I loved every minute of Haven! Your presentation made me smile all day! It was wonderful seeing you again! The class with you, Heather and Tauni has inspired me to make changes! Thank you for always being a ray of sunshine in my day!

  22. KariAnne I would love totally organize my content (thumbnails, tours, etc) for easy reader access. After 3 years of projects I have tons of content that’s not being seen because I’m too scared to tinker with layout. Desperately in need of help!

  23. I love reading your blog before I even get out of bed I the morning! I’m not a morning person and need to ease into the day, often with
    a smile thanks to one of your posts. I have been contemplating starting my own blog, doing some reading and some research online. I would love to win one of the give aways because I need info in all areas of blogging.

  24. Colleen Wilkins :

    Hello, I would love to blog and be more involved with social media! I now have the time available to concentrate on blogging and I believe the guidance from such talented women would be so helpful. Thank you for this opportunity! Colleen

  25. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to have help on building my blog followers and increase my traffic. Thanks!

  26. So fun!! I may or may not have taken a little nap yesterday afternoon, to let my cheeks rest from all the smiling!

  27. I hope I am able to convince the hubs to let me attend Haven next year so I can soak up this wisdom firsthand! thanks so much for a great post and I hope I win!

  28. I want to start blogging & need some guidance so this would be great for me to get started! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Love reading all your posts! Keep up the good work!

  30. Thank you for these tips with photos & little arrows! Love every bit of it!

  31. I want to start blogging but am nervous to take the plunge. This would be a wonderful opportunity for me to start.

  32. I am sure you did a great job and were able to entertain everyone! I love this contest and would definitely love some help with my blog. I would like to learn how to gain more traffic. Thanks for all the wonderful advice!
    -Shelley

  33. I have been so inspired to start my own blog. I have been following all of you for years. This could be the jump start I need to get it going.

  34. Oh this is what I’ve been waiting for.. HELP! I love to see all those amazing blogs out there right now, especially yours! One thing remains constant as I look through them is “How do they get theirs to look so good and eye-catching?” So I guess I would need help with everything… from design, layout, advertising, posts, pictures, etc. etc. I would love to win any of those packages just to help me and guide me to having a successful blog and live my dream! Thanks so much!!

  35. Thanks for the tips! I am always trying to improve my blog and this is very helpful!

  36. Great tips! I would love to learn more about marketing and social media so that I can reach more people.

  37. Ah, the projects page!! STill on my list to do — thanks for all your wonderful advice, Kari — AND your friendship. xo heidi

  38. Thank you for all of the reminders. I am the world’s worst at putting my blog on the back burner and then being angry at myself when it doesnt get a lot of traffic. I think the one think I need the most help on is making it look attractive so that a reader will want to explore it and hang around. My problem now is I have had so much going on in my life that my posts are all over the page! I would so love a good blog makeover!!

  39. Karianne, I never doubted you would ROCK your speech. After our phone consultation (for which I am and will forever be grateful)…I would have bet my house you were gonna be a speech making Rock Star!

    Your tips are fab-U-lous! Thanks for the chance to win one of these awesome prizes!

  40. Awesome and more awesomeness! My head is still buzzing with all the great information and I’m no longer panicking about the need to move from WP.com. I”ll get there. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  41. Never any doubt you would rock your speech!!! What an amazing giveaway!! You know how I feel about your advice…:)! I’ll be calling for round two!!!~~Ang

  42. Seriously, best prizes ever! (Loved seeing you again at the conference, cute girl!)

  43. Wish I had been there to hear you KariAnne. I bet you rocked it. And I think Im going to pose behind a the today. Thanks for the tip!

  44. Thank you, Karianne, as always, for the dose of sunshine and light-hearted care given. Your kids ar adorable! My living room is just about ready for Mindful Gray to be applied ………

  45. Wow! You brought Haven home with you! I feel like this post was written directly to me, because all of these things have been on my to do list. I am getting to work on it today!

    I am so glad that you rocked your talk! πŸ™‚

  46. I’m ready World! I just need that little push off the cliff – I am actually working on my blog as we read – but have so much “Stuff” to share not sure of how to organize! Help!

