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Blogging Inspiration – Being a Girl Boss

Being a full-time blogger means I can work from home, look after my little ones, build my online portfolio, and make some money while doing it. Me taking the leap of faith, and going pro, has been the best decision I have ever made for my career, and I am extremely happy, doing what I do. However, some days are harder than others, and I find that I struggle to get anything done on those days. Days like when I find it extremely hard to get the words down, days when I struggle with photographing and editing pictures to be used, days when samples do not turn up as promised or scheduled, or days when my overdue invoices are not paid.

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As you can imagine, being a solopreneur is hard. There is no one to share the workload with, celebrate success or to blame when a collaboration goes wrong. Everything rests solely on my shoulders, and sometimes it could be overwhelming. The beauty about being a pro blogger, with my experience so far, is that for every bad day, there are 10 good days coming up. Good days like when my DA jumps from 31 – 34 (this happened yesterday), when a brand refuses to pay for a review post but then contacts me, and decides to pay the amount I requested for after a month of no communication (this happened so weeks ago), or when I receive samples I wasn’t expecting, and they turn out to be great (this happens all the time).

I love blogging, I love being a girl boss, and I won’t change any of it for the world. However on bad days, I like to step away from my blog for a bit and refuel. Here are 5 ways I go about doing that –

 

Read

I love reading and writing. I can do both for hours, but If I was asked to pick one over the other, I would pick reading. You cannot be a great writer, if you are not a great reader, and I need to be able to write, but you can be a great reader, without being a great writer, if that makes any sense. I am currently reading the book – #Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso, and I am loving it. I also love discovering and reading other blogs, I like to read about what my favourite bloggers are up to.

 

Sleep

Quality sleep usually puts me in a great mood. Regardless of how the previous day went, once I have a good night sleep, I wake up feeling good, and ready to smash the day!

 

Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes always get me fired up, so I dig them out on bad days. Here are a few that rock my boat:

 

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brain Clark.

“Blogging is a conversation, not a code.” – Mike Butcher.

“Making money from blogging requires you to do only two things: drive a lot traffic, then maximize the income from that traffic.” – John Chow.

“The currency of blogging is authenticity and trust.” – Jason Calacanis.

“A well-maintained blog establishes your authority in a niche by showcasing your knowledge and dedication to the topic” – Penelope Trunk.

 

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Go Though My Blog Archives

On bad days, I like to go through my blog archives and believe my own hype. This renews my confidence and refuels my motivation/passion for what I do best. Going through my blog archives takes me down memory lane, and I love reminiscing to see how far I have come.

Go Shopping

When all of the above fails, I go shopping, lol.

 

Do you blog full-time or part-time? How do you refuel your motivation for your passion?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media Kit For Bloggers

A Media Kit is a Blogger’s CV and it is an important document to have if you plan on ever making money from your blog. A good media kit shows off every vital information about your blog and it’s achievements, and having one will give you an edge in a very saturated market. It is also a lot easier to send it along with a cover note to brands and PRs when pitching for blog collaborations instead of wasting your time, sending long and lengthy emails that end up in the trash.

A professional media kit will open your blog to various opportunities and it is worth every penny you spend on it. You can splash out and get a professional to make a custom one for you, or you could just a template online for as little as $5 and edit it yourself with Photoshop if you know how to work it, or you could make it from the scratch yourself if you know how to play around with photo editing softwares like Gimp and the likes. It is all up to you.

For the very new bloggers, that is bloggers less than 6 months in the game, I won’t bother with a media kit if I were you. You need to focus on building your blog in the early days so you can have something worth putting on the media kit. Once you have been blogging for over 6 months consistently, then you can start thinking of getting a media kit sorted to show off your blog.

Below is an example of how a media kit should look and what it should include:

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You can decide on how you want the design to look if you are going for a custom made media kit but try as much as possible to make it look like your blog. So use the same fonts, header, logo and picture on the blog for the media kit.

Here are some tips worth remembering:

  •  Have a picture of yourself, logo and header on your media kit. You are selling your brand and that will help you stand out from the pack.

 

  • Celebrate your blog achievements by putting what you are proud of on it and exclude what you are not so proud of, if possible. So let’s say you have 2k followers on Twitter, but just 200 likes on your Facebook page, then exclude the Facebook info. It may go unnoticed.

 

  • Put all the contact information on it, so email, Twitter, Facebook and anywhere you like to be contacted.

 

  • Remember to put in your blog address so brands can check your blog out.

 

  • Include a short cover note when sending the media kit to brands and PRS, introducing yourself and your blog.

