Bloggers Or Influencers? A Positive or Negative Influence?

This is something I often can get disheartened by and upset over, mostly because I really dislike the term influencer. That’s my personal opinion, and I know there’s an entire industry built around that name, but I don’t associate myself with it. I know that a lot of bloggers (not just me) really don’t like being called just an influencer and will often correct people when it’s said, and no disrespect is meant with this, but it’s because they’re two different things. What is an influencer? An influencer is someone with a large following of people that can influence people to buy things and have their lifestyle. As an example, an influencer might be someone from the show Made in Chelsea or The Only Way Is Essex, or simply a girl/boy that got popular on Instagram for their photos, but they don’t have a blog, don’t write articles or content, and often just use social media as a platform to promote products. What is a blogger? A blogger, as I’m sure you know by now since I’ve mentioned it a lot and also written a post called ‘what does a fashion blogger do?‘ is someone who owns or writes for a blog, writes articles and content, and spends a long time voicing their ideas/opinions, or covering topics. It can be anything from a lifestyle, food or travel blogger to a fashion, health or specific niche blogger. Bloggers can often be referred to as content creators as well because of the amount of time spent on photography, editing, writing etc. to curate articles they’re proud of. Of course these two can…

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The Side Effects Of Professional Fashion Blogging

What You’re Not Told About Being A Professional Fashion Blogger Whenever you say to someone ‘I am a fashion blogger’ after they have asked what you do for a living, you’re usually met with two responses. The first one being ‘what’s that?’ and the second one usually something like ‘wow, that’s cool, you’re so lucky to live that life’. If it’s the first one and they wonder what does a fashion blogger do, that’s fine, you can explain in a way you’re comfortable with, but if it’s the second one, I personally find that they have a large misconception of what your life actually is. Usually they think it’s jetting off to multiple countries in a month, living a lavish life of luxury, getting everything for free, and a permanent vacation because after all, how hard can blogging actually be? You just write and publish a post in less than an hour, right? Wrong. Honestly, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I wanted to write this blog post about the side effects of blogging because when you’re a professional fashion blogger and it’s your career, much like any job that requires engagement and involvement at all hours, it leaves marks behind and I wanted to show you what it’s like on the other side. I’m not saying I’m not lucky to have this job as I’ve put in so much hard work for about 10 years now in order to create this career for myself, and I’m not saying I hate it, but I don’t feel like enough truth is out there for what fashion bloggers really go through…

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How To Make Your Fashion Blog Pretty But Practical

Make Your Fashion Blog Visually Pretty, Clean & User Friendly When I go to other people’s fashion blogs to check them out, share some love, and see what other people are up to, one of the first things I notice before I get to the content is… the layout. I’m sure it’s not just me who does this, but whenever I come across a blog with a layout that looks gorgeous, I just have to comment on it and it makes my reading experience that much better! There’s nothing worse than not knowing what the latest blog post is, where to click, how to even navigate to the posts, or read what the text is saying when it’s against a glaring background. These are just some issues that fashion blogs can have and I wanted to do a blogging advice post in my series about how to make your blog visually appealing and practical. You work hard on your content so it should be displayed in all its glory, right? Here are some tips of mine that I have picked up along the 9 years of my blogging journey on various different websites, but they also come from my perfectionist streak and a few minor issues with neatness, but in my opinion, they really do nothing but help you in every way possible, so it’s important to at least read them. Choose The Right Theme/Template The first and most important part of getting the right template or theme for your fashion blog is choosing the right template/theme to showcase it. Now this depends entirely on what your content might be…

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6 Ways To Naturally Grow Your Instagram Account

It’s been a couple of months since I did my last Blogging Advice post and this topic is one that I wanted to share with you, since it’s one that I often get asked and have been hired by companies to do for them as well – how to get a popular Instagram account or how to get followers on Instagram. These are very valid questions and there’s not one simple answer to it which is a golden ticket, but I’m listing the 6 ways to naturally grow your Instagram account that have worked for me over the years. I’m in no way saying I have the best Instagram as my account has 40,800 followers, so I’m well aware there are many out there with more followers than I have, but I have built all of those up naturally and I want to share with you tips on how you can do the same thing, it just requires a lot of time and effort. Interact With Likes & Comments We all get lost in thought while looking through our home feed, but do you remember to like and comment as well? One thing I have found is that if you give likes out to other bloggers of a similar niche to you and you leave them comments as well, they will most likely return the favour. When you leave a comment and like people’s photos, your Instagram handle shows up in their notifications which means it’s promoting your account to them, so it’s up to the other people to head over to your account and do the same. Not everyone…

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What Does A Fashion Blogger Do?

