I have been blogging for about 3 1/2 years now on and off. To be honest I’ve kind of dipped in and out of it to a certain extent and never really taken it that seriously. This last six months has felt different somehow, I don’t know if it is because I have met so many bloggers who inspire me or because I have tweaked what Life’s a Catwalk is about so it’s a bit more personal to me.
Today I thought I would share with you what blogging has taught me over the years.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with fashion
To be fair I have never been one for being too bothered about what other people think but in the past I have been guilty of toning it down somewhat when it comes to what I wear. So what if people think my look is a bit over the top or ‘out there’. What I choose to wear doesn’t hurt anyone else, so so what if people happen to stare.
There is nothing like standing out in the street with dozens of people passing you as you attempt to shoot an outfit post. To begin with you do feel a bit self conscious as you get the occasional odd look but you soon get over it, and now I’m always focusing on what I’m doing rather than who might be watching
It’s ok to say if you are having a bad day. I think so many people still feel like they need to show the more glam, exciting aspects of their lives rather than their everyday life. It gives people an unrealistic view of what blogging is about. I know I’m guilty of looking at bloggers who are at the top of their game with their jetsetting lifestyle and designer wardrobes and feel jealous that I’m not in the same place. I think it’s important to address the balance to show that it isn’t all about going to events etc. If I have something on my mind then I am going to be open and honest even if what I have to say may be a bit controversial.
Just say no
When I first started blogging I was so flattered if a brand wanted to work with me that I would just say yes regardless who they were. Now I actually say no more times than I say yes purely because I want the blog to be an accurate representation of me. If I wouldn’t wear or buy a product from them then I don’t believe that I should feature them.
I used to keep the fact that I blogged quiet from friends and would be reluctant to share my posts on my own Facebook profile. Blogging takes a huge amount of work which so many people just don’t realise. It isn’t just about what we write, there’s the photography, editing, promoting, social media, networking etc. We should be proud of what we do as bloggers!
It’s not all about competition
I am the most competitive person, I can turn literally anything into a competition and I always have to win. While you can argue that blogging is competitive I have learnt that it is more important to be supportive of others. I think that this has been down my local #CambMeetUp group. If I hadn’t of become a member I think I would still be in the slightly competitive mindset. Through meeting so many amazing bloggers it’s been really nice to be able to say that I’m part of a great community. We are all so different and have such a wide range of things to offer that I don’t feel competitive at all.