Carnations & Lace is officially one! Uhm, WHAT?! I can’t believe that I have already been blogging for a whole year! It seriously feels like just yesterday that I was about to publish my first post, scared to death that no one would read it or even care what I had to say. Now I’m publishing my 108th post with the love and support of my amazing community of readers! I’m sure I would have given up a long time ago if it weren’t for the daily affirmation I get from you guys. Ya’ll are the BEST!
It has been a pretty wild year. 12 months full of learning, growing, trial, and PLENTY of error and I want to share a few of the thing’s I’ve come to realize over the last 365 days.
- It’s okay to say no. – There were plenty of times that I had companies reach out with merchandise and products that didn’t fit my brand, and I had to realize that representing something I don’t 100% believe in isn’t beneficial to anyone. I used to feel like if I wasn’t constantly working with companies, I wasn’t a good blogger. So, I took any opportunity that came my way. In the end, I just came out looking desperate and that’s never a good thing. When I started collaborating with brands that were mutually beneficial, I started to find my rhythm.
- Consistency is Key. – When I first started out, I made a goal to post 3 days a week on my blog and at least 6 days a week on Instagram. I’m happy to say I’ve stayed pretty true to that (with the exception of a few weeks here and there) and I think that’s helped companies and readers take me seriously.
- Competition is fierce out there. – Within the past decade, blogging has seriously taken off and the market is getting pretty saturated. There will always be another blogger with more followers, better engagement, and more striking content, so if you’re not working your ass off, someone else is and the amazing opportunities will go to them. Keep grinding and good things will happen!
- Stay in your lane. – Like I mentioned before, there are lot’s of bloggers in the world. Don’t focus on what their doing. Instead, channel that energy into making your blog unique and trying things to make you stand out. I truly believe that comparison is the thief of joy. The only person you should be competing with is yourself.
- Stay on brand. – Before I started blogging I thought people just posted whatever they wanted when they wanted to. I ultimately found the most successful bloggers have strict posting guidelines and a set aesthetic for their Instagram feeds and blogs and it’s CRUCIAL to their affluence. Find your style and stick to it.
- Listen to your readers. – If a blog or Instagram post has significantly more views, figure out what drew your audience in and run with it. Finding your niche is huge!
- You don’t have to be a size 2 to be a blogger. – I was nervous that the blogging world would reject me because I don’t have mile long legs and a flat tummy, but it’s had the opposite effect. Women in today’s world want to see normal and even curvy sized fashion bloggers out there and it’s time we have more of them. There is an audience for everyone out there, use it to your advantage!
Thank you again for all of your support in this adventure. I’m so grateful to have such loyal people in my corner. You’ll truly never know how much it means to me! love you all so much!
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