For day 12 of BEDS, I want to share a topic that I have always want to address and hopefully have a discussion or insight.

I’m a blogger.

and reasons why I don’t see myself an Instagrammer…

Bloggers write and post content (words, videos, images) for their blogs.

Blogs are an online type of journalism or as many people like to say it’s more like a ‘personal chronological log of thoughts.’

Blogging is a way to run a business. When it comes down to a blog, it is just a website.

Many people run their entire business on blogs.

Blogging is not a traditional job that gets a steady paycheck nor has a consistent workload.

Majority of a blogger’s income comes from blogging, often times they have ads running on their website, use and promote products with affiliate links, or get paid by doing projects for brands. It can vary!

I find myself the love to write and share my passion for fashion and photography. Ever since knowing the blogosphere existed, I knew that was something I wanted to do. I had to put it off for so many reasons. I was in school and busy working. I didn’t have any access to a good camera nor photographer friend whom I could grow this passion with. I didn’t know what I could do or whether or not it would even be possible doing all of this. Not until recently, I’d say couple months ago, I finally decided that I wanted to blog and make this Instagram thing work, like really badly. I want it badly!

Then I became obsessed and too addicted to checking this app. I’d go on it almost every 5 seconds to check for how many likes and whether or not my followers would drop or not. There were times that I would go mad, non-stop watching Youtube videos on how to grow followers quickly, what apps they use, what strategies they have done that makes them so successful. Instagramming is a game, and I hate playing games.

You can take this literally or not, but it is true. Ever since I started liking and commenting on people’s photos, I started gaining likes and followers. There are certain methods and ways that I catch up on in order to drive traffic to my page, believe it or not. For example, if you’ve been noticing the way I post photos and use hashtags has recently changed. I post (insert a motivational quote, an announcement, or comment that has something to do with the photo I’m going to post) and instantly add a list of hashtags in the comment section. Since Instagram allows posting 30 hashtags only, I’d make sure the hashtags are those that show on the top aka most popular ones. It means that people use those more and will most likely see your post more compared to the uncommon ones.

Another example that is really bugging me is that people would leave an ’emoji’ comment or sometimes with a ‘lb.’ You’d see these types of comments on celebrities or big Instagrammers. Initially, I had a hard time grasping the idea and legit thought maybe they’re just super famous. It turns out that Instagram is built for community and is intended for people to interact and ‘drive’ traffic to their page, and nothing is wrong with it. But people are mad and obsessive. They’d go crazy for the likes and the ‘lb’ commenting. ‘Lb’ means ‘like back’ by the way. It’s how the Instagram’s logarithm works, similarly to how Spotify ‘curates’ music to your taste and put ’em on the weekly playlist. I’m not a web engineer nor am an IT-savvy person. But I’m a frequent social media app user, and after awhile investing lots of time researching and reading the trends, I’ve finally figured out.

And I don’t like to play this game.

Here is something I’ve screenshotted from one of my favorite bloggers’ post about blogging, (sorry, I couldn’t find the original post.)

Lucy Williams from Fashion Me Now, Thoughts on Blogging.

And partly thanks to this, I’ve come to a realization that I am a blogger and like to be indentifying as one. Style And Senses is my baby. Well, I know blogging requires hard work, and it takes time to build up the audience. I’m still in the process of learning, finding my own niche and something different than what’s out there already. And meanwhile, I’ll keep creating and makign things. But with this drive and innate passion for fashion and beautiful things, I’m ready to embark on this blogging journey. And I’m glad that you can be a part of it.

Before I go, I’d like to share 5 of my current favorites women, bloggers of course, that I love. And as you will see, they don’t just have a blog or blog by themselves. It’s a teamwork effort. And they have other social media channels, besides blog, such as Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, etc.

Lucy William • Fashion Me Now •

Chriselle Lim • The Chriselle Factor •

Aimee Song • Song Of Style •

Shini Park • Park & Cube

Sonya Esman • Class Is Internal •

Thanks for reading!

stay inspired | as always

An Trieu.

outfit details: T-shirt and floral shorts: Zara | espadrilles: Ralph by Ralph Lauren | bag: PS (similar items linked below) | earrings: Mango

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