5 Things Every Girl Should Know About Starting a Fashion Blog

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I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post on the craziness that is starting a fashion or lifestyle blog for awhile. So many girls want to start a blog or have started one and become discouraged with it after a few weeks or months. When I started Witty n Pretty, I thought fashion blogging was going to be glamorous and dare I say it- easy! Oh, how wrong I was. Today, I’m sharing with perspective bloggers and new bloggers wondering what in the heck they’re doing, 5 things to know about starting a blog

Blogging is Hard

Duh! Nothing worth doing is ever easy, right? I found that out quickly and if you haven’t already, you will soon. Fashion blogging is a saturated market with tons of competition from girls (and a few guys) that have more money than you, better photography skills, and just seem to have it all together. You’ll think you have it all together one minute and the next, you’ll want to give up. Don’t. Keep going!

There are No Rewards… at First

Contrary to popular belief, fashion blogging is not a “get rich quick” scheme. It simply doesn’t work like that. Fashion, lifestyle, and beauty blogging involves tons of work with little reward at first. Personally, I didn’t reap any rewards in terms of free product until about a year and a half of blogging consistently. After that, I started getting things here and there, which let me tell you, was a HUGE deal for me.

Fashion Blogging Takes Commitment

The number one reason why most blogs fail is because the blogger gives up after 3 months. Seriously, 3 months! People want things to happen quickly and let’s be real, the things we want the most God usually makes us wait for. To have a chance at success, you must blog consistently, provide information or inspiration, and know who you’re writing to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scrolled through my WordPress Reader and seen posts titled something like “Sorry I’ve Been Gone” followed by an entire paragraph about their absence. Readers don’t want excuses; they want good content.

A Blogger Wears Many Hats

When I started blogging, I thought I would be a writer not a photographer, social media guru, SEO expert, website coder, public relations girl, and a marketer. I was wrong. Because it’s just me running my Dallas-based fashion blog, I have to do it all myself (with a little help from my boyfriend, David.) You will have to learn things that make no sense to you and you have no interest in. But guess what? It makes your knowledge of the industry incredibly robust so that when you do become a famous fashion blogger, you know everything there is to know about blogging.

The Comparison Game is Toxic

I think girls compare themselves more to each other than guys ever will. If you don’t agree with me, you will after becoming a fashion blogger. When you start paying attention to what other bloggers are doing and who they are, you’ll begin comparing yourself to everyone else. You’ll begin to wonder why everyone else has bigger and better followings, wardrobes, photos, brand connections, and even longer eye lashes than you. Let me tell you, this comparison game is so dangerous to your self-esteem. I’ve gotten sucked into so many times and it takes a whole lot of effort to get out. Compare yourself to no one except the person you were the day before. That’s who you’re trying to beat.

Stay tuned next week for an exciting announcement on something I’m launching for girls new to blogging or who’d like to start! You’re going to love this!

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27 Responses to 5 Things Every Girl Should Know About Starting a Fashion Blog

  1. Sandy KS says:

    You hit it right on the money. Blogging can be hard.

  2. It’s so true for the comparaison game since i’m a new blogger. I want to continue blogging, i like it and I also like to read people’s blog. I learn new stuff every time. Sometimes i feel what i write might be redundant, already done but i say to myself: No, not by me, not with my personal thoughts and vision of things. That’s how i chase my competitive side away. About the fact that now i don’t have many followers and likes, doesn’t bother me, i think to myself that it will get there, i just need to be consistent about blogging but mostly loving to blog and not blog for others.

  3. Colleen says:

    So well said! Your experience is so true for most bloggers, but they may not admit it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Susan Padron says:

    Thank you for the great advice! I have been blogging for just under a year now, and everything you said definitely resonates with me!

  5. layersofchic says:

    these are all so true, thanks for sharing!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

  6. cutebrandik says:

    Great insight, love the post! Thank you for sharing and I hope to see more.
    -Brandi Kimberly
    http://www.cutebrandik.com

  7. This is all so true! Such great advice for anyone starting out, as well as a reminder for those of us to keep our heads in the game!

  8. I agree with this one hundred percent! I especially like where you mention bloggers posting about being gone. I am guilty of this and am trying to manage my schedule better so I can post consistently! I needed this reminder right now, so thank you for sharing this! Glad we have such a great support system to keep us all moving forward and staying in the game!
    xo,
    Heather
    playingdressupallday.com

  9. Such good topics to touch base on and so true!! I feel like Instagram and blogging is my new full time job on top of everything else & some people just don’t stick with it for that reason! So many things that come with making it successful

  10. Dani says:

    Snaps for all of this. Totally true and literally tell this to people all the time!!

  11. Thanks for sharing this! I totally agree blogging is a huge amount of work and you have to love it otherwise you just give up and burn out
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  12. So true about rewards! It’s a lot of work but it’s definitely worth it πŸ™‚

  13. Halee Pagel says:

    I completely agree with you about bloggers that take a break and come back with the excuse/apology post. I understand people have stuff happening in their lives and they may need to take a break from blogging, but I wish bloggers would just pick up where they left off!

    And, to your next point about bloggers wearing many hats. Ooooh boy is that the case! It’s a lot of effort to get a post together and hit the submit button. How long has it taken you to feel like you’re in the groove with getting good photos, writing a good post, maximizing your SEO, and promoting your blog? To be honest, the admin side of things hampers me and discourages my creative side.

    • Liz says:

      Hi Halee! Yes the apology posts have to end! haha
      It’s taken awhile and frankly, I’m still not sure if I’m in a groove. Everyday I’m learning something new and switching things up haha. What about you? What’s your system?

  14. These are great tips! You’re so right on the comparison game. It’s so hard to catch yourself doing this. The other big thing I think is watching your social media followers tick up and down, and associating them to your worth. It can be so discouraging, but something you have to force yourself not to do.Thanks for sharing, Liz! πŸ™‚

    Erin
    Top Knots & Sweatpants

    • Liz says:

      Hi Erin! I love what you said about associating followers with your worth. I do that all the time. It’s so not good! Thanks for commenting!

  15. UrbanBlonde says:

    All of this is SO true! Great advise. Have a good weekend!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.UrbanBlonde.com

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