Blogging Wonderfully

When I first began this blogging journey, I had absolutely no intentions of making my online space what it is today.  I started the Wonder Forest blog solely for the purpose of sharing my handmade creations with whoever happened to stop by.  I did not want to be a "blogger", and really wasn't too keen on letting the world know about my personal life.

I don't know what changed inside of me. I started reading other blogs and admiring others who had made theirs a part of who they were.  I felt a connection. I thought that maybe my own experiences could resonate with others in some way. I thought, "hey, I have a voice too, why not use it?".  Suddenly, I felt comfortable enough to open up and draw attention to my little place on the web.

June 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of the birth of Wonder Forest as a lifestyle blog. I've never really counted anything before that as "blogging" because I wasn't doing that. June is when I decided to take this thing seriously and opened my heart up to you guys.

Launching my Blog Wonderful eBook recently was a little nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time. I hadn't been around for as long as some of those other bloggers had, and wasn't sure anyone would want to listen to what I had to say. Maybe that gives me a different angle? Being newer to blogging and documenting things that worked for me while traveling along this road.  Thankfully, I have been reassured by some of the lovely ladies who have taken the time to read my ramblings and because of them, I feel accomplished.

Here's what some of them had to say:

"I absolutely love Dana’s e-book, Blog Wonderful! Even though I’ve been blogging for awhile now, there were still so many great tips that I found extremely helpful. Everything from little design tips to how important it is to connect with your readers. The last chapter about making money with your blog has been a huge help! And I love that Dana points out that you need to build an audience before asking someone to pay you for advertising. I’ve recently started a sponsorship program on my blog, and the tips I’ve found in Blog Wonderful have really helped to make sure I’m moving in the right direction. I’d definitely recommend this e-book to any new blogger!"


"As a brand new blogger, I found Blog Wonderful to be a lifesaver! I learned SO much from design to commenting to advertising to things I never would have thought about or known before! This eBook is VERY well organized, so it’s easy to navigate and also very easy to read. It has so many little details that only an experienced blogger could know and is willing to share. I felt like Dana was talking to me as a friend and helping my blog become more successful like hers. You can really tell that Dana put a lot of time and thought into this eBook. I really can’t say enough good things about Blog Wonderful! I just finished the eBook today and I already feel like a more knowledgeable and confident blogger. Blog Wonderful is a great resource and I plan on revisiting it regularly!"


"Thank you so much for your E-Book for Bloggers!! I'm only half way through it but I'm already understanding how to do so much more with my blog :o) And my blog has been getting frequent facelifts as I go - so it thanks you!! I've fallen back in love with blogging now. Looking forward to reading through the rest of my E-Book :o)"


"Blog Wonderful has been an excellent resource for me and my fledgling little blog. From post layout tips to how to utilize social networking to planning your posts properly. She holds your hand through every step, and makes it easy to understand. Formatted like a blog itself, you have the option to ask questions and comment, which makes the tools truly interactive. I think the best part for me was the gentle reminder to just be yourself and share your life (or your business or whatever you're blogging about). Good things will come when you're genuine. And Dana, the Wonder Forest, and Blog Wonderful are truly genuine. A killer investment that you won't regret."


"I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy this ebook or not when I first came across it... But I am SOO glad that I did! Not only has it given me a lot of awesome tips but it has really inspired me to be a better blogger and best of all.. to be MYSELF. I think that Dana is such a real person, I love her blog, her style and her shop so I knew that she would have intriguing and useful info to share, and she definitely did! What I have enjoyed most about Blog Wonderful so far is Dana's urge to not just follow the crowd of bloggers but to do what feels right to you. Since I started reading this, I've been more inspired to write which has led to more views and followers. I love the blog format and I find myself reading through Blog Wonderful daily. Thank you Dana!"


