Post # 1
After toying with the idea for months, I finally pulled the trigger and started my own blog. Eek! I’m using Blogger and so far so good. I’m enjoying being able to put my ideas and thoughts somewhere. And – I also hope to one day become a Bee Blogger (a girl can dream right?!).
Anyways – any veteran bloggers out there have any helpful hints? Ways I can be sure my blog is being seen and read by others? I don’t know how to get the word on there in the “right” way. Also, can someone school me in the proper protocol for using others images? For example, if I want to show off inspirational pics I found on the interwebs I know I need to link to their original location – but is that all? Is it fair game after that? In a perfect world I would email the photog first for permission but wouldn’t that take forever? And I can’t imagine anyone objecting if I am using the photos to show off how great they are and if I always link back to the photog.
For those wondering – it’s focusing on weddings, fashion, beauty, etc with a Northeast region slant because that is mostly what I wanted when I went looking for blogs to read and I couldn’t find anythign that completely met that need. If anyone would be interested in checking it out PM me and I’ll send you the link! Maybe you can give me good feedback! It’s only just starting.
Post # 5
I’m not a ‘real’ blogger myself, but I can offer some hints:
Basically, if you want to use an image you found online, in most cases you can simply provide a link to the image… but I would take it a step further and somehow credit the photographer. Something simple like “Source: Joseph McBroseph” would suffice. If the photo has a watermark, however, or you go to the original site yourself and the photographer/artist mentions what you should do to properly credit him/her, you’re best off asking him or her directly. However, if the pic is widely circulated enough online and doesn’t have a listed photographer/artist, it’s fair game as far as I know.
Some goes for any other medium, if you want to use videos or music, or text. ALWAYS cite your source, and if you’re not sure if the creator is OK with you posting their work, or how to properly credit them, ask them directly. You may wind up waiting for an answer, but that’s life.
As for getting yourself out there: just link to the blog in public places that you know would have no problem with you plugging your blog. Some large, public forums have spaces specifically designed for it; others allow links to personal blogs in signatures. When commenting on other sites, enter your blog’s link if the comment system asks for a website. Basically, just put yourself out there; someone’s bound to click on the link and visit. Post the link on Facebook, Twitter, etc. And don’t be too shy about posting it on other wedding websites! From what I can tell all the major ones are aware of each other. Go ahead and post the link here, some people might save the link and check back later, and start sharing links with their friends!
Post # 6
Twitter is also really helpful for getting your blog noticed!
I’m a guest blogger on Built In Chicago (and two days ago was made a Featured Member – how cool!) so if I write a post I’ll tweet people that i mentioned in my article and then 9 times out of 10 they share it with their followers. For instance, yesterday I blogged about the spot where we’re hosting our engagement party and tweeted them once it went live.
I’m not sure how Blogger works bc I run my personal blog through WordPress on its own domain. I styled 3 buttons in the top R side of the page for twitter, pinterest and linkedin so if someone reads my blog and is curious about me, they can click to find out more. I want to add GitHub and Instagram as well but I think I’m going to overhaul the whole color palette this summer when I’m done with my web design class.
But I think A#1 is that when you pick a topic that you want to blog about, don’t defray too far from the subject matter. I started blogging about upcycling and collaborative communities about two months ago. Granted a lot falls under those buckets but I don’t write about randomness that isn’t relevant to the greater purpose of my blog. For instance I am working on a wedding-related tech project as part of a web design class at a digital startup coworking space so I can “get away” with writing about some of my wedding stuff since it falls under the purpose of the Chicago tech community. Just last week I learned that my blog actually has an audience(!) which is simultaneously super exciting and super scary bc now I have to be way more on the ball with grammar and whatnot. hahaha.
Oh and as for photographs – I have only been posting instagram collages that I’ve made out of pix that I took on my own phone. But if I’m somewhere where I’m not sure I’m allowed to take pictures, I always ask and say “hey do you mind if I snap a few pix & blog about what you’re up to?” first. My engagement party venue is a great example of that bc there’s art all over the place in that building that may be about to be shipped off to gallery spaces for shows – I asked the manager Natalie a week before we went to check it out if I could snap pix/write a blog and she was really enthusiastic which was awesome.
You’ll find that people are really supportive when you get into a good groove with your writing. Blogging is super fun!