Happy FRI-YAY! I am so glad it’s FINALLY Friday. I slept in, I didn’t have 9am yoga (not that I don’t love yoga, but I love sleeping in ), last night I had an AMAZING dinner out with some sweet girl friends (ps it is SO important to have friends as an adult)…it’s been a KILLER week and I was inspired to write about how I’ve totally changed since starting my blog and how blogging has made me a better person. Let’s do this.
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SO. Full disclosure. I don’t actually love the term “blogging”. To me, it doesn’t encompass everything I do on a daily basis to build my business and my brand. I prefer the term “influencer marketing”, because that’s more of what I do. I think people tend to brush off blogging as an actual job, and when I would say I was a full-time blogger, people cast knowing glances at each other and would roll their eyes and say, “no, what’s your REAL job?”. So to avoid negative connotations and to more fully describe my job, I’ve gone with Influencer Marketer. But the title “How Influencer Marketing Has Made Me A Better Person” just didn’t roll off the tongue as nicely. So here we are. Anyways. Read on.
I think this is because I KNOW what goes on behind the scenes of a perfectly curated Instagram post.I have been there. I know what it takes to get the perfect shot, or write a beautiful article the night before. It’s HARD trying to plan your life around picture perfect moments so you can have a beautiful feed on every social media. I don’t judge those girls taking selfies of their food anymore. For all I know, that could be content for their biggest sponsored post that month. OR they could just REALLY like their food and want to stick it in a memory book someday. On the flip side, I’ve stopped judging people who don’t clean their house top to bottom every day. That’s LIFE. Somedays, I barely get the house straightened up before A gets home because even though I work from home, I am SO BUSY. All. Day. Long. So, I don’t judge as much anymore. I don’t have TIME to. I’m too busy building an empire over here. You do you!
Let’s face it. People on the internet are MEAN. Now I know what you’re saying. “Taylor, you are a ray of yellow sunshine. How can people be mean to you?” and trust me I had the same thought (sarcasm in case you didn’t catch my drift). But for some reason, when someone is sitting behind a computer screen, they can say some pretty nasty things. I’ve gotten lots of mean comments, emails, inboxes. And it hurt. It hurt my feelings a LOT. However, at the end of the day, I have to remember that what they choose to do to make themselves feel better is more of a reflection on THEM than it is on me.
I’m a lucky, lucky woman. I have the BEST friends. Some of my best friends in the world? I met through blogging. We talk everyday, FaceTime once a week and have supported each other through a lot more than just our blogs. That carries over into my regular in-person life, too. I love surrounding myself with strong and empowered women. Women who build each other up instead of sneakily tearing them down. I want to be around women that celebrate each other’s accomplishments rather than boil with envy. I know what kind of friend I want to be because of this, too. My girls cheer when I cheer, cry when I cry and back me up 1000%. They aren’t wishing I would fail so they could surpass me. They want us to win together.
In fact, most people prefer it. When I started blogging, I wanted to showcase a beautiful and perfectly organized life. Not a thing out of place, bright white walls, expertly decorated rooms…and while I’d still like to get there at some point in my life, it’s not where I’m at right now. I’m in an apartment. With a limited budget. And a kitten who knocks EVERYTHING over. Sometimes I forget to fold all the laundry, or a pan is left in the kitchen sink. People relate better to that anyways. I don’t want to be unattainable.
Being an influencer marketer is kind of like working 20 jobs 24/7. I am a graphic designer. I am a web developer. I am a writer. I am an editor. I am a photographer. I am a videographer. I am a video editor. I am a marketing specialist. I am a social media specialist. I am a coding genius. I am an office manager. I am a brand marketer. I am a home decorator. I am a makeup artist. The list could LITERALLY go on and on and on when it comes to what my job fully encompasses. Please keep in mind that my degree is in Biochemistry. Does that sound like ANYTHING I just named? Nope. No it does not. That means everything I just listed, I learned by myself. On my own. Using a computer and Google. I am proud of how far I’ve come.
My entire goal in life is to bring you value. Every day. All the time. Every post I make, every blog I write, every picture I take is done with the intent that it will help someone, somewhere, some time. Yes, it’s fun, but it wouldn’t be any fun if nobody was reading what I was writing. So many of you come to my blog everyday to read my posts and if just ONE person out of those hundreds is helped by what I do, it’s worth it. 100%.
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There are more reasons that I could name. But I think these are the MOST important. I am growing everyday while I experience this with you guys. There isn’t a formula for my job. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all handbook.
ALSO: The beautiful jewelry showcased in today’s post are from the shop Her Silver Lining. I am literally obsessed with all her pieces. SHOP THEM HERE.
I am SO grateful to have you all as my friends. If I’ve helped you at all, or brought value to your life in anyway, shoot me an email! I’d love to hear about it. 🙂