FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What's the meaning behind Coffee With Summer? When I first started this blog, it was just a personal space to write about things in my life that I was passionate about. Since I loved coffee and I love honest conversations, I figured something simple like Coffee With Summer just made sense! This space is all about conversation.
What camera do you use? I use both a Canon 60D and a Canon 5D Mark ii. The majority of my photos are shot with a 50mm lens.
Who takes your photos? For style photos and any photos of me, my husband is usually my photographer. He's the greatest supporter of my blog, so it makes me happy to have him involved in this way. Any photos that I'm not physically in are usually taken by me.
Can I guest post on your blog? Unfortunately, I am not accepting guest posts at this time.
Why do you write sponsored content? Blogging is one of my greatest passions and now it's one of my professions. As an online influencer, I'm able to partner with brands that I love and believe in as a means to provide a financial income for my family. The fact that blogging is my passion and that I'm able to chase my dream of becoming a full-time *paid* blogger by partnering with brands that I use and love, it's simply the best. Blogging is my job (the best job ever!) When you have a job, you deserve to be paid. Point blank. Plus, I want to be a work at home mom one day, and blogging would make that a realistic reality for me.
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How do you choose what sponsored content to share? Sometimes I pitch to brands one-on-one with specific ideas for a collaboration, and other times I apply to campaigns through networks. Obviously, I only ever pitch or accept pitches from brands/small businesses that I already love, believe in, and use. If I don't use their products already, but honestly believe I'll enjoy them, I will still partner with them. I will always disclaim this when it's needed, which is rare! When it comes to applying for sponsored campaigns, I will only ever apply to ones that I am already loving and using, and more importantly, that I think you'll love too. I only write sponsored content that is always 100% authentic and genuine.
What's some advice you give to new bloggers? Take your time with creating your mission and focus. You don't have to niche, but you have to have a clear focus on what your blog is about. When you have your "why" for blogging set in stone, you're going to be able to grow faster and always have a confidence behind all that you write and do through your blog. I also encourage you to find Facebook support groups for bloggers, such as Blog Passion Project. Networking with other bloggers and creatives is key for growth!