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How I Became a Professional Blogger | Part 1

In the very first post of my blogging tips series, Gillian asked me if I’d share the story of how I became a professional blogger, and because I love talking about myself  my last couple of posts in this series…

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Blogging Tips for Beginners

Lately I’ve had a few people ask me for blogging tips for beginners, and as I get this question fairly often, I figured it was time to write the next installment in that “blog tips” series I started to write,…

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On Brands and Blogging

 wasn’t going to publish this post. It’s been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks now: I hesitated to hit “publish” on it, because the fact is, I have a lot of respect for PRs, and the brands they work…

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Random Thoughts on Ten years of Self-Employment

 completely forgot to mention it at the time, but last month marked the ten year anniversary of Terry and I starting our own business and becoming self-employed. Ten years. It’s a long time. If our business was a baby, it would…

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Forever Amber in the Office Shoes Magazine

Ooh, lookit who’s featured in the Office Shoes in-store magazine this month! This was for a feature on “Shoedrobes”, and I’m really excited to be featured, alongside the lovely Sophie of The Folly Boutique. All credit, of course, has to…

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Forever Amber and the eBay Influencer Network

Remember that top secret, can’t-tell-you-or-I’d-have-to-kill-you project I made vague, annoying allusions to earlier this year? Well, today I can finally tell you that for the past few weeks I’ve been working (undercover, naturally. Picture me in a trenchcoat and fedora…

All You Need is Love

Shall I at least set my lands in order?

You know what I hate? I hate it when bloggers start making vague references to exciting new projects which they’d LOVE to tell you about, but, you know, they just CAN’T, so they’ll just have to stay silent, except not…

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The Only Fashion Blogger in the Village

This weekend, for only the second time in my fashion-blogging history, we were stopped by a passer-by while out taking outfit photos, and asked what the hell we thought we were doing, what with the camera, and the posing in…

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Lately

Well, folks, it looks like that wardrobe crisis I keep mentioning (and which is still very much ongoing), has given birth to a small blogging crisis too. Well, there’s only so many full skirts or skinny black pants I can show…

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Forever Amber in Essentials magazine

This weekend I was really excited to get a tweet from the lovely Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, letting me know we’d both been featured in the July issue of Essentials magazine, in a feature about wedding guest style….

Forever Amber | Beauty blog for redheads and pale skinned people

Hello, Dollface readers!

Well, folks, it looks like my house isn’t the only thing I’m (possibly, hopefully, maybe) leaving behind this year: last week I also made the decision to close down my beauty blog, Hey, Dollface!, so if you’ve tried to access…

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Blogstory

[ASOS skirt // Forever 21 shirt // Casadei shoes] Last week, Sarah at Tumbleweed Twine wrote a wonderful post about her “blogstory”, i.e. the story of how she got into blogging. I always find this kind of thing fascinating anyway,…

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One Thousand

[Dress: ASOS (sold out in gingham, but new versions available in block colours here , wallpaper print here, and OMGPOLKADOT here) // Shoes: Carvela 'Assemble'] This is my 1,000th post here at Forever Amber. I thought I would mark the occasion by writing my…

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Save Our Shoes

If you read any of my other blogs, or follow me on any of the approximately 1,763,345 social networks I’m currently part of, you will probably already know that I’ve spent the last 24 hours shamelessly begging people to join…

Scooby Ru(bin)

Just in case any of you were worried that my recent silence is a sign that the ghost which switches our TV on and knocks over our posters had taken more drastic action against Terry and I, I’m here to report…

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Conversation Stopper

(Skirt, Primark; sweater, thrifted; shoes, Kurt Geiger c/o Idealo.co.uk) Yesterday I got my hair cut and… HOLD IT! STOP RIGHT THERE, you, with your finger poised upon the red cross at the top right of your browser. Yes, I see…

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How to Make Money Blogging

A few quick tips to help you make money blogging… How to make money blogging: my tips One of the side-effects of blogging for a living is that, after a while, people start to assume that you know what you’re…

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Vote, vote, vote…

Well, after what feels like an entire year’s worth of bad news for my blogging endeavours (See: having to take legal action against a copycat site, being relentlessly plagiarised by dozens of other websites, Google’s Panda update killing our traffic… I could go on),…

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Official.

