I’m coming up on 8 years of blogging over at An Indigo Day (previously My Style Vita!) and while I still have more to learn in this ever-changing industry. After all of those years, there’s a few blog tips I swear by. Most of these tips were discovered after disaster experiences, how lucky, right? Lost images, forgetting to shoot something for a brand, or having to go back through months of expenses to find a transaction. You live and you learn and that’s pretty much been my experience with blogging. There wasn’t much to learn from 8 years ago and we just figured it out. So I’m sharing 5 of my
5 Blogging Tips From An Indigo Day
Backup Your Photos!
I do a few things when it comes to photos to not only save them and back them
In addition to having them on
Make A Shot List
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve shot without a shot list and totally forgot important details that needed to be provided to brands. It causes me to spend more time and money on re-shooting. I try to make a
Since I usually schedule only an hour with my photographer, I have to maximize my time and be as efficient as possible. I’ve found this is the best way to do that.
Keep Track Of Revenue & Expenses As They Happen
It’s so easy to say “oh I’ll do that later” or “I’ll work on it monthly” when it comes to recording transactions. However, adding your expenses and income as they happen will keep you from missing transactions. It will also allow tax time to be that much easier. I personally use WAVE to also crosscheck everything I have to make sure it’s been recorded. It imports all of your transactions from cards and bank accounts and you can categorize them and check them off. This is also the platform I use to generate invoices and allow clients/vendors to pay via ACH or credit card.
Keep A Contact List
I like to keep a running spreadsheet of all my contacts. From brands to agencies, it’s nice to have an active list with names, addresses
Use The Editorial Calendar Plugin
I love this plugin because I can visually see my content. In addition to this WordPress plugin, I have a spreadsheet with content ideas and the status of them. For example, are photos shot for a post, but not yet written. Written, but still needs photos. This way I can easily see what’s ready to go, what needs to be worked on and what I want to tackle next. It’s easier than keeping a dozen or so drafts that easily get forgotten about.
Featured image by Hannah Michelle