Lifestyle | Am I An Influencer Or Blogger?

This is a question I ask myself since the word influencer got a place in our vocabulary. I started with my blog five years ago and I see big differences from the moment I started until today. I still enjoy writing a blogpost, take pictures and hit the publish button. This hobby is something I would like to keep! But even I cannot deny that the blogging world is changed, this change you either love or hate it. And I have certainly mixed feelings about it!

These thoughts started for me since I noticed that my blog doesn’t get the interactions I use to have. Follows, comments and likes are pluming down and I don’t like it! I’m not hungry for them however, they do show appreciation for my hard work. These interactions are to me proof that I did a good job, I feel appreciated that I get them. You can say that it feels like getting an A for your exam. A good feeling, right?

Yes, I do understand to keep those interactions you should have a strategy. You should know when to post, which hashtags you should use and know all the algorithms of all your social media! Does this not sound to you as an annoying person yapping into your ears? It makes me only feel pressured, doesn’t feel like fun to me. This is the change that I don’t like in the blogging world. To stay relevant, it has to be bigger and better. Or you are just like a needle in a ‘’influencer haystack’’. Don’t let me speak about the dramas that comes with it! #jamescharlesisoverparty #mannymuaiscancelled and many other hashtags that came to life. Ugh, the dragging down of each other, those feuds! To me it is just a waste of time. We all are in the same boat, why is it so hard to mind your own business and be kind and respectful towards each other? And I’m not only talking about these beauty gurus. How about those Instagram influencers who feel too high of themselves to answer a simple blogging related question, because they think that you want to steal their secrets?

Don’t get me wrong, I know how it feels to work hard for something that you put your heart into. And that you want to keep some secrets to yourself because of it. I definitely don’t blame you for this! It is your right to do so however, chill. No need for attitudes! I’m a firm believer of the give and take life motto. Nothing wrong answering a question about which filter you use for your Instagram feed.

To answer my own question, am I an influencer or a blogger? I liked to be called a blogger. I understand the influencing part when it comes to blogging. I write about brands that I love and are bought by myself, but I also worked with brands who sponsored me. I create an opinion about the product, my opinion can be followed or not. Because of it, I influence too. Why am I calling myself a blogger? Because in the five years of my blogging life, I never ‘’took’’ something I don’t believe in. I never got paid for something, I never felt pressured to write a fake blogpost about it. I’m to down-to-earth for that, thank God! Who wants to live in a plastic fantastic world? Not me. I call myself a blogger, because in the five years I blog I have not created a following that are so big, that I can make a brand for myself to sell my own merchandise. I call myself a blogger, because I still write blogposts. My blog is my own creative world, where I can be creative on my own terms and still have a good conscience.

What is your opinion about influencing?

 

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Lifestyle | Hi, Meet My Blog 2.0

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When I first started with blogging I had no plan and no idea what I put myself into. I threw myself into the deep and I was quite insecure about my writing skills. However, I was very determined to start a blog about fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

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When I made the decision to do it nobody helped me or reached a hand to help me how to start. When I looked for tips online some forums helped me but when I wanted to reach other bloggers I always felt a competition vibe, it was a bit unwelcoming. It made me realise I never want to make someone feel like that because I’m all about self-empowering yourself and others so I was very pleased to see that my first Hi, Meet My Blog turned out to be a success!

It is a pleasure to see, read and follow other blogs. I see the likes and comments as a reward of my hard work. Most of all I appreciate that my Loves take the time to read my blogposts and motivate me to go on with my blog. Because of this I’m reaching my blogging goals step by step and every step on the way I feel more and more confident about my writing skills. So way not share this feeling with others? I had the same feeling when I wrote about a blogpost on how I make products pictures for my blog and so was Picture Perfect born!

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I believe when you give a positive vibe to others the rest comes by itself. Companies and brands wanted to work with me and once in a while I get invited or go to events that perfectly matches with what I do for my blog. It is such a great opportunity and feeling to be able to do this!

Sharing is truly caring Loves. When you start with it believe me when I say, you can’t get enough of it! Share your blog with a sentence or two about your blog and why you started.

 

Let’s make this round a success too!

 

 

Lifestyle | Blog Spotlight On!

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Blogging is to me a way to express your creativity. To let your thoughts loose on the things that you truly like. The bloggers lives is well known as hard work, making plans and interact with many people all over the world and with companies from your own blog content. Yes, it’s a hard knock bloggers life! But it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing of blogging is to enjoy it. To find peace with your own work.

Why not appreciate the work of other fellow bloggers? We all have something in common: our blogs, we all started from the bottom and are on the place where we want to be.

So Loves, I want to introduce you to my favourite’s blogs. I visit these blogs often to admire their beautiful pictures and learn more about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. You would love them too!

I Am A Fashioneer.
Nadia Aboulhosn.
Wendy van Soest.
Sincerly Jules.

Did I impress you? Told you so!