via Bakers Royale
I don’t even like chocolate, but this looks utterly delicious.
As well as dreaming of stodgy food all week, I’ve been browsing around on your behalf. Grab a cuppa (and maybe some cake?!) and get stuck in why don’t ya..?
♥ Fabulous article on dealing with imitations
♥ Desperate measures? Bloggers faking VIP status by paying for their own swag
♥ What you can learn from eight top wedding bloggers (nice to be included, thanks Heidi!)
♥ Everyone has the potential to do something great, even ‘those people‘
♥ Finding balance when writing features for your blog.
“While it’s important to have a defined niche that your content revolves around, if you wind your blog too tightly around a singular subject, it can become very dry and insular. Always use your niche as a guide — think of it as a bull’s eye in the middle of a dart board. But then, throw some darts a little further outside of the center.” Shauna Haider
Soda Can Library
Compiling this list of inspiration and business snippets is one of my favourite weekly activities. I always learn something new – often many things! Always strive to learn and better your understanding of how to best run your business, whatever level you’re at…
In other news, I’m being interviewed by Exposure Radio at 1.30pm today. If you fancy listening in you can stream it live here (must not swear, must not swear, must not swear…)
♥ Do successful women get more haters?
♥ What successful people do with the first hour of their work day
♥ An ad-free publishing experiment (Love this post, it raises some really interesting ideas. It’s also what we did with the print magazine. The decision to keep the magazine advert-free was a surprise to many but it’s really worked in our favour)
♥ How to test whether your idea has a market
♥ How to cope with those who tear you down (oh Jasmine, you are so wise)
♥ And because Jasmine is sooo on form this week, read dumpster diving and the things you do for passion
♥ Let go or get dragged
♥ Should I go back to school?
♥ I love Emma’s two epic Q&A posts (& part two)
♥ Demand your worth!
♥ What you need to know about Facebook’s new graph search – ahh Facebook’s done it again and we’re all up in arms! This post also explains why it’s such a drama…
♥ Should you go into business with your best friend?
♥ Can you really make money blogging!? (answer – yes, but it ain’t gonna be easy!)
♥ 21 ways to add magic to your brand and stand out as a creative
♥ Seven things to do if your blog is a deadbeat
Image: Tartine and Apron Strings
I went searching for some inspirational business posts again this week, and as usual the interwebz did not disappoint…
♥ How to get the guts to go freelance
♥ Did you know that 85% of engaged couples in the UK read wedding blogs?
♥ Five easy ideas for your next blog post series
♥ How to be your own best copy editor
♥ Great tips for photographing wedding details – and making the most of weddings without lots of details
♥ The four rules of highly successful bloggers
♥ 10 apps that will simplify your blogging business
♥ Emma wrote about shouting and hiding…
♥ French blogger Garance Dore wrote openly about how she makes money as a blogger
♥ What comes first, motivation or action?
♥ Shauna shared her side of the story behind the epic (and on-going!) project that has been branding Rock n Roll Bride!
♥ Should we all abandon Instagram or what? An interesting article from a solicitor’s point of view
♥ Rejection Therapy – what’s holding you back? The fact that someone might say no? Get over it!
♥ Why I don’t like calling myself a blogger – interesting stuff. I have to admit to feeling like this too sometimes. Usually when people I meet casually (ie taxi drivers, people at parties, check out staff at the supermarket) ask me what I do for a living I say I’m a writer, mainly because saying ‘blogger’ usually results in the dreaded “Huh? What’s that then?” conversation!