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The Truth About Blogging for a Living (after 1 year at Zanita Studio)

Written by: Susan Hang

I did it! I lasted one full year at Zanita Studio – well that was a few weeks ago, but it still feels amazing as we head into 2017.

I’m lucky to be a part of this booming industry and so many girls remind me every single day how blessed I am to have this kind of opportunity – I know – so humbled and grateful… Anyway, obviously, I’m not really a blogger, but I essentially blog for a living. I’ve talked to many high-caliber bloggers on several occasions, dabbled in the daily activities of a blogger, and worked alongside amazing OG blogger, Zanita. Now that I’ve been on the inside for a smidgen over a year now, I thought it’d be great to let you know the truth about blogging for a living…

truth about bloggingBlogging takes painful dedication…

Blogging is not your average past-time. As easy as it looks, it’s no easy feat. The reason only a select few rise to the top and discover true success is because they suck up the painful dedication blogging demands. When you’re THE photographer, model, creative director, copy writer, and assistant, it’s easy to raise up the white flag and quit. It’s easy to say, “I’m sick and I’m not going to post until I get better”, but a true blogger knows, this must go up and the quality must be unparalleled. Posting means showcasing your best work even when you feel your worst.

It can suck the life out of you…

In the process of building a business, you must be willing to sacrifice and put forth your time and effort under all circumstances. Under NO requirement, I found myself up til 2 am or up at 5:30 am trying to make something work for the sake of a “blog” – it’s that serious when it’s your job. It’s physically and mentally exhausting and draining at times, but necessary to make a blog come together – the end result is beyond gratifying though. My point is, blogging can literally suck the life out of you – you have to love the industry that much in order to survive at times. As much fun as it seems, it’s equally as much hard work. A job is a job no matter what you think, and it always requires 110%.

Fashion remains a small part of the business…

Most people want to get into this business for the love of clothes, but a great fashion sense remains a small piece of the pie. You have to be strategic, business-minded, and intelligent in order to be sustainable. Being well-dressed is only 10% of the formula… Are you ready for business? Real bloggers have so much strategy and thought behind their every move – you’d be surprised at how serious of a business this is. Azalle is just days from launching, and you’ll be getting a real taste of what reality is like from several industry insiders and I mean it! We keep saying it, but I mean it – WATCH THIS SPACE!

Photography reigns…

The one thing you can’t afford to flounder in is your visuals. Photography is such a key aspect of blogging and branding today that it’s basically become a non-negotiable. Plan your shoots carefully, source talented, but aspiring photographers, and learn the photo editing game like a retoucher to get your best shots out there. If actions speak louder than words, than photography is IT in blogging. Zanita’s updated Fashion & Blog Photography course available only on Azalle is sure to teach major insider lessons, so stay tuned over the next few days.

There’s no elevator to success…

As often as it seems to happen, success doesn’t happen overnight. Everything takes time… Money and business takes time… Every REAL blogger knows this, that’s why no one just calls quits. Every content piece that you publish gives you room for traction, and over time your conversions build. Everything takes time. Don’t wait to start.

Start now!

xo,
Susan
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