A YEAR FREELANCING: THE UPS, DOWNS & WHAT I’VE LEARNT

A YEAR FREELANCING: THE UPS, DOWNS & WHAT I’VE LEARNT

I’VE ALWAYS DREAMT OF WORKING FOR MYSELF & PAINTING MYSELF INTO ‘THE PERFECT, WORKING FROM A COFFEE SHOP ON A RAINY DAY PICTURE.’

October this year marked a year of being a freelancing, full time blogger and creative. A year full of incredible highs, some lows and a lot of uncertainty. The other day I did a little jokey tweet all about the sometimes unpredictable income that comes with a freelance life. I love how so many people felt like they could relate when I further posted it on my insta stories, so with that, I decided to pop together a little something all about my first year as a freelancer and what I’ve learnt along the way. Whatever your job, whether your part time freelance or have a wide business, I’m really hoping these little words help you at some point!

I’ve always dreamt of working for myself and painting myself into the perfect, cliche scenario of working from my shiny laptop, surrounded by notebooks in a coffee shop on a romantically rainy day (this does happen btw 😉 ) However, there are also some aspects of being a freelancers that aren’t so romantic. (See my blog post all about the pro’s and con’s of being a blogger!) Here’s hoping this makes you laugh, smile, relate and feel inspired and hopefully perhaps learn form my mishaps along the way.

DON’T ALLOW ANYONE YOU DON’T TRUST TO PLAY A PART IN YOUR BUSINESS

This goes without saying really, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to let others in that you wish you hadn’t. I won’t get into the nitty, gritty here – this one is for a wine fuelled evening with my gals over a chick flick (love a good, cliche scenario don’t I.) Your business – wether you’re a writer, a photographer, cake maker or dog walker – is your passion and livelihood and it’s a scary thought of it being out of your hands and into someone else. I’m a control freak and have grown my blog and career from a little corner in my bedroom and I’ll be damned it let anyone ruin that for me. Some experiences in life have to be endured in order to learn a lesson from them. Keep your cards close to your heart and don’t feel like you have to say yes to everything. Admittedly, I’ve had some crap experiences amongst the good, but I would never have known what I should and should not tolerate had I not gone through that. Take it from me, be cautious and trust your instincts, they’re pretty much always bang on.

KNOW YOUR WORTH AND LEARN TO BE SAVVY

I‘ll admit – I can be a total walkover and tend to shy away from speaking up when something bothers me. More often than not, I’d rather avoid difficult situations by staying quiet – however enough is enough sometimes, even for the calmest of people and sometime you just need to bite the bullet and speak up. Unfortunately I’ve learnt this through experience – you do not have to accept other peoples crap and if you think you’re being taken advantage of – speak up. If your gut tells yousomathing’s off, it’s probably because it is so follow through with your questions and make sure you feel 100% about something.

Chase up payments, do your research, learn the legalities of things and always read through contracts (a second eye also helps too!) Know your worth, don’t settle for anything less, except if you feel comfortable with it and don’t bend over backwards for those who don’t deserve it. Remember warning signs from bad experience and value those who are a dream to work with! Be Pro-active and get out there and make stuff happen! I’ve been more pro active towards the end of my first year working and I’m reaping the reward and it feels uh-mazing! 

MY FREELANCE LIFE HAS 2 VARIABLES: BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A CHANEL HANDBAG OR NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A SANDWICH

Like I mentioned, this post was brought on by one of my recent tweets – see above! One day you’re hit with a life changing project and the next someone is trying to entice you into working for free with a pack of seasoned chicken fillets. (yes, this actually happened. I’m a vegetarian) Not everyone has the same budget and I’d never expect that – the problem though, lies within the torment of one day someone totally valuing your worth and the next completely taking advantage. It’s also a little painful to assume contributing chicken fillets might somehow pay rent or amount to a mortgage deposit.

Being a freelancer, for me, has meant my flow of work can be uncertain, sometimes I have no idea if I’ll be, paid for 2 weeks or 2 months. Financially it’s taught me to grow up, check my bank regularly (and begrudgingly) to calculate my cash flow and to grow a pair and chase people up. These people are probably guaranteed a pay cheque at the end of the month so why do I have to wait months for mine? One month you could be rolling in it and the next all the late payments have caught up with you – I’ve got to admit it definitely keeps me on my toes (and I’d secretly wouldn’t have it any other way)Be nice, work hard, know when to put your foot down and reach out to others and introduce yourself! 

