What’s your blog name?
Where did the name come from?
The name, Peachfully Chic, is a portmanteau — the blending of words — of “Peach” to represent Allie’s Georgia roots and southern hospitality, “fully” to remind us all to embrace life’s positive moments in their entirety, and “Chic” to represent a stylish & tasteful lifestyle.
Where do you live?
Tell us more about you and your blog
Peachfully Chic was established in 2014 to serve as a creative outlet for Allie. Her focus is to curate tips and tricks for the best experiences and adventures all over the world. From travel, entertaining and decor, to style, dining and blogging – Peachfully Chic covers inspiring yet relatable content for the modern woman.
What people don’t realize about blogging is…
That it’s so much more than just posting a photo on social media and getting free swag. For those that take it seriously, there’s an incredible amount of work that goes into blogging. From writing, photographing, editing, planning, communication. The list goes on. People don’t see the late nights that dedicated bloggers commit to. I firmly believe that you get out of blogging is a direct reflection of the effort you put in. It’s 100% worth it and rewarding for me, but it’s a lot of hard work too!
What are 3 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
- I wish I knew how incredibly supportive bloggers can be. I waited about 6 months before sharing my blog and connecting with other bloggers because I wanted to establish my website before sharing it with the world. I lucked out and found a great network of like-minded fellow bloggers that constantly lift me up, share best practices, and are great sounding boards through this adventure. It’s kind of like a secret community I had no idea existed and would have been so helpful in the early stages!
- I wish I had started sooner! I’ve never met a single blogger who says they wish they had waited to start their blog. I love the quote, “ONE DAY -or- DAY ONE.” I would tell myself, “Stop waiting until one day when everything is perfect (hint: it’s never going to be perfect), and make today day one of your new adventure!”
- I wish I had backed up my computer more often. I made it a best practice to back up my site on a regular basis, but not my computer. I was often lax to save a back up of my work outside of my computer hard drive. So when my computer was stolen and I didn’t have a backup, I lost about 8 months worth of resources for the blog (and personal memories too). Yes, I still had everything on my site, but I couldn’t reference the original photos, videos, forms and other files if I ever wanted to circle back and refresh content or reuse anything. I can’t tell you how devastating it was to lose so much hard work. Lesson learned: Back up all your work on a regular weekly or monthly cadence (that includes your blog/website and computer hard drive).
What’s been your most memorable moment as a blogger?
I would have to say that spending an incredible mother-daughter weekend in Savannah highlighting places to stay, things to do, and places to eat was my favorite blogging memory. Blogging inspires me to capture memories and do more on vacation so I can share favorite recommendations with my readers. Bonus that I got to share this trip with my mom. It was the first time she was able to see how much work I put into blogging but also how much fun it is!
Give us your best tip for maintaining a blog work/life balance
Use a to-do list or a calendar. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, but if you have a list or editorial calendar then you can prioritize your blog work and everything else. Anytime I’m feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate, I just reference my calendar and make a to-do list so that I don’t have to keep thinking about it. Plus, crossing something off a list is so satisfying!
Instagram or Twitter?
Books or Podcasts? Tell us your favorite.
Books for home and the beach life, and podcasts for road trips! I still love the book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It’s a great read about friendship.
Coffee or tea?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What’s one product you can’t live without?
Vanicream Skin Moisturizer
What’s been your favorite post you’ve worked on?
It’s a work in progress, but I’m very excited about the new Peachfully Chic Travel Guides that I’ve been rolling out on the blog over the last few months. I’ve still got a few more roundups to add to this format, but I’m pulling together all my favorite travel destinations into one place and giving more details and insider’s tips on each featured destination. It’s been a TON of work figuring out layouts, formatting, writing and other details, but I’m thrilled with how it’s turned out so far! I hope it will make it easier for readers to find travel tips as they plan their next adventure! We love our apps, which ones do you swear by for your business?
What’s your favorite blogging app or tool to help your business?
NOTES. It’s not sexy or innovative, but I take a ton of notes for the blog on my phone and this app helps keep me sane. Plus, I can always start writing a blog post here on the fly and share it easily to my computer at a later time to finish writing.
What’s been your favorite part of being a member of The Blog Societies?
I met some of my favorite bloggers who have now become close friends through The Blog Societies!