When I first started to blog I loved every part of it even the thought-provoking portions of it. However, lately I just feel like I can’t get myself to believe that everything I’ve done and will continue to do will be worth it. It’s difficult to put the stress away and keep a smile on my face at all times. You find yourself feeling stuck. You look at other bloggers and you begin to wonder what is it that she/he is doing that you’re not? You begin to feel like if you had more money to spend on vacations, clothes, food etc to take photos of your experience this might improve your blog status? You begin to focus more on the negative and eradicate the positive quotas that have occurred till now. What do you do when you feel this way? Do you close this chapter of your life? Or Do you push through and get out of this deep black hole? For some of us this can be very distressing because we put a lot of time into our photos, content, meetings, planning, attending events, insta-stories etc. I work full time Sunday-Thursday 9-5pm. Therefore, I have Fridays and Saturdays off. Now, this past Friday I had my sister’s surprise birthday party that night. Therefore, I rented an Airbnb for the party and I had to check in around 4pm. I decided to be brave and go to the city to shoot that Friday morning. I woke up at 6:15am to meet up with my photographer at 8:30am.I carried two large tote bags with products that I needed to take photos of. Now, it was drizzling outside and it was very fogy. I rented a breather since it was more convenient for the photographer to travel to. I was hoping that there would be some natural light in-doors in order for my photos to come out beautiful. However, the shoot went horrible, the photos did not come out the way I wanted them to. This was disappointing because 1. I woke up extra early to go to the city so I can take photos for my blog. 2. I paid the photographer to shoot. 3. I had no recent content to post. 4. I had to carry two heavy bags, back and forth. 5. I knew that I couldn’t shoot the next day because of the check-out from Airbnb and I had to prioritize my sleep.
So, what do you do if you’re stuck in this pessimistic mindset?
Change Your Over-All Thinking.
Stop obsessing over the stats. If you continue to consistently check the difference in your followers number, blog post read/visits and comments it will literally make you crazy. All it will do to you is plainly put you down. I know that a lot of us attain gratification from seeing our #s increase but this should not be the main focus. Eventually, you will make it but for now focus on engaging with your followers, give your followers what they want to see/read (beauty? Lifestyle? Fashion?), post on insta-stories (when I work Sunday-Thursday I usually don’t have anything to post about because I work and then go home or to the gym but on my off days I usually make sure to post), post on consistent basis so people begin to remember who you are, comment on other people’s photos (people will see your comment and click your page) and join engagement support groups. Tell you’re self that you’re a strong person and you will make it work.
Get Inspired-Not Jealous:
Read other bloggers posts and see how they engage with their own followers. Explore what is their niche? This will help you discover your place, who you are and what you want to do with your blog. We should all inspire and motivate one another instead of resenting others. Be happy for that blogger and smile that she/he has enthused and inspired you to pick your blog up and not give up on doing what you love.
Plan, plan and plan. Schedule your blog posts, have edited photos that you would like to post on daily basis and remember that you’re helping yourself enhance your inner strengths and time management skills in your overall life, not only within your blog.
I don’t have a photographer?
I understand the struggle of finding a photographer to work with. At the end of the day everyone in this industry is trying to make money while doing what they love. Just like us, bloggers who expect brands to pay us when working with them, photographers expect their clients (bloggers) to pay them as well. Sometimes this can be expensive and certain photographers charge a lot. However, continue to explore your options and reach out to different photographers about working for photography credit instead of paying them. Offer to give products/items that you receive from brands in exchange for photoshoots. Your last option should be investing in a really good camera. If you feel like you don’t want to pay somebody to take your photos invest in a really good camera and teach your close friends/family members to use it while taking your photos.
You are YOU:
Remember that not everyone will have the same experience, not everyone has had the same struggles and not everyone went through the same circumstances as you. Unfortunately, some of us are required to work harder than others but that should not give us a reason to fail. We should use the coping skills that we’ve obtained and learned over time in order to manage these challenges that our blog drives toward us.
Review on the product: PopJulia
Now, by just looking at the sweater you can tell that this is a unique item. Something that you don’t see someone wearing on a daily basis. What really catches my eye is the color blocked collar theme to it. I love that it has the hints of a blue, brown and white. Therefore, when it came down to plan my overall outfit I had no trouble with doing so. Since I had these colors of the sweater I wanted to keep it moderate within the rest of the outfit. I decided to wear thin black stockings as well as black chelsea boots. I told myself that I have not worn a skirt this fall/winter at all so since the weather was a bit better than lately I decided to wear the skirt. This has been the cutest and most chicest sweater that I received from brands this winter. The knitted material is not itchy and the sweater is stretchy. The sweater is $28.90!