I’m starting a new feature here on MelissaAlam.com where I interview fellow bloggers. The only catch is that they have to answer in 140 characters or less. First up is Angel from Studio-404.com. We met through the blogosphere and I had the awesome, awesome opportunity to have dinner with her this past weekend during my visit to Orlando (see above). Holla holla to connections all over the world thanks to blogging!
It’s only fitting to feature Angel as my first #BloggerSpotlight! Her blog is full of amazing design/freelancing tips as well as great printables that she designs herself. Studio 404 is definitely one blog to bookmark and follow. Keep reading for more info on Angel!
1. Name, Age, City: Angel Yarde, 23, Celebration, Florida
2. Bio: After living in Atlanta, I relocated to central Florida to marry my husband and run our branding agency together. Blogger of 7 years!
3. Current guilty pleasure: I don’t know if I have one! I’ve been watching a lot of Bollywood movies lately but I certainly don’t feel guilty about it.
4. What’s on your Xmas wish list? An international trip! I’m not sure where yet but I have to start traveling out of the country.
5. If you weren’t a blogger/designer/developer, what would your “second” dream job be? I just blogged about this but I’d probably be a fitness instructor. I love being in the gym.
6. If you could recommend one book to read, what would it be and why? Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. It was just a very powerful book and I love historical fiction.
7. Favorite social media network? Twitter for sure. I can be snappy in 140 characters and I get to chat with other bloggers/designers throughout my work day.
8. What do you do to relax from work? Yoga and traveling. Yoga is a great short temporarily release but when I’ve had enough, I need to leave the city.
Thank you to Angel for being my first #BloggerSpotlight here on my blog. Make sure to follow Angel and her awesome creative work through her Blog and Twitter too!
Hey all! I’m starting a new project and I need some feedback from you all, especially if you’re in the Philadelphia area! You can access the survey here:
A few weeks ago, I took my Tootsie (what I call my car) and headed down to D.C. for a workshop held by Meg Biram. Held at the super cute Sprinkles Cupcakes location in Georgetown, a bunch of local D.C. bloggers and I got to chat with Meg about how she monetizes her blog and works with brands. I learned some new tips, networked with D.C. bloggers (hello new friends!), and became re-inspired about blogging as a business. The workshop helped me solidify the identity and change from RingTheAlam.com to MelissaAlam.com. My goal is to create my blog as a resource for others, and attending this workshop provided me just the encouragement I needed to hear! There were a ton of other great tips discussed at the workshop, and my new blogging buddy Sara wrote an awesome recap on her blog. Read it all here!
I highly encourage you as a blogger or small business owner to make investments and attend workshops and meetups like this in your area. There is so much to gain (hello return on investment), so I’ll be writing a post on ROI soon on the blog. Stay tuned!
The beauty of the internet means that we have access to billions of beautiful photos to use for our blog posts. The downside to this means that most times, images are cited incorrectly. Pinterest is not a source, as much as we want to believe so. It may take some extra effort, but finding the original source of any images you use can be a relief. You and your blog may be liable to get sued for copyright infringement if you don’t give the original source credit. Oh the risks of blogging! Keep reading for how to get accurate image sources in three easy steps!
Step 1: Hello http://www.tineye.com/! Either bookmark this site right now or download the TinEye Chrome Extension for when you want to go Sherlock on your images. The extension allows you to simply right click on any image on the internet and “Search Image on TinEye.”
Step 2: From the site, you can either upload/drag an image directly or paste the URL image into the search box. TinEye then does all the work for you and presents you with a list of other sites using the image.
Step 3: Now use your smarts! If a bunch of links show up, go through the best matches and see if you can find an original source or another blogger who’s also used the photo. Dig around the results a bit and you’ll be sure to find the truth behind your pretty Pinterest picture!
Let me know if you have any questions about this topic! Now, I’ll be going back into my posts to find some actual sources…