What it Means to Start a Blog

A question I seem to get a lot from random people is how to start a blog. While I do not mind sharing what I know, what I have found out the hard way, and what I still have yet to learn, I think people drastically underestimate what I do!

It is one thing to be an Instagram influencer and another to be a blogger. While you can, of course, do both, it takes a lot to be successful and each! Blogging includes both the visual aspect and being able to write. While I would not describe myself as a creative writer, having the blog does challenge me to think creatively to come up with different topics to write about to have a reader or two enjoy.

Of course, anyone can start a blog. That is the great thing! If you are really into it though, that is even better because most people lose interest over time. There are so many more things I want to add to my blog such as interviews, videos, cool graphics and more. (I especially want a new template!) However, everyone has brilliant ideas, but not everyone follows through.

A few tips on what it REALLY takes :

Hard work : I take pictures at least once every two weeks, edit them, schedule them for a post on Instagram, schedule for my blog, once they come out I have to pin all of the images to Pinterest boards, add daily FB posts to my blog FB page and engage with other blogs. It can get a bit tiring when you add up the little stuff since I have to fit all of that in with a full-time job.

Consistency : Not everyone sticks with it. While sometimes it is a great to act on spur of the moment ideas, think if you have time for it? Do you have content ideas that will last more than two months? Can you post consistently? What are you going to do after the hype of your first few posts come out and now there is a lull? What is going to set you apart?

I post twice a week : This sets me apart from many of the bloggers I know. I tell girls that I post to the blog twice a week and they are always surprised. It is hard to maintain a schedule and keep posting so frequently but somehow I make it work!

Insta vs. Blogging : I have a schedule down for how I post to my blog and Instagram. Right now I focus more on Instagram because it is more popular. I say “focus” and mean I engage more on Instagram. If Insta were to go down forever I would still have my blog! But I wouldn’t recommend someone to do what I do because it is time-consuming! Blogging and Instagram are two different creatures and to succeed in either takes different formulas.

Top : (similar) // Jeans : Levis // Heels : (similar)

 

The LA Blogging Community

If I am being honest, my whole reason for really wanting to be here in LA has to do with my blog. While I am 50% here for work, 50% really is interested in what being here can do for expanding my blog. If I did not have this, LA would just be another cool place to visit. While I hope to rise in my career in Fashion PR, that idea actually came after my move. I came to LA knowing no one. Luckily one of my sorority sisters joined me for the summer, and I had a few acquaintances along the way. But slowly, the friends I have made have even come from blogging.

Not only do these girls get what it’s like to have to come up with new creative ideas and shoot them, but they are so supportive! I have not met one of these girls in real life and got the vibe that they are more about the competition than friendship. They have all been so sweet and willing to meet up and not just shoot, but really get to know each other.

In comes LA Social hour. I met some of the girls that formed LA social hour at a previous LA blogger meet up. Now, the group puts together small events to socialize, learn and grow your blogging community. They conduct panels and social outings and each of the girls that formed the group is so genuine and inclusive when it comes to every person that comes to the events.

I have been so lucky to become apart of this niche, and I hope to continue to grow my friendship and connections with these amazing girls! This community has truly made being somewhere new and living so far away easier than I would have ever expected. I was talking to a friend back home and she commented on how it looks like so much fun and that I am finding new friends. While it did take a bit, this really has been such a great experience for me and the networking is always great as well!

 

 

 

Q&A with Always Alexa

I am super excited to feature Alexa Bain of Always Alexa on the blog today! She’s such a sweetheart and when I first met her I could not get over her outfit! (I told her at least five times!) We met through the LA blogger meet up in my last Q&A and our outfits matched so well we were able to shoot together. I dabble into being edgy every once in a while and I was not super sure about this look but she is the one that convinced me to shoot it instead of my other look and I am so glad I did! Check out my short Q&A below and let me know any other bloggers you would like me to feature!

