Blogging for over a year now I've learnt so much on how to grow and engage with an audience and also had the opportunity to work with different brands. I love blogging, I love writing. It has opened up many doors for me & has definitely grown my confidence. The more you write, and the more you're passionate about it, it will just come to you naturally.

I often get asked "What made you start a blog?", "Why do you even blog?", "Do you not get bored?" "What's is blogging?"

Haha, quite literally the same questions over again! If you're a blogger, I'm hoping you may be able to relate to this blog post in some way!

I started a blog as I just generally love fashion, I think the way you represent yourself says a lot. I wanted to do something different, something out my comfort zone. At first I thought blogging would only be something I'll only be doing for a few weeks then stop. Now blogging for over a year it's opening a lot of doors for me and allows me to collaborate with cool brands and to be recognised for something I'm passionate about. The whole point of starting a blog was to sort of have a back fall and some knowledge that will eventually lead me to allow my foot in the door within the fashion industry, whether that’s as a stylist or writer - I just wanted that extra experience and allow me to develop some more knowledge and grow myself as a person. Another question that's often asked is "what's your favourite thing about blogging" - Answering that, literally everything. There's not one thing that comes to mind that I "hate". From working with new people to dressing up to shooting, writing and even the excitement of releasing the post live on the blog and social media, the smallest comments mean the most! Not to mention I have also managed to talk to some lovely talented bloggers within the whole community, which I really would love to work with one day. 

I’m always scrolling through my Twitter and Instagram timeline, I love looking at different blog and content. On Twitter I often come across different bloggers whose social following is not as big, but quality of writing is amazing! I see so many talented writers & bloggers and sometimes I feel like talent does go unnoticed due to someone’s lack of following. Linking this in, I recently got an email from a girl, who recently started a blog, she mentioned in the email "how do I grow my following so I can also work with brands & get my blog name noticed"

In my opinion there's so many different ways to look at this, some brands do focus on social media following and stats, because at the end of the day, if a fashion brand is looking to work with you they are chasing that exposure they need, the more you engage with an audience it will pay off in the long run....but also then again. It’s not all about followers or how many blog posts you do. People say to me “Oh you’re fine you have so many followers, you're always posting” – Hardly, I think it’s different when you feel no personal gain, I always want more, I am my biggest critic. I've learnt your blog is what you make it. Brands want the best exposure they can get, but also with great content. Great content is key. In my opinion, making your writing the best it can be is crucial, and that is what I am learning and practicing every day. Through this I hope big brands recognise aspiring bloggers whose talent goes unnoticed. So that being said... don't be afraid or intimidated to contact and ask for collaboration with brands. It’s true what they say, practice makes perfect so let them know who you are. 

Arooj xo