FAQ : Blogging Tips + Tricks


I’m often asked for marketing tips or how-to. When trying to build a business, entrepreneurs search for ways to maximize exposure in the shortest amount of time. I get it. I, however, think traditional forms of advertising are fading and new opportunities are sprouting for people to develop a voice. When I first started my business, I understood the value and importance of my website (which is, hands down, the key ingredient), but I used my blog to supplement my online presence. Unbeknownst to me, these two components became the only things I used to grow my business. And it remains the same to this day.

Blogging enabled me to add more flavor to who I am as a person, not just as a photographer. Some bloggers have an easy time posting everyday, I’m not one of those people. Writing everyday is a discipline. I practice and blog as part of my daily workflow. Sure, some might disagree with my approach, but that’s fine. I don’t blog for them. I write for my family, friends, and clients…and readers who share their lives with me. This site has become a place where people meet, share, and connect. That’s precisely what I want.

Because writing can be difficult here’s few tips you might useful to support your online voice…
* Keep It Consistent. There’s nothing worse than blogging with two-week lapses in between posts. It’s hard to cultivate readership when people waste their time visiting a site without new content. At the very minimum, a blog should be updated once a week.
* Personalize. I know some people are leery putting personal elements on the web, but I think that’s what makes blogs great. Flaws, idiosyncracies, flubs. It makes a blog relatable and likable. Now, I’m not saying to air your dirty laundry on the web, but incorporating snippets of your life is powerful.
* Schedule. If you’ve been with me a while, you know I love to make lists. And organize. And keep schedules. Sure, this might not be your cup of tea, but if you think about what you can blog in advance, it takes the pressure off of sitting in front of your blank computer. On Sunday night, I make a list of what I’ll blog for the week. Yes, this may seem crazy to most people, but it’s how I roll. Don’t hate until you try it. Then you’ll thank me.
* Create a Series. I love reading Wedding Wednesday, My Favorite Things, and FAQs from other bloggers. In the same vein, I started Kisses+Disses four years ago. Strangely enough, readers responded to things I liked (kissed) and disliked (dissed) and related to random stories I posted. These stories ranged from becoming an unexpected fish sitter to locking JD out of the house, and they were completely banal reflections of my life, but it gave readers a peek into my life.
* Keep It Simple. Don’t overthink things. Simply write they way you would talk to a friend. It takes the pressure off and allows you the freedom to express yourself just the way you are.

When it comes to writing about clients, I’m a huge proponent of crafting a personal post all.about.them. I don’t have a questionnaire for clients to fill out in advance, I simply ask how they met. During the engagement session–while shooting or walking to a new location–I ask how they met. It’s always a simple Boy Meets Girl story, but I ask questions to fill in the gaps and help me develop a story. The best advice I can offer is to listen. Truly hear what’s being said in between the lines, then feel the story. If that’s not your style, then try out what I refer to as the 3 and 3 Blogging Rule. And, yes, that’s a total Chuck Woolery reference.
* Write about 3 things that were unique to the day, and craft a sentence around each idea. (Ex: It was a cloudy day and just before the wedding ceremony, it began to pour.)
* Write about 3 things unique to your clients, and craft a sentence around each idea. (Ex: John is the only person who can make Kate smile so wide her nose scrunches.)
If you write three unique things about the day and three unique things about the client, you’ll have a total of six sentences…and last I heard (freshman year of high school, baby!) six sentences make a paragraph. Bam! Now you’ve crafted a personalized entry for clients and I believe it reveals a new layer to your business. Your personality.

This blog post is way too long, but I hope at least one person finds it helpful. If not, we’ll try again next week! If you have blogging tips you might find useful and like to share, please feel free to do so in the comment box.

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  1. Aimee

    January 5th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Sweet post! Good one for us little bloggers who are looking to do more in this new year 🙂

  2. Ashley

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Great info, like ALWAYS!!! 🙂
    I am hoping to really grow interest in my blog this year. 🙂

  3. anda

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    wink 😉

  4. Anne

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Jasmine! Your posts are never too long and ALWAYS helpful. I can never get enough. 🙂 Thanks so much for always sharing!