 

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I hope you found this post interesting beauts – I’d love to know your thoughts or if you’re freelance, how you have found the experience! There are for sure pro’s and con’s, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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MY ADVICE ON HOW TO START EARNING MONEY FROM BLOGGING

MY ADVICE ON HOW TO START EARNING MONEY FROM BLOGGING

THE THING IS, BLOGGING, YOUTUBE, CONTENT CREATION AND HAVING AN INFLUENCE OVER AN AUDIENCE IS A CAREER AND ONE I BLOODY LOVE AT THAT!

In October my first year of being a full time, freelance blogger passed and it got me thinking about a whole lot of stuff (more blog posts and freelance life highs and lows coming soon!) It’s still such a difficult concept to explain to people and if you’ve read my article that was in The Blogosphere magazine, all about the judgement surrounding a bloggers career you’ll know that a year on, I still struggle to explain how I make a living to some, without doing it any justice and leaving people thinking my job doesn’t require me lifting a finger. The thing is, blogging, content creation, youtube and having an influence over an audience is a career and one I bloody love at that! 

I was also thinking about how difficult it is starting out: no friends in the business, no idea what to do or how to progress and it’s not exactly easy discussing monetary matters with someone you’re not close to. I’ve always been more than happy to share my knowledge with anyone that asks; the way I see it, it’s not going to affect my income and success if I share what I know with others, because only I am me. I’ve always been a sharer, I love to help others and give advice if I can, so here I am sharing my experience and my own advice on how to start earning money from blogging!

MAKE YOURSELF ACCESSIBLE

 

Okay so before I dive into specifics, a bit of an obvious point here but important none-the-less. In order for people to contact you, you need to make yourself easily reachable. No one wants to hunt around your blog or insta trying to find the best possible way to reach you – make it super easy for people to contact you and shoot you any enquiries! I had a little play around with my blog the other day and set up a few new sections, to make it easier for any prospective brands that want to work with me to see my previous work and read up about how I work,etc.

In my eyes, I like to think this helps people out a lot and saves them a lot of time – so if there’s anything you can do to make a PR’s life easier – do it I’m sure they’ll thank you and if you’re a pleasure to work with, that will reward you in the long run. Making yourself some snazzy business cards also helps if you’re out and about or at events and someone asks for contact details or your social media! You want people to remember you so it starts with being impressionable (on and offline ) and being contactable! Set up a dedicated email address for all your blogging platforms and whack it everywhere!

RESEARCH AND SIGN UP TO AFFILIATE

PROGRAMMES

Affiliate programmes are the sales person side of blogging – if you recommend a product through an affiliate link and someone makes a purchase, you’ll earn a bit of commission from that sale. So you’re essentially being rewarded for making sales through your influence, which personally, I really think is well earned! If people love your style or trust your opinion enough to make a purchase from something you’ve recommended, that should definitely be recognised! The earning potential is huge for this and you don’t have to have a large audience to earn – you just need to experiment to see what works best for you. I personally use them for any products within a blog post, so whenever you like an outfit I wear I will always pop a little slider (like at the bottom of this page) so you can easily shop what I’m wearing! I also like to link any new items in my wardrobe and things I’m lusting after on my Shop my wardrobe page! I also always link items in my Youtube Videos in the description box with affiliates too (always make sure to disclose links).

The swipe up function on Instagram is also amazing – I don’t like to overuse it though as I tend to personally not watch insta stories that are super long and sales-y – but that’s just my personal preference! I save it for new videos on my channel and items lots of you have liked and asked where to purchase (such as these boots I’m wearing here – loads of you loved them!) There are loads of affiliate programmes to sign up to – some retailers have their own programmes, like Amazon or the most popular ways to use affiliate links (and personally the easies) are the larger programmes like Awin, Shopstyle and Reward Style (or LikeToKnow.It). I personally have switched to using Reward Style as I find it’s the easiest to use with the widest selection of items to link to! Affiliates are a great way to have an insight into what your audience enjoy and what’s popular amongst them, helping you create better, more tailored content!

