I'm the most subtle person in the world, I know. I've only been wearing my birthday tiara for, oh, three or four weeks now. And my birthday is in just under two more weeks. Sooo...
DO: Photography Classes
Trying to figure out how to upgrade your photos from iPhone to serious DSLR travel blogger quality is like falling into the deep end of the pool when you're little and you don't have your floaties on.
A photo class is a lifeline.
DO: A Sick Camera
Especially if you're a food, fashion, or travel blogger, photograph quality is really important. A high-quality DSLR is more or less a necessity once your blog is big enough because, as much as Apple tries to push iPhone photography as a thing, it just can't compare.
An iPhone is excellent for speed photography, like when you're trying not to be the obnoxious food blogger at a nice dinner out but your food is too beautiful not to Instagram, or when you're trying to be subtle. Hauling out a giant DSLR with five lenses and a zoom as long as an elephant's snout isn't really appropriate for a discrete selfie with your bestie when you're out on the town.
Because obviously the solution isn't to stop being such a photo hog. Let's not be absurd.
DON'T: A Photo Album
You know what bloggers have? Blogs. And usually Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and a bunch of other space-efficient, backed-up-online photo saving and sharing platforms. So do you know what a photo album is to a blogger?
A prehistoric waste of space.
DO: A Pretty Planner
Once upon a time I dated a very, very organized guy who had his life organized to a T on GCal. Sadly, it didn't rub off on me.
DO: Tickets to a Blogger Conference
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You can learn blogging tricks and tools of the trade, meet and network with other bloggers in your 'genre' of blog, and get some cool material for blog posts while you're there!
Bonus points if it's somewhere awesome.
There always seem to be these lovely blogger conferences in sunny, happy places like Los Angeles.
DON'T: A Fruit of the Loom Multi-pack
Let's be real. As a blogger, I spend several more hours per week sitting cross-legged on my bed in my underwear than I would if I didn't blog. I don't want to spend that time in ugly bulk bought undies! It still pains me that I once gave my little sister a multi-pack of day-of-the-week underwear that wasn't extraordinary.
The difference between glam and sad is how cute the underwear is.
DO: Something Pretty To Wear
Blogger or not, we're still girls!
What's on your birthday wish list?
Do you like having a birthday party?
What's your favorite kind of birthday cake? I'm an ice cream cake (or better yet random bakery thing - pie, cookies, or something) or froyo kind of girl. I'm just not a traditional cake fan!