Happy Friday friends! Another work week bites the dust and we're headed into the weekend! If you follow me on Snapchat (@blovedboston) I asked for opinions on which purse to purchase (remember this post when I said I needed another bag like a root canal) - whelp I got another one because I ended up having to have a tooth fixed so there you go and I'm excited since it's getting delivered today! Decided to go with the Regan Satchel which is way different than anything I own! Anyway, on to today's post - I wanted to share 5 Mistakes I made when I first started blogging and my 5 picks from the Nordstrom Sale - things that I can't wait to arrive! Linking up with Amanda to share!
5 Blogging Mistakes I Made ||
Generally speaking, I think we all learn from our mistakes, but I wish that I would have looked into things a bit more when I first started blogging and I feel these are things that are important to take into consideration even when you've been blogging for a while!
1 | Don't work for free! What we do takes time and effort - agreeing to work on a post because a company is giving you "the possibility" of a social media share just isn't enough. I made the mistake early on of agreeing to put posts out there without any furthering of my blog / brand by the company. I don't think it necessarily needs to be a monetary amount that is paid, but testing out goods or services is also implied in the not working for free! Blogging has changed the way companies market and they understand that!
2 | Sizing photos too small. I look back on some of my earlier posts and I didn't bother to learn that photos should be bigger, not just a size that suits your computer screen, but one that looks good on different internet browsers, phones & even email if you have subscribers. I played around with the sizing and have finally found the right fit for my blog design.
3 | Custom design does not equal better quality. I've had a basic blogger template (Gary helped with this when I first got started), picked out an etsy template, worked with a designer for a custom template and now I'm back to my favorite of all - an etsy template. I wish I hadn't rushed into spending a ton of money on a custom design when it just took a little extra digging on etsy to get exactly what I wanted. While I've only run my blog on Blogger, I have used Wordpress for my own business website and for all the collaborating work I've done - I personally like the ease of Blogger, but you can get amazing templates on both and YES you can customize blogger templates to some degree!
4 | Editorial Calendars work. I wish I had paid attention to the bloggers who had been around for a while when I first started out in 2013 that said editorial calendar's WORK! They give you a macro view of everything you have going on for the blog that month and you can plan around the posts that need to be written (like sponsored posts or linkups). After about 6 months of flying by the seat of my pants, I decided I needed more structure and have been using an editorial calendar ever since. I'm an old fashioned kind of girl and print out these free monthly printables and write it out - if something needs to change, then it does, but I'm much more organized this way!
5| Focus on Social Media. This is something that to this day I'm working on. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to pin my old posts more or to share them more on twitter, but I honestly didn't see how great the return would be on that. I think my most favorite social media is Instagram, but it's not the one that garners me the most blog traffic. I did give myself mini goals each year for each social media account (I actually only shared these with Gary) and I continuously work on this one.
BONUS: Since changing my design a few months ago, I've started to justify everything so that it's equal on both the right and left side, no jagged edges on the right and it reads so much cleaner now. I still leave my last sentence centered because I like that it's called out...but this is something I wish I would have done with all my previous posts!
5 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks ||
Today's the day all us non-cardholders have been waiting for - the Nordstrom sale is live for everyone to shop freely now! I love Fall clothes, it's my favorite season, but living in New England I have a lot of the staples, so I either look to upgrade, replace or find something new with this sale and I do limit myself (at least that's what I try to tell myself)!
I picked up my first pair of Zella leggings during last year's sale and I absolutely understand why these are a cult favorite! They held up incredibly well after so much use so I decided to go with a mesh pair this time around!
I have wanted a trench coat for years and I've finally found one that is not only classic, but under $100! Can't wait to knock this one off the 30 before 30 list...yes I actually have buy a trench coat on that list!
Having nothing like this skirt in my closet I wanted to see if I'd like it - I think it would be great as the weather starts to cool off (please slap me since I really don't want it to be cold anytime soon) and paired with a black long sleeve top and boots!
Truly a weird one, but tights are something I buy all the time and quality tights can be expensive - I love these with the fun print and a little extra shaping never hurt anyone!
I've had my hunter boots for 5 years and they've been great, but my only gripe is that wearing them to work is a pain, especially with pants which I tend to wear more of in the Fall, so when I spotted these Sperry Duck Boots, I thought I'd give it a whirl...I'm not usually one for this style, so this might be a return, but we'll see!
What did you get from the sale? Any blogging mistakes you wish you didn't make when you first started out? Hope you have a great weekend! See you back here Monday for weekending!
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