By Victoria Hudgins. Artwork entitled Camera Girl. A good photo equals a great post! Have a wonderful weekend and spend time touching up your photography skills with these helpful links: Understanding lenses Street photography tips 31 days to a better photo Different cameras for varied posts Hard light shots can be compelling How to create […]
By guest contributor Monica Lee. I love this quote by Nicole Gerulat, “You can’t have an ugly blog anymore and expect success!” Check out this video to see Nicole’s thoughts on the importance of a beautiful site and blogging.
You started a blog and have great content, but no one knows that it exists! How are you making sure your content is found by potential readers? The answer: social media.
Why Social Media
Bloggers are discovering that investing time for online networking can be very beneficial for brand awareness and increasing traffic to their blog. As a blogger, it’s very important to stay connected, since readers want to feel like they know you. Social media is a great opportunity to let readers into your life in a more casual environment than on your blog.
By Melanie Blodgett. Photography by Darwin Bell. Alt is offering a whole new service on our site and since so many of you have great talents to share, we thought we better consult with you first. We’re calling it Service Providers, kind of like a classifieds section but instead of focusing on gramdma’s desk that […]
By guest contributor Disney.
Building a deep community with your readers is essential to growing a successful blog. Here are a few useful tips that I’ve put into practice over the years.
Getting to Know Your Readers
Nobody likes to be around someone who talks about him- or herself all the time. Blog readers are no exception. In order to build community with readers, you need to both share your life with them, and get to know them a little as well.
Comments are a great way to get feedback from readers. But what if no one leaves a comment? When you first start blogging, having fewer comments will be perfectly normal. If you’ve been around for a while, and have started to gain a following, lacking comments could be a sign that your readers don’t feel connected with you. If that happens, then start asking questions. Ask what they think of your post; how they would solve a decorating problem; which version of a project they like better, and so forth. When you do get comments, be sure to reply now and then, especially if a question is asked.
Hosting an in-person event can have serious advantages for your business, and you’ll be most successful if the first thing you do is answer a simple—but often overlooked—question: What is your purpose in creating the event?
Do you want to:
- design a space where people can network?
- provide an opportunity for bloggers to discuss best business practices?
- allow people to create collaborations? – provide exposure for one of your sponsors?
- or be seen as an expert who can host great events?
That goal or purpose defines every other aspect of your event. Every decision you make about the event has to pass the litmus test: how does this help me accomplish my goal?
The first, and probably most important, rule of being a good contributor is simple: don’t be afraid to give away the good stuff. It’s natural to want to hoard your best articles and projects for your own blog, but if you only have a handful of readers coming to your personal blog, it makes sense to reach out to the larger audience. It will get you seen by more people, and you’re gaining blogger street-cred and name recognition as someone readers should know about.
More tips for contributor success:
1. Create amazing content. Always!
2. Be consistent. Make sure that the style in which you write melds nicely with the other content written for the site you are contributing to.
By Victoria Hudgins. Photography by Agency 26. Thanks to everyone who entered our Alt conference ticket giveaway! It’s been a blast reading your posts, and getting to know what your favorite topics are to discuss. We are thrilled to not only be bringing you new blog content based on your favorite articles so far, but […]
By guest contributor Tori Bowman.
Getting your profile picture just right can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. You don’t want to look like a model, but you also want it to look a little better than your personal Facebook profile picture. You want it to show your readers who you are, to have a bit of personality, but to be professional enough that you’re also comfortable showing it to clients and sponsors. This can be a little tricky.
Here are a few ladies who have got the art of profile picture picking figured out, and a few tips on how you can master the elusive skill as well.
By Victoria Hudgins. Photography by Christopher Wool. Welcome to Autumn. Tomorrow begins a new season and a new chance to set goals, ideals, and dreams for our blogs. I love to step away a couple times a year to take note of where I am and plan for where I would like to be. This […]