I get so many questions from you guys about blogging that I thought I’d dedicate a whole post to answer your FAQ’s! I did a post a while ago on How to Start a Blog, but here, I’ll answer all the questions that you guys have asked me recently! I get lots of questions from social media and each day I really look forward to hearing what you guys have to say. You all have helped me so much along the way! I get lots of questions about my business as well as personal questions, but I thought I’d dedicate this post to blogging, my advice on how to start a blog, and some of the equipment that I use. In the near future I’ll share FAQ’s about my personal life, so if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!
YouTube Vlogging Equipment:
What camera do you use to film for YouTube?
What camera do you recommend for beginners?
I started with a Canon T3i Rebel which is relatively inexpensive and user friendly, but if you are just starting out you can use your phone’s camera. If you’re willing to spend money, the Canon 70D or 80D are good options because they have autofocus for video. It’s important to remember that quality content is far more important than the equipment that you use.
What camera do you use for vlogging on the go while traveling?
What is your lighting setup?
What microphone do you use?
My microphone is a Rode Video Mic Pro.
How long does it take to film and edit a YouTube video?
It varies for each video. Filming usually takes one to two hours and editing can take anywhere from a few hours to almost a day! On average it takes about six hours to edit. I tend to be a perfectionist, so I want each video to be just right before I post it!
How do you keep all your makeup organized for video shoots?
I keep all my makeup in three sets of Alex drawers from Ikea. Before each video, I collect the makeup products I’ll use in the video in a tray so they’re on hand as I’m filming.
What program do you use to cut and edit your videos?
To cut and edit my videos I use FinalCut Pro, but I started on iMovie and it’s great for beginners.
Filming and Photo Cameras:
On-the-Go Vlogging Cameras:
What’s your favorite camera to use for blog posts?
What apps do you use to edit your photos?
I use VSCO (my favorite!), FaceTune, Snapseed, and Darkroom. I layer a few different filters so that each picture looks just right!
What did you do before you started SimplySona?
My family owns an insurance agency and I was an agent there. Thankfully, I had the flexibility to pursue my love for makeup so I worked as a makeup artist at MAC. From there, I worked as a freelance makeup artist.
Where do you shop for your outfits on your blog?
When did you switch to become a full time blogger?
I’ve been working on my YouTube channel for over four years! I slowly transitioned from doing YouTube and working as a freelance makeup artist to just focusing on vlogging! I started my blog a little over a year ago.
How do you grow your following on social media?
This is a hard one! I try to be consistent and engage with followers. Having a pretty and uniform aesthetic also helps!
How do you come up with new content each week?
I listen to you guys! I get a lot of content based on comments and from keeping up with new releases and trends.
Do you run the blog by yourself?
I don’t! I work with a small team. KB helps handle the business side of the blog and to manage a lot of the projects and collaborations that I’m working on. I also have a photographer and an intern!
What are your best tips for growing your blog?
Honestly, having a passion for what I do and a consistent posting schedule has been the best way to grow my blog! Sharing valuable content that helps others really works too, because you guys share it and that allows for others to discover my blog. Lastly, cross promoting my blog on social media and on my YouTube channel has also helped me a lot!
How can you turn blogging into a career?
Your blog has to be something that you love and are passionate and knowledgeable about, otherwise you can burn out quickly. It takes a really long time to start making money and I think that passion and consistently putting out great content are really key to successfully transforming your hobby into a career. Hard work pays off!
How do you contact beauty brands for collaborations?
I don’t contact brands for collaborations! Once you have a big enough following, brands will contact you! Make sure to post quality photos and use the brand’s hashtags when tagging them on social media so they can discover you.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned from being a blogger?
I learned how to manage lots of moving parts! From handling lots of projects to consistently updating the blog, social media, and YouTube, there are a lot of details! Since this isn’t a normal 9-5 structured job, it takes a lot of discipline, organization, and planning to make sure that everything is the best it can be.
What’s your best advice to someone who’s starting out blogging?
It’s never too late to start! A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they need lots of equipment. You don’t need expensive equipment to start, you just need a passion and the ability to share it with others through writing and visuals! Don’t start out with the mindset of making money but focus your energy on delivering good content that readers will enjoy. Oh, and taking a photography class or having the passion to learn the basics of photography is a must!
I hope you guys learned a lot from this post about how to start a blog! Don’t forget to ask some more questions in the comments for my upcoming personal FAQ post!