Things Successful Bloggers Do

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 16, 2009

Are you ready for the new installment of

Things Successful Blogger Do That I Do Not Do?

Lets Re-Cap First.  Here is the 'Hot List' so far.  

(Know whats funny/ironic/sad?  I wrote it and I still can't figure out how to get on it.)

1. Have a Life Outside Their Blog

2. Don't Beat a Dead Horse

3. Go To Blogher

4. Have Lots of Readers

So here is Number Five in my Installment Series of…

Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do

5. Seem to Have It All.

Thats right.  Its seems like they have it all. 

Even if they don't.

It sure seems like they do.

And is it just me or are all successful bloggers pretty? 

And have attractive husbands? And gorgeous kids with perfect smiles and obedient, house trained pets?  And beautiful homes?  And seem to know each other? 

Does it also seem like they are the coolest even when their kid is peeing all over themselves in Perkins or their hubby forgot their anniversary or they are eating lutefisk and lefsa for supper? 

Why is it so cute when they do it? 

I don't seem to remember to be laughing when my darling child decided to stuff his chicken nuggets into his underwear only to reveal it at daddy's office and then tell everyone he wanted to see 'what it felt like'.

Well, maybe I did.  That's a bad example.

I remember this one time a popular blogger did a whole post about her dog.  It was like 47 pictures of her dog.  That's it.

And I was then convinced that I could do the same thing with my dogs and have also have 549 comments telling me how cute my dog was and how wonderful of me to talk about my dog.

Yeah, not so much.

What it boils down to is… really good, really successful bloggers, have a way of making ordinary, even lame stuff seem like it is cool.


So even if they don't have it all, they are really good at making us feel like they do.

And I kinda gotta respect that.



Upon reflection I realized… whether it is reflected in my blog or not, I feel like I have it all

Even though I struggle every single day with my life and my role in this world, I have a husband whom I love and support, amazing kids, and a relationship with Jesus that pretty much saves me from a life of hell.

So for now, its fun to just think that they do have it all. 

Because maybe the reality is…we all do.

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  • Liz says:

    Great post! I can’t agree more!

  • carma says:

    …but do successful bloggers post hastily cropped photos of their husbands into roller derby photos? Yeah, I didn’t think so….no wonder I am falling behind on your point #4!
    If any of your readers enjoy blogs with crappy photos, please send them to my blog. It is the antithesis of Pioneer Woman and Dooce. And it is decidedly uncool ๐Ÿ˜€

  • olivia says:

    i know it looks like i have it all and it’s all perfect…it’s true! i can’t help it that my puppy never poops in my living room every chance i turn around. i can’t help it if my husband makes the bed every morning, without me asking. i can’t help it if my husband has plenty of underwear so i don’t need to run to costco and buy some extra so i don’t have to wash the whites so often. doesn’t everyone sit at their computer in the morning with their hair done and makeup on? it’s my life, i can’t help it if it’s perfect. don’t be jealous. i was just born this way. i don’t even have to photoshop it. there just isn’t any dust on my furniture!
    i think having a blog is a great way to pretend things are better than they really are. gives me something to aspire to. like obama and his peace prize. you know?
    sometimes we might like those kind of blogs for the same reason we like fashion magazines and martha stewart…just for the inspiration!
    if we all could see how we really looked while at our computers in the morning….we might gag and unsubscribe! (ok, if you could see how I look, you would!) that’s why i mostly post pictures of food, plants and animals! ๐Ÿ™‚
    this is getting long but the coffee was great this morning and i slept 11hours!!!
    i just have to add…for me, it’s the Jesus in you that is the most attractive thing about you and your blog.

  • Pineapple Princess says:

    I love how down to earth you are, yet you are absolutely one of the “it” girls! That’s one reason I am such a fan… you are a great mix of awesome and humble… with an undying love for Jesus. Can I get an amen up in here?!

