(Closed) Question for the offical “Blogger Bees”

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - V. Sattui Winery

I felt gutted when Miss Starfish was introduced. I had my eyes on that icon and was later rejected in the week. I took a break from the ‘bee for a minute to step away and gain some perspective on why I was so upset. I reapplied a few months later and became Miss Barrettes, which feels like it was mine all along. Try not to compare yourself to other bloggers. Your experience is completely unique and if you be more ‘you’ and less someone else, you writing voice will ring much more true! Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Love this thread @knvprincess143! I always wondered these things for the bees who apply more than once!

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

great thread!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Epworth UMC & Ward Pavilion

Well, I never did a “Life of Bees” post; maybe I should do one tonight!

Just background, I was accepted on my first try. There were actually two or three bloggers announced in the week or so between me applying and getting accepted. (I think Sweet Cream and Macarons? Maybe someone else?) I was especially worried because Sweet Cream’s wedding sounded so similar to mine. Also, since people were being announced, they clearly were accepting new bloggers, so I was really nervous about not hearing back yet.

I really didn’t like any of the Tea Party generation avatars except for Honey, and that was the generation that came out when I was new. The one I really wanted was Snow Cone, but that was taken before I even started blogging, let alone applied. (In fact, Snow Cone’s announcement kind of pushed me to go ahead and try out for the blog!) I was happy that I could still get one from the Carnival generation when I was selected since I really loved that one.

I read the blogs pretty extensively before I started blogging (including older generations) to get an idea of the type of writing they were looking for. I didn’t scope out any other non blogger bee’s blogs, though. I made sure my blog posts featured what made me unique as a person but also conformed to the style of writing expected on WB.

I actually didn’t really use the boards before I became a blogger, so I never got advice or feedback here.

I don’t think there are any bloggers that I don’t like, but there are certainly ones I prefer. And now that my wedding is over, much like non-bloggers, I don’t read the blogs as much or as voraciously. Back in the day, I would eagerly await a new post to go up, now I kind of scan them over for the most part (except for bloggers I especially enjoy/with which I have a more solid connection or really unique or interesting posts.)

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Did you feel a bit of defeat every time a blogger was announced before you?

No. I applied assuming I was too old and too close geographically to Miss Hawk and Miss Fox to be of interest to the Bee.  I applied because I knew I’d regret not trying.

I also had a design blog already and knew that I’d continue blogging for design blogger friends if my application wasn’t accepted.


Did someone snag an avatar you had your eyes on?

I remember seeing the Woodland Creatures when they were debuted, but I never looked at them around the time when I applied to blog.  Though I read the Bee intros where many talk about their icon, it didn’t click that they picked it themselves.  I kind of assumed it was assigned and the blogger wrote about how excited they were to be that icon because it was cute, fun, etc.


Did you scope out other blogs and compare them to your own?

I’ve been blogging since 2005 about design and knew that community well.  When I got engaged, I started reading wedding blogs and the Bee, but I didn’t feel compelled to compare myself to the bloggers.


Did you reach out in the boards for support and feedback?

I don’t think so. Again, I assumed age and geography were working against me, so I didn’t expect to be a Bee blogger.  I wanted it, but I didn’t want to fixate on it.


Did you ever decide to just NOT like a particular blogger?

There are bloggers in the design blog world that I don’t find interesting, but I only know them through their writing and I realize that I could be assigning a voice or tone that isn’t there to them.

I think the Bee has a good amount of diversity when it comes to age and location, so I find everyone’s posts interesting…even if they aren’t about things that I’m going to do or issues that I don’t have.  I guess that’s why I like blogging so much…you get to share the world from your view point and you get to see it from the vantage point of others.

Every now and then, I get a twinge of envy when someone posts about having something done that I don’t!  I’m stalled on cake right now.  Don’t talk to me about cake!  Argh!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@knvprincess143: Hee hee.  It actually kicks me into gear sometimes, so maybe it’s a good thing.  πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

Hey! I thought I’d pop in here too.

Did you feel a bit of defeat every time a blogger was announced before you? No, not really. I figured that I would hear one way or the other eventually! I think I heard in 3 weeks?

Did someone snag an avatar you had your eyes on? No, because I didn’t know which avatars were available when I applied. After I applied, I didn’t immediately feel any connection to them. Now I love the one I picked.

Did you scope out other blogs and compare them to your own? I didn’t compare, but I had been reading the blogs on wb for awhile — on and off since May or so, when I got engaged. I did get inspiration from some of them though!

