Flawed. & (still) worthy.
Welcome back y'all! Sorry its been long time no post ,but today I'm back with a super exciting interview with Dorothy from @prepinyourstep! She was so kind to help me out by answering these questions and I hope they give you an even deeper admiration from this amazing lady! be sure to check out her incredible blog and Instagram (linked below) I hope y'all enjoy!
1. What has being a blogger/instagramer taught you?
" I think the biggest thing I've learned from having my own blog is the fact that it's not always what it seems. This relates to all of the behind the scenes work that I had no idea existed before beginning to moving the clutter from one side of my room to the other in order to get a post live about updates done to my room.
When I began I was honestly shocked to check my analytics and see that people aside from myself and my family had fun my blog and stopped to read it. Years later and I still think about just how cool that is. Sometimes in college especially, I felt like I was living a double life where I had my normal college life and then the blogging side as well. With that, I didn't know the responsibilities that would come on the business side of blogging as well. Communicating with brands, creating contracts, shooting photos, preparing social media posts, and overall managing a personal brand can be a lot at times but it is so worth it.
That goes along with the idea that everything isn't how it seems. There have been times where a deadline has crept up on me and I've shot photos for a sponsored post right as the sun is coming up so that it is good to go. Instagram is certainly a highlight reel and most of the time I just wish y'all could see the mess I create when shooting photos or arranging products or myself in a certain way just to get a good shot. All of these moments have brought lots of laugh but remind me of the reality of how this hobby really can be a job at times."
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
" I think my favorite thing about blogging would have to be the opportunities that has come with it for me to be able to connect with brands I love and share them with the readership I've grown. If you would have told me when I started that I would be working with brands like PB Teen whose catalogue I would sit with at our kitchen counter envisioning my dream bedroom I would've have laughed. I am constantly reminded of the trust these companies have given me to promote their products in a genuine way for my readers to engage with. The friends and readers I've gained over the years from blogging are also one of the absolute best parts. I wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with each of them to tell them just how much it means to me that they trust my judgement and check back to see what I post when they do. I love the opportunities I have had to meet readers and find it so fun that they have even gone up to my friends before even when I am not there to let them know that they recognize them from my blog. It is a constant reminder that it really is a small world."
3. What is the biggest tip you can give to new bloggers?
''Post what you want to post about not what you think will be popular. So often now people start blogs because they see the people who have made it big after years of hard work. If that growth comes to them quickly that is wonderful but more than likely it will take time and if you're only blogging about what other people are already talking about there is little reason for someone to click on a post they've already seen elsewhere. Stay true to what you're interested in and writing posts will remain exciting and you'll draw in readers who are similar to you!''
4. What motivated you to start your blog?
''It is insane to think that I've been blogging for almost 6 years. My blog pretty much documents my journey through high school, college, and now the real world which is such a funny concept to me. I started my blog junior year of high school when I felt like all I was doing was going from cross country or soccer practice to homework to school without having a way to creatively express myself. Over the years I've realized just how bad I am at not being productive so it really comes as no surprise that I took on something like a blog to tackle that lack of creativity. From there I realized the escape and stress relief it could be and the rest is history.''
5. Have you seen yourself grow through your blogging and social media journey?
''Yes, in ways that I don't even know how to begin to describe. I was almost 17 when I began and now here I am at 22 still feeling like I could be back in my bedroom at home the night Prep In Your Step began. I also feel like I've grown up so much as a person since then. If it weren't for Prep In Your Step I am not sure I'd be as confident of a person and so sure of myself as I am now. Despite most people being overwhelmingly positive towards what I've done there are also people out there that are doubtful and negative. I've learned to have thick skin. I'm not sure if I hadn't taken this risk that I would have taken other risks I did in college and credit my work ethic and ability to be a self starter to this blog! ''
Thank you so much for reading! Also another HUGE thanks to Dorothy for helping me! be sure to follow her and check out her blog!