Thanks to Jennifer of Earl Grey for helping me kick off this series!
Earl Grey is a crafty design blog and I think that sums it up pretty perfectly. I love seeing new posts on anything from DIY to blog design come up in my bloglovin' feed! Jennifer has recently added posts dedicated to helping people customize their blogs. I actually just watched her Photoshop collage tutorial and it taught me a few shortcuts I hadn't thought of yet!
1. Which post(s) has been your favorite to write?
One of my very favorite posts to write was my Intro to CSS + CSS Cheat Sheet post. I was kind of holding my breath when I published it because I didn’t know if people would be interested in it. It ended up being one of my most popular posts yet and it encouraged me to create more design-related posts.
2. How important is it to have a blog that fits into a certain category?
I think blogs can fit into multiple categories but there should always be an overall focus. If you have a main focus (design, the handmade lifestyle, travel, etc.), it becomes easier to share a variety of topics while keeping a cohesive feel.
3. What is the single best investment you’ve made in your blog?
E-courses! I don't think I can choose just one. In the past few years, I have taken many courses and workshops to learn things about content development, blog customization, and photography. It’s wonderful being able to develop new (and relevant) skills without spending a ton of money. Some courses have been better than others but I have always learned something new that I was able to incorporate into my blog.
4. With all the blogs emerging every day, you think it’s still possible to organically grow a blog?
Yes! I have noticed that with each new blog that is created, another blog withers away. Sometimes I come across fantastic looking blogs and then I see that their last post was from a year ago. It’s really easy to get discouraged and feel like it's taking forever to grow your blog (I feel that way all the time!), but if you stick with it and work towards improving your blog every day, I think you will definitely stand out in the end.
My blog life influences my real life in such a valuable way. Since I’m always looking for inspiration, I feel like I am more aware of what’s around me. It has made me more adventurous and more appreciative of little things like color schemes, patterns, and typography.
Thanks for all the inspiration Jenn!