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Hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekend was pretty low-key. I mostly spent it catching up on work since I was gone for some of last week at my parents’ house. One of my lovely blogger-friends, Candice Nikeia recently tagged me in the “blogger behind the scenes” tag. I thought it would be fun to share aΒ glimpse of my life as a blogger behind the scenes!

Pinit

Where do you blog?

I do the written part of my blog in my apartment either on my couch or on my office desk in the bedroom.Β Occasionally, I enjoy switching things up a bit and working in cafes and libraries. This summer, I want to try to work by the pool often so I can get a tan while I’m at it! When it comes to taking photos for my outfit posts, my go-to is exploring my area in Los Feliz. Sometimes, I will venture out to explore other areas like Joshua Tree, Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, DTLA Arts District… basically everywhere around LA! I also love snapping photos when I’m traveling, of course. Seeing new places can really give a new perspective and inspiration for blog topics.

Where do you find inspiration for your posts?

There’s not one single destination I could name for you when it comes to where I find inspiration — because it is EVERYWHERE! Inspiration will also depend on the type of post I’m trying to write. For example, an outfit post could be inspired by the latest lookbook to a brand that I really love, a season, or a trend that I’m coveting. A more personal or lifestyle post could be inspired by something I’ve recently felt or observed, or general life experiences I’ve had.Β This specific post was inspired by Candice! Thanks babe! <3 You all should check her out on Instagram if you don’t already follow her. πŸ˜‰

How long does it take you to do a blog post?

The amount of time it takes for me to do a blog post will vary depending on what I’m trying to achieve. If I’m stuck in a creative rut and don’t know what to write about, it could take me days. But that’s a whole other story.

For outfit posts, most of my time is spent shooting and getting quality photos. Quality is really important to me and my blog. Why? Because often times, I’m working for brands who select me as their influencer because of what I can deliver. After photos are done, it’s pretty easy to put together a blurb or two about my look and maybe give a few style tips. Shooting can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. 15 minutes is when I’m just doing one look close to my apartment, and anything more than that may entail more than one look and commute time.

For a post that is more heavy on writing and less on photography, then I usually can just hash out what I’m trying to write within an hour, and spend another 30 minutes to an hour to edit and make sure everything is good before publishing. For these posts, I usually pick one or a few stock images to go with them. For my favorite free stock image resources, see my recent post here!

In short, blogging is not an easy task and I definitely invest a ton of time into producing quality work. I would say the average amount of time I put into any post in general is 3 hours. This includes brainstorming,Β shooting (if needed), writing, and editing.

Do you plan your blog posts? If so, how?

Yes, I try to plan as much as I can because I’m naturally a planner, and someone with OCD at that. I try to schedule out my blog posts one week in advance, and typically try to hash these posts out on the weekends. That way, I can focus on the social media aspect during the week while working on other things, like e-mails and taking photos. Because places are less crowded during the week while everyone is at work (versus the weekend where touristy spots are always filled), I try to complete the photoshoot aspect of my blog then.

What kind of camera do you use?

I work with a professional photographer at all times on my outfit posts, so it will depend on who I’m shooting with and what that photographerΒ is using. My boyfriend shoots most of my outfit posts and he typically uses the 70-200mm (telephoto) lens on his Nikon D3S. Occasionally, he likes to switch things up a bit and use a 50mm or a wide angle lens. Stock images that I take on my own are on my iPhone 6. The stock photos of me in this post were taken by my friend Marlena who uses an 85mm on her Canon!

What editing programs do you use?

I LOVE VSCO Cam and Snapseed. I alternate between these two if the photos are taken on my phone! Sometimes, I’ll even use both. For example, I’ll first open a photo in Snapseed to add sharpness and enhance colors. Then, I’ll save the image and open that new image on VSCO, where I use a filter for a more “film effect.” If I have to edit photos from a camera, I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. While I do have a good eye for what looks good and what does not, my editing skills are not the best.Β Luckily, I work with professional photographers who do the work for me!

Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?

I have a notebook where I write down topic ideas as I brainstorm them. Sometimes, I will go on Bloglovin’ to get some inspiration for topics. Be sure to follow me there to not miss a single post!

Do you take your pictures?

I really admire bloggers who can set up a tripod and timer to take their photos. I can’t imagine getting the angles right (which is so important to me) doing this all on my own. With that said… no, I don’t take my own photos. I have professional photographers take and edit my photos if I’m in them. If it’s a stock image or a “from where I stand” shot, then I take it with my iPhone. DSLRs are too complicated for me.

What’s your favorite type of blog post to write?

Since Style Lullaby is mostly a style blog, I enjoy sharing my favorite outfits and trends most! πŸ™‚ However, I do like the occasional variety and love writing more personal posts, too.

Who knows about your blog?

I’ve noticed that more people know about my blog than I think! I originally started this as a hobby for myself to document my take on fashion. Now though, somehow my friends, friends of friends, family, friends of family, people on social media, and people around the world know about it. And if you somehow stumbled across this post, then you know about it, too! It blows my mind how connected the Internet makes us these days. My goal now is to make this a platform for people to relate and connect with others!

Are you an organized or messy blogger?

Definitely organized. I can’t stand working in a busy chaotic environment. I focus best when there are no distractions (except music because that gets me in the mood).

Biggest blogging pet peeve?

I’d have to say my biggest blogging pet peeve is when girls who blog in a similar field are secretly super competitive, almost maliciously. The way I see it is, there’s plenty of room for everyone — everyone has their own style, own look, and own perspective on things. Everyone has their own path, and one person’s path and technique to success will not be the same as someone else trying to pursue the same thing. With that said, I think it’s better to just be supportive and spread positive energy to and around others! At the end of the day, you are remembered for how you make people feel. Luckily, I’ve found many people who support me as an individual and Style Lullaby. For that, I’m extremely blessed!


Are you a blogger? I’d love to see your take on this behind the scenes tag πŸ™‚

Pinit

Hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me and my blogging life! If you enjoyed this and would like to see me do more tags, let me know in a comment below πŸ™‚

Photos by Marlena Pearl

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48 Comments
  • Jyotsna
    June 27, 2016

    Loved reading this post! xo
    Jyo
    http://www.cuppajyo.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks love! I would love to see your take on this tag if you ever have some time! I’ve always wondered how you manage to blog full-time πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day xo

  • Candice Nikeia
    June 27, 2016

    This was wonderful to read! We should blog by the pool soon! You have a great set up of how you blog! So wonderful! Can’t wait to read Christine’s answers!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      I can’t wait to see you in less than an hour! So glad you enjoyed my answers πŸ˜‰ haha! I would love to blog by the pool with you some time! It’ll be so much fun. I also can’t wait to see what Christine has to say — she’s one of my fave bloggers <3

  • Claire Nguyen
    June 27, 2016

    I loved this post, and getting to know you more. You are a gem! I am glad to have virtually met you Sharon as I’ve grown to be your number one fan. ??

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Aw Claire!!! You are so sweet! I love you so much <3 Thank you for always being so supportive and for all the love. I really appreciate it. I'm really proud of how fast you're growing as a blogger and individual. Congrats on 10K today -- can't wait to see the balloons πŸ˜‰ <3 xo

  • Meghan
    June 27, 2016

    I loved reading this. I am very similar with my blogging ways. I plan my posts out as well weeks in advance. Always working on that editorial calendar to get new content. Keep up the great work Sharon!!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Meghan! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad that you could relate with me! I can’t stand not planning lol >__<

  • Mariann Yip
    June 27, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this! It definitely allowed me to get to know you more and I couldn’t agree more with your last section. We should all support and empower each other. I am definitely a fan of your blog and Instagram so keep it coming love!

