A YEAR OF BLOGGING
It has been a year since I’ve started this blog
and what a journey it has been!
It has only been a year but it feels like I’ve been doing it my whole life and just started two days ago at the same time. In other words – a little confusing in a good way. There’s still a lot to learn, a lot to work on, a lot to achieve but the firsts steps are always the hardest ones. Every morning I remind myself that it is those small steps that lead to big accomplishments.
On several occasions I’ve almost cried (who am I kidding, I DID cry) because I couldn’t figure out the settings on my camera or a specific coding for a blog post (because I wanted it to look a certain way), etc. I got out of my comfort zone a lot, stopped being shy in front of the camera in a public place. Overall I learned a lot in that past year. The most important lesson of all – to NEVER EVER give up and if it gets a little frustrating – concentrate on the result instead of all the things that don’t go the way you want them to go.
All those examples are more on a personal side of the matter though. As for blogging itself I do want to share some wisdom I gathered in the past 12 months. Maybe it will inspire someone else out there to continue or start blogging.
I take blogging very seriously and it might seem like a fun and harmless thing to do but believe me, it really can be stressful if you are a responsible blogger who’s trying to do hers/his best. You have deadlines to meet, interesting content to come up with, find interesting pieces to complete your outfits, etc. Doing that, working two jobs and trying to live a normal life somewhere in between is an art I’ve been trying to master. Although life itself is a balancing act. You will never know how much you can achieve (and stay sane at the same time) if you never try.
So far consistency is the most challenging part of blogging I have to deal with
Any influencer will tell you that one of the most important parts of blogging/youtubing, ect. is consistency. It is so important when you are trying to built your audience. There are thousands of interesting, creative profiles out there for people to follow and if you slack on keeping up you will be forgotten in no time.
This is the part I myself have been struggling with. So far it is the most challenging part of blogging I have to deal with. I’d rather not post anything at all than half good content. So it all comes to the simplest thing – making good content in a given period of time. What I did find helpful is to actually make time and plan for creative process. Of course you cannot choose what time of the day the muse strikes but we forget that sometimes (if not most of the time) creativity is the result of hard work. I do get ideas throughout the day but to actually make them into a blog post I have to sit down with my laptop, pen and paper, turn my phone off and write and brainstorm that idea to make a post happen.
A well-organized workflow eliminates all unnecessary stress from your blogging process
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” has been my favorite quote for years. If anything I am all about planning. It is another part of blogging that is very important if you want to stay consistent with your content. A well-organized workflow eliminates all unnecessary stress from your blogging, leaving you with clear head that is ready to come up with the best posts yet.
My workflow is a piece of hard work I’ve created and am very proud of. I post on Wednesdays and Saturdays so I am finishing up those posts on the first half of the week and starting Thursdays I work on the posts for next week. It gives me plenty of time to correct, re-write and re-shoot if I am not satisfied with the final results so I can be sure that I post something that I am actually proud off.
If you want to kill your productivity and creativity the recipe is simple – start comparing your work with other bloggers out there. We tend to forget that comparing someones’ middle with your beginning is a ridiculous thing to do. How does 7 years of other person’s hard work compares with your 1 year? It doesn’t. She might be getting sponsored by YSL right now but most of the bloggers started with their point-and-shoot camera in the closets with a burning desire to share their ideas with the world.
I am not a perfect person and from time to time I do compare myself with my favorite fashion bloggers, and I do get jealous. I am only human. But it is a short-lived feeling because I know that I am giving my blog everything I’ve got and it is only a matter of time until I built bigger audience.
Have an unshakable believe in yourself and what you do! Because no-one else will!
Hard work does get noticed! It just takes time.
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