Presenting… My Blogger Life. I am a lot of things. Blogging expert wouldn’t be high up on that list of things I consider myself. This is probably why this newest blog series of mine has been on the back burner for months now.
Despite not classifying myself as an expert, I can admit to being someone with some knowledge on the subject of blogging. Based on this knowledge, coupled with personal experience, I definitely form a semi-coherent opinion when asked for advice. And I’ve noticed that my advice has been quite sought after these past few months. I always give it readily. However, with the caveat that I am not an expert, so they should take my advice with a grain of salt.
Usually this gets a laugh or a “Girl, bye!“. But recently I got a response that was the kick in the butt I needed to launch this blog series.
“You don’t give yourself enough credit.”. I’ve been told some variation of this for years from strangers and family. But reading it this day in text format broke the resistance I had been feeling. I was ready to start writing about blogging and my advice on how to get started.
So How Did You Get Started?!?!?
It all began for me with the name. AudreyCan. I discussed this in greater detail in my first blog post, but I wanted this blog to be a greater extension of myself than my previous blog. With the name, I had an idea of what I wanted the logo for the blog to look like. Because I enjoy designing, I set out to create the first draft of the logo, and went to one source to find inspiration. Pinterest.
Yes, Pinterest. In fact, a lot of my initial steps in creating this blog involved Pinterest. Searching through Pinterest, I was first able to find the color scheme I wanted to incorporate, as well as the perfect font for my logo. The logo you see today is vastly different, but you can definitely see the genesis.
Once I had the logo and the color scheme, I set out to find a designer. I checked out blogs I followed and read regularly to see who designed their blogs. One design in particular always caught my eye, so I reached out to the good folks at Squeesome to do the design for my blog. I will never regret this decision, because I loved working with them, and I found their approach to collaborating for the design refreshing. Why? Because they used Pinterest!!!
Again With The Pinterest?!?
Seriously! They asked me to set up a private Pinterest board, accessible only to myself and them. In that board, I would pin the elements I wanted my overall blog design to have. This is a much better method than attempting to articulate your thoughts. The board element was also helpful, because it prevented me from doing the most, which would have resulted in an entirely different looking blog.
I had a very simple idea for the color scheme and the overall aesthetic for this blog. Brooklyn Boho with a bit of Bollywood thrown in. Having the Pinterest board allowed myself (and ultimately the designers at Squeesome) to sort through ALL THE EXTRA to find the elements to make the design you see on my blog today. And I am still head over heels in love with how my blog looks. I started singing Afro Circus from Madagascar 3, and I consider it to be the unofficial theme song to AudreyCan.com! LOL
So How Do I Get Started?!?!
1. Create a private Pinterest board that only you can see. Once you’ve found a designer, invite them to view and access the board.
2. Add screenshots of other blogs that have designs similar to the one you want. In the caption, write exactly what element you admire.
3. Search Pinterest for their massive design element pins like color layouts, fonts, etc. Pin those to your board as well.
4. Work with your designer to make sure the finished design is one that you’re 100% happy with. Trust that they want to help you visualize your ideas.
5. Create a separate blogging board dedicated to ideas and articles and other blog posts about the business of blogging. Check out my pinterest board for an example.
Pinterest is a great place to get fashion inspiration, exercise tips and yummy food recipes. It’s also a fantastic free tool you can use to compile your ideas when getting started with your blog.