Happy 2018 everyone! Hope your new year’s celebration was more eventful than mine. Not to mislead you, it was great and with wonderful company, but my new year’s eve wasn’t full of dancing, raging and taking fun pictures until the wee hours of the night. We pretty much called it quits after countdown, went home and fell asleep. Haha! It’s what happens when you get old. I didn’t put much effort or time into planning NYE, and this got me thinking about what other stuff I’ve been slacking on…like my blog.
To be honest, I’m not that great of a blogger, and I find it hard for me to offer blogging tips when I don’t follow through myself. It’s not so much my lack of passion as it is my lack of focus. It was really hard for me to focus on KANGTHROPOLOGIE when I had to work 3 other part-time jobs. However, that’s no longer an excuse, and now I want to concentrate on the things that I can do to become a better blogger (BBB).
BBB #1: READ
I don’t read enough. Period. It’s not just the books I own, but I need to start reading more online news articles, blog posts, newsletters, etc.. There is so much information out there, and I’m missing it all by watching Netflix marathons. I think the more I read other blogs of fashion and lifestyle bloggers similar to myself, the more I can figure out what works and what doesn’t. Why are some blogs more successful than others? Are there new topics that spark people’s interests?
If nothing else, reading other content will inspire me to create new content and come up with better ideas and topics. By reading other blogger posts, this will also help me become a better engager, which leads me to the second thing I need to improve on…
BBB #2: ENGAGE
I’m really bad at this. REALLY BAD. (Sigh). It’s really important for me to engage not only with my readers, but with other bloggers and brands. I have a blogger friend that’s really great at this. I’m always at awe of her when she tells me so-and-so wrote about this on her blog, or sends me articles that I would find interesting.
It’s not hard. It’s just a click away. I need to be more proactive and reach out to other bloggers that I find interesting or have similar aesthetics. People respond better when they know that you have an interest in what they have to say. It’s a two-way street and it’s always good to support your fellow bloggers.
BBB #3: PLAN
My best collaborations and content have been those that were well planned. The idea, the concept, the mood have all been laid out before the execution, and the images that come about are some that I will remember and treasure forever. Obviously, I’m not referring to OOTDs but the trips and seasonal campaigns. I would like to plan out more trips in advance and come up with seasonal campaigns at least a month before execution. Mood boards and media kits are very helpful when you’re reaching out to brands, and those take time to curate. My goal is to put in more effort into all of my events, no matter how big or small.
These are the top 3 #BBB things I can improve on that I can think of off the top of my head. I’d be more than grateful to hear your thoughts on how I can improve. I want to put my best blogger foot forward this year, and your input would be much appreciated. Thanks for being so patient with me the last 2 years. Here’s to 2018!
Top: Reformation (similar look on sale) / Jeans: H&M / Boots: Forever 21 (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Necklace: Gorjana / Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar / Bag: Vintage Chanel / Lipstick: 100% Pure
Photographed by Laci Havens