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My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger: It Ain’t What You Think!

My 1st 90 days as a motivational fashion blogger anniversary was on Monday, September 11th!  Yay me!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

These last 90 days as a motivational fashion blogger have been enlightening, long, frustrating, exhilarating, and more.  I have gone through every emotion known to man since I hit the send button on my 1st post; no lie!  If someone had told me a year ago that I would be a blogger I would not have believed them.

 

Hello, beautiful ones!  I pray that you’re doing exceedingly well!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

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Here’s what I learned about myself, blogging, & the blogging world in my 1st 90 days of blogging:

  • Blogging is NOT for punks & wimps!

Let me tell you, I had no idea what to expect as a motivational fashion blogger, but I can certainly tell you that it is not for the faint of heart.  It is a force within itself.  It will call you out on your BS as if it were a person.  You either want to do it, or you don’t.  There’s no in between, in my opinion.  The best word that I can use to describe blogging is I-N-T-E-N-S-E.  I knew there was work involved in blogging, but I never imagined how intense the work is and can be.   Intense is right for me because if blogging were easy, I wouldn’t be interested.  If something doesn’t challenge me, excite me, force me to color outside the lines, and step out of my comfort zone, it’s not worth my time and energy.   Blogging does this and more!

 

 

  • Afraid of work?  Don’t become a blogger!

There are days that I do not, I repeat, do not want to think about the blog let alone work in and on the blog.  It’s not because I don’t love it; it’s because it is still a bit overwhelming for me.  I never knew how much work is involved in owning a blog and completing blog posts.  For each blog post, I spend a minimum of 6 – 8 hours to make it happen from planning to the photo shoot to research to hitting ‘send’ on the newsletter letting you know it’s ‘live’ to the last marketing post to ensure it receives an ample number of views.  And this doesn’t include scouring my analytics to see what’s working & what’s not to make necessary tweaks in the next post to get more views, more comments, and more shares! Ya girl was not ready!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

  • Blogging can be overwhelming if you allow it to be!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in tears, I mean bawling, during this 1st 90 days as a blogger.  I’ve had several businesses in my life and this is the only one that I can think of that has stressed me to the point of needing to walk away from it for days to get my mind right.  In all honesty, I overwhelm myself because I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to anything with my name on it.  For me, my work, no matter how big or small or what it is, is a reflection of me and my upbringing.  I’m from the old ‘skool’ meaning my mother raised me to put your best foot forward, to have pride in the work you do, and to never do anything half-way.  So, if something isn’t on point with the work I’m producing I won’t release it until it is as I wish.  Period. Point. Blank.

 

  • Knowing you’re appreciated & your work isn’t in vain goes a long way!

Thank God that there are very few days that I don’t want to blog.  The biggest reason I have so few down days is YOU!  Yes, you!!!  I have the BEST readers & subscribers in the entire blogging world.  I know everyone says that, and I don’t doubt that their readers are dope too.  However, they have nothing on you all.  You all show me so much love that I have to pinch myself sometimes.  Your love, your support, and your kind comments are the reason that I know I got this no matter what comes my way.  I am eternally grateful for your support over these last 90 days as a blogger and I pray that you will stay with me until infinity!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

  • You can go it alone, but it is much harder doing so!!

Blogging has opened a world of opportunities for me, but the one I treasure the most is meeting & becoming friends with some awesome blogger babes!  As large as the blogging world is, it can be downright lonely. Not only can it be lonely, but also, information overload is easy to get.  Without a little guidance, support, & plain ‘ole conversation from other bloggers, you feel as if you are on a deserted island.  My blogger babes are from different walks of life, different ages, & in different areas.  It doesn’t stop them from being present whenever I need them.  I can’t thank them enough for sharing, caring, and being there no matter what!  I can’t thank them enough for sharing, caring, and being there no matter what!  Make sure you check out their blogs and show them some love here and here.

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

  • Blogging takes $$!

