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Planning a Successful Photoshoot: Is It The Photographer or the Model?

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I’ve been both the photographer and the model for the longest time in my photos for this blog, so planning a successful photoshoot has been a breeze for me. I’m just a one-man team, so I get to control every single aspect of what comes out as a final product! This setup, in my opinion, is one of the easiest ways to produce great images on the fly with little to no planning. I know that this isn’t an option for every blogger out there, though, so I want to address the question of how to get stunning photos when you’re …

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10 Blogging WordPress Plugins That Changed My Life

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This article applies to all my WordPress users out there, so if you’re on another platform, I’m sorry. Then again, these WordPress plugins and their respective websites offer a lot of information you can transfer over to you blog even if you’re not using a WP engine. So, if you’re looking to make your blog reach wider and speed up your blog, this is all for you.  Hooray, read on! What are plugins? Plugins add functionality and customization to your blog or website without any coding experience. You simply install them, activate, and they provide functionality like sign-up forms for …

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The 7 Biggest Blogging Mistakes I Made When I Started

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I read so many articles on what to do and how to do it when it comes to blogging and marketing, but my biggest lessons are from my biggest blogging mistakes. I don’t know whether it’s schadenfreude or just a learning method instilled in me, but seeing failure has a tremendous impact on me. I learn from mistakes. For the most part. My Learning Curve Here’s the deal, I started a blog way back in 2007. Fashion blogging was picking up, but it wasn’t nearly at the level we’re seeing it right now. I remember reading a post on Susie Lau’s …

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Bloggers, Learn How To Collaborate with Brands!

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You’ve probably read a ton of guides on how to collaborate with brands as a blogger and best practices to get brand collaborations. I won’t bore you with general fleeting ideas or overarching sweeping statements. I’m going to get right to it because this is going to be a relatively long post. The first step in figuring out how to pitch yourself to a brand is to determine where you fall on the blogging scale. In other words, are you a beginner, a semi-pro or an experienced blogger? If you’re just starting out, collaborating with brands and seeking sponsorships won’t …

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Easy Blog Writing Method For Your Next Post

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I told you a little bit ago about some useful blog topic brainstorming ideas to get you started on creating killer content, remember? In this post, I want to go a bit in depth on a blog writing method utilizing outlines. I know not every single blog post you publish necessitates a framework. When I write a lot of my blog posts (during moments when I’m inspired), I usually do it in a flurry of free-form writing. But when I’m looking to create some amazing and super-sized content that will help people for many months (or years) to come, you better …

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15 EASY Blogging Tips That Will Save You Time (+ FREE CHECKLIST!)

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Running a blog is tough work. If you’re a blogger, you know how difficult it is to juggle all the tasks you have to do with, er, LIFE, and in many cases another full time job! (I say another because we all know that blogging is your part-time job considering how much effort is requires.) Things get hectic. You get exhausted. You feel defeated. You throw pasta at walls. Ok, maybe not that last part…maybe sometimes. I get motivated when I cross something off my list, so having an easy blogging tips list is a lifesaver. It’s especially motivating when …

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The Amazing Sights Port Antonio Has to Offer

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If you’ve been following my Instagram and Snapchat, you know I spent a nice chunk of June in Port Antonio, Jamaica. I celebrated my three year anniversary with my husband on June 9th. To commemorate the fact that our honeymoon took place in Fiji (a place called Taveuni Palms) we pick out a beach destination that reminds us of our first year of marriage. This was my husband’s first time to Jamaica and my second visit to the beautiful country. My first visit was to the more touristy North-western side of the island (Montego Bay/Ocho Rios). This time, we arrived …

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The Results of My June Blogging Goals Challenge

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Series Alert! At the beginning of a new month, I’m going to go over my blogging goals. I’ll also analyze the goals for the month that passed. I think goal analysis and goal setting are SUPER useful in making progress in your business, and it’s an exercise you should perform if you’d like to grow in your own field. It helps me stay motivated, and hopefully, it motivates you in pursuing your own blogging goals and dreams. To get started on your own blog goal planning and analysis journey, sign up for the password to the resource library and check …