WHEN DID YOU START YOUR WEBSITE?
I was sitting in a math class for my clinical medicine post bacc degree in 2015. It was a sunny day and all I wanted to do was write! I did pretty well in that class but it made me realize I was in the wrong degree program. So I started my blog right then and there in hopes that it would lead me to more clarity.
DO YOU TAKE ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS?
Not all of them. I work with a photographer and every now and then other bloggers and I shoot together.
HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY?
I make money blogging several ways. The first is through brand partnerships. My PR skills have allowed me to pitch sponsored blog partnerships from the very beginning (not many bloggers are so lucky). It’s not the main stream, but it is the most lucrative and fulfilling.
The second way I make money through my blog is through affiliate commission. Read my disclosure policy for more information but basically I may or may not make commission from clicks to products or services I feature.
And lastly, i get paid for my consulting, PR, writing, and social media skills. I have always worked in communications so it was only natural I offered my services remotely.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ABOUT STARTING A BLOG?
I do! To streamline the advice, please check out the blogging post category under “LIFESTYLE” on my homepage. All the goodies are there!
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
Getting up and ready to shoot. I am very shy about outfit photos – I prefer being behind the camera photographing other people. Another thing I also don’t like about blogging is how competitive and fake some people can be. I haven’t really been vocal about this but in my first year of blogging I was basically threatened to “back off” the blogging scene by a (now) well known blog community leader. She knew I was starting my consulting business and was incredibly worried that I would be targeting “the same audience”, which is incredibly weird seeing as my packages were not even tailored to any bloggers. It was disheartening and there are so many other people just like her in the blogosphere.
WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR RED LIPSTICK?
Because it’s timeless and classic! I am a vintage loving gal through and through. I love history and I love the look of old Hollywood glamour.
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