How did you get into blogging?
I started blogging for the same reasons that a lot of people start: I was moving away from home and getting married. I wanted a platform where I could share my decorating and wedding planning adventures. That was in the spring of 2010, and since then, it’s evolved into not only a hobby, but an extension of my business.
How did you get into wedding planning?
Again, I got into wedding planning for a lot of the same reasons that other planners get into it: I planned my own wedding. This was before I even knew about all of the amazing wedding blogs and resources out there, however, so I’ve spent the time since then (I got married in July of 2010) learning everything I can about what it means to really plan and style a wedding for someone else. I love wedding design, and I could spend hours just looking at pretty wedding pictures, so this is basically my dream job. You can read more about me and my company on my website.
What type of social media do you use?
You can pretty much always find me on Twitter. Twitter is definitely my favorite form of social media, and if you want to really get to know me and interact with me, you should really follow me there so we can chat! I just find Twitter a lot more interactive than Facebook, or any other type of social media really, and I spend the majority of my allotted social media time (which is basically all the time), on that platform.
I have two different Facebook pages, one for my business and one for my blog. You can also find me on Pinterest (I love to pin!) and Instagram (joelleduff).
What type of design programs do you use?
I wish I could tell of you some fun and exciting new (free) product, but the truth is…it’s just Photoshop! I’ve never used another type of editing software before, but I’ve heard that Paint.NET is great (and free).
Did you draw the illustrations you use?
I did not. I purchased them from Creative Market.
I can't comment on your blog! How do I fix it?
I use a commenting system called Disqus, which I find much more engaging and intuitive. You can log into Disqus using your log in information from a variety of other systems, including Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. If you use Internet Explorer, you may find yourself unable to comment using Disqus, but there is an easy solution for this! All you need to do is disable Compatibility View, which you see how to do here. A better way to fix the problem, however, is to just get a new browser (IE is not a very good browser to use on a regular basis). I personally LOVE Chrome, and won't be going back to any other browser!
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