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5 Blogging Traits


Being a blogger is hard, very hard.Β  You are pretty much putting yourself out to be applauded, laughed at, trolled, admired, and all. It can be a little too much, and I can completely understand why many choose to abandon their blogs and dreams of becoming a pro blogger. I have been blogging for some years now, and I know I had to pick up a few traits I felt I needed to keep me going. God knows I would have abandoned this blog ages ago, if I didn’t have these traits.

The way it is now, I can never dream of abandoning Fashion and Style Police, it is like my first child. And you never abandon your kids, no matter what.

 

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Here are some of the traits that have helped me so far in my blogging career –

 

Passion

I would have stopped blogging ages ago if I didn’t have the passion for it. I enjoy writing. Having my own creative online space is the best thing ever! I have a strong passion for fashion and beauty, and I enjoy writing about lifestyle stuff every now and again. Without my passion, I would have given up a long time, and you won’t be reading this post.

 

Determination

I am a very strong willed, determined person. I know what I want and how to get it. I also make sure nothing gets in the way of what I really want; I usually find a way around it. This trait has kept me going. I won’t be where I am today if I was not a determined person. I am a fighter, and it affects everything I do.

 

Thick Skin

I have grown a thick skin over the years, and that has helped me greatly. Blogging is not for the faint hearted, I can tell you that for a fact, as everyone has an opinion about what you do and how you should do it, even though they may not really have a clue. A thick skin protects me from trolls, negative people, unsupportive people in my real life and the drama that comes with blogging in general. Having a thick skin has helped me in all aspects of life. I would be so fragile without one.

 

Patience

I am usually an impatient person, but as I have grown older and wiser, I have found myself being a bit more patient. And I believe that has helped my blogging career as well. Being patient means you can keep your head down, work on your blog, decline the collaborations that don’t work and embrace the ones that do work.

 

Unique

Standing out is one of the best things you could do for yourself as a blogger. Being unique means you have a blog name that stands out in the blogosphere, you blog about things you really enjoy writing about and produce unique content as often as you can. Being unique is one trait I believe Bloggers can never have too much of.

 

What personality traits have helped you in your career, business or hobby?

 

 

 

 

 

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Instagram Update

I am gradually falling more and more in love with Instagram. It took me awhile to get to this point with this social media platform because I couldn’t be bothered to understand it. So I neglected it, hoping it would just go away but it looks Instagram is here to stay and it has kind of won my heart at last.

 

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I love photography, and I am always looking to improve my photography skills. I am currently doing a Lightroom course online, and it is opening eyes to the many tricks of editing which I am loving. I am hoping to complete the course in the next few months and take the photography world by storm!

 

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This 2017, I am challenging myself to grow all my social media platforms especially Instagram. I currently have just over 3600 followers and I will like to see that number increase to at least 10,000 followers this year. I also want to increase the level of my engagement to at least 3%, so I have a lot to work on. Majority of my photos on Instagram are taken by me, and I would like to keep it like that, so it becomes my own little portfolio.

 

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I am also looking to get a camera with wi-fi for easy publishing on Instagram. My iPhone camera is amazing, and so is my iPad Pro but I am thinking of getting one of these Compact System Camera, like the Olympus Pen. They don’t come cheap so I have to think hard about whether I am happy to invest that much in a second camera. I have some cameras lying around, I may sell those first and put the money towards a new camera.

 

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I will be sharing regular Instagram updates on the blog going forward, so look out for the posts. I promise they would be worth your while.

What do you think of Instagram? How are you finding it? Any engagement tips or tricks to share?

Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

 

16 things I would tell my 16 year old self

Being a teenager can be so hard. You feel no one really understands you, and sometimes it can get out of control for many. Luckily I was a responsible teenager. I didn’t get a lot of trouble and had great grades all through high school. I got my GCSEs a year earlier than my peers, and had the opportunity to go to university at the age of 16. Actually I went in few months to my 16th birthday.

I was quite young but very intelligent and street smart for my age. So I handled university quite well.

I read posts like this a lot on other blogs and I like them because they make you reflect and think deep. I would love to sit 16-year-old self down, and tell her a lot of things but these 16 things are the top on the list.

 

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  1. Know your worth, and don’t settle for anything less than what you want.
  2. Shine bright like a diamond, never let anyone dull your shine.
  3. Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
  4. Embrace your strengths and your weaknesses. They make you who you are.
  5. Focus on your studies, so your grades don’t drop.
  6. Go for a university degree you have an interest in.
  7. Have a bit of fun. You are young only once.
  8. Take care of your skin. Drink more glasses of water and don’t sleep with your makeup on.
  9. Pay attention to your hair care. Stop wearing hair styles that destroy your hair-line, and get rid of the relaxers that break your hair.
  10. Learn how to drive, so your 30-year-old self doesn’t have to worry.
  11. Pay more attention to your skills and improve them.
  12. Get rid of toxic relationships/friendships. They are not needed.
  13. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
  14. Start a blog.
  15. You know the difference between right and wrong, always stick with the right.
  16. Relax, everything would be fine in the end.

 

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What would you tell your 16-year-old self?