BY ESTHER SANTER

An excerpt from EstherSanter.com featuring Muses Founder, Shirley Yang. 

Blogging is tough and includes a lot of trial and error, but there are some mistakes you just never have to make. I reached out to my favorite blogger babes to find out the best tips they wish they knew when they first started. Who better to learn from than the baddest bloggers I know? These are the ladies who are killing it in the blogosphere and across social media. They are my inspiration and my motivation, many of whom I am lucky to call my friends.

Jannel Therese: “There’s no template on being a blogger and no one can knock anyone’s hustle; you just do it and you learn. This is something I wish I knew when I started.”

I Am Archive: “My best tip would be stay true to who you are, stay consistent. People follow you because they like your content so try stick to one theme or aesthetic.”

East Coast Fox: “My best blogging tip is to create a distinct brand and voice that you want to convey to your followers. Stay consistent and you will attract the following that comes to you for constant inspiration.”

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Naty Michele: “When I first started blogging 5 years ago, there was a lot that I did not know. I was in this mindset that I just needed to keep creating content so that I could have a post go up every day. I realized over time though, that quality was way more important than quantity. While being consistent is extremely important, you also want to make sure that you are putting out content that provides some type of value to your readers. I am so happy that I learned this and it’s probably one of my top blogging tips.”

Excessories Expert: “I wish I would’ve known that with every ounce of praise comes a boatload of criticism. Putting yourself out there requires a thick skin and a wicked sense of humor! I’ve learned not to take myself so seriously and to roll with the punches! If you’re just being yourself, there’s nothing to ever be ashamed of! Authenticity is first and foremost!”

Icing and Glitter: “My best tip would be to just go for it! One of my biggest regrets is not having started my blog as soon as I thought of it, which was 2 years before I actually started!”

My Secret Avenue: “{Don’t} be afraid to pitch brands yourself and reach out to more successful bloggers for advice.”

Johanna Mariel: “TRY TRY TRY and TRY again-it’s ok to fall on our asses and it’s ok to not know it all-it’s all about how we bounce back from a disappointment. It’s ok to say, “NO” to things that we really don’t want to do (especially when doing collabs that don’t really feel honest). Ultimately, we need to be who we really are–if people don’t like you for you-tough-that’s their problem.”

New York City Stylist: “My best blogging tip is to ALWAYS NETWORK. May sound obvious, but show up to events alone, meet people, make new friends, put yourself out there. It can only help you and a little personality and confidence go a long way!”

A Stylish Side Project: “My best tip is to not put yourself in a blogging “box.” I only wrote about fashion for over a year, and it got so boring! I got to a point where I felt like I’d lost my passion. Once I opened the door to writing about other topics (i.e. Life updates, fitness, home decor, etc), the creativity started flowing again and it came through in my work. My readers enjoyed seeing a variety of posts, and it continues to help my site grow.”

Style Tomes: “Blogging is 20% content creation and 80% content promotion.”

Shirley: “It’s good to showcase other people’s content, not just your own, because promoting others shows that you are someone who supports other bloggers.”

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Denim Joy: “Don’t look at the numbers and don’t obsesses over every little detail! A watched pot never boils!”

Boufyy: “The best blogging tip I wish I knew when I first started “Insta Blogging” would be to just have fun with it, experiment and try new things. Not everyone will get it, but that’s what being creative is all about!”

Lam In Louboutins: “My best blogging tip is to really put yourself out there! Get to know other bloggers and send emails to companies you want to work with! Don’t just sit there and wait for opportunities to fall on your lap.”

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That’s just the half of it! For more insightful tips and an introduction to even more follow-worthy influencers, you can find the full article on EstherSanter.com.

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Colleen Patterson is the content marketing manager for Muses, the only digital growth app focused on building long­-term relationships. She’d love you to get involved.