Happy Tuesday, y’all!
Last Thursday my blog celebrated it’s 4th birthday!! I can’t believe I started this platform that long ago, it seems like just yesterday I was starting my own website as an inexperienced blogger. Now looking back, I thank God for how far He’s brought me and how He’s making my dreams grow bigger!
Blogging is such a huge trend nowadays, literally everyone wants to be a blogger. But that’s the beauty of it, anyone is capable of being a blogger. It does; however, take a lot of time commitment, creativity, faith, and patience to make it into a job rather than a hobby. While I’ve been blessed enough to have my website grow and collaborate with awesome brands, I’m still not at the point where I would consider it as a job. It’s absolutely possible though, and you most certainly are capable of creating your own blog platform and accomplishing your goals!
So if you’re interested in starting a fashion blog, here my top ten tips to guide you on your journey:
1.) Make yourself stand out
Blogging is such a huge trend now that every blogger seems to be the exact same person. I believe you’ll achieve even more success by being different. Post authentic, unique content. Write intriguing posts to get your readers’ attention. Whatever you can do, find what represents yourself the best way and how you can use that to inspire everyone!
Readers also like bloggers who they can relate to, not someone they can constantly compare themselves to. So try to find ways to make your audience feel inspired by you. Being a bit vulnerable every now and then is empowering and absolutely human!
2.) Pick your style type/blog theme
Every blogger has their own style/theme. Whatever your kind of style is, bring it to the world. I know that a lot of them are using presets to make their photos look more aesthetically pleasing, and they have a variety of filters to choose from. I just started using presets on Lightroom after downloading them from Light & Airy Photog and it’s been making my content look good. I also like using VSCO every once as they offer a variety of authentic and aesthetic filters. Figure out what your style/theme is and use it to attract attention!
3.) Get a content calendar
Once I started receiving more brand collaboration offers, I decided it would be a good idea to start my own content calendar in order to keep up with all my content. I schedule posts weekly and write down deadlines for when sponsored posts are do. It’s helped me so much, especially since time management is something I’m trying to improve on.
4.) Take brand collaborations into consideration
When you get that first email asking you to sponsor a brand, it’s the most exciting feeling in the world! However; you still have to take consideration for the brands you team up with. It’s important to actually love the products they provide, as well as their message. Also try to ignore brands when they comment on your IG posts “We would love to collab! DM for more details”. Not only is it annoying, but usually the discount they offer you to feature their items isn’t worth it. When bigger brands actually take the time to send you an email explaining their partnership idea and why they would love for you to sponsor them, it is a huge honor (and the free products are a bonus!)
5.) Improve your time management
Starting a blog is a big time commitment, at least if you want it to turn into a full-time career. As a college student, I’ve had to find different ways to make balancing classes and blogging less stressful. If you’re in school or a big full-time job, I’d say to make those your first priority and make blogging another priority right after. In order to stay consistent, try writing a few posts (at least 1-3) a week.
6.) Don’t force yourself to post something you don’t like
If there was one thing I wish I didn’t do when I started out as a blogger, I wish I hadn’t forced myself to post stuff. Not that I’m ashamed of the posts or they were bad, but I felt obligated to post in order to be consistent. So I posted random stuff such as 10 favorite summer songs and stuff like that even though they weren’t exactly what I wanted to post. But now I post what makes me happy and what I find inspiring, and I encourage you to do the same thing. Post what you like, not what you think only other people but you will like!
7.) Join a community
Connecting with other bloggers is so important and valuable. Not only are you gaining new friendships, but also meeting people that you can collaborate and go to influencer invite events with. It’s better to be in the industry with other bloggers than by yourself!
8.) Use Instagram to get discovered
Instagram is a HUGE tool to use for anything to attract attention on social media, especially for blogging. People follow influencers who post their style and interests on Instagram in aesthetically pleasing photos. One great way to get noticed is to tag brands and use different popular hashtags, it helps big time!
9.) Ask for feedback
Asking someone to read your blog before launching it can help you figure out what your audience will like and what you can improve before officially publishing it. Your friends and relatives know your style well enough to tell you what goes and doesn’t go with your content.
10.) It's not a contest
Remember, there is no one you need to compete with. Blogging is not a game where the person with the most followers wins. Just be authentic, be unique, be creative, and have fun!
I hope this post was helpful to those who are interested in diving into fashion blogging! Comment below and let me know what you thought or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Cheers to four years 🎉🥂
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