This arrived in the mail today. Bring it on, all you McNaughties out there… (P.S. This makes me officially a superhero now. Anyone know where to get good capes these days?)

The Story of My Life

Yes, it’s another post about people who copy my websites. Sorry, I’d be bored hearing about this by now too, but it really has become the over-riding theme of our lives at the moment, and it makes me so angry…

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Three weeks and counting…

Well, folks, we’re getting scarily close to the final countdown on our trip to California. It’s not quite three weeks to go, but… almost. And to be completely honest with you, this has surprised the hell out of me. When…

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Saving the world, brb.

Recent events (inlcuding being threatened with police action for writing a blog post) are somewhat monopolising my time right now, so blogging here may be light. Or, you know, non-existent. Hope you’ll all stick around until the dust settles…

Friend Friday: Blogger Mechanics*

(*This title totally made me think of lots of little men in overalls running around inside my blog and going, “Well, we can fix it, love… but it’s going to cost you..”.) 1. What technology do you use in blogging?…

Friend Friday: Quittin’ Time

My Dressember Day 3 post is coming soon, and so is a massive rant, just to warn you. In the meantime, here’s this week’s   Friend Friday, which is on the subject of blogging, and knowing when to quit… 1. How many hours…

Friend Friday: Blogger Copying

This week’s Friend Friday is about blogger copying, and as regular readers will even now be realising with a sinking heart, this is a subject I’ve come up against time and time again, both as a pro-blogger, and as a…

Friend Friday: Blogger Self-Promotion

Remember when I used to do the Friday Five every week some weeks? To be honest, I barely remember it myself, for it was a long, long time ago (I can still remember how those questions used to make me…

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Me in SHE, on how to make money from blogging

A few weeks ago I did an email interview with SHE magazine on making money from blogging. I spent a bit of time answering questions on the topic, and here’s the article! OK, so they distilled my predictably long, rambling…

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Fighting A Losing Battle

A quick snapshot of my Formspring account: This last person, by the way, followed the Formspring question up with no less than three comments on the blog itself, all in the space of ten minutes, and all asking about “sheeping”…

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Weird Email of the Week: Miss I-Was-Fat-Forever

During my break from personal blogging, it saddens me to report that people haven’t gotten any better at telling the difference between me and Joan Rivers. The E! channel’s Fashion Police show is currently back on the air, which means that every morning I wake…

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Friday Photo: Best Joke Ever

Rubin and I just heard the best joke ever: We’re totally not going to tell you what it was though. Sorry. Today I decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I would start up a Tumblr. Well, all the cool kids…

You know you’re a blogger when…

Terry: Last night I had a nightmare. I dreamt we were in a car crash. The car rolled over onto its roof, and I was trapped inside it… Me: Wow, that must have been scary! Terry: And then you got…

Help Wanted

I’ve been a bad blogger this week. Worse than usual, I mean. This time, though, I have a very slightly better excuse than usual. No, really, I do. You see, at the end of May this year, I’m taking my…

Recurring Nightmare

Two questions from Formspring: Would you ever go back to working as a journalist again or do you love being a blogger? Do you love your job? It is so different from ‘normal’ jobs. At least once a week, sometimes…

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I Do Not Live In London

A question from Formspring: Do you ever feel that your business is more difficult not living in London? Other than “I am not a shop”, the phrase I use most often on a day-to-day basis is “I do not live in…

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I am a winner!

I know the image above is actually pretty hilarious given that I recently went out in public wearing two different boots, but allow me to bask for a moment in the reflected glory of The Fashion Police, which has just been…

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Writing Police: No Comments!

This is just one example of the large number of rogue apostrophes currently littering the island of Gran Canaria, which Terry and I visited last month. These apostrophes were everywhere: on signs, on menus, on buildings… you name it. I’ve honestly…

When good brands go SPAM

…and I’m not talking about the spammer who keeps emailing Terry using the subject line, “Terry you’re an idiot” and providing a pornographic image in the body of the email – although that’s about as bad as it gets, to…

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And then the sun totally melted, The End.

