Wow can we take a minute to read that number? Because it truly doesn’t feel like it’s been 6 years. It feels like it was only yesterday I was contemplating starting a blog. That I sat with my best friend workshopping names. That I had her proofread my very first post a million times to make sure there were no errors. I had no fears or thoughts that this was a bad idea or people wouldn’t approve. I just knew it was something I needed in order to cope with being plus size in high school and use it as an outlet.
If you haven’t read it yet, I did an interview with Voyage Phoenix Mag last year touching on why I started A Walk Through My Closet. I go into further detail there and answer a few Q’s! Definitely take a gander if you’re interested you can find it here.
Last years post I rounded up my favorite outfits/blog posts from the last 5 years that really stood out to me as great. You can read that post & see my fav looks here. This year I thought what better way to reflect then share 6 things I’ve learned over the years as a blogger.
1// Dont be afraid to take a chance on yourself. This all started because I had a lot of ideas and opinions I wanted to share. I took a chance on writing what made me passionate and sharing it with those closest to me. Then expanded to followers and friends who live in other states and countries. Do what you love & be brave because sometimes it can be scary. But if you surround yourself with the right people they’ll support your dreams.
2// Mental breaks are good for the soul. There are 0 expectations for you other than sharing what is passionate for you. You don’t need to post everyday or feel obligated to do things for your audience. Share as much or as little as you want. Whether you have a schedule you stick to or don’t. You still need to take a break now and then to recharge and not burn out.
3// When in doubt remember why you started in the first place. It can be easy to get lost in doing content for contents sake. Who says you have to post everyday? Who says you have to go out all of the time? Don’t forget to have fun in what you’re doing and writing about.
4// Dont wait to be told what to do. Just go out & wing it. Because let’s be honest aren’t we doing that as adults anyway? You can read all the articles you want on how to start and become successful. First defining what exactly you want your success to look like. Is it in revenue? Is it in follower count? Is it in brand deals? The best advantage in my opinion to starting your blog for the first time is that you can make as many mistakes as you want. Who cares if you don’t know what you’re doing? You have to take the leap. There isn’t a syllabus for how to do this. It’ll be different for everyone.
5// Engagement is a two way street. I know you hear it a lot but everything in life goes both ways. You have to give in order to get. If you’re wondering why you’re losing engagement and followers and etc it’s probably because you’re not talking and reaching people who show interest in you. Make connections, not a follower count.
6// Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. This is something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately. It’s easy to try and compete with your fellow blogger friends or even be jealous of their successes thinking when will it be your turn. If you’re working hard then someone will come around to notice it when the time is right. But remember to be happy and congratulate your peers on their accomplishments because you would want the same thing in their shoes.
Thank you guys so much for sticking around for 6 whole years. I can’t believe it! Thank you thank you thank you for every like, share, comment, nomination, and tag you’ve ever given me. I can’t express how much your love and support over the years has meant to me & inspired me to keep doing this.