Today it's rainy and dreary out. Perfect day for staying in, ordering a pizza, and cheering on my K-State Wildcats to a victory against Wisconsin (fingers crossed)!
Since I participated in the Blogger Day of Silence yesterday, I did not yet get a chance to answer Katy of Modly Chic's Friend Friday Questions. So forgive me for being a day late, but here goes... Today's topic is about the five most important blogging lessons you've learned--and the format this week is a little different. We're just sharing our five, not actually answering any questions.
1. We are a community. (I've got all my sisters with me... sing it.) The most important lesson I've learned is if you're not involved in the community, you're just a crazy girl taking pictures of yourself! Sure, writing my blog is important, but it's just as important to read other blogs, write comments, and have conversations with other bloggers. I've made so many friends through blogging, (even friends I haven't yet met!) and they're what make being a part of this community so fulfilling.
2. The blogging time-warp. I'm not sure I want to admit how much time I spend writing posts for my blog and reading and commenting on other blogs. I mean, if I'm not working, eating, cooking or sleeping, you will probably find me zoned out in front of the computer. Blogging takes TIME. But in my opinion, it's time well spent.
3. Lighting, who knew? When I started taking (the majority of my) outfit photos outdoors, it's amazing what a difference it made. I know there are many people who take excellent indoor shots, but mine always look like night of the living dead. Natural light can work some serious photo miracles, and that goes for food photos as well.
4. Have goals, not expectations. When I started Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique, I never thought I'd get 30 people to read it, let alone over 100. Of course I make an effort to put my blog out there and promote it, but I don't have unrealistic expectations for its success. I know there are people who have made blogging their career, and as exciting as that sounds, I know that is not realistic for me. I set small, reachable goals, and I'm ecstatic with each one that I meet.
5. Guess what, this blog is about me! In other words, I've learned how important it is to be myself on this blog. I can't be anyone else. The surgery would be very expensive, and most likely unsuccessful. I'm sometimes goofy, I tell bad jokes, and from time to time, I (gasp!) make grammar errors. (Commas and parentheses, I apologize for your overuse.) I also like clothes and cooking--so that's what I write about. People have said you have to pick one thing to focus on for your blog to succeed, but you know what, I'm not going to. If you're not interested in cooking, well, I won't be upset if you ignore my food posts. Same goes for outfit posts. Bottom line, when I make decisions about this blog and what I put on it, the question I most ask myself is "is this me?"
Black dotty cardigan: Old Navy, thrifted; pink ruffle shell: Gap; dark wash flare jeans: Gap; spectator mary janes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target
Song: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds