Can you believe it, today is my one year blogging anniversary, AKA blogiversary! I feel like it was just yesterday that I (SO nervously) launched my website. I did not personally know one single fashion/lifestyle blogger or how to even go about starting my blog! But I took a leap of faith and now I’m truly enjoying this blogging journey day by day.
Here are a few things I’ve learned from my FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING:
- Enjoy the ride! I would’ve never dreamed that I would meet, experience and learn so many things in one year from blogging alone but the first year is SO critical! I’ve met so many other amazing bloggers & brands that I would’ve never met otherwise. I love feeling a part of a community and sharing tips & ideas with others. There’s always something happening and I love staying active in my community!
- Blogging is A LOT harder than it looks! You have to be on your A-game at all times, keeping up with emails, remembering deadlines, photo-shoot schedules, staying organized, etc. Let’s just be honest, you’re not gonna get that far by being lazy, sitting on your butt and not being proactive. You must reach out and respond to people. Of course from the outside looking in, blogging looks glamorous, fun and easy but in reality there’s so much more involved and you have to work hard for EVERY collaboration/ post that you receive and do. Now don’t get it twisted it’s a lot of FUN and very fulfilling but it definitely takes a certain personality to keep up with everything! Let’s just say I thank GOD for my strong support system! And they know who they are! 🙂
- Involve yourself in the community! One of the important factors that I’ve learned on this blogging journey is you MUST get involved on your community! It is very important n growing and gaining a following. The more you network and reach out, the more you know and gain from it.
- It’s OK to say NO! At first I thought it was important to say YES to everything & everyone because I thought the nicer I was, and the more products I got, the better my blog would look and therefore I would gain a larger audience….And to be completely frank NO ONE wants to follow and get advice from someone who likes and promotes everything. You lose credibility as a blogger and your followers trust, so this is one of the biggest points for me in learning…it’s ok to say NO!
Again I would like to thank everyone so much for supporting on my I AM MS. HOPE blogging journey … I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me!
~ I AM MS. HOPE