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Part 2 // What Was The Biggest Lesson You Learned in 2014?

I'm back today because we had SO much incredible feedback from some of my favourite bloggers, candidly sharing their top lessons learned in 2014, that I had to break it into two posts.

So without further adieu, I'm sharing some top advice and lessons that hopefully you can learn from and use to put your vision for 2015 into place...I would also encourage you to share your own lessons below!

"The importance of building a tribe. It’s not about just showing up and consistently posting, it’s about replying to comments, being useful and connecting + building relationships with your readers, personally." -Emma Kate Creative 

"This year I really want to remember that things always take longer than you think. I've just completed my 6th book this year and I always forget how much there is to do for the launch. I pulled an all-nighter in the lead up and I don't want to do that again the next time...I'll start earlier!"  - Christina Butcher, Hair Romance  

"Done is better than perfect. Nobody sees the heartache that goes into a post, caption, image, idea or story - if you're too afraid to push publish. And by learnt, I mean, learning!"  Bec Jerdan, The Art of Social 

"One of the biggest lessons we've learnt this year through our blog is to plan but go with the flow. Be flexible. Often we get so caught up in our schedules and planning posts ahead of time that we can forget to be intuitive and speak from the heart. Whilst planning ahead is crucial in operating a successful blog, we've found that some of our best posts are the spontaneous ones that come from a sudden and real desire to share something raw in the moment. The ones we didn't plan. This is where true honesty lies. If that means pushing back planned posts or a bit of a shift in our weekly structure, we've got to be flexible and adapt to that. It's all about creating that balance." - Hunting Louise 

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Blog Biz // A Bloggers Guide To Crediting Photos

I've been sensing a shift and change lately in the world of blogging.  A change for the better, for more ownership, personalisation and scaling back big productions in order to get back to a more simple, real approach. Do you feel it too?  It's refreshing to see bloggers finding their voice and sharing their knowledge for the greater good of our community. That is exactly why I felt so strongly about a new initiative called  #createorcredit by blogger Catherine Wilson of Catherine & Grace.

I've known Catherine for a while now and have admired not only her incredible style but her passion for the blogging community. She is bringing to light an issue that I think is SO relevant and long over due - properly crediting photos. As a former intellectual property lawyer, Catherine knows her stuff. She also knows bloggers and shares some of the best advice I've read on the subject over on her blog this week.

In a world where image sharing is so common it is essential we understand how and why we need to credit properly. I'm the first one to admit that I've posted a photo from Pinterest that I absolutely adored, only to realise later that I didn't credit the source. Blogger fail. I'm not blameless but by being aware of the issue, we can correct our actions and lead by example. If you do one thing today for your blog or business, I suggest heading over to Catherine's blog and educating yourself about copyright law and best practice when it comes to crediting photos. Let's move forward together, making sure we are giving credit where credit it due.

All images used with permission by Catherine & Grace

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