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I ♥ blogging.
I actually started this blog sometime last summer. I played around with it for a few weeks, and then I got busy with other stuff, and then I forgot about it. I didn’t pick it back up until a few months ago, and this time, I decided to really do the thing. I read a bunch of articles and posts about blogging, I made goals for myself, I bought a fancy camera, and after a few weeks of working on my content, I was hooked!
I realized the reason I was loving it so much, was because I was learning so much. My mind was engaged, and I was acquiring new skills. Cool right? So this week, I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I am learning (key word is: learning, I have not mastered ANY of these things), and I also want to share some of my favorite resources 🙂
I have been working hard on my graphics, yo! I have read, repeatedly, that it is aaaaaaall about having a pin-worthy graphic. If you take a look at some of my original posts, they suck. I mean honestly, the pictures are kinda terrible and they are not at all eye-catching. I mean, I wouldn’t pin them if they weren’t you know, um, mine, for reals, BUT I am getting better! My main featured image on my post about Savannah is probably my favorite so far, and I am starting to notice a difference on my Pinterest stats as well. (updating all of the old graphics is on my crazy long blog to do list)
I mostly use Snappa for my editing and creating. It does everything that I
know how want to do. I found the tutorial videos to be very helpful, and they send periodic emails with little lessons and ideas as well. I have considered upgrading to the pro version, but so far the free has fulfilled all of my needs. I hope to continue to get better and faster at making my images, and I really hope to keep expanding my Pinterest reach.
Social Media Marketing
Rocking social media is a work in progress. Before I started blogging, I had a personal facebook page, and my Pinterest had a few messy personal boards. Now, I have a twitter, a blog Facebook page, a Google+ profile, an Instagram, and I have added several group boards to my Pinterest which I upgraded to a business account. I have also joined a few blogging facebook groups and started sharing on Stumbleupon. Whew! I haven’t even begun to look at Periscope, Snapchat or Reddit yet!
Social media can get overwhelming quickly. I am trying to work on a good strategy because I often find myself spending too much time on Instagram. I have been working on applying a few of the tips found here, but I am also considering one of the automated programs to help me post at regular intervals.
I do not claim to know a ton about coding. I actually know very very little about it, but 6 months ago I knew nothing Jon Snow, so I am super proud of myself all the same. Right now, my skill level is “I can copy and paste some code that someone else provides for me”, BUT there was this one time that I was adding a little “featured blogger” button to a post, and I wanted it to be centered. I had no idea how to do that, but then I saw a bit in the code that said “left-aligned” and I deleted it and typed in “center” AND IT WORKED! The little button was centered in the page just like I wanted! That was a super proud moment for me. It’s the little things, right?
Have your own super proud coding moment with these handy tips:
I love my fancy camera. It takes amazing pictures and it has all these fun buttons and dials, but I don’t really know how to use my fancy camera. I can’t even say I am working very hard at it though because I mostly just leave it on auto. I know. I know. UGH! I promised myself that I wouldn’t! I said, “what is the point in paying for all these buttons and knobs if I am just gonna leave it on auto all the time”. I’m the worst, and my aunt even gave me a good photography tutorial DVD that I haven’t even cracked open yet.
Although I have been lax on learning to properly use my camera, I have been learning more about staging photos and properly lighting a shot. There is a wealth of free photography information out there! This post from the Sitsgirls has SO many tips and tricks, I still haven’t finished going through all of it. 🙂
Here are a few practice shots (my kids love being little models for me):