  5. Emily Dobson

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love love love your FAQ posts, whether written or video. In fact, I wish you did them every day! Okay, maybe not every day…I do like your pictures too. 😉 But yeah, post them as often as you like, and I’ll always be a fan!

  6. Leeka K.

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Awesome ideas! 🙂

  7. Kim Pace

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Great advice again. I promised myself in 2011 I would create a schedule so that I am more accountable on building my own brand and voice on the interwebs. 🙂
    Now to just put the plan in action.. 🙂

  8. Marge E

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Great idea – and yes your blog really shows a bit of your personality. I love it.

  9. Shaps

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Ive just started photography and have decided I want to take it up professionally. I am also moving to London from Australia in 2 weeks and have recently started a new blog. So much going on and now heaps to write about. I’m going to use some of these tips to write better posts. Thanks so much for being such an inspiration to me and for sharing such useful tips. 🙂

  10. Jenna

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This blog was super helpful! Blogging is something I find challenging – especially with what to say and how often to update! It’s great hearing someone else’s (a pro’s) take on it – Thank you for being an open book!

  11. shauna

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Yep. Very helpful as usual!!! Will remember your 3 and 3 blogging rules.

  12. Shaps

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Ive just started photography and have decided I want to take it up professionally. I am also moving to London from Australia in 2 weeks and have recently started a new blog. So much going on and now heaps to write about. I’m going to use some of these tips to write better posts. Thanks so much for being such an inspiration to me and for sharing such useful tips. 🙂

  13. Krissy

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    j*, you always have a great way to keep it real. i love it… 🙂

  14. Andrea

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for the useful tips. I came across your blog by accident a month ago and you are the final element that pushed me over to venture into photography. I have been soaking up every bit of Jasmine Star input and I can’t get enough. Thank you for willingness to share, you’re a cool chica. God bless.

  15. brittani

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    awesome. Love this post. Thanks!

  16. Taina Cunningham

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Jasmine AWESOME post! I have such dificulites in finding things to talk about on my blog… and when I do I have such dificulity getting it all out of my head and onto my blog! This blog is going to help me SOOO MUCH! I can’t thank you enough!!! Keep em’ coming Jas! You ROCK!

  17. Alison Ellis

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This is an inspirational post for the first week of 2011! Finding a true, authentic voice has been my goal with my blog and your tips are definitely motivating. Thanks!

  18. Michelle Vazul

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you so very much for this post. I am struggling to keep my blog updated consistently. I am NOT a writer – that would be my sister. However, I have been told over and over by a fellow photographer friend how important my blog is. I’m trying to take her word for it. I got a call today for a possible wedding. I have been updating the blog all week. Coincidence? Maybe. But, if it works, why not? Thank you, again!

  19. Julie Jenkins

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. I appreciate your insight.

  20. Britney

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Jasmine, Jasmine, Jasmine, you’re so silly. No such thing as a long blog. Enjoyed it all! Very helpful! Thank you! 😀

  21. Kim B.

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Love it! Great advice! My blog is lacking, so I think I’m going to resolve to fix that problem this year.

  22. Alicia

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Love this post! You make it sound so simple. Thanks Jasmine!

  23. Sandra Benton

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I always get something out of every post you share…thank you.

  24. Laura Henson

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This really helped me feel more comfortable with "personalizing" my very "business-ey/boring" blog. Thanks for the tips, they are simple and thats what my frazzled brain needed!LOL!

  25. Lorraine Daley

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks Jasmine. You are such an inspiration in regards to this. I give myself a D- for blogging this year. (an A- for keeping up with everything else). I haven’t put blogging at the top of the list…and i know how important it is!

  26. Cindi

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I just recently came upon your blog and read almost every single entry. You’ve inspired me so much and my husband and I are really trying to develop our photography. I even bought a used 20D the other day to help me shoot! It’s a great camera…and so cheap since there’s been many versions of it. But I just wanted to drop by and thank you for everything you do to inspire little people like me! Keep posting these wonderful entries! I look forward to them everyday!