    Lois

  47. Now, that’s a prize package with entering! Glad you had fun with or without the lipstick! Some of my favorite bloggers went and I can hardly wait to hear back from them what they learned. Wish I could have been there. Maybe after I win this package, update my blog, then I’ll feel worthy to attend a conference!

  48. Amy (mud puddles and tea parties) :

    I am so hoping I can win any on these.. I am a newbie blogger (as in I have yet to get it running…) and I need all I help I can get!!!! Thistlewood Farm is one of my favorite blogs to read!!!!

  49. I woudl love to have KariAnne help me out! Your site is amazing! Maybe some of that will rub off on me!!!

  50. Great advice Kari..glad all went well with your speech..Love the lipstick…

  51. jennifer farnes :

    so you can see from the blank space above, i have no website. yeah. it’s been a wish of mine for oh…..like, 10 years now, to actually have a blog. absolutely no idea how to do it….none. i’m so frightened of it that i don’t even dare dip my toe in the way, although the big part of me wants to just jump right on in. i reeeeeeeally need help and i reeeeeeeeally want to do this. i’m so grateful your talk went well and that you just had fun with it. you’ll likely be on the “circuit” from here on in. and i’m so glad you have a red-lipstick friend in just the right shade…..thanks for the generous giveaway.

  52. KA-

    I am so happy it all went well for you. I knew you would be a rock star – though, um, two different earrings, huh?
    Hee hee. Well there was that time just as hubs and I were walking into a movie theatre he noticed I was wearing two distinctly different flip flop colours. We are still laughing 4 years later!

    I simple told him it was the newest rage.

    You look so happy in that first photo, pure bliss and joy and fun!

    Your advice it great, and you know your blog is one of my all time favvie favs. Keep up the good work!

    Have a great week with the Home Crew Cuties you had waiting for you!

  53. This is great advice Karianne! I’ve been trying to get a updated picture of myself for weeks now to include on my blog. It’s not as easy as it sounds. I’m always BEHIND the camera! Thanks for a chance to win.

  54. Help!! I’m not a techie at all and have no clue how to add some of these features.

    Glad you had a wonderful time ~ I’m sure you knocked it out of the park!

    xo
    Pat

  55. I so need help with a blog! I have been struggling for the past year and half to get a blog up and running, sadly, to no avail. It is the one area that I struggle with the most. I have a story to share and want to share it! Your style of writing is excellent – it feels so transparent, makes you real and down-to-earth, and it makes me want to be your friend. Your site is set-up so it is easy to navigate. Since the day I stumbled upon Thistlewood Farms, I look forward to reading your posts. I need help!

  56. This all looks very ambitious! I must be very lazy. But it would be nice to get some help!

  57. You guys had the best presented class at Haven! Thank you for the amazing content, Im pretty much going to start over w my blog. So excited for SNAP! πŸ™‚

  58. I’m interested in some basic blog design and redesign advice. Looking forward to talking with you in a week or so, KariAnne! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  59. Welcome home, Miz karianne!
    See, Miz Rock Star, I told you so….
    Great Post. Wish I wanted to blog enough to actually do it….I’d follow your advice to the letter!

  60. I can only imagine how amazing your session was and someday I hope, I hope, I hope to attend if for nothing more than being able to hug my favorite blogger friend πŸ™‚ (Though I have to say that nothing could beat the audience you had waiting for you at home. They are precious!)

    My son-in-law and daughter have been trying to convince me to start a blog for a few years now, but it seemed so overwhelming to me – where to begin, projects, etc. Maybe this is just the push I need πŸ™‚

    Thanks, KariAnne, for the opportunity!

    Hugs,
    Zolane

  61. Oh my goodness! First of all, you are ADORABLE!!! I was so thrilled to meet you at Haven and you totally rocked your session. I look so forward to getting to know you more through following your Thistlewood Farms.
    What would I like to improve about my blog? Pretty much e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g…mostly though it’s the technical stuff that completely befuddles me.

  62. I really need help with social media. I’m so lame that I accidentally posted incorrect info on my Facebook page; and I don’t even know how to remove it!

