I’ve wanted to write this post for a really long time. Pretty much ever since I discovered the ugly side of blogging – all of the competition – I’ve been asking myself why bloggers are competitive with each other.
To me, it makes NO sense. I’m all about collaboration versus competition, and I’ve made sure to cultivate friendships within the blogging community which are based on that principle. The photography in this post actually features one such friendship – my dear friend Anna, who runs the blog Fleurdille (you must check her out if you don’t already follow her!!).
Guess who forgot to click “schedule” on her blog post last night?
This girl. Whoops.
Today’s blogging basics post has been requested time and time again. Really anytime yours truly has decided to take breaks from blogging. Like during my trip last month. And during my move and final exams in April/May. And during my trips in February and March. You get the picture.
So today, I’m going to share not only why you can but also why you should take breaks from blogging.
One. Million. Monthly. Viewers. Y’all. That’s a biiiiiigggg number.
So, while I was too sick to get Monday’s post launched on time (it’s now going up on Friday instead so get excited!), I definitely couldn’t slack on launching this blogging basics post detailing my Pinterest growth strategy today.
Before we dive in on my Pinterest growth strategy, let’s set the stage. In the fall of 2016, I developed and began to implement a Pinterest growth strategy. At the time, I had around 1,000 followers on Pinterest, most of whom had followed me through giveaways. My average monthly views hovered around 10,000 and about 75% of my pins were re-pinned at least once (but rarely were they re-pinned more than once).
Now, a year and a half later, I have nearly 6,000 Pinterest followers and over 1,000,000 monthly viewers. 100% of my pins have generated at least one repin, and the average number of repins per pin is 6.6 (this is also known as the virality score). Some of my boards, like this one, perform as high as 37.4 repins per pin. In case all of those numbers are confusing you, here’s the takeaway: that’s a massive increase.
OMG it’s been soooo long, y’all!!! Between the move, finals, throwing a bridal shower in Austin, preparing for graduation, and getting ready for my big trip in June, I’ve been all over the place mentally. And have given precisely 0 thought to the blog. And all of the thought to how to make my house as organized as The Container Store. But now I’m back so we can all act like the past month or so just never happened. Jedi mind trick that sh*t.
So yeah: I’m back. Just in time for a big Blogging Basics post. And it’s one y’all have been requesting for a long time: the best cameras for fashion bloggers to buy. Cue the excitement.
When it comes to blog photography, there are so many options. You can hire somebody, you can ask a friend to shoot for you, you and a blogger friend can shoot for each other, you can set up a tripod, or you can convince your significant other to humor you and take all of your photos.
But not everybody is lucky enough to have an Instagram husband. Or, rather, an Instagram husband who can actually take good photos. Which is when a paid photographer can come into play.
In this Blogging Basics post, I will not only deep dive into how to find a blog photographer if you want to pay for your photographer… but also some tips and tricks for creating beautiful imagery using said untrained Instagram husband (or friend). Blog photography needn’t cost an arm and a leg. However, there are tradeoffs to outsourcing versus doing the photos and editing yourself.