Well, it’s coming up on my fourth-year anniversary of starting my blog, so I thought I would share some things I have learned over the past few years.
I spent years and wasted so much time, energy and money trying to conform to what I thought people would want to see instead of showing them who I am. I think in this day and age with the pressures social media puts on us, it’s easier to lose track of your authenticity. I would often find myself comparing my profile, style, and looks to other bloggers which can end you in a downward spiral of insecurities. But the more you start to love yourself and find your confidence I think social media can be used in such a positive way. Making sure you stay true to the values you hold in your “real life” and making sure that’s consistent with your brand. The more authentic you are the more people will trust you over other accounts that will post any product just to get free products or paid. Being honest and trustworthy to your following will only help in the long run.
Blogging is not easy. It’s a lot of late nights in bed when all I want to do is watch Netflix, or sleep. It’s project management and setting up shoots, editing photos and training yourself on Adobe and basic photography skills. It’s learning web design, coding, upping your writing skills; communicating with brands constantly and meeting deadlines (even when it’s rained 5 days in a row, and you need to get “the shot”). There are contracts, invoices, media kits and many other business transactions you teach yourself how to do. My brain never shuts off, so I am honestly always jotting down new ideas or visions for what my next goals are.
Don’t Care Too Much What People Think
When I first started my blog, I was so nervous for what people would think. Back in 2015, there wasn’t as much emphasis on Instagram and the blogging world. Going into it was a very vulnerable experience for me. Luckily, I had an amazing support system that encouraged me to keep sharing. Four years later and the experiences I’ve had, companies I’ve gotten to work with, and the relationships I’ve made wouldn’t have been possible if I never got over what people thought about me. As long as what I’m doing makes me happy, that’s the only thing that truly matters.