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How To Blog – Originality & Connections

For a while now I have had a little nugget of an idea floating around my head, a teeny tiny musing that could turn into something if nurtured. I have been thinking of starting a mini series about ‘How to Blog’. I’d love to be able to share my experiences and hopefully impart some wisdom on others wanting to expand their blogging success. I’m primarily thinking about those who want to blog in order to share other people’s work and inspiration.

For this first instalment I want to draw attention to a small part of the whole affair that I feel is quite an important one. I am making reference to bloggers and photographers solely because this is what I know and this is the circle I move in, yet I hope the basic ideas can be transferred to your own preferred network.  Let me know what you think…

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Credit: Erica Berger

Maybe you visit other blogs for inspiration for your own blog. Maybe you take daily trips around blog-land to network with other bloggers or hell, maybe you even sneak into other places to take weddings and images for your own blog. The internet is a big old vast universe and policing it is pretty much futile, but in my (relatively short) time as an online writer I have come to witness and be annoyed by the same thing over and over.

So here’s the story – photographer shoots a kick ass wedding. Photographer blogs said kick ass wedding. Blogger A picks up on the wedding and steals (because however you sugar coat it that is essentially what you’re doing) the images and posts them on their own blog, which is then seen by blogger B who steal the images from blogger A to put on their own website.
On the flipside we have scenario two – photographer shoots and blogs the kick ass wedding. Blogger A picks up on the wedding and emails the photographer asking permission to use the images on their site, with the appropriate credit of course. Photographer says they’d be delighted and sends the images over right away.
The difference? In scenario two a connection is established between the photographer and the blogger. This is social networking after all. For me, my blog has become more than just a place to post pretty pictures, it is a vehicle to connect with like minded individuals, to have a voice and to feel like my opinion is being heard and respected.
 
To others it may be a place where they want to show ‘the best of the best’ the most beautiful or the most sought after (in my case) weddings and photography for some kind of kudos. But by doing this you are essentially missing out the very best part of being a blogger. I’m not trying to come across all ‘peace and love’ but would my site be where it is today without making those vital connections with others online? The simple answer is ‘no’.

Sure, I could regurgitate what every other website or blog includes and have a very pretty site with all the most sought after weddings on, but would I have the loyal following I have today with such a method? I would not be distinctive, I would not have the online companionship and I would not have respect. I would not only be a carbon copy of everyone else but a lonely one at that. If Blog A is already doing something, why would anybody visit Blog B if all they did was re-post the same images?

A crude example but think of it like this. Jordan was a phenomenally successful glamour model over here in the UK. She made a fortune by taking her clothes off and being photographed falling out of clubs. In 2002 a TV show was broadcast called ‘Essex Wives’. The ‘star’ of the show was Jodie Marsh – an over the top, Jordon wannabe with big boobs and skimpy outfits. She prided herself on being new and different. She had real boobs whereas Jordon’s were fake after all! However essentially she was a complete carbon copy of the original.
Jodie had some fame and made some money being Jordon’s rival, but let’s look at them now. Jordon has a massively popular TV show, is breaking America and makes millions every minute with her various perfume, home ware, book and equestrian (I kid you not) lines whereas poor little Jodie did a series on MTV to find her a husband (which later was exposed to be a set up) and continues to desperately cling to fame with various stunts – her most recent being her new found lesbianism.
As I said before, a crude example yes but if you had to, who would you be? The original or the copycat?

The moral of the story? Be different, stand out, find your voice and make the connection!

If you like what you’ve read I’d love to continue with this series. Why not drop me an email with any questions you might have and I’ll try to work the answers into the next issue.

Edit: For some reason, I feel the need to justify myself to some particular people who think they have the right to come onto my site and slate me. If only these people would comment with real email addresses I could speak to them directly but I guess that’s just not their style. I am well aware that some people would rather hide behind a computer than make an actual connection.

Anyway…I hope that I have not come across here like I’m perfect or a know-it-all when it comes to how to make the best of blogging. I simply want to share my experiences as a blogger to hopefully impart whatever small wisdom I have on simple ideas. Yes, I will openly admit that in the past I have blogged things without speaking to photographers first. Back when I began Rock n Roll Bride I had no idea about etiquette or the ‘right’ way to credit or link to people. However since learning a little bit more and reaching out to people my relationship with others online has grown immensely, isn’t that what blogging is all about after all? My only wish with this post was to maybe help some other newbie bloggers along so they don’t make the same mistakes I did.

