So you want to start a blog? I got chu.
Today I’m sharing a post about my feelings and advice on blogging. I’ve poll’ed y’all on Instagram and you all said that you would love to hear more on transparency in blogging, so here I am to speak all the truth! In light of the truth, I’m also going to share all the pictures that are not filtered or retouched and when taken, I thought were not #instaworthy.
I’ve only been blogging since end of 2016, so it hasn’t been TOO long. It’s been about a year and a half and I’ve definitely learned A LOT. I mean just look at the before and after pictures below.
WHAT IS THIS FILTER I WAS USING?
(What I saw as flaws, I challenged myself to write something good about this picture. I was traveling Paris and I could have lived in the moment more rather than taking pictures.)
Looking back, I’ve definitely gone through some major emotional growth as well. When writing blog posts, I often try to dig deeper than I normally would and try to find the beauty in what other people would think is “mundane.” And (obviously), I also love sparkly, shiny things, but I try to write for you while staying true to myself.
This week, I’m sharing advice that I wish I heard when I first started blogging:
Remember why you started – Whether you started because you wanted to just share a picture or maybe you like editing photos and you wanted to share your art with others? Maybe you just really enjoy connecting with people or you need a creative outlet. Just remember why you started and stay true to it. Don’t worry about what other people are doing because YOU are the inspiration and that’s enough.
Million to 1- Yes, it does take SO MANY SHOTS just to get one good one. What you see on Instagram is carefully curated and it’s by design to look flawless. Don’t be discouraged, learn from what others are doing, study it, and pave your own version of it. Be yourself because everyone else is taken.
It’s a creative business – Whether you want to buy equipment, clothes or make up, set a budget like a business. Even if you just want to share your “everyday look,” you might want to go to a conference or attend that “cool” event. It all should be part of your budget in the beginning. It’s okay if you can’t afford all the stuff other people are getting for free, because if you love it, you’ll keep with it, and you’ll get there (it’s something I still remind myself).
Surround yourself with supportive bad a$$es – When I first started blogging, I wasn’t planning on being a body positive blog. I actually don’t know what I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to share my outfits, make myself have a break from politics and do something creative. At an event, when I told this a seasoned blogger I was starting to blog, they told me, “Oh, you’re a body positive blogger? There isn’t a lot of that, so good for you!” It was a little offensive because I wasn’t planning on being one or maybe I was offended because I wasn’t entirely confident in my own skin. Regardless, it’s pushed me to be the person I am now. Since then, I decided that I need to surround myself with positive creatives who’s going to really help me through it all.
I just want you to know that if you are going to start blogging, you should and KEEP WITH IT. Don’t give up. Build it, and they will come.