Today on Simplify Blogging, we are joined by Kristen Graham of Wild Spirit Feather. Kristen is a Mind Body Soul Wellness Blogger. Her online home is a space for the soul and whimsy and is designed to romance you into a healthy, joyful, spiritual and holistic lifestyle.
SS: Tell us about your blog + biz!
Wild Spirit Feather is a space for the soulful and whimsy. It's all about Mind Body Soul Wellness and it’s been designed to romance you into a healthy, more mindful and holistic lifestyle.
Wild Spirit Feather has become known for calm, peace and creating ripple effects. When it comes to biz, everything has to have soul and love weaved through it.
SS: I love how you say you create 'ripple effects' with your clients and through your blog. How can others begin to aid in the transformation of others through their online endeavors?
Share your story, your thoughts, your musings with the world. Maybe that shows up for you as your craft inspiring Facebook posts or through creating a blog and writing from your heart, or perhaps propping your iphone onto some pillows and creating your first video blog. Hey, it can be as simple as creating drool worthy images and words of encouragement on instagram.
Please do not wait for the DSLR camera before you create a video blog, do not wait for the web designer before you decide you'll press publish on a blog post you've just poured your soul into. Start where you are with the resources you have.
Enjoy watching your growth and your journey unfold before your eyes.
SS: I'm a huge fan of your videos, both the topics that you cover and how you edit them. Many of us bloggers yearn to create a vlog but feel intimidated. Any suggestions for someone looking to get started?
I’m going to let you in on a secret and I hope this inspires you.
I use my iphone and a little window lighting to record my videos. My iphone is often propped up on a chair and balanced on some oracle cards. I edit my videos using a free program called imovie that comes with your apple computer. It’s that simple.
My advice to anyone that wants to start creating videos but is feeling intimidated is to start. Just do it. Set up the camera or iphone and start riffing on a topic or simply introduce yourself and your online home in a video. Get comfortable talking to the camera. You are not sitting alone in a room talking to a camera, you are speaking to your audience. Time is irrelevant, it’s your energy that matters here.
Go back to one of my early videos or choose another vlogger that you admire and have a look at the videos from the early days. Their setting will be different, their presence and energy will be different. We all have a beginning, just as our writing develops, so does our presence in videos.
SS: What are the top challenges you faced as a blogger? How did you overcome them?
Wanting to be further ahead than where I am. I think this is something many bloggers and online entrepreneurs come up against. I often felt like I needed to invest in all these courses
and attend every workshop. In those early days attending workshops and enrolling in a few online courses are helpful. These workshops and courses are a wonderful opportunity to get out from behind the computer screen and go and connect with your like minded people, its also great net working for your online presence.
I became inspired by the journey. One of the most inspiring things you can do for yourself is journey back to someone’s first post or early days of blogging or vlogging and see how far they have come.
Allow that to inspire the pants off you and embrace where you are, have love for the journey and growth your about to make.
SS: What are your blogging goals for 2015?
Oh boy, I've got some exciting projects on the horizon. I've been working on a passion project that may be a little unexpected but is soulfully aligned with me and my business. I am hoping to have this ready for the world in the first half of 2015 so stay tuned.
You can expect more videos. They have been really well received so i'm going to keep creating them along with written content.
Blissful Meditation tracks..there coming. Hold tight.
There's also the possibility of an E-book.
You can catch up with Krisen on facebook as well as Instagram and Wild Spirit Feather