Some people start a blog as a hobby.  I didn’t.  I started the blog as a business from the jump.  Therefore, it is imperative for me to ensure that my brand is on point.  I am always investing in the blog so that my brand says what I need it to yet can evolve organically, consistently, and in a controllable, fluid manner.  Second, as I stated before if the ish ain’t right, I’m not having it!  So, to present the quality I require, money is necessary.  Third, it is true that you can’t make money if you’re not willing to invest in yourself, your business, & your dream.  With that said, I owe my team a world of thanks for always being there at a moment’s notice, their willingness to go the extra mile, and their continued support and investment in me.

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

  • If you’re not careful, blogging will take over your life!

OMG, I have become that person that stops my family, friends, and even strangers to help me get just the right photo!!!   Seriously, I can’t turn off my blogging persona to save my life.  For example, my daughter visited me a few weeks ago, and we had to take a picture everywhere we went.  She posted on Facebook with the caption, “the life of a blogger’s child” LMBO!  It’s funny now, but I am going to have to work on this!

 

  • There’s always something to learn as a blogger!

I had no clue that I was going to have to learn HTML & CSS, affiliate marketing, photography, graphic design, social media marketing, WordPress, Google Analytics, and so much more!  I am so not technical and had no interest in ANY of these areas until now.  In fact, I was terrified, I mean scared as heck, to write my 1st blog post in WordPress because I was afraid of messing something up.  Over these last 90 days, I’ve gotten the hang of it for the most part, but there is still so much more to learn.  Currently, I’m taking an SEO online course, completed a short overview of Yoast SEO, learning how to successfully pitch to brands, and starting a podcast course next month!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

  • Posting blog posts consistently is a must & organization is KEY!

Last month I took a short vacation recently and chose not to post during that time to decompress & rejuvenate.  I was surprised to see the dip in my blog views during this period.  I don’t regret taking the much-needed break, but it showed me how quickly one could lose traction if they are not consistently posting, marketing, & staying in front of your audience.  Additionally, I learned the importance of creating content in quantity for those times when life gets in the way, or you want to take some time off.  I see some long days & nights in the next 90 days or so as I batch and schedule my posts.  Again, blogging is NOT for punks & wimps!

 

  • Your creativity will increase tremendously!

I can dress my butt off, but when it comes to creativity in other areas I was not the person you want on your team.  Need help with planning, organizing, supervising, managing, directing, or getting the word out?  I’m your girl!  But I never felt that I had the type of creativity where you could look at something, create a masterpiece inside your head, & bam, make it happen!  Don’t get me wrong, I can look at pictures and get great ideas to pull things together; that never fails me.  Blogging for the last 90 days has stretched my creativity in ways I never imagined.  I am not close to being a B. Smith, but I’m so much better than I was before.  I am still awful with flat-lays though.  Thank God for the artist & creative mind of my boyfriend, or I’d be shook!

 

My 1st 90 Days As A Motivational Fashion Blogger

 

I’m thankful for my 1st 90 days as a motivational fashion blogger & I can’t wait to see what the next 90 days of blogging has in store for me!  I pray that you’ll stick around and enjoy the ride with me!

 

Did this post encourage you to start your blog or re-think how you’re currently blogging?  I would love to hear about it!  Please tell me in the comments what resonated with you and why.

 

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  • Taru Nieminen

    Thanks so much for this post. I was invited by Janet Eriksson to read this. Excellent ideas and advice on what to expect. I’m starting a new blog and although I’m a writer, it doesn’t escape me that this will be hard work. Just knowing it makes it a bit easier. And realizing there are others here who make it work, so I know I can. I don’t enjoy any of the technical junk either, but have learned as much as I’ve needed to get by. Can’t wait to pay someone to do it all! ;)

  • Thank you for this awesome post. I read it at exactly the right moment. My blog was “on sabbatical” for a while, mainly because I was recovering from some tough stuff. But I’m back and my blog is back. I even migrated it to a new “home” (that was a lot of work!). I love blogging (a lot) and I love reading blogs. But you’re right – it can be quite a roller coaster ride. Reviving my blog has been a challenge in every way but I am determined to keep at it. This time around, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to include interviews and to search for other blogs and resources I’d love my readers to know about. Reading your post was just the boost I needed for this new season. Again – thank you!! P.S. I love the photos. Amazing. That is one thing I have not figured out yet; most of my blog posts are photo-less. I’ll get there one day.

