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Giveaway – Win £50 on Fashion and Style Police

Fashion and Style Police would be 5 years old this October and I can’t believe I have been blogging for that long. I still remember the cold Autumn night on 2012, when I finally decided to set up a blog. I have been following certain blogs for sometime and I was contemplating setting up my blog, so I decided to give the whole blogging thing a go on that day.

 

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Blogging has been a rollercoaster journey, but I won’t change a thing. My whole experience has made me the blogger I am today. I am happy with how the blog has grown and I am super grateful for all the opportunities I have had as a result of this blog. Fashion and Style Police has opened doors and has made me achieve the impossible. So it would always be part of my me.

I am hoping to keep doing what I know how to do best on Fashion and Style Police running for as long as I can think. So to celebrate this significant milestone, I am giving away £50 via Paypal to a lucky winner. Here is what you need to do to take part in this giveaway.

 

Giveaway Rules
  1. Retweet this post on Twitter.
  2. Follow me on Twitter.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment on this post confirming your entry. Remember to include your Twitter name so I can find you.
  5. Comment on any other blog post of your choice on the home page.

 

You could also like my Facebook page if you haven’t done so already.

 

This giveaway is open worldwide, but you have to be over 18 to take part. It ends on 31 October at 10pm. The winner will be chosen at random and announced within 24 hours on Twitter, so look out.

Good luck everyone and thanks for entering..

 

 

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Being a Blogger Seemed like a Huge Joke

There was a time when being a blogger seemed like a huge joke. People called bloggers fools for making blogging their main preoccupation. Back then, the thought of making a living through your blog was nothing more than a fantasy. Nobody thought it was possible. No one was familiar with the concept of working from home. How could sharing your thoughts on a blog be something of interest?

When you fast forward to our world today, the perception of bloggers and blogging has changed. Bloggers now make a comfortable living just sharing their ideas and giving value to people through their blogs. More and more people read blogs everyday and a good number of people have embraced blogging all together.

 

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We were once considered as foolish but unknown to society we were wiser than they thought we were. Does this mean that bloggers are free from criticism or being looked down upon? Unfortunately, no. There are still many who think blogging is a waste of time. But if you’re a blogger or intend to start your own blog one day, here are some reasons why bloggers are smarter than many people think them to be.

 

A Blogger is self-made

As bloggers, we put in a lot of hard work to build our brand and elevate ourselves to the stage where we will earn a comfortable living through our blog. At first, it seems crazy to put hours into writing, editing, and consistently publishing and promoting your blog posts, but we bloggers had a goal in mind.We see opportunities where others see “too busy to blog”.

 

Bloggers have great influence in the industry

Who would have thought anyone would care about a common blogger’s opinion? Today, many people do. In fact, bloggers are among the most influential people online. There’s hardly an influencer who doesn’t own a blog of some sort, whether it be written or in video.

Most bloggers have a target audience they relate with on a level big companies would only dream about. Which is why we how we have become so relevant. Now people seek out influencers to promote their products or chip in a good word for their brand, products or services.

 

Bloggers made their blogs great resources

The answer to almost every question you need answered can be found on a blog. This makes blogs go-to resources for their readers. Bloggers are dedicated to giving loads of value in their blogs and making sure that there are actionable steps or are jam-packed with useful information. If you’re learning something new, you can always find a step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the process.

Blogs rich with information are highly consulted and bloggers are seen as experts in their niche.

 

Do you run a blog? How are you finding it?

 

How to Silence your Blogging Critics

The best of us have critics. And no matter what job you do, whether it’s blogging or working in a regular job, you are bound to have critics around. It is a part of life fortunately and unfortunately. So how do you silence your blogging critics?

 

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Every blogger had to face critics at one time in their life. And many of us have to deal with critics every single day. The criticism could come from people in our real life, online friends or even complete strangers. As annoying as it sounds, the truth is criticism would never stop. The more successful you are, the more criticism you get from trolls and lovers alike.

Criticism is part of doing, so as long as you keep doing, you would keep getting criticised. As long as you keep blogging, you would keep attracting critics. It is just the way it goes.

There is no room for malicious criticism here at all. I like when my friends and loved ones give me good criticism. We are need good critics in our lives to push us out from our comfort zone. Having said that, I have a problem when the criticism is not coming from a good place with good intentions.  Don’t ask me how I know, I just do. So I know how to silence the critics I don’t need to hear from. Here is how I go about it.

 

Don’t lash back at your critics

Yes, this is the first tip to silencing your critics. I know that being criticized can be hurtful but lashing back at your critics is like adding fuel to the fire. The minute your critics know that you are upset or angry about what they are staying about you, the more they will criticize you and this time it’ll be worse.

Lashing back at your critics only gives them the signal that you are in denial and that there may be some element of truth in what they were saying about you.

The best way to deal with the situation is to be calm while answering them. Don’t be harsh or rude. Always be peaceable and friendly. This may be difficult to do, but trust me, it will make some if not all your critics reconsider their choice of words.

 

 

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Be determined to be the best and keep on doing

One of the best ways to silence your critics is to consistently deliver your best work. Critics will always find something negative to say about what you do and even how you do it. To prove them wrong you need to tell yourself every time you blog that the blog post you’ll publish will be the best post you have ever written.

There’s one thing you need to take note of when you’re trying to deliver your best. You need to remember why you do what you do. You didn’t set up your blog to please your critics. If you are like me, you started your blog to entertain, inform and share parts of your life with your readers. Let that be your primary focus. Keep up doing what you do and ignore the critics.

 

Cut them off

If your critics are people you know in your real life, do not be afraid to cut them off! This may sound very harsh but it is usually the best way to silence your critics if they won’t support you. I have cut off a few people in my real life, partly because of how they do not support my blog. If I had a friend or family member running a blog, I know I would be all over their blog all day every day, supporting them as much as I can.

I know not everyone is into social media like I am, and not everyone has the time to read blogs. I totally get that, I have friends and family, who hardly come online to read blogs. But I also know many people in my real life who do, but just refuse to support my blog openly. I know they read it but they never share my posts or comment. The only thing they ever do is criticise and I won’t have that, so I cut them off.

 

How do you silence your blogging critics?

 

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