First off, huge thanks for all the positive feedback on last week’s ‘blogging basics’ video. I am so pleased that so many of you found it interesting and useful. In this second part of our four-part mini series, photographer Ali Lovegrove and I discuss what to do in the first few months that your blog is up and running.
Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us. If you have your own business and would like to create your own promotion videos, I can’t recommend his services enough!
In this video we discuss:
♥ Whether to put personal information on your blog and finding a balance between professional and personal blogging
♥ Finding your voice and defining your blog through your style of writing
♥ Using images to make your blog stand out
♥ Using social media to get your blog noticed
♥ Getting comments on your blog
♥ How to find out who your readers are and what they want
Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Part 3- ‘Sustaining your blog & gaining momentum’.
I’ve been meaning to do some more video blogs but finding the time to do so has been pretty difficult at the moment but Ali’s idea seemed like the perfect new mini-series for the blog.
Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be sharing the 4 videos that we filmed, all covering different aspects of blogging. I hope you find some of my tips useful. We were both pretty nervous, I was sick (brilliant!), my hair looks…erm…windswept… and we had to rush a little bit due to unhelpful staff at the bar we were in. Self-deprecation over, I hope the content will be useful for all you budding bloggers and the whole (slightly traumatic) experience will have been worthwhile in the end.
Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us.
In this first video we discuss:
♥ How to start your blog – the set up basics
♥ Finding your voice online & knowing what to write about
♥ Thinking about the ‘look’ of your blog and branding
♥ What information to include on your blog and how to write your About Me page
Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Part 2 – ‘The First Few Months of Your Blog’.
This week I was asked to take part in Photo Night Live, a weekly web show all about photography (duh..) and making your business work for you. This week’s topic was ‘Blogging 101 – Showcasing your life online’ and I was interviewed by Ross Dean, alongside emerging photographer Ali Lovegrove, about our experiences.
I really hope some of the things I say can help you. Looking back, I do wonder if what I’m saying actually makes any sense (!) but I really do love sharing my knowledge of the medium that I adore so much.
Ali & I will be doing a part two to this interview as my next video blog. So if you have any further blogging questions then send them my way by next Thursday (31st March) and we’ll try and include as may as possible when we meet (in real life this time).
I was sent Ali & Mike’s wedding video by their videographer Ryan Hinman, which I immediately fell in love with…so much so that I had to know more about the couple behind it and so asked Ryan if I could share their whole wedding story – photographs and all. Luckily he was more than thrilled to oblige.
The happy couple were wed at Red Butte Garden in Utah. Their ceremony was held in The Fragrance Garden and the reception in The Orangerie. Ali told me all about their day, “We really wanted the entire day to reflect our personalities and style, so we tried to add our own personal touches wherever we could. We served some of our favorite snacks at the reception, french fries, gelato cones and even had a self serve popcorn cart. We had a photo booth set up all night printing one copy for the guests to keep and one copy for our scrapbook that they could sign.”
“Since our colors were brown and red we decided to set an aluminum bottle of Coke on each table setting to add a splash of red to the tables. We ordered a custom stamp online with the letter T in a vintage font with our wedding date so we could stamp a small tag and hang them around the neck of all of the Coke cans. After looking at a bunch of traditional options for cake toppers I finally found something on Etsy that fit our wedding style. It was a small wood heart with the initials of the bride and groom burned into it. I decided to use that idea for my own DIY cake toppers and put my own spin on it. I headed to the craft store and got a couple of wood hearts, some red paint, a stamp set with the letters A and M and there I had it, my very own cake toppers that were just our style!”
“My favorite touch that we added to the wedding were some lights that we strung on shepherd hooks around the entire outdoor space for the reception. It added such a romantic feel, it was just what we were hoping for. I think the best thing we did during this whole process was to allow ourselves to think outside of the box. We didn’t stifle our imaginations by any of the “standard” wedding traditions. All in all I think we made the whole process really simple by just using the things we liked. I think our wedding was exactly what we were wanting, I really feel like it reflected our personal style and love for one another. We couldn’t have done it without all of the love and support from of our amazing family and friends, not to mention vendors. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations and made our wedding day truly magical!”