  27. kim james

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I love the Sunday night planning and the 6 sentences. Doable reasonable and simple. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Jessica Frey

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Jasmine! I was totally having a creative block last week and took out a post it note and just started brain dumping ideas that I could go back to or rely on later. About 4 months ago I committed to blogging 3 times a week…2 posts about clients, and then my Freyday (haha, get it? Frey. Fri. Freyday. Only makes sense if you know my last name sounds like "Fri", yes! genius!) posts that were a bit more personal! I love the results and have honestly stuck to the schedule and even when it gets hard, love love love having that creative outlet to share with clients, family and friends!

  29. Jackie Lamas

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    these posts can never be too long! thanks for the blogging tips; i’ve always had a hard time getting more personal.

  30. Robyn

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I have a feeling more than one person found this post helpful. You’ve got one here, for sure. I just started my own blog last month, and despite the holiday craziness, I’ve been trying to keep it updated almost every day. You’re an inspiration. As usual. Thanks so much, J!!!

  31. Lauren Elise

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Great tips! Whenever I run out of my own work to blog, I put up personal posts (usually consisting of pictures of my dog…taking a cue from you and Polo). I figure the personal posts are better than no posts at all which keeps me motivated to blog. I love reading personal posts on other blogs and getting to see a small window into that blogger’s life. So I should be willing to do the same and share!

  32. Britany Simon

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I find blogging to be difficult each day too BUT (being a list person myself) it will definitely help to make a list each week what to write about.

  33. Katelyn James

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    blogging tip: USE SPELL CHECKER… or else your momma will point out all of your spelling errors in her comments! … maybe that’s just my momma:) tough love.

  34. Brittani

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Great tips Jasmine…as always, thanks for your willingness to share!

  35. Nicki Henne

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I <3 you! I have ALMOST given up my subscription to PEOPLE magazine because I find myself MORE excited to read your blog posts, then my favorite mag! PLUS your blog posts help me professionally, are earth friendly (no waste of paper and delivery pollution) and of course FREE! Keep Rocking it girlfriend! Much love!

  36. Svetlana Yanova

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I needed this! Every.Single.Time I struggle when it comes to writing a blog post. English is not my first language, I dodn’t go to school here and don’t know any of the used-to-be-popular TV shows (except Friends!!:)) or old movies (except Die Hard! lol)….I’m not so good with words and most of the time I find that I’m just trying too hard to sound funny or smart. (lame, I know)…I love your idea of planning blog posts on the weekend, and writing more about Me so my clients would get to know me better…Thank you!! 🙂

    PS I love going through the names of people who commented and every time I see a friend or two here..:)

  37. Andie Green

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Did you really have clients named John and Kate or did you make that up? Because I doubt very much if John makes Kate smile a big smile these days 😉 In all seriousness tho, I just started reading your blog and you are a true inspiration as I work to maybe someday follow in your footsteps. Kudos, my dear!

  38. Carrie Mundy

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I am trying to blog everyday this year. I have a newborn and I am capturing my life as a new mother. So far so good…but I am only 4.5 days into it. I am trying to keep it simple and real so I do not burn out. When I do not want to lug my pro camera body with me I carry my point and shoot or my iPhone. Only 361 post to go!

  39. Sonja

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I am so thankful for your willingness to share what you know! You’re like a photography missionary. God provides all my needs, and I’m receiving useful information and encouragement here. Thankful for you, and for your blog.

  40. Camille

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    This post is exactly what I needed. All week I have been trying to think of how to blog more frequently. Its a goal for the year. Thank you thank you for your wisdom and insight…as always!!!

  41. Monica

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Wonderful insight Jasmine! I love the personal touch you give everything.

  42. Mirko Herzner

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The six sentences thing is a powerful idea. Thanks for sharing the advice.

