Vintage Brighton Blog is written and edited by professional journalist Jo-ann Fortune. Vintage Brighton Blog was created to Celebrate England’s South Coast’s thriving vintage scene and has gained a reputation as an essential resource for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond, covering topics from vintage style, home, events, interviews and much more.
Today, The Fabulous Times would like to shine a spotlight on and celebrate Vintage Brighton Blog, by raising a toast to Jo for her hard work, talent and dedication in creating such an informative and inspiring blog, hailing her The Fabulous Time’s Blogger of the month! We caught up with Jo to find out which blogs make her tick and what tips she can offer any aspiring bloggers:List 3 things you love about blogging: The freedom and power it affords anyone with an idea and a way with words – even as a professional journalist it’s difficult to bag those dream commissions, but as a blogger you don’t have to convince anyone why your idea for a feature or post is a good one, you can just go ahead and publish it.
If you put in the hard work, blogging also offers great opportunities to work with other creative people and brands and to build a professional profile for yourself in a way that just wasn’t possible for many people prior to the internet.
Through running www.vintagebrighton.com, I often get to hear about local events, launches and initiatives before they become public knowledge – I help to make them public knowledge and it’s great to feel that the site provides a service both for local businesses and readers alike.
I regularly read www.littlebirdfashion.com and www.mademoisellerobot.com. Fashion bloggers Jen and Laetitia are a similar size and shape to me and share my style preferences – mixing vintage with every-day staples and easy-to-wear casual pieces – so they’re a great source of inspiration. Both write with intelligence and wit and I love the occasional sneak peeks into their homes.
I also love daydreaming half-an-hour away with www.wishwishwish.net.
List 3 Fabulous tips for aspiring bloggers:
Develop your photography skills – images are just as, if not more, important to lifestyle sites. This is one I’m currently working on myself…
Post regularly. While life can be busy, try to post at least once a week. If they like what they see, readers will check your site often and dry periods can put them off. Remember, there are plenty of other blogs out there that they could be reading instead!
Be aware of SEO (search engine optimisation). Writing search-friendly post titles, urls and image tags can help your content appear higher up in online search results, meaning more people will find and read it.
Thank you to Jo for taking the time to give us a glimpse into her World.