Why I LOVE Supporting Other Bloggers
Living in a Competitive World
Nowadays many bloggers seem to keep most information to themselves. They are worried their success is only theirs if they do not share their achievements or information about their success. Listen, I get it. We're living in a very competitive world that rides on the idea of who gets to their email faster, who can get their post up faster to sell that shirt, who can get the most likes faster. It's a world where our attention is taken in so many directions we don't want to be behind the curve. We don't want to lose an opportunity.
While I don't write this to say bloggers don't support one another, I want to give you some perspective that not everyone wants to be open and honest about their findings. If a blogger learns something either positive or negative, sharing with the community would be a great service to us all. However, most feel it is their competitive advantage if they keep it a secret and not tell others about it. Whereas I... I am an open book and I will help most people. I like to share my experiences especially if it'll help someone!
Recently Chriselle Lim launched a new fashion collection. I was all over this. I logged in at 6 AM the day of the launch so I could get my hands on the goodies as soon as humanly possible.
Just a few weeks before that, my favorite influencer in the space (Victoria from In The Frow) launched an incredibly gorgeous collection with Strathberry. I am not RL friends with her (someday people, sommmeeday!) but I was so proud of her. Unfortunately I was traveling that week and I could not get my hands on a gorgeous handbag. She sold out of them so quickly. Again, super impressive.
Recently I have been spending more time on Instagram to support my fellow bloggers and congratulate the babes working with amazing brands. Gina (huntforsyles) did this beautiful shoot with Rebecca Minkoff.
This babe works with so many amazing brands on a consistent basis, and I congratulate her every single time! She is such a hard worker and has incredible content, so there is not a doubt in mind why a brand choose her for their new launches.
This babe is one of the most inspirational woman I have ever known (and I did meet her in person at NYFW last September!) She was the cover of Blogosphere Magazine recently, has a beautiful project happening with Elizabeth Arden at the moment, and is working on something fun with Cult Beauty which is coming soon. Boss babe, and there's no doubt about it.
I mentioned Lydia, but her husband is a serious badass. His level of content creation is unlike any other influencers I've seen. He is absolutely killing it with brand collaborations and his creativity. Where he comes up with the ideas I have no idea, but I absolutely love every piece of content.
There's so many more people I can name, but these are coming to mind as I write this late at night, alongside a delicious glass of Cab Sav from Trader Joe's.
Recently, I saw a quote on Twitter from an influencer about how no matter how pretty your pictures are, how hard you work or how amazingly you edit your videos, some people won't hit the like button because it's you. That realization was a sad afterthought for me. This is something I have come to terms with for myself because I see that with the people I see on a regular basis. Becoming a blogger has helped me realize who my real friends are. There's the supportive ones who just tell everyone about what I do, and the ones who will never admit I have done a good thing or am doing a good thing. For those individuals, I have slowly dwindled down the relationship because I am so supportive of everyone doing whatever it is they want to do.
I pride myself on being positive and congratulating bloggers on their achievements, along with spreading positivity.
I didn't go online 5 years ago to be an asshole to strangers I didn't know.
I went online to find friends and make others' lives better. This is why I choose to show outfits, share my favorite makeup pieces, spread positive thoughts on the regular and do my best to be silly so someone having a bad day can giggle a little with me. I want to succeed (who doesn't?) and this to me means supporting amazing woman & men in the blogging space. I just love being supportive of everyone because I am genuinely happy for their achievements.
The moral of the story is that I am not saddened by seeing others grow.
It does not make me hate or despise another influencer because they got an opportunity. In fact, on the contrary, I'm the one buying the collections and sharing on my social to help them sell even more! Life is about happiness, and to me, happiness includes supporting the community. It's not a competitive thing to me. I embrace the amazing opportunities that have been given to my colleagues!
Be supportive of others.
Whatever professional field you're in, congratulate your friends and family on their achievements. Do not feel threatened or jealous by their accomplishments. Their success does not hinder your success. Repeat that to yourself every day until you understand this is the truth. There is plenty of opportunity for us all to succeed together. The more we rise one another, the better off we will all be as a community.