  43. Rachel Blew

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This is a great post. I’m just getting into my blog and such, and well in high school and college writing was never my strong suit. But I feel like when I can just write how I talk it comes out so much better, rather than making it all flowery. 🙂 Thanks so much for this. 🙂

  44. Candace

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I LOVE this post! I read your blog religiously and always find everything so entertaining and helpful, but this one is extremely helpful! Thanks Jasmine for being you so very well. 😉

  45. Kathryn

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks so much for these tips! I struggle with blogging and knowing what the balance is for personal stuff and business. Thanks!

  46. Yenta Master

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Didn’t Chuck say we’ll be back in two and two?!?!

  47. Teresa

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love this post, thanks for sharing. I’ve copied your post so I can print it out and refer back to it again. Hope thats ok. 🙂

  48. Alanna

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    SO helpful! Thanks Jasmine!!

  49. Annie

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Loving your tips and tricks! It’s not too long! Please share more!

  50. charlotte

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    you are amazing, j*! thank you so much for this advice. i will be launching my blog soon and am getting nervous so this was a huge help for me to put things into perspective! 🙂 happy new year!

  51. Leigh Skaggs

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Jasmine,
    Love you, your blog and your ideas, my problem is that I am not as interesting as you are. I don’t think people really care how much laundry I do, or what my kids said in the car this morning. . Do you think blogging is essential? I just don’t feel like I have enough to say to post with enough consistency. I think I could definitely write about my clients, but I don’t always have that to rely on…can you be successful without the blog??

  52. Mark G

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Many thanks for the post, a great help, will hopefully get me blogging more with these great tips!

  53. Jackie Beale

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Jasmine 🙂 I have always remembered what you said about the 3 and 3 idea and it’s brilliant!

  54. Jin

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Nice Jasmine…break-in it down helps you from breaking down right? 🙂

    Any advice for a duo collabo blog where he/she which would be Linda and I share the blog? I see it as a strength having both of ourselves to express on there. You made me think about staying consistent to the goals of why we created the blog.

  55. LEOLAK

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great tips! I was excited that I knew who the Wedding Wednesdays theme is from too! Your Kisses+Disses are always entertaining! These tips will surely come in handy when I get my own blog up ….hopefully soon! Thanks J*!

  56. Jessica Hunt

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    The longer the blog post the better ! I’m pretty sure I check your blog ten times a day in hopes that you will reward my efforts with a two-a-day. 🙂

  57. Becca

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    EXCELLENT tips!! Loved this post! Looking forward to more like this!

  58. gladys jem

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    i love that you blog everyday. it makes me happy.

  59. Sandy a la Mode

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    These are some great tips Jasmine! I definitely think it is important to keep your blog up consistently!! I am a fan of the series as well, for maybe 1-2 days a week and then a mix of things the other days!! 🙂 And scheduling posts in advance is SUPER HELPFUL!

  60. Amanda Mann

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you for this helpful insight! No matter what you share you always have some great advice. Sometimes I just need direction and you give it to me. THANK YOU!

  61. Sheila

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I use the sticky note program on my computer to jot down blog ideas.

  62. Nina

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks a lot Jasmine for the advice 🙂

  63. John

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you J*.

  64. lisa Cour

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Its been no secret to me how strongly you feel about blogging. For the new year I have committed to Mon and Thur blogging, with personal thrown in and hope to up it to MWF once I get the hang of it. The schedule is a great idea.

  65. jeramy

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    also…keep posts short. and always have a picture. oh…and link to other stuff in your posts. oh, and be extremely good looking….and have a special twist on your name to make you unique. are you thinking of anyone in particular yet? huh…are you? that’s right….you know what i’m saying. 🙂 happy new year. 🙂

  66. Mark Tabay

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Great advice Jasmine.

  67. Stacey - Total City Girl

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    So glad you wrote about bloggign today – I love to blog!! I definitely agree about keeping a list of ideas of what to blog about. It really helps. Also just want to add about growing your blog – if you comment on other people’s blogs, you will tend to get more comments on your own blog. Looking forward to your next post!

