When you have a digital presence online, you’ll probably receive a little hate or snark at some point. It’s inevitable. People hiding behind their screens, using anonymity to their advantage, making assumptions about your life. To be honest, I’ve often let the fear of negativity dictate what I’ve posted on social media. If I receive hundreds of positive feedback but one negative comment, that one bad remark has the potential to drag me down for days. For that reason, I’ve always been a little more private about my personal life on Instagram. But I’m finding that my pregnancy journey has really given me the opportunity to open up a little more.
My blog posts have become a little more intimate and raw – especially yesterday’s pregnancy skincare post where I shared an untouched acne photo. That being said, getting personal means occasional criticism in this space is a constant possibility. A few of you asked how to deal with negativity online, so I wanted to chat a little bit more about it in today’s Q&A post.
An essential aspect of being an influencer is working with brands. Not only is this a great way to earn an income, but it’s a fun way to build relationships with brands you love, create meaningful content, and share them with your audience. Lately, several of you have asked me about brand sponsorships – specifically, when to collaborate and how to select brands to work with. So, I’ll be diving into your most pressing questions on partnerships today, including a few personal tidbits on when and how to work with brands as a blogger.
One of the most crucial tools for managing my blog and planning maternity leave is definitely my editorial calendar. At the beginning of every month, I like to sit down and plan out everything for at least 2 months in advance. This helps give me a clear vision of what I need to accomplish with deadline attached. But now that we’ve got a baby on the way, I’ve taken it a step further and have my blog content mapped out through the end of April! Within my editorial calendar, I schedule the topics I want to cover, including those requested by you guys, as well as brand partnerships. Having a dedicated agenda to just my business really allows me to prioritize my responsibilities. Some of you had several questions on how to manage an editorial calendar, so I’ll be covering that in today’s post!
I get a lot of questions from you guys about my experience as a blogger, which has really forced me to look back at how far I’ve come since launching it. Although I spent so much of my time blogging without earning a dime during my first few years, I’m glad that it’s paid off, giving me the freedom to create content on topics I love today! Over the next few weeks, I’ll answering your most pressing requests starting with advice for newbies. Keep scrolling for my best blogging tips for new bloggers.
Running a blog is a one-person show – and even though I have a small team helping me today, it’s so easy to get pulled in different directions. Since my blog is my business, I’m constantly having to juggle between strategy, creative direction, and brand collaborations all the while being present on social media. And I’ll be the first to tell you that it is no easy task! In the past, my days would start super early and end extremely late, but by the next morning, it’d somehow seem like I had more to do. I learned quick that this was a fast track to burn out. Since then, I’ve put a new routine in place to help me get more done in less time. If distraction is your enemy, click through to get my top productivity hacks.
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