TALKIN SPONSORSHIP

Last Saturday was Blog Brunch - huzzah! - and we were talking alllll about sponsorship. What a hot blog topic, wouldn't ya say? I noticed there seemed to be some strong opinions about it... some feel accepting money from a sponsor can seem "spammy" or like you're selling out or you're bothering and even deceiving your readers with insincere content for the sake of getting those dollaz.

Whoa, friends! While that can be the case, I'm here to say once and for all that sponsorship is not the enemy. If everyone follows the, I'd say, #1 rule of blogging: only blog about what you love, then we'll avoid this whole negative side of sponsorship altogether. It's simple really: never sacrifice your voice, your brand, or your blog design and only work with brands and sponsors you truly love and believe in. Just like dating - you know if you like the guy within 5 minutes (or 30 seconds if you're like me and unusually decisive when it comes to love). If a brand or sponsor approaches you and you don't feel attracted right away (if you don't say HELL YES!) then send them on their way. Period. No regretsies. You'll be glad you said no and so will your readers.

Clearly we all blog because we LOVE it. There's no get-rich-quick scheme and it takes lots of time and dedication to build up a blog. So of course we should get paid! Be proud of what you're putting out there and all the hard work you're doing... and if you can get paid to do what you love? Ain't no shame in that game.

Plus sponsorship done right can enhance your blog. One rock star blogger who always fits sponsorship in seamlessly with her content is miss Bri Emery of designlovefest... this post was pretty rad (and notice it's in partnership with smartwater... this girl is so clever). At times when I'm a little unsure of how to incorporate a sponsor in a unique way, I just ask myself: What would Bri Emery do? So cheesy, right?? But that's what I do... and it totally makes me think outside the box. There aren't any rules to blogging, so let's get creative with our sponsorships huh? Push yourself and HAVE FUN, most importantly.

Were you at Blog Brunch? How do you feel about sponsorship?

PSST - I started a blog happiness project and September is collaboration month. If you're interested in a collaboration or sponsorship, holla at your girl: artsocialonline@gmail.com

 

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Blogshop Was Glorious

I think the life of my blogging is now divided into B.B. and A.B. - Before Blogshop and After Blogshop.

I think the most important lessons I took away from this two-day Photoshop learning-athon were not actually Photoshop related at all. Sure, I learned a ton of new practical skills that you will see all ova this here blog. But I think one of the most important lessons I learned was about creativity.

One of the first pages in the blogshop "textbook" includes a quote from Ira Glass. It's so spot on for anyone who's starting a blog - or any creative endeavor really - I had to share it here. It's long, but oh so worth it:

"nobody tells this to people who are beginners. i wish someone had told me. all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. but there is this gap. for the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. it's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. but your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. and your taste is why your work disappoints you. a lot of people never get past this phase; they quit. most people i know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. we know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. we all go through this. and if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know that it's normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece. it's only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. and i took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone i've ever met. it's gonna take awhile. it's normal to take awhile. you just gotta fight your way through." - Ira Glass

I'll admit, I'm still finding my blogging voice... but I won't give up, I'll keep going until my work is as good as my ambitions.

Oh and I learned how to do this! (the animated gif, not the dance)

Top images found here; typing image found here; awesome gif photos taken during blogshop by the amazingly talented Angela.

1 Day Until Blogshop

The time has come, friends! I'm off to Seattle. I can't wait to tell you all about the two day party/learn-fest that is Blogshop. And after Blogshop, I'll have a whole week of relaxin' with the boyfriend in Seattle-town. MUCH NEEDED. See you when I get back, dear readers! Oh who am I kidding, I'll be blogging from Seattle.

And I'll probably be posting pics like this to Instagram... and other cramazing things.

Image by Olivia Larrain Heiremans. Found via Miss Moss.

6 Days Until Blogshop

Blogshop is happening within the week, guys. My excitement is almost too much to handle. I can't wait to get out there and learn me some Photoshop from Bri & Angela!!

Did I mention this will be my first visit to Seattle too?? Double hooray! Kate sent me this amazing Seattle guide from Design*Sponge. Seriously I'm printing this and bringing it with me. It's like my very own, way cooler version of a Rick Steves travel book...

Image found here.

Why am I doing this, you ask? Let's start at the beginning...