  68. Melanie @ Whimsical Creations

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    You have the best advise!

  69. Bethany Raelene

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Always helpful! I love that you are so willing to help out other photographers by sharing what works for you. Thank you!

  70. JamieY

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Very helpful! Your the best.

  71. Yuliya

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Jasmine, thank you ;).

  72. Erica Hartman

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    kissed. thank you 🙂

  73. April C.

    January 5th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I am a total blog stalker but I decided this year that I would try and leave comments on the blogs that I really identify with. I love the way to start blogging about a wedding with the boy meets girl story they are always so creative. The 3 and 3 rule is great and hope that it will give me the starting point for my blogs.

  74. amanda thiessen

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    love these helpful hints!

  75. Sarah Danaher

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    this certainly helps. thanks, Jasmine!

  76. April Williams

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you. You did not waste time at all. I struggle with blogging about my sessions because I feel like I am constantly saying the same thing over again! Great info. Loved the 2 and 2 reference, it made me lol.

  77. Marcie Jessee

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I love your 3 and 3 rule! For some reason I have a hard time writing my client posts w/out them all sounding the same (such a cute family! What great smiles! Loved them so much! etc. etc. 🙂 So this tip will help me think more creatively (and listen more!) for blogging

  78. bethany cox

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    im bookmarking this one!

  79. gene x hwang

    January 5th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Definitely some good tips – we’ve been doing much of this and our traffic keeps growing too!

  80. Julie

    January 5th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Excellent advise! Thanks so much!

  81. Edouard Montfort

    January 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting image…

  82. Stefanie Hampton Morrow

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    You are BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing how you start your blog post… I always hit writer’s block and tend to become redundant from wedding post to wedding post… As always, thank you – you are my HERO!!!!!! PS, my Mazzy girl says hi to your Polo 🙂

  83. Carol Nanfito

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for this. I will put it to use with my own blogging!! You are awesome….

  84. Kaysha

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Your timing couldn’t have been more perfect!! I was just having a conversation about blogging frustrations last night!! Thank so much for the suggestions!

  85. Mona Alicia

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I love these posts from you Jasmine, getting behind-the-scenes info is always fun, thank you!

  86. Megan Beth

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Lovin’ this blogging post. Now, since you seem to have all your ducks in a row, would you mind figuring out my blogging schedule on Sundays as well 😉 KIDDING. Keep rockin it girl.

  87. Pamela Aurino

    January 5th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Jasmine! Love this post! You totally inspired me to write every day and have made it my new years resolution! Still kicking strong after 5 days of the new year.. Newest post is called.. Wardrobe Malfunctions & The School Days hehe. Hopefully the personalisation works! hehe

  88. Chris

    January 5th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This is useful Jasmine. Thanks. I hope I can keep it up.

  89. Jenika

    January 5th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Great tips! I love writing when I get into it, and will literally sit and write for hours, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. So when I have a "writing attack" I’ll write several posts at once and schedule them. Then the blog does the posting work for me. My goal is to do more of this in 2011, thanks for the inspiration. Happy new year!

  90. Tracy

    January 5th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips, you are always so willing to share! One of my goals for this year is to blog a minimum of 3 times per week!

  91. Christy Johnson

    January 5th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Um, I think I love you. 🙂 So simple and doable! Thanks!

  92. FELIX WU

    January 6th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    This FAQ is truly helpful. Thanks Jasmine. I think my blog needs a little update. Haha

  93. Anahy

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    muchas gracias =)

  94. kayla :)

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    brilliantly put J* you are an inspiration to all of us photographers! 😀

  95. Lloyed Valenzuela

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Im one of the many followers of your blog…

    Thanks for the Tips, i totally agree with you!!! Making it personal can catch attention of the readers…

  96. Chris Aram

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    The personal feel to your writing is precisely what separates it from so many other photographers’ websites out there, IMHO. It’s also a big part of what it makes it so enjoyable to read!

