Fashion Blogger Ella Z.| Bootcamp Spotlight

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Today I have the pleasure of introducing Ella Z., from the blog Curveella.  She is an adorable twenty-year-old plus size blogger that currently resides in California.  She took my blogging Bootcamp course recently, and I have to say that she is a blogger that you should be following if you love to have fun with your style.  Her personal style is super cute and her confidence is what shines through the most.

On her blog:

“I used to hate my body and the fact that I am different from the so-called “normal people”.  For so many years I felt and I believed that I was ugly.  I kept on hearing negative comments from people about my weight.  But now, I learned to love my body and to embrace the fact that I’m plus sized and beautiful.”

On her style:

“As for my personal style, I really don’t have a specific one.  I just play around different outfits. Mixing and matching create the magic!  I love to add statement bags and shoes to my outfits.  It brings the elegance and sophistication.  Fashion and Beauty shopping makes me very happy. Styling outfits is who I am and it helps me express myself.”

Her mantra:

“Size is not a reason to sacrifice style!”

Head over to Curveella to get some fashion inspiration!  Thanks so much for allowing me to feature you Ella Z.!

Reader QA: How Do I Create A Blog With Content That Has Not Been Done?

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The saying “there is enough room for everybody,” is one of the truest statements ever made.  It is estimated that there are 7 billion people on this earth.  There are so many people who are waiting for you to share your gifts and knowledge with them; that is your duty.  One of the major questions that I have been receiving is, “What do I do when I feel like everything has already been done?”  I believe that many of you are putting way too much pressure on yourself because the reality is that most people do not have an original or creative blog, but you are an original!  It’s your voice and your talent that separates you from the crowd (not just your subject matter). It is time to revamp your thinking, so today I’m sharing 5 ways to overcome the “It’s Already Been Done” rut.

Blogging Bootcamp Spotlight|Carol from “Evolve Your Image”

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Every week I will be featuring a blogger from my Blogging Bootcamp Course!  I am so excited to showcase some of these amazing women who are on the rise.  Today, let’s meet Carol, a certified image consultant and jewelry stylist from the blog Evolve Your Image.  Carol’s blog features fabulous fashion for all, but especially for women who are age 40 and up!

Juggling A Full-time Job With A Blog

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I was recently asked the question, “How do you run a successful blog and keep your day job?”  Anyone that works a full-time job that is not related to blogging understands that maintaining your job and a blog at the same time is very hard to juggle (I’m not going to deny that at all). The hardest part of it all is trying to find a balance.  It’s difficult because you do not have the freedom to set your own schedule, so you have to use your time very wisely.  Over the last couple of years I have learned a few things about how to run my blog and keep my day job, so I’m sharing a few of those tips with you today.

How Do You Decide What Brands To Collaborate With?

WARRIORS OF (1) I was recently asked the question, “How do you decide what companies to collaborate with on your blog?”  This question is so important because it is something that I wish I would have thought about in my earlier blogging days.  After a few years of blogging you become more knowledgable about your blog and about what types of companies you should and should not be working with because it can be tricky to figure this out when you are just starting.  Over the last two years, I have worked with some companies that did not have my blog’s best interest at the forefront of their goals or they expected something for nothing.  At the end of the day this is a business, and no one really loves (it’s not really about you).  It is about your reach.  I am fine with that, but their are some guidelines that I had to develop for my blog, so I am sharing those with you today in effort to eliminate some of the frustration that I have had to experience.  Here are five questions that you should ask yourself before you collaborating with a company.

What Makes A Blog Worth Reading? (Who’s Unique?)

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The question “What makes your blog unique?” was presented in an awesome post that I read on IFB recently, and it touched on a topic that I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Just as in everything in life, I have discussed that there is an hierarchy among bloggers.  You have your probloggers that rule the scene, such as Gary Pepper or Fashion Toast, but at one point there truly was a place for people who had “ordinary” blogs to connect with others in a way that is more relatable to their lifestyle and experiences.  While the top bloggers create amazing photos and experiences for their readers in very creative ways, it makes you wonder what has to be done to maintain an interesting and unique blog.  My blog started out very small (with no readers) and continues to grow, but what I want it to grow into is still unclear.  Lately, I’ve had to make some serious decisions about the future of my blog.  What makes a blog unique and worth reading?  Is there anything out there that has truly never been done before?

Well, no, but I do believe that bloggers can bring something unique to their niche and the audience that they serve.  A lot of bloggers probably don’t feel this way, but I sort of view myself as a servant who seeks to help and provide knowledge.  I don’t mind this role because without a loyal group of supporters who inspire me there would be no reason to blog.  It’s definitely not the money.  There are very few bloggers who are making the kind of money that can truly sustain a lifestyle through this form of work (looks can be deceiving), so do your research.  If you add in being a minority, who is plus size with kinky hair, you have another set of factors to contend with while trying to run a blog.  It takes thick skin and a lot of self-confidence to try and permeate a domain that is still dominated by traditional forms of beauty even in the plus size community (light skin, wavy hair, certain body type, etc).

I would like to feel that I bring something to my blog that people aren’t getting in a lot of other places, but the truth is I’m not sure.  The article on IFB made the claim that it may be impossible to be successful with a personal blog.  I don’t know if this is true or not, but it is definitely something to think about as I move forward with my blog.  I have been able to inspire women, make some money regularly, have the honor of being featured in major publications, and do guest appearances from time to time all from having a personal blog.  Right now, I have no plans to step away from my blog because I love it so much, but my feelings vary from day to day.  What am I hoping for…more appearances, monetary gain, or even blogger fame?  What is the ultimate goal?  This is a question that every neophyte blogger should be thinking about.  You have to know where you’re headed.

So, as I ponder over the question of what truly makes a blog worthwhile,  I challenge you to do the same.  There really is no point of continuing to work endless hours on a blog that has no ultimate goal or purpose.  So let’s talk…what makes a blog worth reading these days?  It’s hard to tell.