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 love coffee and honest conversations, I figured something simple like “Coffee With Summer” just made sense for my space on the internet.
What camera do you use? I use a Canon 5D Mark ii. The majority of my photos are shot with a 50mm lens, but I also use a 24-70mm lens. I also rely a lot on my iPhone 11pro these days because the camera is incredible and it’s much easier for me to always have available.
Who takes your photos? Michael (my husband) takes my photos. He’s the greatest supporter of my blog, so it makes me happy to have him involved in this way. I also use a tripod, self-timer, and manual focus for when I’m taking photos on my own.
Can I guest post on your blog? No, I do not accept any guest posts.
Do you want to join my affiliate program? No. At this time, I’m not joining any one-off affiliate programs.
Why do you write sponsored content? Blogging is one of my greatest passions and now it’s my profession for over 3 years. As a blogger, I’m able to partner with brands that I love and believe in as a means to provide an income for my family and to keep CWS up and running. Blogging is my career. It is a real job.
How do you choose what sponsored content to share? Sometimes I pitch to brands one-on-one with specific ideas for a partnership and other times, I apply to campaigns through blogger networks. Brands also reach out to me directly. I only ever pitch or accept pitches from brands/small businesses that I already love, believe in, and use, or have a high interest in. I’m not a sell-out. I won’t take on a sponsored campaign just for the money. All sponsored content I create is always 100% my genuine experience with the brand/product.
Are you still offering your New Blogger Coaching Services? At this time, I am not offering any blog coaching services.
What advice do you have for new bloggers? Starting a blog is not something you can do in a day or really, any short amount of time. You need to take your time in developing your mission and focus for your blog. You don’t have to niche down, but you have to have a clear focus on what your blog is about and who it will resonate with. When you have your “why” for blogging set-in-stone, you’re going to be able to grow faster and always have confidence in all that you create and write 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!
What do you use for lighting equipment when shooting videos? None! Well, no fancy equipment here. Natural light is a love of mine, so I always try to shoot in natural light. I’ll probably invest in a ring light sometime in 2021 since I see video content becoming a bigger part of my brand.