10. You can't start a blog without a focus. You want to find something that you really enjoy talking about or that you're knowledgeable about so that you feel confident marketing your site. For me, as a sixteen-year-old, the entertainment world was what I knew best, so Komments from Karly was born. Find something you have a passion for, and go for it!
9. After you start your blog, tell everyone. When I started this site, my mom (remember I was 16) sent out a blast email to 200+ people, and for a few weeks, everyone was talking to me about this new blog I started, which was a cool feeling. If you start a blog, you can't be afraid to put yourself out there... that's the whole point of a blog.
8. To have a successful blog, you have to choose a great platform site. If your platform site is lackluster, you're not going to have the capability to make your blog the best it can be. Weebly, in my case, was the perfect choice because I loved the look I was able to create, and it's been wonderful for trying out different article formats and media. So, thanks Weebly, you're pretty great.
7. Looking at your blog stats is important because you can see what you're doing right and what needs improvement. For instance, I always look to see how my tweets are helping my views or how a different topic affected my stats. Sometimes looking at stats is encouraging and other times it's really discouraging, but it's an important part of blog management.
6. Maybe it's because I'm organized to a fault, but I keep a very detailed schedule of my daily blog posts. This helps you keep a record of your past posts so you don't repeat a topic, and it also gives you a reference if you want to go back to a specific post. What I use it for most, though, is planning for the future. I have weeks and weeks ahead plans so that I'm not panicking without a topic.
5. No matter what specific topic you're writing about, you need to pay attention to current events. For me, I look at album, book and movie releases so that I can have timely blog posts about these current entertainment events. And, as I embark on a political blog, I'm obviously going to pay more attention (as if I don't already) to the political scene.
4. Media is really important for blog posts. You don't want all your posts to just be text. I like to throw in some videos and pictures to keep a reader interested. Not every post needs something, but you should try to add interest fairly often so that readers aren't just reading. Attention spans are shrinking after all.
3. Trying out different article formats is also important. This post is a great example of that: instead of paragraphs, I created a list with photos. My '5 Reasons Why' posts are also a good example of mixing the format up. Avid readers of your blog want to see something different instead of just solid text.
2. As a blogger, social media is your best friend. Sure, word of mouth is good, but the Internet is worldwide. Social media helps you reach an audience you never would have before in just your corner of the globe. I've interacted with celebrities and blog-fans all over the place because of my blog Twitter account, which is really cool.
1. It's very, very important to be true to yourself on your blog. I'm a bit outspoken, which obviously comes through on my blog, but I don't post anything that I'm not comfortable defending. Hopefully, you won't be surrounded by controversy (other than a few negative comments I've never been), but you need to be proud of what you're doing.
My first post on The Patriotic Pearl will be about the 2016 presidential election! In November, we will all vote for our next Commander in Chief, so we should be educated on the candidates. My post, entitled 'The Clothespin Vote,' is about why neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is ideal, but we have to pick one! I also dive into the Third Party candidate, the Libertarian's Gary Johnson! The Patriotic Pearl will be live on June 29th! Happy kommenting :)
10. With an all-star cast, Valentine's Day is a collection of romantic comedies all mashed up into one. Some of the subplots are kind of annoying, but others are romantic and adorable. Singer Taylor Swift made her film debut in this movie with Taylor Lautner. Plus, anytime McDreamy aka Patrick Dempsey is in a film, I'm not going to have a problem with it.
9. Starring Katherine Heigl as a woman who's been a bridesmaid 27 times, 27 Dresses is a cute movie with a good balance between comedy and romance. Heigl's character isn't great at saying no or putting herself first, and this personality flaw is exemplified when her sister gets engaged to her long-time crush and boss, George. Meanwhile, she meets a reporter with an interest in her wedding obsession... and maybe she'll take an interest in him. That's if her sister's wedding planning doesn't destroy her first.
8. Bridget Jones's Diary is a classic rom-com in which a powerful, working woman ends up having to choose between two men. Both are flawed, but one is somehow the perfect match. The movie is funny in a painfully honest way, depicting how we single women often feel while in the face of potential relationships.
7. If you think your family is overwhelming or crazy, you probably haven't seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Romance isn't always easy when your entire family is begging you to only date Greek men, and then, of course, life gets complicated when you catch feelings for a completely un-Greek man. This movie is hilarious commentary on what it's like to have a huge, opinionated family especially when you're in the middle of planning a wedding. Through all the ups and downs, there is still love to be found, both in a new marriage and old family.
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love is a hilarious film showing all different kinds of romance. From a divorcee trying to fall back into the dating pool to a player trying to settle down, this all-star cast including the likes of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone created a hilariously romantic film. I loved the way all the little subplots came together in the end of the movie in a super funny, unrealistically ironic way that made for some chuckle-worthy acting. You can't really go wrong with Steve Carell, though, can you?
5. My Best Friend's Wedding is a classic rom-com; it's one of the first movies we think of when we think of this genre. Julia Roberts is perfect parts charming and devious when her best friend, who she vowed to marry if they were both single by a certain age, gets engaged just before their promise comes to light. Iconic, hilarious scenes pepper the film, and there's an important lesson to be learned by the end when Roberts's character has to decide whether to continue to pursue her best friend or allow him to marry his new fiance.
4. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are a match made in Heaven in The Proposal. A power-woman whose Visa is about to expire, Bullock's character asks Reynolds to marry her for a green card, which sounds simple. But, after a trip to Alaska to meet his family, all of the sudden a green card is the last thing on her mind. Is love in the Alaskan air?
3. This film, In Time, pulls on the heartstrings as a young Brit discovers the men in his family have the ability to time travel. With this ability, he woos the girl of his dreams and perfects the imperfect moments in his life. However, when his family suffers an imaginable loss, he has to reevaluate his gift and focus on what's really important.
2. 50 First Dates was my first favorite movie because it's flawlessly hilarious, and the combination of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler is the perfect match for this particular film. I still quote this film all the time because it has such a distinct and dynamic plot that is so much fun to watch. It's more funny than romantic and sad, so it's an easy watch.
1. When In Rome, which Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, is one of my favorite movies of all time to this day. I relate to Bell's character a lot, and I love the chemistry that builds between Duhamel and Bell throughout the movie. I think the plot was fun and unique as well, with plenty of minor characters that added humor and sentiment to the story.
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