BRAND OUTREACH

Outreaching is a super important factor if you’re actively wanting to make an income from blogging. Yes, it’s true that some work does come to you, which is always a total dream when it’s a brand you love that have a budget, but alas not everyone does and it isn’t all sitting back and waiting for it to happen. I actually now make a conscious effort to outreach to new brands I haven’t worked with before, one’s that I love and know that work with bloggers. Me and my blogging friends also are getting into the habit of passing on our fave contacts to each other, because it’s nice to help a gal out! If I know a brand would love one of my friends, why not introduce the two and do favours for each other! A quick google search will also bring up press and media emails or you can sign up to Diary Directory for a fee if you want access to basically alllll of the beauty contacts and PRS! 

Insta DM’s are also a total legit way to pop a brand a message to ask for their media contact/email – I’m always getting messages from brands so similarly if I can’t find a brands email I’ll simply pop them a message and ask – what’s the harm! I’ve had nothing but good responses from brands when I’ve emailed with a pitch and concept – it shows passion and organisation. Don’t expect every brand to have a budget – some will gift for posts and sometimes it takes building a good relationship for campaigns to come through. Just kindly ask for them to keep you in the loop about any campaigns they have up coming and if they suit you! Having a good relationship with PR’s and being a lovely person gets you in a good place.

 

GO FORTH AND CONQUER BLOGGING APPS

 

Within the last few years blogging apps have exploded onto the scene and mean that earning from your blog has become more accessible to everyone – which is amazing! I’ve found with personal experience that money and how to earn it is always a little hush, hush within the community – as if people aren’t willing to share their knowledge. I understand you wouldn’t want to give everything away but I don’t personally see my earnings depleting by helping someone out. Whenever anyone asks I’m more than happy to share and quickly recommend anyone starting up to some apps that I’ve used before, because it’s such a fab way to get out there, get proactive and get earning! After all, these are really where the money started for me!

Takumi was the first one I ever used, followed by Tribe. Both are similar with that you simply download and search through campaigns, where you can then choose ones suited to you! With Takumi, I find that less campaigns show up and you do have to be quick to sign up to one before they go, however once you’ve completed creating the images, posting, etc – payment is guaranteed. Whereas with Tribe, you create the image first, submit it and it can either get declined or accepted, which can be disheartening when you’ve spent ages and followed the brief only to have it declined, but everything happens for a reason huh! The Blogger Programme is also a fab way to submit yourself for gifting and paid opportunities! There are tonnes more programmes similar to these which can be found through a quick search – these are just a few I’ve had experiences with!

BE BALLSY, BUT ALSO, TOTALLY LOVELY

Being lovely, hard working, considerate and friendly can go a long way when it comes to getting more work. People aren’t going to want to work with someone again if they’re late at sending drafts and images across, hostile to talk to and don’t deliver well thought out content. Work super hard and over deliver, because in the long run – it will probably get you repeat work! However, also know your worth and if you believe people have a budget – don’t be afraid to ask! Be open to negotiate, not every brand has the same budget and be flexible to ideas! I’m usually a massive walkover and am afraid to ask for things, but when it’s your business, sometimes you need to ask and put yourself out there! I introduce myself to brands, email and ask if they’d like things featured if it fits in with a project I’m working on – I’m sure they’ll appreciate the favour! Always be polite and thankful and professional, people will remember you for that! If someone says a campaign is only gifting, there’s no harm in asking if they have a budget, even if it’s small – don’t ask, don’t get and I’ve learn this the hard way!

 

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I really hope that you loved this one and that you found it helpful! If you have any questions at all please do get in touch – I’d also love to know your tips and how you’ve found blogging and your best ways to earn!

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THE PROS AND CONS OF BEING A BLOGGER

THE PROS AND CONS OF BEING A BLOGGER

“IT’S BEEN THE MOST INTERESTING, EXCITING AND ALSO PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL YEARS OF MY LIFE BEING A FULL TIME BLOGGER.”

