The new American Dream is doing what you love or finding and following your passion. But few of us seem to be able to find balance while doing this. Wednesday October 22nd on Twitter at 9AM PT/12PM ET, we'll be attempting to define balance and discussing the challenges of finding balance when doing what you love. Do you think we can have it all? Is there such a thing as balance?Read More
Instagram can be a powerful tool, but just like any aspect of social media it takes practice and know-how to maximize the benefits. After consistency, key to building your blog or business with Instagram is knowing your B.I.A.S.Read More
With several holidays on the horizon, the Internet is teeming with stunning DIYs, clever crafts, and magazine-worthy gift guides. And, it is easy to wonder how other people do it, how they make everything turn to gold. Rather than fall into the comparison trap, let's end the year with nothing but positivity, kindness, and inspiration. Here are some tips for doing just that.Read More
If your target audience is female, and you are looking to grow your audience, you need to be on Pinterest. At last count, Pinterest has 70 million users of whom 80% are women, according to Digital Marketing Ramblings. Ten tips and tricks for making Pinterest one of your greatest sources of referral traffic.Read More
Many bloggers post-process their images to create a unique visual brand.
Luckily post-processing does not mean you need Adobe Photoshop. Depending on what you want to do, any of number of free tools may work for you, PicMonkey, Canva, Studio (a smartPhone app), or something else. To determine which tool best suites your needs, read the comparison of Adobe Photoshop Elements, PicMonkey, and Rollip by Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. And, for those curious about how Adobe Photoshop Elements differs from Adobe Photoshop, check out Mike Loveland's side-by-side review of the two software packages.
- Brighten your photos.
- Add a filter.
- Use overlays and text.
If you want to get a little more creative with your photos, Lexy suggests using layer masks and Photomerge (available with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements):
- Highlight a specific part of a black and white photo with color.
- Swap subjects in two different photos.
How do you process your photos to create a unique visual brand? Do you limit yourself to one filter?
Depending on what you write about at some point in your career you will receive a negative comment or two.
"Internet comments sections are notorious hothouses of disagreement, but when the insults fly on articles about dining room color schemes, it's indicative of a much larger problem." - Annemarie Dooling, "The Ugly Side of Beautiful Rooms: Design in the Age of Internet Comments."
How you handle the negative comments will set the tone for the community you are trying to build and for future engagement, both negative and positive.
Join the Alt community tomorrow October 15, 2014 at 9AM PT/12 PM ET on Twitter as we define negative comments and discuss strategies for handling them. If you are new to Twitter chats, take a moment to review How to Participate in a Twitter Chat.
If you are faced with negative comments, here are some helpful resources on dealing with them:
- Monica of Smart Creative Women interviews Nicole of Nicole's Classes about how she deals with negative comments.
- From Beth of Home Stories A to Z, The Six Common Types of Negative Blog Comments
- From Business to Community, When No Response Is the Best Response
- From VerticalResponse, Four Strategies for Dealing with Negative Comments
- From Inside Facebook, Three Steps for Turning Facebook Page Complainers into Great Advocates
Hip, hip, hooray! Only 100 more days until Alt Summit Winter! Now is a great time to start thinking about things like designing business cards and confirming accommodations. It is also a wonderful time to start thinking about our amazing sponsors, and how you might like to work with them.
Speaking of those amazing sponsors, in the next few weeks, you will start to receive fun gifts straight to your mailbox. Who does not love some quality snail mail? I know I do! Last year the gifts included calendars, washi tape, cookie cutters, measuring spoons, gift tags, and more.
Wednesday Night Dinners
We have been getting fun questions about our ever-popular Wednesday Night Dinners. So here is a little update. Dinner info will be sent out via newsletter the first week in January. If this is your first Salt Lake City Alt Summit, you can read more about how those dinners work and get an idea for why everyone loves them here. Other questions? Visit our FAQs.
Attendee-Only Facebook Group
Share your excitement, meet fellow attendees, and make the most of your conference experience by engaging in the private Facebook group for Winter Alt 2015 now. If you have not received an invitation to join that group, go ahead and email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you set up.
Get Yours Before They Are Gone
But wait. What is that you say? You do not have a ticket yet? No problem, there are still a few tickets left, but only a few, so make a plan, get your ticket, and then give your bestie a high five because this is the year. This is YOUR year!
The Alt Team