A year of blogging. ONE YEAR. I am so overwhelmed with allllll the emotions YALL!!!! It has been hands down one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Whether you’ve been following me for a year or a day, you’re the reason I have what I have. How about we take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
I launched this blog and was accepted into rewardStyle! I had NO IDEA what I was getting into. I literally assumed that I would post a picture on instagram and people would buy the items and I would be rich.
I scored my first collaboration. I was like…..I’m sorry you want to send me free shirts for me to post?! HELL YES. Again, oblivious to the whole blog world. I thought this was the coolest thing and that nothing could top this. I also sold 21 items this month for a total of $38.12 in commission. I literally was over the moon.
More emails. More followers. Still had no idea what I was doing besides posting on instagram and hoping for the best. At the end of this month, I had got an email offering me $50 to post a product on my feed. W H A T. That’s like….half a day at work, hell YES I will post your product on my feed.
This was when I started to open my eyes that blogging wasn’t just something fun. That it was WORK and it was TIME and it was HARD and that I could actually make something out of it. But, I still had no idea what I was doing. Hell, I think I wrote like…one blog post on my website.
This month was the month that I had gotten offered 3 paid collaborations. I made $300+ this month!!! I was like….what is life. What is going on. Who am I. But I still was just coastin’, I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn’t consistent. I was basically a hot mess.
Nothing really crazy happened this month. I still wasn’t taking blogging serious. I was just praying it would all fall into place. BUT, this month I made some blogger friends (who now I wouldn’t trade for the world) & that’s when I realized I couldn’t coast along anymore.
I hit 10,000 followers on instagram. SWIPE UP BITCHES. I thought I was a bad ass. My blogger friends and I started sharing what worked for us. I started doing tons and tons of research.
This was the month that everything changed for Walk of Laur. Sarah, Katie, Hannah and I decided that we were going to write one blog post a week. Consistency. I learned about pinterest. My blog views QUADRUPLED. My followers were engaged. I busted my ass this month. I went to Raleigh and met my blogger friends in person. This month was just the best thing in the world. I got my first commission check from rewardStyle. Things were just on the come up.
I kept the consistency on the blog post, my views were at an all time high. My pinterest took off, my rewardStyle sales were increasing, my DM’s were poppin’. I was still busting my ass every single day and night.
This month I was offered $$ to host an event in New Orleans. What. I literally got paid to host an event for a New York Designer. I cried. I was also on a panel about social media, I was able to teach PR professionals the behind the scenes stuff about blogging and social media influencing.
I hosted that event in New Orleans. I started posting two blog post a week. I was spending every weekend creating content. I spent hours learning how to grow your platform. I had a moment that I wanted to just throw in the towel, because I was seeing girls who literally have been blogging as long as me who didn’t do anything but post a picture on instagram and they were way more successful. BUT, I knew eventually that would wear off for them, and my hard work would pay off.
I went back to Raleigh to hang out with my blogger friend Katie. I made the most money I have ever made in a month on commission. I was apart of a blogger panel. I scored a paid collaboration with Victoria’s Secret Pink (real freakin’ LIFE) I hit 16,000 followers on instagram.
Looking month by month, it seems like nothing crazy really has happened, but seeing it from beginning to end, it’s a whole new world. Blogging can take months and years for you to see any results, so it takes A LOT of willpower and patience. The harsh truth about it is, if you’re doing it to make money, you will probably quit before you collect your first check. There has to be passion behind it. Like…enough passion to drive you to continue through to that paycheck. I just really wanted to throw that out there, because I think it’s important to know: blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.
As much of a challenge as it has been to grow my channel, I personally wouldn’t have wanted it to be any easier, because it made me appreciate everything I do even more. My heart is so full for the audience that has became my friends. I have been able to open up and become a completely different person. It has been one hell of a journey y’all!
If you are looking for any blog tips about my past year, you can click here to get all the gooods! I have been very transparent throughout this journey in hopes that I can motivate anyone to continue chasing their dreams. To everyone who has stuck beside me and watch this grow a little more everyday, thank you. && to those who didn’t think I could do it, in YO FACE.
Of all the awesome things blogging brings me,
NOTHING CAN TOP THE MESSAGES YOU GUYS SEND ME DAILY. N O T H I N G.
You guys, we did it! I love y’all so much!
L O V E,