    http://WWW.MARIANNYC.COM

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Aww Mariann! Your comment made my day! Thanks so much love <3 If you have some time I would love to see your answers to this tag too πŸ™‚ It was my first time doing a tag but I think it's a great way to switch things up and also a good opportunity to be more personal. I'm glad we found each other on Instagram and I love seeing your beautiful posts on there xoxo

  • Jessica Perkins
    June 27, 2016

    Such a fun post idea, I’m so nosy and love finding out more about how people blog! Good shout on using the observatory, I love it there!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks Jessica! So sweet of you πŸ™‚ I’d also love to learn more about your behind the scenes as a blogger if you ever have some time to share on your blog one day xx

  • Antonia Ortega
    June 27, 2016

    Love this post babe! Thanks for sharing.
    xx

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks Antonia! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ x

  • Marcy Yu
    June 27, 2016

    I love this post!!!! Thanks for sharing Sharon.
    Its making me do one too πŸ™‚
    Love your honesty and the last answer I totally agreed.
    Have a great week babe πŸ™‚
    xx
    Marcy

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Marcy! Thanks for stopping by and for reading this lengthy blog post haha. I would love to see you do one! Let me know if you end up doing this tag because I would love to read your answers and learn more about you as a blogger πŸ™‚ xo

  • Tanvi
    June 27, 2016

    Hi Sharon, I loved this post! One of my favorites. You are beautiful inside and out. I love the support you have given me personally and I will always be forever thankful. You are surely someone girls can lookup too not only for your style but also for your positivety and support to others. Thank you for being you and thank you for sharing your life with us. Love you -Tanvi @kapofstyle

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Tanvi my love! You are always so supportive and kind, thank you so much <3 I really appreciate your love, always! You are also very beautiful inside and out, and I'd love to see your take on this tag if you have some time to share with your readers on your blog πŸ™‚ So glad we stumbled across each other <3 xoxo

  • Tamara
    June 27, 2016

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s nice to know how other bloggers do it!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by, Tamara! I’m glad you enjoyed this πŸ™‚ xx

  • Carolyn
    June 27, 2016

    that was such a fun post to read!

    http://heyprettything.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Carolyn! Thanks so much! You’re so sweet <3 xx

  • Kandja Sylla
    June 27, 2016

    I really love this post. I learned more things about you too as a blogger. Good to know that we have a lot in common like finding inspiration EVERYWHERE and being organized. The last part, I can totally relate. There sure are plenty of rooms for us bloggers since we are unique individuals with different personalities and style. So no need for any malicious competition. Love this post babe. You’re such a beautiful person. xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Kandja! I am so glad to hear that we have a lot in common! That’s always really exciting to hear because I never really know how other people are doing it. Lol! With that in mind, if you have some time I would love to see your take on this tag on your blog one day πŸ™‚ hehe so glad we have each other beautiful <3 xoxo

  • Aurela
    June 27, 2016

    You are a sweetheart Sharon. I am so glad to connect with you. First let me say i love your legs and your style of course. Also I admire your honesty on this post. I agree with you there is so many bloggers who are so competitive and jealous of others. Women should support each other. On that note wish I had a professional photographer, I use both the apps you mention but now I am trying to invest on lightroom and photoshop. I need to start learning, so much to do so little time:)

    Happy Monday cutie xox

    • Sharon Wu
      June 27, 2016

      Hi Aurela! Thanks for stopping by! Haha you’re so funny/sweet — thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚ I’m glad that we have each other for support <3 You're doing great things, babe! Lightroom and Photoshop are definitely great tools to have if you are going to edit photos on the computer. I used to use Picasa way back in the day (before blogging days) to edit photos... it is way easier to use than Lightroom and Photoshop but I think the options are way more limiting. One thing I love about blogging is that I'm constantly learning new things! Hope you had a beautiful day my love xo

  • Cielo
    June 27, 2016

    Wonderful post and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing! =)

    – CIELO
    http://www.mermaidinheels.com

  • Adelina
    June 27, 2016

    Aww Sharon, this was such a beautiful post!! Thank you for sharing about your behind the scenes!! You and your work are simply incredible and very inspirational!! xx

    http://www.thecharmingolive.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 3, 2016

