Can I sponsor a post or project Manhattan Nest?
Yes! While I am selective when it comes to sponsorship arrangements, give me a holler if you represent a product or company that you think would fit well with the content on Manhattan Nest! Manhattan Nest has successfully collaborated with many products and brands over the years to create high-quality, original, and authentic content about brands that I believe readers will find valuable and pertinent. There is more information on my advertising page, and if you are interested in collaborating on a sponsored post or a giveaway, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I do not, under any circumstances, accept “guest posts” containing affiliate links or promotional content. All of the content on Manhattan Nest is 100% original and 100% written by me.
Where do you live? Do you like it?
I live in the beautiful Catskills city of Kingston, New York, about 2 hours by car north of Manhattan. I love Kingston with all my heart!
Where do you thrift? How do you find great things for cheap?
It’s really just about luck, timing, an iron will, and a willingness to dig. I really don’t recommend any specific places. Just find a few spots you like that are convenient, go often, and eventually something good might turn up.
Otherwise, Craigslist, eBay, and even Etsy have been valuable resources for vintage goods at modest rates. Same rules—stick with it and eventually you’re bound to find something good.
Where is [insert anything I own here] from?
What kind of dog is Mekko? What kind of dog is Linus? Where did they come from?
Mekko is a Pit Bull. We adopted her from Sean Casey Animal Rescue in January 2012. Linus is a small white dog…my money’s on maltese/poodle mix, but we don’t know because he came to me as a stray in May 2012. They’re the best dogs ever and they get along great. You can read more about Mekko here and more about Linus here.
I want to be handy like you. How did you get so handy?
I tried stuff! Very little of what is chronicled on this site requires a significant level of technical ability or skill, but they do take a willingness to learn, research, try, and sometimes fail! Power tools aren’t scary! Buy yourself a decent power drill and a hammer and you’re 90% there.
I want to start a blog! Any tips on how to make it good? How do I get readers?
Be yourself. A good blog is a reflection of the person who writes it, so don’t feel like you have to fit a certain formula or writing style or anything to have a good blog. It should be fun! BUT, put some effort in. Try not to be sloppy with the writing, and do your best with the photos! Everybody likes a visual aid, and nobody likes dark/blurry/ugly pictures.
First of all, don’t worry about people reading your blog right away. When it’s clear that bloggers are just actively trying to build a following instead of focusing on creating good content, it’s very off-putting. Just have fun with it, figure out what you like to post about, how often, or if you even like it at all! I can’t really explain why people read this blog (beats me!), but when I find a blog with great content and a unique outlook, I tend to stick around and subscribe. I usually find blogs through other links on other blogs or comment sections, or most often through my own comment section. And when I find something I like, I like to tell people about it! I guess you do have to put yourself out there a little bit to get noticed initially, but be authentic—other bloggers like constructive, active, interesting comments, and can usually tell if a commenter is just trying to promote their own site (which is called spam and often deleted). I don’t think there are any silver bullets to gaining readership, though, and frankly the best blogs usually don’t have aspirations of heavy traffic (even if they do have a lot of readers). At the end of the day, you should blog because you enjoy it—if you’re having a good time, chances are other people will, too.
My comment wasn’t posted! What gives?
All comments coming from first-time commenters on Manhattan Nest have to be approved before they display on the site, and sometimes I can’t do that right away. Don’t worry, I will! Otherwise, comments are occasionally moderated if they are overtly rude, harassing, or mean-spirited toward either me, other readers, or other blogs. Constructive criticism is welcome, but anonymous comments will not be tolerated. And while the comments sections is a fabulous place to have a real dialogue, comments made explicitly to promote your own site are considered spam. Filling out the URL field in a comment will link your name to the URL—there is no reason to add an additional URL to your site in the comments, unless of course you are referencing a particular post.
Why don’t you post more often?
I’m busy and blogging takes time! Everything on this site is 100% original content, and between actually doing whatever it is I’m posting about, taking the photos, editing the photos, and sitting down to write a post, we’re talking about hours and hours of work. It’s fun, but I’ve never wanted to compromise on the quality of posts in order to churn them out more quickly.
What kind of camera do you use?
Most of the photos on this blog are taken with either my iPhone 6 or a Fuji X-E1 digital camera. Nearly everything is then run through Photoshop, where I crop, resize, and make basic adjustments to color balance and lighting.
Why do you cuss so much?
Do I? I didn’t notice. I guess I’m just classy like that.
Are you on Pinterest?
Can we be Facebook friends?
Probably not—my personal Facebook profile it pretty strictly limited to friends and family. But you can “Like” Manhattan Nest on Facebook, which is really the next best thing! You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter, which is loads of fun for all of us.