Saturday, 20 October 2012

The art of blogging and LOTF outtakes

Hey all,

So some of you may know that I've recently landed a new job. I have left my job at the National History Museum to work with a fabulous company where I will be working in their press department as well as writing their blog. I am SURE that I'll be sharing more details with said company soon, however, I may be keeping this separate. Anywho, we get a lot of emails about how we got this far with Bright Young Twins. Of course our blog isn't perfect, we both don't post as much as we'd like, (and please don't think us 'up ourselves') however, heres our best advice.




Pick yourself a good name and stick to it. The best blog names are the ones that you can remember off the top of your head. Fleur's 'Diary of a Vintage Girl' is a great example of a great name. It just does says what it says on the tin.

Okay, so you've just started your first blog and you keep writing, why is no one reading? Why is it just your cat, nan and psycho ex making the stats? Harriett and I had this for quite a while when we first started. A good way to keep things in motion is obvious shit like commenting on other people's blogs. You must read other blogs right? So take the time to comment. One of the main reasons me and Harriett started the blog is because people came up to us in the street to photograph our outfits or to talk about clothes. Heres an idea, why not tell them? Write it down on a bit of paper, explain you're just getting started but would love them to read it. If you've got something good it'll spread like wild fire. This happened to us with Style EastWayne Tippetts and a few others.




Find your niche. Whats the point of writing another Vixen VintageFashion Forestry or Andi B Goode? If you wanted to read about an amazing red head who sticks all manner of crazy beautiful head dresses in a Vice style photoshoots then you'd read Nicole's awesome blog right? It took me and Harriett a while to find our niche, it came when we got more creative with clothes and more ahem creative with words. Theres a million great ideas out there, make sure no one can do it like you. 

Lovely lovely original content. Okay, so a lot of bloggers do the whole reblogging over images, but on the whole the best blogs (in my humble opinion) are the ones who produce great writing and photographs. Would you read our blog if we constantly compiled together other ladies' images? Probably not. 




Hang on in there! Rome wasn't built in a day, look at all your favourite bloggers, I doubt their Smorgasbord of loyal followers didn't appear over two days. Keep going, digits aren't everything. If you've put together a great blog with some good quality content then I think thats something to be proud of. 

I hope this helps, lots of love. 
Aimee xx

Got any advice? Think we're wrong? 

32 comments:

  1. your advice is great! I started my blog over the summer because I got bored. I read other blog(including your's) and thought "Maybe I can do that" I really didn't care if I got popular or famous or if anybody even read the thing. The blog's I follow are written by such a wide range of amazing women, who are wonderfully unique. It's a major antidote to main stream fashion that like to tell us what to wear, how to be. Good luck with the new job

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    1. 'Antidote to the main stream' is a great way of describing blogs. I really enjoying choosing the articles I want to read by writers that are passionate. I find it so hard to identify with glossys xx

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  2. Congratulations on your new job!
    Great advice, illustrated perfectly by your own beautiful blog :)

    le fresne x

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  3. Good advice and I do enjoy your blog.Your photos are always beautiful!

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  4. This post is brilliant, those advices are really good! As a new blogger I'm struggling with those things a bit but hopefully I'll get on track! xxx

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  5. Great advice! I completely agree that original content is the biggest draw to read other blogs, at least, for me :) I can't wait to see more outfit posts Bright Young Twins!

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  6. Beautiful photos of you. There's nothing like a graveyard photo shoot :)

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  7. Swoon, such gorgeous photos. Congratulations on the job that is amazing! xx

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  8. Well done Aimee on the new job :) We will have our knitting day soon!

    As a fledgling blogger, I really appreciate this advice. I don't have a niche, but I hope writing about what I enjoy will get me somewhere, if not I'll just keep commenting the shit out of things :)

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    1. Thanks Kelsey! Hope it helps and writing about what you love is always a great start : ) xx

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  9. "Why is it just your cat, nan and psycho ex making the stats?"

    Haha, this is me! Good thing I have two cats!

    I know I like to visit you guys for the beautiful clothes, lack of pretension and occasional bouts of filthy language. Keep it coming.

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  10. Thanks for the advice lovelies! Blogging is easy & fun... getting started? Not so much.