Well, THAT was a whole lot of fun, wasn’t it? Look, though! We’re getting a sun obscured by a little bit of cloud tomorrow! Do you know, that’s the first time I have EVER seen that particular icon, and I’ve…

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The one where I win an award

Yes, it’s true, folks, I have won something! Well, OK, actually it’s my blog, The Fashion Police, which has won something, but seeing as I’ve never won anything else in my life before (Disclosure: I once won bacon and eggs…

Typos, and why they’re not always the end of the world

I have a confession to make: sometimes I make typos. In fact, sometimes they’re not even typos. Sometimes – and this will really shock you – sometimes they’re actual spelling errors. I know, I know: a professional writer who sometimes…

Bad PR: The Social Media Stalker

Social media is great. Seriously, isn’t social media great? It lets you connect with people you might not otherwise have interacted with, it gives you access to new and sometimes fascinating pieces of information, it provides a bit of light…

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Meme: Show Us Your Blog Spot!

Fi, (Of “Shoegal” fame) tagged me in the “Show Us Your Blog Spot” meme that’s been doing the rounds this month, and because this meme carries the threat “If you are tagged and do not participate, you will become allergic…

2009: now with added idiots

Just in case anyone out there was worried that 2009 might not contain quite as many idiots as 2008 did, I present the evidence to the contrary, courtesy of a comment someone  tried to post on the The Fashion Police yesterday:…

I don’t know “nothing”

I’m feeling a little better today. Only a little, but hey, at least I wasn’t up all night waiting for the sweet release of death, so that’s something. In a break from our regularly scheduled “Woe is me!” programme, then,…

Amber the Omniscient

Lately I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people mistaking me for God. By that I don’t mean they’re getting down on their knees and worshipping the wonder that is Me, or even that they praise me like…

Trolling the Internet 101

Dear Idiot Teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to post a whole bunch of stupid comments on The Fashion Police this week, calling me an “idiot” and generally advertising your lack of brain cells: It was not…

Full Moon Fever

There’s a full moon tonight. Can you tell? I can. I can always tell, though, and I don’t even need the little “moon” symbol in my diary. No, I can tell when there’s a full moon because of the absolute…

Blog Trolls: Where do they find the time?

Earlier this week, I woke up this morning to find that someone had tried to post well over 100 comments on The Fashion Police, all complaining about the choice of category I’d filed certain posts in. There were dozens and dozens…

Why so dismissive of the UK, American PRs?

Several times over the past few weeks I’ve been contacted by US-based PRs who want to know if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products for our beauty blog, Hey-Dollface.  The PR will generally begin their pitch by…

How Not to Get a Freelance Writing Job, Part 2

A couple of days ago, I received the following email: “I wish to apply as a writer for your company. i am a nigerian and a graduate of the <college name removed. It was typed all in lower case, though.>.By…

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When typos attack…

Now, I know people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but I had to smile when I found this “wide waste belt” on the New Look website today. I think they mean “waist belt”, but hey, it could just…

The type of email I don’t answer…

Received this morning: Hello, I have been in the XXXXXXXXXX field for about 10years now and is working on my second book, XXXXXXXXXXXX If you need someone to blogs sometimes for Doll Face, please contact me. Thanks & Smles I…

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This isn’t so much an example of “bad” PR as it is “lazy PR” – and ‘lazy blogger syndrome” too, if I’m completely honest. Over the last couple of months, our beauty blog,Hey, Dollface, has been going through a bit of…

More on pro-blogging and holidays

Yesterday I started planning for my summer vacation. Yes, I know it’s barely even Spring yet, and no, my holiday isn’t imminent – in fact, I don’t leave until June 2nd. But when you’re a pro-blogger, and run a blog…

Inadvertently Ask Amber

So, longtime readers of this here blog (look, I like to pretend, okay?) will know that people tend to find me through some weird-ass Google searches, most of which involve hating redheads, avoiding having babies that are redheads and, er,…

Do you know who’s commenting on your blog?

