Blogging Etiquette 101

Several months ago I released a few photos to a well know, full-time blogger who’d promised that she’d use them to promote my work. When she never posted them, I thought no biggie. Everyone gets busy. However, I recently saw the same photos used on one of her social media accounts. And get this: it was totally out of context. I didn’t even know what to think. I really looked up to this blogger. While I was certain she meant no harm, I couldn’t help but wonder how she could be so unprofessional. I didn’t even get a photo credit. Needless to say, I thought this slight could spark a larger conversation about general blogging etiquette. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the courtesies I’ve learned along the way to help ensure not only a memorable, but professional brand. 1. Email etiquette is a thing. And yes, it’s important. At my…

The Secret That No One Tells You About Blogging

Disclaimer: Image found on Weheartit and edited by TBC. Those of you who have been following along with The Blonde Chiffon may or may not know that I am a complete info addict. Whenever I hear about something that interests me, I’m immediately googling that sh*t and getting to the bottom of things. So, as a relatively new blogger and info fanatic, I’ve pretty much been around the block when it comes to blogging strategies. Though I’ve stumbled upon some amazing resources, I often find that articles detailing blog tips can be a little repetitive. So, last week I debunked the myth about the blogger niche with  “Why the Blogger Niche is B.S.” (it totally is). Now let’s talk about the “content is king” thing, which I’m sure we’ve all come cross at some point. This one’s actually true. Great content and blog traffic are directly correlated. Sorry, no debunking here. So now you’re thinking, “All…

Why the Blogger Niche is B.S.

I’ll admit, I’m no seasoned pro when it comes to blogging. Having only launched The Blonde Chiffon about three months ago, there’s still a scary/exciting amount to learn. However, having spent countless hours scouring the web for decent blog advice, I feel compelled to address one of the biggest blogging misconceptions that any newbie blogger will run into: Disclaimer: The above statement is complete B.S…here’s why: Who says you can only blog about one subject? – Do magazines only cover one topic? No. Though most publications have a main focus (think fitness, cooking, fashion, etc.), they often cover a variety of topics in order to appeal to a variety of interests. For example, a magazine may discuss fashion, food, fitness and celebrities all in the same issue. Sure, each section may relate back to a main focus (i.e. Women’s Health may cover athletic-inspired fashion, healthy eating, fitness and celebrity exercise techniques), but the most…

How to Maintain Your Blog after a Break

Disclaimer: Image found on Weheartit and edited by TBC. Whether you’re a college student adjusting after a long winter break or a part-time blogger returning to the office post holidays, maintaining a frequent posting schedule is often put on the back burner…and for good reason. When you’ve suddenly got 3 papers to write or 15 meetings to attend, blogging doesn’t seem so important. Not to mention, it’s so easy to say, “I’ll get around to writing that post tomorrow.” But, per usual, life tends to get in the way. Check out these quick tips for maintaining your blog and engaging your readers, no matter how hectic life gets: 1. Invest in a (Blog) Planner – You’ll see this one in almost all of my how-to posts. Okay, maybe investing in a blog planner isn’t the solution to everything. However, organizing sure is. I don’t care if you’re planning to maintain your body, your blog or your relationship.…

Best Blog Advice of 2014

2014 has been an eventful year for me. Moving out, starting college, getting an internship (more on that later) and launching The Blonde Chiffon website have all been ultra time consuming and craze inducing endeavors. What most people don’t realize is how much time bloggers put into their sites. Between researching, writing, photographing and brainstorming, blogger life is intense, to say the least. And let me tell you, writing TBC is no different and the site did most definitely not happen overnight. Though TBC still has a long way to go in order to get it to where I want it to be, I respect how much I have learned in these past few months (TBC launched in October). Here is a collection of the best blogging advice I’ve seen so far, which has proved invaluable in the development of the TBC website and brand thus far: 1. 8 Ways to Boost Your Blog…