Ahh the life of a blogger – something which has been firmly at the forefront of my mind recently, what with my first year of being a full time blogger surpassing recently. It’s been the most interesting, exciting and also probably the most stressful year of my life too. If you follow me over on my Youtube Channel or Insta, you’ll have seen that I’ve been working with my favourite people at Ice Watch for a while now and when they told me about their ideas for their halloween campaign I jumped right on board!

As part of their #NaughtybutnICE campaign (see what they did there 😉 ) they challenged me to style two looks based on these two watches – The white, ‘nice’ watch and the more vampy, dark, black and rose gold watch and talk about something contrasting.i Wth my career on my mind, I decided to talk about the two sides of blogging – the pros, the cons and my recent musings of Instagram VS real life and how different our expectations can really be of someone we learn to know through those little curated squares on our phones.

I’VE HAD OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES I HAD NEVER EVEN DREAMED OF

Truly, I never would have expected some of the opportunities that have been thrown my way somehow over the course of my blogging career. Never at the start of this year, had I thought I would have been on 5 trips, 3 of which were abroad – something I am ever lastingly grateful for! I’ve been whisked on luxury retreats, stayed in beautiful hotels, flown to new countries and experienced amazing cultures and food! I also had the pleasure of working with Bicester Village and getting my first Gucci and brands press days are continually getting better and better, lavishing us with champagne, fine dining and overwhelming gifts. Never did I think I’d be sat at the Lanesborough having dinner with the guys behind Manolo Blahnik and Farfetch or having breakfast with Lee Stafford. There are some huge pinch me moments ( and this is just the start!) but it’s not without it’s cons too (I know, it’s hard to believe after all of that but there really are two sides to this world)

THE PROS, PERKS & PROSECCO

I‘ve met some of my most cherished adult friends through blogging and I now know so many inspiring, motivated and creative people thanks to this blog! Whether friendships have blossomed through Twitter, Instagram or sparking conversation at events, it’s such a wonderful and supportive environment to have and even if we’re 1000 miles away I still have girls I can count on for advice, support or just to have a little moan with! I do also, get the privilege of working from where ever I choose and whenever I choose – my bed for Sunday morning editing, a coffee shop to really spark my motivation or from my cosy desk at home. This is something I definitely try and not take for granted, being someone who used to work 3 jobs at once and barely had a moment to go to the loo I understand how lucky this working lifestyle has become.

It’s a very lavish industry and almost alike celebrity culture – people want to leave a good, lasting impression of their company on you and therefore events can be extremely luxurious (and I can totally feel out of place!) Prosecco and canapés are pretty much the diet when it comes to meetings and events and having a car pick me up will never be something I become accustomed to. I also get to work with brands I’ve adore for years (ICE being an example, love the GLAM watch that inspired this pretty look!) The earning potential is also incredible and one days work could have almost equated to my old monthly salary. The most rewarding thing above anything materialistic, is the  feeling of connecting with people, helping others and inspiring them – whether that’s to buy a new pair of shoes they thought people would laugh at or making a lifestyle change. This is sometimes short-lived, as some freelancers would agree, which brings me onto the very different side of blogging.

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“I FEEL LIKE I’VE MASTERED THE SKILL OF MAKING

EVERYTHING APPEAR WONDERFUL WHEN IN FACT

I’VE BEEN UNHAPPY AND STRESSED FOR WEEKS”

For me, every job isn’t without it’s cons and it’s really difficult for me to express these to people outside of the industry or to those who haven’t experienced them for themselves. I have this wonderful job and my life appears seemingly wonderful on my instagram feed (I definitely compensate for this on my insta stories haha – gal’s gotta bring some unfiltered realness to the game!) I love to discuss my struggles, worries and moan about funny little things to you guys – it’s actually what gets the best response as I guess we can all feel connected and like we relate and aren’t alone in our troubles! I thought this vampy (slightly in fitting with Halloween, minus some cat ears 😉 )  look perfectly compliments the Black GLAM watch and leads me on to the not so sparkly side of things! I love my job but I do struggle sometimes, so I think it’s only honest of me to discuss the pitfalls. A few things that get me down about blogging (twitter witch hunts aside!) is the universal killer that is comparison. One moment you’re really proud of your work and the next moment you question the whole point of what you’re doing and where you’ll be in 5 years time. It’s also pretty hard to get over the fact most people assume your job is pointless, vain and a total breeze sometimes.

