Sunday, August 2, 2015

5 Things I've Learnt about Blogging


It has been almost four years for The Equinox Fashion. I still cannot believe how far I have become, started from the days I was rejected by the brands to nowadays when I feel grateful about the day I decided not to give up blogging. It was only the hobby or online platform I have for fun for the first two years, however, I have taken it seriously for the latter years which really pays the price. My journey is not a bed of roses, however, I have learnt a lot, and grown so much of the good and bad of this industry. Therefore, here are 5 things I have learnt about blogging for The Equinox Fashion. 

1. Everything takes time

We cannot become the superstar in just one night, can we? It took me years to be at this point, as well as, several roadblocks I have made it through. When I started writing four years ago, I had no idea whether The Equinox Fashion would become my career or not. Sometimes, I felt discouraged about this blogosphere too, because it is very competitive, while the power of the money seems to be one of the tools that make some bloggers go far beyond others. Yes, paying for followers, likes etc, however, it has become a business these days right? So it's not anybody's fault. Like I always say, 'don't give up' and stop complaining 'why I haven't been successful yet' 

We all have asked ourselves this question, including me. I think the best advice I can give is to 'focus on yourself' and continually working on what you have to do. If you wanna make it big, then take this blogosphere as seriously as I do. Posting articles a few times a week, and staying presence on the online platforms regularly. Make it as a routine can make us become familiar with what we are doing. It seems to be hard at the beginning, but I believe that if we keep doing it every day or as often as we can, then it will eventually pay off. 


2. Learn how to take a photo properly

From a mobile phone to the professional camera, I have tried them all. When I first started blogging, I simply used the phone to take my #ootd photos. The quality of the camera is good nowadays! And we don't have to spend $$$ to get the high-quality camera when we can just edit the photos by those free applications online. I also use my Samsung Galaxy to take photos, but somehow I prefer to invest my money on the big camera for higher quality images I can get. Some people think it is a waste of money, but think about it that this is the long term investment when we can reward ourselves with beautiful photos. If any of you don't know how to take photos properly, browse the Instagram or watch Youtube. These are the free learning platforms we all can use!


3. Don't be too cocky

I have met a broad range of bloggers in real life, from those down to earth to the cocky one. Some will always say hi to you no matter how big they become, while some stop smiling at you once they reach a certain amount of followers. It's no one's fault because we are raised by different backgrounds and families, so people can act differently. It doesn't matter who we come across, but wouldn't it be nice to stay humble? I don't know, I feel like being nice to others while keeping it real is like a first impression


4. It always late in the fashion industry, but being punctual is the key

Even though, I always late when I am meeting my friends (lol) but I always punctual when it comes to a business meeting. There were a few times I had to wait about 45 minutes for the PR representative (from the big brand), or sometimes changed the meeting schedule while letting me waiting for half and hour. 10 to 15 minutes late is fine, but shouldn't be longer than 30. It is not professional tbh. 


5. Take a break!

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I stop blogging for a week and recharging myself for the better performance. I believe that some of us may feel the same in this situation since we are all the human-being. Don't force yourself to blog when you feel overwhelmed because it will never work!

Just take a deep breath, and leave the laptop for a few days in order to do something else. My leisure activities apart from blogging are watching movies at home, and eating. I always feel better when I go outside just for eating ha ha. 


38 comments :

  1. Love the top you have the coolest sunnies.

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  2. Blogging is such a learning experience isn't it? Love all your points :)

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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  3. I definitely agree with 1 and 5, with the fierce competition in this industry, it can be frustrating at time but everything take time as you've said.

    Princess Audu

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  4. Taking a break - still need to work on that haha!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  5. Nice:) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  6. Yes! Yes! Yes! @ all of these!

