Well, what a year it’s been! I honestly am stunned it has already been one year since I launched my first blog post on trendykenzie.com. This past year I have learned so much and continue to learn every single day new things about blogging and life itself. First off, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been so kind and supportive through this and has believed in me! You guys rock and are what keeps me going day-to-day! I have been so anxious to write this blog post because not only am I excited to tell you what I get to do on a daily basis but to help others who are trying to pursue the same dream as mine. So here we go! I have had many questions throughout this experience so far so now I am going to give you some answers.
How did you start blogging?
So a few months before I started my blog I was following all of these amazing bloggers who my friend Emma introduced me to on social media. I was completely obsessed with their day-to-day lives and being able to constantly see where they bought their outfits from thanks to the LikeToKnowIt App ( we will get to this later ). I have always had a strong love for fashion whether it was shopping with my momma or being able to work in a clothing store. In middle & high-school I was always “that girl who dressed up”. I would always plan my outfit the night before so I wasn’t throwing around clothes at 5:30 the next morning lol. Last September, I decided to take a leap of faith and start a blog! I was super nervous at first because I didn’t know what the reaction would be, but I knew this was something I had a heart for and wanted to pursue! I constantly asked God for answers and I guess this was his for me!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
All the cute outfits of course! Nah, I’m just kidding (kind of lol). I have met so many great people blogging and some have turned into my real good blogging friends. There is constant support between one another and if you’re having a bad day, one of them will be sure to lift you up.
Do you get paid to blog & what’s the LikeToKnowIt app?
The LikeToKnowIt app is an app that let’s you shop your screenshots. By downloading the app, you are able to shop anyone who is liketoknowit enabled on most social media outlets. You will know if they are because they will have what looks like a link in their caption or the liketoknowit logo in the bottom right hand corner of their picture. So say you see a cute outfit on a blogger you are following and want to purchase immediately… all you have to do is screenshot that picture and head back to the app to see outfit details. Now from a bloggers standpoint ( if you want to make commission off of your outfits) you have to apply to be LikeToKnowIt enabled. They usually look for great engagement and a consistent feed. Now onto the question : Do you get paid? Yes, since I am on liketoknowit I make commission through rewardstyle which means if someone purchases an item through my link or screenshot then I make $ off of what the buy! Now let me tell you it doesn’t happen over night AT ALL. It has been a year and it’s just now starting to pick up well! But I love that because it makes you work harder at what you do!
Who takes your pictures & how do you edit them?
Can anyone take a guess? haha. My sweet boyfriend Justin takes all my pictures. He has been the biggest supporter through this and has honestly turned into almost a pro photographer by now. You should see his cute little stance he does 😉 He is always willing to do what it takes to make me like the pictures! I love him so much. I edit all my pictures through Adobe Lightroom and have my own specific preset now! Highly recommend presets, they are super easy if you want your feed to look consistent.
Where do you want to go with blogging?
I want to inspire others every day with my style and encourage others to express themselves with theirs. Growing your blog is not easy but I have realized hard work pays off! ( I will be doing another blog post about how to grow your blog soon!). I am a business major with a minor in marketing and plan to graduate next May. My plan is to move to the coast and hopefully find a job in marketing when I graduate. A few years down the road I plan to open up my own store because I have always dreamed about that! I think blogging is a major stepping stone in getting to where I want to be. I love blogging so much so there is no chance I will stop as Justin’s friends refer to as “Trendying” anytime soon lol.
Advice to new bloggers?
My biggest advice is to STAY CONSISTENT. You will not get the outcome you want if you aren’t on social media A LOT in the beginning. Engagement is key. You have to interact with other bloggers and your followers otherwise you aren’t going to get that “follow back” or “comment” from them. I’ve noticed if you post at the same time everyday usually you will get a stronger reaction because your followers know when you are going to post. Let me tell you I am constantly on my phone when I can be because this is one of my jobs! I like to take Sundays off from posting just because we all need a rest day. Sometimes it can get a little hectic and my thumbs hurt haha. One of the biggest things I have learned is if you treat this like YOUR company & YOUR business you will get the outcome you want. You got this!
I am so happy I had the chance to answer some of your questions. Be on the lookout for more posts like this in the future because there are soooo many more questions and new things to learn! I love all of you and thank you for making Trendy Kenzie a dream come true!