Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to my mother, Celine! We had a blast celebrating her this weekend. Last Friday I did a Q and A on Instagram and honestly I have a blast doing them. I had a few follow-up questions that I got afterwards that I wanted to answer, as well as a few questions that I get from readers via email. So without futher ado...
How long have you been blogging for? It's hard to believe but I've been blogging for over three years. It has gone by so quickly and I have loved all of the fun opportunities I have had because of my blog.
I want to start a blog. What should I do? Come up with a name, come up with some topics and start writing. My only suggestion is to think if you really want a blog or if you want to use a different platform. I love blogging because I love to write (even if there are a few typos here and there :)). Some people might prefer to have an Instagram account or Facebook page.
Where is your favorite place to shop? Ha! Any place that is having a sale. I love a good price and usually shop at places that are always having a sale- J.Crew and Banana Republic. People are often surprised that I don't spend a lot of time shopping. And I definitely don't like to spend a lot of time shopping online. I'd rather read a book or write. But one of my favorite stores is Club Monaco. I like their feminine styles and structured pieces.
Why do you share so much of Lillian online/social media? I mostly get this question from other moms who are trying to figure out if they want to share pictures of their children on social media or not. I've always seen my blog as a place to document the fun things happening. One of my parenting philosophies is to respect children the same way I respect adults (truthfully, I try and respect everyone equally) and so I never post photos of her without clothes on or anything embarrassing.
How do you afford all of the nice things you have. I am not offended by this question at all. I think we all do this- wonder how people can afford such nice things. I've been fortunate to have received gifts over the years, purchased a few things when I was a single gal that are timeless, receive gifts from brands, and make money from my blog.
How do you make money from your blog? When I first started blogging this was a question that I got asked all of the time from friends, acquaintances and even strangers. At first, I felt uncomfortable talking about it but I realized that people were genuinely curious about the blogging industry. Like I have mentioned before, the blogging industry has changed so much since I started three years ago. While I am fortunate to make money from a few projects, I am happy that it is not my sole source of income. I have a few clients for my marketing and content creation company, Curran Creative, and make the majority of my income that way.
A few years ago, everyone thought that bloggers made money from online advertisements. That used to be the case, but only if you had very high traffic. Otherwise, it was just cents. Now bloggers make money through affiliate links, which are special coded url links that when you click on them track your purchases and give a referral commission to the blogger. I don't use affiliate links anymore because I would rather share what I like instead of worrying about commissions.
The main way I make money is from sponsored posts. This is when brands pay you to write about their product or service. I try and do no more than 1-2 sponsored post per month. I get emails daily about sponsored posts but truthfully I decline unless I have used the product before and really like it, or the company was started by a female.
How much money do you make on a sponsored post? I wish I could answer that with a specific number but I have signed contracts that disable me from saying. However, I know everyone is curious so I will say that it ranges from a few hundred dollars to a large amount. One post was enough for me to purchase a new handbag I wanted.
How much money do you spend on Lillian's clothes? We are very fortunate to receive beautiful gifts from brands for Lillian and so I actually spend very little on her clothes.
What's your least favorite part about blogging? Hmmm...I don't really have one. I've enjoyed all of the aspects about it- I get to be creative, write, have wonderful experiences, capture great moments and develop new skills like photography. I love how I am always learning.
I know that a lot of bloggers complain about how competitive blogging is and how it's hard to not compare yourselves to others. Truthfully, and I probably sound crazy for saying this, but my mom always raised us to stay in our own lanes, focus on what we were doing and not compare ourselves to anyone else. I've been fortunate to not really care what others think or do and for some reason I'm not a jealous person. I have a happy disposition and don't let what others are doing bother me. I'm grateful that this is just who I am because I have heard of bloggers in tears and feeling bad about themselves.
Where do you see your blog going? I will keep writing it as long as it's fun and safe for our family.
Are you going to have more kids? Are you pregnant now? Ha! I can't tell you how many times I have gotten this question asked of me recently! No, I am not pregnant right now and no, it's not one of those things where I'm lying and in six weeks announce that I'm pregnant. Ha! Jesse and I want to have three kids but we also want them to be not too close and not too far apart.
Everyone thinks because we love Lillian so much that we'll only have one child. But the truth is, the more I fall in love with her the more I want to have another baby soon. She is ready for a sibling but we have a lot of things to take into consideration- our careers, finances, lifestyle, home buying plans, yada, yada, yada.
Since you post so many photos of yourself you think you're really pretty, huh? It's definitely a funny world that we live in where posting photos of yourself standing all alone holding a purse is totally normal and somewhat acceptable. When I first started the blog it was all about shoes and I wanted it to be anonymous. People wanted to know who was behind the perfect 10 shoes so I started posting of myself. People like to have a connection with who's work they are reading. This is going to sound crazy but I've never really cared that much about my appearance. I like to look nice and have my outward appearance reflect how I feel.
You hardly post images of your friends on your blog. Do you have any friends? I love this question! I don't post a lot of photos or content about other people and family because some people don't want to be shown publicly. One friend can't because she's a lawyer and wants to be a judge and has to pretty much keep a very low online profile. I also prefer to be present with friends and family instead of snapping photos.
What would people most surprised to learn about you? My family and friends know this, but I am really just a happy-go-lucky woman who loves the simple life. I've been laughing because I think I am a little bit more hippie than I realized-- thank you summer of love anniversary. I don't have a big ego and I think kindness is the most important thing. Oh, and of course laughter and not stressing about the little things.