Answering YOUR Questions About Social Media, Blogging, & Sponsors

I love answering your questions. Being able to interact with readers whenever I can is super important to me and is one of the most exciting things about blogging. When it comes to emails and private messages, most are concerning social media, partnerships, and blogging in general. Last week, I wanted to open the floor to those who had questions so I could answer them for you today. I send out a Google form last week and last night I picked out some of my favorite questions and really thought out these answers. I hope you all enjoy and that they are helpful to you whether you are wondering about social media platforms or just how to get your foot in the door of the partnership world. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me!

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Image: Lilly Pulitzer

Q: Could you please explain the way a blog works. Do readers subscribe or get notifications when a new post is up? Or do they just check back daily?

A: I write a post each day, or at least I try to! Because this blog is public, anyone can stop by! I do have the option on the sidebar to the right where every single time I publish a blog post, it will be sent directly to your email but I also have a lot of loyal readers who swing by everyday to read. I know there are a few of you out there who read DDoP with their morning coffee each day! You can keep up with me through BlogLovin’ as well! Click here to follow along!

Q: Do you reach out to companies for partnerships or do they approach you?

A: A little bit of both. When I first started out, nobody knew who I was and I needed to really put myself out there. I would email a few companies here and there and I would get denied most often but sometimes, companies would take a chance on me. As I gained following through social media platforms, larger companies began to work with me then. As you get your name out there over time, the roles will be reversed and companies will approach you more than you approach companies. It is always important to have a way to communicate readily available for companies. Make sure that you have an email or a business contact in your social media biographies as well as a contact me page on your website.

Q: How did you come to advertise both yourself and your Instagram to gain followers?

A: I started Instagram with the intention of sharing my love for fashion and that was it. There was no ulterior motive to get “famous” or seek monetary opportunity out of it. I think that is an extremely important thing to notice. If you are in the blogging world and you don’t have the passion for it, you won’t go anywhere. When it comes to advertising for yourself, the key is to create captivating content that makes people coming back for more all while showing a little bit of your personality so readers can know you better. There are four key points that each blogger/Youtuber/influencer should follow in my opinion: communication, quality, consistency, and originality. You need to communicate with your audience through live streams, replying to comments and liking their photos back. You must have high quality pictures and posts; investing an a DSLR camera really took me to the next level. You need to be consistent, meaning that you need to keep at it. Post constantly, always be trying to best yourself and create better content than the day before. Finally, make sure you are original. Nobody wants a knockoff of someone else. Don’t be afraid to show your style, personality, and creativity!

Q: How do you continue to make such cute outfits without wearing the same thing 2 times?! Do company’s send you things or…?

A: I love reinventing looks. See, you think that I don’t wear things twice but I wear a lot of things over again, just in different ways! I take a lot of my outfit inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. I buy a lot of basics and versatile items so I can style them with a lot of different things. I pretty much buy all of my clothing on my own. Every now and then a company will send something my way but mainly things on my Instagram are just found on sale somewhere. Never feel like you have to pay a thousand bucks to look like a thousand bucks!

Q: How do you get more followers on your social accounts?

A: Social media can be a tricky thing and honestly, I’m still trying to master how best to use it. To help gain social media following I would do giveaways, collaborate with other bloggers, and focus on creating high quality content. Using hashtags and tagging people aren’t a bad idea either when trying to get your name out there. Remember though, a solid social media presence doesn’t come overnight. You have to just keep at it and work hard! If you do that, I promise it will eventually pay off!

Q: What do you recommend doing for sponsorships and brand deals if you are a smaller blogger?

A: Everybody needs to start somewhere. My first partnership was with a small vinyl monogram company. I then moved onto a company that would send me stickers, and then another that would send me promo items like koozies and pencils. It’s okay to start from the bottom and work your way up. I do recommend taking a leap of faith every now and then and reach out to a larger company. After all, the worst they can say is no. I’m not saying to rep a sticker company for a month and then hit up Lilly Pulitzer or Vineyard Vines but I think trying to perfect a craft at a small level and climb the ladder is important. If you are a small blogger I would first iron out the details of establishing a schedule, taking pictures, and growing followers and then work on sponsorships. Work on the fundamentals and then add things in. I would email a few people though and just put yourself out there, be sincere and kind, and really show them what you have to offer. Include your engagement rate (followers to likes and comments) and all of your stats!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May is just around the corner which means that Mother’s Day is on it’s way as well. Our moms are so incredibly deserving so we should spoil them with some fun goodies to show our appreciation. Below I’ve rounded up some goodies you can purchase for your mom, aunt, godmother, grandmother or anyone who has been a mother-figure to you. The items range from all different prices, so there’s sure to be something within your price range! There are gifts below for everyone. From the chef, to the entertainer, the fashionista, the gardner, and the coffee lover.

P.S. When shopping, don’t forget the flowers and the card!

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| Longchamp purse |Kate Spade recipe book | mom mug | KitchenAid stand mixer | hand cream set | J.Crew top | Kate Spade tea towels | S’well Bottle | Hunter wellies | Lilly Pulitzer straw tote |

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Lucy

Snowy Day in NYC

Yesterday is snowed all morning in New York City, and honestly it was so magical. It hasn’t really snowed all year near me in Virginia so it was nice to be able to walk around in the snow for a few hours. Fortunately for us, it never really stuck to the sidewalks and roads. The temperature however, dropped from 50 the day before to a crisp 31. We didn’t want to wander around in the show freezing all morning so we stopped off at the Natural History Museum and it was so incredible. I was secretly waiting for the exhibits to come to life (lol movie reference) but either way, the museum was great.

I had planned for it to be very snowy yesterday morning so I packed a warmer outfit. Yesterday I wore a pair of black pixie pants from J.Crew and a white “perfect fit” button down from J.Crew as well. I layered the button down with a leather pocket sweater from J.Crew Factory. It was a sweater from a few seasons back so sadly you can’t purchase it anymore. For shoes, I wore a pair of leather Chelsea boots that matched the pockets on the sweater. Everything that you can still purchase is linked below!!

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 Cloverpost Imitation Pearl Earrings • $28

Hayes street small isobel • Kate Spade • $328

Women’s Treasure&bond ‘Royce’ Chelsea Boot • $119.95

New perfect shirt in cotton poplin • J.Crew • $69.50

Pixie pant • J.Crew • $59.99

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Lucy

Current Obsessions – 3/9

Spring trends are starting to pop up now that fashion weeks all over the globe are starting to wrap up. I’m really pleased to see this seasons trends and to see how cute they are. Even stores like Target are really taking the trends and doing them justice. I am currently obsessing over so many fun Spring trends and I wanted to share them with y’all today. As always, everything will be linked below for your shopping enjoyment! Make sure to let me know below what your favorite trends are this season!

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Lucy

New Obsessions No.2

I was so pleased with how much everyone enjoyed my obsessions post from last week. If you missed it, you can read it here! I used to do them way back then in the beginning of DDoP and I never really liked how I formatted them and so I tinkered with formatting for a while and I really love the way today’s turned out. I definitely did take a little inspiration from Lonestar Southern (because let’s face it, she’s the cutest) and I need to give credit where credit is due!! Enjoy!

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Lucy