How do you progress if you don’t take a minute to reflect? Through blogging I have learned so much, it’s not an easy process as non-bloggers would like to believe. Time, effort and energy go into each post, from concept, writing, photography, editing, promotion and everything in between. Today I wanted to share five things blogging has taught me over the years.
1. Consistency Is Key
For any profession, business or hobby you pursue, consistency is the key to progress and actively see results. Over the years I’ve been preoccupied with education and balancing a social life that blogging took a back seat, so much so that there was never any consistency. I blogged when I needed a release, a form of artistic expression, thoughts spilt onto a page, but it’s time to take it seriously. Noticing my peers being consistent with their content, increasing their engagement and getting offered various opportunities was a reality check to get myself in gear. Having a conversation with myself, asking the all-important question, how much do you want this? As much as you want to breathe?
I’m ready a voice replied.
Once my motivation was determined I set off on the task of creating an editorial calendar, slowly getting into the habit of scheduling social media platforms and engaging with fellow creatives. My advice, create a game plan and work daily on how to go above and beyond.
2. Find Your Tribe
Blogging can get lonely as you tend to write posts in the isolation of your own home, or occasionally a cute café, but with the right group of friends, it can be a joyous occasion. Collaborating, attending events together, supporting and encouraging one another during the journey are just some of the benefits, but what tribe is right for you? One piece of advice, be your authentic self, don’t compromise, if you think you’re weird, you’ll find others who match and love your weirdness, discovered that towards the beginning of 2017.
I appreciate all the creatives I met who love me for me – it’s honestly a great feeling.
3. Show Up For Your Readers
Create content you enjoy but remember to help your readers as well, for example, fashion week has arrived keep them up-to-date with all the latest trends, how to turn catwalk looks into everyday styles or street style inspiration of attendees. Perhaps your demographic attend university or college and exam season has come around, share revision tips, effective study methods or how to balance studying and relaxation. The key point here is to show up for readers and they’ll most likely do the same for you.
4. Discover Hidden Talents or Interests
Through blogging, many have discovered and unlocked talents they possessed yet thought they didn’t have potential in that field. Whether it’s a hobby or a side hustle, it offers their audience a little extra. Photographers capturing the scene, designers creating playful garments whilst some develop a flair for styling, tapping into untouched creativity, I love seeing the results of my peers, it only inspires me further. From a canvas full of colourful beauties to podcasts discussing heartfelt topics to creative writing in the form of an e-book. Depop (fashion), Etsy (art/stationary), Soundcloud (music/podcasts) offer an extra platform for content where you can support the blogger by buying their creations.
5. Don’t Be Afraid
It’s not always about numbers in this game, show personality and audience engagement, you’ll be winning in no time. Remember to create your own opportunities, if you don’t ask, you’ll be left with what if’s.
Want a collaboration? Pitch the idea.
Want a book? Start writing.
Want to be a stylist? Showcase your style and new finds.
Have an idea? Plan and execute it.
There’s an event? Attend, even if you’re alone, you can make friends
It’s simple, let your passion be bigger than your fears, don’t let your mind feed into the doubts, brush it off and continue. If you follow me on any social platform, you may have seen a teaser of my newfound alter-ego. Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce, Tupac has Makaveli and I now have the sassy fashionista Zarina Raani.
It’s time to make 2018 the best year yet, are you with me?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,