You guys!! My blog turns 10 today!!!! I cannot believe that I’ve been doing this for so long (it snuck up on me tbh), but I could not imagine myself NOT blogging at this point. I’ve learned a LOT and had so many amazing experiences over the years, so I want to share a few of the things that have been the most impactful to me.
Blog for yourself
I know that it’s really popular right now to blog and try to make money from it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have a real purpose behind blogging besides trying to monetize it, you will burn out quickly and fail. Not all of us will be 6, or hell, even 3 figure bloggers and THAT’S OK. Blogging was originally designed to be a creative outlet and/or journal, so if you are afraid to make it personal or have a real perspective behind it, think twice about doing it. You want to enjoy this, not loathe it. If you need to take a break, DO IT. I did it a few times over the years and am better for it. I promise it’s not a big deal.
Know that it’s ok to evolve
When I first started blogging, I wanted to be a stylist, so my content focus was completely different from what it is now. Gone are the days of NYFW Collection reviews, lol. Now, it’s a LOT more personal over here. I mean, you didn’t actually see my face for MONTHS when I first started! As I began to grow as a blogger, I became way more comfortable sharing myself, and I’ve found that my community prefers that over any other content I could write. It’s ok to start one way and evolve as you go, so don’t be afraid to switch it up on here. Those that really rock with you will love it!
Use it for something bigger
While your blog should be for you, also keep in mind that you can use it for something bigger as well. It can be a portfolio, if you need it to be. I first wanted to be a stylist and fashion journalist, so my content reflected that. In the process of getting better with photography (for my blog), it organically morphed into a career for me. I still get to flex my styling muscle on client shoots and for my personal style, but I love being a photographer now and know it’s where I’m supposed to be.
Photos: AFLD Creative
I’ve learned so much more, but these are the 3 things that I hold the dearest to my heart, and what I know will help you keep going if you’re into blogging for the long run. Social media platforms come and go, but there is truly nothing like having your own little space in the world.