10 things to include in your media kit

Hey, happy pixels!! 

What is Media Kit?

A media kit is simply an information packet about a business or product. You can make one to promote your blog. For example, you can send it to blogs or brands to explain who you are, what do you do and to propose a collaboration.

It’s a useful tool. It collects information about your blog that answers your investors, collaborators, and clients questions about you. You can think about your media kit as a marketing tool. Actually, it is.

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A media kit should be visual, attractive and simple. You want to grab the reader’s attention, but the main information has to be easy to find. Remember that the time people dedicate to that kind of things is limited, so you have to be visual and interesting.

A good way to design your media kit is to use tools as Canva. Another good way is to look for free printables on Google. Remember: visual and simple.

There are lots of contents suggestions. From my point of view, the top things that you should include in your media kit are:

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  1. The name of your blog; add your logo, or your picture if you don’t have a logo.
  2. A brief information about you and your blog. Who are you, what exactly is your blog or business. Just 3-5 sentences. Be clear. Add a link to your blog and your mail or contact info.
  3. Previous collaborations. Who were your collaborators, what did you do for them and a link to your work? If you have good opinions about your job, you can include them here.
  4. WordPress and social media statistics. If you still don’t have large numbers to impress, you can omit them or use your growth trends. For example, in just 3 months, the number of blog followers has increased 200%.
  5. What kind of collaborations you do. Which services are you offering? You’ll send your kit with a personalized proposal for each blog or company, but here you can offer different options. Include here a call to action: send me a mail, call me for more information…Include your contact info again, or just include it here, not above.
  6. Add pictures. Be proud of your hard work. Show it.
  7. Convert the kit to PDF.

Make a list of blogs/brands you would like to work with. Send your media kit.

Make changes if it does not work.

Are you interested in having a media kit? I think it’s an interesting tool. Especially when a blog it’s starting to grow. Even before that.

Are you going to make one? If you have any doubt or if you want to share your experiences with your media kit, feel free to leave a comment.

Love,
Sílvia.

 

Wednesday Wisdom: a quote

Hey pixels!! Recently we have started our new tradition: Wednesday Wisdom. Every Wednesday we’ll post a quick tip, a quote, a quick advice…. You can comment and let us know your favourite quote or tip in the comments, too.

Today I’m sharing one quote which I like so much. It’s from one of my favourite books as a children/teenager: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll).

Alice: This is impossible.

The mad hatter: Only if you believe it is.

I love this quote because I think it’s true. Lots of things were impossible before someone made them for the first time. So, don’t think blogging it’s impossible, my happy pixels. Just believe that you can do it!!

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Enjoy our new section, my happy pixels!! See you next Wednesday!!

Lots of love,

Sílvia,

How to master social media

Hey pixels!! How are your blogs going?

Now, we have some ideas  and we know how to write a perfect post. What’s the next after publishing it? Spread our words all over the Internet!! And, which is the best way of doing this? Social media, of course. Posting your blog content in social media will help you to reach more people, and this means more visits, followers and more benefits for your blog.

But, it’s really necessary? Do I have to do it? Yes, the answer is always yes.

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For this reason, I want to help you, my happy pixels, to master the art of sharing your content. This is the first episode of a series of posts that will help you with this. Here, we will learn how to schedule your social media posts and the best way to use each social media. They are all diferent, my happy pixels!! But don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks now.

To start I want to make clear why all this is so important, my happy pixels. And I think the best way is explaining:

Benefits of social media 

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  • Interact easily with your followers and gain new ones
  • Every time someone shares your content with their friends, more people are reading it. You just have to post it once or schedule it, it’s that easy!
  • Being consistent with your image allows you to create a personal brand. This should be consistent with your image as a blogger, too
  • You’re leading more people to your blog
  • They are easy to use. Every one has its tricks, but you can learn them
  • The good new: you don’t have to be everywhere. Just choose which ones fit better with your blog audience. We’ll learn how to do it during the following posts!!

What do you think now about social media, my happy pixels? Are you interested in this subject? Do you have any ideas or doubts? Feel free to leave a comment.

Love,

Sílvia (the happiest pixel).

How to Write The Perfect Post

Hey guys!

This is Shania here,from Life As Shania, and today I will be sharing with you guys the steps on writing the perfect post!

1.Start Writing

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This is the first step.It’s easier to write anyway you want to,and then start editing and fixing things later.A tip on the writing part is that you should write a post that is more than 300 words long.You might be like “What!”,but it’s actually really easy!Just keep an eye on the word counter on the bottom right-hand of your screen,and you’re good to go!

2.Grammer Mistakes

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Fix your Grammer Mistakes!I have a tool called Grammarly,and it is super useful!It capitalizes,removes unnecessary commas,and more!I’ve been on many blogs where they have really good writing in general,but they have over 15 grammar mistakes.

3.Add Pictures

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Adding pictures is a great way to attract your viewers to the post,along with GIFs. Whenever I have a picture,I usually center it for a professional look.Choosing big images and editing with PicMonkey has really helped me create thumbnails for my posts.

4.Using Tools

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Use some of the tools that WordPress gives you on the top and the left  side.Add categories,and tags to make your posts more popular,customize your slug(which is the URL)and more!Also,when adding links,click the button between the 123 list and the quotes on the top for more professional looking links.

