THINGS I LEARNED ON MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

As I shared before, JUST LIKE HEAVEN turned 1 year old last month, how exciting is that? and it was a great year, not only did I met cool people, went to cool events, collaborated with awesome brands, but I also learned a lot of things, which I want to share with you today on this post.

Como les conté anteriormente, JUST LIKE HEAVEN cumplió un año el mes pasado, ¿emocionante no? y la verdad es que fue un gran año, no sólo conocí gente hermosa, fui a eventos padrísimos y colaboré con marcas geniales, sino que también aprendí bastante, y hoy quiero compartirles algunas de esas cosas en éste post.

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IT IS HARD WORK

When I started blogging a year ago I knew it wasn’t easy, but oh man is it hard! Most people think that being a blogger is just about putting cute outfits together and taking a couple of pictures and then sharing them online, but they are so wrong about this.

There’s a lot of planning involved (and I’ll talk a bit about that ahead), and we are stylists, photographers, writers, content creators, social media managers, PRs, among many other things, and let me tell you, social media is the worst! It takes a lot of time and effort.

So don’t be surprised if you reach out to a blogger to promote your brand and they charge a fee for doing do, after all, it’s not an easy job.

Cuando empecé mi blog hace un año sabía que no sería algo fácil, pero neta que es muuucho trabajo, la mayoría de las personas creen que ser blogger es sólo usar ropa bonita, tomar unas cuantas fotos bonitas y compartirlas en línea, pero están bastante equivocados.

Hay mucha planeación involucrada (y más adelante hablaré de ello), somos estilistas, fotógrafos, escritores, creadores de contenido, social media managers, publirelacionistas, diseñadores gráficos, entre muchas otras cosas, y déjame te digo que las redes sociales son lo peor, consumen mucho tiempo y esfuerzo.

Así que no te sorprenda cuando un blogger te quiere cobrar para promover tu marca, porque después de todo, no es un trabajo fácil.

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ORGANIZATION IS KEY

If you think blogging is a random process, let me tell you how wrong you are my friend, if you’re thinking of starting a blog, heads up, you’ll need to be very organized, there’s a lot of planning involved, you need to schedule photo shoots, set time aside to write, research, and have everything done on time to publish as scheduled.

Si piensas que tener un blog es algo aleatorio, estás muy equivocado, si estás pensando en empezar un blog, te aviso, vas a tener que ser súper organizado, hay mucha planeación involucrada, necesitas separar tiempo para tomar fotos, escribir, investigar, y tener todo listo en tiempo para publicar.

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YOU NEED TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO

As I said, it is hard work, and time consuming, so you’re going to have to really love what you do in order to keep doing this for the long run, cause you’ll get tired, but if you really love doing this, your love for your blog will keep you going, no kidding.

Como te decía, necesitas trabajar mucho, y además tima tiempo, así que vas a tener que tenerle mucho amor si quieres hacer ésto durante mucho tiempo, porque es cansado, pero si en verdad lo amas, el amor a tu blog te ayudará a seguir, en serio.

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YOU’LL MEET AWESOME PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY

I’ve had the opportunity to connect with some awesome people through this, even people in other sides of the world (s/o to Dana, Shei and Mario) I’ve also connected with awesome bloggers from my own country, and I gotta say, people often talk about how competitive and ugly this world is, well, ofc it is competitive, but all the bloggers I talk to are the sweetest and most caring and supportive people I’ve met, so don’t listen to the haters, find people how empower you.

He tenido la oportunidad de conectar con gente genial a través de ésto, gente en otros lugares del mundo, y gente en mi propio país, y tengo que decirlo, a veces escuchas lo competitivo y feo que es éste ambiente, obvio es competitivo, pero la verdad es que todos los bloggers con los que hablo son los más dulces, cariñosos y son un super apoyo, así que no escuches a la gente, encuentra gente que te apoye.

 

50 thoughts on “THINGS I LEARNED ON MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

  1. Great post! I’m just starting out as a blogger and it’s kind of overwhelming, but reading an honest post like this is encouraging! Thanks, and congratulations on your blog’s birthday 🙂

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  2. This is the sweetest thing! I totally feel you Dani! And to think we practically started blogging at the same time. Let’s keep on doing what we are doing. You’re definitely doing pretty good at it! So proud of you babe! I wish for us to meet in the future! Hopefully I can be able to visit your side of the world soon. 😘💕

    https://sheiladytiu.com

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  3. I don’t think I realized how much work is “necessary” for blogging until I finally decided that no excuses, I would passionately blog about the topic that I am currently doing. That being said, I know that I still have a lot of room to grow in regards to putting more effort into what I do. I have never thought of it that way ( in terms of the many roles that we play)…I guess I am not that good at some of them, though. But all in time….all in time.

    ~ Bre

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  4. Hi Daniela:

    Your post really spoke out to me – especially the part where you iterate about hating bloggers who post once in three weeks and then the post daily for a week – I am one of those for sure. Being a housewife and having a full time job is tough to keep up with blog posts but I am trying my level best. A majority of my posts pertain to cooking instead of fashion so I definitely need to work on balancing both sides. If you have time, feel free to check out my blog posts at https://similsen.wordpress.com/ . Nice meeting you virtually Daniela and look forward to reading more of your blogs.

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  5. Great post! And happy blog anniversary!

    I agree with everything you said. After trying blogging out myself (and still doing it), I really appreciate it a lot more. I’m still not the most organised when it comes to it but I hope one day, I come to a balance where I get it all right!

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  6. Great post! So so true that it is so much harder than anyone ever thinks. I get so frustrated lately when I don’t blog for a few days, simply because I am really busy, and I get un-follows. I think to myself, okay- I don’t want followers that are not going to support my blogging self-care time too and are not willing to wait for a quality post! Social media has been the hardest part for me… figuring out why those unfollows are happening and the need to be more consistent with posting! Congrats on your 1 year- it is such a lovely blog and definitely something to be so proud of!

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    1. Aww thanks so much Shannon! Social media is the worst! I get unfollows too, and I don’t really know why this happens, I see lots of other girls’ accounts growing so much, but then I realize is cause they make a ton of giveaways and that’s how they grow, but I’d rather have it grow at a slow rate but with loyal following 🙂

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  7. Thanks for your post! So true, especially the bit about being multi-professionals all on our own! I’ve been thinking about this increasingly as I’m venturing in to more technical territory myself. But then it’s so exciting to research and learn, and to discover just how much you can accomplish by yourself at first is empowering! However, I think you also learn the power of networking and being inspired by the experience of others. It’s a balance and an ultimately wonderful combination of factors.

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