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How to Make a Media Kit

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As a blogger, working with brands is very alluring. I actually started most of the blogger outreach program at my former company. The PR team worked with the “famous” bloggers – Sincerely Jules, ManRepeller, Natalie Off Duty – but I worked with the up and coming bloggers. Some of my favorites that I really saw grow include A Fashion Love Affair, Blue Perk and My Style Vita. One of the biggest things that would make me consider paying a blogger for a post was their media kit. It was a great way to see their stats – and how many impressions our budget would garner us – in one easy PDF.

I started this blog as a reprise from talking about fashion all day (even though I did talk about fashion a lot at first because that’s all I knew blogging to be) but realized very quickly I wanted to focus more on lifestyle. I started talking about food, running, travel and healthy living. Not soon after, Davida discovered me.

I joke that Davida is my dark haired Canadian twin. We are the same age, have a similar-ish upbringing, a lot of the same interests and a very similar personality. For people who have met either of us, we are a lot of personality at once. We were both in Montreal last New Year’s and met in person. It was an instant connection. Angela and I actually went to visit her in Toronto last May and she spent time with me in San Francisco during Thanksgiving.

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The day I discovered my bomb-ass roof.

If you read my blog, I’m assuming you read Davida’s blog. Besides being my friend, confidant and the person who has talked me off a cliff more than once, she is also my blog mentor. Davida took The Healthy Maven full-time over a year ago and hasn’t looked back since. Wanting to share her knowledge and talent with others, Davida just launched the blogger resource The Blogger Project this week with her friend and fellow blogger Lee from Fit Foodie Finds.

One of the big things I struggled with as Almost Getting it Together began to grow was how to make a media kit. Davida made one for me over the summer like a doll when I needed one in a cinch – but now she and Lee have put together their expertise to bring gorgeous, easily customizable media kits to everyone.

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to use their tutorial and video to create my own media kit. I gathered all my photos and stats, sat down and watched a YouTube video that walked me through everything step-by-step. You don’t even need InDesign or PhotoShop – you can use PicMonkey to design your media kit! That was the biggest selling point to me. I had a media kit in thirty minutes without limited graphic design knowledge.

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Of course I had to choose the pink media kit.

If you want to work with brands, one easy way to get their attention is to send your media kit. Brands will also begin to reach out to you about featuring their products or services and if you ask about a budget for the post, including your media kit is a great way to increase your chances of making money from a sponsored blog post.

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Choose from four templates and make your own media kit in less than 30 minutes!

Head over to the Blogger Project to learn more about how to make a media kit!

Chat with me:
Do you have a media kit? Have you checked out the Blogger Project? What brands would you love to work with?

Getting it Together Thursdays: Goal Check In

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On my 25th birthday, I posted my goals for the year. My half birthday is Sunday, which makes me halfway responsible for seeing how driven I have been in actually achieving some things instead of thinking about achieving them this year. Let’s check back in.

  • Personal Goals

My number one goal is actually not able to be posted up on my blog. If you know me, you probably know what it is. If you don’t, feel free to go to my About Page, send me an e-mail and ask.

Update: Still secret. Still in progress.

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Nicaragua moments.

Go on a solo trip. I don’t want to be held back on adventures because I don’t have someone to go with. I actually already have this one planned – I’m going to surf camp in Nicaragua later this month! I want to be able to just go out surfing on my own (granted I’m by the ocean and not in Pittsburgh) so I figured the best way to really hone it is to go to surf camp.

Update: Nicaragua, beaches! (Play on words, get it?)

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Me in the homeland, a million years ago. It would be beneficial to have a passport and be a real citizen.

Get Italian passport. I’ve seriously been meaning to do this for like six years. I have Italian citizenship through my grandmother and it’s just a pain to deal with the Italian embassy. It’s in Philly, it’s open literally nine hours a week in total. My grandmother gave me the name and number of an attorney who will actually do all the paperwork for me – I seriously just need to get it together (pun not intended) and call. From my adventures in third world countries and desire to go to Cuba, sometimes traveling as a non-American has its perks.

Update: AHAHA. I need to get on this. I did call the attorney (months ago) he just decided to not return my call. I need to stalk him call back. A classic case of me being unmotivated.

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Me with my fave seasoned marathoner, Emily!

Run a marathon. This is the year I’ve finally decided I’m ready. If I don’t get in the New York City Marathon, I’m going to run the Savannah Marathon with my great aunt for her 70th birthday. I would have ran Pittsburgh but I’m running the DC Nike Women’s Half the weekend before and I really want to focus on doing well at that race.

Update: In progress. I’m planning on running the Savannah Marathon. I accidentally ran 18 miles Sunday and kind of wanted to die the last two miles, but other than that, I feel like I’ll probably finish.

Take the GMAT. I’m not totally sure if I want to get my MBA yet, but just in case, this will be the year I take the tests

Update: Yeah, this hasn’t happened. I looked at a prep book at Barnes and Noble, immediately got a headache and left to get an iced coffee.

Start/finish my novel. I used to think this was stupid and unattainable until I read The Happiness Project. If you write 1,667 words a day, you can have a short novel done in a month. I am going to self-publish and see if it goes anywhere from there.

