When it comes to blogging I’ve learned a lot over the years. While I thoroughly enjoy the art of blogging, it’s no secret it takes a lot to be taken seriously as a blogger. It’s all fun and games until you actually realize that this blogging thing you’re doing can actual become a career. I’ve had that thought several times and I’ve finally stepped up and started taking blogging seriously. I mean think about it – blogging
and all that comes with it takes time. Why not take it seriously by helping people along the way and possibly make money while doing it? If you’re in the same boat, this post is right on time for you! Check out the 5 blogging must haves needed to be taken seriously as a blogger.
1. Professional Headshots. These are a must! Professional headshots are great to have for several reasons. If you’re being featured on other sites and need a photo to accompany your feature, use that headshot! Planning to present at an event or do you want to create an event flyer/announcement? Use the headshot. It’s also nice to have a these to accompany your About Me section. You can also use the shot for your social media pages; it makes for a professional look and it’s good to have consistency when building your brand. I used Maryland based photographer Ruby Ella for my current headshots. If your budget doesn’t allow a professional photographer, be sure the photo you use as a headshot is clear, the background of the photo is free of clutter, and it shows the best you!
2. Long and Short Bio. I’ve been asked several times for a bio and as of this year, I’m happy to say that I have 2 on deck! I use one bio for my blog ventures and the other when I’m asked to be a judge for various pageants. It’s nice to have 2 to pick from because there maybe times you’re asked for a few facts about yourself. In that case, go with the shorter bio. If you’re asked for a full bio, the longer one is the way to go. Yes, they may chop it up and use what they want. It’s all good; you gave them what they asked for. Be sure to keep your bios(s) updated also. Just like a resume, read over and add (or take out) certain information to keep things relevant.
3. Reliable Camera. If the bulk of your posts include pictures, a reliable camera is a necessity. It does not have to be the most expensive camera on the market and you don’t have to be a genius to learn how to use it. Use your resources; head to YouTube and search for “how to” videos. If you have a Nikon or Cannon and don’t know how to start using it, they’ve got a video for that. You can also ask around to see if your peers can give you a few tips and pointers on how to use the camera. Knowing the basic functions is really all you need; you can figure out the rest as you go along.
4. Clean and Simple Website. I’ve always been a fan of simple websites. The easier is it for me to navigate the more I’ll come back. There are tons of free templates out there. I actually used one before I hired Her Name is Kim. It was nice to look at, no fuss, and it was a breeze to add posts. If you’re not into the DIY themes and whatnot, hire a designer. Again, do your research before hiring. Ask around, visit their websites, look at the prices and figure out what it is you really want. Do you need a grandiose site with all the bells and whistles or do you want to go the simpler route? Let the designer know. Don’t be scared to ask for what you want. In the end they’ll appreciate it. When hiring a professional remember this is their craft and more than likely, their livelihood. It may cost more than you expected but in the end, you get what you pay for. If you’re serious about growing your brand do your research and save up.
5. Business Cards. Your business card is your mini resume. The information on the card should be accurate and spelled correctly. Don’t go too crazy with the font choice either. The easier it is to read and understand the better. Don’t be scared to add your headshot on the card. Including this is a really good way to set you apart. Another way to make your card stand out from the crowd? Create vertical business cards, upgrade to a thicker paper quality, or add a quote/(short) mission statement. Try not to clutter the card and don’t forget you can always order double sided cards.
So tell me, what do you think about these basic blogging must haves? What do you have to add? Let me know!
As always thanks for reading! If you have any questions or tips, leave them below or feel free to contact me. I look forward to adding more blogging content in the future, so I hope you’re excited! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!
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