is probably my MOST asked question in Coaching sessions, FAQ emails and workshops. I encourage blogging for SO many reasons….. if I were to explain to you ALL of the reasons I blog, it would take about an hour!! I just shared this at the UNITED conference in Santa Barbara and the more I talk and share about it, the more I realize how many people need to hear about it! Blogging has done wonders for our business. So when I teach about blogging and why it’s SO important, my #1 question from my audience is “Well how do you get people to FOLLOW you?!”. That’s a legitimate question! Why blog when no one is
reading?? Well, first of all, let me say this…. if you have 40 people reading your blog, those 40 people deserve your best. They don’t HAVE to read through your posts, they choose to. Everyone starts somewhere! I started with about 70 hits a day in college when I first started blogging. I know my mom and sister refreshed it so that it would increase my confidence but the reality was, I was DETERMINED to make this work. I had no other option! I didn’t have money for advertising and I didn’t want to do bridal shows so I had to market myself through my blog and build my audience that way!
Over the years we have grown from 70 hits a day to THOUSANDS of hits per day…. and this wasn’t because I was “lucky”…. it’s because I have been consistent. For 6 years I have consistently blogged almost every single weekday. It’s a lot of work… but as my blog stats have grown, so have my prices. I’m building up the KJ community and the value of my business with every post… even the ones about my DOG! :) He’s our little mascot!
I could go on and on about WHY blogging should be a part of your business but I’ll save that for another post. Today I want to give you some advice about how to get people involved!! The BEST advice that I could give ANY blogger would be to share YOU! It sounds cheesy and overused but it’s so true. You have GOT to give people something to get attached to!! If you JUST post images from shoots, you are telling the world that you’re JUST a photographer… and that’s not true. At least I hope that’s not true! If the ONLY thing you have going on in your life is your job, you need to re-evaluate! I’m so much more than just a photographer and my fans deserve to know that about me! What I’ve found is that that more I share about ME, the more my audience gets attached to me. Why does this happen? Because people follow people who are RELATABLE. A large majority of my audience aren’t photographers… so if I ONLY posted about my photography, I would be lacking in several other areas of connection!!
Ohh there is so much to share about this! But I’ll just leave you with these few tips!!:
1. Show more than your work… share your LIFE! You will become more authentic and more relatable to your blog readers and that’s an attractive quality.
2. Be consistent!! An engaging blog is SO POWERFUL, an inactive blog is DEADLY. I’m serious. If you can’t blog more than once every three months… I would take your blog offline until you can commit to a blogging schedule. What you’re telling the world is “I haven’t worked in 3 months!”… and that’s probably EXACTLY the opposite of the truth… but it’s the perception you’re presenting when you have a dead blog.
3. Share stories they can FOLLOW!! Share aspects about your live that will get people attached! For example, when we built our house, we were VERY strategic with our house posts. We didn’t over-do it because we wanted to keep people engaged and interested. So we didn’t show the inside of the house until we moved in! And the “House Tour” post was our BIGGEST blog day EVER!!! 10,000 hits that day!!! Why? Because we built up a continuous story and people loved following along!
One last example I have of this is from my friend Katie Nesbitt! She announced months ago that she was training for her first FULL marathon. She instagrammed her progress… her good days, her bad days…. the days when she wanted to give up and the days when she impressed herself with her run times. She showed how this training took a toll on her body and she didn’t shy away from how much of a struggle it was at times. So fast forward a few months… and it’s RACE DAY!!! For months, I have watched this sweet friend of mine prepare and as I saw her updates the day-of, I felt like I was a part of her progress!! I saw updates that stated “Katie just passed mile 7” …. “Katie just passed mile 13” and I was cheering her on the whole way! I commented on her statuses and her updates because I felt like I was a part of the story!! It almost shocked me how invested I felt…. I’m not a runner but I loved this!! This is the PERFECT example of sharing a continuous story that people will get attached to! (ps. You may remember these two from THIS shoot!:)
It doesn’t have to be a marathon or a house building project… it could be as simple as planning a vacation and then sharing updates from the road… or re-doing an old piece of furniture and then showing the finished product… or a weight loss journey…. or new pet entering the family. All of these things are relatable and people love following these journeys! I do think there needs to be a BALANCE between personal and business posts… but don’t shy away from sharing more of who you are BEYOND your business!!! Happy Wednesday!!
There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!
Another month. I had forgotten just how fast it goes when they are this tiny. One minute they are in 0-3 month clothes and the next you’re unpacking 6month options!
How is it MARCH already in 2021?! This year is flying by and we’re getting closer and closer to the beginning of wedding season! At least we are here in Virginia! It’s my honor to get to introduce you to some of our KJ Students who are doing the hard work of educating themselves and growing their businesses! My hope is that their stories and advice will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to grow and feel confident before wedding season picks up!
Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!