Category Archives: Blogging

How to Reply to a Brand Collaboration Email | Tips for Bloggers

As bloggers, we’ve all received these. Sometime, five a day, sometimes none. You know what I’m talking about… the infamous and ever ambiguous brand collaboration offer. And now you’re wondering how to reply to a brand collaboration email.

At first, you might feel your stomach drop, because it might be from a brand or company you’ve always wanted to work with as a blogger. And then, after you have read it, you might feel elated. Or, you might feel a pit in your stomach as you wonder what to do when a brand reaches out to you.

I remember the first email from a brand I got. I was so excited until I got to the bottom of the email, and there was still no mention of compensation. Not a free product sample, no gift card, and definitely no cash. You mean to tell me that this Fortune 500 company want me to go out and buy, write about, photograph, and sell my readers their product for free? Of course, I said no to this so-called collaboration offer.

How to Reply to Brand Collaboration Email | Tips for Bloggers

Whether we intend to or not, bloggers post about brands they love all the time. I share what I’m wearing, what beauty products work for me, and how I decorate my home, all of which contain a multitude of products from brands. Most of the time, these brands and companies have no idea who I am. From time to time, I get sent a free product or have the opportunity to work on a paid post, but even more often, collaboration opportunities don’t go anywhere.

Now five years later from the first iteration of this blog post, I think I’ve gathered many tips to help you navigate how to respond to those brand offers, how to tackle the brand inquiries on Instagram and how to reply to collaboration emails instead of just hitting delete.

Ready to respond to brand inquiries with confidence? Read on to learn how to respond to a brand collaboration email!

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Think Style Bloggers Are Perfect? Think Again! // 10 Favorite #OOTD Outtakes from 2018

In the spirit of full disclosure, style blogging is far from perfect. It takes a lot of effort to get that perfect outfit capture that you see on Instagram, or here on the blog. In fact, if you go back into my archives, you’ll see my outfit photos weren’t always so glamorous. (And I’d still argue they aren’t today, but they’ve definitely come a long way!)

I used to be terrified to take photos out in public, so I’d make Dave snap a few photos in the backyard of the condo he used to own. As I got more gutsy, I would shoot right outside the condo complex on the sidewalk that ran along a busy street. When I got really brave, I would sometimes have him take photos of me on side streets and alleyways.

The longer I’ve done this, the more confident and comfortable I feel taking photos in public. Honestly, practice makes perfect. The first few times you will do it you might think everyone is looking at you or judging you. The truth is, that most of the time 1. no one is paying any attention, or 2. they are and end up complimenting your outfit or are just curious! It’s pretty rare that I get any hate, but I’d be lying if I said it never happens. Remember this story about the mean shop owner? I’ve had others, too. But the good honestly far outweighs the bad!

Ok, ok. If you’re here just to see the cringe-worthy photos, I’m getting to it, I promise.

I’ll let you see those and give you a true behind the scenes look at the less-than-glamorous shots that happened las year. In no particular order, here are my favorite outtakes from 2018!

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What No One Told Me About Blogging // A Life Update

Last week something kind of weird happened to me. I talked about it on Instagram, and I was honestly shocked at the number of comments, messages, and overall feedback I got about the whole situation. I want to share a bit more about it today because I feel like I’ve had a hard time being completely transparent lately for a multitude of reasons.

So first off, I should probably address what I think is the elephant in the room: sponsored content.

Photos by Megan of Diary of This Girl Megan

When I started blogging, I had no idea that you could make money from it, or make close to a living on it, unless you were essentially a superstar blogger or celebrity. The truth is, that over the past several months, I’ve seen a steady increase in the amount of paid projects I’ve been offered. I call them projects because often these are things that take hours to carefully plan, come up with an idea or concept, pitch, photograph, write about, send for approval, and then eventually share with the world. Often, these projects have a quick turnaround time, like in a matter of days, not weeks or months.

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7+ Productivity Tips for Bloggers & Creatives to Beat Overwhelm

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by on behalf of the Paper + Packaging Board

If you’re anything like me, you’re easily distracted. Especially when it comes to the things you don’t want to do. I blame it on my creative mind, but more than likely I like to avoid the things that I don’t love to do.

You know what I mean. The things like chores, emails, making phone calls, and scheduling appointments… all things that no one enjoys doing but have to do regardless?

Yep, those things.

But, if there’s anything I’ve learned about juggling life’s tasks, it’s that being productive can be the most valuable skill of all. Especially for those who are in creative industries; whether you’re a blogger, writer, content creator, photographer, designer, or something else. Even those in “non-creative” fields might feel the same. We all live busy lives, juggling family, friends, work, and our interests beyond the office.

For me, productivity has been top of mind in 2018. Overwhelm is quick to set in when you’re juggling two jobs. For me, that’s my full-time gig in the tech industry and blogging. Fortunately, over the past few years, I’ve been able to figure out what helps me as a visual thinker, and what doesn’t. Curious about my tips? Read on!

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