This year I set out to be consistent with blogging on my website, and so far i’ve been so successful! I’ve tried to publish at least 1 new blog post every week, and have only missed a few weeks here and there. This is such an accomplishment for this Bay Area baby photographer! There have been a few things that have helped me to stay on top of writing blog posts, something I think a lot of people struggle with. So I thought I would share with you 3 tips to help you get going. This not only applies to you if you’re a baby photographer, but anyone with a website that benefits from blogging!
1.Know how you work best.
I am someone who sometimes gets motivated to write blogs, and when I do I just bust out as many as I can in that moment. I approach blogging just like I approach any writing endeavor, and how I used to approach writing my college essays. I just write whatever comes out, it’s not perfect, and in fact it’s a crappy first draft. But later I go back and refine what I wrote, I change wording or add things in. That’s also the time when I add in any links that need to be included. So the first draft I just sit down and write write write! And then from there I focus on refining what I wrote.
2. Don’t overthink it!
I think that a lot of times we get caught up in something needing to be perfect. Of needing to be super detailed in our descriptions and our fear of leaving anything out. Or just plain fearful that people will actually read what you wrote.. When reality is that most people probably won’t read everything you write. (but if you’re reading this than you’re proving me wrong… ironic) I do find that writing blog posts seems so much easier now that i’m focusing on being a Bay Area newborn and family photographer. It seems simpler to write posts from sessions as opposed to from weddings. But maybe you love writing about weddings, there’s so many fun details to describe, so don’t get discouraged if you are a wedding photographer, you can also write some great blog posts!
3.Pre-plan your content!
I keep 3 running google docs with different ideas for blog posts that I want to write. One for personal posts, one for educational (like this one), and one for sessions. Whenever I think of a subject that I think would make a good blog post I just write the title down in one of those docs, and then go on my merry way. That way when I do actually sit down to write posts I’m not wracking my brain for ideas about the subject AND ideas of what to write. I can just pick one, or three, that’s speaking to me in that moment and type away.
Rachel Howden Photography is a photography mentor in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in family, newborn, baby, motherhood, and maternity photography in the Bay Area. Including Livermore, Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont, and Pleasanton. Mentorships are not limited to being in person and can be done virtually as well. This post focuses on Rachel as an educator for other photographers. Rachel loves helping other photographers learn film photography, balancing motherhood and business, and finding your why and purpose in your business. She helps photographers build rhythms and techniques to have a successful business filled with contentment and joy (and profit, of course).
This post helps you to have a little sneak peek into what you will receive if you have me as your photography coach. If you want to learn more about what a mentorship and coaching session looks like, you can find out more about it On This Page.
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