On almost every blog there seems to be a gift guide of some sort. Gift guide for you man, bestie, mom, even your pets. But what about us? (or if you're reading this for your favorite blogger in your life.) Here's a few things we'd really love (hint hint.)
Can we pause for one moment because I took the picture above with my iPhone. I'm 100% glad I upgraded. (Ps you can sell your old one on ebay for $200!)
Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers
-Blog design. Spruce up the ol' girl with some of Social and Chic's blog design and super economical templates.
|Pictured Happiest of Hours
-Planner. We all need to write out when we're going to schedule those brilliant posts or a space to write out the best ideas. Love this one.
–Pencils. You have to write stuff in your planner.
– T-Shirt. Bloggers are self proclaimed Wine-o's. This is the perfect shirt for the wine lover in your life. Just saying.
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-Books. When not blogging we're reading. (Here are 5 books I recommend to read this year).
– iPad/Tablet. So we can take our blog wherever we go.
– Coffee and a cute mug. We NEED caffeine.
. So we can really feel professional with beautiful pictures to prove it.
What would you put on your list?
Today I have the gorgeous Jenn from Hello, Rigby! on the blog today. Jenn writes all types of different posts about fashion, lifestyle, and of course her adorable dog Rigby! I have her on today asking some questions all about her blog!
1. When did you know you wanted to start blogging?
I actually had wanted to start a blog while I was in college (so about 7 years ago)! I went to school in the middle of nowhere and other than hanging out with friends and going out, there wasn't much to do. Blogging would have been a great hobby then, but I was too scared! I finally got up the “nerve” to start my blog last year, and I'm glad I did!
2. Why did you choose to make your precious pup Rigby, the title of your blog?
I had written down a lot of names over the years, and one of the hardest things was figuring out the name! I'm pretty sure a post from The Londoner helped inspired me to name it after Rigby. I had been thinking I wanted to include him in some way in the blog, so having him in the name made sense. I then started playing around with words to go in front of or after his name, and hello just seemed to fit best, plus it's the same amount of letters as his name.
3. About how long does it take you to write/edit a post?
It definitely depends on the post! I generally spend the most time and energy on sponsored posts, to be honest. I never want them to seem artificial or fake (because really, who likes reading a boring ad right?) so I go out of my way to make sure they're something I can be proud of and not feel icky about. There's a weird stigma in blogging to feel bad about making money here and there. I don't think there's anything wrong with making money for your time, but I do think it's important for it to feel genuine.
4. What's been your most successful/popular post?
My most popular post by statistics is my One Year Ago Today… post, celebrating my first year of blogging. I think people liked that I was giving away presents, but I'd also like to think that they enjoyed getting to know me again too! I've also heard a lot about I'm Not Skinny, I'm Not Fat, and I'm Okay with That. It's something I almost never posted, just because it felt uncomfortable to me at the time. I think it ended up resonating with others because I was just being honest about body image.
5. Where do you see yourself (and your blog) in 5 years?
I hope I'm still writing this blog! I definitely don't ever want to blog full time – this is my hobby, and I'm enjoying it as a fun thing to do. I think I'd begin to resent it if I was forced into writing, you know? I'm sure it will grow and change as I do in the next 5 years.
6. Where do you get inspiration?
I'd say the majority of my inspiration comes from other bloggers and writers. Not to say I rip posts exactly from them, but I remember reading something about how someone was binge watching Gilmore Girls, and I was too, so I wrote 10 things Gilmore Girls has taught me about life. Or I may like something a fellow fashion blogger is wearing, and so I may grab something similar out of my closet and style it in a new way, like adding a moto vest to my swing dress.
7. If you could offer one piece of must-have advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?
Just be yourself. Seriously! Write like you would talk to one of your friends. I think one of the biggest compliments one of my IRL friends gave me after I “came out of the blogging closet” to her was that my blog sounded just like me.
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