Next up in my Blogging Advice series is something that I’ve been asked so many times, and I’m sure a lot of people who don’t fully understand, are wondering exactly the same thing. What does a fashion blogger actually do? There’s quite a few misconceptions actually when it comes to fashion blogging and that’s that we don’t really do much except for write a couple of blog posts and then jet off around the world to exotic locations, buy designer goods, then laze around on a beach or by the pool. While some of the top fashion bloggers do get to live lives like that now, it wasn’t like that in the beginning. So what skills do you need to know in order to be a fashion blogger? Essentially, if you’re a fashion blogger, you’re running your own online version of a fashion magazine. As you probably know, at a magazine there are countless writers, an art department, a photography department, ad sales, interns, PR… The list is endless, but for someone like me, I have to manage all of that on my own, for multiple blogs. So it really is a full time job. So lets see what skills myself and other fashion bloggers have had to learn in order to be a fashion blogger that’s self employed and doing it professionally. Writing – Lucky for me, writing is something that does come naturally to me since I have done it since I was a child. I would think that if you can’t write at all and don’t enjoy it, you wont find being a blogger inspiring or food…

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Why Do You Want To Start A Blog?

What’s The Reason You Want To Start A Blog? If your answer is something a long the lines of ‘because I’m passionate about what I want to write’ or ‘I feel like it’s an extension of myself and I would love to create a space online to share my thoughts with others’ then you’re on the right track. If it’s to do with wanting to make money, get free stuff or simply because everyone else has a blog, please read on. One question that I have been asked over and over again, throughout my time as a blogger, is ‘I want to start a blog, but I don’t know what to write about. Can you tell me?’ and my answer is no, I actually can’t. Not because I’m being mean or because I don’t want any competition on my hands – it’s actually not possible for me to tell you what you should be doing. In truth (it may sound blunt) but if you don’t know what to start your blog about and you don’t know what to write, then you shouldn’t be creating a blog. I know it’s extremely fashionable and the trend of the moment to have a blog, especially a fashion blog, but just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you should. If you want a successful blog, and one you might possibly want to turn into a career one day, it only comes from a place of passion and drive. Long hours, many months and years of hard work with no reward, are what it’s actually like to begin with, but that doesn’t matter,…

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The Pros & Cons To Being A UK Fashion Blogger

8 Pros and Cons to being a fashion blogger in the UK I absolutely adore being a fashion blogger, even more so being a UK fashion blogger, but living in a country like England can have its drawbacks when it comes to creating content for the blog and succeeding as a fashion blogger with a career. I thought it might be fun to share with you the pros and cons, the good, the bad, the happiness and the struggles that I encounter while being a UK fashion blogger! I was lucky enough to be able to become self employed just over a year ago with my blogging work, so I have been a professional blogger for quite a while now. It’s definitely not been easy and since I started blogging about 8 years ago in total, it’s been one long journey and learning curve to get to where I am today, and I’m still not considering myself to be in the big league. I do wonder if it might be because of where I live and the opportunities I have missed out on in the past, but who knows? Here are my pros and cons to fashion blogging from the UK. Pro – Countryside Locations One of the biggest pros for me is the countryside locations. As I live in the countryside myself, I’m lucky enough to have endless fields and country roads as the settings for my photos if I want them. I absolutely love living in the country as a permanent place and prefer to visit big cities like London instead of living there, so the different scenery…

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How To Become A Fashion Blogger

I get asked a lot of questions, usually around the same subject of “what made you want to become a fashion blogger” and “how did you get into fashion blogging”, but unfortunately I always feel like I don’t have a relevant answer for these types of questions, or one that would be what the person was looking for in an answer. The simple answer to both questions would be something along the lines of “I didn’t really know I wanted to become a fashion blogger, it was sort of a natural process that took its course” and “it just sort of happened”, these are really the only variations I can work around. So, I thought it would be fun to put together a post for you on becoming a fashion blogger. I’m not saying that I am super successful or that I am a great fashion blogger, I’m just telling my story of how it happened for me and some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way to help you out. The original reason I created my fashion blog, Raindrops of Sapphire, was because I wanted a place online that I could call my own, more like a personal place where I could share my thoughts and feelings towards clothes and accessories with others who might share the same interest as me. I had become a little familiar with some fashion bloggers over time, but back then I didn’t find them to be as inspiring as I do now, so it was just purely for the reason of wanting to expand my blog writing and expressing myself,…

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