To my dearest:
Can you believe it?! Tomorrow marks my 6 months of my relaunch! How exciting is that?! I relaunched on April 3, 2017 and it’s truly been a wonderful ride so far. I wanted to take the chance and share my blogging experience and my take on blogging (while sharing an outfit with you all of course!).
Persistence: Forget the Numbers and Keep Going
In blogging, I feel like persistence is key. It gets frustrating when numbers don’t add up to the amount of work put in, but it truly takes time and effort. I remember struggling to pass the 10k follower mark on instagram. It was so so frustrating! It took me months to get past that, but once I was past that it spiked up to 19k quick! And now I’m at a little over 25k, it’s not a lot, but it’s slowly getting there. I feel like there’s always going to be points where your numbers will be stagnant. However, if you keep up with content creation and don’t fall behind, everything else will follow.
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Consistency: Meet Your Own Deadlines
Ah, “everything will follow…”, it’s such a reassuring phrase. However, consistency really is important for that to happen. I always keep up with content creation. For example, I give myself a professional editorial timeline, where my posts are up always Mondays and Thursdays by midnight. There are times during long weekends I would forget and have to work until 6am to crank out content by Monday when most people are awake to read my post. Things happen, but I stay up to make sure all posts are out Mondays and Thursdays without delay! I feel like consistency allows my readers to know how serious I am about my job as a blogger. Sharing on social media about five times a week is also something I work on as well!
Vision: The Long Term Goal vs. Short Term Achievements
I find with all things, vision plays a major role to success. Vision is more of a long term goal to strive for rather than focusing on short term achievements. I personally think people get disheartened in blogging, because they don’t have a vision and only focus on the present. I ask myself, where do I want to be in 5 years with blogging? Then, I pour in everything that I have into that goal and don’t look back. Do I invest a lot of time and money into this blog? Heck yeah! Am I making the respective revenue off it? No. But if I keep getting discouraged by the little matters, I won’t ever get anywhere. I invest the money I make back into my blog to make it grow and to create better content. My vision is for my blog to become better and better!
Do What You Love. Be Happy. Enjoy yourself.
Self explanatory. You have to love what you do. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. It’s definitely mentally draining as well, because when you’re a small blogger – you’re essentially a PR, content creator, digital market strategist, editor, and more all in one! Because I care about my blog, and enjoy the process of content creation and sharing, I’m working on it Full-Time. And frankly, I spend way more than 40 hours on it weekly. With my degree and credentials, I can definitely make more money working a stable Full-Time job. But I’m enjoying myself to the fullest with this job and I’m happy where I am.
This is so so important in blogging. I make sure to create authentic and genuine content even if it’s sponsored. Not losing yourself in a sea of sponsorship and revenue is crucial. I launched my blog under “Sincerely Ophelia” because I wanted to remind myself to keep all my sharing sincere and true. Another thing is – I think everybody has their own unique voice. Not trying to imitate anyone and just let your personality shine is important as well! Really, just be you.
I could probably go on and on about the various topics and it could probably come up to a whole book! But, I think you guys get the outlook of my view on blogging. I’m proud to have come to where I am as a blogger. Perhaps I have not gotten very far, but I’m working as hard as I can at something! – I’m enjoying life to the fullest! Thank you for reading my sharing! Share back your thoughts! I’d love to hear from you all!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
*Some items in this post is sponsored. Opinions are unbiased and based on my own experience.*