This month I celebrate my two year Blogiversary and while to some that may not mean anything and to others you’re thinking, “what the heck is that?” to me it’s a milestone. I meant to do this post after I hit my one year of blogging and for some reason I never had time. I now know it wasn’t time, but it was more like I was still learning about blogging and myself. This last year I learned a lot more about what I would’ve changed and what I want for the future of All Things Alison. I’m not writing this as tips necessarily for bloggers. This is solely my opinion and what I’ve learned, but maybe it will help a new blogger or even a seasoned one. Blogging is ever changing so it’s always a journey and this is my two year journey. Enjoy!
What I Would Do Differently Now
I don’t believe in living with regrets. If you don’t like something in any part of your life, change it. Unfortunately that’s sometimes easier said than done. When I started blogging I didn’t do any research, I wasn’t following bloggers, and I didn’t have an Instagram account. That’s not a typo. I knew nothing, but just wanted to write about fashion. I picked a name we’ll talk about in a second, a blog platform and went to town. I have to say without knowing what I was doing and having an embarrassingly ugly blog I did pretty well with collaborations. Okay let’s talk about my blog name, As most of you know I changed my name about 6 months ago. For any new bloggers, my advice would be to absolutely LOVE your name. My first blog name, The Frugal Fashionista of OC, was cute and yes I do blog about affordable fashion a lot, but I quickly learned that the word frugal and having OC in your name can put off some brands. So looking back I would’ve put a little more thought before starting my blogging journey, but it’s all a learning experience and I’ve loved every second of it.
Blogging is Hard
Most people who know nothing about blogging don’t know what bloggers actually go through to create Instagram and Blog content. They think we just put on an outfit and snap a photo. WRONG! All of my free time, and there’s not much with a full-time job and teaching 16 fitness classes a week, is devoted to blogging. There’s answering emails from brands, setting up photo shoots, doing photo shoots, attending events, host events, posting on Instagram and Instastories daily, writing blog posts and engaging with followers and other bloggers. It is a job and takes a lot of work especially if you want to be successful, which I plan to be of course! #bossbabe
Sometimes Life Happens
When I started blogging I said I wasn’t going to get personal. During my first year of blogging my dog Rose, who I had for 12 years passed away and I didn’t mention it at all on Instagram. I shut down for a week, didn’t post anywhere and was just devastated. I thought then that my followers wouldn’t want to hear about the real things going on in my life and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Now I share pretty much everything from stupid stories, to my sweet fur baby, to my fitness classes and the health of my mom. And you know what? It’s life and everyone goes through it and can relate more to you because of it. I’m still stunned when followers DM me asking how my mom is doing or asking me what the nail polish color I was wearing in one of my posts. So my tip to any blogger is be yourself and be real. We all go through stuff why not go through it with people who are supporting you everyday.
Events and Collaborations
I’ve mentioned many times that I love that blogging has opened doors for experiences that probably wouldn’t have come my way and that hasn’t changed. I love that I have a platform where I not only can talk about fashion, but also charities invite followers to Sip and Shop parties and even host a Fashion Show! Yes that happened! I’ve also worked with some amazing brands and partner with a lot of them on a regular basis. It’s also so cool to me that I can post an outfit and have people reach out to me and ultimately purchase it. If you asked me two years ago if I thought any of this would happen I would’ve thought you were crazy, but it did and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future!
What I’ve Learned About Myself
When I first started my blog I compared myself to EVERY blogger. Why am I not as skinny as her? Why is she prettier than me? And the big one, Why is my hair not as long as thick as hers? Because it’s extensions that’s why! Haha But I learned real fast that you can’t do that! We’re all different and all have our own strengths. I learned to truly be comfortable in my own skin and that reflects in the photos after that first year. I felt more confident and that overlapped in other areas of my life too. So my tip to new or veteran bloggers is to let your guard down because we’re all beautiful so just let it show!
Along with having new experiences blogging has also created a lot of new friendships. I have a core group of bloggers right here in Orange County that I can truly call friends. There’s also a handful of bloggers who live in other states who I talk to on Instagram almost daily. Although we’ve never met, I consider them friends and hopefully we’ll meet one day. With that said, I’ve also seen the other side of bloggers being catty, two faced and not even saying hi to me at a blogger event. I really don’t get that as we are all different and all blog about different things. To me there is no competition, but maybe I’m not insecure either. As a whole though, it’s been a really positive and supportive experience with other bloggers and I’m excited to get to know more in the future!
So that’s my two years of blogging in a nutshell! The good the bad and the fab! Thank you for following along the last two years and I hope you stay with me to see where All Things Alison is going next! Stay tuned!
Yours Always in Fashion, Alison
Photos By: Scott Rinaldi Photography