I don’t know who Bell Hooks is… should I? And if reading books in makes you “special” and “unique” then I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
Best tweet of the decade goes to this guy.
Seriously, talk to me when you reach my age.
Can we add a bullet point for energy? I totally regret all those times when I was younger and didn’t want to nap.
Blogger Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style just did a great post on “How to Come Up with Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas.” This article is a must read if you struggle with how to come up with ideas for posts. Great tips for immediate use.
I’m not going to repeat what she says because she says it all so well. Read it. But I would like to add three ideas to help your blog stand out:
- Point of View. If you’re a regular Tumblr (or other format) blogger, you obviously have enough interest in a topic to want to share your point of view with the world. Point of view (or POV) is vital. It provides the voice to your blog. What makes your perspective unique? If you can hit that nail on the head, your blog will have a more definitive flavor - and readers like that. It also makes it easier to come up with blog post ideas.
- Passion. If you’ve started a blog and feel “meh” about it, there’s a reason: you are not passionate about the topic or the way you’ve chosen to approach the topic. I started a blog before Professionality and I let it die. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I didn’t have the right focus on my passion area - which is professional image - helping professionals to succeed through appearance, behavior and communication. I let that starter blog die and started Professionality on Tumblr. I’ve been happy ever since - excited to share my perspective, ideas, inspiration and quirkiness.
- Platform. My first blog was on WordPress; Professionality is on Tumblr. For me, the dashboard and, primarily, visual aspect of Tumblr works: ideas are constantly being triggered by other bloggers’ posts. I love the ability to repost, giving them credit, and then adding my thoughts. I also like how easy Tumblr is to use. I do many sets on Polyvore and with a click I can place my set into my Tumblr drafts for later editing, queueing and posting. Obviously, Tumblr works for me. But another format might work better for you. I know many people who swear by WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal. Find what’s right for you. Here’s a good article comparing WordPress and Blogger.
- Determination.Honestly, if you aren’t a determined sort of person, the kind of person who is willing to persevere in the face of lack of interest, inspiration and time, you are probably not going to be a consistent blogger. And consistency is vital for blog success. I check many of my favorite blogs every day, don’t you? And when there is nothing new, I’m disappointed. If that keeps happening, I stop checking every day. The tools and tips that Imogen writes about in her post can help you to be less reliant on your sheer will to keep posting because the ideas and systems will be there to help to move forward.
And this is why shit never seems to get done.
If you’re a big nerd (like myself) and are looking for a quick way to redecorate your space, perhaps these throw pillows will interest you.
Don’t lie, you know you want the Tumblr one… :)
Fashion Featurette: Conversation Buttons
My week has been a combination of meeting with store buyers and renting boats in anticipation of the upcoming holiday weekend. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been in a playful mood and it’s been reflecting in my style lately. I have some cute fedoras and a bigger straw hat that I wear on the beach and I like to put some conversation buttons along the brim. Here are a few fun finds that would look cute on a hat, handbag or whatever tickles your funny bone:
This “Clash of the Cultures” button is a must for any KISS fan (though I wish it was Ace).
This “Death Before Decaf” button pretty much rules my life (and SarahSayso’s too)!
Feathers are hot right now and this one is cruelty free and will last a lot longer!
Kill ‘em with kindness with this “politeness ninja” button, ha!
And of course, nobody should be without a “Tumblr Famous” button.
Click on any one of the links to purchase - all buttons are from Etsy and supports independent designers (and are vegan too)! Happy Shopping!