I never imagined I would end up blogging about home interiors. I lived in crappy apartments throughout college and I didn’t take the time to decorate until we moved into our current home in the suburbs of Maryland. No doubt the house had a great layout and space, but it needed some updating. As I started re-designing each room, I found a passion in myself I didn’t know was there.
The desire to start a blog about interiors came after I found the home décor community on Instagram. Right before Christmas time I created my own Instagram account and started sharing photos of my holiday décor. I was shooting my camera on Auto, and I wasn’t editing or lightening my photos. As I started following other bloggers that inspire me, I started making improvements in my photography and content. I’m proud to say my Instagram has grown from 0 to almost 3,000 followers today.
Three months have flown by and I must say it has been very challenging. The learning curve is huge… I am forced to learn new things every day. I completely under estimated how much time it would require to run a successful blog. I thought you could run a blog part-time, but if you want to see growth you need to put in a lot of extra time. My husband can attest that I’m now devoting most of my free time to bettering my business.
You would think I would have more content by now, but I only have nine blog posts published so far. There are two reasons I have not published more regularly. One is that I need to create quality content to be successful, not quick posts with no useful information. The second is that I quickly realized I also needed to learn a number of new skills to support my effort in creating quality content.
Below are some of the things I’ve taught myself in the past three months:
- Basic DSLR Photography
- Adobe Lightroom Photo Editing
- Squarespace Website Building
- Social Media Strategy & Growth for Pinterest
- Social Media Strategy & Growth for Instagram
- Canva Graphic Design
The number one thing I’ve learned is PATIENCE. There is nothing more frustrating than having to re-do your work 2x, 3x, or more because your original work was not good enough. I continue to make mistakes and learn the hard way from those lessons. I’ve become a bit of a perfectionist, but you have to be in the blogging world. There are hundreds of thousands of other blogs out there. If you don’t focus on quality photos and content, you won’t stand out.
I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices with my time already, but when I do get something right I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Do I want to give up sometimes? Absolutely, but nothing in life worth having comes easy. I will continue to chase that feeling of accomplishment and not focus on the frustrations. I will probably shoot my house another 100+ times before my photos will be Pinterest-perfect, but I will keep trying. Don’t give up on your dreams friends!
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