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On this day, five years ago, I posted my first blog post. It wasn’t an outfit post or look book coverage, it was simply

so this is my first post on here. and I’m basically going to give you all a run-down of what all will be on this here blog. of course, I’ll post outfits, but I will also post wish list items, thrift store finds, trends I love or don’t get, art, DIY projects and so on.

and that’s about it for now. and I may post little things about my personal life outside of fashion and styling too 🙂

xox,
Stephie

 

But that one text post introducing myself on the blogo-sphere has changed my life for the better over the past few years. Now of course I’m not some super-successful blogger who travels the world for months on end, sits front row at NYFW and PFW every year, or owns a multi-million dollar brand associated with my blog, but I have cultivated a fair amount of success within my five years, and I want to share that with you all.

 

Your Niche and Personal Style Will Change Over the Years, and That’s Fine

When I first began blogging I had a very gruge-y style, in fact, my first outfit posted was a grey t-shirt dress with the sleeves cut and a floral pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s ZOMG platform sneakers I got from SoleStruck! Now? My style is more “modern bohemian rocker” as some have described it. I am 23 now, so I appreciate modern styles and looks, but still hold true to a bohemian look, and still have my fair share of distressed band tees and faux leather items.

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Then.

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Now.

 

Consistency is Key

Honestly this is something I still struggle with because I also still work full-time on an un-set schedule, and sometimes it kills my consistency. Set a posting strategy and stick to it. Right now I aim to post about once a week, but you do not want to post twice in a week, and then not post again for another month. And if you can’t post to your blog for whatever reason (like when I was moving), let your readers know but stay active on social media! Inconsistency will kill your blog so fast, take it from me.

 

Be Picky With Who You Work With

Your blog represents you and what you stand for, in the beginning you may want to take every opportunity that comes your way, but don’t. Be picky. You are the CEO of your blog, which is your brand and company, and have a say in who you are associated with. Even in my first month blogging I turned down companies because at the time they did not fit my blog’s feel and what it was all about. I recently had to turn down a collaboration with a beauty brand because they were not cruelty-free, their products were things I could have easily featured on the blog and used, but because they did not coincide with the morale of Boheme Royale, I did not wish to work with them.

Rejection is Part of Blogging

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been turned down. Was I a little upset with some of them? Yes, because I loved those brands and really wanted to work with them, but was it the end of my blogging career? Hell no! Every “no” just means there’s a “yes” out there waiting for you. Politely thank the brand for their time and ask to keep in touch, if they’re looking for a larger following, contact them again when you reach that milestone!

Get Your Start Locally

This is so, so, so important and why I left it for last. I got my start by working locally. I contacted my city’s newspaper and began writing fashion columns about seasonal trends, which in turn led me to work with local boutiques to create those looks to be featured! I live in a small town, but having my name out there doing something that most people had not heard of or knew was a thing, kick-started my blogging. Contact your city’s newspaper or local boutiques and work with them, talk up your blog every chance you get, and always keep your business cards handy. It is the best feeling in the world when you are at your favorite coffee shop downtown after a photo shoot and someone recognizes you and tells you they love your blog!

You can read the blog version of my two articles HERE HERE from the Boheme Royale Archive site!

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Here is a picture of me holding my first published article back in 2013!

 

Are you a fellow blogger? Let me know your Blogiversary below and your top tips!