I've already read your blogging tips, but is there any other advice you have for new bloggers looking to grow their following? Honestly, I'm not keeping any secrets! Everything I wrote out in my tips is my very best advice. Growing a following takes a lot of time and effort--there is no way around it! One thing I should have mentioned in the tips, though, is guest posting. As you develop relationships with other bloggers, you will likely be asked to guest post from time to time--take any guest posting opportunities that come your way! And then write really funny or otherwise awesome posts that will make the other blogger's readers want to come read your blog, too. Also, participate in link-ups or blog-hops when you can or swap buttons with other bloggers--that's another great way to get your link out there!
I'm trying to gain new followers--will you guest post for me? When you're looking for guest posters, it's always a good rule of thumb to ask bloggers with a similar following to yours. For example, if you're just starting out, it's really not considered good manners to ask a blogger with a much bigger following to guest post for you (especially if you're expecting them to link to it on their blog and drive traffic your way). Guest posting is, no matter what anyone says, a self-serving thing for both parties. I'm busy, but I don't mind doing it when there's something in it for me (i.e. if I may gain a good chunk of new readers from it.) But I feel taken advantage of when bloggers who are just starting out ask me to guest post for them, and I don't think it's fair since I've built my blog the traditional way--with good old fashioned hard work. So if you're trying to build up your readership, offer to guest post for others or just wait for them to ask. Remember, there needs to be something "in it" for both parties!
How do you style your hair to get so much volume? I actually have very thick, curly/wavy hair that I typically straighten, so volume has never been an issue for me. I actually have to TAME the volume--both a blessing and a curse! But I usually blowdry my hair using a regular brush and just the "point and shoot" method (I made that up), and then I flat iron it with a Chi, curling the ends (also with the same Chi). I use a bit of Morrocan Oil before and after flat ironing to help tame the frizz and puffines... and that's it!
What kind of camera do you use? I'm currently using a Canon 5D Mark II (with 50mm f1.4 lens), though most of the photos on my blog prior to February 21, 2012 were taken with my Canon Rebel XS. If you're in the market for an entry-level DSLR, I would highly recommend going with the Canon Rebel T2i or higher. My XS didn't have video, and the ISO level only goes up to 1600, whereas the T2i has video and the ISO goes up to 6400. You may not know what that means, but basically you can take much clearer pictures under low light without flash with the T2i, and it's barely any more expensive than the XS (and has video!).
What program do you use to edit your pictures? I use Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6. I used to use Photoshop Elements, though, which is a fraction of the cost of the real-deal Photoshop. It's complicated to learn, but worth it! It can be used for graphic design as well (if you'd like to design elements of your own blog, etc).
HOW do you edit your pictures? Now that I've started up my own photography business and my editing techniques have improved substantially, I'm less inclined to share exactly how I edit my photos, however, I answered this question on how I used to edit at the bottom of this post! :)
Have any photography tips for beginners? See the link in the above answer!
Who takes all your outfit pictures? My mom or husband takes them. I've trained them well!