Posts Tagged: Blog Advice
Let me tell you about the moment when I realized that even though my work is incredibly important to me, I need more separation, and I need to be able to shut off sometimes - not just in a half-assed way (where I'm technically playing with my kids but 60% of my brain is devoted to the email I need to remember to send by the end of the day), but all the way.
And I need to do this on purpose, because it doesn't come naturally.
This realization has happened to various degrees many times over the years, but it really happened - like, can't-get-it-out-of-my-head-happened - a little less than a year ago, when I was visiting a Children's Science Museum with Indy and Goldie. They were playing with this massive model of hills and trees and buffalos, and I was half-watching them play and half-checking my text messages because even though I'd taken the afternoon off I still needed (wanted?) to make sure everything was cool work-wise, and suddenly I looked up and realized how photogenic and symmetrical the background was and how great the colors were, and thought, oh hey - I should Instagram this! It's cute! And symmetrical! And those colors!
My son and me on a Sunday morning. This photo was not taken for Ramshackle Glam.
Today's question, from reader MS, comes from the comments under this style post.
I'm curious how you balance the kind of work you do with making time to be in the moment. You mentioned that this was a "date night," but it also has a work component, given the photos and subsequent post. Do you get [these photos] out of the way in the beginning, or save [them] for the end? Do you ever feel like [your work] intrudes [on your life]?
Here is me looking ridiculous while photographing a bag on top of a fire hydrant. #bloggerlife
A couple of weeks ago, I had a reader who's getting her own site up and running email me, asking this (very good, I think) question:
From post 1 to today, what are some of the steps you took to move your work forward?
Photographing holiday cocktails...on my bed. Of course.
(Recipe coming soon!)
Whenever I see bloggers post their beautifully framed shots of food or their jeans arranged just-so against white bedsheets on Instagram or wherever, I like to imagine what the scene *really* looked like when they were shooting it. Especially the food shots, because you know that they're literally standing up on a chair in a restaurant to get that perfect top-down angle - but really: it's interesting to imagine pulling back on just about any photo.
Q. I'm wondering what you've been doing to your photos recently? They look beautiful - I want to call them "whitewashed" but that's because I know nothing about photography at all..? I've noticed the shift on your Instagram and here. Very different vibe lately and I'm curious about the background story and the technical change!
A. Thank you! And I am SO EXCITED that this was noticeable to someone other than me, because it was definitely a conscious decision.
Here's the thing: Regardless of what your job is, I think it's very important to take a minute every so often to step back, try to look at your work from an objective standpoint, and say "Where can I do better?" And when I did that a few weeks ago, a major opportunity that jumped out at me was my Instagram. I love Instagram - it's my most casual, fun outlet, and I was treating it like…well, basically like casual fun. But what I realized is that while it's important to me that I keep having fun with it…it's also a component of my business. And it should be treated like one.
(Not actually Plato, but no matter; this is a good thing to remember.)
Q. What advice would you give someone on how to handle the mean-spirited comments people feel free to fling around [on the Internet]?
Q. Saw your lovely feature on ShopSense. Can you share more business tips you wish you knew before [you started] blogging?
Elizabeth (via Twitter)
A. Oh, yes. The "business of blogging" is one of my all-time favorite subjects. Blogs aren't just businesses, they're big businesses. And if you plan to make your blog your business, you should treat it like one.
Click here for an interview in which I talk my favorite blogging tips, what I wish I'd known when I started out in this field, and a (possibly surprising) thing that I really seriously do not like to do.
And while we're talking Q&As, click here to check out my interview with MomTrends - it's part of their Holiday Gift Guide, which is full of fun ideas (and also contains interviews with Soleil Moon Frye, Rosie Pope and others).
Q. Hey Jordan,
I was wondering if you could give me some advice regarding taking pictures of yourself. I feel pretty self-conscious about it, but I want to be taken seriously as a beauty blogger...[and] I know that if I'm running a beauty blog, people will want visuals when it comes to tutorials, hairstyles, etc.
So do you have any advice about posting/taking flattering photos of yourself? Is there any particular editing software that you use to adjust the photos (and can it get rid of my undereye circles)? And most importantly...how does one get past the period of feeling super awkward and self-conscious posing for photos that will go up on the internet?
Thanks for your help!