Jun 20, 2014

Lessons Learned






I know this isn't something that I would usually post but I wanted to share with you guys the lessons I have learned from my short time as a blogger. Belle Adore is less than a year old, however, I still consider myself a blogger. Not only is my blog a creative outlet where I can express my style and inspiration, it is a way for me connect with other bloggers to grow and learn. From my short time blogging I have learned a few lessons and tricks that have helped my blog expand and develop into what it is today! I am so thankful for those of you who read my blog regularly and have followed me even when I first began...this one is for you:)!

1. Time management: I was still in school when I first began Belle Adore and I quickly realized that time management was going to be something that I needed to work on. I needed to prioritize my time ...and that meant finishing schoolwork before I caught up on my favorite blogs or started writing a new post. I always set aside time to schedule posts and dedicate time to making my blog better but now that school's over I can focus more of my energy towards it! Along with the idea of time management comes consistency. I hate to admit it, but when I first began blogging I wrote a post maybe once every other week or two in a span of 48 hours. I realized that my blog wasn't going to survive if I wasn't being consistent. Setting personal "due dates" is something that helps me because knowing that I need to finish a post by a certain time forces me to focus. In the beginning it was hard, but after having found times throughout the day that are the best for sitting down and working on a new post I am able to create/follow a pattern that works.

2. Ask for help: It's no secret that I'm not the best with computers...so, when I wanted customize my blog and change the theme I had no idea where to begin. I asked my brother for help (he's a computer genius!) and he was happy to work on new project that involved editing html. He's the one who added the transparent floating  toolbar at the top of my page! After going to him when I was having technical difficulties I realized that I could go to other bloggers with questions that were more relevant to content. I reached out to a few blogger and they gladly answered any questions I had. It's so great when there are other bloggers that you are able to relate to and connect with.

3. Social Media is Key: Without social media I don't think I would have been able to get to where I am. On each different social media platform there are such different and wider audiences. I have been able to connect with my favorite bloggers and get and give my followers a closer look into my life. I loving taking pictures and you can see my colorful shots on my Instagram feed - @belle__adore (two underscores..don't forget). I am able to follow brands and tag them in my outfit pictures...Stila Cosmetics recently regramed my pictures and Essie retweeted my twitter post (total OMG moment)! I also joined the Twitter world recently! Here, I'm also able to follow my favorite bloggers and brands but everything is a bit more personal! Follow me @belleadoreblog! I have a Google + page where you can add me to your circle or chat me...here is my page! Besides connecting with me through any of these social media sites, you can contact me through my email (belleadoreblogs@gmail.com)! Whether you have questions for me, want to collaborate, or just chat, I would love to read and respond to your emails! 

4. Keep Lists: I was never the type of person to keep lists or use a planner, but, ever since I started blogging I always keep notepads in my purse, on my desk, and around my room. With blogging comes the difficulty of having to write new posts several times a week. Throughout the days I am constantly getting inspired by things around me and am thinking about new topics to write about...so, I jot down any idea that comes to mind, no matter how well thought out it is, and look back at that list when it comes time to start a new posts. I fell into the habit of writing down my ideas so naturally, I began keeping to do lists and habitually updating my planner. I attended a conference earlier this year and one speaker was talking about the idea of writing down any idea that came to mind because it only takes one good idea to succeed. At the time I paid no attention to her, but now that I think about her, she might have planted this idea in my head...so thank you!

5. Dream Big: The reason I started this blog was mainly because I was so inspired by other bloggers, particularly Julia from Gal Meets Glam and Carly from the College Prepster. Ever since, I have been looking to some of my favorite bloggers for guidance and inspiration. They have taught me so much about the logistics and general aspects of blogging whether they know it or not:) Seeing how their careers have taken off from humble beginnings only makes me want to work harder so that one day I can hopefully have a bigger role in the fashion blogging community. 

Are you a blogger? What are some things that you have learned? 

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