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Courtney of The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch Blog

What’s your blog name?

The Finishing Touch

Where do you live?

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tell us more about you and your blog

I started my blog as a creative outlet from my day job. I felt like I wasn’t using my degree (marketing) and that I had no experience in that arena and wanted it desperately. Personally, I love writing and fashion and I thought it would be a fun way to mix the two and give me the creativity I was longing for. I never expected it would grow into what it has or produce the results both in my career, online and in my personal life. I am constantly playing with ways to grow and be better with my blog.

What people don’t realize about blogging is…

     how much time and energy goes into even the simplest of things.

What are 3 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

  1. How much time, energy, and money it would take.
  2. That there are several amazing groups and people are out there to help get you started (I did it on my own for the most part).
  3. How to use the platforms you already have to grow your blog and to take advantage of them. Personally, I did not, I started from scratch and felt like I was playing catch up.

What’s been your most memorable moment as a blogger?

Attending NYFW – Blogging has given me so many friends and opportunities I never would have had and NYFW was a big one!

Give us your best tip for maintaining a blog work/life balance

Make a weekly schedule for your blog including times for engaging, groups, and plan content in advance. Then stick to it. Don’t find yourself spending every free second doing blog things because then you will burn yourself out or produce content you later aren’t as proud of.

Instagram or Twitter?

Instagram

Books or Podcasts? Tell us your favorite.

I love love both. I read like it is my job! For Podcast I love Up and Vanished. I could binge listen all day!

Coffee or tea?

Tea

What is your guilty pleasure?

Eating Mexican Food and watching Sex in the City or The Challenge on MTV

What’s one product you can’t live without?

Either a Book or a Camera – I love reading it helps to calm me down and ground me. I also love capturing moments in my life rather for the blog or personal.

What’s your most memorable trip or vacation?

A couple of years ago, I took a trip to Mexico with my parents. I have always wanted to scuba dive but never had anyone to go with me. I finally decided I would go alone and get certified to dive. It was one of the biggest growing moments in my life and has turned into a passion that I wouldn’t imagine not having experienced.

What’s been your favorite post you’ve worked on?

One of my favorite posts was actually a guest post but it was one of my first big blog posts.  It helped me relive all of the awesome memories from past trips. 

We love our apps, which ones do you swear by for your business?

Lightroom! I LOVE it!

Who do you love to follow on social media?

Kathleen Barnes from Carrie Bradshaw Lied

What’s been your favorite part of being a member of The Blog Societies?

My favorite memory was meeting everyone including a couple of girls who I have always loved following at the conference. Everyone was so nice and it was amazing to see the community that it brought together.

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