I can’t believe it – Glamorously You turns 3 TODAY! Back in May 2015, I started this blog as a way for me to share my beauty tips and side projects, but it quickly morphed into an inspirational platform for girls like me, career-minded, stylish, and unique young women who stand out from the crowd. Since then, Glamorously You has become my longest-running job and the thing that has taught me so many lessons, both personally and professionally.
I remember starting out with this platform and not having a clue what I was doing! I read a lot of material and watched my fair share of YouTube videos to figure things out. Still today, I am learning new things all the time and amping up my game little by little.
That’s why I want to share my 3 biggest blogging tips from the past 3 years with you. I want to celebrate how far I have come in my journey and help my fellow bloggers along theirs too!
DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
There is definitely a wide range of helpful material out there, but it’s important not to take every single little thing into consideration. When you’re starting out, it’s so easy to believe everything you read because you don’t know any better. Then, you’re dropping money on things your blog doesn’t need or stressing yourself out over a non-issue.
Before you make any big decisions, think about if it’s really worth it for you or if you’re just following what others are saying and doing.
On finding your niche
I stressed myself out over this for months! Webinar after webinar and blog post after blog post, everything kept saying to find one specific niche and stick with it. It was so hard for me to figure mine out because I’ve always talked about a variety of topics here and sticking to one just didn’t feel authentic to me.
Then, it hit me. I already had a niche! Inspiring women to become their most glamorous selves, inside and out. That’s the umbrella everything I write about falls under. I wasn’t writing about random things that whole time – I had an overarching theme that connected everything I published.
The lesson here is to not overthink what your blog is. If it doesn’t fall under a traditional category (beauty, lifestyle, travel,…), that’s okay. What’s important is your message and making sure it remains visible within everything you do.
On investing money in your blog
This is an easy hole to fall into, especially in the beginning when everything looks so shiny and fun. Besides the endless amount of paid blogging courses and resources, there are all the technical expenses that can get pretty enticing. The site themes, self-hosting, domain names, and automation tools all cost money and all seem super important.
My advice is to spend the first 3-6 months of blogging without investing any money at all. See if you enjoy it first and then see what would be most valuable to you. Spend your money on the things that will improve your platform the most, not what you see everyone else spending money on.
TEACH YOURSELF FIRST BEFORE GOING ELSEWHERE
A good leader should know the in’s and out’s of their business. That’s why I am a huge advocate for making the attempt to teach yourself something before you hire someone to do it. Not only will doing this teach you new skills, but you will have a better idea of what you’re looking for and what a good candidate for the job looks like.
In my situation, I’ve never had the budget to be able to hire anyone for anything! I have had to learn everything on my own and execute it to the best of my ability. This is one of the things I am most proud of about this platform – everything you see from top to bottom was done by me. I even refuse to buy stock photography!
Most of the hard skills I have are self-taught from running Glamorously You. Can you imagine if I had scraped up the money to hire someone for everything I didn’t know how to do? My resume would look very different!
For the first year that I had Glamorously You, I didn’t include it on my resume and it wasn’t until a professor mentioned the idea to me that I had even considered it. I just didn’t think it was something other people would care about. That’s where I was very wrong!
Maintaining a platform like a blog is a big deal, so show it off! Include it on your resume, your business cards, your social media profiles, anywhere people can see it.
Also, don’t limit yourself when it comes to expansion. If the time comes when you wish to monetize your blog, think beyond what others typically do. Use your creativity to put together a monetization/expansion plan that will spread your message in the best way possible.
Don’t think of your blog as just a blog, think of it as a platform you have to spread your message!
It’s been an amazing 3 years having this blog by my side. It has truly changed my life and I couldn’t imagine not having it there to work on everyday. Thank you to all my wonderful readers for enjoying what I share and coming back for more. There are big things coming in Glamorously You’s future so stay tuned and stay glamorous!
Are you a beginner blogger? Check out more of my blogging tips for those starting out!
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