  97. Kare

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Great tips, as usual. My blog has recently had a personality overhaul and I discovered blogging much easier when it’s personal. Will get it back to business at some point, but for now keeping it personal is keeping me sane.

  98. Kelsey {Las Vegas Wedding Photographer}

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing! I love that you are so personal on your blog. It really does make one feel like they know you.

  99. Carissa

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    i always benefit from your FAQs. thanks so much jasmine 🙂

  100. nena

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Thank you for this post! =-)

  101. Jonni

    January 6th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for another great FAQ post Jasmine. 🙂


  102. Shelby Tavern

    January 6th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    As always I love your advice and post Jasmine!! 🙂

  103. Alli

    January 6th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Jasmine, I definitely found this post helpful! Thank you so much for posting your honest and knowledgeable thoughts. My husband is a photographer and found your site a few years ago – we both love following your blog… and now that I’m also in the wedding business, I appreciate it even more! Thanks so much (again 🙂 )!

  104. Debbie Schwab

    January 6th, 2011 at 3:52 am

    As always… great stuff. I’m just getting my blog(s) going and really need tips from those who are rock stars at it. Thank you!

  105. Harmony Loves

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I love that you blog almost everyday. I actually get a little upset when I don’t get my Jasmine Star fix 😉

  106. Jessica Sweeney

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Thanks for this. I blog every day, but I do need reminders to be personal about it. Simple, but great advice.

  107. JasonG Photographer

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Great tips Jasmine!

  108. Denver Portrait Photographer

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Those are actually some really helpful tips. speaking of which I really need to get back and write a blog post of my own.

  109. Maria Corafel Thomas

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Thank you J.

    Your daily post is like my alarm clock. Since I have your blog as my homepage right next to my own blog page It picks me up when I feel like not having it. You inspire me to not overthink things to express me and not the forced Maria. Again thank you

  110. Jen Rice

    January 6th, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I LOVE the 3 and 3! Thanks so much for that 🙂 My brain doesn’t multitask very well and shooting, talking and remembering the spoken details are hard for me. The 3 and 3 will help soooo much! Thanks Jasmine!

  111. Katie

    January 6th, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Thank you! I love your take on how to keep this business fun, exciting and do-able. So many things seem so overwhelming starting off, and every time I come to your blog and read I am reminded of why I love it so much. The community, uniqueness and all of the amazing fun things we get to do. Thank you for being an inspiration for us all.

  112. ErikaM

    January 6th, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is helpful! Thank you for sharing. I’m trying to force myself to blog this year… I have about 100 drafts and never post anything. LOL.

  113. Jesisca Noelle Rozof

    January 6th, 2011 at 6:01 am

    love, Love, LOVE you!

  114. AnneMarie

    January 6th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for the helpful tips! I don’t agree with avoiding blogging lapses (in Keep It Consistent), as quality is much more powerful than quantity. Serious followers will subscribe to the RSS feed. You have quality articles so it’s great that you blog every couple of days!

  115. Kerrie

    January 6th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for your blog on how to blog – is was great, helpful, useful, and besides that, a great blog!

  116. Danielle Bryan

    January 6th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    SO hilarious!!! I was just posting on my blog (after a month of it sitting with no post!) I was thinking, i wonder how JS can do a post a day! She is amazing! And here, you posted about it!!!!;) I will try to remember your blogging rules!!! Thank you! Your fabulous!!!!!

  117. ANH

    January 6th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    AMEN! 🙂

  118. Lizett Esparza

    January 6th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Jasmine I freaking adore you! I stop by your blog every night after work, and just fall in love with all your wonderful words and gorgeous photos. It feels like Christmas when u grace us with all your tips and advice, how awesome is that! Thanks so much for always answering my annoying emails and for sharing so much with us 😉

  119. Lizett Esparza

    January 6th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I do have a question about blogs. I’m currently using photoblog.com but I’m getting a bit bored with it and I’d like to personalize it a bit more without having to pay a fee. Which free blog choices (if there is any) do you recommend?