  63. I’d wear Red Lipstick and a great big Smile, too! Congratulations on a wonderful presentation. I’m setting my sights on beginning a blog and I’d be thrilled to have help.

    Best,
    J

  64. How cute are you! I would have spilled the water pitcher too! πŸ™‚

  65. Is there an acceptable age cut-off for how old you can be to begin a blog? Do you absolutely 100 percent have to be totally honest about this? I mean will anyone read a blog if I tell them I was born in 1945, am almost 70 years old and remember when Eisenhower was President?

  66. Lord, I would just love some expert eyes on my site to tell me where to improve! I haven’t brought in any graphic assistance (yet!) so I’m always curious where I can tweek and rearrange.
    A GIANT thanks for the sessions at Haven, also. Hilarious and helpful and a little bit Hallelujah also. Loved.
    xo
    Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

  67. Hey there beautiful!! You totally rocked your speech! In fact, your class was one of my FAVORITES at Haven! It was so informative and FUN! Loved seeing your face again this year! Since I just threw my hat back in the ring with my blog, I would love help in both the tech, and blog growth areas!!
    I know that your family must be thrilled to have you home! You certainly bring light and love with you wherever you are! The house must have felt empty without you!

    Big hugs! -Lisa πŸ™‚

  68. Wish I could have gone to Haven again. Maybe next year!
    What do I need the most blog help with? Well, everything really!
    But if I had to narrow it down to two, I’d say the technical help and the social media help would be the ones I really need. And thanks for all the helpful tips and the chance to win.

  69. I need help with a new blog design

  70. I’m so glad your speech went well! I would love to get help making my blog look less generic.

  71. Karianne – Meeting you at Haven was a HUGE highlight for me! You are the real deal! I learned so much from you, Heather and Tauni and you made the class fun! One thing I could use some help with on my blog is overall design – making my blog more original and me!

    Thanks for being the Rock Star that you are!

    Many Blessings to You – Doreen

  72. This is a very helpful post full of advice and inspiration. Your site is great. I love it.

  73. hoping if I win, you can help me become more ORGANIZED and focus on the whole TECHIE part of the process..LOL!!
    Thanks for the chance.
    Hugs
    Karin

  74. I missed out on Haven & I was so sad.. but this giveaway just made me really happy! I would looooooove to win this for me & my blog!!! Thank you so much for hosting πŸ™‚ xx

  75. Often just a new set of eyes on a blog reveals so much! Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. LOVE this package! This giveaway is awesome. Thanks for sharing Haven with us!

  77. It was so nice to meet you in person!!! You did a great job on your talk and I learned even more from you, so thank you. Have a great week and we can’t wait till next year! Cheers!

  78. I would Love to win….pure motivation yo start my own blog!

  79. What a fun trip! So wish I could have been there.Now you know how I felt when I was lucky enough to meet you at the midwest meet up! Seriously my face was hurting the next day from smiling so much!Thanks for sharing those tips!
    xx
    Anne

  80. i would really like to start a blog….need help!
    thanks for the chances to win some advice.
    diedre

  81. I would love help with the technical stuff of my blog. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!!

  82. Great giveaway and tips Kari! It was so wonderful to meet you again and see your gorgeous smile and red lipstick in real life! xo Heather

  83. Kariann,
    Wish I could have met you in person! Loved this post..thanks for sharing all your helpful tips.
    Sarah

  84. Best and most beautiful audience in the entire world and one that loves you more than you can even imagine. Glad it was all you wanted it to be and even more. Love you.

  85. What an awesome giveaway! Loved the tips!

  86. You did a fabulous job! It was so good to see you again this year!

  87. It was amazing to meet you in person Karianne. You are just as sweet and funny in person as you are on your blog. Thank you for the generous and incredible giveaway!

  88. ONE DAY I will make it to this conference and hope to meet you there! Thanks for a giveaway.

  89. My blog isn’t very user friendly right now. I’m new to wordpress and have ideas about what I want it to look like…I just don’t know how to do it yet!

  90. What a great give away! I’ve been looking to redo my site with a little more pizazz, and this post is a huge help!

  91. I just need motivationed to start a blog. I feel like I have a lot of ideas to share but actually starting it is my problem!!