 Some days I get less work done than others and totally beat myself up for ‘achieving nothing’. Events, whilst super amazing can also be painfully lonely, isolating and leave me feeling left out, disregarding or just stupid. I’m a really lively, and probably at times, way too chatty person. Sometimes this goes down like a lead brick and leaves me feeling ashamed of who I am and constantly talking myself out of being so chatty. I forget peoples names and then feel like an awful human for it and financially, it can be a stark contrast of bloody wonderful and then not being able to afford any bills or grab a coffee. This has left me very unhappy and left with a feeling of not knowing what to do anymore, because when I’m waiting 2/3 months to get paid and there’s nothing I can do about that, I feel pretty useless, emabarrased and like a bit of a failure (oh, hey there pity party 😉 )

I FEEL LIKE I’VE MASTERED THE ART OF PRETENDING LIFE IS WONDERFUL WHEN REALLY, I’VE BEEN STRESSED AND UNHAPPY FOR WEEKS

Creating the illusion that life is wonderful and rainbows when I’m probably, quite unhappy inside is something I’ve unknowingly done my whole life. I don’t like to ask for help, I don’t like to cry, I don’t like to admit I’m struggling but over the last few months I’ve realised it’s okay not to be okay all of the time and it’s not a sign of weakness. The last year has really tested me but if anything it’s giving me valuable life skills and building me as a person, something which is super important growing up. Sometimes you have to go through stressful times to come out the other end better (silver linings and all that!) It’s been highs and lows I’d say, which can really confuse you as a person and leave you feeling a little numb. When things are great, I’m ecstatic and when they’re bad I’m unsure of how to pull through or what my next move should be, especially if situations are out of your hands. Being a blogger truly is the most wonderful thing but not without its pitfalls, like any other job – and I think it’s important to discuss these in order to re-evaluate how we approach things. Life and our careers aren’t always plain sailing, but if you have the passion and drive you can pull though! Appreciating the not so easy parts makes us stronger, more resilient and truly appreciate the wonderful things!

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I LOVED putting this post together and had so much fun styling up look around the gorgeous watches! I’d love to know what your fave outfit was, make sure you let me know in the comments below! I also hope you loved reading all about my time as a blogger and what I’ve found to be the most contrasting sides – I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences as always! I love this crazy thing I call a job but didn’t want to paint it rainbows 100% of the time, so I hope you appreciate the honesty.

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Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the lovelies from Ice Watch!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A TRUSTWORTHY BLOGGER

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A TRUSTWORTHY BLOGGER

ABOVE ALL, I VALUE PEOPLES HONESTY AND DISCLOSURE AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT REALLY SETS OTHERS APART

I love writing about the blogging industry, it’s still really in it’s infancy (in the grand scheme of things!) it’s exciting and ever changing. If you’ve read my post here all about the blogosphere and how others have commented on it being oversaturated, you’ll know that I whole heartedly disagree and celebrate the ever growing community. However it has got me thinking (As well as Lydia’s though provoking post here) about my morals and stance as a blogger. Everyone wants different things, everyone values different things and that’s what makes it so diverse. However there’s one thing that I can’t help think that we should all try and uphold and that’s building and maintaining a feeling of trust and transparency amongst ourselves, our readers and fellow bloggers.

Really, without trust, why would anyone listen to a word we say, consider buying a shoe we love or take interest in our musings? I read the blogs I read because I value their opinion, I trust their view and appreciate what they have to say, even if I didn’t agree myself. I value their honesty and disclosure and that, in my opinion, is what truly sets some apart from others. When I deliberate collaborations and sponsorships that come my way I massively consider my audience, even more so than myself. If my readers have no respect and see me plugging new brands and items every day then how will they know which opinion to trust and which product I truly love? With this said, I’m exploring the importance of being a trustworthy blogger.

“I’ve always been damn proud to stamp that #ad on a post because I still find it incredible that I’m able to get paid for what I love and something that I built from nothing. Why should you be ashamed of that? Be honest and respectful and be proud of your hard work!”

