Over the past year and a half (or was it two years?) Anyways the point being is that over my course as a lifestyle blogger and reading other blogs, I have come across a few blogger DO’S and DONT’S and well, I am here to share those with you.
1. Plan out your blog posts:
At the start of my new job, I literally had no time to be creative with my blogging, nor did I have the time to blog at all. Thankfully with this new job of mine, I have what you call “days off” or in my case “day off.” One day off a week people, the grind is real! On my day off, I dedicate my time strictly to blogging and coming up with new ideas for posts. Sometimes at work I think of ideas for my next post for the next week. Plan! Plan! Plan!
2. It is mandatory to have an ABOUT page:
Stop what you’re doing right now. Go into my About page, read it, and then come back to this point. Seriously. How the heck am I supposed to read your content when I don’t have a clear idea about who you are. To jazz it up, come up with something silly facts about yourself and tell your readers what you are passionate about. I am passionate about clothes, culture, non-boring personalities, travelling, hip-hop music, wombats (look them up), black sand beaches, collecting sneakers, and my non-existent boyfriend. I should really create a dating profile. In other words, what I am trying to say is, be ABOUT your blog!
3. If you’re a fashion blogger, you should probably blog about fashion:
This point is especially important. The purpose of this blog is to create an entirety of ways that you can style your life. I like to wear a series of hats when it comes to blogging so that’s why I created what you call a lifestyle blog. I style my life in ways such as the following:
It’s a lot, I know but I don’t like to stick to one particular thing for my knowledge in these particular topics is quite broad. If all you know is fashion, stick to fashion but create categories that relate to fashion: outfit of the day, trends, style crush, etc. The key is to share with your readers what you know and what you have learned along the way.
4. Read other blogs:
By reading other blogs, it helps fuel inspiration and you can learn from the next blogger. The key is not to copy what another blogger is doing but come up with your own ideas and content. During my experience as a blogger, I’ve come across blogs about food, travel, finances, real estate, etc. Not only are you broadening your knowledge about these topics, but at the same time you are learning about these bloggers through each post. Now that ish is inspiring!
5. Comment, Comment, Comment:
If you like a person’s content, leave them a nice comment. It boosts self-esteem and it lets that blogger know that someone out there actually reads their stuff… as sad as it may sound. I used to think that others didn’t give a rats a** about what I say/blog about until one day my notification box turned orange. And then the next day, and the day after that. Thanks for makin ya girl feel special for once. Where’s the tissue box?
6. Collaborate/Share Ideas:
Share your ideas with others who are on the same page as you! Network with other bloggers/creative gurus and share ideas and don’t be afraid of a little criticism, its healthy. Don’t be one of those people who has to share what they intend to do for the world to hear. I like to keep mum about it and work in silence and let the result shine. Try to limit who you tell your ideas to avoid being robbed, and eventually be used against you. When you do land that idea, go full throttle and talk to someone who has your best interests and wants to see you succeed. Remember, your network is your net worth!
1. Don’t be a follower:
The purpose of blogging is to create your own unique style in terms of your topics, categories, personal style, and overall personality. I didn’t want to stick the typical “fashion blogger” blog layout/content, I wanted to create an entirety and step outside of the box. Keep in mind these two points if you ever decide to start your own blog: 1.) You can’t fake creativity and 2.) Create your own path.
2. Don’t be a hater:
Whatever it is that you are passionate about, somewhere along that line of passion will lie a pack of haters. I like to refer to them as “sideline haters.” Sideline haters are the kind of people who will applaud you for your passion and creativity from the sideline but then once they see you doing better than them, their applause turns to words of jealousy and hate. The goal for StyleYourLifeXO is to empower other bloggers to share with others what they know in hopes of inspiring the next person. I don’t see how you can hate on someone who is passionate about what they do. If this makes you feel better, Beyonce has haters, Anna Wintour has haters, if you’re reading this right now, you probably have haters too. Just don’t turn into one.
3. Don’t respond to ignorant/rude comments:
In relation to the previous point about haters, haters also like to express themselves whether on social media and/or behind a computer screen. You see it on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I’ve had a few occurences where someone will casually just come through with the words and yes, I have responded in my defence and will say something slick back (call me Slick Rick), but there comes a point where you just say “screw it.” As Kanye said:
“And if they hate, then let em hate
and watch the money pile up.”
4. Don’t over edit your photos:
In the word of Instagram where filters are considered life savers, whether its that red dot on your face or the fact that your new acid washed denim has an unwanted mark on them, face it, nothing is left unfiltered. Ladies we all know that there are those days where we spot that red dot on our face the day we do an outfit shoot and yes, it’s okay to filter it out. But don’t go all photoshop on your photos for it can be deceiving and plus, you want your followers/readers to see the REAL you. Embrace your flaws, believe me, people will LIKE it… literally.
5. Don’t assume your camera knows all your angles:
There is a thing called a manual that comes along with your camera purchase. If you’re like me and use a tripod, do your research. Before you have your OOTD, do a couple of test shots with your camera/tripod and figure out which angles work best for you. Plus, it gives you extra time to build that extra confidence when you do take that OOTD photo. Oh what a feelin!!
6. Don’t pretend to be somebody that you’re not:
As much as I want to be Aleali May’s twin sister and terrorize the girl’s closet, unfortunately, God doesn’t work like that. Throughout my years as a blogger, I have learned who I am in areas of what I wear, think, and say. It’s perfectly fine to look to others for inspiration and come up with your own concepts but that doesn’t mean you should lose who you are. You know yourself, your worth and your creativity, never take that for granted.