 

  • Have a short ‘About Me’ section on the media kit.

 

  • Name the brands you have worked with in the past.

 

  • Put in your monthly views and visitors. That is your selling point. If you are not so proud of it, state other things you are proud of like blog engagement, number of years you have been blogging and so on.

 

  • It is better to put in all the info on one page, so make sure all the relevant information is on that one page.

 

  • Update your media kit at least once a month to make sure all the information is correct.

Do you have a media kit? Sound off in the comment section. If you don’t, tell me what you think of my media kit?

 

 

 

 

Is Pro Blogging For Everyone?

Is blogging for everyone? Can anyone be a blogger? My answer to these questions is YES. Yes anyone can set up a free Blogger or WordPress blog and start blogging. All you need is internet access really and you are good to go. The real question is be can anyone succeed as a full-time/professional Blogger? My answer to that is NO.

In real life, I have had a couple of people tell me they are thinking of starting a blog or wondering how to take their blog to the next level. That is what led to this post you are reading today. Personally, I believe full time Blogging is not meant for everyone. If you want to make any sort of income from your blog, then you have to be ready to put in the right amount of work, and it is HARD WORK. You cannot expect to receive a full-time income and work part-time hours. It won’t work.

Since many people are thinking of starting a blog or looking at making some sort of income out of their blogs, I thought I should mention some personality traits you should have and some facts you should be aware of before bursting a move.

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Here are some six personality traits you will need to have to succeed as a full-time professional blogger:

Passion

You have to have a burning passion for your blog and your blog niche. You have to love what you do. That will keep the dream alive and keep you going. I see Fashion and Style Police as a baby I have nurtured from the cradle and now I am beginning to see the results. My baby is becoming a toddler and it didn’t happen overnight. Just like real babies do not becomes toddlers overnight. My passion kept me going and it is still keeping me going. Do you have that passion?

Self Motivated

You must be able to motivate yourself during the early stages when you have no one reading your blog except your mum. You must be able to keeping updating your blog with engaging content when you have few followers and no comments or likes. You must be ready to see your monthly statement from your Google Adsence or WordAds to discover you only received $2 that month. You will need to be able to shake all these issues off and keep going. Are you self motivated?

Thick Skin

You have to be ready for everyone to have an opinion. You will receive hateful comments from trolls and not everyone will like you (doesn’t matter if they never met you). You will need a thick skin to ignore the trolls and focus on building your blog and your brand. You will also need thick skin when brands and PRs refuse to work with you, or never respond to your emails. You must learn to not take it personal. Do you have a thick skin?

Happy Working Alone

I thrive when I work alone. Office environment is not meant for me. I can’t concentrate with all the chit-chat and banter going on. I like some peace and quiet when I write and I thrive in isolation. Crazy right? Yes I am weird like that but you have to be happy working alone if you want to go into full-time blogging. It is an isolating job. You will be working alone pretty much, except you have babies like I do, but I write when they are asleep and even if they are awake, I can’t ask them what they think about a new blog series or draft. I am pretty much on my own as far as this blog is considered and I love that. Are you happy working alone?

Hard Work

Blogging is hard work, don’t let all the events, freebies, or the glitz and glamour fool you. You have to be able to get people to read your blog, comment and subscribe to succeed as a pro blogger and that is not easy. You have to think outside the box and go outside your comfort zone to keep your blog interesting and engaging. A Pro Blogger brings something new to the table or she brings the same thing in a very different way.

You also have to know how to sell your blog. Social media should be your best friend, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, you have to be creatively active on all these channels to get your blog noticed. Can you put in the hard work?

Writing/Styling

To be a successful blogger, you must have a flair for writing or styling if you are a Fashion Blogger. I know some very successful fashion bloggers that don’t write, just give credit to the brands they are wearing. Bloggers like Blair from Atlantic Pacific just shows off her outfits and she has a massive loyal following.

Some other bloggers do more of writing than showing off their personal style and many do a mixture of both like I do. You have to decide on where your strengths lie and focus more on that. Can you write/style?

 

For gossip bloggers, this writing/styling trait does not really apply. They just have to be able to publish the juiciest gossip ASAP and promote their blog like crazy.

**This post is for bloggers thinking of making some form of income from their blog, not for hobby bloggers. If you are thinking of making money from your blog and you have all or most of this traits then start treating your blog as a business and you will see the results.

Are you a pro blogger or are you thinking of being one? What do you think of these traits? Sound off in the comment section pls. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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