  92. Thanks for the great tips. I am a brand new blogger and could use ANY help! PS: I love your writing style – it is what sets your blog apart from the rest (in my opinion, anyway!)

  93. I am just getting a blog going, so help in any and all areas area needed!!

  94. I could FINALLY label all the kid toys so they could properly put away!

  95. Would love for someone to look at my blog with new eyes and tell me what I’m missing!

  96. I would love to have help setting up a blog! πŸ™‚

  97. So generous of all the bloggers willing to share their skills! I would need help starting a blog! Just feels a little intimidating, but love the supportive people out there!

  98. Great tips! My blog has been cruising along all casual and relaxed, patiently waiting for me to finish changing diapers, chasing toddlers, wiping grubby faces. Just waiting for its day to grow and shine. Perhaps that day is getting close……mind you, there’s still those diapers to change πŸ™‚ wish I could of seen your talk, and most of all, meet you in person. One day πŸ™‚

  99. Kari…again, it was so wonderful to see you again…your energy and enthusiasm is contagious!! Enjoy your time being with your beautiful children and hubby too!!!

  100. Wow! What an amazing opportunity!!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  101. LOVED meeting you and hearing your ladies speak. A HUGE thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  102. WOW! This is an incredible giveaway. I’d love to grow my blog in any way possible, so I’ll take any help I can get. Not that I’m desperate or anything ;). Thanks so much!

  103. I’m so sorry that I missed Haven this year. I would have loved to have heard you speak…and to see your pretty face in person! Your “audience” certainly looks thankful to have you back at home! (Gosh, they’re cute!…and Yes, you may tell them that I said so!) I’d LOVE to win this give away…it’s time for some revisions to my page and, as you may know by now, I have no idea how to do this stuff! Hugs!

  104. All your info on blogging is so helpful. I could really use the help. Thanks for sharing!

  105. I’m so glad you had so much fun at Haven! I would have loved to have gone! πŸ™‚ I started my blog earlier this year to compliment my small business and would love to revamp its appearance! Thanks so much for doing such a fabulous blog giveaway!

  106. A door way worked pretty good too for me on that skinnier thing.
    Bliss

    (I. Wanna. Win.)

  107. I am so glad that i sat in on your session!! It was so informative and I thoroughly enjoyed. If I had to narrow down what I need help with I would say is photography and technical.:)

  108. And who was the rockstar? YOU were, Karianne! Your talk was warm, informative, energizing, and so YOU! We loved learning from you. Your life force radiated throughout the entire conference! And I am not just saying that because I was your “timer” and I sped you up so much that you still had six minutes left to talk when you thought you were over and just sat down! I SO hope you got your entire 15 minutes in the second time around!
    I need to know how to work the techy end of my blog, and maybe I will get a chance to learn more from all of you gals!

  109. What one thing would I need help on? Have you seen my blog? Learn as I go, designed by me (that’s probably not a good thing to admit), missing tons. I really need help to make it prettier, more navigable and just really pleasant to visit. I’m new, so I’m just learning. Thank you so much for the opportunity and I wish I could have been at Haven to take your class.

  110. I knew you would “knock ’em dead!”
    Can’t wait to hear about all the fun!

    Norma Jean

  111. So glad it went well! I would love to win any one of these great prizes!!

  112. So happy that your conference was a smile drenched success! I knew you’d rock the house.

    Sadly, I took my blog down yesterday. There were so many reasons – many of which you’ve identified in this give-away. As my nana used to say, I’m a “day late and a dollar short.”

    Perhaps one day I’ll begin another and try again. If I do, yours is the first door I’ll be knocking on for advice, a glass ‘o sweet tea, and lots of laughs.

    In the meantime, I’ll be reading faithfully!

    Welcome home!

    Barb

  113. Umm… everything! No, really. I love to design, to photograph, and to write, but finding the time to do it all as well as I want is so hard! I would love some help with the mechanics and layout of my blog and some ideas of where to pool my resources to get the best results. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for hosting such a fabulous giveaway!!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  114. Hey Rock Star! I knew you would “rock” the house & have fun! That’s the way you roll. You helped get me here in less than 6 months…now I need help getting to the next level…any & all of the prizes would be awesome! Thank you for being you…really being YOU!
    xo,
    Kelly

  115. Definitely growing my blog! I have felt on the verge of something great for about a year– but I can’t get it to translate.

