Inspire // Blogging

October 8, 2013

Some of you might remember me mentioning Alt For Everyone a couple weeks ago. I took all sorts of classes – from shooting in manual mode to working with sponsors and growing your blog to coding for bloggers. But my favorite part, was the keynote by Kate Arends of Wit & Delight. You see, when I started blogging 6-7 months ago, I had no idea what I was doing (and still don’t), but Kate’s message was exactly what I needed – developing and using brand strategy to create a cohesive blog and grow readership. So how do you inspire, stand out, and succeed in the blogosphere??

BE YOU
This is so important. In this blogging world, everything is in our faces, and it’s so tempting to do what everyone else is doing, but it’s pertinent to stick with your brand and keep everything cohesive with your vision.

CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING UNIQUE
Melanie of Fifth & Hazel stated that when a new reader comes to your blog, you have 30 seconds to 2 minutes to catch their attention. Yep. So what sets you apart, and what will captivate readers and draw them back to your site? I can say for myself the blogs I visit daily are the ones that have their own unique style, a cohesive vision, and, of course, inspirational graphics and posts.

CREATE
Once you have a clear vision of your brand and style, go forth and create!!

I could go on with this forever, but I don’t want to bore you. If you have any questions or just want to talk please don’t hesitate to email me! :)

  • Alecia Zasiebida

    all good things. love that kate (she did my wedding invites years and years ago)….all good things. I also think something important with blogging is remembering why you blog – because goodness sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the noise out there. xx A

  • Gloria

    Wow, I never realized the time frame for capturing a new reader was so small! This is all awesome advice – thanks for sharing a bit of what you learned :-)

  • Angel Y.

    Go forth and create! I love this. As I read newer blogs, I’m realizing how hard it is for new bloggers to be able to find their voice or get an understanding of what they want. I just want to say you’ve done an amazing job being unique and you’ve really stood out to me in the past few months. :)

  • Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have a hectic schedule right now but something I am really wanting to do is find time to finally settle into my blog and work out kinks ect. Even though I have been blogging for a while I still have so much I need to improve, fix, and figure out. I can definitely use all of the tips and advice I can get.

    Tracy

  • Sarah Mc.

    Have you read the book Blog, Inc. yet? This topic is something I’ve been thinking a lot about since I read that book. I most get hung up thinking about what I have that’s “unique”… it always seems like it’s all been done already. But by being yourself, you are already one step closer to being unique! I think you’ve already knocked it out of the park toward these goals.

  • Madison Lee

    well, i definitely LOVE your blog! it’s different, which is what keeps bringing me back :) i love your simple yet elegant and beautiful layout. u inspire me!

  • Jessica C

    Such good tips, V!! Thanks so much for sharing what you learned at Alt for Everyone – I was really looking forward to this post :) I agree with all of this and it’s so important to keep it in mind everyday. 30 seconds-2 mins to catch a new reader’s attention?! Geez, that’s something I’m going to keep in my mind with each post from now on…Well, from what you learned and shared with us today, I know you’re on the right track with Oh So Pretty!!

    Enjoy the rest of your day, love!! <3333

  • Corina Nika

    This is so good! Ah i wish i could jump in Alt as well. Maybe someday :) Great inspiration and great advice, always keeping it in mind

  • Pretty Squared

    I was going to send you an email but being lazy..I just settled for a comment haha! I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love, love your blog and your designs – everything is so calming and relaxing, I simply enjoy reading everything. So yeah, keep creating beautiful things, it’s making my day better.

    Miranda M | Pretty Squared

  • Courtenay Coleman

    Alt is so awesome. After hearing about your experience, i’m wishing I would have signed up this time around. Ah, next time! Thanks for sharing what you learned, such good + important information! I hope you are having a great week :) – Court | lovecourtxoxo.com

  • Danielle Marshall

    Great advice! Gives me lots to think about. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Sophie

    Love this! these tips are great and to the point. And they are so true! i would love to go to/participate in alt one day! it always sounds so interesting and helpful! x

  • Sandy a la Mode

    awww these are some great tips, thanks for sharing!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  • Jamie @ jforjamie.com

    Victoria! Can we please meet up at an Alt Design Summit (in person) conference one year? You inspire me!

  • alittletypical

    Great advice! Totally stand by contributing something unique. I have pinned it up.

  • ashlyn williams

    you truly are an inspiration. & your blog is one of my favorites for all these reasons you mentioned above – you have shown so much kindness + gratitude & aren’t afraid to represent your own brand! xo

  • Walk This Way

    Thank you Victoria, I love these tips, they’re so useful!

    It’s really easy to start comparing yourself to others and sometimes that can be overwhelming. I totally admit that I’ve been lost more than once, thinking that others do it better why would I bother to continue… but I love photographing at that’s all I have so here I am… still sharing my pictures haha! :D

    I’ve enjoyed so much seeing your blog grow, you’re so talented on what you do – keep doing the great work Victoria! ♥

  • Lucy Aspray

    Such great tips thank you! I think I will constantly be tweaking my blog, so it is good to get all the help I can!
    Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

  • Nnenna

    Thank you for sharing what you learned! I would love to attend one of this conferences someday- I think it would be such a great experience for me and my blog.

  • Tana Gandhi

    Great insights, Victoria! I know you’re definitely making an impressive impression by the 1st minute of looking at your blog! Always a lovely and consistent design with awesome finds! :)

  • Akshara Vivekananthan

    love, love, love. such important things to remember when keeping a blog. sometimes i often forget these rules, but it’s wonderful to be reminded of them again. thank you!

  • em

    such simple advice, but so thought-provoking.. thanks so much for sharing!

  • Bostonista

    Awesome advice! I’ve been blogging for five years and I’m still learning and trying to figure this whole world out! It’s great to know that other bloggers feel the same way and that we can support each other!

    xo
    Kara
    http://www.thebostonista.com

  • drinkcitra

    Aw I love this! Everything you mentioned is very true and those first few seconds of seeing a blog are vital! Beautifully written, Victoria! ♥