      Thanks Adelina! I saw that Christine did her tag and tagged you πŸ˜‰ I’m waiting for your answers now, hehe <3

  • Christine Kong
    June 28, 2016

    I love this post and getting to know you more as an individual and a blogger. Love that you expose what it truly means to be a blogger and that it’s not just about outfits. Thanks for sharing Sharon!! Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 28, 2016

      Thanks for reading this long blog post Christine! You made it through! Haha πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it though. I do love my fashion-y posts but a bit of variety never hurt. I can’t wait to read your answers to this tag πŸ˜‰ <3 xoxo

  • Miki
    June 28, 2016

    Loved this post! Your instagram is beautiful and just love the photos and outfits.
    I think the competitiveness in blogging really unnecessary. There are so many different people with different views and styles. There’s something to learn from everyone and being humble and open-minded is so important so you’re always growing and learning – not even in blogging – but in life!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 28, 2016

      Aw! Thanks so much Miki! You’re so sweet. Love that we stumbled across each other on Instagram! Let’s keep learning and growing together πŸ™‚ xo

  • carolina
    June 28, 2016

    i love this tag i find them s interesting to see what everyones process is

    http://www.carolinapinglo.com/

  • Marlena
    June 28, 2016

    Interesting post, love! I love your answer to the last question — I couldn’t agree more and this is one of the many reasons why I love working with you so much! <3

    • Sharon Wu
      June 28, 2016

      Thanks girl! You’re so sweet! I love working with you too and hope we can get creative together again very soon πŸ™‚ hehe xo

  • Maggie Krol
    June 28, 2016

    Thanks for bringing us into your world. Great post!
    http://www.maggiekrol.com/
    Xoxo, Maggie

  • Lindsey
    June 28, 2016

    I love these types of posts. I totally agree with you about being competitive. Luckily, I haven’t come across many that are malicious. Everyone I’ve met so far is so encouraging and helpful. There’s plenty of room and I love seeing everyone’s unique style. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 28, 2016

      Thanks Lindsey! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this tag πŸ™‚ I’ll try to do another very soon! Very glad that you’ve also found a supportive group of people to keep ya going <3 That's always nice. Thank you for stopping by beauty xo

  • I loved reading this post Sharon. I totally agree with your last point, and I appreciate all the support you have given me!
    Thank you also for your tips on cameras and editing programs. I have never heard of Snapseed and VSCO but I am definitely going to look into them!
    Julia xx
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 1, 2016

      Snapseed and VSCO are my lifesavers! You definitely should check it out. I’d also like to thank you for all the love and support as well! So glad we connected on IG πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day xo

  • Stephanie
    July 2, 2016

    AHHH Sharon, I loved learning more about you and your blogging world! So fun! Your pictures are always so fantastic and your style is always on point. It’s awesome to see it in the making. You should definitely do tags more often ?

    Stephanie | drunkonvogue.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2016

      Awww I’m glad you enjoyed this post! It’s so long haha so props to you for reading all of that! I will definitely be doing more tags seeing how popular this one is. If you have some time to do this tag I’d love to read and learn more about you too babe! <3 xo

  • Dee
    July 3, 2016

    Sharon I loved this read! I especially liked how you added the fact that some bloggers can be super secretive. I have been wanting to start my written blog for so long and reached out to a few on tips on how to start, some were amazing and some did not ever speak to me again lol. I truly believe everyone has something different to bring regardless of whether you blog in the same field. I follow so many similar blogs I get something different from all of their posts and shots. Great share hun x

    http://www.instagram.com/sydney_styleblogger

    • Sharon Wu
      July 3, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by and for reading this lengthy post, Dee! Your comment definitely put a smile on my face πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you in that everyone has something unique to offer, so it’s important to build a community and help each other up. Your feed is amazing! Keep up the awesome work babe <3 xo

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