  116. If I could just win any of the prizes I would be thrilled!!! I really could use help on writing, and learning how to organize blog calendar. Thank you tons! Your class was the best!!!

  117. Haven sounds like a great time. I hope to be there some day! Great giveaway idea!

  118. Love the points that each of you listed! I would love help with overall theme design.
    Thank you so much for the giveaways πŸ™‚

    Blessings …
    Lani

  119. I want to improve my little blog. I would love to win the BEG!

  120. Help! I need lots of it! Trying to design a blog from scratch is hard work! Thanks for a chance to win!! πŸ™‚

  121. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for sometime but it’s a little overwhelming and scary. I need HELP! Would love to win. Congrats on Haven, I’m sure you were great!

  122. I just started a blog and would love to learn how to increase viewers in addition to help with design!

  123. Loved the class! I need help getting started and finding my way! So excited about what the future holds-thank all of you ladies who hosted our class for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!
    With Much Gratitude,
    Erika

  124. I would take any advice right now since I am a new blogger! Even just finding out what I am doing right and wrong is helpful!

  125. I could use help with so many things… But definitely how to use categories, tags, and my menu and sidebars to be more reader friendly.

  126. Oh man, so wish I could’ve gone to Haven, hopefully next year. Thanks for sharing your tips. I need a blog makeover. Would love to win any of the above! Thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  127. I need help with lots of areas on my blog, but especially the design of it. My header needs help. πŸ™‚

  128. My 2 cents worth….
    if your blog is slow loading, you will lose readers. I have dropped several popular blogs because they take too much time to load. They have too much on their sidebar and the loading time is just CRAZY.
    Then, once they DO load, they have the READ MORE feature, you click on it and it takes another long time to load.

  129. Fun giveaway!

  130. I RARELY comment on blogs but read them allot. That picture of you two in the hardhats made my day. Many things on your blog make my day. I plan on continuing to enjoy and live vicariously through your blog and many others. It is such a joy. Thanks for all you do.

  131. Sounds like you ladies had an AMAZING time! I have to admit MUCH of this blog stuff is WAY over my head….which is why I hope to win one of those fabulous prizes. I need some serious help πŸ™‚ Thanks!! Laurel

  132. Just what I needed today I had my tictket to Haven but didn’t go…so sad all weekend long. I would love to win and get me some me so awesome blogging skills.

  133. I would LOVE some design help with my blog. HTML is not my friend!:)

  134. Hey Kari!! You were SO awesome and that class was my very favorite of the conference!! I’ve been blogging for a while, but really haven’t done well trying to make it grow. I want to make the jump to WordPress and then get a whole new design!

  135. I’ve wanted to start a blog but need guidance. It would be awesome to win this great giveaway.

  136. Oh yeah…I head a hand out/heads up every where!! Thanks dearie!!

  137. It was so nice to meet you at Haven. I regret that I didn’t get to take your class and appreciate that you and the other girls are posting your parts of the presentation today.

    If I won, I’d get help with adding pictures of projects to the side of my blog that go to that blog post. I don’t know if there’s a plug-in for that or if it’s something really simple that you can do in WordPress. For some reason, I haven’t been able to figure it out.

  138. Great giveaway and post! New to blogging and would love the help with blog design, promoting, working with brands….um, maybe that means everything! I need help!!!! πŸ™‚

  139. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I need help with EV-ER-RE-THANG! If I don’t win, I’ll pay for it! Really!! (Should I have said that?! Will that mess up my chances of a freebie?) πŸ˜€

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. I finally feel like I’ve made it now and can die happy!

