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Yes, I am new to the blogging community, and yes, I am very proud of it! It’s a stage we all have to visit. For years I wanted to blog, I wanted to do Youtube, I wanted to be a IG sensation, and for years I just didnt have the guts. Putting yourself out there is scary and frightening. People are can be mean, but once I accepted that I wasn’t doing this for them, I was doing this for me I built up the courage and did it. This week I hit 1K followers on IG and I know that is not a lot in the IG world, however for someone who was to scared to post a “selfie” 6 months ago this was everything. I am continuously blown away by the amount of talent there is on IG. I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I have learned these first 4 months and encourage anyone who has been wanting to take the plunge, but, just hasn’t built up the courage.
I started off with IG, snapping photos of things I was loving, whether an outfit or beauty product. At first if I got 20 likes I felt accomplished. As I established my name on IG, I began working with a graphic designer to help me put together LivingLifePretty.com. Even my graphic designer was worried, I could see the look on his face when it came to my relationship with a computer. I will be the first to admit I was the worst, I am still not good in any sense of the word but I am certainly better. Blogging takes a lot of work with very little return in the beginning. In return I mean getting compensated for your time. That doesn’t bother me because I am getting so much more out of it. I am learning so much about WordPress and photography. Already just after four months I look back at some of my first photos and cringe, but, hey that’s my story and it helps me to see how far I have come. Four months is nothing and it’s amazing to think where I will be next year at this time.
A huge thing that would get me discouraged was comparing myself to others (we all do it) however, I had to pull back and remind myself that a lot of these girls have been doing this for years. I am so happy that I reached out to a few girls who where starting off around the same time. We would and still always show one another love, commenting, and liking there photos. As corny as it sounds, I feel like I have made some wonderful social media friends. I became part of Style Collective which is a group of girl bloggers, it’s a sisterhood! We all help, support, and work together. I have learned and received some wonderful opportunities because of style Collective.
To my followers who are eager to begin blogging some advice that I truly believe will help you on your journey:
- Start a network, create relationships, engage on their pages and comment on their photos.
- I think WordPress is a great platform. It is easy to learn and has a lot of options as you grow.
- Buy a Domain name, It looks much more professional.
- Blog about something you love.
- Be consistent and try to upload good quality photos. A good camera is something to invest in.
- Be patient if you put in the work and enjoy it your followers will come.
1k followers on IG was my first goal once I began Living Life Pretty. Everyone told me to be patient, slow growth isn’t bad growth, that’s how you establish longtime followers who will stick with you. I remember when I hit 400 my fiance brought home a cake. It is about the small victories. It hasn’t even been 6 months and I have had brands reach out to me. It feels so good to be recognized for your work. I started this for fun. I didn’t know all the other things I would gain for it, let alone in this very short time. For me being part of Style Collective has been great. I have somewhere to go for questions and in site regarding any thing from collaborations, blogging, personnel experience. I have formed Relationships with other wonderful bloggers, both “newbies” and ones that are very well established. I have gained tremendous confidence, I actually look at the camera when I have my photo taken for IG or my blog. I amaze myself sometimes when it comes to wordpress. I actually believe in myself, I believe I can make it in the blogging world as long as I stay committed and give it my all.
Being successful is great, but it isn’t only about the success, it’s about the journey you took to get there. Everyone has a different idea of what “success” really is, well to me 1k in my little blogging world is just enough today. When I started I thought, “How am I going to compete with all these blogger who already have such a large presence” well that is the best part, it’s not a competition it’s a community. Remember we are all beautiful both inside & out!
Xo Gretchen Michelle