First off – we dare to be ourselves, therefore we dare to be different.
We both suck at acting and fashion blogging is a lot like acting, and a bit like Hollywood – there are hundreds or maybe even thousands of fashion bloggers popping up daily and wanting to make it big. Behind those sunglasses and whitewash photos the reality is that a majority will fail.
However – failure is only how you define it.
In our modest experience, of running our own fashion blog and being part of a larger scaled community, there are the 5 attitudes and qualities that hinder our ‘status quo’ blogger minds.
We are too avant-garde and have a distinct voice and style.
We complain about this all the time – and so do engaged readers – style bloggers all look the same. They wear the same shoes, buy the same statement pieces, take the same style of pictures.
We want to be different – we want our own style and flair to shine through – therefore we will continue.
If you think you’re producing new and unique content… you’re wrong.
It’s 2016 – there is no such thing as new and original content, but there is a way to present ideas in new unique creative ways. That being said– if you’re doing the same roundup of ‘Essential Wardrobe Items’ on a white background with little text, you’re doing the same thing as every other bloggers?
We have this problem – we are creative, and are different on so many levels, oh and also we like to write.
Focus on your own end game; worry less about competition.
Competition is only healthy when it encourages someone to try new things. If you let competition take control, it will cripple you as a person and as a blogger.
We try to focus on our personal growth, building a positive community and quality content.
You get caught up in acquiring new pieces and accessories, instead of creating new content.
Too many new pieces for new content is a vicious cycle, and is unhealthy for anyone – not just fashion bloggers. While it may help to attract new readers and keep people coming back for more, it’s not a sustainable blog practice in the long run. It just leads to too much consumption, too much debt, and a loss of your own style and identity.
Practice re-use and recycle!
You ask, “Why isn’t this happening to me? How come I’m not getting those opportunities?”
Everyone wants to believe their blog is the next big thing – and often forget why they started their blog in the first place. We do it because we enjoy it.
Comparing yourself to other bloggers is a quick way to hinder your site, your progress, and vision. We are guilty of this, we have attempted too hard at times to be like the next “Insert Blogger’s Name,” so that we could get the same opportunities they did. It’s not worth it. In the end we are all human, and if you are determined all these great things WILL happen to you… on your time and with a lot of sweat and hard work.
What do you think stands in the way of bloggers and “making it” in the blogosphere?
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