10/02/17

2 Year Blogiversary + 5 Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

Hello Dear Friends,

Today is a very special day for me…. I can’t believe Kingdom of Sequins has been around for TWO YEARS! That’s two years of sharing outfits, hopes, and dreams. . .two years of connecting with readers and other bloggers. . .and two years of having fun!  I am so blessed.  I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you who stop by and read the blog, because it’s you that makes all of this possible!

 

I can honestly say I didn’t expect to cultivate so many awesome relationships from blogging. I had a few bloggers I connected with and truly admired before I started my own blog. And then as time went on there were several new bloggers I started to connect with on a weekly basis. And several of those people I chat with almost every day. I’m pretty sure without them, my closest friends, and my family, I would lose my sanity. Because in case you didn’t know – blogging is HARD. Like, running your own business kind of hard. Oh wait, that is what we are in fact doing. Working full-time and running Kingdom of Sequins has been nothing short of amazing. But I’ve also learned quite a bit these past 2 years.

I want to thank my Instagram husband because he takes most of my pictures and gives me time to blog. I also want to thank Ridge (my son) who spends many nights cuddled up with his momma while she types out another post before bedtime stories 🙂 I used to put the laptop away and play with him before bed but as he is getting older, the kid loves to cuddle. And honestly, the cuddles are my favorite. However as I am typing this, my child is currently running bananas around the house singing and doing ninja moves on top of the furniture #boymom

And shoutout to my mom who is always my back up photographer and my biggest fan! Love ya mom!

I had this huge elaborate plan to make this a lengthy, lengthy post, outlining all the highs and lows and in-betweens from this past year, and write and write and write ’till I exhausted my little fingers and your tired eyes. BUT, then I decided that I would do a much shorter version of that 🙂

I want to share 5 things I have learned from these past two years of blogging.

 

Be Yourself. People Like It.

My goal from the very beginning has been to be 100% real when it comes to the content on my blog. And I’ve always said I wanted to share the good with the bad and even the messy parts of my life. This has proven to be something that my audience appreciates. Often times it’s when I write the most real and vulnerable blog posts, is when my audience engages the most. It’s easy to only want to share the pretty stuff, but life isn’t perfect and your readers don’t expect for you to be either. Your audience will want to follow your journey even more if they feel like they can relate to you, perfect or not. Just like with anything in life, you are going to run into problems if you start trying to be someone you’re not. This includes photo shopping your selfies and lying to your readers about your running times. People aren’t dumb. If you’re not being genuine, you will be found out. Just be yourself!

You cant do it all

When you find yourself blogging full-time, creating products for your audience, and/or providing services to brands, you are running a business. And you will soon learn you really can’t do it all. Between the blog tasks, outfit posts, social media, sales, weekly blog posts – and oh you know, actual life stuff like cleaning, laundry, dishes not from the blog… it is OKAY to ask for help. Ask your spouse/partner (if you have one) to help with bills, or grocery shopping, laundry, etc. Just ASK. I feel like as women we tend to think not only that we can do it all, but that we have to do it all, and that is just not true. Ask for help.

And then when it comes to the business side of things, there will come a time when you realize you really can’t do everything it takes to run a blog on your own. For the past two years I have been doing everything. I am completely a one-woman show (except for when my husband offers to do my dishes in which I am extremely grateful for). But pretty quickly here I am going to need some help with the business side of things. I am not entirely sure what that person is going to do yet but some business tasks will be alleviated in order for me to continue creating the best possible content for you.

Social Media Is Your Friend

Don’t hesitate to share your blogs on social media. Every single blog post I write gets shared on at least three social networks:  Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter. Chances are at least one person will click through. Maybe someone will even share it to their own page. I recently just started a Facebook page for my blog because I want to grow as much as possible. I discovered Facebook groups and it is starting to take my blog into so many directions. The amount of blogging lessons and information these groups provide are incredible. It’s okay to pay to advertise your blog on social media. Some of my favorite blog posts I’ve read have been from clicking on an ad on Facebook. Advertising on those platforms is not just for Fortune 500 companies. Anyone can do it. Create images that are Pinterest friendly. People love Pinterest and saving things for later using the network. I recently read that you should always have a Pinterest friendly image for every single post no matter what the topic is. This gives people the option to pin your images if they want to save it off and you still will have control over what image they pin.

 Never hesitate to try something new. The internet is always changing. This is probably my favorite part about blogging, there is always something new to learn. Last year Instagram was the be all end all of organic marketing. This year it’s Pinterest. Next year who knows what it will be. Take a leap of faith when someone tells you to try something new.

 

 

Be Patient & Don’t Give Up

I tend to be the person that will give up way to easily if it doesn’t work out right away. I often think…if it doesn’t work at first, it must not be catching on OR people don’t like it so I might as well stop. But I’ve learned with blogging that it might just take that one idea to set things into motion. Or it might just take trial and error to see what strikes people one way or another. Keep putting content out there and you never know what people will be excited about and pass along. Take it from me – the give up queen…don’t give up! You might even publish a post and for months it won’t get much traffic and then all of a sudden it is getting hundreds of views a day. As Dory says in Finding Nemo…”just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”

Don’t compare yourself to others

This is a big one! With the blogging world being so saturated these days, there are a ton of bloggers out there. It’s so easy to look at the next girl and think, “How does she have so many more followers” or “How did she get that collaboration”. The fact of the matter is you don’t know what that person did to get to where they are, so just focus on your own journey. I’m a firm believer that if you stay motivated and put in the work, there’s no way you can fail. It’s great to support other bloggers and build relationships, but it’s just as important to make sure you’re not looking at what others have, and focusing on what you need to do to get to where you want to be. What other bloggers are doing is nothing to do with your own blogging journey. It’s your space – start writing and create something that you’re proud of. Ultimately, remember that there is an audience for everything.