Did you reach out in the boards for support and feedback? No, but that’s just because I was more of a lurker on the website. I had an account, but I rarely posted or commented.

Did you ever decide to just NOT like a particular blogger? No, not at all. I don’t really identify with some bloggers, but I still find their posts interesting.

I think the advice that I could give about applying to blog is in terms of timing. I know a lot of people are super excited about blogging, so they apply 8 or 9 months out. I think that waiting a bit closer to your wedding is a better idea for some people, however. I started blogging about three months out, and it’s been great. I have a lot of things to talk about because I’ve made a lot of decisions already. It’s easier for me to write about my planning when I am actively planning!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

I just went through the application process so I can totally understand the application anxiety.

Did you feel a bit of defeat every time a blogger was announced before you?

Only Eagle and Opossum were announced after I applied, I was even more exited (It could be me next!). I had sent my application like 2 days before, so I was pretty sure no one had even read my application yet.

Did someone snag an avatar you had your eyes on?

Nope, I didn’t feel like any of the woodland creatures represented me. I was so sure I was going to be rejected; I had my heart set on being part of the next generation (especially if it’s Magic/Fairytale). I had to really sit down and research the icons to find one that felt like ME. The Latin-American connection with Boa sold me!

Did you scope out other blogs and compare them to your own?

I read through all the blogs on Share your Blog Threads for the last few months. I had never done any writing and had no idea what I was doing. Also English is not my first language so I was really nervous about writing well (still am) and reading the blogs helped.

Did you reach out in the boards for support and feedback?

Yes, I posted my blog on the Share Your Blog thread a couple of times and commented on threads about applying to be a bee.

Did you ever decide to just not like a particular blogger?

Nope, there are some Bees I probably have nothing in common with, whose life experiences I could never understand and who blog about things I know nothing about. For me that makes them even more interesting to read, as I get to learn about something new maybe even grow a little as a person.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Did you feel a bit of defeat every time a blogger was announced before you?

I blogged for almost a year before i was even eligible to apply, and I was accepted just a few days after I applied, so I didn’t feel defeated. But for the many months before I could apply, I’d get nervous every time there was another Philly bee announced. Like, if they already had one or two, they wouldn’t need me (which is silly, because they don’t base selection on geographical location at all).

Did someone snag an avatar you had your eyes on?

Nope. I wanted Sloth as soon as the generation was announced and I got it.

Did you scope out other blogs and compare them to your own?

Yup. I do that with my current blog, too, it’s just research.

Did you reach out in the boards for support and feedback?

Nope

Did you ever decide to just NOT like a particular blogger?

No. I preferred the writing style and aesthetic of some bloggers over others, but that’s normal with anything. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I’ll chime in! πŸ™‚

Did you feel a bit of defeat every time a blogger was announced before you? No, but that’s because I applied and was accepted three days later. There wasn’t any time for a new blogger to be announced before me. πŸ™‚ If it had taken longer for me to be accepted, I imagine I would have been a little bummed/worried every time a new blogger was announced. 

Did someone snag an avatar you had your eyes on? Not really. There weren’t any Tea Party generation icons that I’d had my eye on. I didn’t even think of the Parasol icon as a potential match for me until Mr. P pointed it out after I was accepted and was like, “That’s perfect for you!” Now, of course, I love my icon and couldn’t imagine having another. Though I think I could have been Bunting because I love bunting and used so much of it in my wedding (but I adore Mrs. Bunting and also couldn’t imagine her as anything else!). I also think the Balloons icon is ridiculously adorable. 

Did you scope out other blogs and compare them to your own? Not really. I read a lot of wedding blogs (mostly not on WB, actually), but I always kind of did my own thing without worrying too much about others. I wish I’d maybe done a little bit more comparing since I think that you learn a lot about writing from others. 

Did you reach out in the boards for support and feedback? No, but I wish I did! As I said, I think feedback is really important to the writing process. But I love when I get to read potential applicants blogs and have a discussion with them about their writing!

Did you ever decide to just NOT like a particular blogger? As others have said, I don’t not like anyone, but I do have a few bloggers whose style I really enjoy. I was also a bad bee and didn’t really follow anyone before applying. Now that I’m a blogging bee, I try to follow everyone, and I wish I’d been better from the get-go because there are so many awesome writers here that I never really knew about. I could have been following along the entire time they were writing instead of trying to catch up!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

*BUMP*

I would love to hear from more bee bloggers on this thread!  πŸ™‚

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