  120. Elizabeth

    January 6th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Your blogs are never to long, I think they are to short personally, I love reading your stories….you are very entertaining and the advice you give is 100% from the heart.

  121. Emma Godfrey

    January 6th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Totally helpful, as always! I’ve just started blogging and try to keep it personal, as the business side is still catching up. One thing I love about your posts is that they’re detailed enough to make me think, or smile, or cry; but short enough that I don’t think, ‘I’ll come back to it’ – which I never have time to do. Like Jenika above, I go through moments of not wanting to write and when I do find the right mood I have to sit down for a while and write several in one go. Then sit back and schedule – it feels great!

  122. Helen Walsh

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve not blogged in a long time (tut!!) but this has inspired me to get thinking and blogging!! Thanks Jasmine

  123. Alex

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Jasmine, you rock. Thanks for always sharing.

  124. Christy

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the post and for sharing your lives so openly with all of us strangers out in internet land! 😉

  125. Jessica Williams

    January 6th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Super.Super.Super Helpful! Thank you!

  126. kelli

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    how come no video this time? 🙁

  127. Lloryn Hubbard

    January 6th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I am SO guilty of blogging every 2 weeks (yikes) this post was really helpful for me thanks!!

  128. michelle gunton

    January 6th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder of the importance of blogging at least once a week.

  129. stephanie

    January 7th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    loved it. <3 thanks for your help!

  130. Amy Rader

    January 7th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    You are always an inspiration. Love your brand and uber positive nature. Thank you for sharing.

  131. Jackie Plaza

    January 7th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Jasmine, Thanks for always sharing! It really is helpful. What I love most about you and your business is that you give Christ all the credit for your success! God Bless chica!

  132. SherryAnn

    January 7th, 2011 at 4:25 am

    This is my new years resolution. To blog. Thank you, thank you for helping.

  133. erika

    January 7th, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I’m completely guilty of not blogging on schedule, but something that helps me is to create an outline when the mood strikes. Don’t have time to sit and write a whole post, but have an idea? Get an outline into a post draft that you can come back and fill in the next day and schedule the post to launch whenever.

  134. John B

    January 7th, 2011 at 6:08 am

    The 3 and 3 rule is great (just have to get the details right after the shoot). So, what’s up with the pear?

  135. Dawney

    January 7th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I love this post! As always, thanks for sharing. One of my goals this year is to be a more consistent blogger & I need all the help I can get. 🙂

  136. Rudi

    January 7th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Blogs with good tips like these can never by too long. Thanks again for sharing!

  137. Christina

    January 7th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Jasmine, This was so helpful to me. Thank you : )
    Always be true to who you are.

  138. Shuva Rahim

    January 7th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Thats awesome! Thanks for sharing this. You’ve definitely inspired how I blog… totally agree on keeping a schedule!! … and you’ve inspired me to the point that I taught a Blogging for Business class last fall, and have been asked to teach it again this spring. Good times!

  139. Marian

    January 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Jasmine, Thanks for really useful tips – schedule is what I’m missing 😉

  140. cassandra-m

    January 7th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I’m a talker not a writer…but this helps me "understand" how I can write and blog better. thank u.

  141. Odalys Mendez

    January 7th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Jasmine, I love your blog posts. I think if you hadn’t been a photographer you could certainly be a novelist. 🙂

  142. Neil Patel

    January 7th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Good bloging info. "Short n Sweet", future blog three things about POLO 🙂 regards NEIL

  143. Jess Robertson

    January 8th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    great tips! i always do my blog schedule for the week on Sunday and it’s SO helpful 🙂

  144. adita

    January 8th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Thank you!!

  145. estherjulee

    January 8th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    your blogs are always helpful. even the personal ones. 🙂

  146. Elizabeth

    January 8th, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Thank you for this post Jasmine!!!

  147. Bridgette Marie Balmes

    January 8th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I love how you are always so considerate in your posts. "This is how I do it, but you don’t have to" with a little side of "and frankly I don’t care if you don’t like it." It’s pretty easy to love your work, and much more fun to just love you.