"As someone who has been blogging for just over a year now, I couldn't help but wonder what Dana's secret to (seemingly) overnight blogging success was. So when Dana announced the release of her new Blog Wonderful eBook I just had to grab myself a copy.. and I'm so glad that I did. Whilst I have to admit that there was some info in there that I was already aware of, there is just something about Dana's online voice that makes you want to put that knowledge into action. My favourite chapters were definitely the last 3 chapters as I just couldn't stop jotting down all of the awesome points that Dana made into my bloggy notebook. Oh, and did I happen to mention how wonderful the design of the eBook is? Blog Wonderful indeed! :)"


"Blog Wonderful is by far my favorite e-book about blogging. The information is very well written and the design and colors are just plain amazing. If you've got a question about blogging, this e-book covers it, without a doubt. Loved it!"


You can also check out this interview and mini-review of my eBook over at Holding on to The Little Things.

Thank you all for making this blogging journey so enjoyable so far.

I'm curious, if you are a blogger, what made you decide to start blogging? 

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  1. I saw all this wonderful american food- & designblogs and wanted to have one too. So I started blogging last summer, but the beginning was very difficult and a long time my blog was not really pretty to visit.
    But with the months and weeks I learned more about html and design, the readernumber was growing and I find my own and personal blogging style & rhytmus and now I'm very satisfied about it! :)

  2. I started blogging to share my inspirations with other likeminded people. :) I was so inspired by your blog and a few others that I had to start!
    thanks so much for your inspiration and simplybeing yourself :)

  3. hi dana, i just paid the ebook from my paypall, how should i go about it to download the copy. kindly advise. i can't wait to read the book ... cheers from singapore

    1. WOW! my first impression is .... it is a very beautiful design of e-book. You must had put so much love, thought and feeling to this e-book. it is very wonderful! i can;t wait to read it tomorrow morning when i wake up. And you are very sweet Dana, you respond to us as your readers! thank you for that! cheers!

  4. this is all soo wonderful!! i also didn't realize i'd become a 'blogger' after all these years!! but i love it! :)

  5. Great post, your blog is beautiful, thanks for sharing your lovely days with us : ) , big hug!.

  6. I still wouldn't define myself as a "blogger" per say... even though I write daily...

    I started my blog solely to practice my writing... and never intended to share it with anyone or advertise or anything like that. I just hoped that my writing would improve and maybe one day, it would get me a better job than what I have. (Hahaha)

    It's still teeny tiny in comparison to what you have going on here but I still think it's so funny to read what I wrote when I first started a year ago and see how I've progressed. :)

  7. I think we all start out, not really realizing what we're going to turn into! Love your blog though, and so cool that you put out an ebook!

  8. Lovely post Dana! I was the same way....I was reading my favorite bloggers all the time and I realized "I'm capable of this. Why am I not doing it too?" One of the best business decisions I ever made!

    So glad you started blogging too. ;] xo JA

  9. Great job Dana. :) I'm glad your blog exists because it's my fave!

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested!

  10. Wow, it's amazing how far you've come after one year! Congrats on all your success!

  11. Your ebook was great I keep going back and reading <3

  12. oh gosh, i absolutely love this post and am very proud of all that you have accomplished with this little space of yours in just a year! i think as long as we always remember that this little space is meant for us and solely us, we will be successful ;)
    xo TJ

  13. sooooo exciting!!! i'm so happy for you dana :) been a reader of your blog for a while now. will have to get myself a copy very soon

  14. dana, you have so much to be proud of :)
    this space that you've created here is not only beautiful and oozes creativity.
    but its genuine and that counts for WAY MORE in my book.

    thank you for being who you are and sharing that with us through your e-book.
    all success derived is well-deserved. you are a beautiful person :)

    tiana of l'esthetique

  15. I would have thought your blog had been around for years, wow Dana, congratulations!!! I know you've worked hard now, it's a incredibly beautiful space you oughta be so so proud of.

  16. Wow, just wow, this is what I'd love my blog to become.


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