- What kind of cameras & lighting equipment do you use?
- I am currently using a Canon Rebel T4i DSLR style camera with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens to film the majority of my YouTube videos. I also sometimes use a Tameron 17-50mm lens. I used a Sony Handycam HDR-CX150 for my videos prior to April 2013. I currently use a Canon G7X for my vlog-style videos as well as a Sony RX1003 Camera to film secondary shots for my other videos. It also takes amazing photos! I use my Canon Rebel T4i to take the majority of my blog photos, including this blog and Winnie The Tzu. I also use my iPhone 6 camera quite a bit for Winnie’s photos as well as Instagram pics.My favorite key light is the Stellar Diva 18” Dimmable Ring Light. It’s lightweight and compact, making it easy to move and store. I also try to take advantage of as much natural light as possible when filming for the best effect.
- What program do you use to edit your videos?
- I used iMovie for all videos prior to mid-2013, which comes standard on Macs to edit. It is a very simple and straightforward program, which I found relatively easy to learn how to use. I currently use Final Cut Pro to edit my videos.
- What apps do you use to edit your Instagram photos?
- There are so many wonderful apps out there that can help you customize your photos. I use PicFrame (for picture framing) and Instagram‘s built in features the most frequently. Sometimes for special effects I’ll turn to A Beautiful Mess, Rhonna Designs, Lumie, Bokehful, & PicFX.
- Who designed your blog?
- ipsoCreative designed and custom built PrettyNeatLiving.com, which launched June 2015. This extremely professional group of highly talented people is a one-stop shop for all of your business web needs. ipsoCreative is a great option if you have a bigger budget and are looking for a complete start to finish service tailored to your needs to build the best site possible.Designer Blogs designed my original OrganizedJen.com website, which was up from December 2012 through May 2015. I can’t say enough great things about these ladies. Not only do they create beautiful graphic design content & web/blog layouts, they’re competitively priced and quite reasonable compared to other design services out there. I recommend checking out their website even if you’re not in the market for design work to simply peruse their portfolios.Another shout out is to Miss Pickle’s Design Studio, who designed Winnie’s cutie-patootie logo on her blog. Her website is a must see to simply peruse or to commission custom graphic likenesses for your blog or business, also very reasonably priced.
- What does your husband do for a living?
- Don was a trader and then manager for an electronic trading firm for over 10 years, but he left that job for a new adventure in the spring of 2012. He worked in a consultant position for a few years at a couple of other financial/trading business before settling into his current role as a strategist at an ATS.
- Do you work outside of the home?
- I work from home. I have been a housewife since graduating from college & getting married in 2005. I did hold part time jobs during my high school & college years and volunteered for awhile after graduating. I started posting videos on OrganizedLikeJen in the summer of 2010 and began earning a salary from my online efforts in the summer of 2012. I now consider making videos, blogging, and all of the related social media I produce to be my work. I think of myself as an Original Content Creator (if you’re looking for an official title of sorts to assign to what I do).
- How do you make money from posting videos on YouTube?
- Anyone can become a YouTube Partner! All you have to do is start posting content on your channel & monetize your videos. By doing so, you are granting YouTube permission to advertise on or next to your videos. Once you do both of these things, you are technically a partner! YouTube pays ad revenue through Google Adsense. You will need to set up an Adsense account before you can earn revenue through YouTube ads. It’s as simple as that!
- How do you get subscribers on YouTube?
- I honestly don’t think there’s a guarantee for this one. My best advice would be to pick topics that are interesting to you, let your true personality show in your videos, and post as consistently as possible. For me, YouTube has never been about the numbers and I think that’s a healthy way to go about building a community. If your number one motive for being on YouTube is to share some of your passions and ideas with others, your genuine interest will shine through and people will want to subscribe and follow your channel regularly. Do what you like and like what you do!
- How do you monetize your blog?
- I use affiliate links to earn an income from my blog, mainly through rewardStyle and Amazon. I’m personally not a big fan of those splashy (and flashy) Google Adsense and similar ads that some other bloggers use. I find them distracting (which they’re meant to be so you’ll click on them) and generally annoying. I understand why people use them, as there aren’t many ways for bloggers to generate income from their efforts. I am grateful that using affiliate links allows me to monetize my blog on my own terms and within my own aesthetic. I am never showing readers an ad for something I don’t 100% genuinely recommend and all of my affiliate links are intentionally included by me, not some third party.
- How often do you look at/reply to comments on your videos and blog posts?
- I actually read every single comment on both my YouTube videos and blog posts, because comments are set to approval only on both. I try to reply to as many as I can, but it’s difficult to get to everyone. Please know that I do read them all, though!
- How can I contact you?
- The best place to reach out to me for a quick reply is on Twitter. I try to reply to my Facebook and Instagram comments on daily basis. I’m a bit slower to reply to email due to the sheer volume of them, but I do try! Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also love receiving your snail mail! I cannot promise to reply to each and every person who sends me mail, but I do read and treasure everything you send me.To send mail, write to:
2516 Waukegan Road, #384
Glenview, Illinois 60025
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