  148. Shannon Wimberly

    January 8th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    You never fail to amaze me! Just this morning I started my blog and then now I go and check your blog, and lo and behold, advise from the J* on how to do it right… this is not the first time your advise has come in such a timely fashion…. BRAVO!

  149. Adriana H.G.

    January 8th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks a lot for the tips!! Definitely useful as always 😀
    Just a tiny question: what’s with the pear? =P sorry, I just don’t see the relation!

  150. Giedre

    January 11th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Great tips! I’m just starting out as both a blogger and a free-lance photographer and I completely agree with you about needing to write consistently. I found this blog post very encouraging and I look forward to reading more!

  151. Shannon

    January 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Your amazing! I posted on my blog about this post & you! Seriously when can we have lunch! haha! Love your blog, style and photo’s, I’d get married all over again to the love of my life if I could have you photograph it! 🙂 Maybe one day! 🙂

  152. Stefon

    January 11th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Most of the point you’re advancing are still keeping me away from blogging, as I don’t want to do it just to say I have a blog… But I really enjoy to read yours!

  153. Sally Seymore

    January 11th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing! You are really inspirational – now there’s another item on my new year’s list! Blogging on a regular basis, of course!

  154. viscara

    January 11th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Your showit link is a broken link you may want to fix it.

  155. Mike Moore

    January 12th, 2011 at 5:26 am

    As always Jasmine, you are have so much useful information. Thank you for sharing. I am grateful of your generosity.

  156. Nuh Sarche

    January 12th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you for this great tips!!!

  157. s h e r r y

    January 13th, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Thanks for sharing, Jasmine!! 🙂 I love scheduling blog posts in advance. I’m thinking about starting a weekly series. (Haven’t decided on what though…)

  158. amanda thiessen

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    thank YOU! i often struggle with blogging but this helped a ton!!

  159. Karen Stott

    January 22nd, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I just had to comment because Isaac just read my latest post and said, babe, that’s way too long, you need to go read Jasmine’s blogging tips she posted a few weeks ago."!!! What the heck….he totally is IN the industry now and I LOVE it! And you 🙂 hugs!

  160. Kali Norton

    February 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Once again, your posts have provided so much helpful information. I’ve recently started a blog and have used so many of the tips that you suggest and people LOVE it! I’m from Louisiana, and well, let’s just say you guys’ California tech savvy business practices have not yet become the norm here. I’m hoping to stay one step ahead of the game!

  161. Myreikko Evangelista

    April 13th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love how this helped me brush off all the insecurities I’ve been having with the way I deal with my business and how I blog about my thoughts. I’ve had a rival silently diss the fact that I share personal stories on my blog, but the whole thing is about me and my work and what interests me. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. =D

  162. Khianna

    December 5th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love this post. I sent you an email and received this as well as several other links in response. I am inspired and have several new ideas to add to my blog. I love the 3 and 3 rule, great way to quickly create meaningful content. Thank you.

  163. Kelsey

    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Jasmine! You are amazing! Thank you so much for your email with all of the wonderful links. It so helpful & inspiring 🙂

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  165. angela hubbard

    December 12th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I have to get back at it. thanks for the tips Jstar

  166. Emma Powell

    July 3rd, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I like the personal touch suggestions. Don’t forget we also have to naturally include all the SEO, like your example of the Vera Wang dress. Names of venues and cities, "wedding photography," what other SEO can you get into your posts in subtle ways?

  167. Miriam Danar

    August 22nd, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Just discovered your blog, Jasmine, and can’t WAIT to read all the great articles and tips!! I just launched my new photography site and am excited to see where it will go – also have a Tumblr and Twitter, and starting a WordPress blog, so the challenge will be how to link it all together and create GREAT CONTENT that is valuable and engaging to my potential clients. Thank you for your generosity to all of us!

  168. Alexandra

    December 10th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for the great advice. Most people say to post often but many times is hard to come up work something to post or write about. So it is very helpful advice on how to post and easier come up with something short and sweet to write about.