As a new blogger I look to other blogs for advice and inspiration. I’m not ashamed of that and when doing something new, don’t you look towards the pros? I mean, hey, a girl can dream. One blog I read avidly is Rock N Roll Bride. If you haven’t heard of it a. come out from under the rock you’re living under, and b. you probably have and just forgot. It’s run by Kat, a pink haired bloggerina who has a solid voice, posts offbeat inspirational weddings, and her Green Room articles keep me coming back weekly.
Her post today is titled Tough Love & Advice for Struggling Bloggers, and it is a brilliant one; a realistic look at wedding blogging. Kat has a pretty strong and loyal community of followers (of which I’m one) and I wanted to join in the conversation via the comments. However, apparently she thinks I’m spam because none of my comments have ever been published (sad face).
So be it.
But I’d still like to say something.
If you’re thinking of starting, or currently have a wedding blog you really should read her entire post, but to briefly summarize – she writes about the merits of working hard, finding a niche, trying out new things, moving on and reinventing when things don’t work out the way you planned, giving it time, and to not do it for the money. The comments on this article are great – lots of newbies and old timers piping up, offering advice, giving pats on the back, glimmers of hope, and talking about how and why each of their blogs got started – what inspired them to do it and keep doing it.
I wanted to chime in with my story.
Burnett’s Boards was conceived in March 2012. I’d just started an internship at Modern Weddings Hawaii (where I used to work), and was tasked with finding an inspiration board with a coral color theme, so I googled ‘wedding inspiration boards’ and found a few sites dedicated to these little works of art.
When looking through them though, I found my face smashed up against the screen, my eyes straining, and gray hair sprouting. The details on the boards were SO hard to see. Why? Because of the columns and columns of advertisements along the side. It was frustrating because I could feel myself falling in love with these shiny digital collages and wanted to see exactly what that pink splotch in the corner was.
That’s why I started Burnett’s Boards. My goal: to bring the biggest and brightest inspiration boards to you. How do I do that? By limiting sidebar advertisements and allowing the inspiration boards to expand. And in response to comments on how a vast majority of people will not make a ton of money with their blog – I’m ok with that.
I believe that in this consumer obsessed, advertising overloaded world readers appreciate eye candy, unadulterated by flashing logos and weight loss advertisements.
I’m ok knowing that I’ll never be rolling in the cash. I’ve got a little shop with some vendors I love, but that’s it. I do worry, sometimes, that because my header isn’t chock full of advertisement banners that some may think I’m not a ‘real wedding blog’ – but I intend to stay this way.
Hemingway’s quote at the top says it all.