“Can I pick your brain about blogging?”
I get this question so often and while I love helping people, teaching blogging simply isn’t my zone of genius! However, I have made many friends in my decade plus of blogging, and some of them are great at teaching the business side of things! I’ve rounded up my best recommendations below.
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“I’m just getting started…”
A lot has changed since I began blogging in 2010! However, I think that there’s still room to begin today (and even some advantages to doing so over being a seasoned blogger). I highly recommend Lisa Bass’ Create Your Blog Dream course. She’s a natural teacher and has taught many new bloggers how to successfully get started! Although I haven’t specifically taken her blogging course, I have taken her YouTube course, and it was excellent. By implementing what I learned, I was able to build an entirely new platform to share my decorating tips and tricks!
And while I don’t love giving out blogging advice, I will say this: video is where it’s at.
I’ve used ConvertKit for many years, and although I’ve tested other email providers, I always go back. They have the highest delivery rates (and therefore open and engagement rates) out of anyone I’ve used!
For blog photography, I started with a Nikon D7000, now replaced by the Nikon D7500, and 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens, which is still one of my favorite lenses to this day. My setup today is a Nikon D850 and I most commonly use a 35mm 1.4 lens. If you’re interested in learning interior photography, my friend Rachel created this highly comprehensive course on interior photography and editing. I can’t recommend it enough. Rachel helped me improve my photography drastically!
I use Adobe Creative Cloud for video and photography editing.
For creating graphics, I’m a huge fan of Canva Pro! It’s super user-friendly and the background remover is a huge timesaver for creating mood boards.