This edition of Behind the Blog profiles Rekita Nicole – a freelance graphic and web designer based in Georgia. Rekita started her blog in February of 2014 and I became a loyal follower last year after finding her on Pinterest.
Ever since I came across her site, her aesthetic and content has inspired me. If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest or browsing around blogging communities, you’ve likely come across Rekita’s work at least once. Her trademark is bright, bold, cheery colours, and her content always stands out from the rest.
Not only does Rekita create gorgeous designs for her clients which you can browse on her site, but she has great blog post content that is sure to help any entrepreneur or designer. Her mood boards and freebies are an amazing source of inspiration, and the colours always seem to cheer me up somehow. Rekita also recently launched That Design Life – a workshop guide for newbie freelance designers. Here are a few fun facts about Rekita and her answers to some key blogging questions I hope we can all learn from!
Coffee or tea: sweet iced tea
Cats or dogs: dogs
WordPress or blogger: Squarespace & WordPress
Summer or Winter: winter
Pen or keyboard: keyboard
Sweet or savoury: sweet
Morning or night: night
Serif or sans: sans
Indoors or out: out
Apple or Android: apple
What inspired you to start your blog?
What obstacles did you face in the beginning?
I really have been blogging since I was in college (2006-2007), on LiveJournal. It was very casual. Then I picked it back up when my husband at the time deployed and I had to find something to do besides raise 2 boys. Then it became a regular hobby as I documented being an army wife and being a mother for the third time. I really got serious about it at the beginning of 2014. That is when I decided to use my name as my brand.
How did you come up with your blog name?
What’s the meaning behind it?
I used my name as my blog name because not alot of people have the name Rekita. It is a unique names ,a mashup with my mother and father’s name. My husband (at the time, remind me not to pay him, lol) suggested that I should use my own name as my brand. And there you have it!
What is your daily blogging routine and how do you stay productive?
How many hours a week do you spend on your blog?
I don’t really have a blogging routine, my routine mostly consists of designing for my clients. But if I run into a question that my client has or that I can’t figure out and then I solve it, I tend to write about to share with my readers. I don’t spend too much time on my blog, I do research ideas and write them down of course, but I don’t spend more than an hour a day.
Are you the only one who works on your blog or do you have help?
If yes, how long were you working alone before you brought on help?
I work alone on my blog, however, I do not mind guest posts!
Was there a blog or blogger you looked up to when starting out?
How did they inspire you and your blog/brand?
I look up to DesignLoveFest. The author is such my style, she also helped me discover Shop Bando, which inspired my brand. I love all of their products because it is sol colorful, vibrant, and fun. I was like, WOW, that is me!
Are there any blogs you read regularly?
Why do you like them?
I am sort of random when it comes to blog reading. But I love ByRegina, she is so authentic. She shares and gives so much. I have basically printed out every workbook she has and put it in a nice binder, lol!
What do you wish someone had told you on your first day of blogging?
What advice would you give someone else on their first day?
Do NOT worry about followers and don’t give into the “GIveaways” hype. When I started Rekita Nicole, I vowed to never do a giveaway. I wanted all my readers to be loyal readers. So my advice is that it is okay to 5 loyal readers. Those leaders will buy your stuff. Not thousands of people who just came to your site because they wanted something for free.
If you had $1000 to start from scratch today what would you spend the money on?
What have you spent money on that wasn’t worth the investment?
Pinterest has increased my traffic exponentially! Like, whoah!!!!!!! So I spend alot of time using pinterest. I would say Instagram is the next contender. Periscope would be after that. I wasted time on stuff like giveaways in the past.
When did you realize your blog was a success?
What was the turning point?
When “big bloggers” started pinning and retweeting my stuff, and some of my posts went viral! Also, a clients of mine was speaking to a complete stranger about her blog designs, and then the stranger knew who I was! Like really, I am famous!!!! lol!!!
I’d like to thank Rekita for taking the time to participate in Behind the Blog. Don’t forget to check out her blog Rekita Nicole and consider taking her course That Blog Life if you’d like to learn more about creating mock-ups and templates in photoshop! And try not to get too caught up in her gorgeous Pinterest feed! Bye for now!
What other questions would you like to see posed on Behind the Blog. I’m always open for suggestion!