Happy 2017, you guys! I hope you had an amazing holiday, but now it’s time to get down to business and back to our regularly scheduled programming… Last year I set some goals and then promptly forgot about them. Little did I know that I’d dive head-first into the home buying process and that I’d get totally thrown off track because of that huge moment in my life. 2016 certainly brought many ups and downs, many of which threw me off track. This year, I want to focus on the simple stuff. Here are a few goals and resolutions for 2017:
That’s right you guys… the ultimate sneak peek, behind the scenes of what really goes on here at Jojotastic HQ… bloopers! Instead of doing a ‘best of 2016’ post, I wanted to share some of the kooky stuff that happens during all of our shoots, brainstorming sessions, travels, and adventures. There’s quite a few… so enjoy and we’ll see you in 2017 (I’ll still be posting on Instagram)!
Last week we kicked off a 2 part series with my actual lawyer, Matt Landis, where he answered questions submitted by you guys — today is part 2. We’re chatting about thrilling, but necessary topics such as copyright law, ownership of photographic rights, and crediting images! Keep reading to get all of the details for your own creative business pursuits.
After my Basics of Sponsored Content post went live, I was inundated with loads of emails and comments from you guys asking questions that I just plain didn’t feel equipped to answer on my own. I’m still figuring it all out as I go! So I reached out to my actual lawyer, Matt Landis, for some expert help. He has been an unbelievable resource as I grow my business, to the point where we are almost in constant contact as I navigate the waters of being a professional blogger and art director.
We did a little Q&A session that covers everything from image rights to FCC guidelines to contract negotiations and invoicing. This is an amazing resource you guys, so be sure to keep reading!
For today’s The Business of Being Creative, I want to share some of my favorite resources that help me run my business smoothly on social media. I’m a firm believer in scheduling as much social media as possible so that I can live my life without constantly being connected. I feel like not very many bloggers talk about this because it means peeking behind the curtain and seeing that we aren’t actually posting in real time… but hey, we all have to unplug sometimes! I really cherish the time I spend living away from the internet and find that I come back to my job with totally fresh eyes. That being said, I’ve embraced and experimented with lots of tricks and tools for scheduling and planning my social media:
ps — We’re still working on a Q&A post with my lawyer to answer questions about contracts, negotiations, copyright and more… if you’ve got questions leave ’em below in the comments or email me!
Before we dig into this post, I wanted to thank you all so much for the amazing feedback and comments on the first post in this new series, The Business of Being Creative. It feels awesome to know you guys are happy about this new content!
I wrestled with where to go from here and which topic to discuss first, but ultimately decided to start with the basics and build from there. A large part of what I do on a day-to-day basis is curate sponsored content in partnership with brands. Lately, though, I’ve noticed there seems to be a bit of backlash about bloggers posting lots of sponsored content and confusion over what counts and what doesn’t. Like why don’t the Kardashians disclose their sponsored Instagram photos? Totally not ok.
Today I’m going to give you specific examples of past sponsored posts I’ve done here on the blog and on social media so that you can see how we handle sponsored content around here.
Sometimes inspiration strikes at the weirdest time. For example, I always think up my favorite blog topics while I’m in the shower. Most recently, I realized that some of you may not know my full career path and how I got to where I am today. This got me thinking that the bigger topic I want to discuss is way broader and more about what it’s like to be a blogger, how to get into the world of designing products, even how to navigate the legal world of contracts, NDAs, etc. I realized that I’ve been so strategic in my career and choices that I’ve made, no matter how big or small, that I wanted to share it with you! Meet my new series called The Business of Being Creative… and to kick it off I’m sharing my journey to where I am today in my career.