A couple of days ago, I had the great pleasure to ‘BXTRA’ with Dey, a fellow blogger who is also from the Bronx. The name of her blog is actually ‘bloggerfromtheBronx’, which you guys should totally check out!
We met at a local Starbucks to get to know each other and our platforms more. ‘BXTRA’ features extraordinary people and places in the Bronx with a focus on arts &fashion. Blogger from the Bronx focuses on travel, Bronx talent, and fashion as well.
The two of us have a lot of similarities; we both are in our early 20’s, are recent college graduates, have a love for writing, a love for the Bronx, and are new bloggers who share the same mission, to tell a positive narrative for the Bronx.
“We are advocates,” Dey said.
Those three words opened the door to our conversation on how to be a successful blogger. Here were some of our few main points :
Respect : You should most definitely respect your cause, respect your craft, respect others, but most importantly, respect yourself first. In doing so, find ways to build up your confidence because starting a blog, or anything new for that matter, can be a daunting task. Once you have that down pat, you’ve created the foundation for a respectable brand.
Support : Support other bloggers! Even if you find people who write about the same topic, so what? That’s more of a reason to support them. Remember, people can have the same interests but different ideas. This brings us to the next point.
Collaborate : Network with people. Attend events when you can. Build a team. Ask for help. Doing these things can help you and your brand grow. There’s no doubt that you can be extraordinary on your own, but having other people by your side can bring you and others to an even high level.
There are more than a million people living in the Bronx, it would be boring if there was only one blog about it, right?
Have a Goal : Who’s your target audience? How often will you post? What’s the end game? These questions can not be answered right away, so don’t rush. However, this is something to keep in the back of your mind, knowing the answers to these questions can help you execute your work better.
Consistency : The best way to establish yourself is by putting yourself out there. Post a photo, a quote, something that let’s people know that you’re active! Don’t be discouraged by stats either, the more you post, the more likely people will take the time to stop and read your blog.
Know your Weaknesses : You may be a really good blogger, but what’s holding you back from being extraordinary? Once you acknowledge what it is, accept it, and find ways to improve!
One of the things that hold me back sometimes is my shyness. I’m a big introvert, but the field that I’m in is pretty darn social! In that case, I attend more events that force me out of my comfort zone, which is actually awesome!
The best thing to do is bite the bullet and do what you have to do. Facing your weaknesses will make you stronger.
Spread the Word : Tell your friends and family what you’re doing. Share your posts on social media. Let people know about your brand upon introducing yourself. Be proud of what you do! You can be your worst critic but remember to also be your best representative.
Things will fall into place if your believe.
Shout out to Blogger from the Bronx for being an example of how to be a successful blogger.
Do good. Stay well. BXTRA.