My very first pro-blogging job was for a TV blog. Because it was my first-ever blogging gig, I was particularly keen to do well and make a good impression, so when I started receiving some particularly vicious, and very personal,…

Six Things PRs Hate About Journalists

I’ve already written about Why Journalists Hate PRs, but having worked in both fields, I know that it works the other way too, and PRs have their fair share of gripes about us journos. I can’t speak for all PR professionals,…

Pet Peeves: ‘Ima’

No, it’s not a hybrid car, it’s a hybrid word – and I hate it. “Ima go to the store now,” for instance, means, “I’m going to go to the store now.” “Ima have lunch,” means “I’m going to have lunch.” And…

Words I Just Can’t Spell

I admit it. There are some words I just can’t get to grips with. No matter how hard I try to memorise them, or to come up with nifty little mnemonics or other methods by which to trick myself into…

Pet Peeves…. about blog comments

I love getting comments at my various blogs, and I love leaving comments at other people’s. But the fine art of blog commenting has given rise to a few Pet Peeves. OK, more than a few Pet Peeves… I hate: 1….

Video Killed the Radio Star

Actually, a better title for this entry would probably be something like, “Being so nervous she almost threw up on her dressing gown killed the radio star” but that doesn’t sound so good, and is way harder to sing, so…

Writing Pet Peeves #4: ‘Prolly’

“Prolly”. Let’s just take a moment to look at it. It’s a stupid word, isn’t it? Especially when you consider that the perfectly good word it’s so often used to replace – “probably” – is in no need of replacing….

How much money do bloggers make?

How much money do bloggers make? How much money do bloggers make? It’s a question that’s been coming up a lot recently: with the media carrying extraordinary claims about bloggers apparently making millions of dollars per year from their blogs,…

Freelance Feast or Famine

Sometimes a freelance writing career can feel very much like “feast or famine”. At the very beginning, it’s almost all famine. You spend more time looking for freelance writing jobs than you spend actually writing, and, quite apart from being…

What employers look for in freelance writers

Freelance writing is as much about selling yourself as it is about writing. With this in mind, we asked some of the employers who use our site, and others like it, just what it is that they look for in…

How to snag that freelance writing job

So, you want to be a freelance writer. You’ve scoured the Internet for the best paying writing jobs, and now you’re ready to apply for some of them. There’s just one problem: so are a few hundred other freelance writers,…

Pro-Blogging: Developing a thick skin

Sometimes professional blogging is hard. Actually, scratch that: blogging professionally is hard pretty much all the time: it’s just that some weeks are tougher than others, and this has been one of those weeks. The fact that it’s still only Tuesday…

Why All Freelance Writers Should Have a Website

We’ll be looking at the technicalities of setting up a freelance writing website soon. For now, though, just trust me: if you’re serious about your freelance writing business, you’re going to need a website. Most people who find themselves in…

Working from Home: The Duvet Day

Yesterday, I decided to have myself a duvet day. In my defense, it was Black Monday: officially the most miserable day of the year. Black Monday is the day when the weather, work and the fact that we’re all still broke…

Six Things You Need to Know About Freelance Writing

The fact that you’re reading this post tells me that you’ve already discovered one secret of freelance writing for yourself: it’s not easy. Before you even get started, then, here are some other things you need to know: 1. You…

The Secret Of Successful Freelance Writing

The world is full of wannabe writers. Just ask my inbox: every day it gets flooded with emails from people looking for freelance work or just desperate to know how to get started. Not that I blame them, of course….

Deadbeat Employer of the Day: Paid to Plagiarize

This kind of job advert makes me sad: Reword Articles: Scope: We need 50 reworded copies of 10 articles. Each article will be between 500-800 words, and will be provided to you. Change: Titles, and one word per sentence changed…

Should we name and shame blog spammers?

Back in September, I talked a bit about the increasingly large number of spam comments my blogs had been receiving. While spammers will no doubt always be around, though, lately I’ve been noticing more and more so-called “respectable” companies who are…