BloggingBlogging 101 Series October 3, 2015Happy Saturday, friends! I know I don’t usually blog on Saturdays, but this news is that important and exciting! Since I started blogging full-time, I’ve gotten questions about how to do that. How do you grow your blog? How do you connect with brands? How do you make money? I’ve said several times that I would do a series addressing this topic at some point. Well friends, that time has come! I’m not an expert, but I have navigated this blogging world for two years and am excited to share my experience. But since I’ve gotten so many questions on this topic, I decided to enlist some highly talented and experienced friends. I’m joining with Jen from withHEART, Emily from Emily A. Clark, Kristin from Bliss at Home, and Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. These ladies are all amazing. I’ve met each of them in person and to say they’re kind, talented, and inspiring doesn’t feel like enough! Here’s how it’s going to work. Each Wednesday during the month of October, we’re all going to post about a certain topic. We’ll be sharing our personal blog stories and giving you as much insight into our journeys as possible. Here’s what you can look forward to: We’ll kick the series off by each sharing our brand stories and give advice for developing your own brand. I’ve found that developing your brand as the foundation is crucial to success of your blog down the road. When I say developing your brand, I don’t mean forcing yourself into some cold, faceless site. I actually mean the opposite! How are you presenting yourself to your audience? Once we’ve laid the foundation with developing and starting your blog, we’ll talk about how to grow. This will range from networking with other bloggers, to Pinterest and social media promotion, to how to get featured. Here’s the big kicker. Since I started blogging full-time, I’ve gotten the most questions about how to make money at it. We’re going to break down some of the big ways that you can make money. Working with brands will be covered in this week, which I know a lot of you have asked about. This last one is focused on continually improving and working to make your blog standout in ways that are important to you. We’re going to share ways that we’re trying to do that. You’ll hear advice about site design and layout, photography, etc. I absolutely cannot wait to roll this out on Wednesday! We’ll all post on the same topic and then link to each other, so that you can easily read all of our stories and advice. While we’ll be giving plenty of advice, I’ve learned the most in my career from hearing others’ stories, so that’s what we’re going to do! We’re going to share our journeys, how we navigated and are still navigating this blog world, and hopefully, y’all will learn something along the way. So get excited, friends! Wednesday your long-time questions will finally start being answered!