Why and How I Started My Blog

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First, of course, it is important to think about whether you actually enjoy writing and taking photos or if you just want to do it because others are doing this. 

In the beginning, I only purchased my custom domain and a cheap template, while running on a free hosting site. I wanted to see whether I would enjoy blogging in the long run and did not want to invest in a year’s worth of hosting immediately. After writing blog posts, I realized that I genuinely enjoy curating these posts. I decided to switch to a business plan on a paid hosting platform after a close friend recommended it. After switching to this platform, the template of my blog looked much more professional. I noticed through my analytics page that I have been receiving more viewers on this new hosting site, compared to the free hosting site. With my domain plan, I was able to get a custom email and left my previous @gmail one behind.

My passion for writing was one reason as to why I wanted to start my blog. Having a blog is one form of expressing my interests and opinions. This allows me to write about absolutely anything that comes to my mind. I decided to focus primarily on fashion and lifestyle-related posts. With this focus, I am able to create lookbooks that have descriptions on the items that I am wearing, write about recent purchases and mention whether I enjoy the product or not, and so on. 


My interest in taking photos also led me to start my blog. In the beginning, I just used my iPhone because it was the most convenient method - I just had it in my pocket at all times. Later on, I knew that I had to improve the quality of my photos and I would have to carry around an actual camera. I invested in 50mm lens for my camera and now I am able to achieve better portrait shots! I noticed that this extra step that I took has increased the viewers on each post. 

Getting approved on rewardStyle also made it beneficial for me to start a blog. I have received numerous messages asking about where I purchased specific clothes. With rewardStyle, I am able to link the products that I am wearing or using. I have a plugin on my blog where people are able to view the products that I have tagged on Instagram. This also drives commission for me. Here is the link to Shop my Instagram

I hope this post was helpful to those who are interested in starting their own blog! Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Love,

Emily

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