  • Tracey, this is such a great post! And I agree completely, blogging is definitely not for wimps or punks! You are so fabulous and I cannot wait to continue following your blogging journey! Rock on, my fabulous fierce friend! And you are so gorgeous inside and out! Such a great outfit, too. I feel so inspired just having met you in real life!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  • Congratulations! Your my inspiration!!

    • Tracey Crockett

      Thank you so much! Trust me, it goes both ways! I could NOT do this if it weren’t for you and the other readers that come back every week, comment & share!

  • Farrah AFM

    Blogging definitely has it’s ups and downs! You’ll be an old pro in no time.

    • Tracey Crockett

      I am so ready to be an OLD pro…that’s the only time I want OLD associated with my name lol! Thank you so much, doll!

  • BoujeeRatchademic

    Blogging can definitely consume you. Especially when you’re doing it as a business. But respond to one thing you mentioned, the blogger communit tends to be more warm than we may think. Sure, there’s some with ill intent but when I’ve been uninspired, it’s been my fellow bloggers who encouraged me and praised my content. Hold on to that!

    • Tracey Crockett

      Thank you for sharing that nugget of insight. I will keep this in the forefront and manifest it even more! You rock!

  • Behind the Schmile

    These points are spot on! I think every blogger can relate and this outfit is CUTE!
    Great post!💙

    • Tracey Crockett

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and could relate to my journey thus far. It was so fun styling this outfit. I wasn’t sure what I was going to wear and it came together nicer than I thought. Thank you :)!

  • You hit the nail on the head with all of these points! I think we get a lot of inspiration from bloggers who have already ‘made it’ big so we have really high expectations for ourselves without realizing all the work it took to get there. I can definitely say I didn’t understand how hard it would be before I started. And shoutout to all the blogger boyfriends/husbands/kids/friends/etc. who take a million photos…you’re amazing!
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.com

    • Tracey Crockett

      OMG…I could not have said it any better! You’re so right. If we’re not careful we’ll begin to compare ourselves as well. We forget that they had to start exactly where we are and probably felt the same way. Heck, some of them feel it now because they’re burnt out!!! I know right…our blogger men deserve so much praise for their support, patience & understanding as they work with us to live our dreams passionately.

  • Congratulations and much success in the blogosphere!

    • Tracey Crockett

      Thank you, doll! I pray the same for you!

  • Mother Daughter

    I have been blogging for over a year and still have no idea about a lot of this stuff. Good for you for working some of these things out. Blogging can take over your life if you let it.

    • Tracey Crockett

      Everyday i feel like I learn something new which is pretty cool. Now that I took some time off to focus I feel so much better and am taking it one day at a time. I’m not stressing as much as I was and it feels to good! What’s your blog?

      • Mother Daughter

        Amotheradaughterandlife.com My daughter and I started the blog over a yr and a half ago but she now works full time so it is all mine. lol

  • We asked and you delivered! Thanks for all the insights into blogging professionally as a business. I had no idea as I started mine out just for me. It really isn’t for punks, that I agree. This post has made me realize I’ll need to change strategies if I now want to blog for business -thanks for sharing T!

    • Tracey Crockett

      I’m so glad this post was helpful! There are so many things I had no clue about. These things are the tip of the iceberg. Your blog is totally awesome my dear!

      • Thanks so much, I’m finally happy with it and I’ve been thinking of how else I can put it to good use, beyond just documenting my life, hence the thrill at reading your advice -it’s a lot, intimidating even -but it’s got to be done so we will do it; coz that’s how we roll! :)

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