1. What’s your blogging motivation?
I get motivated by anything that inspires me. Whenever I see or hear something that sparks an idea in my head, the creative wheels start turning and then it’s who I am to just share it with everyone!
2. What do you hope your audience takes away from your blog?
I hope my audience takes away inspiration to be their true selves. Wear what you want, eat what makes you feel good, travel with who you love, basically live the life you’ve always dreamed of! I try to portray that in my blog posts so even if I have inspired just one person through that, I have done my job!
3. What’s something you would never leave your house without?
I would never leave the house without my phone! I know that sounds cliche but it’s crucial for a blogger to have their phone with them. Besides my phone, I’d have to say my Swell bottle filled with water lol, gotta stay hydrated!
4. What would you say is the best part about being a blogger?
My favorite part about being a blogger… definitely the people I get to meet along the way. I just launched my blog this year in June and I have already met so many awesome and genuine boss babes! Creating relationships with like-minded people that share the same vision as you is something I will forever be grateful for!

Follow Alexa

Website : AlwaysAlexa.com

Instagram : @alexaabain

Alexa

Top : Naked Zebra

Me

Tee : (similar) // Skirt : JD Luxe (similar) // Shoes : Charlotte Russe // Sunglasses : Quay Australia 

 

Q&A with LA Bloggers

I met up with some awesome blogger babes from LA and I had the idea to start a Q&A series to get to know more of your favorite bloggers! I asked them all the same four questions and below are their unique responses! Also, follow them on Instagram if you haven’t already! (and me of course which you definitely should be!)

Debby : @trynfinddebby https://www.trynfinddebby.com/

Alexa : @alexaabain http://alwaysalexa.com/

Ericka : @erickabernabe https://bernabella.com/

Alexis : @lexialcala http://alexisalcala.com/

Julia : @juliaroga

Anna : @annasweeney

Genie : @gallivantingbean https://gallivantingbean.blog/


1. What made you want to start blogging?

Ericka : I started my self titled blog Bernabella in January 2018 because I felt I needed a space to combine my two loves: photography + writing. Since I have a degree in Journalism and PR/Advertising, I felt that it was the right time to start my blog and showcase my work 🙂

Debby : I was getting over a break up and it was a creative outlet for me. It honestly helped so much because it led me to meet some amazing girls even if it was only through the internet! Crazy but thankful we live in a world that can connect you with complete strangers in a way you would normally not connect with even your neighbors!

Anna :  I honestly started creating “daily outfits” putting together a different outfit every day and posting its details it’s become a hobby of mine and has been fun to mix and match new and recycled pieces. It’s inspired me to take it further. I’ve noticed family and friends become so supportive and actually love what I do. I also love the fire that lights within me when I do what I do. I also just love the community, I love everything about fashion, I want to make it a full-time job someday. “If you love your job you won’t work a day in your life”.

Julia : I had a really analytical job coding and needed a creative outlet

Genie : I actually started blogging because my best friend was fashion blogging and she suggested that I start a travel blog. So it wasn’t at all my idea! I’ve traveled a lot and so many people ask me for travel tips. Consolidating them inside a website makes it easier to share haha.

2. What is your favorite trend of the moment?

Ericka : PLAID. I’m obsessed with plaid at the moment. It’s such a versatile pattern that’s wearable year-round

Debby : Fringe and Snakeskin!!! I’ve been eyeing some snakeskin booties! And also mustard yellow for some reason!!! Haha, I’ve always disliked the color yellow and all of a sudden, I can’t stop buying it now!

Anna : I’m obsessed with blazers, oversized shirts, biker shorts and bright colored heels. Easy go tos for me. Also two piece sets.

Julia :  Teddy bear coats

Genie : My favorite trend would have to be sneakers haha. I feel like that’s getting a bit overrated now. But I love comfortable shoes and I only ever wear boots or sneakers. So the sneaker trend is definitely working in my favor.

