Real Talk: Blogging FAQs

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Real Talk…

Last Real Talk I talked about my professional career in fashion and how I made the tough decision to quit my job. That definitely wasn't an easy post to write, but I felt compelled to keep it real and share what's going on! Thank you to everyone who left kind comments on that post and on Instagram!! I'm really excited to continue the Real Talk series and chat with you about topics that you're interested in and give you my personal perspective. This week I wanted to answer some frequently asked questions on blogging!

When did you start your blog? 
I started Labels and Vintage after graduating college while I was working my first corporate job. Most bloggers say " I started this blog as a creative outlet" etc. and for me it's really true. I wasn't really feeling my job at the time, it was very techy so I was desperate for something more creative. My co-worker and I got invited to a C. Wonder blogging event purely by accident and after that I was so intrigued by this community! We met some awesome bloggers like Jessie from Style and Pepper, Lindsey Calla from Saucy Glossie (now Calla in Motion), and so many more talented women! I've written in journals since I was eight years old, so blogging felt like a very natural extension. I've been able to fuse fashion, vintage, and writing all in one place!

What blogging platform do you use? 
I blog on Squarespace and I really love it so much! I first started off on WordPress and that lasted I think a week before I got extremely frustrated. A co-worker recommended Squarespace and I've never looked back since! It's incredibly user friendly and their templates are easily customizable. I would recommend it to anyone starting out as a blogger or to business owners needing a great website.

Who photographs your blog and what camera do you use? 
My very talented brother Darren photographs my style posts for Labels & Vintage and he shoots with a Cannon 6D (typically using a 50mm lens)! He's always had a knack for photography and film since he was very young and now he's finishing up his degree at Temple University in Film and Media Arts. Honestly, if I didn't have a photographer in my family or even a close friend I'm not exactly sure where Labels & Vintage would be right now. 

How do you take / edit your Instagram images? 
I personally take all of my Instagram images using my iPhone 6. I edit my images using several apps like Snapseed, Vsco Cam, and Facetune. I also never use Instagram filters on my images. Vsco Cam is honestly my editing BFF and I highly recommend it!

What are some common misconceptions about blogging?
That it's so easy, it's only about getting free product, and going to parties (LOL)! I had this misconception going into blogging. I literally thought to myself "how hard could this be"? The answer is, pretty hard. What a lot of people don't understand is that as a blogger (especially a full time blogger) you are wearing many important hats. You're the CEO / Founder, Creative Director, Editor in Chief, Photo / Video Editor, Social Media & Community Manager, Administrative Assistant, PR / Marketing, Graphic Designer, Photographer, and the list can go on and on. Some bloggers are fortunate enough to hire assistants to take on some of these responsibilities. Usually this doesn't happen until they make enough money to support themselves and that expense. 

What advice would you give someone just staring out in blogging? 
In the beginning of my blogging journey it was very hard for me to not be influenced by what the other top bloggers were doing. I wanted to do so well with blogging that I was constantly comparing myself to others and It caused me to struggle with my blogging identity a bit. Once I buckled down and got back on track, my work got so much better. I would tell someone to stay true to yourself, know your audience, your niche, and be consistent! There are so many resources out there to help you get to where you want to be like IFB and The B Bar to name a few! Everyone is a work in progress, so don't waste any time on comparison. No one ever started out perfect. If you ever want to make yourself feel a bit better about where you are in your blogging journey, find your favorite blogger's first blog post or Instagram. We all have to start somewhere!

If you ever you have any questions or have a topic you'd love to chat about please comment below or email me!