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  11. Fantastic advice. Thanks and congratulations on the new job.

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  12. Great post, very helpful. Love the photos, they're gorgeous.

    Ivy
    http://eviestearoom.blogspot.com/

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  13. Great timing for me! I've just started blogging after umming and ahhing for far too long. You lovely ladies are an inspiration xx

    http://rubyarmoire.blogspot.com

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  14. Congratulations on your new job! I started my career as a writer, but now manage writers which made me miss writing so much I started my blog. It's a great way to combine two of my passions: vintage and writing. Thanks for the insights and for the great references to other blogs I'm going to follow!

    Lorraine
    www.storiedvintage.com

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  15. Blogging is not easy... it takes a lot of time and like you said for perhaps just a few readers... but I began it a year ago to be able to share my love for the 40's-50's and mainly to be able to meet people for all over the world! For me it's even harder because I chose to write in english although my mother language is french... so not easy to share my true mind in a foreign language!

    http://lostin1950.blogspot.fr/

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  16. Thank you for the advice, really keeps me motivated with my new blog
    Love Lil x
    www.littleliloflondon.blogspot.com

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  17. Gorgeous photos as always, thanks for the advice and good luck with the new job!

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  18. Thanks for including a link to me! And congrats on the job :D I agree on all of the advice - I've found the hardest thing to be is maintaining the blog once you've got a steady amount of readers, etc. Because mine is steadily going downhill in terms of readers, comments, etc., at the moment and has been for some time, now.
    -Andi x

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  19. Congratulations Aimee! Great advice. I think the most important thing is to never loose sight of why you started a blog in the first place and to remember that the only person you should ever try and please is yourself. Don't get wrapped up in all the other stuff, if you ever start to find it a chore or stop enjoying it then there really is no point. I started mine as a way to share things with like minded people and I feel like I have achieved that and met some amazing people, including the two of you. <3

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  20. I love your blog! how lovely, I do love a good photoshoot and vintage stuff too. Great xx

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  21. Thanks for some great advice, and thanks also for your brilliant blog. I've been a longtime lurker and am embarrassed it's taken me this long to comment and just say how much I enjoy reading BYT. I love your outfit posts especially, which always make me want to hit the charity shops. In Australia they're called opportunity shops, op shops for short, which pretty much sums them up I think. Anyway, I'll see if I can put your advice into practice on my own blog. Emma, at Girl in the Garret

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  22. Congratulations on the new job! I look forward to hearing more about it in the future. I wanted to thank you for this wonderful post. I recently began my own blog and it does help to read how others struggle with the same issues.

    I also want to tell you I adore your blog. It is one of the most unique ones out there and I always look forward to your posts.

    So thank you for all your doing and keep up the good work!

    Christine
    www.couturebay.com

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  23. Hey what a great post, beautiful AND helpful! I've just started a new blog and posted my first shoot of my couturier grandmother's vintage ballgown (hand sewn by her in the 30s), your advice couldn't have come at a better time thanks so much!

    Am loving the darkly pre-raphaelite photographs, really gorgeous, well done.

    Let me know what you think of my post if you get the time: www.kikiandthegypsy.blogspot.co.uk

    Emalina

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  24. p.s. another handy way to get more people viewing your blog in the early stages of its creation is to join 'group parties' hosted by a more popular blog. For example, Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk holds regular "Visible Mondays" where any fashion blogger who wants to can link their post and image to her site, and this increases the traffic flow and encourage us bloggers to discover eachother.
    Vanessa Valencia of www.afancifultwist.com also hosts biannual Halloween and Mad Tea Parties which work in a similar way.
    This strategy is working for me, and it's a lot of fun too!

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  25. Thanks for the mention! I've loved watching your blog grow since I met you a year or two ago x

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  26. Ravishing! Wonderful!


    www.nancywilde.blogspot.com

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  27. I really loved this post, a lot of what you say makes sense. I often feel a little disheartened with blogging because my "niche" so to speak is something a lot of bloggers don't like... Rather than being a vintage blog, I'm a repro fashion blog and because there is this whole debate out there about vintage vs repro I feel like it's not something anyone wants to read about! Ahh well, the point is to just be yourself I guess, whether people follow or not!

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  28. Best advice! I admire you ladies so much!! xoxox

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