CHALLENGES I FACE AS A FASHION BLOGGER
I used to want to start a fashion blog 2 years ago. The desire of having a fashion blog was on my wish list. But the fear of starting a fashion blog was bigger than the desire to start one. A lot of negative thoughts lingered in my mind. I wondered where I would get the finances to support me, how would I get a photographer and a makeup artist because these two roles are crucial as they are what makes or breaks a blogger. Despite the fear, a still voice inside my head kept telling me to conquer my fears. My gut always comes through I must say and since I made the choice of going forward with starting a blog, I have never looked back.
I get a lot of questions from people as to how my blog experience is and its funny how people ask ” Are you paid for blogging?”
And my response is, fashion is my passion. I have had this passion ever since I was a young girl growing up.
I put in a lot of effort and time in ensuring that my shoot and my writing is of quality. Eventually, the hard work will pay off.
The money in paying a photographer, a makeup artist and also purchasing certain outfits, never comes easy.
But, you do it anyway. You give it your best since it is what you love.
Your blog or passions will begin to pay off but one has to be very patient.
However, before starting a blog, plan articulately. Always find your “why” before pursuing anything. Ask yourself why you are starting a blog. Are you doing it for the money/the fame or for the passion? Because once your motives are wrong, you will end up trapped.
With my one year experience, there is a lot I have learnt and these are some of the challenges:
1. Lack of permanent photographers.
The photography business in Kenya has grown and it’s like everyone is their own photographer. This is a good thing.
But at times, working with some photographers can be demoralising. It needs one to develop a tough skin.
Some can bail out on you on the shoot day, others can switch off their phones on you, others can delay sending edited pictures on time, others demand lots of money and others don’t just understand the concept of your blog or what you want. The list is endless.
Every blogger can relate to this. When it comes to this, simply settle for a photographer who understands you and respects your vision.
I love my shoots outdoors. When its cold or rainy, the weather can really mess you up. My stress levels are usually on steroids at such times. Imagine, being done for makeup that you have already paid up for then being soaked up in rain. The days I have done my shoot, it rains for a few minutes then the sun comes out. However, I usually pray for the weather to favor me.
I always ask God to guide me through my shoots and I commit it to him because as he says, ‘commit your plans to me and i’ll establish them”
As a first time blogger, I realized one has to be consistent for their work to be recognized. If one lacks consistency, it will be hard to get your work out there. The challenges come when you have to balance between work, school, paying bills or sustaining other businesses you could be having. It might be hard to balance but simply plan your calender of events and schedule when your shooting and posting days will be.
4. Competition from other bloggers
There are so many bloggers in this industry and many more new bloggers coming out. A lot of competition is usually there because of how one comes up with content and how outfits are paired.
It is sometimes difficult to stand out in this field but I’m learning that everyone is unique and different. One should always focus on themselves and not focus on what others are doing. The only person you should be in competition with is yourself. Find unique ways of standing out and believe that you are the best.
With what I have learnt this past year, I believe will carry me through yet to another year. But I can promise you, more unique styles are coming your way.
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Thanks to the person reading this for I have gotten this far because of you.
God bless you.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask for or even think, according to his power working in us.”
Yours lovely Shanniq Monicah Muthoni…..
Makeup by @denniskaruri
Hair by @turning point salon, buruburu
Black shimmery sequined dress- similar here and thrifted @ Mtindwa
Shoes – similar here
Photo credits @pichadotke