This tee was a must-have when I saw it while out shopping in Memphis, TN at one of my favorite boutiques , Mozelle. It immediately made me think of how I am part of such a remarkable blogging community, where we all support one another and want to see each other succeed. This support showed clearly at the Create & Cultivate Style Summit in Houston this past weekend. A group of bloggers and creatives came together to share advice on how they are making a brand for themselves, and tips that helped them get where they are today.
One of the messages that stood out immensely was to be YOU and don't be afraid to stand out. The blogging community continues to grow each day, and while it can be hard not to play the comparison game, it is important to be true to who YOU are because that will be what truly makes you stand out and will help you make those connections with your readers.
This also goes for your style. Wear what makes you happy! Just because everyone else is wearing that one pair of booties that are hot this fall, or are carrying that bag that all of the celebs have doesn't mean you have to go buy it if you don't like it to fit in with the trends. Wear what makes you comfortable and makes you feel like a bad a**, that is when you will stand out because your confidence will shine through.
Some other takeaways that stood out to me from the Style Summit were to be consistent, make your blog your portfolio and only rely on this because you OWN it, and try to make your posts relatable. Consistency is key when trying to grow your brand because that is what keeps your readers coming back for more. If your readers know you will be posting at a certain time each day, they know they can rely on you. Make your blog a portfolio of your work and only show your BEST work on it. We all rely so heavily on Instagram and other social media, but who knows when those sites will be gone and then we will be left only with our blogs. Make your blog your baby and your best work. Instagram is your highlight reel but your blog is where you tell a story and connect with your readers. This last one has been weighing on my mind a lot lately because I really want to start making my posts more meaningful for y'all. Talking about clothes all day is great, but I want my readers to take something away from each post. One way that was brought up to do this is by jotting down notes throughout the day when you have a problem in your own life that you have to work out because chances are, someone else is having that problem too and could use your advice.
If you are a blogger or creative and haven't been to an event like Create & Cultivate yet I highly suggest going. It is so refreshing to know there are other boss babes out there who are or were in the same boat as you, and to know there is a support system out there who has your back and wants to help you succeed. If y'all have any other questions about blogging or life in general, I'd love to hear in a comment below!
Now let's go conquer this Monday!