Five things no one told me about being a Fashion & Life Style blogger is the perfect title to today’s post. April marks three years since I became serious about blogging. You might be wondering what I mean by serious, the short answer is when I decided I wanted to make something of this space. Over the last 3 years, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of brands from small businesses to top brands across the world. I have been featured in publications and I have turned my hobby into a money making avenue. I learned a lot from trial and error and today to celebrate 3 years of being a fashion blogger, I am sharing useful tips for anyone who has just started this journey and maybe unsure about certain things or for someone who has been doing this for a while and isn’t making much traction. You don’t have to be a fashion blogger to takeaway something from this post, so keep reading, lol.
Leave no room for Self Doubt
I know this is easier said than done but it’s the golden rule. More than ever when you decide to put yourself out there and share your perspective, don’t get swayed by every advice under the sun cos you will get a lot of them mostly unsolicited, lol. I have learned to quiet the world around me and seek inspiration when needed and try out ideas no matter how dumb it might sound. I especially try to push myself when I get scared about an idea. Like the saying goes “if it doesn’t scare you, your dreams aren’t big enough.” So go for it and leave doubts behind, the worse that can happen is that you fail but there is a lesson it that too.
Embrace your difference
I can’t say this enough, “our differences is what makes us special” so I am definitely not for following the crowd. Match to your own beat! In fashion blogging it is the KEY to standing out, if not you will be one of many and who wants that?? In my experience, I have found that to be an advantage. Brands specifically approach me because they love the vibrant colors I wear. To think there was a time, I wanted to tone it down and change to wearing darker colors or darker mood photos cos they seem to be the IN thing. Embrace your difference cos it will open doors for you.
Consistency & Hard work is everything
This right here is another golden rule! Be consistent!! I can’t stress this enough. No matter how stylish you are without doing it consistently people will loose interest and you won’t see much of a difference. I have had this website registered for over 5 years and the first 2 years I was inconsistent and I kept complaining and wondered why I wasn’t growing lol. The moment I decided to commit and produce weekly content, I saw a difference. With the exception of intentional breaks, I have never missed posting every week in the last 3 years on social media or my blog. You can’t half-ass things and expect results. Consistency to me also includes seeking knowledge and improving myself every time. If you’re not pushing yourself as a blogger and working hard at your craft, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. No big breaks or anything, it’s that simple.
Patience is really a virtue
Oh I had to learn this the hard way, lol. I wanted everything to happen now and happen fast. We live in a microwave society after all, lol we want every to happen immediately. I have learned to appreciate the wait period and I have grown so much from my gradual progress. I am so glad things didn’t happen overnight. I am not even seeking a big break, I just want consistent progress. That is all I strive for right now and work towards. While cutting corners and finding ways to get ahead might be a goal for some, progress from that never last because it’s like building a house on sand. Every single blogger I admire, I have made the point to scroll all the way down their feed to see when they started. It’s amazing how some people only focus on where they are now forgetting about the work they have put in for years.
Find your tribe
Find your tribe! While it might be difficult to find “your tribe” it is so worth it! I am slow to mingle with other females (my issue) but over the years I have been fortunate to meet amazing supportive women and men that have helped me along the way. Regardless of what business or occupation you find yourself in, it is important to build a tribe. People who are honest with you, people who will correct you, people you can bounce ideas with, people who will be there when things aren’t just working out. I am thankful for my tribe. Don’t bother with fake people or people who feed your ego, it’s pointless cos they add no value.
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