11 Moments Every Blogger Experiences

Every blogger goes through the ups and downs of blogging – whether it’s ghost followers, low engagement periods, or even writer’s block…everyone goes through them. However, there are a few moments and experiences in the blogging world in which we can all relate to.

I’ve been discussing this topic with my fellow blogging ladies and together, we have come up 11 with moments that we all bloggers go through on a regular basis.

No, we are not making millions for our work.

This is probably the most frustrating question we get or people assume. Do we make money on some posts? Yes, some bloggers do take on sponsored opportunities and we do get compensated in free product or otherwise. However, no blogger I know is making millions and it is wrong to assume that every single blogger does.

“There must be some type of rumor out there that it’s a get rich quick scheme.” – Mariam, The Petite Bijou

Nope, blogging is anything but a get rick quick scheme. There is nothing quick or rich about it. In fact, we often invest time, money and effort for zero compensation – especially when you just start out. Making money can be easy if you know how. Websites like Money Sack are often really helpful to give you some ideas to get you started on your financial journey.

Blogging takes dedication.

This is not a business for the weak. The women I have met in this world of bloggers are hard working, dedicated, empowered and extremely creative! Creating new content that people want to read is hard, but try doing it with life continuing all around you. That is even tougher. A lot of bloggers have families, young children, they are in school and often have a full time job (because we don’t make millions…).

“I think there’s the constant reminder that this is not going to happen overnight, and that it’s a daily habit priority and practice” – Krista, The Hundred Blog

Getting encouraging and uplifting feedback.

After setting up your blog and social media, you start to gain a following. Once you reach that level, you get a lot of emails. Yes, most of those emails are bogus proposals from random, non-existent companies.

“It means a lot that they took the time to seek me out and send me a message…that makes any doubts I had about a blog post – worth it!” – Laura, Monograms and Moscatos

But every so often you get an uplifting and encouraging message from a follower who wants to compliment you on your style, your work, or whatever they may have to say! That is probably the best feeling in the world because it reaffirms what you are blogging for – to reach the people you want to reach with what you have to show!

Perfection, perfection, perfection.

There is no “quick writing” of a post in this business. Every thing needs to be thought out carefully and perfectly coordinated. Whether it is your flat lays to go along with the post, or the perfect words to explain that outfit combo…you can never stop reading your post over.

“We all feel this natural want to connect with our audience, so when something isn’t hitting or performing I almost feel guilty that I’m not doing a good enough job” – Ilana Katz, The Downtown Katz Walk

You don’t want any spelling mistakes, grammatical errors…not to mention you want to make it easy to read! Blogging is all about attention grabbing and if you are too boring or too wordy, you will lose your readers.

Coming up with new content can be tricky.

This aligns with what I have been saying this whole post, but let me emphasize even further. Many bloggers blog every single day. Which means they are producing seven new and captivating pieces each week. That is ridiculously hard to do.

“I definitely think that you have to be organized about your process” – Laura, Monograms and Moscatos

On top of that, many bloggers shoot their own photos to accompany each post. That could mean they collage retail pieces or they could actually take photos of outfits, flat lays, or whatever else they need to boost their post up!

You can always learn a lot more.

It’s important to note that this techno-world is constantly changing. New bloggers pop up on the scene all the time and a new technique is always introduced to enhance your writing, or edit your photos better. Have you heard about Instagram? If you haven’t…then you probably haven’t been tuned into your feed in about a month. Petitions, encouragement to turn the notifications on…it took over (you can read about it here). Well that is a perfect example about how social media changes on a regular basis! It’s important to keep up and sometimes…it can be difficult.

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No, we are not into ourselves.

This can be really tricky. Your blog usually revolves around…well…you. You are your brand. You need to innately sell yourself (that sounds a lot worse than it actually is). You need to make yourself and your blog appealing to brands if you do want to make any money or network with brands. This can be super difficult for people who are not bloggers to understand. The automatic assumption is that we are full of ourselves or selfish.