As I have said before there are no rules. If you want to carry on and blog without getting consent, be my guest, but I promise you, you will be pretty lonely in blog-land.

You Make Me Feel Brand New

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Before reading this post, it is required that you head over here and have this tune playing in the background…

So, you may have noticed a few little tweaks to the Rock n Roll Bride you’ve come to know and love today (if you’re reading this on RSS then come on over and see!) Following the readers survey of a few months ago, I decided the site was in need of a little spring clean and spruce up. I enlisted the help of the very wonderful, ridiculously talented and charming Rhiannon Burton of Under The Cherry Moon. Rhiannon, a graphic designer from London, left her job as a midwife to follow her dream of designing quirky and stylish wedding stationary. Her site is still in the very early stages, but I hope you can see from my header alone how crazy talented she is and how amazingly gorgeous her designs are!

I must also give a huge thank you followed by a big sloppy kiss to my hubby who put the whole thing together for me, and put up with my tireless nagging (as only a wife can do) of Is it ready yet…? Is it ready yet…? Is it reeeeady yet…?

Also, I am still plowing my way through the re-categorising and tagging of every single post, and with over 1000 under my belt it is taking some while so please bear with me!

Be sure to let me know what you think of my site’s new outfit!

Abbey Ruins Shoot – Part Two

The bonus of having two photographers is that you get two different perspectives and styles, even when you’re dressed as dramatically as I was! Part two comin’ at ya…

If you missed part one, clicky here for the post. To see the set in it’s entirety, check out my flickr.

Credit: Chanelle & Craig Segerius-Bruce

Be Afraid..Be Very Afraid…

Because you’re about to see me on video! Arrrgh….

 

As you can see, I’m already trying to take on board everything you guys have been saying in your survey responses.  Surprisingly (to me!) a huge number of you want to know more about little ol’ me..so here we go…my very first tentative steps towards becoming a video blogger!

 


My Intro – This Is Me from Kat Williams on Vimeo.
 

Credit:  Wedding Clip One – Monachetti (starring Justine Ungaro) Wedding Clip Two – Lockdown Projects

 

Arrgh…Just in case you can’t tell (although I’m sure you all can!) I was super nervous doing this, I love having my photograph taken, but being filmed is scary!! No photoshop!  I just wanted to let you know a little more about me and open the floodgates for my new, and hopefully exciting little venture.  Behold…

 

A Bride takes a deep breath and walks with trepidation down a long church aisle.  The classical music swells, a shot of the gathered congregation smiling and her proud father shedding a tear.

 

The classic wedding video – bringing such joy to the married couple and usually such boredom to the family and friends forced to watch it over and over.

When Gareth and I got married we choose not to have a wedding video for precisely this reason.  Quite apart form the fact that employing a half decent videographer can cost as much, if not more, than the photographer, do you really want to end up with something your never going to watch again?  Or worse still are going to keep watching over and over!?

 

However I’m open to convincing.  I want to see your wedding videos…wedding videos that won’t make me barf and wedding videos that show the real you.  One of the first, and only videos I’ve seen and actually enjoyed enough to watch the whole way through, is that of The Unbride, Justine Ungaro and her Husband Gary who alongside their videographers Monachetti, shot a fantastically original, rock video stylee video that I was more an happy to sit through.

 

Come on then, let me have it!

Bridal Soup – The Launch

**Guest Blogging Update**

Not only am I now writing for Savvy Scoop, but Steve at the brand spanking new Bridal Soup also asked me if I’d like to contribute to their site.  Now as you probably already know, I do love a good old ramble about all things wedding, so I would have been rather foolish to turn himdown.   Plus the site is a UK based site – I almost squealed with delight!

After reading so many of your survey responses saying you’d like to know more about me, the girl behind the blog, I suggested to Steve that I write a kind of ‘how to guide’ for the Bridal Soup launch – i.e. how to plan a Rock n Roll wedding…but with your own personal flair (obviously!)

Every week I will be writing a new article, telling the story of our wedding with a few tips & tricks thrown in that I’ve gathered along the way.  I do hope you’ll come see me over there, and will enjoy seeing an ever so slightly different side to Rock ‘n Roll Bride.

This week I’m all about our engagement story.  Enjoy.
Clicky here!

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