[Photo credit: Wonderfelle Media; Edited by me.]Photography
I treated myself to a reflector off Amazon (here) to try and improve my photos. I'm just using a Fujifilm point-and-shoot, and will be for the foreseeable future until I can afford to invest in something a bit better, so in the interests of working with what I've got, I decided to pick up a cheap reflector to try and lighten up my photos and reduce shadows. I've also been playing around with the manual settings on my camera a bit more, as well as trying to improve my composition; I've slowly been building up a box of photography props which I'm trying to include in my photos to make them a little bit more visually appealing. Hopefully you'll have noticed the difference over the past few months! I've also been using a few stock photos here and there - there are so many nice ones available for free!
Reply to Comments
I always used to reply to comments people left on my posts, but I'd somehow fallen out of the habit unless someone asked a specific question. Thinking about it, though, I think I'm more likely to comment on someone's post if I can see that they've responded to others, so I've been making the effort for the past few weeks to go through and reply to the comments people so kindly leave, as well as checking out their blogs where I can.
Engage On Social Media
I really enjoy using social media and always have, but to be honest I had found I'd fallen a bit out of love with it over the past couple of years. Recently, I've really been making an effort to engage more and get back to the roots of what I originally loved - connecting with people. A couple of times a day (like on my break at work and before bed), I'll scroll through Instagram and try to comment on 5-10 photos, or reply to a handful of tweets on Twitter. Striking up conversation like this not only encourages people to check out my profile, but it's also kind of the point of social media for me; it's been quite refreshing to remind myself of that!
I've always featured a lot of reviews on my blog, but lately I've found myself getting a bit tired of them, so I've been trying to think outside the box a little in terms of how I present my posts. So, for example, instead of a straight review of a Born Pretty Brow Pencil I was sent, I included it in a Budget-Friendly Brow Products post - I know this isn't a ground-breaking concept, but I feel like it's really helping me to freshen up my content and tap my creativity a little more. It's always good to mix things up and try new approaches!
Comment on Other Blogs
This is something I go through phases of doing more or less of, but I do love reading other people's blogs and like to take the time to leave a comment where I can! I know how pleased I always am to receive comments, so being able to give that to other bloggers is really nice. It's also a fab way of building a connection with bloggers I like, and encourages me to read more posts, which I always find inspires me. Even if you just set yourself the goal of commenting on five blog posts each week - just think of the happiness you could spread!
What do you do to improve your blog? Do you have any tips for me?
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