Blog Series: #YouBlogYou Volume 3

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  1. How do you classify your blog? In what category does it fall in?

I will be focusing on beauty blogs as time goes by but right now I post mostly about anything that comes in my mind, so it’s a lifestyle blog.

  1. What is the title of your blog? Share with us too what’s the story behind it.

I was thinking of a different blog name instead of my own name, but I still ended up using my name because I think my personality shows all over my blog.

  1. How did you come up with the design of your blog? Tell us if it’s a free/purchased template or someone you know made it for you.

My blog template is called Button, it’s free from WordPress.com and I choose it because it’s cute, has detailed accents, featured images and a soft color palette.

  1. If you own a domain, where did you purchase it? If you don’t have one yet, what’s preventing you from getting one?

I don’t have my own domain yet, but I will be getting one next year. I want to figure out my whole blogging plans first before putting money into it. I’m thinking of whether or not will I really pursue it as a business for profit or just a hobby.

  1. Where do you host your blog? Which platform? (Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr, etc) Are you planning to move to another platform/host? Why or why not?

I haven’t tried any blogging platform other than WordPress, but I believe I’m in a good platform base on many good reviews I’ve read about WordPress. But I must admit that it can be costly to host a blog with them.

  1. How often do you check your blog statistics?

I check my blog statistics everyday when I check my email and blog notifications.

  1. Do you think having a good and fast-loading template affects the traffic on your site?

Yes. Because when it doesn’t load fast you’ll be eating your reader’s interest and time, instead of exciting them…

  1. Do you use other sites, software or apps to schedule and post your blog posts? If yes, care to share it with us? If none, simply tell us how you share your posts.

I use Microsoft Excel to jot down my blogging plans for the month and when I’m done finalizing my draft, I move it to scheduled post using WordPress’s tool.

  1. How do you think you earn blog post comments or blog shares?

I think I earn from marketing the blog post on all of my social media accounts ones it goes live. Another thing would be from bloggers with same interest and niche.

  1. Aside from the activities mentioned above (blog post sharing & comments), what other efforts can help increase a blog’s statistics?

I believe that posting blogs twice a week can somehow help your SEO ranking.

  1. Check your blog statistics and tell us either what you think helped you attain that number of views or what do you think you could have done to increase it?

Most of my views came from WordPress Reader and the next one came from search engines, lastly would be from social media accounts. I think I used the appropriate tags and keywords that’s why I somehow gained a reasonable amount of views.

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Blog Series: #YouBlogYou Volume Two

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  1. In your opinion, how important is it to produce good photographs for blogs?

I love art and photography, so in my opinion, it is important to create good photographs that will capture and please the eyes of the people who’s going to see it. Besides, you’re already taking pictures, why not try to capture it in a way that it’s true beauty will show. A little effort will surely be appreciated by those who will see it even if you’re not a photographer.

  1. What gadgets do you use to take photos? You can name more than one.

I use my Sony cyber shot camera DSC-W730 to take pictures most of the time.

  1. For how long do you own those gadgets?

I can’t remember anymore but I think I bought it 2 years ago…

  1. Will you recommend those gadgets to your fellow bloggers? Why or why not?

I would recommend it because it has different settings depending on the scene that you’re going to shoot.  It has auto settings if you’re going to shoot your pet animals, for food, landscape and more…

  1. Do you use any other application to edit or add filters in your photos? If yes, could you share it with us?

Yes. I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to brighten up the images that I take using my digital camera. 

  1. Who usually takes your photos aside from yourself, especially on OOTD shots? Show gratitude by mentioning them here.

My very supportive boyfriend loves photography as much as I do, he’s the one who always takes pictures of me and comments on the images that I take myself. He’s a very honest critic and helps me a lot.

  1. Aside from the camera, what accessories (or props) do you use to take photos? Ex: tripod, flowers, makeup, etc.

I usually take photos on a white background so I can cut, crop and edit it on a much more lively colored background design of my choice easier. I don’t have a tripod or other photography accessories besides a white cardboard that serves as my background for flat lays, but I will be buying a DSLR camera soon now that I’m growing fond of taking pictures.

  1. How do you come up with your photos? Do you research first how you should pose, how the products should be presented or it just goes naturally?

Sometimes I do my research, but most of the time I just try different angles while shooting, and then choose the best shot when I transferred the files to my laptop. It won’t hurt to take time to do some research before you take a photo and share it to the world.

  1. Do you have gadget you wish to receive this Christmas? What and why?

Christmas is over but next year I’m planning to purchase a DSLR camera to improve my photography skills.

  1. Do you have an Instagram feed or blogger, you look up who produces great photos? Share them with us!

When I’m on Instagram I use hash tags to look up photos, because in that way it is easier for me to find images that will match the idea I have in mind. If I only follow one feed I won’t be able to have the chance to see others point of view when it comes to photography. It would seem like my compositions are patterned to only one perspective and from only one person.

  1. Share three (3) photography tips to newbie bloggers.
  • If you can’t create your own photographs you can search for free stock photos that you can use on your blog.

  • For those newbie bloggers who don’t know how to use editing software there are many free picture editors online that you can use and it is easier to understand.

  • Don’t be afraid to take pictures and share it on your blog even if you’re not a professional photographer. Learn, be confident and be adventurous in taking photographs.

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