Branding part one; a blog –resources and tips

 

A name, a niche and blog colours. These are all branding choices. There is so much to do when you start a blog. When I first started mine I was already okay with it looking “reasonable”. As my plans grew and my knowledge as well I started to realise that branding is an important part of a business.

Branding is what will make you stand out in the sea of blogs out there. It might also give more of a guide as to what to do with your business.

Obviously, I’m not an expert. I’m sharing what I have learned from experience and what my brand stands for and how it developed. I share my favourite resources and how I overcame some obstacles.

I hope that it helps people who feel overwhelmed by the idea of branding or who are not sure what branding means.

 

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How to deal with deadlines as a Creative Entrepreneur

Deadlines; good or bad for you as a Creative Entrepreneur.

As some of you might know I only have one year to prove that I can start a business online. This creates a sense of urgency in my business plans at all times. So today I thought I could talk about if a sense of urgency is useful in business. If creating deadlines and such would be useful.

As a creative entrepreneur starting my own business, I also make my own schedule and that means part of my own deadlines.  This got me thinking about the use of deadlines and such.

Personally I think there are two kinds of people in this world. The ones that work great with deadlines and who need the extra push. Some, however, just get very stressed and start to scramble around.

These are my views and findings on how to handle them.

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10 great ideas for blogging photos when nothing fits the theme

You know those posts that don’t seem to have any relate-able photos or where you can’t seem to find anything fitting. Some posts you just know what to put with. Are you talking about your favourite lipstick, surely you will include a photo of it? But some blog posts are not so easy to capture.

Since the visual aspects of blog posts keep being more and more important, having some nice pictures is one of the easiest ways to accomplish just that.

I have 10 blog post photo ideas for when you have no idea so you can still make your posts look beautiful.

1. Nature up close

One of my favorite kind of shots. Nature up close can look so different than when you look at an entire forest or something.

Shots like this are so easy to make since you can take everything from the houseplant to the local park.

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These can be great for any blog post since you can really make the mood anyway you want. You can make soft pink flowers, for example, for a personal blog post.

2. Landscape

If you are out there anyway then why not take some nice landscape shots as well. You can use them for motivational posts or travel. The mood can change with the season so if you find a good spot you can always come back for different weather or light.

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3. Stationary

Almost every blogger uses these. They are great for when you talk about blogging, business, or motivation. Just gather your favorite stationary, and make a nice setup. Shots from above are so popular and so easy to put together. The more stationery you have the more kind of picture you can make.

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Also trying a new background can really change your shots.

4. Get creative

Who doesn’t love drawing painting or any other craft? You can also make some very beautiful shots while working on your craft and later use them for blog posts. Maybe for a metaphor on creating.

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5. Glitter and lights

I love glitters! I love lights. A room full of candles or fairy lights looks magical to me. Glitter and lights really can make beautiful pictures for decorating a blog post with. Since they can be so natural I think these are ideal for when you really have nothing. Just take out the Christmas lights, light some candles or spread you favorite colours of glitter out on the table and you have a beautiful shot.

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6. Foods and drinks

I think food and drinks are a great universal picture. Coffee & tea can make great photos for serious posts or personal chats. You can illustrate you summer stories with lemonade.

Cakes, cookies and candies come in every colour and there is probably always one that fits your blog.

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7. Trinkets

If you are a messy person like me you probably have these all over the house. So I thought we could also use them a little more the just letting them get all dusty. I love making shots of jewelry or use of my old toys to make a cute shot.

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You can really make these exactly like you want and photograph all the things you ever bought.

8. Home decor or your office

Instead of just shooting one trinket you can also shoot an entire bookshelf. Home decoration pictures are not very hard since you can just photography what is already there.  These are great for talking about homely days or anything that you want to have a comfortable feel. Another very popular shot is your workspace.

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9. Self-shoot

Show a little self-love or show a little of yourself to your readers. Just grab your camera and maybe a friend and go outside! (or stay in really it is all up to you!)

Images which include human tend to get more interaction on the interwebs!

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10. Anything really!

From the window to the wall. You can really do anything.

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Let me know which kind of photos you like most! 

Favourite blog posts; A short round up!

I read a lot of blogs and I follow a lot of people! A lot of them share amazing content. Reading so much every day can get a little overwhelming but I still find some blog posts that are my favourite in a long time.

I decided to make a short one for today. I have an insane week with finally getting back to painting and drawing and do volunteers work. I’m also kind of sure that I’m having a slight cold. So overall this week was not my best and so I wanted to keep this simple.

~ I don’t use stock photos on my blog all that often but I do think it is amazing to learn from or as a reference;

12 sources for free Stock photo’s  by Thelifestylemarketer

~ I still need to update my about page but I have already found 2 amazing blog posts as a guideline

How to write an amazing about page by the autumsleaveblog

How to write a killer about age + worksheets by the Nectarcollective

~ A little article on how to be a more efficient/productive blogger

25 tips to become a more productive blogger by blogclarity

~ And just a little bit of self-promotion for this weeks blog posts!

My 10 favourite motivational quotes

My 3 favourite blogging tools at the moment

I also love reading all other blogs so do link me your blog posts in the comments or just the ones you like to read at the moment!

My 10 favourite motivational quotes

I have a special love for motivational quotes. I think they are wonderful and they work for me! That is why I keep several lists of quotes that I really like and I keep adding new ones.

Every Creative Entrepreneur gets a little discouraged sometimes. Since motivation is something everybody loves to have I thought I’d share my favourites quotes that keep me going here. Some of them are very long and some of them are straight to the point.

Encouragement and inspiration are two of my main feelings after reading these. I hope they do the same for you!

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