Blogging Tips

Are you a new blogger? Are you trying to figure out how to manage your blog and Instagram? Here are my blogging tips to help you start and manage your blog!

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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!

Love,

Emma

Photos from previous blog posts: Holly Phan

 

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How I Keep My Blog Going with a Full Time Job and Grad School

I’ve probably been the busiest I’ve ever been since I left graduated from college. Between two classes, a full time job, blogging, chores, and attempting to see family and friends on the weekends, my workload is at capacity. Lately, I’ve been getting the question: “how do you keep your blog running when working full time/going to school?”

Let me first give you a breakdown of my work week:

40 hours – full time job

8-10 hours – commute time

10 hours – class/class workshops

5-10 hours – homework/group projects

15-20 hours – blogging (writing blog posts, shooting for Emma’s Edition, engaging, etc)

With 128 hours available in the week (7 days x 24 hours), I’m using almost up to 80-90 hours to focus on the biggest pieces of my life: career, school, and blogging.

Besides the to-do list, saying no to events, and understanding my priorities (tips in this original post), I do day to day habits that help set me up for success. It isn’t always easy… but here are a few things I do to continue to create content for Emma’s Edition:

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How I keep my blog going: I make the most out of my time

Making the most out of my time means I look at each hour of the day and evaluate what work I can accomplish in that time frame. Here are a few examples of when I’ve made the most out of my time:

On my flight to Hawaii, I had 6 hours to be productive. So I wrote two blog posts: “How long it actually takes to produce one blog posts” and “How you can take photos for your blog + with or without a photographer”. These are two questions I kept getting asked about so I decided to use the flight to write them out. I also knew I was going to take two classes this quarter. So getting two blog posts written before winter quarter even started gave me a head start on content.

Additionally, I’ve used my van pool commute time to read for class, respond back to blog emails, and reply back to direct messages and comments on Instagram. I also still wake up early both during the work week and on weekends to make sure I get everything I need to do done.

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How I keep my blog going: I don’t Netflix anymore

I’m serious guys… I used to have time to scroll through Netflix and watch documentaries or my favorite series over and over again. But at this point in my life, I won’t make the time to sit there and consume content because I have to be focused on creating it. I know a lot of people need use their distress time/unwind from their workday by watching Netflix shows but I use my 30 min of exercise to do that.

Brandon and I also have cable, so I still get to watch Say Yes to the Dress as I do laundry on the weekends. But again, I’m not spending loads of time watching TV or streaming shows.

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How I keep my blog going: I make Friday nights and Saturdays productive

Fridays and the weekends are typically the most unproductive days for most people but I rely on these days of the week. Since I work full time Monday-Friday, my Friday nights and Saturdays are essential for me to do homework and work on my blog.

Friday nights, you’ll typically find me in the coffee shop, working on a homework assignment due Saturday or Sunday for class. You might also find me writing for the blog or responding back to blog emails.

On Saturdays, you’ll find me walking Boone to start the morning. You’ll then either see me on the University of Washington campus for a class workshop OR shooting videos for my multimedia storytelling class. And later that day, you’ll most likely find me at a photo shoot – walking around with 3-4 outfits in a bag.

My weekends are probably as busy as my weekdays. But I also know that my master’s program is only two years long so this won’t be forever. I’m also planning on taking summer quarter off so I will have a break starting in June!

How I Keep My Blog Going with a Full Time Job and Grad School

How I keep my blog going: I’m constantly brainstorming

One of my strengths in blogging is writing content for Emma’s Edition. One reason why I feel confident in writing is because I’m constantly brainstorming. My creative mind is always running in the background. If something inspires me or an idea pops up in my head, I write it down (typically in my iPhone notes) so I can go back to it and write a blog post. Keeping a running list of ideas for blog posts has really helped me on days when I have writers block or when the words aren’t flowing.

I recommend always keeping a list on your phone of blog post or video ideas – that way if you do feel stuck, you’ll have ideas you can turn to.How I Keep My Blog Going with a Full Time Job and Grad School – how to balance a blog with a full time job – how to start a side hustle while working full time

How I Keep My Blog Going with a Full Time Job and Grad School

So if you’re a (new) blogger, a creative, or trying to grow your career or business, what do you do to keep your passions in life going? Are you making the most out of your time? Are you spending too much time streaming shows? And how do you capture all your ideas?

How do you keep your blog going?

If you want specific tips on how to balance blogging with life, here is How to Find Balance In Your Life and 5 Self-Care Tips to Take With You in 2018”!

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Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos: Karya Schanilec