I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post has been compensated as part of a recruiting program for Collective Bias.
Blogging is what you make of it and I’ve certainly made it something special. I can’t imagine NOT writing or sharing ideas and helping other mamas and women. Along the way, blogging has also presented me with many opportunities and it certainly has nurtured my entrepreneurial side.
However, it doesn’t just happen by sitting at your desk and writing. It happens by getting out there, meeting, learning and by being part of different networks. By becoming part of a blogging community and network I’ve been able to reach higher than I ever expected with opportunities such as TV appearances, having my own media business and book collaborations — just to name a few. Not too bad, right?
Everyone has different goals and being part of ColectivaLatina the new Hispanic division of Collective Bias/Social Fabric has further allowed me to work on campaigns that speak to Hispanic consumers through cultural relevancy — something that is very important to me!
One of the most significant ways that Social Fabric has helped was to give me added motivation to go above and beyond with my writing and especially my photography. I knew the layout of the blog was important, but I had not taken the time to improve my photography.
Now I use a real camera and not my iPhone (although for close-ups it works great!) for my shots, I make sure to crop, edit and get as much as a professional look as possible and I edit, edit, edit my writing. When signing up for a campaign, they want to see your prior work and you have to be able to show your best.
I make sure my dedication is obvious not only in my writing but in my photography. I want there to be no doubt to visitors to my site that I am the real deal.
Here are a few examples of my images…
Photo taken by my sister — we took several until I got the perfect shot and made sure lighting and quality was good. Before I would have taken the photo indoors in the living room where the background isn’t inviting or very nice to look at.
Learning to set up products and include props to give a cleaner and professional looking feel. Before I would have photographed the product with no props and not thinking of the lighting.
Close up shots and using black and white when quality in color isn’t the best and learning how to work with your images. Before I wouldn’t have thought to make a blurry or darker into black and white.
Creating how to’s and tutorials with clear and pretty images to engage and help others. Before I wouldn’t have shown a close up or worked as hard to get the perfect angle.
We want to see more Latina bloggers join us — and NO you don’t have to speak the language because it’s more than just that, it’s about knowing, living and experiencing the culture. And I know there are many of you who have that Latina side just waiting to get out and sharing your story because it’s an important part of you!
Get more information about ColectivaLatina and find out why other Latina bloggers love our community by attending the #MyColectiva Twitter Party on March 26th at 9pm ET. Prizes $550 in Visa Gift Cards! RSVP and Rules: http://cbi.as/4o-il
¡Vamos! What are you waiting for?