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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College Packing List

It’s an exciting time of year! Seniors are getting accepted to colleges and are trying to figure out their plans for next year. Preparing for college is an exciting, stressful, and emotional time. This summer will be a transition period where you have to start to accept that you’re no longer going to be living at home and you have to switch into adult mode. This summer, you also have to start packing up your life and prepare for dorm life.

Living in a dorm room, although a major adjustment, is a very manageable. The key to make sure that you get everything you need for your dorm room is to start early. Places like Target, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond are going to start putting out their dorm room merchandise as soon as Easter is over so it’s almost time to get a jump on things! I know, I know…you haven’t even picked a roommate yet. I still wanted to post this early so as soon as you’re sure of a roommate and college, you can get the ball rolling.

In this post I share the general things that you need to take to college. I didn’t include specific toiletries, food, school supplies, or clothing. I will be posting a blog discussing the smaller “knick knacks” that you will need when they head off to college. That post will be coming soon, so be on the look out!

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There are a few things on this list that I want to point out. First off, these are the things that I found to be super helpful and extremely necessary to my dorm this past year. There are a few “extra” things that not every needs like throw pillows, candles, or a carpet. I do think though that if you’re going to be living in a tiny box for 8 months, you should make it feel like home. All of the things listed above made me feel at home. I also wrote the post as if your dorm had your own bathroom and a Jack and Jill style bathroom — therefore you would be responsible for cleaning your own facilities.

I also wrote the post as if you had no air conditioning. My dorm has no AC but has great heating. This is the way you want your dorm room, being in VA I can bear three to four weeks  a semester sleeping on top of the covers, opposed to the 14 weeks I would need with 6 blankets piled in my bed. That being said, it will get hot in your room throughout September and in April/May. Fans are crucial for those few weeks and once it’s cool, just take them home for those middle months and bring them back after spring break.

I hope you find this list helpful and I hope you’re getting excited for move in day!! If you have any further questions please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at dailydoseofpreppy@gmail.com!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

Easter Dresses for 2017

Easter is in a month! I am so pumped for Easter because I love Easter mass and being able to spend the day at my Grandmother’s house. I have a huge family so each time we all get together, we always have a good time. I rounded up a few Easter dresses early this year so you can go shop if you’d like to! Everything is linked down below!

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Lucy

Life Update: Halfway Through Second Semester

How is it already (almost) halfway through second semester? I mean, I’m looking at the calendar already preparing for midterms and adding things to my shopping cart for spring break! I know that you guys love to read fun updates of what’s going on in my life and how I’m doing so I resorted to Twitter to get a sense of what everyone wanted to read. A life update post was the winner and I wanted to make people happy and give a little summary of what’s been going on these past few weeks!

School – School is great! I love all of my professors this semester and I find all of my classes really interesting. I’m taking philosophy, 3D calculus, religions of the world, prehistoric-1500 world history, and intermediate French. Calc as always is challenging but I’m studying really hard in that class and am hoping it pays off in the long run. Philosophy is definitely my hardest class this semester though. It’s so different and abstract that anything else I have taken in all my years of schooling. I was just at office hours yesterday asking questions and picking the professor’s brain. It’s so crazy that in just 14 days we’ll be taking midterms for the semester and I’ll enter into my final quarter of my freshman year. My roommate, Jess, and I were talking about how we only have 52 days of school left and about 21 days of those are Saturdays and Sundays. Before I know it, I’ll be packing up my freshman dorm room for another summer in RVA. I’m still debating on changing my major but if I do anything, it won’t be until next semester!

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Blogging – I am having a blast blogging! I always love posting but without a spring sport or nearly as many commitments as I had in high school, I find that I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have really invested myself in the blog these past few weeks and I think it’s really paying off. I have some great post ideas coming up and some amazing collaborations coming with companies such as Lauren James, Rufus & Royce, West End Monograms, and more! Not to mention that I am bringing y’all an amazing giveaway this upcoming weekend! I hunted HIGH AND LOW for a Lilly Pulitzer x Starbucks S’Well Bottle and I finally found one. After putting my name on tons of call lists and waitlists for one, on Tuesday morning a Starbucks in Midlothian, VA called me (at 8am) letting me know I was next on the list to pick my print. I managed to have my sister, Leslie, find another one at a Starbucks near her in Austin, TX for a giveaway! Stay tuned this weekend to enter and on information on how to earn additional entries!

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Sorority – I am loving ADPi more and more each day. I told y’all, I really didn’t like my sorority in the beginning but I am so happy I found a home here in ADPi. First semester, it took me a while to find my group of friends within my sorority but now that I have found my close knit group of about 6 or 7, my love for the chapter at James Madison has grown immensely. Just last night we went snow tubing at Massenutten Resort, a ski resort about 20 minutes from campus. All of my tests and quizzes were on Wednesday afternoon and we went tubing on Wednesday night so I literally had nothing else to do last night. Soon, we will start planning our spring  philanthropy event, our spring formal, and start Greek Sing but for now it’s just chapter meetings and little philanthropy events here and there.

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Family – The Smith fam is doing well! My parents are headed off on a long weekend to Charleston, SC this weekend (jealous!!!) to watch UVA baseball in their season opening tournament. Leslie is absolutely killing it at work in Texas! Lisa is headed off to NYC in a few weeks for an architecture trip and she’s so excited! Her work is so great, she’s insanely talented. If you want to shop her RedBubble account you can click here to purchase some of her amazing stickers! Libbie is kicking off spring lacrosse next weekend for her junior season! She’s really enjoying her junior year of high school. I’m just looking forward to spring break! My dad and I are leaving RVA for a few days and heading to the Big Apple! We’re going to watch a little of the ACC basketball tournament and explore the city and maybe see a show while we’re there! I’m already making a 6 hour long playlist for the car ride which will soon be available on Spotify. You can follow my Spotify here!! 

Faith – I have found myself praying more and calling on God for a lot more things. I usually am not one to ask for help unless necessary but I have been calling on Christ for help recently for both small and large requests. I have been asking for him to help me seek patience, more kindness, and the ability to look at a situation from more than my point of view. One of the bible verses I have been relying on is Ephesians 4:2. I have also been calling on God to help me not worry about others so much. I’ve caught myself comparing myself to others in the classroom, on the blog, and in life in general too many times than I would like to recently, and I need a little bit of help with that as well.

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What’s been going on in your life?? I would love to read your comments! 

Stay Preppy,

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