Happy New Years!! Last year around this time I launched my blog MyOhhMy and it had been one year already. I thought it would be a great idea to share my experiences and thoughts on being a blogger and tell you guys more about myself.
How did I began blogging and why?
Initially, I wanted to start a beauty blog and a beauty Youtube channel because I am big fan of Bubzbeauty, Michelle Phan, Patrickstarrr, etc. I made a private Tumblr account and never published anything because I thought it wasn’t good enough and only showed it to my friends at work. I also tried to do one Youtube video of me doing a makeup haul, of course, that was never published as well because I couldn’t even get over how shy and awkward I was. Then I got engaged in 2014 and set aside the idea of starting a blog to focus just on wedding planning.
Year 2015 was a great year for me. I got married that year and started a new job in fashion. One day I just felt like it was time to pick up that idea of a starting a blog again. I text my closest friend from college and asked him to help me do my very first fashion photoshoot in Boston.
I remember telling him I don’t want to regret not doing this because I am scared. Don’t let my purple hair fool you into thinking I am wild and crazy. I never liked being in the spotlight since I was a kid because I am a very shy person. I’m still “shy”, “introverted” and “quiet”, but someone wise once told me, no one is ever really shy. They just need to get out of their shell.
I’ve mentioned in my very first post that my dream job is do fashion, design, and art together. This blog gave me a reason to do more creative work. It also forced me to do things I never imagined myself doing and got me out of my shell. It was the best decision I ever made.
Who takes my photos?
I get asked that a lot in person and I always give credit to my Instagram Husband! My hubby works very long hours Monday through Saturday with almost no holiday time. We do our best to squeeze in time to take photos on Sundays. I’m so grateful for his support even though art and photography is not his forte at all. He improved so much in one year and really made an effort to get me the best pictures – rain or shine. My friends and coworkers help me out on trips or at work. The question “Can you help me take a picture?” is all so familiar and expected now. I’m so lucky to have all of them!
Another question I think every blogger is interested in knowing: Am I making money from blogging?
Nope. Not even a penny cashed in yet. I get sponsored or endorsed with a product that I have to help promote. If you think being a blogger means making a lot of money instantly then you are wrong. And if you think receiving free things is easy work, you are also wrong. There is a lot of work that comes with it and nothing is easy. Sometimes I have to decline offers because I either don’t feel passionate about it or I don’t have bandwidth at all. There are a lot of ways to make money as a blogger and it all depends on what your ultimate goal is. If you are thinking of turning this into a full-time job, then you have to be very aggressive with approaching brands and sell yourself very hard.
How the heck do I find time to do all this with a full-time job?
I make time to blog after I get off work and on weekends (literally both Saturday and Sunday). I now have a 40+ hour full time job and sometimes staying up very late into the night to finish a post is inevitable. Blogging is a lot of work! We are our own photographer, writer, editor, designer, PR, and for some, business owner. To me, this isn’t work or torture. And I think when you truly enjoy something, you just really enjoy it no matter how tiring it is.
This leads to the next question, what is the biggest challenge as a blogger?
I think not having enough time is every blogger’s challenge. I am a big believer in quality over quantity. It takes me a very long time to get one post up and sometimes longer that I really wish. However, I treat my blog as an extension of my design portfolio so I really take my time to perfect it as best as I could even if it means not posting often enough. The second biggest challenge is finding someone to take photos of me.
What do I feel about INSTAGRAM (followers, engagement, and the next thing brands look for on IG)?
This is a million dollar question.
I’m not even going to get into the top influencers who have 500k-1 million followers. They are god already. I’m talking about some that deserve a lot of followers, but don’t. Instagram followers and their number is a strange, strange thing. I have a team with me at work analyzing this very question, and yet haven’t figured it out. There are some that started out at the same time, blogging the same things, but one would have 56k and one would have 1-2k. You just never know what people would like!
In summary, numbers are important and brands and bloggers care a lot of about it. It’s also very hard to measure and compare so I try not to beat myself over it. I treat it as an indication that I am doing okay as long as I’m organically growing.
The next thing brands would look at is definitely authentic engagement.
What’s my best advice for anyone that’s blogging or wants to start a blog?
Have an open mind about change because that will keep you and your blog evolving. And for those that are thinking about starting a blog but is afraid to because of various reasons; just give it a try at your comfort level is and see how you like it. You can start anytime and you can stop anytime.
What plans do I have for my blog in 2017?
There is no doubt that I love fashion and love being a designer; it’s my dream job. I will keep doing my fashion posts, however I have plans to put more focus into my illustrations and do even more artwork. I started as an artist before studying design in college and I love creating art work just as much as I love fashion, that is why my Instagram is a mix of my fashion and illustrations. I also plan to start an illustration shop online to sell my illustrations. I’m already in the works looking for a good print shop and branding my business. It’s all really exciting and I can’t wait to see it happen in 2017!
And finally, reflections on being a blogger.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve changed much just because I’m a “blogger”. Just because my Instagram is filled with really pretty pictures of places or outfits, doesn’t mean that’s what is in reality everyday. I’m just like any of you out there. I go to work and I get off work. I have bad days, and lots of them, but I just chose to not to emphasize them because I’d like to keep it to myself. That’s just who I am.
I also think being a fashion blogger is very competitive. I’ve witnessed fashion events myself (it was very intense) and I asked myself if that’s what I really want? Or is there something else that’s more meaningful and more true to who I am. I started a blog because I wanted to love what I do. It will defeats the purpose if I have to be uncomfortable and unhappy. That’s why I think being relevant to the fashion world as an artist/designer is more fitting to me, and when you focus on what you’re already good at, you’ll succeed even further.
That’s it! Thank you so much for sharing or being a part of this fun journey with me. I read all of your comments on all of my social channels and on the blog. Thank you for always reminding me that my efforts and hard work is appreciated. Looking forward to 2017!