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 blog! This space is all about conversation and growth.
Who takes your photos? For style photos and any photos that I’m in outdoors, 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. All product and lifestyle images that I’m not in are taken by me. I also use a tripod, self-timer, and manual focus for when I’m taking photos indoors that I need to be in.
Can I guest post on your blog? Unfortunately, I am not accepting guest posts at this time.
Do you want to join my affiliate program? No, thank you. 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. As a blog, 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 full-time job. When you have a job, you deserve to be paid. Point blank. I want to be a work-at-home mom one day and blogging will make that a 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. Brands also reach out to me directly. 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’m not a sell-out who’ll post about any brand or product just for the money. The sponsored content that I create is always 100% my authentic, genuine view of the brand/product.
I want to start a blog. Can you walk me through that? I’m more than happy to give some basic tips and tricks to starting a blog, but anything further than the basics, I’d be happy to work with you in a coaching session. Read more about my Blog Coaching here.
What’s some advice you give to new bloggers? Take your time creating your mission and focus. You don’t have to niche down, 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 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!