As a blogger, social media continues to play an increasingly more prominent role in my life; though this is true, there still remain certain beliefs that I have that define my life as a blogger.
I believe in organic growth. More and more each day, social media is playing an increasingly important role in the lives of bloggers, influencers, and content creators. Unfortunately, with new algorithms in play across social media platforms, it’s becoming more difficult to reach a wider audience, and therefore, some bloggers have resulted to buying followers and/or likes. In my opinion, that’s not genuine. I believe in organic growth. I want followers on my feeds and blog who enjoy the content that I create and genuinely want to see more, not followers who are paid for and have no interest in what I have to share. I’d rather have a genuine following than a follower count that’s high, plagued with people I don’t know or who don’t care about my content. Numbers aren’t everything to me; quality over quantity is my approach.
I believe in interacting with my followers. Very rarely (unless it’s a spam comment) do I not return comments to my followers’ posts; I always interact with my followers, whether I know them personally or not. I believe in being gracious and thankful for each and every comment and post that my followers give. My heart is so full when others take the time to read, review, and share their opinions on my content. Not only does this show that I’m cognizant of my praises from others, but that I am also an investor in the lives of my followers. It doesn’t take much to say ‘thank you’. A kind word truly goes a long way, and I rarely forget.
I believe in being open and honest. I’m always open and honest about the content that I post. Though I don’t post many things deemed controversial, I’m always open to the opinions of others, whether they agree or disagree with any of the content that I share. I always take the time to listen and heed advice from my followers. I’m not perfect, and no one is. If there are things that my followers want to see or think I need to improve, then I’m more than willing to listen to those requests. My aim is to be a better blogger, whether it be through the aesthetics of my feed, content, etc. Being complacent in the ‘social media game’ will result in an inevitable loss.
I believe in hard work and consistency. Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with many organizations and companies of whom enjoy my content, and I’m so thankful for that each and every day. I’m a huge proponent of hard work and consistent networking. I wouldn’t have gotten where I am today without consistently creating quality content and reaching out to others. I’ve learned that you won’t grow if you don’t put yourself out there. With quality content and a passion for blogging, there’re truly so many places that you can go. I constantly take chances, and it’s paid off! Even in the past few months, I’ve grown as a content creator, and continue to do so.
I believe in staying true to myself. This is perhaps one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned as a blogger. I’ll always stay true to myself, no matter the circumstances. Sometimes, it’s difficult to not want to look a certain way or live a certain type of lifestyle or do certain things that more established influencers tend to, but I quickly learn that being myself is my greatest powers. Life isn’t always sunshine and peaches, that’s for sure. I go through the same struggles as everyone else, and that’s something that has made me into the type of blogger I am today. I get overwhelmed too, and that’s okay. Being a multifaceted person, I love sharing all aspects of my life with others–the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s called being real. Sure, I have a lot of successes in my life, but that hasn’t come without taking some of those dreaded “Ls”, but I always bounce back. Self-love is the best love, and I have a lot of it.