You’ll wear the term “blogger” like it’s a crown.
So… you wanna be a blogger?
Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of messages asking for advice on how to start blogging/things to know before becoming a blogger and decided it would be a lot easier to just create a post about it! So if you’re interested in becoming a blogger or just want some insight on things to know before you commit to the “blog life”, keep reading!
1) You need a vision and some confidence.
Having a blog requires you to showcase your personality and embody an even bigger persona. You have to be fearless and vulnerable when posting. If your blog lacks character, your readers will see right through it and not feel the need to come back to it or read more posts! I suggest deciding ahead of time what you want the purpose of your blog to be and who you want to be/what your role is to your readers. Do you want them to see you as a best friend or an older sister figure? Do you want them to see you as a fashion or life coach? You choose!
2) It’s more than just a hobby.
It will slowly become a side job and your title; You’ll wear the term “blogger” like it’s a crown. But, it does involve a lot of hard work to maintain a blog, and it’s all up to you. It’s your responsibility to create content, come up with unique and original post ideas, promote it, etc. Instagram will become your life, although we must remember Insta is just a highlight reel and not something you should completely stress over, and your Twitter and Facebook account will become your very own promotional platform. Having a blog is like having a personal public portfolio for all of the internet to see; it’s more than just a small hobby you keep to yourself.
3) There is a blogger stereotype and the comparison game is real.
You’ll start seeing things through a monochromatic, maybe a bit rose tinted, filter, always wondering what a meal or an outfit will look like once edited and on your insta feed and blog. You may find yourself dressing up and going out just to take OOTD pictures (and going straight back home right after, to change into sweats and throw your hair into a messy bun), or spending hours on Instagram and Yelp, trying to find the cutest cafes. You’ll waste weeks trying to curate the “perfect” feed, that will make your life look a lot better than it actually is. This is the fashion/lifestyle blogger stereotype: the idea that you have to be perfect, in order to be worthy of followers. With so many famous bloggers on the internet, all of which who have pretty, glossy instagram feeds that look like they came straight out of a magazine spread, you must remember that it is okay to not be perfect. The more followers and attention you get, the more pressure you may feel to act and be perfect. But, as long as you stay true to yourself and the vision you’ve created for your blog, you’ll be okay. (And say it with me one more time: Instagram is just someone’s highlight reel, not something you should totally stress over or compare yourself to!)
4) Writing is big part.
Okay, yes, having style, personality, and really pretty pictures are important aspects to having something like a fashion blog, but at the end of the day, you gotta know how to write. If you hate writing, blogging may not be the thing for you. (I know this seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised by how many people start blogging and soon quit when they realize how much time and effort it takes to write a single post!) If you are more into oral communication and editing, I suggest vlogging/making YouTube videos, or even sticking to a fashion instagram account! Running your own blog is like running your own mini-online magazine, so writing skills are a must.
5) Your blog won’t be a hit right away, or the way you want it to be, and that’s okay.
Blogging is a process. You may need to watch tutorials, understand some simple coding (enough to at least customize your blog a bit and install widgets!), and do your research. You need a plan, drafts of blog posts and ideas, etc. You cannot start a blog one day, click publish, and expect thousands of views. The first layout or theme you have, will not be your last. Your first blog post will probably not be your best one, and you may even have to change your blog name a few times (like I did!). You need to put in work and understand that overtime, if you remain ambitious, it will grow and you’ll eventually create a name for yourself and have something worth being extremely proud about!
To all the aspiring bloggers out there, I hope this post helps you out a bit and prepares you for what may be in store if you do decide to launch a blog! Blogging is a ton of fun and something that I love doing, so if you ever have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to send me a direct message on my instagram @heyitseliz
Also, if you do start a blog, please let me know! I’d love to check it out; let’s be blogger besties!