3. Who are a few bloggers you look up to?

Ericka : @taramilktea for travel inspiration and @xoxotsumi for her timeless sense of style

Debby : I love love love the content the following babes produce:
@howdoyouwearthat, @stephweizman, @jenkvieira, @thestyledseed, @claudiagraziano, @thefashionfraction
Anna : 100% @cassdimicco is my favorite fashion influencer/ blogger her style nails my style or what I wish it would be to the T I would literally trade my closet for hers and wear every single one of her outfits. She kills it every time. Also @desiperkins and @morganstewart I look to for a lot of my fashion and beauty inspo I absolutely love them and all their fits. A local blogger I’ve really been vibing with is @jessthrowiton she absolutely nails my style may be better than I do. Combo of all these women. My absolute favorite posts to see every day!
Julia :  Kyleecampbell and tezza
Genie : Aside from the big ones, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragani. I look up to one of my blogger besties Julia from @juliaroga. Her editing skills are amazing! I also love following @andreeabirsan. Her photos always have this pop of red that’s to die for and she produces some interesting more abstract photo concepts too.

4. What’s your go-to beauty product?

Ericka : My go-to beauty product is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum. It’s a little pricey, but IT WORKS.

Debby : Oh my goodness!!! So hard to pick one but I would say SPF facial moisturizer and  mascara is my most favorite thing ever!

Anna : Go to beauty product has got to be my @maccosemetics lipsticks !! To be precise the shade viva la glam ii is my everyday wear and I wear it like chapstick on a frequent occurrence I will leave the house with my hair up and no makeup on but you better believe I’m wearing my lipstick lol. They’re also a great way to change up your makeup when you use different shades especially for someone like me who doesn’t really change up my makeup routine too much

Julia :  Not really a beauty product but nail grow by opi is my favorite product

Genie : Well first my go-to beauty brand is Kiehl’s. I use their ultra facial cleanser and sunscreen everyday. However, I’ve recently discovered green clean by farmacy and I’m totally hooked. It’s a balm makeup remover that’s super gentle. I love it because when I’m using it i don’t feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face trying to get all my makeup off. It leaves my face clean and soft.

Bodysuit : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Boots : Forever 21 // Cardigan : Nasty Gal

    

LikeToKnow.It Book Tour

There are so many opportunities that have presented itself since I have been in Los Angeles. Being able to attend one of the stops on the LikeToKnow.it book tour was definitely one of them. Listening to the advice from these bloggers was truly inspirational. I was able to have a real conversation with these genuine ladies who willingly shared their stories and tips to be successful.

Let me tell you, I try to attend as many blogging events as I can. Lots of the information I learn is usually for first-time bloggers. The tips and tricks shared are usually things that I practice myself or have heard at least once. At this event, that was not the case. I really learned so much about being a blogger in this oversaturated field. I was told things I had not known before and a few tricks I did not know. I actually even shared a few of my own as well!

I love events like this because they are networking opportunities. I was able to introduce myself to these amazing influencers and meet with smaller scale influencers as well.

Let’s talk about the book. The whole reason for the tour! The LikeToKnow.it book is full of the stories and interviews of huge influencers who are associated with LikeToKnow.it. Influencers who successfully provide fashion finds, style advice and lifestyle tips to others. This is what I hope to one day be. I did not know I wanted it until recently if I am being completely honest. But attending events like this remind me it is attainable. That the hustle is worth it. This book reminds me to start somewhere. That to be something you start at step one and push and pray until you get there. I am so young for this and there is so much more room to grow and more to learn. But trust me I am definitely doing this now.

It was a joy to sit in at this panel. While I wish I could attend and introduce myself to more of these amazing ladies, I am more than happy to settle for viewing their Instagram story for the tour! I hope to one day even work for LikeToKnow.it! Now that would be a full circle for me!

How To Shop with LikeToKnow.it

I link my best finds and outfit pieces straight to my LikeToKnow.it account! It is so easy to shop the best pieces and know exactly where a blogger get their look with this app! Downloading the app is so easy to do and so worth it!

  1. Download the app
  2. Screenshot a blogger’s (like me!) picture from Instagram that has the LTK.it emblem at the bottom right corner
  3. An email will go straight to your inbox with the pieces that they are wearing that have already been linked just for you!
  4. Click on the picture and it takes you directly to where to buy it online! It’s that simple.

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Photos by Kathy Denning Photography