Happy Sunday everyone!! I wanted to take some time and get personal on my blog – I know I normally talk about my favorite beauty or skincare products but it’s always good to take a break from the norm and change up my content. I see writing as an outlet, and it’s one of those things that I know will be there for me if no one else is. I’ve always said a journal is my best friend because I’ve never had to censor what I say, and I can put my thoughts down as they come. I want to take a similar approach with this blog post…. keep reading if you’re interested in finding out my thoughts about blogging.
It’s been over a year since I started blogging, and I truly feel as if it’s been a rollercoaster. There have been ups and downs, and there have been times where I just wanted to stop. From September-December of last year, I ended up stopping blogging completely because I wasn’t sure if it was the right call for me. Then when January hit, I realized I missed it. I missed being able to have a platform to put my thoughts out there, even if very few people were reading it. I missed being able to showcase outfits and beauty products that I thought were worth buying, and I missed showing what I loved about my city. I ended up coming back because of all these factors, and I absolutely love working on my blog and putting out content. I’ve noticed that my readership has increased over the past few months, and that makes me feel like my words are actually making an impact – and what could be better than that?
Let’s talk about perception. It’s not easy to constantly put out blog posts, Instagram posts, Instagram stories, and Pinterest posts. Blogging is actually a part-time job, and it takes 15+ hours a week if you’re doing it right. I’m not even close to being an expert yet, but even with the small amount of following I have, I have to work very hard to maintain it. I have to balance work, my daily schedule, and other commitments, and still make time to blog and post. I constantly monitor what my readers actually like and try to put out content that caters to them. But I do it because I actually love it – my favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning is make some PBFit banana pancakes and coffee, and sit down at my desk and write. The sad part of it all is, lately I’ve noticed that the Internet tries really hard to talk down to bloggers/influencers who are really just trying to make it. The market is definitely extremely saturated right now, but let’s try to live and let live. It’s just like any other job, and it should be perceived as one. Many bloggers do it full time, and I give them props for chasing their passion.
What most people see on the outside is a person posting pictures in different outfits and living their best life (seemingly). They may be posting in their best outfits, but behind the scenes, it’s a lot of hard work. Usually, my entire posting process will take up to two hours because of how much time and effort I put into everything. Blog posts take days. I don’t consider myself an “influencer” at all – I think of myself as a rising blogger who is trying to post and write about topics she’s passionate about. Some people may not find these topics important, but it’s really just something for me to look forward to at the end of the day. When work is over, I know I have somewhere to go put my thoughts down.
The whole idea of being perceived as “just another blogger” used to bother me, I admit. But now, it fuels me. I try really hard to make sure I have unique content that you (hopefully) can’t find anywhere else. So the bottom line here is let’s just respect everyone for what they’re trying to achieve, because nothing is as easy as it looks. One of my favorite quotes is, “if you worry about what people think of you, you will always be their prisoner.” This is something that I’ve always tried to live by, and it can get hard when you have to put a lot of your life on social media, but I’m getting more comfortable with speaking my mind (hence, the reason for this post).
I also wanted to share a small tidbit of happiness with you guys – I recently got invited to go to the CHANEL store opening in Avalon (a shopping district in Alpharetta, Georgia). I didn’t even think that email was real at first until I opened it and saw that it was a real person from Chanel emailing me to attend one of their events. I kept wondering, “Am I really good enough to go to Chanel’s event? Don’t they want someone better?” But that’s the kind of thought process I am striving to change. I’ve been realizing that I am good enough and I deserve all of the opportunities coming my way because I have been working hard. I love being able to interact with other businesses and brands, and that’s a really cool bonus of being a blogger. Note – I used the word “bonus” because it’s not the only reason I do it. I do it because I love writing my thoughts, having a platform, and feeling like I’m making even a microscopic impact on someone. Brands reaching out is always a plus, but the real impact comes from people reaching out to me with questions they’ve had about a post, fitness advice, or asking me to post about something I’ve talked about on my stories.
If you’re still here, thank you. If you are a part of my audience and you’ve always supported my blog, thank you. If you’ve ever heard me being down and told me to keep going, thank you. If you’ve ever asked me about blogging and took an interest, thank you. Blogging isn’t easy, but having those few people who support you throughout the entire process is so invaluable. I can’t wait to keep showing you guys my approach.