“People think you are shallow for being so involved in social media, and the blogging world!” – Kait, Make Mine Maroon

This may be true for some bloggers, but I can personally speak to the bloggers that I know…most are not. We are trying to do what we love and make connections and this requires posting selfies, pictures of our coffee, and cute shoe pics multiple times a day.

Getting that awesome collaboration you’ve been waiting for.

Once you focus your determination on sponsor ships and collaborations, the door opens. It’s like a world you didn’t know existed and you finally feel confident about all the effort and hard work you put into your blog every single day. Sending out emails and not hearing back is rough. However, when you see a reply from a brand who wants to work with you is SO exciting!

The Bloggers that think it’s a race.

We all know that one blogger out there. She isn’t very friendly, she is racing against you, and she can be a bully. Yes, bullying is totally present in the world of blogging. It’s a real put down when another girl is stepping on you just to get ahead. It’s happened to me and a number of wonderful ladies I know. The important thing to know is that it is not a race. What is the benchmark of success in the blogging world? I measure success by how I feel about my content. Yes, every one wants to make money (who would give up the chance to make money?). But I want to make it clear that there is more to blogging than monetizing. For many bloggers, it’s their happy place and their hobby and they do it to exert their creative style and ideas!

Our Instagram Hubands are amazing (and Instagram siblings, children, parents, etc.)

Who has seen the video? If you haven’t…stop reading and go watch it here. This is such an accurate reflection of the help bloggers get (of course, we are a little nicer to our loved ones than the women in this video). You can only use the self-timer so much to get that awesome depth shot that every lady on IG strives to achieve. We aren’t afraid to say it. We need help. And major credit goes out to all of the brothers, sisters, spouses, mothers, fathers, friends and children who often help us out. What would we do without them?

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The most amazing community you will ever be apart of.

Last but not least, is the community that comes with blogging. When you find that niche network of girls that blog about what you blog about…it’s magical. There is no other way to put it. I can’t express how great it is to find bloggers who go through exactly what you go through every day. They are your friends, your sisters, your fans, your motivation, your everything. Support is key in this world.

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You need bloggers to get ahead and you need to work together to keep going! Blogging is not an “every woman for themselves” kind of world. You need to engage, you need to network, and you need to help each other out because in the end, it’s supposed to be fun. And what is more fun than having a group of gals who know exactly what you are going through?

Tees w/ Hello Grace

I feel like I haven’t done an outfit post in forever. So I am very happy to be sharing this with you today. As many of you may know from my Instagram, we are right at the beginning of the #StyleCollective Spring Style Challenge!! Yesterday was all about pantone colours…but today I am bringing this cute spring look courtesy of Hello, Grace.

Hello, Grace

Hello, Grace brings cute, fun and styling tees and other products to the average fashionista. Through simple designs and great phrases, all of their tees are well-made, gorgeous and right in style. A faith based company, they aim to “convey a positive message” through their designs.

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Tees w/ Hello Grace - Pearls and Polkadots

Tees w/ Hello Grace - Pearls and Polkadots

Tees w/ Hello Grace - Pearls and Polkadots

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Shirt: Hello Grace / Jeans: Old Navy / Jacket: Thrifted (smilar here and here) / Bag: Aldo / Beanie: Amazon – unavailable (similar here)

Day 2 of the Style Collective Style Challenge highlighted fun and bright colours as well as patterns through the “spring bag or clutch” theme of the day. I chose to highlight my favourite clutch from Aldo.

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This spring is all about bright colours and patterns! You cannot go wrong with a bright pink clutch!

The Style Collective Spring Style Challenge doesn’t end with Hello Grace! It will go all through this week with lots of more brands to see!

 

12 Pantone Coloured Items Under $100

The Style Collective Spring Style Challenge is launching on Monday. I have been planning out the upcoming looks for the last month, and to go along with each look, I want to highlight some of my favourite items that correlate with the themes each day! Today, I thought I would give you several cute items that are centered around the two Pantone colours of the year: Serenity and Rose Quartz.

