Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friend Friday: Blogging Baby Steps

I know, I know I'm on vacation but, I love sharing these answers with you guys! Plus, my 200th post had to belong to me. I'll be back to regular blogging on the 19th, 'till then I hope your having fun with all these fantastic guest bloggers.

1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you've been blogging?

I think I have started to add a little more to 260 Days, No Repeats by supplementing daily outfit posts with some weekend or night out wear. I also have a few posts where I answer questions or give advice. I definitely think about mentioning sales or deals but, it doesn't really seem consistent with the original idea behind this blog or the direction that it's going... It is very different from previous blogs I had.

2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you changed that?

My photography has gotten way better. At first I didn't think it was a big deal to have my pictures taken in a hallway of my apartment but, now I see that the outdoor scenery adds so much! Much thanks to BF for taking my picture outside, hopefully I can work up the courage to traipse out there with my tripod and do it myself so I can stop bugging him.

3. When you visit a blog what's the greatest turn off? The thing that makes you close the tab?

If there is music, that is an immediate exit. I had often thought about adding music to my blog but, I realized quickly just like I don't want to hear you favorite tunes you probably don't want to hear mine... I also don't appreciate when there is so much going on on the page that I can't find what you wrote, I'm not there to learn about whatever products your hawking, I want to hear what you have to say! also, if the blog isn't updated regularly, there are some times when I'm hoping a blogger will come back and I had been reading them for a while before they departed but, if I am just stumbling across your blog now and you have been absent for the past 6 months why would I ever come back?

4. How did you find your voice?

I think in previous blogging excursions I was too busy trying to sound engaging and happy that I probably ended up sounding like an infomercial host or used car salesman. Now, I just type what I'm feeling or what I would be saying if you and I were sitting in a Starbucks grabbing a cup of coffee. I think this works alot better for people, they want to know about the real you.

5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what would those be?

Talk about what you like, not what you think other people want to hear about. There will be a noticeable difference in quality.

Update regularly! We miss you when you're gone... I try to have at least one post a day during the week and maybe one on the weekends. If you can manage more than that, I think no more than three posts a day would be ideal.

Make friends and reach out to other bloggers, they can offer you a world of advice and feedback that could be really useful to someone who is just starting out.

3 comments:

  1. Everyone of these that I have read has mentioned music as a huge turn off -- I hope everyone who has it reads this and removes it!!

    I agree with you that bloggers who are just honest and not always trying to sell you something are far more interesting, and for a fashion blog - good photos are a must!

    Congrats on 200 posts!!!

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  2. Congratulations on your 200th post! :)
    I think photography is probably also the #1 thing I did wrong when I was starting to blog! If I had known better, I would have bought a camera and a tripod very early on instead of being content with headless cell phone pictures in a slightly dusty mirror ;)

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  3. I just found your blog and had to say hello! I'm with you on every single one of your comments. And thank goodness for our patient photographers - I coerce my boyfriend into snapping photos for me. He's a patient man, although we have more photos on my balcony than necessary. But sometimes he's just not going to put on shoes to take a photo outside. Haha.

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    Jessica
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