Oh My Gosh, Guys… IT’S MY BLOGGIVERSARY! Yep, that’s right- it’s exactly one year since I started my blogging journey and to be honest, I still can’t believe I’m here (#PinchMePlease)! It’s kinda weird- it seems like so long since I released my first blog post, but at the same time the months have actually flown by. I’ve grown so much over the past year; from my readership and the quality of my photos to the way my perspective on content creation has changed on the whole. As well as having lots of fun along the way, I’ve learnt so much and ’cause I love you, I thought I’d share five of those lil’ life lessons with you! So here goes…
- Make posts you love. Basically, create content that makes you happy! I always see advice saying that as a blogger, you should post for your audience…and actually to some extent, that’s true. I mean, sure- I could snap a few selfies of some cute OOTDs and just leave ’em chilling on my phone, but when you have platforms you’re sharing your content on, it makes sense that you post things your audience is gonna engage with otherwise, well… there’s kind of no point. At the same time, that’s not to say you should only create content for your audience- the likelihood is there’s probs at least some difference between the type of content you enjoy creating and what’s simply ‘popular’, so every so often, you should make a couple of posts just for you. If your audience like ’em too, great… If not, at least you had fun, right?
- Be consistent. Okay…I’ll admit this is one I’m still learning and occasionally struggle with. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probs have noticed that my posting schedule last week was more all-over-the-place than Bambi learning to walk for the first time… on ice, with a pair of 6 inch platforms on… sorry! Between work, socialising and learning to rest (if you’re a bloggerholic like me), sometimes it’s hard to fit in shooting, editing and all the BTS stuff that goes into a blog post… But trust me- it’s so important that you do. Consistent posting= Increased engagement + A loyal following- as a reader, there’s nothing more annoying than seeing the words ‘new on the blog tomorrow’, only to check back the next day and see the same ol’ damn post (*looks at self*). Which reminds me: to all of you who’ve consistently supported my inconsistency for the past twelve months, THANK YOU- I’m working on getting better at this- I promise!
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. Having a niche is definitely a positive- it can help you stand out in an oversaturated sphere and keep you focused, which is super important if you’re aiming for growth… but that doesn’t mean that once you’ve found your niche, you have to stick to it 100%. Posting about the same thing every. single. time. will mean you end up feeling demotivated, and blogging will begin to seem like a total chore… not to mention your audience will be bored to tears. Since I started out, I’ve discovered that I love being behind the lens as well as in front of it (who knew?), so I’ve started mixing things up with a few flat lays and gorgeous nature shots on my Insta feed. Branching out of your comfort zone every now and again is a great way of keeping things ‘fresh’, and building a diverse audience- think about it… now instead of having just fashion fans as followers, I’ve managed to grab a few photography fanatics along the way as well!
- Be patient. With yourself as you learn; with the process as you grow; with your skills as they develop. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is having a loyal readership, high-quality photos, or any of those things many bloggers see as #Goals! I feel like every blogger (especially us newbies!) has experienced that scenario when you’re going through your content and feel like your follower count isn’t growing as quickly as you’d hoped- your photos aren’t as crisp or colourful as that girl’s… and suddenly you find yourself wondering why you’re even bothering; whether it’s all a waste of time; should you just call it a day (or a year in my case) and stop blogging altogether? I know I’ve found myself in this head-space quite a few times over the last few months, but no- you absolutely should not call it quits. Why? For one thing, your mama didn’t raise no quitter, and secondly, don’t know about you guys, but I’ve discovered that there’s a a pure joy that comes with blogging (and being creative in general) that you can’t quite get from anything else. So those times when you feel like posting the least are actually the times when it’s most important to post. Which brings me onto my next point…
- Remember why you started. When things get tough, it’s important to think back to that spark you got when you first had the bright idea to start blogging. That feeling of excitement when planning your posts; of fulfilment from the positive feedback you received from your viewers. One of the things that motivated me the most was when one of my Instagram followers left a comment saying she found my page super inspiring, being a tall gal herself.
Take it from me; being a tall woman can be tough, not just when you’re shopping, but also in terms of loving yourself and being confident in a society which often tells you that height is a primarily masculine trait (unless you’re a VS model, which, let’s face it… most of us aren’t.) It’s taken me a while to fall in love with myself, so when I first launched ‘She Walks Tall’, my aim was to help other women do just that- fall in love with their height, and realise that being a tall woman is truly a beautiful thing. The fact that I’ve inspired just one person makes me so incredibly proud, and Michelle- if you’re reading, you’re one of the only reasons I keep going sometimes, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you. ❤️
And now, with all that love overflowing from this lil’ heart of mine, I think it’s time to sign off this post. Once again my SWTlings thank you so much for your continued support over the last year… here’s to the next one. 🥂