Hello Hello everyone!
I hope and pray that Mahe Ramadhan is going well for you and that these fasts are nice and easy 🙂
I want to start a new series on my blog (this seems like an every post occurrence LOL) called Reflections. During this holy month, I’ve had the chance to think and ponder about life – where I am right now, perceptions, judgments, the works. As writing such thoughts down helps me dwell on them and work to improving myself, I figured I’d make a new series for it! Because nothing makes me happier than a new series on HH :’)
Back in May, I wrote a post called Finding Myself, which was about my experiences at a leadership/self-building retreat and my takeaway thoughts. This post also works perfectly with this series so I’ve added it there as well 🙂 You can find all the posts in this new series under the “Reflection” tab on my website menu.
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about Blogging – how I’ve changed since I started blogging, what I know only because of blogging, and how my blogging style has changed since I started. Hence, I formulated my thoughts down into a list of 10 things blogging has taught me.
1. Commitment and Dedication
Sticking to a posting schedule isn’t that easy. You have to generate new content regular and have the necessary tools to make a blogpost. Blogging is something quite personal, and thus, you have to keep up with something on yourself and be accountable. No one is going to breathe down your neck telling you to write a new article, so it’s up to YOU to keep it going. My summer posting schedule is 2x a week – Mondays and Thursdays, more or less. It’s not easy, but I’m glad I’ve made it a specific and time-bound goal for myself, which makes it easier to follow through and accomplish (Shoutout to the retreat I attended from the Finding Myself post – we had long sessions about writing SMART goals 😉 Thanks!).
2. Social Media Marketing
Believe it or not, I’ve actually learned a thing or two about marketing on social media networks. I’m no where near an expert or claiming to be one, but you just happen to learn things when in practice. The greatest social media marketing knowledge I’ve gained through blogging is for Instagram. There are many bloggers on Instagrams and some self-proclaimed Instagram bloggers (their Instagram is basically their blog – not sure how that works because blogs require writing, but hey, you do you hehe), so you need to stand out!
I’ve learned some tips on how to gain more exposure on Instagram:
- Post frequently, as in DAILY – If you don’t, people will forget about you
- Post in the evenings – More people are on IG in the evenings when they’re away from school/work
- Use Square Photos – Although useful apps like InstaSize add a (white) border to a non-square photo to fit the IG square box, it’s better to use fully square photos.
- Use Hashtags – People will often scroll through the photos of a hashtag, so it’s good to use them!
3. Community and Sisterhood
Despite the fact that the Hijabi blogger niche is getting saturated, I always feel that there is a sense of community and sisterhood between us bloggers. Sometimes, it can get overwhelming to see so many other bloggers, but no one is your competition. This is one thing I love about blogging! For example, I’ve made a couple of blogger friends just by knowing them from Instagram. I feel like we are so close because we always comment on each other’s pictures and tag each other when we see new giveaways! :$ It’s so nice to have this community of likeminded individuals spreading their love for Hijab and Islam 🙂
Shout out to my girls – Fatema from StyleByFJ, AModernHijabi, and Fifi_Hijabista! Lots of love <3
4. Be YOU!
Focus on yourself. This is major. If you always look at others, you’ll get too caught up with something that isn’t you. Remember, something that works for others, may not work for you. Likewise, something that works for you may not work for others. We are all different and have our own styles – celebrate this!
Being comfortable and confident in your own skin isn’t always easy, but it’s the best thing you can do for YOURSELF. Blogging has taught me that. I can’t change who others are, but I can change myself and work towards constantly improving my own character – and that’s what matters.
And once again, thanks to Fatema from StyleByFJ because we’ve talked about this a couple of times 🙂 You inspire me so much Fatema <3
5. This is not a 1-woman show
You will need help. I do need help. Blogging isn’t something you can do on your own. Often times, well all the time, I need someone to take my pictures for me or give me feedback on my posts. I definitely need help when it comes to filming my youtube videos. It’s better to admit this fact early on and accept and not misuse the help that you are given.
Shoutout to my brother Imran and my parents who are normally given the task to take pictures for me on a daily basis, and my two best friends Nida and Kulsoom who also take pictures for me with their nice DSLRs and help me film my videos!
6. Be Thankful
Speaking of needing help, be thankful to everyone who’s aided you along the way, in one way or another! Be grateful and appreciated to your helpers, family, friends, supporters, and even to the person who likes your pictures/statuses here and there. I would be no where without these various and numerous people in my life – so THANK YOU SO MUCH! <3
#alhamdulillahforeverything #alhamdulillahalways (#2 in practice ayyy)
7. Your Imagination has no Limits
Thinking outside the box – it’s not easy but it has to be done. Blogging has helped me think of new things with an open mind and broader view. It has forced me to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. For example, with my HOW TO STYLE: Plaid Shirts post, Plaid shirts aren’t really anything special. They’re pretty basic to be honest. But they’re a great staple and favourite and I wanted to share the many ways you could wear them. I am constantly compelled to take the lame/quirky/weird/funny/cute things that interest me and make them into something that is more general for a larger audience.
8. Technology is Amazing – and Complicated!
Operating a website is definitely not what I thought it would be. As much as there’s so many amazing and cool things you can do with your site, there’s also equally as many different codes, numbers, symbols, applications, and shortcuts you have to figure out. Again, not claiming to be an expert, but by using the WordPress platform for my blog, inshallah I’ve gained some transferrable skills that will be handy in the future. Also, I’ve learned some things about video editing for my YouTube videos and Graphic Design for when I make pictures and images like the “10 Things I’ve learned from Blogging” one at the beginning of this post!
9. Genuine is my Favorite thing Ever
Throughout my blogging journey, I’ve learned who the ‘real’ people are in my life. I’ve also realized that you don’t need to talk to someone 24/7 to know that they support and care for you. So many people have told me they like HH or they read one of my latest posts, and these may be people I barely talk to. But those are the people I know would be willing to help me if/when I need it. Now this may sound selfish, but it’s so true. I’ve come to meet some of the most genuine people ever since I’ve started. There’s the people who have stuck by since the start and aren’t going anywhere, the people that always like every single HH post/status, the people that always send me their ootd pictures on Snapchat or a picture of a new thing they purchase because they know I’d get excited, the people that always call me HijabiHeroes because they know how much I love it :’), the people who ask me for style/outfit advice and know that I appreciate it way more than they do, and the people who trust my tips and actually try them out. I can only type out Thank you a million times and in a million different ways, but you have no idea how much you all mean to me. HijabiHeroes is my dream come true and the people who support it are my favourite people ever <3 <3 <3
10. Passions can make for Wonderful things
Last but not least, I’ve learned that having a Passion for something is truly amazing. Passion determines success. With passion, you have drive, motivation, endurance, ambition, commitment, and steadfastness. When you are passionate, you are willing to go to the ends of the earth to get what you want. How inspiring is that.
But most importantly, through HH, I’ve learned that you CAN take your passion and direct it to something meaningful. Maybe a career in fashion may not be the most suitable for me and my life, but, it doesn’t mean I have to give up or push aside something I love so much.
It’s not just a love for fashion –> It’s helping others. I’ve transformed my everyday love to something so meaningful to me. I love helping others and being able to inspire people to love the Hijab and get closer to the Almighty through modest, yet stylish, dressing is the best thing in the world.
Thank you all so much! I know this was quite long, but I appreciate you sticking around!
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Lots of love,
~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~