Questions about hair:
How can I describe your haircut and color to my hairstylist?
Currently, it hits right below my collarbone and is a bit shorter in the back. The layers are slightly graduated and get longer as they get closer to my face. My color is blonde highlights with a caramel-y lowlight every few foils. My typical formula: highlights w/ lightener, lowlight is Redken Shades EQ 7g.

What ________ do you use when styling your hair?
I use a Rusk Speed Freak blow dryer, Babyliss or Hot Tools curling irons in a variety of sizes, and a GHD 1 inch flat iron.

Where can I buy the clear elastics you use in your tutorials?
You can look here, but you can also find them at most drugstores.

Where can I buy the professional bobby pins you use?
The brand is Diane, and you can buy them here!

Where can I buy the products you talk about in blog posts?
Typically I include links to products so you can purchase them. If it’s a hair product, search local salons. If it’s a makeup product, check Sephora or Ulta.

Will you do a tutorial on cutting or coloring your own hair?
No, I believe that should be left to the professionals.

Blog questions:

What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D5000 with either a 50mm or 35mm lens. I edit with Photoshop Elements. For filming I use a Sony Handycam and edit in iMovie.

Do you have any advice for me as I start and try to grow my blog?
I wrote a 3 part series about blogging! Click here!

 What is a sponsored/collaborative post? How do I know I’m reading one?

These are posts that involve me working with a specific brand or company. I’m either sharing my review of a product, or mentioning something affiliated with that brand. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some really great brands over the years, and am very thankful for that! I get to choose which brands I work with, and which opportunities to decline, and always consider the following factors when accepting a collaborative post proposal. 1. Does it fit in with the nature and typical content of the blog? 2. Do I like the brand/product/concept regardless of how lucrative the campaign is? 3. Does the message of the post line up with what I would endorse or write about in the first place?

Once I’ve decided whether or not to move forward with a collaborative opportunity, I mix my needs for the blog post, with the needs of the brand. For example, I want to shoot anything that shows up on my blog, instead of accepting stock images. Secondly, I will write it in my own voice. Brands, on the other hand, may have initiatives like “spelling out the entire product name” or including details about the company within the post. Both for brand awareness, and SEO needs, these are things that I oblige with in exchange for working together on the post.

In regards to deciphering a sponsored post, you will see a disclaimer within the post clarifying whether or not it is sponsored.

 “I dislike the direction of your blog. There are too many sponsored posts.”

I have had the opportunity to monetize my content since early 2011, both with BlogHer Ads and other collaborative opportunities. At one time, I learned the hard lesson of saying yes to way too many sponsored posts, and shared a post about how I was going to remedy that. Since then, I’ve been much pickier about what brands I work with here on The Small Things Blog. At this time, I’m comfortable with the amount of sponsored and non-sponsored posts. Being a blogger is a very unique job and monetization comes in many, many different forms. You will find a mix of referral links, sponsored posts, and sidebar ads on The Small Things Blog. A permanent disclaimer lives on my right sidebar to explain referral links. I monetize my content because this blog is my job, and in order to continue providing free content, I need to be able to pay for the necessities involved in maintaining the blog. If you have any questions about my monetization choices, please send me an e-mail! On that same note, if you are a blogger and are interested in learning how to monetize your content, I wrote a 3 part series on blogging here!