10+ Places to Find Free Stock Photos

When I first started blogging, the most frustrating thing was trying to find good stock photos. I know the “blogger” thing to do would to take all your own stock photos. To be honest, though, I just don’t have the time or energy for that right now, and I’m sure others are with me on that. In my time blogging, I’ve come across dozens of sites for free photos. For this post, I’ve narrowed it down to my top 10 for you. (To my best knowledge, you do not need to give credit to the author when using these photos.)

1. Lock and Stock Photos

2. Kaboom Pics

3. Stock Snap

4. Jay Mantri

5. Magdeleine

6. Foodies Feed

7. Picography

8. Skitter Photo

9. Stock Pic

10. Get Refe

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Blogging Tips & Why They’re Hard to Follow

As most of you know, I am still somewhat new around here. (By the way, when will I not be new around here? Hmm..) I’ve been reading a lot of other bloggers’ posts on blogging tips. Ya know, the do’s & don’ts for new bloggers, and I’ve got to tell ya, I’m having a hard time with a few of them.

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1. Be Yourself. I’ve read it a few times now, to be yourself when starting a blog. They say not to worry about having the perfect “blogger look” with the pretty desks and gorgeous clothes. It’s hard to think you don’t need those things when it feels like 90% of bloggers do look like that. I think I’ve been okay so far, but I do find myself thinking I can’t take my own photos because my stuff is crap. Or that I’m missing out on SO many blog post opportunities because I don’t have cute clothes or a ton of beauty products. This, for me, is the hardest part about being a new blogger… Feeling like you don’t fit in.

2. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. This one kind of goes hand in hand with number one. I’m constantly comparing myself to other bloggers. I know I shouldn’t, but, easier said than done.

3. Don’t obsess over the numbers. GAH this one is so hard! I look at the numbers a lot.. But I think what’s different for me, is the numbers I see aren’t discouraging. I don’t see the numbers and think “crap, I’m a bad blogger!” I actually see them and get excited that this blog seems to be growing, very slowly.

My biggest blogging fear.

I’ll never find a niche. This one is difficult for me because I don’t fall into any of the big niches. I’m not into fashion, make up, or cooking. Even when I look at other lifestyle bloggers (like I categorize myself) I feel like I don’t have the same interests.

I know that many of this is probably just new blogger jitters. I’m sure most of the successful bloggers I follow felt much of this in the beginning too. That’s what I keep telling myself, at least. I tell myself that it will pass.
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Why am I pushing through the fear & doubts?

I’ve seen this blogging community. These women (and maybe men? I don’t know, I haven’t seen any yet) are all so connected. I see this amazing bond you all have with each other and I’d love to be a part of it.

I have a story to tell. I suffered from major depression and anxiety for almost ten years, and I came out the other side of it, better than I ever was. I found a treatment and something that worked for me, and then I found a joy in life that I had no idea existed. I love telling my story, and I hope that by telling it I can help others may suffer the way I suffered for so long.

So for now, I’ll deal with the fears and the doubts, and I’ll keep writing posts that I don’t think anyone is even reading. I guess I’ve got to have faith that eventually this will all fall into place.

With that said, thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

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