Today, the Work It Social team is doing another blogger shoutout and we're excited to introduce to you Brianne Cail!
1. First off, share a little about YOU. Who IS Brianne Cail?
I'm 25, small-town raised turned city girl. I run my blog, Sincerely, Bri, do freelance writing, social media management for two Toronto-based companies and work retail half the week. I'm in love with anything wedding-related and writing! I've been writing since a young age, published a book when I was 20 and that love of writing is what led me to try my hand at blogging.. and that's history!
2. What inspired you to become one of the city’s up-and-coming bloggers?
First off, thank you! I actually started the blog in my final year of college as a way to give myself a place to write once school was finished. I've had a few blogs over the years, mostly prose-related, but I had never actually stuck with one for more than a few months.
Then, in college, I worked with other blogs and magazines and loved creating lifestyle content but hadn't thought of creating my own space to publish what I loved to do. It hadn't really clicked with me that I could make a space for myself instead of waiting to find someone else to write for and that's what fuelled Sincerely, Bri.
Now I look to other bloggers for inspiration because it's hard not to be inspired when you see other people who have made blogging a full-time job or are able to work with companies they love, to travel to places they've dreamed of - it's a very inspiring community to say the least.
3. What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced on standing out as a blogger?
The hardest part about standing out is figure out how to - and I haven't completely solved that part yet (DISCLAIMER: we think she's well on her way, this girl rocks it!).
It helps that I have a wedding component on my blog because that's not all that common, but for now I write about what I enjoy and focus on creating content that I'm proud of instead of what can make me stand out.
It's important to be patient, after all, it's a big world out there on the internet!
4. How do you ensure your Instagram feed remains cohesive and exciting? Share some tips with us!
I have been a huge Instagram fan since day one, and it continues to be my favourite social media platform.
The easiest way to keep your feed exciting is to make sure you're excited about it. If it starts to feel like a chore then take a step back and have a break, that always helps with creativity. I don't stress about Instagram, to me it's fun and an amazing way to get inspiration from people you admire.
I'm drawn to bright and crisp themes, so that's how I like to try and keep mine but I love how every feed is so different and personal. Go with what you love! It makes it so much easier, and fun, to stick to a cohesive feed if it's something you enjoy looking at.
Editing-wise, I use Facetune to whiten backgrounds and then Instagram for the rest - the app's editing features are seriously underrated!
5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I actually have a blog post about this question in my drafts pile because I never know how to answer it. Five years ago, I didn't even know someone could start a blog on their own and now I can't imagine life without blogging. I honestly don't know what I'll get up to next but I know it'll involve writing, that's been the dream since day one.
6. Favourite app?
Currently a huge fan of UNUM, it lets you plan out your Instagram feed and as a social media manager and juggling three Instagram feeds it is a huge help.
7. Favourite inspirational quote & why?
"When you rest, you rust," from Oscar de la Renta.
I know everyone needs a day off now and then but I completely believe that you need to keep moving towards the goal that you're after, always.
8. If you could only bring one item to a deserted island, what would it be?
The Survivor fanatic and logical side of me says a fire-starting kit...but I would probably bring a camera.
9. How do you #workit everyday?
I stay busy and try to stay ahead in hopes that one day it will all slow down a bit.
I love what I'm doing, but I know the industry is always changing and if I want to keep at it I have to stay on my toes, but that's what makes it so exciting. I do at least one thing a day that relates to growing my blog, whether it be an email outreach or a blog post, and I'm always brainstorming posts for months to come.
Thanks, Brianne, for chatting with us! We can't wait to see you continue to #WORKIT!