Blogging & Personal Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve been asked these questions numerous times, so I figured I’d put all the questions + answers is one easy FAQ page for you guys to reference!
How Old Are You?
Are You in College?
Yes! I am a sophomore in college and I’m majoring in Information, Sciences & Technology with a focus in Website and Application Design and Development. In simpler terms: I’m learning to code and build websites.
How Do You Balance School and Blogging?
Simple: priorities. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – both the blog and graduate college – so it’s something I’m going to do.
Plus, I find blogging fun, so I look forward to writing posts, takings pictures, editing, traveling, meetings, etc.
Why Did You Start a Blog?
Short answer: I wanted to, so I did.
Long answer: read my About Page.
What Camera Do You Use?
The camera I use the [amazon_textlink asin=’B071K62DPN’ text=’Canon EOS Rebel SL2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4454ffc1-11a4-11e8-8ee5-1921a005b9be’]. I have 3 different lenses to go with it – the standard [amazon_textlink asin=’B004MKNBSW’ text=’18-55 mm lens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’52599015-11a4-11e8-b8fc-639c4585440d’], the popular blogger’s [amazon_textlink asin=’B00009XVCZ’ text=’50 mm lens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5e5e58a3-11a4-11e8-ab28-b1935c9e70fa’] (the blurry background lens), and a zoom [amazon_textlink asin=’B01HQLVXFG’ text=’75-300 mm lens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6ab90918-11a4-11e8-940d-afc48e9cb688′].
Lens filters are also important as I use them to primarily protect my lenses. Although, they can also me used to change the style of your photographs. I use the [amazon_textlink asin=’B004GYZ4JI’ text=’Polaroid Lens Filters’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1cb72248-11a5-11e8-aaa8-5f20ea9ddecf’] with the appropriate size for each lens.
What Other Tech Stuff Do You Recommend?
Music is really important to me in general, but it also helps me focus while writing blog posts, taking pictures, editing pictures, and all the other blog-y stuff. I like ones that have noise-cancelling and a good bass, so I recommend the ever-popular [amazon_textlink asin=’B01BKW6N02′ text=’Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f6f8cb41-4d07-11e8-a297-613fe65a3de3′] or the [amazon_textlink asin=’B075G3KM71′ text=’Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0ca2c125-4d08-11e8-bb7f-6bb1648214d3′].
How Did You Set Up Your Blog? Did You Do it Yourself?
Yes! I taught myself how to do everything for free online. It’s amazing what the internet can do nowadays. Furthermore, after my type-A extensive research and comparison of all my options, I went with a self-hosted WordPress blog. WordPress is user-friendly, secure, and looks the best.
The reason for going with a self-hosted blog is because if I didn’t, my site would be teresabarker.wordpress.com, instead of teresabarker.com. I wanted more control over my site, my own domain name, and the ability to customize it to make it mine.
What Kind of Hosting Do You Use?
I use SiteGround for my hosting because after reviewing all the popular ones, this company was the clear choice. It has the best reviews, super reasonable prices, is legit, and can handle a lot of traffic (I don’t want my website to crash).
Disclaimer: If you sign up for Siteground hosting using my link I will earn a small commission at zero additional cost to you. But it’s great, 10/10 recommend SiteGround.
Moreover, their customer service is AMAZING. It’s 24/7 and not only do they fix the issue, but they explain it so you know how to prevent it or fix it if it happens again.
How Do You Edit Your Photos?
I just recently got [amazon_textlink asin=’B0752XSBH1′ text=’Photoshop Elements’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’359364e1-11a8-11e8-b242-f1479b79835e’] but have no fear! You don’t need to pay to have Insta-worthy photos if you don’t want to! I have a whole post about the free editing apps I use to make my photos look good right from my phone.
If you have any questions that aren’t listed here, you can ask them here on my Ask Page and I’ll add them to this post/message you back!
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