DISCLOSURE, DISCLOSURE, DISCLOSURE

Something we notoriously love to seek out – it is the law after all. It would be massively shamed upon for big companies to hide ads or lie so why should we be able to get away with it when we have such trusting and impressionable readers? Twitter witch hunts are forever picking reality stars in particular apart for their lack of disclosure. Heavily promoting brands from supplements and protein to clothes and shoes. Absolutely nothing wrong with that within itself, however it becomes a problem once one stops disclosing what is paid advertorials – making it difficult for audiences to determine what is sponsored and what isn’t.

I’ve always been damn proud to stamp that #ad on a post because I still find it incredible that I’m able to get paid for what I love and something that I built from nothing. Why should you be ashamed of that? I’m also proud because every brand I work with has had a crazy amount of consideration put into it – why on earth would I share something wth you guys that I don’t love/use myself? A collab should be natural and enjoyable to write about because you have such a passion and belief in that brand, and I don’t know about you – but when I get excited about things, I don’t stop talking! The fact is a lot of influencers money is made through sponsored work, so don’t hide that – embrace it and others will appreciate your honesty! (and you won’t be breaking the ASA guidelines 😉 )

YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO PICKY

You can never be too picky because your blog, your social channels and your YouTube represents YOU. If you promote something you hate, the only reputation that takes a hit is yours. Kinda scary when your whole, little, business is in your hands but honesty is always the best policy and can’t really do you much harm – lying on the other hand, or false advertisements can. I see you guys as my friends and there’s nothing I love more than finding an awesome product, sharing it with my friends and letting them have a try. Which is why anyone I work with has to be worthy of my reccomendation to you all! Be picky, be fussy, turn things down and jump with joy when you find the perfect collab for you!

At present, I turn down 8 out of 10 collabs (which is a pretty big deal for someone who hasn’t got a mass following of 100,000s and I actually feel really pleased that I’m staying true to myself) This is purely because I don’t feel comfortable promoting things I can’t use or won’t use – if I was promoting 5 skin care brands at the same time I can’t help but feel you’d lose slight trust in my opinion. (that said, I religiously use a hell of a lot of skin care brands and you’ll know that from my Insta Stories!) I just find it’s easier to pour yourself and your heart into few collabs at a time – don’t feel the need to accept every thing that comes your way. Don’t accept anything you don’t feel comfortable and always disclose, always be honest and true to yourself and your audience will be able to see that and appreciate you even more!

RESPECT YOUR AUDIENCE AND SPREAD LOVE!

I always appreciate it when people take a moment to interact with their audience, take in to consideration what they like and tailor that into their work. I always try and respond to you loves on Instagram, YouTube & Twitter and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when you send me messages on Insta stories! I find it so interesting when I share a story and you guys can relate or send me advice – because it really makes me feel like I must be doing something kinda right! It makes me feel connected to you guys and with every message I get to know you a little better – who you are, what you’e been through and what you enjoy reading about and watching!

That said, you guys always seem to enjoy my more personal posts – life, advice, the blogging industry – which is why I’m really inspired to write about all of those things currently. (I cannot thank you enough by the way, for all of your support on my body confidence post too – you are all AMAZING!) Building that all important relationship between blogger and audience is all about mutual respect. I love you guys and truly value everyone that takes the time to read my blog and watch my videos and I try to make that known! Similarly it really makes me happy to hear your feedback – what you like and your favourite posts. I trust your opinions, so when I ask for suggestions on Insta stories I know you guys are being honest and it will help me continue to improve and create things you like!

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I really hope you loved this one beauts – I always find it super interesting to hear others thoughts on the subject of disclosure and trust within the blogging industry! Do get in touch my loves, always loving discussing these things with you!

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IS THE BLOGOSPHERE BECOMING OVER SATURATED?

IS THE BLOGOSPHERE BECOMING OVER SATURATED?

TIMES ARE CHANGING AND EVOLVING, ALWAYS

The ever changing face of the blogosphere has been truly fascinating, inspiring and incredible to watch over the last several years. Things have rapidly evolved, grown and changed, particularly within the last year or so. Some long for the old blogging days back of self timed images in our rooms and back gardens, when reality is our imagery is getting more incredible by the second, with online tutorials and blog posts making it easier for us to learn editing, camera settings and SEO. People are beginning to smash their first blog posts out with a perfectly bokehed background and impeccable style (though mine certainly was not!) However this topic seems to have taken a slightly negative turn if you have a scroll through Twitter nowadays.

