Bodysuit: Free People (size xs/s)
I recently did a poll on my Instagram Stories and you guys wanted to hear about what I’ve learned from blogging so far. I know I’ve only doing this for about six months and I don’t consider myself a pro by any means. I still have so much to learn, but I wanted to share with y’all my journey so far as a blogger. Hopefully I can motivate you if you’re in a funk or inspire you to start a blog of your own- regardless, I hope to put a smile on your face, which is why I included my precious fur baby in these photos.
Here are the five things I’ve learned from blogging:
Quality Over Quantity
When I first started blogging, I wanted to post every day Monday-Friday. I actually stuck to it for about three months; then life got in the way or I didn’t have a new outfit to share. I thought that every time I bought a new outfit I needed to write a blog post on it. I then realized that it’s more valuable to post about something that can benefit my readers rather than my latest outfit with a small description on the items and sizing. I started weaving in outfit pictures with a story about myself or something happening in my life making the shift to lifestyle plus fashion on my posts. I noticed my readers enjoy that a lot better. If I don’t have anything exciting to share I just post my outfit details on Instagram via Like to know it.
Although I’m super shy, I have never been shy about reaching out to people on social media and asking questions. If there’s a blogger I really like and I’m curious about their success or how they do certain things, I just send them a message and ask away. You’ll be surprised how many people respond with advice and are super nice. The worst that can happen is that they don’t respond and you just move on.
Support Other Bloggers
Bloggers are your friends, not competition. There are SO many bloggers out there and everyone is different and have unique styles and interests. I follow so many people and no two people are the same. So why not support your fellow bloggers? We’re all trying to do something we’re passionate about, we spend so much time planning content and being creative and try to make a connection with our followers through our content. We all have a different story to tell and are experts in many fields. It’s crazy how many girls I have met in the last months and we all show support for each other. If a local blogger is having an event, go and support them! I can assure you that they’re super nervous about the turn out and hope it’s a success, so go out there and network and make new friends.
It’s hard for me to break out of my shell and be myself around strangers, which is part of the reason why I started blogging. I needed to let go of things and quit worrying about what others might think of me. I’ve learned that people enjoy hearing about your life and what you’re going through. It’s nice to come across a post and be like “Ah yes I can totally relate to her” or “I’m glad someone is going through the same thing.” People are following you for a reason, they like you, they’re interested in your life, you’re entertaining, or they enjoy hearing your stories and experiences. They believe in you and trust your recommendations! So why hide? Be you, give yourself a little credit!
Know Your Worth
Whether you have one thousand followers or one million followers, know your worth. Your time is valuable and shouldn’t be free. A brand is reaching out to you to collaborate because they value your content and the influence you have on your followers. So if a brand is giving you free product but asking for a blog post and 4 shares on social media for free and it’s not worth your time, it’s okay to say no. It’s also okay to go back to a brand and ask for money in exchange for a post or for a different product. Do what’s best for you. For my full time job, I work on the other side of things and have contracted influencers for various brands and campaigns. I know how much brands value partnerships with influencers and how much they’re willing to pay. As I mentioned in a past blog post, even taking one photo for Instagram takes up a lot of time. Accept the right partnerships and if not, I promise something else will come your way.
Hope you found this interesting or helpful! Cheers to a great week.