3 Real Life Blog Posts That Came From My Heart

3 blog posts that came from the heart - blogging advice – blog content ideas – community over competition

Every person experiences life altering, career defining, love shocking experiences. Whether you’re a grad student, a business woman, a computer science engineer, you’ve probably have had a moment that set your life in a certain trajectory. We all can look back in our history and point out those moments that made us, made us love, and made us make decisions in our life.

For me, I’ve had specific creative/blogging defining moments. I never thought blogging would bring me the joy, accomplishments, pride, and connections it has brought me. Luckily, I’ve captured these moments in blog posts that I was beyond terrified to share.

Here are three real life blog posts that push me to my limits, which I feared to share, and that I’m grateful I hit publish on.

Real life blog posts #1: A Face of AEO

3 blog posts that came from the heart - blogging advice – blog content ideas – community over competition

My very first blog post that scared me to publish was “A Face of AEO”. It was late summer/early fall of 2016 when American Eagle Outfitters asked me to be a Style Ambassador. At the time, I couldn’t believe that one of my favorite brands would ask me to represent them. I was between 2,000-3,000 Instagram followers and I was just trying to figure out my blogging rhythm. This experience encouraged me to reflect and actually see my worth as a blogger and creative.

You can read the full blog post here.

Here is another blog post inspired by my AEO collaboration that brought “A Face of AEO” full circle: The New American Girl.

Real life blog posts #2: My last name is Cortes

3 blog posts that came from the heart - blogging advice – blog content ideas – community over competition

I try to keep politics out of the blog…but after the 2016 presidential election I knew I had to write something. I was so emotionally charged that I wrote a poem. Typically, the only people who see my poetry are close family and friends. But I ended up emailing this to my friends in Seattle and New York. They encouraged me to publish it on Emma’s Edition. I was TERRIFIED to post this. I was so scared that I would turn off my readers but this post was for me, my friends, and those affected by the election. This was the first time I was giving people insight to the microagressions I’ve faced as a Filipino-American.

You can read the full blog post here.

Real life blog posts #3 How One of My Biggest Failure Taught Me How to Fail Forward

3 blog posts that came from the heart - blogging advice – blog content ideas – community over competition

Believe it or not, one of my most important final around interview questions was “What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?” It truly took me a whole minute to quickly reflect and identify my biggest failure… I share it here in the blog post. I used to be so embarrassed to be the “girl who never made the cheer team” and even a little ashamed about my failure but it did teach me a few lessons.

You can read the full blog post here.

3 blog posts that came from the heart - blogging advice – blog content ideas – community over competition

Why I’m sharing these real life blog posts today:

Recently I had a new blogger reach out and ask “Do I share just fashion tips? Or should I share other things about my life too?” While some bloggers only give you only make up or fashion tips, other bloggers do talk about their lives. Honestly it’s easy to keep a polished instagram feed of just fashion or food and not talk about what’s happening with behind that photo.

Personally, I let her know that I share both because that’s what I feel compelled to share. You’ll always get your daily dose of fashion with Emma’s Edition, but you are also getting so much more of me when I share my stories, lessons, and experiences in my career and my life.

So my advice for you if you’re debating the question of what or how much to share is just to think about what you want your readers to take away from visiting your blog. If you want to encourage them to take fashion risk, then share those fashion tips! If you want to encourage them to eat healthier, then share those recipes! Blogging is meant to be fun so share what you feel passionate about and what you think your readers will connect with.

Thank you for reading!



Photos from previous blog posts: Holly Phan


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  1. February 21, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I agree with this 100%. Sometimes I feel like I have to only write about fashion, but when I break out of that and write about things that are deeply meaningful to me those posts actually end up being so well received. It’s important to realize that our readers value our content not only to see clothes and pretty pictures, but because there’s an element of genuine connection!

  2. February 21, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    I love this! It’s honest and it’s who you are like reading it I feel like I am talking to you. Blogging can be scary especially with sharing things that may be construed one way or the other but it is also rewarding that sharing a story or stories can help someone else. You are doing amazing things Emma. Keep it up!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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