I had actually never heard of “Pantone” before this year until I read 5 ways to Incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year into your Wardrobe by Julianna at Blush and Camo! I fell in love with these colours mainly because they are two of my favourite colours and have been for a while (especially pink!!).

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1 Kate Spade Light Pink Beanie Hat2 Kate Spade Baby Blue Bag3 Baby Blue Knit Dress4 Nine West Powder Blue Heels 5 Nine West Light Pink Heels6 Natasha Accessories Baby Blue Statement Necklace7 Kate Spade Light Pink Clutch8 Forever 21 Blue Silk Maxi Dress9 H&M Light Pink Pants10 Forever 21 Light Pink Statement Necklace11 Steve Madden Blue Lace up Flats12 Gabriella Rocha Cross Body Bag

These are some of my favourite picks!! I love these colours and they are so perfect for Spring and even more importantly, transitioning into Summer!! The best way to incorporate this colour is in accessories, in my opinion. It’s perfect if you don’t want to go too bold with a moto jacket, or a dress (pastels aren’t for everyone), but carrying a cute clutch like this one is perfect!

What’s your take on the Pantone colours of the year? Let me know in the comments below…

15 Faux-Fur Looks that are too amazing…

15How do you feel about faux-fur? Well I am loving it right now. I recently picked myself up a fur vest (Winners), and today I am sporting it for the very first time. So why is today the day? My fellow #stylecollective ladies and I are taking part in a style challenge this whole week, and to kick it off, it is faux-fur all day long!

In keeping with the theme of the challenge today, I have snagged 15 faux-fur looks from style mags, style bloggers and celebrity street style watches to give you some ideas…

Unsure how to rock the cozy-chic faux-fur trend? Pair it with all black!:

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Faux fur vest:

Caitlin / Southern Curls & Pearls

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Rachel / Rachel Sayumi

Convey the Moment: Faux-Fur Vest:

Eleni / Convey the Moment

Target Mossimo fur vest (wearing juniors xs):

Jean / Extra Petite

Dressy casual: Boyfriend jeans, white blouse, blue accented necklace, blue tinged fur vest, cobalt blue heels:

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Black Floppy Hat Donald Pliner Wedge Boots Faux Fur Vest Turtleneck Swing Dress Fall Street Style Inspo by Southern Curls and pearls

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Faux Fur Vest Fall Street Style Inspo by The Sweetest Thing:

Emily / The Sweetest Thing

Fur vest, denim shirt, black slim pants, beige booties:

Caitlin / Southern Curls & Pearls 

FabFashionFix - Fabulous Fashion Fix | Style Guide: How to wear Faux Fur vest?:

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Crop faux fur vest - Boston Proper:

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Pink & Fluffy vest - Topshop, Black tie bow blouse - Express, Pants - Gap, & Shoes - Christian Louboutin:

Krystin / Suburban Faux Pas 

Blush Faux Fur Vest:

Allyssa / Life with Lyss

A Spoonful of Style: Emerald and Faux Fur...:

Jade / A Spoon Full of Style 

TIGHTS – RIVER ISLAND BOOTS – RUSSEL & BROMLEY SHORTS – TOPSHOP JUMPER – SANDRO FUR GILLET – ZARA NECKLACE, RING AND BRACELET – TATEOSSIAN BAG – DUNE:

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All of these wonderful style bloggers who bring us these amazing looks to copy every day are my complete inspiration. I have provided links to all of their sites so you can go get more of their delicious style! Make sure you check them out…

As for the #stylecollective style challenge this week, it continues tomorrow with classic riding/Hunter/OTK boots! Get ready ladies because this challenge is going to get crazy!

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How do you wear faux-fur? Have you tried this fabulous trend yet? Let me know in the comments below…