The Struggle Is Real: Thoughts On Running a Personal Blog

Since yesterday’s Reader Survey, I have been riveted (is that the right word? Whatever, I’m usin’ it!) by all of your responses! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and a teeny tiny part of me was scared that I’d get an outpour of cruel, anonymous feedback, because, you know, #TheInternet. But actually your feedback so far has been really loving, supportive, and constructive. If you all weren’t totally rocking my world before, then I’m pretty head over heels right meow. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, then follow me right this way. It’ll be open for about a week!

I’m planning to share all the results next month, but for now, one thing that a few people mentioned is that, for a “personal blog,” The Nectar Collective isn’t all that personal. Zing! Actually, not really, since that’s totally true! Let me essplain. I’ll be honest with you, sharing my personal life on this blog is something I’ve struggled with since the very beginning because I never really wanted The Nectar Collective to be a blog about my life. I do want TNC to be a relatable, useful, and inviting community, but I don’t want the posts here to center around my day-to-day.

One day, I’d love for TNC to be the kind of blog that doesn’t quite feel like a blog. The kind with (paid!) contributors, multiple (kickass!) posts per day, and a big ol’ community of thoughtful people who start their day with a cup o’ joe and The Nectar Collective. A girl can dream, can’t she? On that same stroke, I don’t ever want TNC to feel soul-less or corporate. I hope that whatever it is or becomes, it will always feel more like letters from a friend than an email from your boss.

So I guess what I’m getting at is that I will aim to infuse TNC with more of my (and Monja’s!) personal life, but also want to share with you that TNC probably won’t ever be completely about my lifestyle. Hopefully we can find a middle ground that we both enjoy, ya dig? Do you have any suggestions for how I could incorporate more of my personal life into this blog in a way that might feel good for us both? Currently, I do monthly check-ins and share about my week during Weekly Wishes each Monday. If you’ve got any tips for other ways I could make TNC more personal, I’d love to hear them. :)

One way that I’ve tried inserting more of “me” into my blog is by adding occasional style posts. I think style is very personal, and I enjoy the creative process that goes into everything from picking a photoshoot location to what color lipstick I should wear. I’m hoping to buy a new camera soon (any suggestions?) and really want to style some quirky + fun photoshoots.

I think today’s outfit is pretty indicative of my typical style. I tend to go for jeans, simple tops, and something colorful or kind of funky to add a little “flair” (that word always reminds me of Office Space) to my attire. The shirt I’m wearing is actually made for yoga, so the material is soft and the back is super cute + unique! Seriously, work-out clothes that double as regular clothes? I’m sold. You can peep all the outfit details below!

Outfit Details:

Shirt: (c/o Yoga Outlet)…they’re having a big sale right now, go check it out!

Purse: Target (here) | Sweater: Forever 21 (old) | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Target (old) | Necklace: Forever 21

How would you describe your personal style?

p.s. The winner of the blog consultation giveaway is Jordan Powell! WOOOO! I’ll be in touch via email with the details! If you didn’t win, you can always book your own session. One of my recent consultation clients sent me an email saying, “Honestly, I told everyone about our wonderful conversation and I loved every minute of our chat!” I’m kind of loving these already. :)

TNC Reader Survey 2014

Hi friends! As mentioned earlier today, I’m sharing my annual reader survey with you all, which will take you 5-10 minutes to complete, but will help me immensely in planning the future of The Nectar Collective.

I love doing annual surveys because they give me a different perspective about this blog – your perspective. I’d be truly grateful if you took a few minutes to fill out your answers. Almost all of the questions are multiple choice, so it should be quick for you, but crazy useful for me. :D Also, I know I previously mentioned that survey participants would be entered into a little giveaway. However, I’ve decided to take the contest aspect out of this survey, because I’d really like to hear from the people who visit TNC whether or not there’s a giveaway involved. I hope you understand! :) Thank you in advance for your support! It means a whole lot. Have a great one, everybody! :)

p.s. I’ll be sharing the results in the next couple weeks! Should be interesting. :)

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Live Create Repeat Branding + Blog Design

Good morning m’dears! Today we have another episode of “things I’ve been working on lately.” Today’s blog design is for Clare who is starting up a brand new blog called Live Create Repeat (a motto I can totally get behind!). As well as sharing her life on her blog, she also aims to start a coaching program, so we went for something that could be both fun and professional. I love the end result! What do you think? You can view the full site right here!

Have a stellar day, friends! If you’re interested in working together, you can view my design studio for more info. Let’s be pals!

p.s. Come back later today!

I’m going to be sharing a Reader Survey later today and would LOVE your input! Your answers will help me care for The Nectar Collective like nothing else can, so I’d totally appreciate your two cents. There will also be prizes for participants, and I’ll be announcing the winner of the blog consultation giveaway. WOO! Come back later today to take part! :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by The Nectar Collective. Sometimes, I receive free goods and review them on my blog. Rest assured that I only share products I love, and that I think you will, too. I also may receive a small commission from affiliate links on this site. I only link to products that I personally recommend and this usually doesn't earn me more than a cup of coffee. As always, anything I suggest is an authentic reflection of myself. Your support is what helps keep The Nectar Collective going and growing. Please note that all work and photos on this blog, unless stated otherwise, are copyrighted by The Nectar Collective and may not be used without written permission. Thank you so much!

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