I’m very late on this one, but my blog turned two years old in February and I seriously cannot believe it. It’s been an amazing opportunity and a great outlet for me to be creative and share my passion about cruelty free beauty. It’s also been a tough journey, but I’ve learned a lot over the two past years and I hope this post will help you learn something too – especially if you’re interested in starting a blog!
It’s not as easy as it looks.
Two years ago when I started Rae Chic, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and how much work having a blog actually is. It’s a lot of frustrations. Ex: when the pictures you took don’t look as good as you thought they were, when the post just isn’t pulling together or when you’re in a blogging funk and can’t seem to get out of it. It’s also hard to make engaging posts that people will actually read and interact with (something that I’m not certain if I’ve mastered yet…lol def not). It may not be easy, but it is really rewarding and it’s enjoyable for me. It’s totally worth all the hiccups.
Don’t sell yourself short just because you don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers on your social media platforms. That takes a lot of time, effort (and beauty, ha…jk). As a blogger, you are doing a business a solid if they contact you for an opportunity – just don’t sell yourself short. Make sure to negotiate with brands so that the opportunity is worth it for you, for them and for your followers. Don’t just take an opportunity because a brand contacted you – make sure it relates to your content and the message you’re trying to get across. Free products are nice, but they don’t pay the bills – remember that!
Don’t compare yourself to others.
No two blogs are the same – and that’s a good thing. Be different. Blog about different things. Blog about what you want to blog about, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Just because someone else has more followers than you doesn’t mean that they’re better than you and doesn’t mean that you need to blog like them. Quit comparing numbers and start comparing quality (quality > quantity). Don’t worry if they started blogging after you and have a larger number, you will grow too – it just takes time and the right posts + SEO.
I hope you enjoyed the post and that you learned something from it! What’s the best thing you’ve learned from blogging? Let me know!
Thanks for reading, as always <3