(Closed) Advice from past and present bee bloggers???

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 17
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Downtown 202

Before I was accepted as a bee blogger, I used our first names on my blog. I just started writing without any kind of introduction: starting with easy things like the engagement story, and how we met. I didn’t write my intro post until after I’d gotten that acceptance e-mail!

Post # 18
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Trinity United Methodist Church/Garibaldi

I refered to him by name since I really didn’t think of doign it any other way.  A lot of people use “FI” or something like that.  I, too, would be happy to review your blog if you want to send it to me in a PM.

Echoing some of what has already been said – Don’t act like you have to check boxes or pretend to be someone you aren’t.  Write about who you are as a person, who you are as a couple, and what your wedding is about – not what you need to be writing about to be accepted.  I sent my first few posts to a friend and she thought I was blogging like I wanted to be a Weddingbee blogger.  She told me to forget about that and write as though I was emailing (in a formal way) my friends.  It worked and things felt much more natural!

Good luck with wedding planning and blogging!

<3 Mrs. Bicycle

Post # 19
953 posts
Busy bee

I’m so excited you’re planning to apply! When I first started blogging, I wrote about our new house and recipes I was trying. It helped me get into the swing of things; I got used to a regular posting schedule and worked on the quality of my writing. After I became more comfortable blogging, I started posting about wedding planning. Good luck! I can’t wait to read your blog! πŸ™‚

Post # 20
4 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014 - The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Hi there!

It’s awesome that you’re taking the initiative and asking around. That’s definitely a must-do when planning to apply to the ‘Bee. As for advice, mine would be to write about what’s unique to your wedding (as all the other girls have said before me :)).

When I first started writing, I hadn’t exactly found my ‘voice’, so my posts were sort of haphazard and disjointed. Make sure you find a ‘voice’ within your posts and stick with it. Try to test the waters with posts about things you like. Once you’ve found your voice, it makes it 10-gazillion (I may be exaggerating here) to write. It sort of just ‘comes’ to you πŸ™‚

Another thing I would recommend is to inject your personality into your posts. For example, I use words like “frakking” and “gorramn” in my posts, two obscure words from scifi tv shows which have now finished.

I also (embarassingly) set an alarm for my blog posts so that I would know to write it regularly. During the first few weeks, I had to adjust, but now it’s just second-nature to log on to my blog, write a post, edit, re-read and post πŸ™‚ Try to find a method you’re comfortable with. If you find it easier to write your posts a few days beforehand, do so! I also recommend you get others to read it. Mr Big is my editor and he’s very good at it (he’s able to lay devil’s advocate to my posts).

As for referring to your SO, I used Mr Big’s nickname in RL to refer to him in the blog (it was GP, if you’re interested). I basically called myself my blogging nickname.

Good luck with your application! Can’t wait to see what you write! πŸ™‚ <3

Post # 21
6474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I think I referred to Mr. Jag as just J. (His initial.) But honestly, I can hardly remember! 

Definitely write as you would for your family or friends – ignore the fact that loads of people would potentially be reading. I wrote things that I thought my overseas friends/relos would be interested in – and writing for people you know is more ‘real’ sounding, than following a script of writing for the Bee. 

And spell check! πŸ˜‰

Post # 22
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Le Windsor

I think I referred to myself as Miss Blogger and Mr. Blogger for the mister, but like others said, it’s easy to go back and fix that. I don’t have a lot of advice to give other than be yourself, but don’t try too hard! Some people feel like they have to write a certain way to sound like a Bee, but that’s not true! Also, pay attention to the layout of your blog, so it makes it easier on the eyes! Pay attention to soft background colours, easy to read fonts, and like Wallaby said, big nice pictures (always with credits, this will save you time if you get accepted). Try to keep your posts concice and make sure to post about your actual progress, not just your inspiration. Best of luck, and feel free to PM me if you need more advice or if you want another set of eyes on your blog! Xoxoxo 

PS, Go Habs go! Leafs suck πŸ˜‰

Post # 23
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

I had a blog long before I started blogging with the intention of applying for Weddingbee, so I always just referred to Mr. CA as his first initial. It also would have been awkward to introduce us since the only people that read my blog had been doing so for a while and were mostly family/close friends πŸ™‚

So I just started blogging about the wedding planning process, etc., like I was already a Bee blogger. Once I was accepted, I went back in and changed my husband’s initial to “Mr. CA” and wrote out my intro post.

Since you don’t already have a blog, you might want to get started with an intro post, just to start things off? I know some people find this an easier way to start with such a blank slate. If not, then just jump right into the planning/wedding posts; whichever is easier and works best to get your creative process flowing πŸ™‚

Good luck!

Post # 24
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@pocketfox:  This is so helpful – I just got rejected and am considering reapplying in a few weeks and I’ve gotten feedback on my blog, but this is great too. Thanks for posting πŸ™‚

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