Today First Site Guide was privileged to chat with Ryan Charchian from Fashionisto Diaries. Here is what he says:
I started blogging when I was in high school. I use to live right outside of Washington, D.C. on the Northern Virginia side. I documented my interests in fashion on my blog and was getting invited to local fashion events. During my sophomore year of high school I was able to interview Tim Gunn before he gave a keynote address at a local event known as All Access Fashion. After that, I wanted to pursue interviewing other people and I turned my camera on myself for personal outfit shoots. I started attending fashion week my junior of high school and continue to do so now. I attend college in the city while continuing my blog and my recently launched YouTube channel.
To me, it is a hobby that I’m passionate about. It could become a profession, but right now I have school as well which makes it hard to do it full time.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?
I’ve always known blogging existed it just came down to doing it “correctly.” There has been a lot of trial and error to figure out what the internet likes and dislikes. I’ve always known that an online presence is a must!
Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?
I’ve gone back and forth. I used to be on WordPress and I had some help, but now I am on Tumblr. Themes on the platform have a lot of customization options and making minor edits isn’t difficult.
It took years! My blog has evolved more times than I like to admit.
What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?
This is a Tumblr theme, so there aren’t many plugins. I would say that it needs to be designed for what you present. Photographers should have the photos larger, personal style bloggers should have the focus on their outfits, etc.
What 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.)?
Tumblr’s dashboard is the CMS you can use when a blog on the platform. I use Disqus for my comments though.
I try to do one post and one video a week. Consistency is mandatory.
How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?
I promote my blog by pitching brands. As well, when I do an outfit post, I tag the brands I am wearing. It really helps get you out there and to get recognition.
Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?
There are many ways. I just believe you should pursue the route that has the least editorial bias.
Always, but understand that it is very over saturated. You need to have a clear idea and vision nowadays.
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure if they need a blog of their own?
Even just have a basic blog is good because you can control your brand: yourself. As well, it is better to have your blog coming up as a search result rather than things you don’t want people to see.
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