This is totally an unplanned post! I was out with my friend and we decided to click a few pictures of our outfits resulting in some great pictures so I was like, why not?! So here it is!
Now to make sure that this is not exactly an unproductive post just because it’s an unplanned one, I want to share a few things about blogging. I just completed four years of blogging, yup (where’s the cake!), all thanks to you guys and all the love and support I get, I wanted to share a few things on it. I get a lot of queries from budding bloggers or girls who want to take up blogging and this is me here putting all that down under the big four questions everyone has about blogging!
Question 1 – How do I start blogging?
Starting a blog is not as tough as it may look. You don’t need to have a website right away, you can start off with a wordpress or blogspot account. I started off with wordpress and only after two years I decided to get my own website. There’s always a scope of improvement, like now I am seriously considering making a few changes on my website, it’s a continuos process. As far as having a photographer is concerned, see if you can find someone at home or if any of your friend clicks if you can’t afford a photographer to click you frequently. When I started blogging as a hobby, I would have Shitiz click me. Even now when I am a full time blogger, I still have Shitiz click me because he understands my angles well, what I want in my pictures and of course I am the most comfortable with him. Further, editing pictures, I still don’t know how to get my way around photoshop. I use basic editing apps on phone or just picasa. Plus I like to keep my pictures as natural as I can so I am not too heavy on editing, but whatever floats your boat. These are things you’ll get better at with time. It’s an on-going process, don’t kill yourself for not being an expert at it from day one and don’t let anyone give you crap on it either. Just try to do your best and be honest with your efforts.
Question 2 – How do I create content on regular basis?
I know how it’s like to run out of ideas especially when you’re new but before you get to blogging you need to figure out your strengths. Are you good with fashion/ styling or with makeup, are you into food, lifestyle, gadgets, what? You need to know your genre and work on that. You can of course expand your spectrum later but it’s always better to start off with the area you know you’re best at and that ensures you keep coming up with ideas. Read stuff, stay updated, know what’s going on, follow the right accounts on social media that inspire you. But, do not copy anyone. I won’t deny that I don’t come across people who copy other people’s work or their personal style or even writing style and it breaks my heart. It’s pretty common! Copying someone will only harm you because no one cares about someone else’s recycled work, people want fresh content. Moreover, if you copy someone, there’s only so far you can go professionally and make business (read money) out of it. I won’t even get to the moral or ethical aspect of it. Stay original, be true to yourself and do honest work.
Question 3 – How do I make money out of it?
As I previously mentioned I started blogging as a hobby. I already had a job and I wasn’t really thinking about money. It was a platform for me to vent out all that love for fashion and styling I had. But with time, the blog picked up, thanks to social media and you guys following me, brands and various marketing agencies started noticing me and I started getting work. I have never approached anyone myself, because I wanted to make a brand out of my name. I am not trying to belittle anyone who approaches a brand/agencies to work with them, but it’s something that I personally don’t do. Everyone has their own way of doing things, this is just mine. There are also other things that I do to make sure my work is valued, such as not working for freebies or barter. If you are providing your services to or for any brand, you charge them for it. If you don’t, well then trust me you’ll get stuck in that rut. People will only expect you to work for ‘pressies/freebies/goodies’. Now of course, there are brands who love to send you stuff with no said expectations in return and that’s where you decide what you want to do with them. For me, sometimes I share the products the brands send me if I really like them but if I don’t like, then I don’t bother sharing. There have been times where I even sent the products back because of poor quality. Further, paid blogposts, paid social media posts, event coverages, styling assignments, endorsements, writing assignments et al are some of the ways you make money as a blogger. So you see, besides just being good at blogging, you need to have a sense of business and clue on how to make a brand of yourself if you want to make money and you can make really good money, saying that from personal experience (who do you think pays for my bags, jewellery, devices and other stuff haha!). Don’t forget to be professional, this is still a job. Just because you don’t do the corporate 9-5, that’s still no excuse to be unprofessional. Even in blogosphere, people like to work with you only if you’re easy to work with and a professional. Also, be nice to people.
Question 4 – Can I take it up full time?
Blogging can be consuming, not just mentally, physically and emotionally, but also financially. All the things you have to keep buying like shoes, clothes, makeup (that’s investment, you can’t do without buying new stuff as a blogger) or the travel and F&B bills while shooting. Then there’s also website maintenance, advertisements, social media promotions to pay for. Further, paying the interns, photographer, makeup artist or anyone you’d have in your team and the list of bills goes on. Hence you need to be strict about doing only paid work! Anyway, coming back to the question, can you do this full time, yes! But, a very big but, I would suggest to do it full time only when you know you have a steady income coming every month which can at least take care of all your bills if not yield any profit for starters. You need to break even plus profits, if you ask me, to take it up full time else it doesn’t make sense and you should keep doing it part-time. However, at any point of time do not even think about compromising on your education. Do your schooling well, finish your college, try to get good grades and have your academics rock solid.
I think these questions sum it all for you, in case I missed out on something, then please feel free to drop a comment here below and I’ll get back to you.
Here are the pictures from today, hope you like them. I would also like to use this opportunity to let you know that my sister’s label, Naomi Code is out with their latest collection and it’s amazeballs! Since they do custom fit, there’s no way you’ll have their clothes not fitting you right. You have to check it out, find the link here.
Wearing a bright orange Naomic Code top here and needless to say, I love it!
(Outfit Details: Naomi Code top, Zara culottes, Earrings & Footwear from Khan Market, Givenchy Antigona tote, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses)
(All pictures clicked by iPhone 7 by my friend Reshu Israni)