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Blog Title: Peace, Love and Pretty Things
How long have you been blogging?
We started our blog in July 2009 at the urging of some friends. We initially thought of it as an online diary and as a way to share with our inner circle.
What is Peace Love and Pretty Things about?
We like to consider Peace Love and Pretty things a women’s empowerment blog. We use it as a platform to share our personal experiences and to help other women who are seeking guidance to become empowered to find their own truths and live fabulously on their own terms. We cover a range of topics such as inner beauty, parenting, relationships and self-development.
Why did you start your blog?
We were each dealing with our own life challenges and feeling very isolated while doing so. Yet, as we began to share with each other, we realized that we weren’t alone — and that other women probably felt the same way that we had. We wanted to provide a place of community and inclusion where women could connect on the basis of shared struggles.
How do you decide what to write about?
It took us a while to find our rhythm. About a year ago, we went through all our posts and took inventory of the main categories that we were naturally falling into. We settled on nine, and those topics have become the guideline around which we write. We rotate the topics between the two of us. Additionally, we maintain a monthly editorial calendar that keeps track of the topics as well as any features and guest posts that we’re working on. It really helps to keep us on the same page and to make sure the creative juices continually flow.
What are your favorite posts that you’ve written so far?
Kim: My favorite posts are probably the ones that we’ve written about dating and relationships, like Dating Fail: Why I Keep Attracting The Wrong Men and Food For Thought: Just a One Night Stand. It’s a topic that both men and women can relate to. They’re my favorites because it seems that people are less timid about expressing their opinions on our blog and because they have stimulated some great dialogue. The comments section of these posts is usually when we discover we have some male readers, too! And that’s pretty cool.
GG: My favorite posts usually involve me revealing some of the insecurities and struggles that I deal with and how I’m learning to overcome them. For so long, I tried to appear perfect to everyone and swept my problems under the rug. Being honest and vulnerable has made me feel more joyful and beautiful than I ever have. Our readers seem to appreciate that honesty, and my hope is that it helps them to be more true to themselves and not worry about what people think. Two of those favorites are Faking It: When Everyone Thinks You’re Happy but You and 14 Truths That Have Changed My Life.
What do you want your readers to take away from Peace Love and Pretty Things after reading?
We promote the beauty of the individual spirit and living life according to one’s own rules and what feels right for the individual (as long as there is positive energy behind it). So, what we hope that our readers will take away from our blog is the gusto to do just that! We want our readers to stop living in fear — fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of success — and jump right into living the life they are destined for.
Tips for people wanting to start a blog:
Our best advice for starting a blog would be to take it slow. Blogging is such an evolving industry, and with all the information out there, it can be tough to know where to begin and what will work best for you. Our perception of and our goals for our blog are so different now than when we first started, and the learning curve has been a huge part of the fun of it. We would suggest:
1. Choosing the platform that will work best for your intentions: Will your blog be photo heavy? In which case, Tumblr is probably the best option. Are you looking for ease of template maintenance and posting? We found that Blogger was the simplest when we were starting out. Are you an HTML pro? Then you might want to head straight to WordPress.
2. It’s not necessary when you begin, but eventually, we’d recommend working with a professional to design your site.
3. At the outset, blog for you, and don’t worry about the numbers. Be yourself, do what comes naturally, and concentrate on finding your online voice. Then the audience and statistics will come.
4. Be authentic. When we’re reading blogs, we’re usually attracted to the ones where the author is relatable. And we hope that’s what our readers see in us as well.