Open yourself up to meeting blog authors with different size influences. Don’t be afraid to approach someone just because their blog might be more visible than yours. The “smaller” blogs will become the “bigger” blogs in time! Keep in mind that everyone at a blog conference is just a person who loves blogging. If you happen upon someone who acts distant or cold, it may just be their own nerves. But, it’s easy enough to just move on if you’re not connecting.
I was intimidated at my first blog conference to meet the women who I looked up to as mentor bloggers like Centsational Girl and Thrifty Decor Chick. They both couldn’t have been more gracious as I approached and got to tell them how much their blogs inspired me to start my own. I introduced myself, looked them in the eye and offered my sincere words of thanks. Our first in-person conversations were only a couple minutes long. That’s okay! At Haven this year, I got to chat with Sarah many times and she felt like a familiar, old friend. If you continue in the blogging world for a consistent amount of time, you’ll probably have the opportunity to meet up with many bloggers repeatedly, and the more contact you have, the more “natural” it feels to interact each time you see each other in person. Three and a half years ago, the Haven ladies had no idea of who I was, and last year I was honored to be invited to speak at their conference.
If you have ambitions to grow your blog or work with other bloggers, simply be genuine and kind, continue to build your own great blog content, share it on your social network outlets and with other bloggers, and make yourself visible to bloggers by thoughtfully commenting on their blog posts, Facebook pages, and Instagrams.
Over time, some of the bloggers you once admired from afar can turn into your best girlfriends!
Haven offered classes on everything from woodworking to working with brands. I went to four classes: Blogging Trade Secrets: What We Wish We Knew When, How to Achieve High-End DIY, Photography Styling: Creating Beautiful Shots, and Let’s Make a Book Deal (eBook Writing). The classes were super informative and I took notes on my phone.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Let’s make sure our blogging experience is an enjoyable one.
Brainstorm what makes you unique.
You don’t have to have a big blog with huge pageviews to earn money blogging. A smaller, well-engaged audience is better than a big blog with less engagement.
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Anything gold or glitter looks great online.
Spread the love, feature other bloggers.
There was audible gasping from the audience when Craftberry Bush and The Hunted Interior shared their gorgeous photography. Getting to hear how they approach styling and photographing a space or vignette was eye-opening.
Using the grid in your camera or mind’s eye, move things to center, off center, left or right.
Move things in your home around- they don’t have to live in only one place.
Utilize an accessory closet for staging your shots.
Make your photos approachable, humanize the experience. I.E. shoes laying casually by the sofa, food partly eaten.
Photoshop elements has everything you need to edit your photos and is much less expensive than Photoshop.
Actions – Kristen uses Mullet God’s actions and
contrast without color shift.
Take photos that appear a bit over and under- exposed on the camera screen because sometimes they look different on the computer.
When styling a vignette, thing about the subject, story, tone, and mood.
Have props on hand to help set the stage, tell the story.
Plywood can make a beautiful, natural background.
Thank about the composition of a photograph.
Use layers and pattern, but edit if the shot gets too cluttered or busy.
PicMonkey (free online photo editing site) is great for editing photos. Use the Dodge tool to remove shadows and the burn tool to darken areas, great for flowers.
For most blogs, 650×900 is a good photo size.
Use a tripod and timer to take photos.
Good photo apps: Afterlight, VSOcam, A Beautiful Mess, Snapseed
Be good to people. Editors move around often and you will run into them over the course of your career.
THANK YOU TEAM HAVEN!