Today's #AltChat is sponsored by @workmanpub and they are offering not one, but two Paint by Sticker books - one aimed for you adults and one for kids! The chat topic is all about finding the joy in your journey and expressing creativity in this world of work and hustle. Join us at 9am PT/12pm ET and don't forget to tag #AltChat and @workmanbub for your chance to win! Read More
We loved having Lorissa's Kitchen at Alt in January and not just because they were handing out tasty treats and spoiling us with beautiful bags. Everyone from Lorissa's Kitchen was energetic and so much fun to hang out with. Join us tomorrow March 2nd at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat on Twitter all about what you keep in your bag. To kick things off Lorissa's Kitchen wrote this guest post to share what they love to keep in their bag. Read More
How is it that the most successful people tend to look the most put together? Well, it is all about the perspective, the strategy. Just like using accessories to complement and complete an outfit, supporting elements (accessories) can complement and complete your blog.
Think about it, your blog is your outfit and each social media platform acts as an accessory. Read More
Coco Chanel said it best. You pick out clothing based on what color looks good on you. You know what color makes your eyes pop and what color washes you out. Why shouldn’t it be the same for picking out paint color for your home?
Join Alt Winter 2016 sponsor Sherwin-Williams on Twitter this Wednesday January 13th at 9AM PT/12PM ET/5PM GMT to chat about color. Read More
What grabs your attention as you frantically thumb through your feed of favorite blogs and social media? Eye catching visuals. Maybe a splash of color used strategically. A pattern. A luxurious fabric. Whatever it is you can bet the “it” was intentional.
Here are four ways to make your visual branding stand out from the crowd, along with tips for where to find those crave worthy props and get imagery if you’re not a photographer.
We love seeing the fun holiday posts that everyone in our community creates. Sometimes the hustle takes over leaving no time for holiday crafts, gift wrapping, and table preparing until the very last minute. Good thing lots of our friends have done the heavy lifting for us.
Here are five holiday crafts from Alt Alumi that you still have time to complete: Read More
At Close To My Heart, we love creating beautiful artwork to celebrate and preserve life’s most precious moments. We also love sharing inspiration, for crafting and for life, on our blog. Like scrapbooking, blogging is an art form, and the two share many parallels.
Here are five things bloggers can learn from scrapbooking. Read More
Creatives dream big. Making those dreams come true is often the challenge. The culprits? Creative Perfectionism. Perseverance. Or more specifically, the gap between our taste and the work we produce.
So how do you get past the gap? How do you keep going when your work doesn’t match your expectations?
Join us Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT/4PM GMT on Twitter to chat about strategies and techniques for overcoming roadblocks and managing creative perfectionism. We’ll be talking about what we’ve found that works and what we’ve tried that didn’t. Read More
As creatives we have so much going on each day: multitasking, planning business strategy, collecting inspiration for future content. And at times it can feel overwhelming when we want to reflect our very best.
In short: our own perfectionism can limit our future success when we don't find ways to manage it. Read More
Gathering inspiration offline is such an important process to keep things fresh and authentic. And best of all it, doesn't have to cost a thing. Here are my top ten ways to find creative inspiration that don't dive into your pockets. Here are ten ideas to get the creative juices flowing and you back on track in no time at all! Read More
What makes a signature style? Is it the angle from where the photographer shoots? Is it the fact that the image has low- or high-key lighting?
Often what makes an image or series of images immediately identifiable are the props. So where do Alt community members find their props? In a recent AltChat we asked them just that. Here are some of their favorite shops for memorable, on brand, eye-catching props. Read More
Periscope is a live video-streaming app from Twitter. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+, Periscope, available for both Android and Apple devices, is about original content, not curated content. It brings both immediacy and intimacy to your content – if used wisely.
Here are four things you need to know to use Periscope effectively.
Creatives are often their harshest critics. Why? Because often doubts, discouragement from naysayers, advice from colleagues trying to be helpful, and more swirl around in our heads. And materialize as our inner critic. But, they don’t mean we’re frauds; the presence of an inner critic means you’re in the club; you’re a creative. Let’s chat Wednesday July 15, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter about strategies and techniques for moving past these inner critics. Read More
Summer is the perfect time to find color inspiration. With everything in nature in full bloom and illuminated by the sun, colors come to life. Sherwin-Williams Colors of the Month reflect the colors we find ourselves surrounded by in summer, from trees, to the things we eat to the spaces around us.
Love color as much as we do? Join the Alt community this Wednesday morning June 17, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12 PM EDT for an hour-long chat about color, sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. Sherwin-Williams will be giving two lucky participants a $100 gift card. Read More
Last week at Alt Summer 2015 during our closing keynote (it was a good one!), we announced a new project. It’s called coLAB! And it’s a collaborative project between three communities. Latina Bloggers Connect (that’s the L), Alt Summit (that’s the A) and Blogalicious, (you guessed it, that’s the B).
We’re all teaming up to cross connect our communities. As an Alt attendee, you can opt into this experimental program. If you do, you will be partnered with a member of the Blogalicious or Latina Bloggers Connect communities. Together, you and your new partner will come up with a fun, collaborative project, large or small — it’s totally up to you. Curious how you can participate? Read on!
I find one of the most common mistakes in life and business is not approaching opportunities with a sense of purpose. Whether it’s a collaboration, sponsorship or in-person event, the lack of a clear purpose guarantees the lack of a clear win
Sites with over 100,000 page views and millions of fans have a unique point of view. And it’s that point of view that attracts and keeps their community interested and coming back for more.
But how do we follow in their footsteps? Where do we start with our story and how do we find fans that appreciate it?
Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) June 3rd at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about your greatest challenges producing and sharing your story, how we are (and aren’t) connecting with our fans, what we want them to take away from our work, and more.
Everywhere where you turn an article or a person is giving you another “should.” You should post consistently. You should promote yourself on social media. I don’t know about you, but all these shoulds are enough to paralyze me. I need to remind myself as long as I love the work I'm creating I can give myself the occasional pass when I deprioritize a should.
Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) May 20th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about what tips you have for avoiding becoming overwhelmed, how you define success, choose which projects you’ll work on and which ones you’ll pass on, and more.
How often do you step outside your comfort zone? Change up your daily routine? Why does this matter? Because when we’re not changing up what we’re seeing and doing our perspective and our writing can get stale.
Join the Alt community and our co-host Airbnb on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) April 29th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about how to use food and travel to keep your writing fresh. We will be talking about how to incorporate travel and new cuisines into your blogging, engage readers in your adventures, and more.
The Alt community is filled with such amazing people working towards their dreams and living their must on a regular basis. Here are just a few examples of those just like you hustling to align their passion with their goals.