#fashionblogging: How not to lose motivation when fashion blogging9:30 AM
Starting a blog may be one of the easiest things ever. Keeping it, not so much. As a fashion blogger who has been writing for 5 years, and being one of those opening and closing multiple previous blogs for different reasons, I can now assure you that fashion blogging is one of the most enriching experiences I've ever lived. The reason behind the end of this previous blogs which arrived nowhere was mostly lack of motivation, and it's the key of why 9 of every 10 fashion blogs stop its operation on the first year (which is an absolute loss of creativity and content!).
Keeping a blog, and a fashion blog specifically is a hard job, I won't deny it. Is as hard as you want your fashion blog to be serious, proficient and professional looking. And a true challenge when you don't make a living of it, but you just blog for fun. That's my goal with Something Fashion.
So, as I know firsthand motivation is the key on keeping your fashion blog the highest possible, I made this blog to encourage you, dear reader or fashion blogger (or blogger-to-be) and give you some advice I've been trying myself for this long journey.
Step by step, little by little
Aren't you believing that the first day you start blogging, readers, visitors and followers will be falling directly from the sky, right?
I hope you are not, and aware that Rome wasn't built in just one day.
And because of that, I recommend you to set little goals instead of getting more than 1,000 readers on your first week, for example. Writing two or three posts before launching your blog, or getting two or three comments on your first week may be realistic goals on the short term.
Your relatives and friends, are in fact, your best friends
At the beginning of my journey at fashion blogging, I didn't want anyone on my circle to know about what I did. I wasn't exactly ashamed (not that blogging is something someone should be ashamed of, anyway) but I thought nobody would take me seriously.
But then, I started getting comments. I started being visited by some people around the world and I could see I was doing a good work. But I still needed that push. And it arrived when I spread the world to my closest ones. They started sharing my content. My friends started talking about my blog to their friends and acquaintances. And the visits I got at the beginning nearly quadrupled.
Go for a walk. Go on a dinner. There's life beyond your computer!
I can assure you there's nothing more frustrating than being hours in front of your laptop trying to write a post and then your muses decide to hang on the sign of "Closed for holidays".
No problem! You can close for holidays too. In fact, sometimes being seated watching a screen for hours may be not the best idea for boosting your motivation.
Meet your friends. Go for a walk with your camera and take some pictures. Seat on a park bench and write anything that is around your mind. Draw. Go shopping. Watch people walk by.
I'm sure you'll get home with a bunch of fresh and great ideas to write on your brand new blog posts.
Writing a blog and keeping it, is a thug job. Generate content, shoot your outfits, retouch them, tag the pictures, share and keep sharing your post on social networks requires time and a lot of effort.
If you don't take seriously the job of keeping your blog (although you don't make a living of it), no-one will take you seriously either. Put your blog as one of your daily priorities as doing your homework, visiting your family or calling your friends are.
There are plenty of blogs on this world. Half of them are fashion blogs.
How are you going to stand out in front of that large competence? Choose a niche you are passionate at, and master it. When you are passionate about a topic, writing and spreading the world about it is much easier than when you have to spend hours researching and looking for documentation about a theme.
Whether it is fashion on a budget, fashion for petites or plus sizes, fashion on your city... As an example, Something Fashion is not only about showing you my outfit ideas, but I also talk a lot about fashion in Valencia, emerging designers and fashion and architecture.
Bloggers are your friends, not your enemies
Competition is competition. However, finding other people who share your passion about blogging, who you can talk to when you have an ideas crisis, who can help you when having any doubt makes everything easier and nicer. You can even do blogging swaps, blogger meetings if you leave close to each other, exchange comments on your blogs and collaborate. There's always something that will make your fashion blog unique, and your friends' as well.
Forget about perfection
Last but not least, the need on making your new blog post perfect will not only cause you to lose time, but also waste your energies. Take your blank document, and just write. You'll edit and put your images later. You'll think about how to share it later too. Make notes, drawings, schemes and diagrams. Draft and make sure none of those ideas running by your mind are lost. You'll work from them late.
Stop worrying about everything, and enjoy blogging!