Blogtacular founders Kat Molesworth and Kat Goldin share their top blogging and photography tips
In just two weeks we’ll be at Blogtacular soaking up blogging tips, inspiration and mind blowing points of view from speakers such as Joy Cho, Caroline Rowland, Yvonne Eijkenduijn and more. We’re so ready.
If you’re keen to find out more about blog content, beautiful design, photography, and want to meet like-minded people, then join us at Blogtacular on 9-10 May 2014 at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
To whet your appetite for the event, we asked the founders of Blogtacular, Kat Molesworth and Kat Goldin to share their top blogging and photography tips. They told us about their own blogging journeys as authors of Housewife Confidential and Slugs on the Refrigerator and the lessons they learnt along the way…
Please tell us more about how you started your own blogs.
Kat Molesworth: I have been blogging on and off since the 90s largely dependent on whether my employer gave me internet access! When I had children I started my current blog. Housewife Confidential, to chart our family life and find community.
Kat Goldin: I started my blog to keep in touch with my family in America when I had my first child. The life changes that come with starting a family are often a catalyst for creativity and I found that becoming a mother opened up a new life for me as a crochet designer and photographer not least because I was blogging about it!
For new bloggers, the online world can appear stressful and intimidating. How can we overcome the blogging fear?
Kat M: Just write, write for you and write because you love it. Share what you are passionate about and find a few people who feel the same way. If you really love what you are doing people will connect with you because they’ll feel the love.
Kat G: Don’t worry about what is happening with other people or blogs. Thinking you will never be as good as someone else is a sure-fire way to stop before you’ve gotten started.
Have you got any tips for people who are looking for blog designs?
Kat M: Look for themes which allow you a lot of customisation. Keep your lines clean but reflect your personality in the design. All white blogs are nice but they need something to set them apart. We have dedicated sessions for design and branding at Blogtacular this May so come along for a master class.
Kat G: Do what’s easiest for you. Squarespace is a great for keeping things simple with no need to code yourself.
Do you have any photography advice we can put into action right away?
Kat M: Pay attention to your composition, ask yourself: is this the best angle for this photo? Do I want it balanced or off centre? Look at the photos you love and figure out why their composition is appealing to you.
Kat G: Look for the light. Find soft natural light and your subject will look 100 times better. Styling also makes a big impact and knowing how important it is to bloggers we have two styling workshops running at this year’s conference.
And finally, how can events like Blogtacular help our blogging adventures?
Kat M: Blogtacular will feed your creative soul with inspiration and practical sessions. We have so many amazing speakers who will be sharing their experiences with you. Coming to Blogtacular will help you take your blog to the next level whether you’re starting out or a seasoned pro.
Kat G: Meeting new people is the best part of blogging. Get together with blog friends or meet new people. Blogtacular is the place to find your tribe.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London