Your blogging questions answered
After Seattle Style Lab this weekend my email, Twitter and Instagram inboxes were full of the sweetest words of encouragement, thanks and support! They also were full of a lot of questions mainly targeted toward blogging, my start as a blogger and other fun asks. I thought I'd compile a list of some of the questions I've received and share them with you all as a public Q&A.
I hope you enjoy!
- How much time do you spend blogging?
I consider myself a "fluid blogger." While it's important for me to stay up to date and keep my followers excited with following along with West Coast Aesthetic, I never want a post to feel forced because I have to write. On average, I post on West Coast Aesthetic about 2-3 times a week but I'm very active on social. I used to post more on West Coast Aesthetic when it first started out but I felt as though it was turning into more of a job rather than fun, which was this blog's entire purpose. So by taking a break and re-evaluating the purpose of my blog, now I post when I want to post and share what I want.
- Did you have any professional help creating West Coast Aesthetic or did you create your entire blog from the ground up?
While West Coast Aesthetic was created from the ground up in regards to the site, overall aesthetic and content, that's not to say I haven't sought out professional advice and help in the process. I work with professional photographers to achieve the polished photography I feature on my blog and social channels and I am constantly bouncing my ideas and seeking advice from members of the blogging community.
- What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog as a creative outlet two years ago when I was unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in graphic design when I landed a design internship post-college. I needed something to keep me inspired and staying creative. While this blog has since morphed into all things style and lifestyle the core of it started as design and it's still my goal to incorporate creative elements into West Coast Aesthetic as it continues to grow.
- What do you do in your spare time to stay inspired?
I work as a Web Designer at Nordstrom during the day so I'm surrounded by creative projects and people every Monday-Friday. But professional life aside, I'm a huge fan of mood boarding and taking on creative projects. In my spare time I provide freelance creative direction, design, styling and blog mentorship so any chance I get to do any of those in addition to blogging and working is what keeps me creative!
- How do you describe your blogging style?
All things west coast, lifestyle and me.
- What is the best advice you have to give as a blogger?
Have integrity in everything you do and put out there.
- What do you use to edit your photos?
If they are professional photos those are handled on the basis of the photographer. But if they are my own photos, I use VSCO, Instagram, Photoshop and Lightroom.
- How do you manage your time with work and blogging?
It all comes back to being a fluid blogger. By staying fluid when I post, I get excited to post content because I want to post it. It just sort of works out despite having work because both have become a high priority in my life.