November 20, 2010
Shirt: Forever 21
Shorts: J. Crew
Necklace: J. Crew
Can you believe this my one hundredth post? Neither can I! In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share five things that I’ve learned from blogging:
5. Whether done as a full-time job or not, blogging is a job. I totally underestimated the effort required to maintain a blog. I have to say that all of those fashion bloggers, who I admired for quite some time before starting my own, make it look really easy. It’s not. Once I started Style by Santina, the number of hours spent sleeping seemed to decrease while the number of hours spent on a computer increased. I hate anything that fucks with my sleep, but I can honestly say that blogging is totally worth it. Just buy a good concealer.
4. Camera shy? Get over it. I haven’t always been so willing to step in front of the camera. There is just something so unappealingly permanent about a photo. It forever cements a certain moment in time and something about that kinda makes me feel like I’m suffocating. I’ve learned to get over it though, mostly because only people I am really comfortable with take my picture (think: boyfriend and best friend). Of course, the number of times that people will stop and watch us take outfit pics astounds me…and try as I may, I’m quite sure I will never be able to carry on as though no one else is there.
3. Blogging is not a competition. I can admit that I am a very competitive person. What can I say? I like to win. While I think it’s a quality that has mostly served me well, it can also make me very self-critical. At first, it was very challenging not to feel as though I was in competition with other personal style bloggers. It didn’t take long for me to realize that there was nothing productive in thinking like that. Rather than comparing myself to others and picking at my flaws, I look to my favorite bloggers for inspiration that extends far beyond the clothes I wear.
2. Leave a comment! Everyone loves ‘em. One of the biggest mistakes I made early on was not replying to comments and not commenting on other blogs. One of the easiest ways to get more traffic (and more comments) is to reach out and comment on other blogs. Granted, I’m a numbers girl and I love diving into the stats behind my blog, but it’s even more surprising to find out who is actually reading. I never really thought anyone but friends would read Style by Santina, so I always click through profiles to learn a little more about my readers.
1. People aren’t all assholes. Friendship is probably the most surprising outcome to blogging. I’ve encountered people who I certainly consider friends despite having never met. When I was forced to take a hiatus from blogging (after my camera and laptop were stolen), I truly missed staying engaged in the blogging community. It’s an odd relationship one forges with other bloggers; I see these people nearly every day albeit via outfit pictures and stay connected through comments and e-mails. In some respects, I am more in touch with other bloggers than people I consider close friends in real life.
Do you have a blog? What have you learned?