I must admit I’ve only really started to avidly use Twitter daily within the last few months, but negative threads & the odd bitchiness aside, I’m actually loving it! Such a wonderful place for support, discussions and recommendations. Its a place for a plethora of opinions, which also makes it prone for arguments here and there, particularly amongst us bloggers nowadays it seems. I can understand how some long standing bloggers feel as though too many are cashing in on the blogging industry too fast, imitating others, but then again we can’t let new things and change make us bitter. Industries change rapidly, whether it’s the Health industry, fashion, the arts or blogging and there’s always going to be new competitors arising, so I’m asking is the blogosphere becoming oversaturated, or do we just need to embrace all that it’s becoming?

IT STARTED WITH A TWEET

It’s no surprise that this debate probably wholly originated from the twitter world – a place to vent our frustrations, share our comedic mishaps, scream good news and spread good vibes. A daily scroll will present itself as a timeline full of empowerment, petitioning, retweets of killer blog posts and a good old moan too. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s good to discuss what’s important to us and what needs addressing, especially as this is such a new industry with no wrongs, rights or boundaries. But as we know, things can turn all too nasty with a seemingly innocent tweet, ensuing battlecries from all corners of the internet. Of course there will be some out purely for the money, with no regard for others, just like their are in other businesses. But do we ignore it, fight it or continue to focus on ourselves and stay in our own lanes?

DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I’m a sucker for a good quote, and I will never have enough love for this one. Life is way too short to live it mundanely, I’ve never settled for anything less than something that sets my soul on fire, even if it meant that I’d be penniless. Many have found this stupid, but I’m truly happy when doing what I love, finances are not the be all and end all, at least I’m trying to live that way anyway! What matters is those you love and your happiness. My happiness has always stemmed from ambition, which is why I’ve pushed and pushed this little blog of mine, kept writing, kept photographing, even if it never amounted to a job, I love it so I do it.

If you adore blogging, do it for the love of creation and no other reason. I’m often approached by old friends, asking for advice on starting a blog and that they’re put off because so many others seem to be doing it now. The most important thing to remember, in any profession is that there’s only one of YOU and that’s your best selling point! It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it doesn’t matter if there’s 100 or 1,000,000 people doing it it – do what you love and do it full heartedly, because that’s where the real magic happens. When you truly enjoy what you’re doing, other’s will see that and also begin to enjoy what you’re doing too!

SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE

Do you think if someone told Meryl Streep there were too many actresses she would be like ‘Oh, okay then, fair play’ and then give up?! No, it would push that woman so far forward that she’d show that person just how wrong they were. (after all, success is the best revenge 😉 She was apparently turned down for King Kong for being ‘ugly’ (I know, WTF!) and man did she use that as motivation to succeed even more! The thing is, there can never be enough actresses, doctors, horse riders, musicians, painters and vets. There can never be too many of anything, if you love something DO IT! If the blogging industry was ‘over saturated’ and we all stopped, once this generation of bloggers stopped then blogging would cease to exist.

We need the veterans to inspire the next generation of budding writers, vloggers and bloggers. Yes, some may perhaps be unsure of what direction to go in, they may not have found their ‘niche’ and perhaps imitate someone a little too much but thats’ life. Imitation, as annoying as it sometimes can be, is the highest form of flattery. No one can be you, and if they try it’s obviously because they admire you and your work so much and strive for that! We can’t get annoyed at people wanting to do what they love, just because it’s your hobby or career, doesn’t meant there’s no room for anyone else. If someone tries to tell you otherwise (sorry to the bullies in my early blogging years, I’m still here 😉 ) work your little butt off and prove them wrong, it’s a good feeling, trust me!

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I’ll always be a firm believer in there being room for all, even if the whole world was blogging, we’re each our own person with our own thoughts and inspirations! I really hope you loved this one – would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this topic! Please do pop a comment below or join in the convo on twitter!

