How To Know If Blogging Is For You
Blogging isn't for everyone. That's for sure. Not only that but it's an unconventional job, there are several people doing the exact same thing, but is it for you?
1.) Understand what you're getting into aka The Work
There's so much work that goes into maintaining a blog that many don't know about. Blogging is more than just taking pictures of your outfits.
Blogging is more than just being 'insta-famous'.
You are creating a platform to inspire others and share your style. You are a bridge that connects brands to the people with the relationships you develop socially.
You are a business. You are your own brand and you constantly have to sell that.
What goes into it involves a lot more time than you think.
You must take into account the time you need to shoot, edit, process, post, write, code on daily/weekly basis as well as activities outside of the computer such as meetings and networking events.
If you love creating things from scratch, figuring out how to make things work, or challenging yourself, blogging is the right way to go. I realized that I loved being in control of my own schedule and that I love choosing who I work with, just as much as I love seeing the results that I get from blogging in general.
You set your own deadlines and you work at your own pace. You are your own boss. If you aren't self-motivated, it may be difficult to keep up with your blog.
The key to maintaining a blog is consistency. However, if you find that you're 'too busy' or 'too lazy' to post consecutively, reconsider how far you see yourself going with your blog.
3.) The Challenge
Personally, I love challenges, but if you're not a fan of the adversity blogging has to offer, maybe it's time to rethink your path.
Something I personally struggle with is being innovative. Having to constantly come up with creative content or being able to afford content to shoot is not the easiest. Comparing yourself is really the seed of that struggle too, might I add. May I also add that you shouldn't!
Other obstacles may include networking, location limitation, photographers, narrowing down your focus, defining your demographic, style and voice, writing and having content to produce.
There's also the financial struggles that is needed to maintain a high quality blog. If you're not willing to invest in your blog, you won't get the same out of it. You may have to pay for your blog's domain, business cards, photographers, the gas to get to shoots, clothes, or graphic designers.
Nothing comes easy, even for an occupation that may seem that way.
There's a huge difference between passion and hobby. If fashion is just a hobby and blogging is something you do for fun, then do you, boo boo.
However, if you want to make a living out of blogging (or a substantial income), you can't achieve all of the above without drive! Fashion is an art and as much as I'd hate to say that I have a 'passion for fashion', it's true.
People are attracted to ambition. It's an attractive quality many seek in others and more people will gravitate towards you when they see that you are passionate in what you do.
That's what separates the well-known bloggers from the smaller ones.
For a while, I really wasn't sure if blogging was for me. There were so many people doing the same thing and were progressing faster than I was that I just didn't think I had what it took in me to stand out.
But I loved it.
I constantly felt a connection with the intimacy I had with a camera and I felt a connection writing and sharing my experiences. I couldn't step away from it. I was too addicted to the lifestyle and I had this hunger in me to grow more and more.
That's when I knew that this niche that I had fallen into was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Coords via Redux Ritual // Shoes via H&M
I love being my own boss. I love doing everything on my terms and I love the rewards that come from the obstacles I overcome.
I get paid to do what I love to do. It's unconventional and it doesn't make a lot of money, but it keeps me on my toes.
The biggest reward is not the features, or how well received my work is, it's knowing that my social presence is making an impact on others and I am blessed for every day that I do.
Photography by Justin Quebral