Blogging Lessons I learned in 2018

Below are my 5 blogging lessons from 2018

Put yourself out there

One of my biggest fears in life is rejection. I’m a Highly emotional and sensitive person, which makes it hard to put myself out there. For blogging though, I realized that if you don’t reach out you’ll miss out. If there’s a certain brand you want to work with let them know. How else with the brand know how keen you are? Take a chance and introduce yourself to the brand. Make sure you include a your media kit and don’t mention your rates with an introduction. Keep it short and clean.

Give it time

OK so you perfected that email, went through it a million times. You finally pressed send. What now?

Don’t be quick to expect a response. Send out that email and just try to forget about it. I use the word ‘try’ because I know it’s extremely hard to forget. Keep yourself busy with other things. Plan your next post, search for PR companies to work with – just keep your mind off the email. Remember that PR companies and brands are busy with their daily jobs. Just like us, they are trying to man

It’s OK to get no response/rejection

DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONAL. After a week or two, just send a follow up email to check if your email was received. If you don’t get a reply, just let it go. Tell yourself that it wasn’t meant for you. There’s better things opportunities coming your way.  Dust yourself off and keep moving. Sometimes the response is not what you expected. Don’t read too much into it, but instead work on improving yourself.

Learn to come up with Innovative Pitches

Entering the blogging world opened me up for the world of advertising. I’ve had to learn more about pitching to a client and selling myself. My background is engineering, so this this is a totally different field. I literally had to start from scratch and  do tons of of research. Initially, it was hard. With time I gained my confidence. Put yourself in the clients’ shoes.  “If you were a client, what would make you choose this influencer”.

Be You

No amount of money is worth you compromising yourself over. Be authentic and remain true to yourself. If the campaign is not aligned to your brand, then kindly let it go. It’s important to be clear about who you are. Your input is of value, personalize the brief.

21 comments
  1. I love this so much! Blogging is a business that requires you to really be a force in your own life as well as in others’. You have to put yourself out there and not be afraid to take risks.

  2. Giving it time and being you is a big one because we tend to get all caught up on comparisons not knowing how every one’s journey is different to yours. Great article.

  3. Beautiful post! You are absolutely right Be You! Your uniqueness adds beauty to the world hands down and no amount of money is worth compromising yourself over. Great reminder to many in the blogging industry. Thanks for sharing! Happy 2019!

  4. Those are excellent learning. It is so hard to deal with rejection when you pour your heart and soul and put SO many hours into blogging. But important to keep your chin up and pushing through! Happy 2019!!

  5. I need to work on my pitches better and start thinking of what I can offer. I also need to put myself out there more.

  6. Pitching is a fine art and a lot of the time you have to be sending the email at the right time. Good lessons learnt and we wish you the best for 2019 x

  7. It is amazing all the different things blogging can teach you. You definitely do have to learn that you won’t be the right fit for every occasion and people saying no to you and you saying no to others is OK!

    1. That’s a very important lesson. This is where character comes in.

  8. Very nice. I think these are some great lessons. Being you and giving it time is really important.

  9. These are great things to keep in mind as a blogger. Thank you for the reminder!

  10. oh yes, giving it time is so important. especially with the oversaturated market of bloggers!

  11. This is such a great post. Blogging can be a struggle sometimes but we should all kearn from it and know how to handle every sitution.

  12. I would rock this so hard! You look really great in this outfit.

  13. This is great! Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips, I am just getting started with blogging so I need all the help I can get!

  14. Thank you for your share about the things you have learnt, I love reading about other bloggers and find that their insight helps me. Waiting and being innovative is my struggle

  15. These are definitely some great tips for every blogger! I like the idea to follow up with them after a few weeks.

  16. I love the third lesson – It’s OK to get no response/rejection. Not all bloggers accept this bittersweet fact but I think we should be patient and understanding. Good things come to those who wait!

  17. thanks for sharing your wisdom! i can agree with most of these

  18. Pitching and marketing are what slows me down sometimes. I love to write so that comes easy to me, but the promo part is sometimes draining, especially when you don’t know how to do it effectively.

    1. So true. With blogging there’s always challenging aspects. Some people are good at writing and pictures are a challenge. With time though, you will definitely improve.

  19. Sounds like you had a fantastic 2018 – and you are already making lots of plans for 2019 🙂 happy new year to you! x

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