  140. I would love help with ads and figuring out SEO better and things I may not be doing right!!

    Thanks! Xoxo

  141. Oh my gosh, you sound like such a fun girlfriend to have, and while I missed Haven, next year I am there! Your blog is full of so may things, and so well put together – I would love the chance to have some help. I’ve only just begun and already am lost in the sea of “what to do!” –

    Geneva

  142. OH MY WORD! I love you. You are so genuine and adorable. My blog needs a jump start. Let’s get this thing going and wear Lucy Lockets while we’re doing it! πŸ˜‰

  143. You were a delight in the class, KariAnne, and you made me smile every time I saw you- you just radiate joy, and it’s contagious. πŸ˜€

  144. KariAnne, you were aweome! The entire conference was too! Haven inspired me to want to transition my blog to WordPress and split into two blogs! Ah! The thought scares me! But I know it will be great my vision is realized!

  145. I’m so glad your speech went well…I’m so jealous of bloggers who get to go to conferences…maybe someday! πŸ™‚ I’d love help in all areas of my blog, but especially on how to build my following! πŸ™‚

  146. I would do HAND STANDS if I won, I don’t know how to do ANY of the things you listed!!!!!!!! I am SO unsavvy, technically! HELLLLLLLLPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXO

  147. I am so glad that your speech went well. One of the best parts of blogging is watching so many wonderful and creative women becoming successful and then being honest about how hard it was, how thrilled they are to be doing well and how scary it all can be. I always enjoy your posts.
    Traci

  148. To answer the question: I need to do a design tweak to update a few things and I can’t pay for it. I wish someone could walk me through a few things and could point me in the right direction. Just a little big thing. πŸ™‚

    My friend….I’m guessing that everyone thought you tripped and spilled your water just to put everyone at ease and show you’re real like that. [wink] I’ll help you keep it a secret.

    Wish I could have been there….you have no idea how much. I even tried the ruby slippers and clicking my heals…

  149. Oh, I would love any of these!! Thanks so much for hosting.
    TheTurquoiseHome.com

  150. I need help with my photography! (angles, lighting, etc.)

  151. I love your blog and am happy to hear that your presentation went well…I’ll bet you feel great about it all! I have been wanting to start a blog for a couple years now, I just don’t know where to start….I would love some help getting started!!

  152. Thank you so much for your willingness to share at Haven! I’m SO thankful and learned a lot! I definitely need technical support right now, a blog consultation, and a mini makeover! I’ve got quite the list to tackle after Haven!

  153. Would love to have had an opportunity to meet you in Haven… maybe one day I’ll get across the ocean to one of these wonderful blogging events. Glad you enjoyed it Kari.

  154. It was so nice meeting you at Haven, your smile truly lights up a room! I received an email the morning of the first day of the conference saying a ticket was available so I was in such a rush to just get the ticket & hotel transferred into my name, pack and drive the 3 1/2 hours to get there that it was overwhelming. No time to plan my trip, get cards to pass out to sister bloggers or to make a plan for which classes to attend so I could kick myself for not attending yours! I am glad that I got to meet you!!!
    I need a blog re-do so bad and am scared to death to switch from blogger…html, code, say what!? SEO, say what?! Yep, I need help!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Blessings,
    Cindy (the blonde one of charlie’s girls…LOL, you are so funny!!!)

  155. Thank you for an amazing presentation! I loved hearing you speak at Haven! I can’t wait to update my blog using the techniques you talked about. I plan to attend Haven next year, and I hope you’ll be a presenter again. You were awesome!

  156. KariAnne it was the BEST BEST BEST class that I was fortunate to take during HAVEN 2013, I was so inspired and so happy that I too had a giant grin on my face (maybe that was because you had two different earrings on?) KIDDING – I’m pretty sure no one noticed as they were listening to all your stories and great advice. This absolute baby blogger would cry if she won any of the above prizes, ya’ll are just so wonderful and inspiring.

    I feel blessed to have met you and attended Haven. Thank you,
    Wendy xx

  157. I hope I entered the giveaway “correctly”! I would like to have help making my blog look current and polished. I would also like to know how to expand my audience.

