What I’ve Learned in My Two Years of Blogging

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10 Things I’ve Learned in My Two Years of Blogging

  1. PROTECT your heart first. I am the type of person that will love harder and fight harder for other people, but don’t always receive the same in return. IT HURTS. So I had to distance myself from other women in the blogging community.
  2. A phone works two ways. We are all very busy in this day and age – people are hustling! but, I realized that I was always the one picking up the phone to send a text, comment on a post, ask for a dinner date, or send a DM. I had to STOP. Why was a I working so hard to be “friends” with people who clearly didn’t see me as important or a priority.
  3. I have learned to run FAST when people slide into my DMs asking for help to grow a blog BUT NEVER engage with my posts or when people ask me for brand contacts and have never even said “hi” to me. I had to realize that there are people who will use me until I am dry of information and exhausted.
  4. Finding my crew – I have a couple of good ones in my circle that I truly LOVE and trust. I had to get myself out there to grow because I really do believe that growing a blog requires networking. I met some women that are killing it in the game and I met some that are just looking for a free ride. The hardest part was determining who was who and who is going to be there for you when you need them. Don’t trust everyone. It’s OKAY to have your guards up because the person behind the computer may not be the same person in front of you.
  5. Blogging often is imporant. My blog is the only thing I own, I don’t own Instagram. But it’s very easy to neglect my blog when social media is so popular!
  6. Finding my blog niche was SOOO hard for me. I went through trial and error time and time again. I didn’t know what to write about, what outfit to post, should I use iphone photos or a DSLR. The list goes on! Test, repeat, and review.
  7. It is OKAY to time off and have a social media break. The world is not going to end. When I first started blogging I was physically and mentally killing myself because I felt that I need to always be active. Over time, i’ve learned to take breaks  from the blog and social media is so much better for my family, myself, and my creative mind.
  8. I love beauty products, when brands ask me to get in contract I used to accept it and PRAYED that I loved the product. I now ask brands to send me the products first and if I don’t break out from it then we can move to contracts. DON’T BE AFRAID to say no or to ask for what you need (within reason).
  9. Find a preset that you love, presets are like filters and they make your editing life SO much easier. Worth every single penny. However, don’t over do it like I did and buy 10+. Find one or two that you like and make it work, you may have to do a little bit more tweaking but it’s worth taking the time to learn than to keep buying new ones. Pretty sure I am in the hole $600+ for presets. Yeah…. don’t make the same mistake.
  10. TRUST YOURSELF. ALLOW YOURSELF. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. When no one believed in me (including my family, lol – they thought this blogging/Instagram thing was a joke. I don’t blame them because it was a weird thing for me to want to do) I pushed through and showed up every single day because I believed in myself.

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  1. September 25, 2019 / 5:11 am

    Hey babe, loved reading this and so proud of you!! We’ve only met once but I genuinely love following along in your journey and wish you all the success you deserve 🧡🧡

    • Pieces of Emerald
      September 25, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      THANK YOU so much for taking the time to read and comment!!!! The wishes mean so much and I’m seriously so excited to see what the future holds! It can only get better, right?!?

  2. September 25, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    Congratulations on your two year blogging journey! Yay!

    • Pieces of Emerald
      September 25, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you!! Can’t believe it’s been two years of blogging! So much fun, exhaustion, confusion, but worth it. If you would have asked me 5 years ago where I saw myself, this def wouldn’t have been my answer. Blogging has been my unexpected dream and so happy to be living it!