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  1. Thank thank you so much for such an in-depth detailed blog. I was wondering besides the ads on your blog are there other ways that bloggers earn money to make a living?

    1. Hi Leslee, Thanks for popping in to read this post!! The main two ways that I’m aware of to date are the ads and the affiliate marketing programs. If you will read over #9 of my post it may help a little in this area and tell you how to find (via Google) some affiliate marketing programs that are currently out there. Best of luck to you and please don’t hesitate to ask more questions if you have them. You are also more than welcome to email me from the contact form of my site! Xo

  2. A full year already!!! I’ve loved watching your journey; the attention to detail and your heart and soul going into EVERY SINGLE BLOG POST, is inspiring! You and Jen have been some of my best ‘students’ and I’m thrilled to see soooo many successes happen in your first year – this is not the norm people! But you’re a true testament of what passion and dedication (yes, lots of talent too) looks like. Kudos friend! ?

    1. Tana, Thank you so much for stopping in!! I hope you know I could not have done this without you and your amazing talent (and patience with me;). You are simply amazing and I owe a lot of my success this first year to you. Thanks for being such a professional and for also being a good friend…love you to pieces!!! Xoxo

  3. Congratulations, Bree! Your blog is just lovely and always inspiring. I’ve been blogging for two years but only recently decided to pursue it as something more than a hobby. Your tips are so helpful–thank you!

    1. Michele, I am so glad to hear this post was helpful!! And kudos to you for taking the next step with your blog and making it a business…I know you will do well and thanks for popping in!! Xo

  4. What a great article!! I only post pics of my home on IG for fun, but this article answered that question I kept asking; “How do their pictures look so great???” I had no idea there was special lighting added!! I do appreciate the camera suggestion. Mine is quite old now and I have been thinking of getting a new one.
    Very informative article – great job!!

    1. Thank you, Diana and thanks for stopping in today. I rarely have to use the lighting kit and usually lighten a little for IG anyway but it is a nice tool to have on those gloomy days when doing a photo shoot. Thanks for the sweet comment and I’m so glad this article was helpful!!! Xo

  5. Awesome tips Bree! You are such a success story and it is so kind and generous of you to share your knowledge with others. Thank you for your kind words… are such a dear friend! xoxo

    1. Jen, truly I couldn’t have done this without you and I am so very thankful for our friendship!! Happy anniversary to you and YOU are the on this is a success story, my dear friend!! Xoxo

  6. Hi Bree!
    I love reading your blog and I appreciate all your insightful ideas about becoming a better blogger.
    You are so talented and so big-hearted it’s a treat to read and follow all of your creativity. Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous photos of your home and others…CONGRATULATIONS on your 1st Anniversary! Cheers to many more years of success!
    Fondly, Lisa

  7. So many great tips Bree! I wish I had come across this post two yrs ago when I first started my blog! I stumbled around with my blog forever before I found Tana, even then it took me almost a yr before I broke down and had her redesign my blog. Best decision ever! I’m so excited to follow your journey 🙂 oh and btw, we use the same camera and lense and my pics definitely aren’t as good as yours! I’m pretty sure it’s not user error, but it is a possibility ?.
    See you in two weeks Gal!
    Xo Jen

    1. Jen, seriously your photos are gorgeous girl!! Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m dying to meet you very soon:)) Can’t wait to hug your gorgeous neck!!! Xoxo

  8. Bree!! One year! I can’t believe it. It has honestly be such a joy for me to watch you start your blog and IG and grow them to what they are today. I am so beyond impressed and proud and just grateful to call you a friend! I hope we are blogging besties for years to come! And yes! Even long after blogging is behind us. 🙂 Congrats on all of your success cutie! No one deserves it more! xo

    1. Erin, seriously you have me in tears!! We will be besties forever regardless of blogging or not! I am beyond over joyed that I’ll be seeing you about this time tomorrow in your lovely home!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!! Love you my dear friend!!! Xoxo

  9. Gongrats on your first year! Cheers to many more! These are some great insights and I’d like to thank you for sharing them with us (I’m also new in blogging and these tips will come in handy). To be honest, this is the very first post I read from your blog and as such I can assure you that your sincerity has captivated me. So from now on I’ll be one of your many followers! (I just became your follower at Pinterest)! I’ll keep in touch!

    1. Thank you so much and I’m so happy you found this post helpful!! Thanks so much for following along and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future! Xo

  10. I’ve enjoyed reading through your tips for blogging! I’m a new blogger and really appreciate your insight. I’ve learned a lot just through reading through this. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with your beautiful heart and talent for decorating! Blessings, Lisa xoxo

    1. Lisa, thank you so much for the sweet comment!!! And that is exactly what makes me want to continue doing this as long as I can and I’m so glad you learned something from this post! Best of luck with your blog and thanks so much for stopping in!! Xo

  11. I’m so proud of you, Bree!! You had a fabulous first year and I can’t wait to see what more you accomplish! Grateful for your friendship on this journey! Wishing you all the best Xoxo!

    1. Thank you so much, Summer!! I’m grateful for your friendship as well and again, I am so looking forward to seeing you very soon!!! Bug hugs coming your way sweet friend!!! Xoxo

  12. Thank you for your tips. I love decorating as a hobby and a lot of my friends have suggested that I start a blog.. I haven’t done so because I didn’t know how to start. Now I do if decide to go that route. Thank you also for your beautiful site…. your home is gorgeous and your ideas amazing.

    1. Liz, how sweet of you to say so! I’m so glad you found this post helpful and that’s why I keep doing what I do. Thanks for stopping in and I hope to hear from you again soon!! Xo

  13. Congrats Bree! What an amazing year you have had! I’m so thankful that IG and blogging has introduced us! Here’s to another fabulous year! xo

    1. Randi, I am so very thankful for you too my friend!!! couldn’t have done this without you and the support of our special group!!! Love you!! Xoxo

  14. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I have been following you since you started and have recently (nearly one month) started my own design blog, It is unimaginable all of the things that go into this and it was nice to see some helpful information.

    1. Ashley, best of luck to you with your blog…I know you will do great!! There is so much to blogging so I’m glad this post was somewhat helpful…I wish someone had told me all of this when I started so that’s why I wanted to share as much as I could about it. Take care and stay in touch!!! Xo

  15. Congratulations! I continue to look forward to every new post! This was an interesting article and you have put a great deal of work into your blog. BUT, you have tremendous talent in decorating and your home is just beautiful. This is what keeps me coming back!

    1. Awe Linda!!! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and that is exactly what keeps me plugging away at this. I’m so thankful for your readership and I appreciate you coming back again and again!! Take care and thanks again for stopping in! Xoxo

  16. Congratulations my dear friend! You are such an inspiration to me and I’m sure to so many others! I’m so happy to have you as a friend and I couldn’t be more blessed! You are such a true talent and I love visiting your blog for inspiration!! Love you! xo

    1. Thank you Tam!! Couldn’t have done it without your support and the support of our little group! Love you my friend!!! Xoxo

  17. Wonderful and insightful post – thanks so much for sharing! And congratulations on a year of amazing success 🙂 I read both your blog and Jens and they really are wonderful – and have helped me focus my own blog. Congrats to both of you!

    1. Thank you so muck for stopping in and reading our posts!! I’m so glad they were helpful and I hope you will come back, and best of luck to you with your blog!!! Xoxo

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