I can’t pretend like I don’t spend time scrolling through Instagram looking at my favorite Influencer’s pages. I oftentimes find myself thinking “wow – how do some of these influencers do that!?” So, quite recently, I decided to step up my game.
Photography by @MichelleCoxPhoto
I started blogging because I love being creative and and connecting with you over our love of fashion, beauty, and lighthearted fun. After a couple of years of creating content, I found myself discontented with my average outfit posts and ho hum words describing what I am wearing and why I am wearing it. Don’t get me wrong, I have posts and photos that I am extremely proud of, but I think I have recently lost some steam and forgot why I started in the first place.
To regain some inspiration, I looked at the Instagram pages and blogs of bloggers I admire and look up to, and it finally struck me what I was missing. And that was two things: 1) my sense of fun and creativity and 2) the self confidence to let my personality shine through and to believe that I am capable of mind-blowing creative work. Since Michelle (my photographer) and I made the decision to step up my game, I’ve been focusing on honing my brand in these two areas.
BLOGGING TIPS TO STEP UP YOUR GAME
Re-Discover My Creativity
My favorite bloggers find a way to make the mundane parts of life seem fun and interesting. The reason that I love them is because they are dynamic, creative, and larger than life. Do people really take baths with rose petals and boatloads of candles? No! But do I want to see creativity and inventiveness when I look at a photograph? Yes absolutely! Their intuition on what looks and feels good is so inspiring, and leaves me checking their blogs to see what they come up with next.
I know I can do that, too! I love taking outfit photos, but years of doing the regular “stand and pose” has dwindled my excitement for style blogging. To the point where I only posted once a week for almost 3 months straight. My goal is to shoot while doing things that capture my surroundings, personality, and lifestyle.
Stepping Up My Self Confidence
Do you ever look at a particular Instagram feed and realize it is so perfect that you feel badly about yourself? Guilty. I constantly put myself down, thinking that I am forever a “D list” blogger who isn’t going anywhere and isn’t noticed. Why do I do that to myself? It is utter garbage.
I know I’m not perfect, and I won’t try to be. But I know that I have something to offer. I’m a city-girl with a goofy personality and an unnatural love for lipstick. But I wasn’t letting that shine through because I was afraid that the world wouldn’t like it. I found myself conforming to what I thought everyone wanted me to be/look like rather than just doing what I do best.
In order to take steps towards your goals a little pep talk is in order. Once I punched the devil on my shoulder (and believe me I’m still punching her sometimes) I stopped the debilitating talk of “I’m not pretty enough be noticed, I’m not skinny enough to wear that, I’m not smart enough to learn photography.” I keep telling myself… “I’m AM creative enough to scout locations, I AM articulate enough to pitch brands, and I CAN produce content that people will come back to see.” So far flipping the script has made the world of difference.
The rest, my friends, is logistics. The new and dynamic Glass of Glam is here and I’m proud that you’re coming along for the ride.
My favorite look from last week’s linkup is Emma from Style Splash!
I love that her outfit was inspired by the quote/phrase “after the rain comes the rainbow.”
Aren’t we all feeling optimistic for rainbows and happy days? Emma’s bright and colorful outfit certainly makes me smile! Check out Emma’s blog for more fun, colorful, and affordable outfits.