In Collaboration With Tu Clothing
Hands up if you’re freaking out that June is almost over?! If you’re having a bit of a creative and motivational lull then don’t worry, you’re not alone. I tend to start every year with so much focus and fresh ideas, but it always seems to plummet when the temperatures rise.
I’ve spoken frequently about my blogging struggles and it seems like most of my vlogs start off with me saying ‘I need to get organised!’ before ending up late for whatever I’m doing. It’s an ongoing journey for me and it’s only after a few years of freelancing, that I’m starting to put a plan in place to counteract it.
So what’s the answer to this conundrum? The blogging pep talk. The key is to find someone you respect and admire, who might also have some stuff they need to work through. As part of the It Takes Tu campaign, I decided to have a good old catch-up with Kim. Think iced coffees, pretty dresses and plenty of honesty when it comes to blogging.
We’ve been friends for just over four years (probably due to me being a bit of a stalker in her comments section) and are both in very different situations. Kim juggles blogging with working full time in social media and I seemingly have all the time in the world, but still can’t get you-know-what done. In terms of style, we tend to like similar pieces (Kim’s always sending me links to things) but we give them our own individual twist. For this look I’ve gone for a brighter, slightly retro number and Kim has found a Summer steal that looks far more expensive.
Read on to find out how we helped each other out!
Kim on Kristabel
Kim: One thing that stands out across all your channels is colour and this is a reflection of you. I definitely appreciate how consistent your blog and instagram is sticking at sticking to your style and niche. Straight away you know who Kristabel is.
Kristabel: Thanks Kim! I know you’re a social-media whizz, please help me organise my life! What skills have you picked up from your day job, that allow you to use your free time productively? I find myself stumbling because a blog post is taking too long to write and I can be so indecisive over email replies.
Kim: I think the key is setting times throughout the day to get stuff done. A set time in the morning to reply to emails and then turning if off until the next set time will stop you from a day of just doing emails. At work we have to work to strict deadlines, so I have a clear schedule. I also have limited time to work on my blog, so I’ll take processes from work like scheduling or having specific times to only read emails/brainstorm. I’m pretty disciplined.
Likewise with getting stuff done, if you’re like me you can lose hours perfecting and procrastinating. A deadline gives you the kick up the butt to get it done.
Kristabel: Thanks so much! I think I’m going to slowly try to introduce better habits into my working life, I think the key is to do things gradually and become more disciplined. I’ve downloaded the inbox pause extension for Chrome plus I use StayFocusd to try and limit my time on social media. I’m all about those apps! It’s going to take a bit of getting used to, but it needs to happen.
Kristabel on Kim
Kristabel: Look at that smile! It’s so nice to see someone looking happy in their photos and your blog and channels are such a burst of positivity. Everything you produce is of high-quality but not so polished that it’s alienating. I can imagine that everyone who follows just wants to be your BFF!
Kim: Ah you! I’ve been following your blog since the day I started 5 years ago and I feel like you’ve really found your style. How did you know what ‘your niche’ was and where do you look for your creativity?
Kristabel: I had to get deep and really go on a bit of a soul-searching process, it all sounds very Oprah! Most of us started blogs on a whim and had no idea what we were doing. Now it’s like we’re running our own start-ups and if you were launching a business, you’d have a clear mission statement and ways of working.
When I relaunched my blog, I looked at all my content and the thing that most stuck out for me was honesty. I’ve been blogging since my student days where I’d moan about job rejections and now I’m open about finances, race and comparison. I know what my perspective is on certain topics, so that influences my content and I find that creative ideas start to flow once you’ve figured out your point of view. I’m a bit busty, so fashion-related topics I would write about are ‘Styling Summer dresses you can wear with a bra’ and finding decent bras on the High Street.
I think you should look at your current content pillars, brainstorm the things you find interesting and what you would love to start talking about. Come up with a mission statement and use it to influence your posts. Personally I’m a bit nosy, so I want to know about any struggles you may have gone through in terms of career and what you’ve learned. I know that you started out doing graphic design and now you work in social – it could be really useful for your readers.
Kim: I do want to try to open up more. I still get nervous talking to camera on Instagram Stories but I do want people to get to know me better. I also want to get on top of consistency, posting every day on Instagram and setting a schedule for my blog posts.
I think the thing I’ve taken from our little chat is that a problem shared is a problem halved. It’s amazing what you can learn from someone in a different situation and I want to schedule regular blogging pep talks with people. Make sure you read Kim’s post too, where I give even more blogging advice that I should probably make sure I’m following. Is anyone else great at advising others but doesn’t put it into practice themselves? It’s the eternal struggle!
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