Cort In Session by Cortney Dryden

My style emerged as an outward expression of that in recent years. I had spent years combing through blogs, growing a deeper appreciation for the risks they take and how the paradoxical pieces seemed to work. I felt that Cort In Session could challenge me and ground me as a navigate my twenties. I also focus on making the most out of my style on a budget. Rarely does anything on the blog exceed $100.Beyond that, I’m hoping that the blog develops as a lifestyle blog as well; an online diary for my friends and family scattered around the country now. I hope it develops and grows as I do and I hope you enjoy!

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Is fashion blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Fashion blogging is a hobby of mine. I work full time for a NASCAR team and for a number of years, was the only girl on the team. I needed a girly outlet to express that side of me as well and that a blog would be the perfect place.

When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?

Not only do a work for a NASCAR team, the majority of my spare time is spent taking in racing at the local tracks. Because of this, my closet full of nice clothes and heels was sitting unworn. I had been a casual reader of blogs in the past and was inspired reading The Happiness Project to start my own.

Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?

I made the website myself. I run a graphic/wed design company, Design Accelerated, and was excited to build something feminine instead of the racing sites I was accustomed to.

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The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?

It took me quite some time and I still don’t think I hit the nail on the head because most people think my blog is about law.

What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?

I use WordPress on my site and the most important WordPress plugins I use are Akismet (to block spam), jQuery PinIt (some readers can easily pin my images to Pinterest), and WP Smush.It (so my images take less time to load).

ShopDressUp6What CMS (Content Management System) do you use on your blog? How hard is it to navigate within your CMS (making a new post, inserting images, moderating comments, etc.)?

WordPress. It is beyond easy to navigate, post, and design your perfect website.

How much time do you spend blogging?

I dedicate about a half day a week to it. I really wish I had more time though!

How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?

Yes, I use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ to promote each post. Bloglovin’ is great (and addictive) if you haven’t downloaded it yet.

Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?

Affiliate sites like RewardStyle and ShopSense are great for earning a commission off your site depending on the number of readers you have. I would suggest establishing your blog first before reaching out to anyone though. If you build it, they will come 😉

fc58be354936bb33f6c4dc5e47e36b2fWould you encourage other people to make their own blogs?

Yes! The fellow bloggers I have met through this is the best part. Bloggers tend to be motivated self-starters and they have become some of my closest friends.

Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure if they need a blog of their own?

I kept my blog offline for quite some time; like a digital diary just for me. But if you are itching to share your style, ideas, thoughts, etc. with the world, it is the perfect outlet!
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