  158. I discovered your blog a few months ago and I’m obsessed with all of your projects and every inch of your beautiful home. It is my dream to own a farmhouse some day. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your preparation for the Haven conference and how much you enjoyed your experience. Until it becomes a reality I will fantasize about attending such a cool and useful event. As evidenced by the lack of website, I have to confess that I have NO BLOG. It’s shameful but true. The thing is I really want one. I’ve been thinking about it (obsessing over it) a lot lately and have spent weeks researching how to start a blog and what format to use and registering a domain name and lots of other verbiage that I know very little about. I’m fairly tech savvy but I keep questioning what I want to write about and whether or not anyone has an interest in hearing what I have to say (not-to-mention my fear of not being a graphic designer, home decor expert, or DIY genius like many of the other bloggers that I follow). Winning this contest would be amazing since I need help in ALL areas. Btw, is there ANY chance it also comes with a dose of self confidence or perhaps a bottle of self-doubt remover? Much love. Keep up the good work!

  159. I’d love to give my blog a look to match my personality!

  160. I loved your class – can’t believe you tried to kick me out on the first day! πŸ˜‰
    xo,
    Shannon

  161. I need a shot in the arm, a kick in the pants, some basic direction to get my blog off the ground where it’s been dragging. Would love to win any one of these!

  162. I could use some help getting advertisers; I don’t have a page set up yet.

  163. Holy smokes, this is SO informative and helpful KariAnne! I didn’t get to see you at Haven (I REALLY wanted to be there), and this is an unexpected and delightful gift.

    I’m going right to my blog to make the changes you suggest. You are a rock star!

    THANK YOU.
    Annie XO

  164. I had a blast at Haven and it was so nice to meet you and listen to you speak at the New Kids on the Block session πŸ™‚ I still think you should write a book…
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  165. Oh yeah and if I win I would like help organizing my projects in a pretty way πŸ™‚

  166. Thank you so much for the 5 tips. When I visit a new blog the very first thing I do is go to the home tour…and yet I’ve never posted a link on my blog. I sure hope to be picked. I’d love a little nudge in the right direction.

  167. What do I need help with? Oh my. What don’t I need help with?
    Oh wait, you mean my blog! Ok. I’d love some help with that too. πŸ™‚
    I hope I get picked!
    hugs to you KariAnne, I’m so glad you were a hit at the conference. I only wish I could’ve been there too!

  168. What is one thing you would love to have help with on your blog?

    Organization and just getting more readers… I’m pretty sure no one reads… probably because I have no consistency! ha! Having the time to do it would help πŸ˜‰

    I would love to win any of these!

  169. It was so much fun meeting you. You are sunshine! πŸ™‚

    I’m in the process of a blog redesign–so thanks for this post, too.

  170. Loved your tips and will be working on my header! I’d love to win the giveaway to make my blog more engaging and appealing to readers and brands.

  171. LOVED< LOVED: LOVED meeting you in person! I'd like help on …. everything?

    Jessica

  172. It sounds like you had a marvelous time! Would have loved to have been at the Conference – hoping to next year! I’d love to win any of these marvelous prizes! So sweet of you all to offer these giveaways!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  173. Dear BFF,
    I would LOVE to know what the next step is. How should I organize what’s coming and figure out how to be more consistent? You’re the bomb.com πŸ™‚

  174. That is awesome! I could never get up in front of people and speak.I’m actually shy, believe it, I really am more of a home body type and to see a crowd in front of me I would have to run out of the room. I am so glad it all went well.It looked amazing! I am really hoping I can make it next year.

  175. I didn’t get to take your class, so I hope I win πŸ™‚
    Debbie

  176. Thanks for sharing your presentation. I wish I could have been there. I know I have a lot to learn. I’d appreciate any help. πŸ™‚ I’m plugging along, but really want to get to the next level.

  177. I will be starting a blog soon and would love to get some tips!

  178. Hi, I remember your huge smile and red lipstick! A great color on you. Thank you for taking some time to sit with us during the first night reception and share some tips. I’m going to improve my house tour because of your advice. Thank you!

  179. Oh my, what a generous giveaway. I would be extremely thankful for help beginning my blog. I have my website but that’s all.