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Photography by Ben Kapur

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3 LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING

3 LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING

“HONESTLY, I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE OR WHO I WOULD BE WITOUT MY BLOG AND MAN, HAS IT TAUGHT ME A THING OR TWO!”

July marked the 3rd year of Style Petal. The blog that survived the 3 previous ones before it. 3 years of rambles, outfits, probably too many coffee flat lays and spilling my thoughts onto the world. Many wonderful friendships, many incredible oppertunities and a few awkward ‘I don’t feel fancy enough to be here’ moments! It’s become some sort of a tradition to mark your blogs birthday, or ‘blogiversarry’ and why not? More and more people are grabbing the confidence to show the world their thoughts, dreams and passions and that’s bloody amazing! 

So I thought it was about time to celebrate my own little corner of the internet, because, well, I’m pretty proud of what it’s become and super excited to see where it’s heading! Next year I’m tempted to just organise a massive garden party for loads of lovely bloggers, to get together, make friends, inspire one another and just have fun! But for now, I thought I would share 3 life lessons that I’ve learnt through 3 years of blogging, because honestly, I have no idea where or who I would be without my blog and man, has it taught me a thing or two!

EVERYTHING WILL ALWAYS BE OKAY

 

In all walks of life, we encounter problems, struggles and worries. Here I talked about how to be a  positive person and one thing I always try to remember is that time heals all and one day, you’ll laugh about something you once stressed about! Everyone encounters stress at home, relationships and work but you will always be strong enough to get through it! (Can I be your own personal cheeleaders please?!) You’ve got this, YOU’VE ALWAYS GOT THIS! Sometimes I have occasions where I feel deflated, not good enough and like I don’t fit in, then I constantly doubt what I’m doing is good enough, if people enjoy it enough and then there’s that little thief of joy called comparison. Roll with the hard times, they inspire you to be the best you can be.

NEVER, EVER LET OTHERS OPINIONS EFFECT WHAT YOU DO

I wrote back in October all about why you should care less about what others think. That post was inspired by a few lovely souls who message me about my blog, instagram, etc, one of them being a lovely friend from college. She asked me how I overcame peoples judgement and plucked up the courage to start a blog. I can’t tell you how sad it makes me feel when I get asked questions like that, that theres people who actually put others down, make fun and laugh at those who want to blog. I know because it happened to me, petty girls I barely knew from my small town, a bit older, should have known better yet found some strange satisfaction from making fun. I can only feel sorry for these people and hope they find piece with whatever makes them act in such a way.

No matter how annoying and at times, crushing it was (it eventually stopped) if you want to do something – dance classes, die your hair, learn to sing, blog – don’t let anyone ever tell you or make you feel like you can’t. You could be the juiciest peach in the world and someone will still hate peaches. I remind myself of this anytime I doubt myself, my worth or worry about judgement. Throw yourself into everything you do with passion, love and soul. Life is too short t live any other way or let people hold you back.

DRESS AND LIVE FOR YOU AND ONLY YOU, ALWAYS!

I thank my parents for the way they raised me; I don’t know exactly what they did, but they instilled in me everything I live by today – to always do things for yourself and no one else. I’m a huge people pleaser, I’ll admit that and often forsake my feelings for others happiness. This said, I’m never willing to give up my passions  or sense of self for anyone. I’ve never dressed for the 18 year old guy I fancied at school, I’ve never dressed to fit in, done my makeup for others or worked a job to please someone.

If everything you do truly makes you happy and makes your soul sparkle, you’ve pretty much got the key to nailing life.Wear the crazy dress, the OTT shoes to the family BBQ, die your hair the rainbow and follow your dreams. It’s your life only, so what’s the pointing living it for someone else.

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I really hope you loved this one my beauts and that you took maybe a little something away from it! A HUGE thank you to every single one of you, whether you’ve been here for 3 years or 3 minutes, thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts and stories. 

If there’s anything you want to see at all from Style Petal, please do get in touch for a chap or pop me a message on Instagram! I’ll also be doing a little thank you giveaway when I reach my 1k milestone on Youtube to say thanks for your love! 1 or 100000 I value every single person who sits through my ramblings, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur – shot at the beautiful No.11 Pimlico road (and my fave lunchin spot 😉 )

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