Build a Better Blog

Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging

A fabulous series by Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

  1. WordPress vs. Blogger
  2. Migrating to WordPress
  4. FAQ
  5. Contact Forms
  6. Prettify Your Archives
  7. Reward Your Commenters
  8. Reward Your Best Posts
  9. Thank First-Timers
  10. Speed It Up
  11. Optimize, Optimize, Optimize
  12. Music

Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging, Part Two 
A deeper look at photography—cameras, lenses, the Golden Hour, and more.

Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Photo via Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Moving from Blogger to is a self-hosted platform, which means that you must pay for a blog-hosting service. The benefits of paying for a self-hosted blog include more template options and customization. Doing your recon: tutorials by Beautifully Invisible: 

Now that you’ve moved to


Moving from Blogger to is a free blogging platform. It hosts your blog and provides templates and a simple interface that doesn't require you to know anything about Web development, but there may be media storage limits, and less control over commenting and customization. Doing your recon: tutorials:

Now that you’ve moved to


  1. says

    this is absolutely amazing, thank you so much for doing all this! You must have been working at this for hours! Really appreaciate it, and will really take my time reading this to see where to take my blog next. Well done Vahni!

  2. says

    V – Wow! I feel like I have my reading for the next month completely planned out with this. A little discouraging to see there is so much more I still need to learn. But hey! It’s all here for the taking. Thanks for make this so user friendly!
    – Katy

  3. says

    The topic Build a Better Blog is absolutely new for me, but it´s very interesting. I have to read more about this topic and make me my own opinion. Thanks, Katy Wein

  4. says

    V, Your blog has to be my favorite.
    1. perfect grammar
    2. helpful tips
    3. and topics worth discussing

    ps, I love your theme. I’m not sure how to install it but I am going to keep reading to try and make my blog better.

    thank you for such helpful advice for a newbie like me! Happy holidays!

    • says

      Thank you Lauren! I appreciate your kind comment!

      The theme is the uber-popular Thesis WordPress Theme from DIYthemes. It’s not free, but it’s fantastic! It can only be used on a self-hosted blog (through, for example).

  5. says

    Hi V,

    Thank you so much for all of these awesome tips and tutorials! I have been reading over your articles for the past few days and compiling a list of all the ways I can improve my blog this year. I have a question for you- on this page you mention that you use Google Analytics for your stats and I am a signed up for an account, but I don’t understand it one bit and am not sure how I can use it to keep posting the content that people like/are interested in. Could you maybe explain the basics that you need to know when using this tool? Thanks so much for your time and help!

    • says

      And thank YOU, darlin’. So good to know that so many people find this page helpful. I’ve had so many struggles with the technological aspects of running a blog that I feel compelled to share when I find a solution!

  6. says

    V you are a goddess – I’ve been looking high and low for a listing of thesis fonts – and the link was sitting right here the whole time. I came to scoop up your resources so I can switch Free Honey over to WordPress and I end up finding something else I’ve been searching for for weeks!! <3
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  7. says

    Hello, wonderful and so very helpful ! I was looking to make a decision to switch to WP and your information made it clear to me ! thank you so much ! I’m definately a follower and keep on doing that “shameless”promotion. I think it’s charming the way you do. xoxo Silk
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  8. says

    This is God-sent :D Very much appreciated.. and very enjoyable to read..
    Keep up the good work.. ;)

    Have a nice day
    xoxo Nusa

  9. Amanda Wilson says

    You have so much info here for blogging. I don’t have a blog yet. I am thinking about creating one when I return home from deployment, because I am wanting to make some new crafts and learn how to make jewelry. Anyways, I was actually considering Blogger just because I use Google and have a Google+ account. I see you have clearly spelled out how to move a Blogger Blog to, but my question is if I were to sign up for a free Blog could I upgrade and keep everything I had created on the and have it transferred or moved to the Blog? I know I have much more reading before I attempt a Blog. It’ll start out as a Hobby of course.

  10. says

    Hey Vahni – I still revisit your blog from time to time… especially if I’m at work and there’s nothing to do, which is rare, but it happens… :)

    I’ve been doing some research on the Thesis WordPress Theme, because I’m thinking about switching to it for my 2 blogs. Can you get the basic theme and use it on 2 websites? Also, what do you think of Thesis 2.0? Are you still using the old Thesis or have you upgraded. I’ve heard a lot of people in the blogging community express disappointment at the lack of documentation when it came out, but it appears to have gotten better. I’ve been going back and forth between Thesis and Genesis, and Thesis just seems to have the best design options, so I’ll probably go with it. But wondered what your thoughts/experiences were with 2.0.

    Your blog still looks great, as always! I sent your laser hair removal post to my sister – she’s getting hers done too – and she said after reading it, she ordered some numbing cream… Ha!

    • says

      Hi Selwa~

      I have NOT upgraded to Thesis 2.0, and won’t. The disappointment you read about is justified…you shouldn’t have to rebuild your blog for an upgrade of a product you already use. I’m not sure if going into with a blog from scratch would be as painful; maybe not. I do think to be able to used Thesis on multiple sites, you need the more expensive package. Thesis can be quirky, but it’s still the best in my opinion. Last year I bought four other blog templates, hoping I could get exactly what I wanted, and they still didn’t deliver, and lacked the functionality and support you get with Thesis.

      I have heard very good things about Genesis as well, from people who have used both. You’d probably be fine with either one.


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