5 Questions With Coastal Bride

Today we’d like to introduce you to the founder of The Charleston Blog Society and the voice behind the wedding blog Coastal Bride, Gillian Ellis. 1044059_732903330425_504206112_n via Peter Frank Edwards

1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I have been a wedding photographer for 6 years now and since day 1 of my career I have always loved running our photography blog. I started realizing that there was more that I wanted to share and blog about and started thinking of launching my own, separate blog. There are so many blogs that I read and am inspired by. It seemed like a lofty goal to even believe I could write a blog. But two years ago I finally took the leap! Looking back now I am so glad I launched Coastal Bride and wish I had done it sooner!

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I am still so proud of being published on The Everygirl as it is one of the very first blogs I ever followed.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I would love to be better at Pinterest and managing social media in general.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
Spring afternoons on the porch at Kudu are perfection! But most days you can find me typing away furiously from my living room couch until way too late at night.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I would absolutely love to meet Grace Atwood of The Stripe. Her writing is so authentic and I feel like we would really get along. I also would not mind meeting her cat Tyrion Puff.

5 Questions With Paper Meets Pearl

Today we would like to introduce you to Kelly, the lovely lady behind the blog Paper Meets Pearl. Paper Meets Pearl is a lifestyle blog devoted to sharing fashion and decor projects, recipes, and inspiration. Kelly also happens to be a very organized blogger – you won’t want to miss her helpful post How to Create an Editorial Calendar. Read all about Kelly below and make sure to follow along on her Instagram here.IMG_00081. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I’ve always wanted to start a blog but it took a New Year’s Resolution to finally make me do it. And for once I followed through with my resolution and have been blogging for 7 months now and haven’t looked back!

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
My proudest moment so far would have to be working with all the great brands here in Charleston. Everyone has been so supportive and I love working with similar minded brands that have a passion for fashion and design. I hope to continue partnering with brands and other bloggers here to keep building a great community of friends.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
Geek alert! But I’d really like to know more about building a website from the ground up. I think it’s a useful skill to know how to use HTML, CSS, and other techniques in order to better run a blog.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
My favorite place to write would be in City Lights (or in my home, because hello, no pants required!) I enjoy watching people walk past and bouncing off ideas to my friends that work there.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
There are so many bloggers that I’d love to grab coffee with but my top pick would have to be either Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere or Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess. I’ve followed their blogs for years and have been a big source of inspiration for me.

5 Questions With Bikinis & Brunch

Today we would like to introduce you to Caroline of Bikinis and Brunch. Caroline’s blog features outfit posts, Charleston restaurant recommendations and a bit of travel – you won’t want to miss her recap of her European trip! A true Southern belle Bikini’s and Brunch is a bright spot in the blogging world and is sure to lighten your mood. Read all about Caroline below and make sure to follow along on her Instagram here.untitled-0041. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I’ve always had a love for fashion, beauty and style since I was little. I work a 9-5 with little creativity involved and my blog has been a way for me to express my love for the things I love! I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but my husband inspired me to just go for it and do what I love. I started my blog May 1, 2015 but it’s probably been in the works for years.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I’ve been contacted by the brand Kora Rae affiliated with Jessie James Decker to wear their line. A photo shoot is in the works! It’s been really exciting to part of her brand launch.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I would love to learn from other bloggers experiences and get a mentor in the blogging community. Techniques, tips, tricks. I mostly blog because I enjoy it, but I’d like to get insight on how to make it a career.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
My living room with my frenchie on my lap (I’m a homebody).

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
Kate Blue from For The Love of Fancy. Kate and I have husbands who have similar jobs. She has been there for me since the beginning of my blog and helped me! I can’t wait to meet her in September!

Useful #Charleston Hashtags

Hashtags are one of the fastest ways to grow your social media following and promote your work. It’s important not to over tag your images and abuse hashtags that have no relation to your subject. But sometimes it can take a long time to find hashtags that relate. To make your search a little easier I have compiled a few of the top #Charleston hashtags below. Feel free to add some of your favorites in the comments so we can grow our list! chspicImage via Coastal Bride

For Bloggers:
#charlestonblogsociety
#chsblogsociety
#charlestonblogger
#chsbloggers

General Charleston:
#explorecharleston
#charlestonsc
#charleston
#charlestonlife
#charlestongirl
#charlestonliving
#chsyou
#charlestonly
#charlestonflowers
#charlestonharbor
#windowboxesofcharleston
#doorsofcharleston
#housesofcharleston
#historiccharleston

Foodies:
#chseats
#charlestoneats
#charlestonchew