It’s been a week since the Annual OLX SoMA awards event was held and I’ve taken a step back the last few days to just sit and think about the whole experience, what I’ve learned so far in regards to blogging and with that said, I have a few tips to share with you. If you are an aspiring blogger out there who is perhaps wondering how to maneuver through this blogging streets, this article is for you.
First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one who has been so supportive from the beginning, my new acquired fans and friends I’ve met recently and showed me support, I’m deeply grateful. I didn’t win the category for the New Blogger award but having a SOMA nomination certificate, Gurrlllllll, damn! It means the world to me!
This may sound cliché but to be honest, a heartbreak or should I say an abusive relationship led me to starting my blog? And also Sharon Mundia and Lucia Musau definitely inspired me. I believed I could use this platform to make myself feel beautiful and worthy again, in-control of my life you know and well, it worked! However, it took me 2 years to finally make that decision and create a platform that I can use to share things that I absolutely love and hopefully inspire someone. There have been a few bumpy roads along the way, sometimes I’ve even cried myself to sleep but well, look, here we are now. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to take into consideration if you want to start blogging.
Take time and do your research. It’s okay to take time and think about embarking onto something new be it a new business, relationship, new job, blogging etc. Nobody succeeded by rushing. I took time and thought through everything, why I wanted to start my blog, content I wanted to share, photographer(s) to work with, make-up artist etc. It’s important to do your research because at the end of the day you will need to know how much will a photographer charge you, the make-up artist, location(s) etc. It’s quite the work my friend!
Not everyone will believe in your dream(s). Sad but true. Not everyone will believe in you. In-fact, the larger percentage won’t. You’ll have all types of people coming along your way trying to make you second guess yourself but only a few people will give you genuine advice and only a few will be GENUINELY happy for you. If you depend on people’s validation, my dear, I’ve got some really sad news for you. You’ll end up frustrated, doubtful of yourself, unhappy and less passionate which leads me to my next tip.
Be passionate. Be authentic. You need to be legitimately passionate about what you do/blog about. You want to write that kick-ass article on your blog and you want it to ooze with passion. Don’t do it for the gram likes, Facebook shares and retweets. Do it cause you love what you do. That’s how authenticity comes to play, your community grows and brands start recognizing you and you get nominations for kick-ass awards. Ópps one more thing, that’s how that boy who hurt you so bad comes knocking again at your door. Cause you’re kick-ass now! We can all agree that this makes us feel extra good. Ha!
Be ready to invest. Yap! You got to invest in building your brand. You want good pictures? Invest in a good and affordable photographer. We have great local talent out here in Nairobi. My advice would be for you to get a photographer who is just starting out in the business and build his and your brand collaboratively. Invest in a good make-up artist too. If you are a makeup fanatic like I am, you got to invest in a good and affordable make-up artist. 🙂 Also, building your website also comes at a price. Yup! You’ll need to perhaps purchase a template online, get a good website developer to set up the blog for you at an affordable price. Some of the websites I’ve found to have some really good blogging templates, for WordPress specifically are https://www.pipdig.co/ and https://www.cssigniter.com/. In a nutshell, key things for me have always been affordability and if I’m getting value for my money. You don’t want to end up breaking the bank for shitty work; But so far so good, I got to give props to my team/friends.
Connection: Well, here’s the thing. You want to work with individuals who you have a great connection with. This has always been very key for me. I may find a photographer who is really awesome but if Him/Her and I don’t have a connection, sorry, I can’t work with them. Same case applies for my make-up artist. You want to work with not only a professional in the job but somebody who gives you advise, someone you can run to when you need advice, someone who encourages you and I must say I’ve been super lucky to be surrounded by amazing people like Nzilani, OJ and Eric who at every shoot give me words of encouragement within and outside blogging.
That’s it for now guys. These are the few key pointers that I have top of mind and as we go along the way, I’ll keep sharing any new experiences. I hope this gives you a head start and know that there is NO limit to what you can be. Go for it!
Have a great weekend! 🙂 Thanks for reading XO!
Black Lace Dress from StreetWear Fashion
Mum dressed in Vivo Active-wear
Gent’s outfit by Esther 0723-657-157/ 0720-419-303
My gown was from House Of Fatasha Ingrid
Jewelry by Zuda Artz
Glam by Samatha 0725-510-637
Photography courtesy of OLX SoMA