Sometimes I am surprised that there are still quite a few people who don’t really know what exactly bloggers do. After I explain it to them, they usually rephrase it as “oh, so you take pictures, post online and make money.” Lol, sort of. But not exactly.
Being in the blogging world for almost 4 years, I have seen so many bloggers whom I considered my mentors just disappear. This industry is super easy to start in, but very difficult to continue. If you look at it as only a hobby and don’t need to worry about how to cover your bills, it’s not such a big deal. 😉 It would be be great to just snap a photo, post it, and make money. Lol!
I have been interviewed many times since I started my blog. There are always similar questions. One of them is ‘What is one tip that you can give to new bloggers?’ My answer is always: be consist. Hard work is a must. Another question I often get is, ‘Where did you find all the national and international brands to work with?’ I know the answer sounds weird, but I didn’t reach out to them. I tried before, and there was no response at all. So I quit, and instead focused on creating more and more high quality content. After two years, there were more and more brands just reaching out to me because I had so much content online. No matter where they looked, I was there. 😉
In late 2017, I quit my teaching job and became a full-time blogger. I have been slowly shifting to a business mind set. Color and Grace is no longer a personal journal. I realized that it required not just hard work, but also smart work. I needed to constantly learn new tricks, new trends and new ways to manage my blog and all my social media channels.
I have been considering attending a blogging conference for the past two years. This year, I finally decided to make the move. I will be attending #BlogHer18 Creators Summit in NYC from 8/8 to 8/9. I have already booked my flight and hotel and I am ready to buckle down and learn. 🙂
Are you thinking of attending that one too? I would love to meet you there! You can also use “ColorGrace75” to get $75 off when you purchase your ticket!
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