Before the Paparazzi – Denise from Pink Postcard

First, I want to give a heads up about the giveaway that is coming tomorrow – see the bottom of yesterday’s post!
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This week’s guest for the series, “Before the Paparazzi,” is Denise from the blog Pink Postcard.  I met Denise not long after starting my blog.  She was so kind and patient with all of my questions.  I’ll never forget how much she helped me feel like I had a handle on how blogs worked.   I’m excited to have her here today sharing with all of you.  Take it away Denise.
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Hi there! I want to say thank you so much, Kristy, for the privilege to guest post here today! I met Kristy earlier this year, and she is one of the nicest people I have encountered here in blogland. She is super talented, and is already an old pro at blogging! :)
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My name is Denise, and my blog is called PinkPostcard. I started blogging last July after many months of trying to figure out a way to connect with other creative souls who had the same interest in the things I loved. My sister in laws encouraged me to start a website, which seemed daunting. But then I discovered blogging as an easy way to start, and I was hooked fast! I didn’t even know this world of other decor mamas existed!
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My blog chronicles my home projects, furniture refinishing and vintage finds, and a few recipes and gardening tips thrown in.
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Tips and Tricks:
Your most valuable blog real estate is to the left and top of your blog. People read from left to right, top to bottom, so put whatever it is you want people to see first in those spots!

Don’t be afraid to ask people how they did something when it comes to blogging. A nd never say “it’s too hard, I’m too technically challenged….” I’ve found that the majority of bloggers are more than willing to direct you to a site to help with technical stuff, or tell you how they did it. It saves you a lot of time and grief instead of suffering in silence. ;)

Take good photos. Look at magazines, blogs you admire, and see how they are photographing their items. You will gain alot more interest this way. I don’t have a fancy, expensive camera, but I’ve learned to take lots of photos for one post and to use the best natural light at the best time of day.
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Taking photos of things from different angles is great too. Show your reader as if they were standing in your room looking at it from different angles. Want proof that you don’t need a high end camera to take great photos? Check out my friend Courtney from French Country Cottage.   All of her photos are taken on her iPhone!


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What advice would you give to newbies?
Try not to get discouraged. There are some bloggers who take off like the space shuttle Discovery, and others of us who really have to work at being noticed. I wrote a post on my own feelings about this earlier this year. Remember, there are MILLIONS of blogs out there! I’m grateful for each and every person who has discovered me in the vast blogosphere! It’s a miracle! Some of my blog friends who have grown steadily and gained a large following have really worked hard at it, and put a lot of time into it. They also post frequently (3-5 days a week) and put their best work on display. Sometimes it can be hard to balance regular life, projects, and networking, but don’t give up. Just do your best, and be you! Most weeks I only get 3 posts in, but I am aiming to do more in the future.
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What do you think readers most like to read about?
Hands down, before and after posts!   Everyone loves to see a makeover.   It can be the simplest of transformations, but everyone loves it.   The best bit of advice I got in the last few months was to do the before and after together.   Sounds silly, but I had a few posts in the beginning where I was so excited about an item or a new project, that I would post the before as the post for the day. *yawn* Not much interest there.   But when I posted the beginning and the end together, much more love came my way!   Nobody is too interested in seeing a crummy, messy room, or a dilapidated piece of furniture.   And then wait for X amount of time for you to finish it!
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I see lots of new bloggers who do this, and I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot (as I was!) Also, put the ‘after’ picture as your first photo in your post. It’s what shows up first in your dashboard reader- where everyone is signing in to see what they want to check out at a glance- your shiny new project draws them in.   Not the ‘not so great’ before shot!
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Thanks again, Kristy, for including me in your series! I’m so excited!

Thank you, Denise.  Be sure to visit her blog.  If you enjoyed this post and want to learn more from other bloggers, be sure to read other posts in the series or to go to Type A Decorating, as she is hosting the same series on her blog, but with different guests.
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6 Comments :

  1. Great tips and I love those shelves. Can’t wait to check out her blog.

  2. I really enjoyed this post! As a new blogger, it is so helpful to see these great tips. I really liked the tips about the photography- I too have an inexpensive camera so this was great. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. I need all the help in the photography department! Great tips!

  4. great tips, denise! and thanks for leaving me wanting a cupcake rather than my lunch! :)

  5. Thanks for the useful tips…
    I love it when there are blog guest posting,
    it reenforces my belief that blogging promotes friendship and sharing of information.

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