Update: The pattern of goal-achieving failure continues. I haven’t done a thing, other than think of a few ideas. I’m disappointed in myself, but it’s so hard to find time to write.

Go to Wanderlust/other yoga retreat.

Update: I still have six months for this. I’m considering teacher training this winter. We’ll see!

Read one book per month.

Update: I’ve kind of done this, so I’ll kind of count it. I read The Rum Diary in July and I’m working on
 The Goldfinch now.

Start swimming again. I keep talking about it – I just need to do it.

Update: I went to the pool Monday. I swam 500 meters. I forgot how hard swimming was. I like berating a lot.

  • Blogging Goals

Redesign my blog for a more professional feel. Self-explanatory.

Self-host my blog. Google Analytics would be nice.

Aim for new content three times per week. I want to have new content more often that that, obviously, but I know for goal making you’re supposed to set attainable goals.

Make a press kit. This is becoming my to-do list in a blog post.

Apply for one new partnership opportunity/guest blog/free lance writing gig a month. If I want my blog to be successful, I need to put a little time and love into it!

Update: Basically, I just need to make a press kit. At least I’ve made progress in my life somewhere.

  • Friends & Family Goals
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My grandfather and I golfing earlier this year.

Spend meaningful time with my family at least once per month. I’m guilty of blowing my family off, screening calls because I’m busy or sitting at my grandparents house reading blogs. I seriously need to focus on them when I’m with them.

Make time to talk to my friends. I am also guilty of saying I’ll call and never do. A lot of my friends live in different cities and are always there for me when I need them. I really need to make more of an effort to pick up the phone and talk to them every once in a while rather than texting.

Reply to e-mails within 48 hours. Do you ever get an e-mail from someone and don’t want to respond right away so you can write a meaningful response and then totally forget to respond? Yeah, me too. I need to write a response, even if it’s short and sweet.

Update: I’m marking all of these as in progress because I’m making progress, but I’m not there. I haven’t seen my grandparents since June, when I just went up to get my hair done/have dinner with them. They live an hour away. I’m an asshole. I need to see them more.

I’ve been making an effort to talk to my friends more – Facetiming, Skype, actually replying to texts and e-mails. I went to Boston this past weekend to spend time with my friend Lorraine and we both agreed – it’s important to remember what matters in life: what matters is the people in it. It’s not work (unless you’re saving lives), not going out and getting wasted – it’s knowing what you enjoy doing and who you enjoy being with. It’s having pride in your work (but not letting it be your life).

Chat with me:
What are your current goals? What do you think I could be doing better to achieve my goals? I’m always down for constructive criticism.

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 7.7

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For a feature I want to do weekly, Now Trending is lucky to get a post every month and a half. Poor Now Trending, the ugly stepchild of Almost Getting it Together. Here are a bunch of links and things I’ve been inspired by lately.

Travel
Obsessed with these 12 hour travel guides. The Portland one is pretty decent, it nabs a few places I love including Powell’s Books, Salt and Straw (duh) and The Screen Door (Garden Grits for the win). 

Know your personality but not where your next destination should be? The Weekender breaks down a few destinations like Savannah, Tulum and Napa Valley by what kind of traveler you are – first class flyer, global nomad, or foodie to name a few.

“Insta or it didn’t happen.” One of my biggest stressors when packing is “What have I not been Instagrammed wearing?” Spoiler alert, not this chambray tank I have, because it’s in like 20 pictures. (Fun fact, I’m an awfully vain person, I know.) Anyway, Refinery29 shows you how to pack an Instagram-Ready Wardrobe.

Blogging
I really resonated with Arman’s post about food bloggers calling it what it is. If you’re going to blog, at least give it the old college try and don’t phone it in.

Lifestyle
I am a big proponent of spending money on my hair. My natural hair color is terrible and boring. There’s a reason good hair products, hair color and cuts are expensive. (Minus Batiste, which is the best dry shampoo in the entire world.)

Catherine from Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth talks about how your body image is never the same after battling an eating disorder. A little heavy for my usual light-hearted links, but I could feel where she was coming from.

Don’t you hate those people who try too hard on social media? Now you can make sure you aren’t one of those people.

Love, love, loved this post from Kath Eats Real Food on The Boxed Lunch, or You Can’t Have it All. I love treats as much as the next person (just kidding, I don’t love them as much, because treats to me other than my hardcore ice cream obsession is yogurt with fruit and nut butter), but if you feel the need to treat yourself everyday with food you’ll A) never be fit and B) the allure will be lost. Sorry, rant over.

Food
Um, I need to go to Palo Alto to get one of these Pressed Juice Freezes. Or recreate one on my own.

I need to stop eating granola because I’m addicted, but maybe after I make this Ancient Grains Granola. #loveancientgrains

The latest in basic bitch food? Avocado toast. Elite Daily has it wrong though, because basic bitches think avocados have too much fat.

So into the idea of this Sweet Sticky Coconut Quinoa from Nosh and Nourish.

Listen
Obsessed with this folk-cover of 99 Problems by Hugo. Fun fact, this guy wrote “Disappear” for Queen B.

Chat with me:
Which of these reads was your favorite? Leave any cool links I missed this week in the comments for me to check out!