***This post contains affiliate links***
I started following Jelica awhile ago on Facebook, and I just love looking at all of her crafts and style tips in my newsfeed. I am super excited that she is here to share part of her blogging journey with us!
What is your niche?
I would consider myself a ‘home style enthusiast’ (sounds fancy!). For me, this simply means that I love to tinker away at my home, styling it through handmade crafts, DIY’s, and store-bought accessories. I love the process of seeing my home go from ‘builder basic’ to something that reflects my personality. My style incorporates the ‘modern mix’ which uses rustic, vintage, and Scandinavian decor inspirations, but all within a bright and modern aesthetic.
Crafts are a particular focus on my blog. I love creating wall hangings, wreaths, art, pillows, and just about any craft that makes my home feel cozier. One craft that I am particularly fond of is weaving! I took it up a few years ago and have fallen in love with it. It has quickly become a popular subject on the blog (and on the internet). My most popular posts include an Introduction to Weaving, Weaving Techniques, and DIY Woven Coasters.
How do you stay organized? Do you use an editorial calendar?
I am not as organized as I should be when it comes to blogging, so last year I decided to get a copy of Hey There Home’s Blog Planner and found it extremely helpful. It provided a structure and framework that helped me become aware of how I might organize my blogging schedule and all that this entails (e.g., social media promotion, link party
scheduling, goal-setting). I am not affiliated with the blogger who created it, but I am grateful for having used her planner. I did not use all of it but found the parts I did use incredibly helpful. This year, armed with a bit of knowledge and focus from using Hey There Home’s Blog Planner, I decided to create my own planner based on my current goals and plans for the year.
I also find it valuable to be a part of a facebook group that focuses on the business side of blogging. Just the other day, Gemma Bonham-Carter, who runs the group, offered some extremely practical tips on how to stay organized this calendar year. I am very grateful for the advice I receive from other bloggers.
Do you have a set routine for social media posts?
Good question! I try to pre-schedule my social media on the weekends. I use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and use different scheduling tools for each.
For Facebook, I find interesting content, including my own posts, and schedule them Mon-Fri (sometimes Saturday) using facebook’s internal scheduling tool.
For Twitter, I use something called Twittimer which allows me to schedule tweets along with photos. Unlike some scheduling systems, the photos on this system are large and beautiful, which for Twitter, is a bonus. You need to capture people’s attention and do it in a few seconds. There is a fee associated with this service.
For Pinterest, I LOVE to use Tailwind which also costs, but the outcome is great. Before Tailwind, I used to pin manually and, consequently, I had a tiny following. Once I started using Tailwind, the number of followers has increased steadily. In fact, I get the most traffic from Pinterest now. But, I have a lot more to learn. At some point, I may try a second scheduler like Board Booster, as I hear great things about it, but for now, Tailwind is my favorite go-to for Pinterest. I simply love it.
In what ways do you monetize your blog, and which has been the most successful?
Ah, yes, monetizing. Well, I have been slow to start on this, but have plans to make it a priority this year. I dabbled a bit last year with two sponsored posts and felt that I had learned a lot from the process. The two companies approached me, so there was not any soliciting on my part. However, I did set up my first business PayPal account and learned the ins and outs of billing and transferring funds! Now that I’m a ‘veteran’ (cue laugh track), I feel a bit more prepared to embark on more sponsored posts and affiliate blogging. I am currently an affiliate with Amazon. I am always buying craft supplies and other items for my home from them, so I thought it made a lot of sense to become an affiliate. Amazon is global and they carry just about everything under the sun! If you are interested in signing up to become an affiliate, click here. If you like shopping on Amazon, then you should definitely get an Amazon gift card here (Shop Amazon Gift Cards. Any Occasion. No Expiration.) it is ‘evergreen’ and won’t expire. And I get a nice little kick back if you do 🙂
Of the two types of monetization that I have experienced, getting sponsored posts is by far the most lucrative, whereas being an affiliate is totally dependent on if anyone buys a product after clicking on a link from your site. If you can afford it, I would recommend purchasing Gemma Bonham-Carter’s blog monetization course. It is the
only course I have purchased and I am learning so much all in one place. However, if you can’t afford it right now, then she has plenty of free tips and resources on her site.
What made you want to become a blogger?
I wanted to have a creative outlet for all of my home projects. I love to style, craft and DIY in my home, but I also love to write. After a few years of reading other blogs and getting such enjoyment from them, I started to get the blogging bug! And now, I cannot imagine NOT having my blog. It is a true extension of my creative passions!
Do you have any advice for a new blogger?
My one piece of advice would be to get connected with other bloggers -whether it is through link parties, facebook groups or even collaborative group boards on Pinterest – these are all great platforms for learning and being creative together. As a natural introvert, I love to be left alone to create 🙂 But in order to grow as a blogger and to promote my blog, it’s important to invest in others! The blogging community is incredibly supportive and I have felt so blessed by each and everyone that I have met.
What is next for A Pretty Fix?
I just launched my newsletter last month, and I am very excited about it! Subscribers will get weekly home style, craft and decor tips, resources and the occasional freebie 🙂 Interested? You can sign up here.
I’m also learning how to shoot videos and have plans to incorporate video tutorials in the blog. I am a visual learner and love YouTube tutorials as much as I do blogging how-tos. I am excited about the prospect and of getting a bit more personal and up-close with my readers 🙂
Jelica, thank you so much for taking the time out to chat with us today! I never thought I was talented enough to do any weaving, but I just might have to check out your tutorials and give it a go 🙂
Check back next month for another #bloggerstarshine interview!