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Looking Back On 4 Years of Blogging

This photo above with me featuring EOS shave cream is a recent photo (posted last night on my Instagram) in collaboration with EOS. The opportunities I've received over the past year have been insane, and I could not be more thankful for each and every single one of them.

But before we get to the now, we need to go back to the basics. I've wanted to talk more about how I started blogging and why. If you haven't read my about section, then you may not know that I wrote 10 blog posts as a senior college writing project. The goal was to write about one specific topic that you knew a lot about, and to own it for 10 blog posts. Can anyone guess what my topic was?

 

EDM. Electronic dance music. I know, I know. It's a totally different vibe nowadays, but my roots were back in the music game and specific electronic events. I actually have a few photos from back in the day, but the quality is less than sub-par so I'd rather not share those here.

Nowadays, it is still hard for a lot of my friends and family to understand why I am spending so much time at home hunched over a laptop rather than being outside enjoying the sunshine. Over the past few years, influencer agencies have popped up all over which makes it so easy to find more and more opportunities from brands. When I tell my mom and my boyfriend's mom how I "make money on the internet" I explain that there are agencies who work with the brands directly and they also give bloggers and influencers more opportunities because they handle the day to day communication with influencers. Most brands cannot handle that additional task within their own staff, so they outsource the influencer affairs to influencer agencies. My favorite for a long time has been Collectively.

Once I started working with Collectively, I was accepted into my biggest campaign at the time with a major beauty brand. If you've been around for some time then you remember this. My best friend's boyfriend calls this campaign my "Covergirl moment" because I was holding the chubby stick next to my lips and it was a close up of my face, which evidently exuded Covergirl. Many others had a similiar thought, and were under the impression that I had somehow made it by working with an amazing brand. While it was not a big Covergirl reveal, this campaign (almost one year ago!) spawned off into what my blog and business has become today. I have not only developed an incredible relationship with this major beauty brand directly, but this campaign with Collectively truly helped me get recognized and become a legitimate player in the beauty blogosphere.

 

Today's post is not sponsored, but I really wanted to share a story about an influencer agency that helped get me from point A to point B. I am so much further along in my career because of Collectively, and this first big opportunity with them has really changed the way the industry sees my work and how capable I am, and for that I cannot thank Collectively enough!

 

They just re-did their website, and I am in love with the new look and feel. If you're an influencer, you must apply to become part of their network. They work with some of the best influencers and brands, and there's so much opportunity to get your big moment too.

 

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Congrats on your 4 years! Blogging is not easy and you have worked hard and it’s time to enjoy the fruit of your labor!

Congrats on 4 years! I’m at around 5.5 and it’s an amazing outlet. And I do agree – that’s a Covergirl moment photo right there!

Congratulations on the 4 year milestone. I’m glad all the hard work is paying off.

Congrats on a wonderful achievement! As a new blogger, I learned so much from this post!

Congratulations on your 4 years of blogging. I’ve been blogging for 9 years and never imagined my blog opening up so many possibilities!

Loved your post! Thank you for sharing your journey! I loved following it! Can’t wait for more!

Thank you so much for sharing about Collectively! This is one that I haven’t heard of yet. Oh, HUGE CONGRATS on 4 years!! That’s so awesome!!

What a great post. Thank you for sharing your journey as a blogger. Congratulations on 4 years!

Thanks for sharing about your blogging journey! I love learning about all the things you’ve learned and experienced the last 4 years of blogging. Keep on being awesome!

Congrats on 4 years! That’s amazing. I’m working toward that myself! I’ve really been actively blogging at least 2x weekly since January. Hopefully I can step it up.

Congratulations! I believe you did a great job in all those years, I wish you more success 🙂

This is such a cute post. Congratulations on blogging for 4 years! That is quite the accomplishment.

Four years is a long time blogging. And yes, most people don;t understand the concept of blogging. I find it interesting that friends and family ready blog post and watch Youtube all day, but never seem to connect the two.

Cheers to many more years of blogging! EOS is a great brand and those sandals are gorgeous.

Blogging is so much work! It sounds like you have put your all into your blog, and has paid off too! You have done some really great work!

Love your blog. I also started my blog as a part of a college assignment and then I have started writing again & I love it. All the best for the future.

It sounds like you have had such a successful blogging career thus far. Here’s to many more!

This is so amazing to read. I’ve just started in the blogging world and hearing about people who are further along really helps me to keep my motivation! Cheers to many more amazing years

It is hard to explain what we do to many people. It is HARD work too as you know!
I have had a few gigs through Collectively myself.
Good job on your blog, it looks FAB!

I’m hopeful that my own blogging start will be successful enough that I’ll be able to do a post like this in a few years. So far, so good!

Love that you got started via a school project. It definitely seems as if you continue to progress and enjoy what you do!

It is always fun to look back to when you first start something and how much things change. My sister and I just started a blog and are learning new things everyday. I have never heard of collectively before but I will definitely be checking it out. Congrats on the success you’ve had so far and good luck with all your future opportunities.

When I look back on my history as a blogger, I’m filled with a mix of nostalgia and horror. LOL It was an exciting time, but now I can see all the mistakes I made.

When I look back at my blogging start, I can see how many mistakes I made! We’re always learning! I love finding new networks to work with too. Keep at it!

Happy 4th anniversary 🙂 My blogging is slightly different, I am happy it works for your goals and wish you loads of success x

I honestly never tired to work with any agencies but it might be worth to give a try. 4 years it’s quiet a time, I’m glad you still enjoying it!

Four years of blogging…what an accomplishment! Sounds like you should take some time to relax and treat yourself!

What a fun road! If I went back to see my photos from my first sponsored post, they definitely would not be as good as your first photo. (Fortunately, I’ve come a long way since then.) It looks like you started out knowing just what to do!

This was really interesting! I am new to blogging so learning more about collectively was so helpful!

This is fabulous and EDM😂😂 I’m glad you landed in the beauty industry! I love and value your honest opinions and reviews!

I don’t always use shaving cream bc the women’s stuff stinks. I actually ended up finding some mens stuff that is the best.

Thanks for the inspiration! As a new blogger, this is very impressive 😉