How’s everyone doing today & hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday? So, this is a highly requested post from a lot of my readers and followers on Instagram, asking me for tips on starting a fashion blog. This post is a 2-part post and ensure you read this part first before going to other.
To start a fashion blog, there are some things you need to know and some steps to be taken. You need to realise that starting a blog is not easy at all; from planning to shooting, to creating a post and being consistent, it’s a lot of work and you need to be patient. To start with, I’ll be taking you through some points to be noted before you start blogging:
- BLOGGING IS NOT EASY! Like I mentioned earlier, blogging is hard and it requires a lot of time and effort. Most people think that blogging is all about writing tonnes of letters and clicking ‘post’. Yea I used to think so too but that’snot true. If you really want to invest your time and effort into blogging and making something of it, you need to stay dedicated. So you know that if you have a busy schedule, you’ll have to draw up a plan to work your way around it.
- IT IS NOT CHEAP. Yes! Starting a fashion blog isn’t cheap at all but at the same time, you need to make sure that you don’t break the bank in the process. Blogging involves a lot of investment; getting the perfect outfits, camera, paying photographers(if you want to use one), owning a laptop, etc. However, there is a way you can do it to make sure that you don’t spend too much, like getting clothes on discount, collaborating with photographers for free, asking friends to take pictures of you, etc.
- NOT EVERYONE WILL GET IT & THAT’S OKAY. I remember when I began blogging and my mum and friends would ask me if I was okay.I mean, why would you wake up one day, dress up and take pictures to show people all over the world? Some of my friends even called it ‘showing off’ but I didn’t bother about that because I knew what I was doing.In the end, it will all be worth it and these same people would be the ones to ask for your help or to even give them shout outs and promote their stuff LOL.
- THERE IS NOTHING LIKE ‘TOO MANY BLOGGERS‘. What do you mean? Blogging is like owning a business. Everyone is involved and everyone does their thing, you make your money, I make mine. You have your own fan base, I have mine. Whoever is gonna support you will support you and you don’t have to let the fact that there are thousands of other bloggers out there discourage you from doing your thing.
- BE PATIENT. Darling, your blog is not gonna blow up overnight and you will not start making money with it immediately. I told this girl one time how to start her blog and I helped set it up.The next day, she asked me why she hasn’t started making money off it 😕 Girl you probably won’t make a dime until after about 6-8 months of blogging. Sometimes, you might even feel like other bloggers are making it and getting promotions while you’re just there trying to pull yourself up, you might even be discouraged and want to give up (I know I did at some point).Don’t give up, don’t be envious, it’s gonna take a while and with proper promotion and networking, you will get there.
- IT’S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT. #BEYOURSELF. Be true to yourself, be genuine and don’t feel like you have to measure up to everyone else with your traffic and followers. You may not look like that top blogger or even dress like her but it’s not about who has the most beautiful pieces of clothing but who is most genuine and original. Whatever you write is gonna be worth something if you write with passion and you stay authentic. Also, don’t think that because everyone else is writing about LFW, you also have to. You don’t. Don’t be trapped in the thoughts of following the crowd and forget to focus on your thing.
- BE CONSISTENT. Consistency is key.If you want your readers to remain asking for more, you need to keep up with your posts. Don’t post twice a month and expect people to be waiting on you.plan yourself, create a schedule. If you want to post twice/thrice a week, dedicate the few hours you’ll need. Prep yourself ahead. You can even create the posts before hand. You can, for example, dedicate Mondays for posting about lifestyle, Wednesdays for makeup and hair and Fridays for fashion.It’s totally up to you.