Hello pals & happy Satur-yay!!
So I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and noticed one of my favorite accounts (@byjuliamarie, check her out!) doing a “real talk” series. Social media is great, but it’s often used to “show off” the parts of our lives we want known, and allows us to hide the parts we want to keep to ourselves. It usually prevents us from engaging authentically and understanding reality. So, I decided to start my own “real talk” series, where I just talk about anything and everything. The twist is: I’m completely honest about the subject.
So, this blog post will be covering blogging.
As y’all know, I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing. I’ve had a passion for writing ever since I was little and it’s only grown with age. It’s always been something I could use to express my creativity and my thoughts. After a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to give this blogging thing a real shot. For me, this decision was pretty tough because it meant having to put myself out there, which was very much out of my comfort zone. Before I began this, I rarely would post pictures of just myself on social media, I wouldn’t dare to promote my work, and I certainly wouldn’t put my writing out there for everyone to see. If I’m honest I was really worried about people would think, and I let that interfere with me doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I’d think thoughts like, “What if the people I went to high school with saw me promoting my blog on social media and thought it was a stupid idea?” or “What if they judge me for this or that?” And, that’s when it hit me: I was letting the fear of rejection control me. I was giving into the negativity of thinking I wasn’t capable, important, or good enough to be a blogger. When I realized this, I immediately decided I was going to give this my best shot, because the fear of being judged shouldn’t control my actions. Besides, at the end of the day, the only opinion about my blog/myself that matters is my own. So, I made a promise to myself to give blogging my best effort, and I created http://www.alexisjewellr.com, switched over my Instagram to a “Personal Blog” business profile, and now we’re here.
Now, don’t get me wrong, blogging isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s a lot that goes into running a successful blog: you have to put yourself out there and get involved in the blogging community, consistently put out content (rather that be on social media or on the blog), work on growing followers and engagement, promote your work on social media platforms, think of ideas for content, interact and work with brands, etc. It can be pretty overwhelming when you first begin, but a few of my blog pals always remind me that everyone has to start somewhere.
Honestly, I’m pretty surprised with how my blog has grown so far. It’s not anywhere close to where I hope it will someday be, but I believe in celebrating small victories. For one, my last Instagram post (here) received the most likes of any of my posts since I switched to a business profile which was exciting for me! I’ve also had about 20+ companies want to work with me since I began, something I never dreamed would happen. The other day I was shooting with a local Austin photographer and they asked me, “You began blogging like a month ago, how do you already have so many companies working with you?” The reality is there are hours and hours of emails, content pitches, etc. that goes into working with companies. And honestly, half of the time they rarely give new bloggers like me the time of day, but I’m so thankful to the ones that do and reach out to work with me. Another small victory is two of my favorite bloggers, @byhilaryrose and @stylebeacon, liked my most recent picture. These lil victories show me I’m moving in the write direction with my blog, and that I really can do this thing if I try my best.
The blog world definitely surprised me in many ways. Prior to creating my own, I was unaware of the immense thought and work that goes into creating/maintaining a blog. I was also surprised to find that it helped me to grow, and learn how to be more outgoing in general about myself/my ideas. I also never thought I’d make friends through it, or meet people attending my college this fall who are also blogging creatives, but I did (shoutout Ivria — check out her blog!)! In a digital world, it makes my heart happy to see that writing is still powerful.
I hope this post helped give some insight into the blogging world and how great it can be! Be sure to check out my last article about My Go-To Hair Care Products to read about an awesome company I just reviewed and partnered with called Raw Form Beauty.
What led you to join the blogging community?