 

 

I learned so much in my first year of blogging and this year has been more trial and error. I focused more on social media, being more intent with my content, as well as design. My website underwent a huge makeover and I hit one of my goals: 10k followers on Instagram  . This year I also realized that blogging is something I really want to start treating as a business and I’ve learned a lot along the way. It’s been an amazing year building my blog and social media outlets! Looking back to a year ago, I never would have even imagined I’d be where I am right now. I can’t wait to see what kind of opportunities the next year brings. A special thanks to all of you who make blogging possible, and to all of the people who have supported me along the way!

I love you all! 🙂

 

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Brittany

  • Shauna C

    Congrats, gorgeous!! So happy to have found your blog!! I love it! xo

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • Thanks girlfriend!!! Your blog/outfits totally give me life! 😉

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    That’s right…just keep swimming! Congrats gorgeous girl!!

  • Lurganista

    Happy anniversary it’s my second just last!

  • Congratulations on two years!! You have been doing amazing and I love all of your fun posts. Being yourself is so important. I always connect a lot better with people who don’t feel like robots lol. I can completely understand about needing extra help. I feel like I need that too but also feel weird giving up some of these responsibilities and I’m just not sure how to make everything mesh. All the best in this year ahead! xo, Sierra Beautifully Candid

    • Thanks so much friend!!! I totally agree… I dont know if I could actually have someone else run stuff because it doesnt feel like me. So much to do, so little time lol – Thanks for the sweet words 🙂

  • Happy blogiversary girlie! Pop all the champagne <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Happy birthday to Kingdom of Sequins!! You do such an amazing job at being yourself — I look forward to reading your posts and watching your stories. You are hilarious and such a sweetheart! Wishing you many more years my sweet friend!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Thanks sooooooooooooooo much!!!! You are so inspiring and your beauty posts literally give me life 🙂

  • Biana Perez

    Congratulations on 2 years girl!! Love reading your blog and seeing all your inspiration! xo, BianaBlovedBoston

    • Thanks so much Biana!!! Love your blog and amazing fashion 🙂

  • Congrats on 2 years, that is such a big accomplishment! I love the tips you shared, especially about not comparing yourself to others!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Thanks Denise! Its so true…. I feel like that tip is easier said than done in this market but its really true! Happy Monday! 🙂

  • Julie

    Congrats Girl!!! you are one of my favorite bloggers because you are so REAL!! Thanks for the great tips, I have a feeling the next year is going to be even better than the previous one!

    • Thanks so much Julie!!!! I love your blog and all your amazing outfits! 🙂

  • Thanks so much gorgeous!!!! Happy Monday! 🙂

  • Congratulations on 2 years, Brittany! You are so right about being real and not comparing yourself to others. Love stopping by and reading your posts! Can’t wait to keep following along!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thanks Rachel! So glad we could connect through the blogging world 🙂

  • Whitney

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s such a great day and you should be so proud of yourself! Blogging is not easy and takes so much time and you have done a great job building your brand and keeping yourself real in the process. Congratulations!
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Thanks Shannon!! Your’re such an inspiration and love your amazing posts! 🙂

  • Happy Blogiversary lovely! I have enjoyed every minute of following your blogging journey and you are just as sweet as can be! These are all really great tips and definitely NECESSARY when juggling a blog + life!

    Rosy Outlook

    • So glad we could connect through this crazy world of blogging! Thanks for always supporting me and being so fabulous 🙂

  • Happy blogging anniversary! Man, I couldn’t do it without my hubby or supportive mom either. Love all your lessons. I agree.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Happy happy blogiversary, lady!! We are only one day and one year apart in that! I celebrated my 3rd on Sunday! Keep doing you! You are amazing and a super hero for having a job, full time blog, job and a husband! I truly don’t know how you do it! I’ve loved getting to “know” you over the last year! Hopefully one day we’ll meet IRL! Congrats again, babe!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

    • Thanks so much! Exactly what you said sister… love your blog and hopefully we can meet one day in between all the crazy events! 🙂

  • Happy blogiversary! It is really tough to balance it all. Asking for help is so important.
    http://tresfly.blogspot.com

  • Happy blog anniversary!! I love all of your tips, especially the point in comparison. I’ve learned that although there are lots and lots of bloggers, there are also lots and lots of opportunities to be seized by each of us!

    Brooke
    pumps and push ups

    • So true!!! We just have to stick together and support the blogging world! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Steph K

    Congrats in 2 years of blogging babe! I always enjoy reading your post!
    Great tips today!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

  • Happy blogiversary! I always love your posts!

    Hope // Miss Hope Elizabeth

  • Kim

    Congrats on two years of blogging! I am having a hard time trying to even reach 1K on Instagram so 10K seems impossible!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • Girl, it wasnt easy and literally took 2 years lol – but feels great! Keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

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