Q&A with Brooke Dinger



My friend and an amazing supporter of my blog, Brooke Dinger, wanted to ask me a few questions regarding blogging and branding for one of her classes at Clemson University. I decided to turn it into a blog post so you all can get a little insight on the behind the scenes aspects of my blog!

How would you describe your blogging style?
I like my blog to look very clean, clear-cut, simple. I don’t like bulking up my sidebar and adding a ton of graphics to the layout really because that’s not what the focus of the blog is. I like that it’s easy to navigate my site as well; nothing bugs me more than when a website isn’t set up really well.
As for what I post, I incorporate a little of everything. Fashion being my main topic, beauty next because I love it just as much, and also some lifestyle posts about things like college, living in NYC, and blogging itself. I like having topics other than fashion so it gives everyone a reason to visit The Gold Dime.

What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
Tell people! Shamelessly self-promote! In person, on personal social media, etc. I always have a huge stack of business cards in my bag at all times just in case it comes up in conversation. I also believe in blogging networks such as HerCampus and TheShelfNetwork because they do all the busy work. Whether it’s campaigns, blogging ideas, things of that nature. I also connect with other bloggers. Having a blogging friend is great because you can both promote each other to your followers. Guest posts are also great, although I haven’t done any yet; they allow someone to visit your blog while visiting one they already love.

What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
I didn’t notice much of a following until I really put myself out there. Being personable and relatable in posts really helps. People like when there’s a voice in writing rather than just saying the basics. I also think consistence is key. When I first started my blog I only posted whenever I got around to finishing a post. Now I plan and post 3 times a week, which people look forward to and it becomes routine for readers and myself.

Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I hope to continue to do what I’m doing now, but with a lot more interaction from readers. Not necessarily ‘famous’ (although isn’t that what everyone wants, ultimately?!), but to get more feedback on what people like, to know that I’m actually giving good advice, and also to know if people agree with my thoughts and love products just as much as I do.

What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I started my blog when I was just finishing my finals week before summer. So I had a lot more free time to post and get it up and running. But once I went back in the fall, it was tough having to juggle posting three times a week with school. I also think that coming up with new content is a challenge in general. Sometimes I’m unmotivated or sometimes I don’t think a post is good enough to post; essentially fighting with myself to think what is good enough to put out onto the Internet is a constant battle.

What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
People who copy you. Whether it’s just a graphic design they use or a type of post they make, that really bugs me. I understand that fashion bloggers are all basically doing the same thing but that’s what makes it challenging to create original content.
As for technology, when pictures don’t come out great is an issue I run into. I also think it’s frustrating when I can’t find exact links to items I’m wearing, which isn’t a huge fault, but I like to be as authentic as possible when it comes to those things.

In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?
I’d love for it to help me be more prominent in the fashion industry, the field I am going into. I want it to continue to reflect my passion. To be able to attend exclusive fashion shows all across the world would be a dream. I also want The Gold Dime to be referred to when trying to make a style decision in daily life, such as how people use Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.

What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?
Well when you post as much as I do (and even more so for those who post everyday) it becomes apart of your routine or basically like a part time job. I put my blog post plans right next to my homework in my agenda. I also notice that more people text me or contact me for advice on outfits and makeup, which is fun! I really appreciate the fact people trust my opinion.

What takes up most of your space in your closet (articles of clothing wise)?
My closet consists of mainly sweaters, button down shirts, and skinny jeans!

What's the one wardrobe essential you can't live without?
Dark denim skinny jeans or a white tee. You can dress them up or down and they’re always in style.

When you can't think of anything to wear, what's your go-to outfit?
Recently it’s a black turtleneck, a pair of distressed jeans, black heeled booties, and some statement sunnies.

How have you decided to establish your Instagram aesthetic (color/theme/products/subject of picture)?
I honestly downloaded vsco cam, edited a picture how I liked it, then I copy and paste the edits each time I take a new photo! That’s what I recommend if you want to have all of your pictures kind of flow together, to have a ‘theme’ and make them all look similar. I also like to space out my fashion images from ‘thing’ images. I like to have a little of both so each picture isn’t just me promoting an outfit for the blog.

How would you describe your blogging style?
I like my blog to look very clean, clear-cut, simple. I don’t like bulking up my sidebar and adding a ton of graphics to the layout really because that’s not what the focus of the blog is. I like that it’s easy to navigate my site as well; nothing bugs me more than when a website isn’t set up really well.
As for what I post, I incorporate a little of everything. Fashion being my main topic, beauty next because I love it just as much, and also some lifestyle posts about things like college, living in NYC, and blogging itself. I like having topics other than fashion so it gives everyone a reason to visit The Gold Dime.

Hope you all enjoyed and got a little more insight of myself and The Gold Dime! And thank you to Brooke for being a great support and choosing me to ask these questions!



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