Today’s post has been something I have been wanting to put together for quite some time! As many of you know, I have a career outside of blogging. I work for an amazing company during the day but at night and on the weekends, I spend a lot of time on my blog. Sometimes this means working 80 hour weeks between the two. But to be quite honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been able to connect with so many people in ways that I never thought were possible and I have been able to feel more confident in my life and career. Today’s post is meant to share a few tips for those of you who are interested in becoming a blogger, are already a blogger, or if you’re just looking for some fashion inspiration! Keep reading to find out more about how I got my start in blogging and a few ways I keep myself motivated!
Long story short, byQuinn.com was not my first blogging rodeo. I got my start in blogging right around the time blogging was put on the scene. It was 2008, Facebook was just emerging into the world, and I was right out of high school. I started my blog and thought I knew everything. Yes, I loved fashion and beauty, but no I had no clue how to code a website, what my vision was, or how to execute anything I wanted to. I started to see some success but then I started my first full time job and that threw me for a loop. Time management became an issue and eventually I gave up my blog all together.
After blogging for about two years, I gave it up and kicked myself for it. Finally in 2014, after a few friends urging me to get back into it I decided I would make the leap again and stared a second blog. Immediately, I immersed myself into it and again saw some great success. I had some amazing opportunities and this time I was hooked. Fast forward to 2018 and I am still here blogging regularly. The only difference from 2014 to 2018 is that I now owed a home, was married, and have a child. I have so many more responsibilities than I had in 2008 but have also matured and learned ways to cope and deal with having multiple things on my plate. I guess you can call me a serial multi-tasker!
Now let’s get into it! After doing this for a few years, I have found the following three things help me the most when it comes to managing blogging, a career, and my life.
- Create a strong support system – A support system is something I have found that I need in life in order to be successful in anything I do. One of my biggest mistakes from when I started my first blog was that I wasn’t confident and I didn’t want anyone to know I had a blog. I was afraid of judgement and that was a killer right there. As I got older, my confidence grew, my husband supported me no matter what, and I grew a great group of friends. One goal I made for myself when I started my current job was that I was going to make it known that I have a blog. I did and the people at my company have told me time after time how much they love it. Having this support has made me feel as though I am doing the right thing and has made me want to continue week after week!
- Make and track small goals – Goals are something that I am constantly making and assessing. You can see that I specifically mention small goals. I use small goals to track my growth and chart it in a spreadsheet. Some small goals you can set are to grow your engagement by increasing your own personal enactment or to increase your blog income. Recently I made my biggest goal yet! Hoping to keep you all updated on that one soon!
- Find ways to work smarter not harder – This probably comes straight from my current career. Where I work, we are always looking for ways to save time. I am always on the look out to find ways to be able to blog more efficiently. I use many apps to keep myself organized and have calendars and notebooks where I write down ideas and editorial pieces. I recently came across PeopleMap which is a great tool to be able to create and manage list. You are able to engage with people who are your competitors followers, find people in your niche through hashtag targeting, and create lists of brands that you are interested in working with.
A few other apps I use are:
- Planoly – Which is a scheduling app. You can also store your commonly used hashtags.
- UNUM – Another planning app but gives you more capabilities than Planoly. You are able to upload an unlimited amount of photos and you can see analytics!
- IFTTT – An app that automatically publishes your photos from Instagram to other places such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
- VSCO – VSCO is great for editing on the go! You can find a filter that is close to what you use in Lightroom and adjust your photos right from your phone!
- Hypetype – Creates those “movies” with moving text for your Instastories. I use this when I am sharing that I have a new post.
I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts and feed back below! Leave me your blogging questions and I will updated in another post!