    Oliver // http://suedeandsymphony.com

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  7. Really great tips. I believe in staying humble regardless of where your journey takes you. It never hurts and doesn't cost a dime. My blog is only 1year old and I'm still learning. Thank you for sharing.
    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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  8. I agree with all of these especially the first time. Great outfit post :)

    Have a nice day! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  9. Great tips, I believe these are the things all bloggers learn over the time. Yet, after 4 years I still have problems with updating my blog and social media regularly as it is very time consuming.

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  10. Some brilliant advice here, Gail, and congratulations on having blogged for four years!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  11. Some brilliant advice here, Gail, and congratulations on having blogged for four years!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  12. Great blog!
    Would you like to support each other by following each other´s blog? ^_^

    Et Omnia Vanitas

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  13. I loved this post! ♥ Really have a successful blog today is not so easy, but being ourselves think with the success time comes. Taking good shots, to be nice to everyone helps a lot. And take out a time away of blogging is also great, regarrega our energies and our inspirations. Watching movies and eating is always welcome haha!

    http://heyimwiththeband.blogspot.com/

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  14. Great tips Gail! I think they apply to so many other areas of life too :) It's always good to remain humble no matter how successful you are! Aha, and I'm always on time, in fact, I'm always early - I think I'm obsessed with being early! xxx

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  15. I absolutely agree with everything you wrote dear! It takes time and effort for our blog to go places....It is also important to take a break from time to time!

    I really like your urban outfit...and that ombre looks so cool!

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  16. yes! 2 + 3 speaks to me the most. 2- I have been trying to work with different photographers to get more artistic perspectives.
    3- I met some bloggers/models at coachella and some of them were really rude. I was def surprised at what some success can do to a personality.


    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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  17. I loved this article Gail! You have amazing advice to give and I always enjoy reading your articles. Thanks for sharing :)

    - Mariah-Ruthel
    http://mariahruthel.blogspot.ca

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  18. I also invested in a nice camera - quality is so important and it shows!! and yes, you can't always be fashionably late haha.. nice post :)
    www.samanthamariko.com

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  19. Reading your message, I got some power from you!
    I also study on many beautiful posts on IG or Pinterest.
    Thank you, Gail!!!

    akiko

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  20. Love your backpack!!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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  21. Really love your street style!!! <3

    http://www.thestylishbipolar.com

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  22. Such an amazing post! Have a wonderful Wednesday dear. :)

    Ps; Help me win the Zalora Blogger Challenge. Details are on my latest post.

    xoxo;
    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM
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  23. These are all great tips, particularly constantly improving your photography skills - it plays a big role in such a visual area :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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  24. Hello dear Gail, you are so experienced in blogging and I thank you for the time. Especially that you are always on time speaks for you <3 Love as usual your very cool look!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  25. Just perfect! Great post, can't wait to read the next one!!
    Thanks a bunch for your support on my blog,I am glad you liked my recent post on My Pan AM Experience:
    MyLyfeMyStory

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  26. Some awesome tips! If I ever become a famous blogger, I'll always remain humble - haha! As a new PR myself, I'd NEVER be late. Ever.

    Tara x

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  27. Great post, loved reading this! I agree with the first point about it taking time.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  28. I love this outfit!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  29. I'm totally on the same page, sweetie! I always shake my head looking back at my old posts. Hahaha! xoxo

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  30. These are great tips Gail- I think it's important to not get too caught up in how other bloggers followings compare. I've totally experienced people becoming snobbish when they reach a certain level- it really annoys me. At the end of the day we are all human beings and everyone is equal :)

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  31. You look so cute!
    Great tips. Totally agree with taking better photos and being consistent. :)
    www.voguevillain.com

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  32. fabulous post my dear Gail, I totally agree! :) beautiful photos, xoxo

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  33. I agree blogging is a lot of work and you have keep focused if you want to succeed. I've also run into a few bloggers that have made it big, and think they are too important to speak to us now.

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  34. Love your outfit Gail! I agree on the fact blogging is time consuming and hard work, it's just good that it has so many plus sides to that!
    www.beckieione.com

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  35. I love this outfit and your bag!

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