06 Nov Fall Neutrals: White Top, Gray Jeans, and Nude Pumps [Plus: Thoughts After 6 Months of Blogging]
I started this blog on May 1st of this year and can’t believe that six months have already flown by! In the last six months, I’ve ended my career as a student, started a new job, and moved to a new city, so to say that a lot has happened would be a bit of an under statement.
Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my biggest takeaways from the last half year and some of my goals going forward.
- It’s about quality, not quantity: It’s easy to get stuck in a numbers game, where you look around and feel like you’re not growing fast enough. What I’ve realized is that quality is so much more important. I’d rather have followers who actually appreciate what I do and engage with me rather than those who just silently follow me.
- It’s okay to be super selective: I used to second guess myself for turning down pitches, but now I’m so much more comfortable filtering out those who don’t seem on brand and probably won’t help me get to where I want to be. I’m super happy with the brands I’ve worked with or are in the pipeline. I’d probably be a customer of all of those brands anyway so it feels authentic and right to partner with them.
- Community is key: It’s so nice to connect with other bloggers who are serious about growing their blog as a business. Sometimes, I get into my own head and lose perspective about where I’m at because I forget that building a blog/business is supposed to be a challenge! Everyone has their own struggles. That’s why you need to surround yourself with other people who believe that success is attainable.
With my gorgeous friend Emma, of The Aloha Babe.
- Be more disciplined about planning: I’ve really struggled to find my routine ever since moving to NYC. I feel like there’s always so much going on and I’m constantly running around. My husband Mike told me that I need to schedule my free time and be more mindful about what I’m spending my time on. I think it’ll really help with not only my blogging, but also maintaining a better sense of work life balance.
- Up my photography game: I’ve recently decided to upgrade my camera and photo editing to tighten the feel of my blog and social media. I’ve been experimenting a bit (can you tell that this set of photos was taken with two different cameras?) and am still in the process of figuring out exactly what I want for my brand.
- Launch another social media channel: I’ve been focusing on growing one social media channel at a time because I find it super overwhelming to do too many things. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of Instagram and am hoping to focus on adding another channel, maybe in the new year.