To keep in with their theme, the bride wore a very simple yet elegant dress by David’s Bridal. “I had my seamstress add straps for comfort and also to make the dress my own. I also wore Red Canvas Toms. Comfort was a big deal to us, we didn’t want to be sidetracked on our wedding day by uncomfortable clothes and shoes. I wore a Greek traditional headpiece that was passed down from Mikes great grandmother. All the women in his family have worn this headpiece in their wedding ceremonies, needless to say I was honored to wear it! I wanted to keep all the accessories pretty minimal, but I decided to wear a pearl bracelet that belongs to my sister.”
Thanks to Richard of FX Films for this super flattering image
Oh. My. GAWWD… Sorry I had to get that out of my system there!
I have literately just landed at home after hectic but fabulous couple of days in London. If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ll already know that yesterday was “The Big Fat Wedding Bloggers Photo Shoot” (the name started as a joke, and as a homage to my favourite wedding show ever – My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but it’s kind of stuck!). You see, I was pondering my next shoot at the end of last year and I thought, wouldn’t it be great to get some of my blogging buddies involved too?
And it was.
It was flipping epic and amazing and everyone was beyond awesome.
Anyway enough random gushing! The results of the shoot will be hitting the blog in two weeks time (Monday 21st February – put it in your diaries!) as well as the full list of everyone involved. Don’t worry though, there will be a few sneaky peeks along the way to tease you. As I was all dolled up yesterday, I took the opportunity to film the next episode of Rock n Roll Bride TV (again, a name that started as a joke!)
In this episode I wanted to give you some of my top blogging tips. It is one of those subjects that I get questions about over and over so it made sense for me to start with it. As always, let me know what you think and if you have any subjects you’d like me to try and cover in these videos.
PS Do you like the new rainbow, mermaid hair?! I am in LOVE with it… It was created by the amazing Elbie Van Eeden.
Also, to come later this week, some exclusive and fabulous videos and images from the Mark NiemierkoValentine’s Party which I went to after the shoot. Thanks to everyone who organised it, it was great! Someone took a scary photo of me too! I’m like, “No Paparazzi!” Thanks sooo much for tweeting this Mark!
It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about how we will make the next 365 better than the last. I don’t like new year’s resolutions myself. Resolutions are things like giving up chocolate or going to the gym three times a week and are easy to break…in fact do you know anyone who is still following theirs by the time Christmas rolls around? Nope. Me neither. That’s why I don’t do them.
However the start of a new year is a good time to re-group, to re-asses your situation and to set yourself some tangible goals. So here’s one of mine, It’s pretty self explanatory really…
Now I’m not exactly sure how this brilliant new idea of mine will progress but I literally just wanted to get over the hurdle of actually being on, and talking to camera today. I’ve been surrounded by TV presenters for 5 years in my (soon to be ex) job as a producer but actually being on camera is a whole different ball game. It’s weird and awkward and I’m well nervous about posting it but it’s something I want/need to get better at in 2011.
I’m super self concious about how I look, how I kept fidgeting (You don’t want to know how many takes I had to do before I forced myself to stop playing with my hair as much!) and that fact that it’s very raw…and well, the real me. There’s no photo shop action to save me on this one and literally what you see if what you get. You can’t hide anything about yourself when you’re on video and that’s why I’m so terrified…eek!
My ‘performance’ certainly isn’t perfect (hell, I’m not a TV presenter!) and I keep cringing at new things every time I watch it back. However I’m biting the bullet and posting it, with the realisation in my mind that this is only the first video in the series so I can hopefully only get better (woohoo!) I do hope you’ll stick with me to see how that goes!
Finally HUGE love, thanks and credit has to go to the wonderful Richard of FX Films who came to rescue me in my hour of need. My mini freak out(s) over how I looked on camera/what my voice sounded like/getting the words out (and in the right order)/what you would all think of this idea were all alleviated when he came to help me film this. So yeah, big love and adoration for this man for putting up with my diva demands and for making me feel (slightly more) comfortable in front of the lens.
ps tickets for the Designer Wedding Show are available to buy online here and tickets for the Designer Vintage Bridal Show (which are actually only £8 if you buy them in advance – my bad) are available to buy here.