  • Mama M. says:

    That was great! And, um, hello you with 29 comments (well, thirty, now)!! Me, I’m happy if I break into the double digits! Ooooh, ten!! Yeah! Agree, PW could take photos of her poo and turn it into a great, hilarious, funny post, no?!!
    Oh, and I remember now where I heard, “How can you tell a successful blogger? They have a book deal.” It was from YOU, wasn’t it? Well, actually, I think now, I’ve found the answer to be (unfortunately) “They have their own haters”…you haven’t really made it in the bloggy world until you’ve got a horrible group of haters…right?!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I do mean to be silly about it…can you just imagine, “YES!! Finally, I have some haters!! I’m really making it now!” Kind of a kick in the pants to them?! Or something.
    Anywho…carry on!

  • Jenney says:

    Oh, I love these posts you do! Cause yeah, “successful bloggers” really do seem to have it all together. Me? Not so much. I think successful bloggers (and I think I am spelling successful wrong…it doesn’t look right) also blog more than once a week and their children don’t drive them C R A Z Y. *sigh*

  • Tina Fisher says:

    Read the post and all the comments until mine. Great post Amanda!
    For me I lost perspective on how much time I was putting into reading too many other blogs in hopes they would read mine. I have gotten caught up in wanting comments and a “fun life” but was too busy on the computer to actually have “fun” and do the things that I want to do for my family and for myself.
    While this is fun for me it’s not fun for my kids or my husband that I am too busy on the computer. So I have to keep things in check.
    Glad you posted! I am thankful that we’ve met and I love reading your blog!
    You have it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • gianna says:

    i love the summary for what you do have! and 32 comments or so is NOTHING to sneeze at. no, it’s no mckmama, but goodness, nobody’s mckmama! not even mckmama (i hope you know what i mean!)

  • Mama Plays Mozart says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog today and I must say, the more I read it, the more I like it. I think it seems like you really have it all and are well on your way to be one of those top bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚

  • leslie says:

    I often wonder what makes some blogs work and some dont?? This is a great post!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my Bugs and butterflies cake! It was a blast to make

  • Jessica says:

    I feel the same way as you!!! I feel that I have it all, but I know exactly what you mean about the blogs. Everyone seems pretty, to have more money, to KNOW EACH OTHER…like the ‘cool bloggers clique.’

  • Mary C. says:

    I love your blog and can thank Tasty Kitchen for that!!! My girls and I love to drool all over the place looking at your cookies and cakes! You seem to have “it all” to us ๐Ÿ™‚ A husband, cute! children, time to blog, amazing gifts to decorate goodies and share them with all of us and make us laugh and most importantly Jesus!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Well… thank you Mary!!  That is just about the smartest most sweet comment ever!!!  The fact that you took the time to be so kind to little ole me is just so amazing to me… I really appreicate you!!

    Thanks again!



  • Michelle says:

    I wonder how some of the blogs I enjoy have time to be a mom and take 400 pics of their dogs or every step of a recipe. I make my family wait lots of nights for dinner while I try to get a quick pic of it first. : )
    Great post.

  • Ria says:

    You DO have it all… plus you’ve got all those crazy-awesome dot dot dots to top it off.

  • Gardner Momma says:

    Has it ever occurred to you that you might have readers out there who think that you in fact, DO have it all? I happen to think you’re quite pretty. You manage 3 kids, you bake like a mad woman, you home school (oh Heavens, I wouldn’t even attempt – my sanity would fly right out the window) you Bible study, you photograph, you blog. You DO have a hottie for a husband 3 amazingly attractive children and from what I can tell you do have a beautiful home. SO THERE!!!!

  • Nona, NW PA says:

    Love your blog, and will be following it and your new addition “iambaker” for years to come (or as long as you post!). I’ve had a blog for a long time, several off’n on over the years, and even before blogs became ‘the rage’ I’ve had a website where I posted ‘stuff’. I do it often not to share as much as to unload. I love to write down my thoughts and vent my spleen occassionally as well. I’m excited to be able to share my life with the world, but don’t really care if others read it or not, God is in control and He wrote my life out long before blogs became available, :). I’m just glad He is in control and NOT me!
    Great post, keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing!

  • Amyisatweetin says:

    Sounds like you got it all to me!

  • Molly says:

    Oh that is so true! Amazing how packaged and perfect some people seem (or want to seem).
    This is part of the reason I don’t edit my photos (other than red eye removal or the occassional crop to get my foot out of it). Who we are is who we are, I don’t need to color enhance my eyes or slim down my waist (well, sure I do, but in real life, not just online).
    This is so well put!

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