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Qualities of a successful blog

As I mentioned previously, I have been thinking a lot towards what it means to have a successful blog. Even though I have a blog myself, the primary purpose of my WordPress account for the majority of the time is to read through and look at an assortment of the different types of blogs that I follow. I contemplated the blogs that I enjoyed immensely and thought critically why there were others that did not capture my interest. I essentially came up with a list of things that I would consider highly important qualities of a successful blog, the word successful being defined in this post as having lots of followers and traffic (though it can be defined in many other ways as well – such as one’s own happiness or how much knowledge can be spread). I know for sure that I don’t possess many of these qualities, but because I have them listed down concretely¬†now, I do keep them in mind more when I write and post and thought that they would bring good insight and perspective to other bloggers out there ūüôā

  1. Photo Quality
    1. I think it’s so important that if you have pictures on your blog that they are ones of high quality. All of the more famous bloggers I follow all have professional photographers who follow them around everywhere. Obviously, this isn’t possible for everyone. But I have a Canon t2i and learned how to Photoshop and edit myself, so if you try, you can definitely do it.¬†Even if that’s too time consuming for you, a quick iPhone picture and a nice VSCO filter works just as well! Choose your pictures carefully and thoughtfully and always have your audience in mind.
  2. Uniqueness
    1. Although there are the classic home and lifestyle bloggers and the motivational speech writers, the more popular ones possess their own unique flair that draws readers to it rather than say the other five bazillion fashion bloggers on WordPress.  This can be anything Рfor ex. Happily Grey, a fashion blog I follow, always has a specific style of photography, a type of mood Рor A Beautiful Mess, which is everything bright and happy and overflowing. I also admire Seams for a Desire for writing in both English and Spanish so she can also appeal to readers in English-speaking countries. Find your own niche and present it so others may see that you are someone unique in the midst of the sameness.
  3. Presence
    1. Along with uniqueness is the idea of presence. This idea is much more abstract, and I doubt that I can concretely say what steps can be taken to achieve it. Presence, as best as I can say, is when bloggers do an amazing job conveying their self through their blog that devoted followers end up following less for content than for¬†emotional attachment to the person. For example, I really enjoy reading Love Taza’s blog and Oh Dear Drea yet I am nowhere like them in any way¬†– a mother of three and a passionate vegan?! The reason is because I am drawn to their selves, their faces, their lives. I suppose one way to achieve this is through writing – really attempt to convey who you are as a person, your values, your personality, etc. This is perhaps the best way of showing the type of human being you are.
  4. Consistency
    1. Presence can also be helped along by consistency of posting. More popular blogs always have a set schedule of posting or post at least three or four times a week. When people see your blog post on reader over and over again every day, they are bound to become more familiar towards you or at least your picture. It¬†also looks more¬†professional for¬†your blog if readers don’t have to guess when you will post and rather know approximately when you will be.
  5. Improvement
    1. Finally, improvement. I put this last because it isn’t really necessary, but I think that the very very best blogs that I follow have dramatic signs of improvement from their original content. I’m talking big names such as Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl or Chriselle Lim of Chriselle Factor. These people started off as simply fashion bloggers, people just like us looking to do something as a hobby or pursue a passion of theirs, but because they constantly sought to¬†put their whole hearts into it, deliver the best all around quality, they have become the big names that they are (given quite a bit of luck as well). For example,¬†I read an interview about Gary Pepper Girl and how she used to put money towards traveling to crazy places just so that she could find a good photography spot. Now, I look at her work and gasp at every article of clothing she wears and read eagerly every editorial she puts up. She has been invited to Cannes, is on the best of Forbes in Asia, and has shot with many magazines including Vogue.¬†In short, if you want a so-called “successful” blog, don’t just settle for what you have – always think about improving¬†your blog – maybe for yourself, but also for your readers because I think they deserve it for their faithfulness and trust in you and your work as a blogger. This improvement doesn’t have to be as dramatic as Nicole Warne’s but can be achieved through small things such as photo quality or consistency in posting or presence and things like that. It just takes one small step for a more successful blog! ūüôā

Easter musings, new beginnings

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Last Easter feels so close. I remember exactly what I wore. What my family wore, what my friends wore … actually that’s probably because there are tons and tons of pictures from that day ūüėõ But it still feels surreal that a year has passed and so much has changed yet remembering 365 days back genuinely does not feel that difficult to do.

Have I changed as a person? As a Christian? Have I grown in faith? Have I grown in character?

College is supposed to be a transformative experience as a religious person. You’re supposed to find the perfect bible study, a tight-knit fellowship, Christian friends.. but that has not been the case for me. I have found it increasingly difficult to go to fellowship, people I dislike in my bible study, and the general feeling of isolation¬†among the few Christians they are on campus. In fact, I have even begun thinking of Christianity mainly in relation to worldly things such as sin or temptation and friendships and good deeds, nothing related to a relationship with God at all.

I think in this way that God is challenging me and I know that I am failing.

This spring break I went back home and there were primarily two things that really make me hopeful for the rest of the year and going into summer and sophomore year. One was that my brother for his baptism had gotten this Life NIV study bible. I opened it and was blown away by immediate resolution to read all of it. Easier said than done of course, but when I am done with school, I believe that’s what I’m going to do. I needed God to spark this sudden fire in me for the Bible and hopefully it’ll be a way for me to understand on a deeper level His purpose for me and the ways in which He works. The second thing was that on Easter Sunday, my church finally decided to start construction for an expansion of the building that has not been done for over thirty years. The picture is above, but we all wore hard hats and carried shovels and got super cutesy excited about the “ground breaking.” I am reminded of God’s constant renewals – His forgiveness of our sins every day,¬†¬†the way He opens doors, the start of new beginnings. ¬†Happy Easter. He is Risen.

 

 

 

 

Anniversary!

A couple days ago was the anniversary of my blog. I started my blog September 2013 and I am quite surprised that I am still continuing it. It originally started as a place for me to just express myself and to really just write for myself. However, on a whim, I decided to leave it public and encouraged browser searches because I wanted to know if someone would actually read my blog. The thought that one individual beside myself was wondering about the author, had the thought of me on their mind, even for just a second as they scrolled was astounding and mind blowing and not deterring at all (which varies a lot with types of people, I know).

A year later, my blog is still a place for me to express myself and to write for myself simply because all of my followers, or at least most of my followers, don’t know me at all! They may know things about me, my appearance or my style of writing, or the things I do, but they don’t know know me (if that makes sense). Therefore, everything that is expressed… well it doesn’t matter too much that they know because they can’t actually affect me emotionally, I suppose. At the same time, this blog has become something greater. It has been a place for me to share the things that I have never before shared – fashion, deep thoughts, style, pinterests of my favorite food, my love for watercolor. It has also become a place where I can try and encourage all those around me… to bring some sort of guidance and my own perspective on the world.

I realize now that my blog can be used for greater purposes than just my own personal thoughts. I hope to continue this effort of reaching out to people all over the world, so that they may laugh with me and cry with me, understand my thoughts, support the passionate organizations I support, or just bring to them a lovely, interesting article to read.

Here’s an interesting progression of how things have gone. Still really surprised as to why I suddenly got so many views in the last month on my blog, but that’s okay, I wont’ question it and just accept it and use it. Happy anniversary to me ūüôā

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trying to blog more for myself
a lot of times, i forget what i actually made this blog for
and i realize now that although i can pursue my passions on here, whether religion or fashion or random interests of mine
one of the most important things i can use this blog of mine for is for a full on inspection of my own self my own feelings my own daily activities that i can look back on with regret or happiness surprise or reflection

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