And Publish!I really hope you guys enjoyed and this helped you!I had a lot of fun making this!Bye!

~Shania

Where I can find ideas for my blog posts?

Hey pixels!! As bloggers, sooner or later you’ll ask yourself this question. It’s a tricky question, trust me. I’ve asked it myself a few times since I started blogging. That was about 14 months ago. I know it’s not a lot of time, but I’ve learned a few things during this time.

First, it was hard to have good ideas about what to write. I found it annoying, because I wanted to post 3 times every week but ideas didn’t came to my mind. But, slowly, my skills have improved a bit, and now I have a couple of resources about where or how I can find more ideas. Don’t worry, my happy pixels. All the beginnings are hard, but the effort is worth. 😉

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How to find ideas for blog posts

Let’s start from the basics. First of all you have to be sure about your blog subject. This is important. Be sure that  you want to write about this subject for a long period of time. For example, if you’re not sure if you want to write about food, don’t do it. Change food for another thing, like sports or travelling. If you’re not having a good time writing, your readers will  notice it. And the most important, you’ll end up abandoning your blog because, you know, you’ll get tired of it.

So, now we are sure we love our blog and writing about that particular thing, let’s see how to find a large number of ideas about it. I say large not because you have to come up with 1000 ideas the same day, but because you’ll keep writing about this subject for a time.

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This is a list of ways to come up with ideas:

  1. Ask your friends, family and blog friends.
  2. Look on Pinterest, Instagram and other social media.
  3. Look at your surroundings; ideas are everywhere, you just have to find them.
  4. Look on google trends, or similar.
  5. Have a walk or ride your bike. Have a coffee. Relax. Stress and creativity are not friends.
  6. Read a good book.
  7. Watch a good film.
  8. If you have a big budget, travel. Travelling opens your mind. If, like me, you don’t have it, go on a one day trip to somewhere.
  9. Change your daily routine: try a new recipe, change your route to go to work…
  10. Keep a journal with your ideas.

I hope this will help you, my happy pixels!! Do you make any of this things? Are you going to try any of them? Please, let us know in the comments below.

How To Create Your Own Blogging Survey

Hi, Train Of Thought here from My Bookish Life!

So,  a few months ago, I launched my FIRST ever blogging survey, which you can check out here for my personal blog, My Bookish Life. As bloggers do, I was researching and came across this idea to create one for your readers and whilst collecting lots of data you can improve your blog. I found the process a bit unexpecting so, today, I want to share with my blogging experiencing with ‘blogging surveys’ and share some of my tips and tricks of setting them up, writing questions and collecting responses that help YOU with your blog! Let’s begin…

What Is A Blogging Survey Exactly?

Okay, a blogging survey is a survey which allows you ask your followers and readers questions about your blog. For e.g, ‘How long do you like my posts to be?’ or ‘What type of posts do you enjoy the most?’ They will take this survey, which shouldn’t be too long, and then you can collect your data and improve your blog based on your results.

How Do I Set One Up?

There are tonnes of websites which allow you to create a simple and easy survey but the one I used and prefer is Survey Monkey. While the free version, only allows 10 questions, It is still by far the most simple, efficient and perfect survey software out there. And anyway, you don’t want your readers to spend hours on your survey, you want them to read ya blog! I’m not going to go step-by-step through how to set up an account and survey as it is pretty straightforward. Comment below if you do want one of those posts.

Alternatives:

  • Google Forms
  • Polls (Go Daddy)
  • The WordPress Poll System

How do I Create The Right Type Of Questions?

It depends on what you need help with. My survey was about my blog as a whole. But, the may be specific things you need feedback on. Like design or your content. If you check out my survey, I linked to previously, you can see an idea of some questions.

For Design and Theme of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. Is my blog easy to navigate around?
  2. Does my theme appeal to you?
  3. Can you find everything you need quickly?
  4. Is my blog too hard to read? (e.g, too bright)

For Content and Posts of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. What types of posts do you enjoy the most?
  2. Do you think my …… posts are too long?
  3. What type of writing style do you like
  4. Are you okay with my blogging schedule (currently every Monday and blala)

Think of any questions. If you want your whole blog in general mix in both of these types and a few random ones like ‘How often do you visit my blog?’ or ‘How did you find my blog?’

How to put my results to good use?

So, now you’ve got your data, what do you do? What use is it? Okay, um read it?

Firstly you need to look at your data. If a majority of people say your theme is ‘too hard to navigate around’. Then you need to change your theme to something easier. If one person says your posts are too long and everyone says it’s fine, then keep with the normal length of your post. Majority rules here. If most say they like your ‘baking’ blogs the best, then post those the most. Make it your niche.

Things To Keep In Mind When Creating A Survey!

  • Make sure you have multiple choice answers for most questions as it’s easier to collect data and analyse it.
  • Do not host a giveaway if someone completes your survey. You’ll get invalid responses from people who are only doing it for the prize!
  • If your site is hosted on WordPress.com, you won’t be able to’embed’ it on your post as it has JavaScript. You will have to link to it.
  • Have fun!

Goodbye,

I hope this helped you figure out ‘everything you need to know about blogging surveys’

Comment below with your questions and queries. Link to your blogging survey, I’d be happy to fill it out!  What are your experiences with blogging surveys?