  180. I would LOVE help for our non-profit!!!!!

  181. Yay! It was soooooo much fun to meet your fabulous self! You’re so adorable…and genius! I’m not gonna lie, I spent 6+ hours waiting in the airport for a flight and buckled down on blog design stuff inspired by your class! It was the best layover of my life! Thanks again and it was such a pleasure meeting you!!!

  182. Karianne! Sorry we didn’t get to talk more at the conference. Glad you had a blast!

    And thanks for the recap of your session and the blogging tips. So many sessions, so little time!

    I look forward to being in touch πŸ™‚

  183. Docia Fuller :

    I have working on a blog idea for a while, so this would be great!

  184. Oh Karianne! I just love love love you, your blog and your mentoring! Thanks for sharing so many great and vital details about blogging with us! I SO wish I could attend a blog conference! SNAP would be amazing and oh so fun!
    Dang-I am so sad I missed all of you performing!!
    Crossing my fingers and toes for a chance to win this ticket to SNAP!!
    Loves!

  185. Very interesting. I love LOVE to read blogs:) And thanks for all the info you did give us already!!!!!

  186. Wanda English :

    Loved loved loved ya’ll class. I’m just getting started in the blogosphere so I need al the help I can get. So glad I got a chance to meet and hear from you.
    Wanda aka Bagdad :0)

  187. Love your blog; so inspiring! I would so love to enter the blogging world & need help to start. We’re making a move from the city to country-life, & getting ready to start building a cozy farmhouse.

  188. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  189. I need a blog consult! 3rd party unbiased info welcomed here!

  190. Need help getting started on a blog!

  191. KariAnne – know it doesn’t earn me more entries, but I’ve HAD to stop by all 3 of your gals blogs and say thank you for your wonderful presentation. Rock Star doesn’t begin to describe you! If I win, I’d love the consult to be a month after I launch the blog so I’ve got enough history for you to tell me what I’m doing well and what are my opportunity area.

  192. Oh my – what fun you and NKOTB session was. It was pure joy meeting you and finding out you are just in the next state up, makes me feel like we will see each other again. I need so much help with getting my blog up and going – not only to make it a pretty site, but a functional one as well. Thanks so much for the encouragement. XOXO – I will never look at red lipstick the same.

  193. Woot! Sign me up, my little blog needs all the help it can get!

  194. Karianne-
    So glad I got to attend your session at Haven! You are such a joy to listen to, and I LOVE your blog!
    Hoping to re-vamp mine and have lots of fabulous ideas! … Now to implement!

    All the best!

    Mary Kay Thompson

  195. Loved your session at Haven. Very well done. Thanks for the notes. I kinda need to win this thing!

  196. Oh this is such a helpful post for a beginning blogger such as myself! I would LOVE to have help with my overall layout/design of my blog, especially creating a header that really captures the reader’s attention! To be able to attend that conference would be like a dream come true, especially after reading all of the exciting posts after SNAP 2013! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  197. I love reading blogging how-to’s and I am so grateful that Wonderful Bloggers, such as yourself are kind enough to help us beginners.
    I have followed your blog for a while, and your home is really pretty.
    In this, post, I got a real chuckle out of the part about having your picture taken behind a tree, to make one look skinny. That is the worst part, for me, so far… having my picture out there for the world to see. YIKES !

  198. I am a new blogger and I could use help with anything and everything! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

  199. I could use help with everything and anything!

  200. Deish Nonoton :

    I need help with social media πŸ™‚

  201. I would like help with layout, design, gaining and keeping followers, you name it! Thank you Kari Anne for hosting this fantastic giveaway!!!

  202. I LOVED your class KariAnne and so wish I could have met you at Haven! You were just TOO POPULAR beyond words and I was unable to get to you with all of the folks. But I loved your smile and your class. You, Heather, and Tauni taught me a ton! Thank you!

  203. So with all the deadlines I had looming when I got home, I am just now getting to be able to catch up on my reading. Haven was AWESOME!! Karianne, THANK YOU for taking the time to share what you’ve learned and sit and chat with us a while. Your infectious personality is exactly the kind of joy everyone needs to be around! It was wonderful to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you in the months to come!! Have a fabulous Day!! XO!

  204. Do you have the link to Heather’s post on five ways to promote your blog? It went to her homepage.