5 Life Lessons I Learned From Blogging

It has been five years yesterday since I started this blog (thanks Facebook memories!) Five years equals about ten thousand hours, which according to Malcom Gladwell, makes me an outlier, right?! Does that mean I’m getting rich soon??

I’ve learned a lot over the past five years, so I thought I would round up five of the most important life lessons being a blogger has taught me.

  1. Know Your Worth. Don’t be afraid to ask for fair compensation for your work, even if you are a new blogger with a small following. Figure out what it takes you to get the job done and price it out where it makes sense for you. (I’ve actually had PR Firms tell me I should ask for more money!) Of course there are lots of opportunities to collaborate, support a small business or charity you love, and in that case you can always reduce or waive your fee. If you don’t value yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? 
  2. Don’t hate, collaborate! I can’t express how important this point is. I personally love supporting my fellow bloggers and friends. I genuinely want to see my friends succeed, and trust me somehow the universe always gives it back to me. Also, it is important not to fall in to the comparison trap which can turn you in to a bitter unhappy being that no one wants to be around. If someone you know has landed an amazing project, or if they just bought your dream Chanel bag, be happy for them and just focus on creating great work. You have no idea what’s in store for you in the future, so just do you! Or if you want to compare, look at those who have much less than you do.
  3. Make it Work. Bloated? Cold Sore? No budget? It is so easy to make excuses for why you shouldn’t – but if you truly want to be successful you will need to make it happen despite the challenges. A few years ago Adam broke a glass on my face and I had to get stitches and wear a bandage on one side of my face for a month. As a result, my outfit pictures were all pretty much taken from the side view or with a hand strategically covering it – see example in this post here – but please don’t judge the outfit (cringe!). If you can’t afford a great camera, you can offer to promote a local photographer on your blog in exchange for their work. In regards to finances, let’s face it there are always going to be people who have more than you – it just forces you to be more creative, which is a good thing!
  4. Never stop learning. (You can learn anything on YouTube!) When I started I wasn’t tech savvy at all, nor did I have a clue about photography or editing. I also got my first Macbook as a gift after I started so I even had to teach myself a whole new operating system! Many many hours of trial and error, banging my head against the wall in frustration, and youtube tutorials later, I am now proud to say I’m a self-taught digital content creator! Keep an open mind and always try to improve yourself and your skills.
  5. See yourself in your best light. I got this one from my friend and blogger babe Zunera. We often criticize ourselves the most harshly, and often unfairly. Comparing our unedited to someone else’s photoshopped is just not fair. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to anyone you love. Put simply by Big Sean, ‘if you love yourself just know you’ll never be alone.’

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  • These are such great life lessons! I’m in my fifth year of blogging as well (congrats!) and I totally agree with all of these. Especially knowing your worth and collaborating with other blogger! Yes, yes, yes.

    • Thanks Megan! Congrats to you too! I think yours was one of the first blogs I followed!

  • I love this Zahra and couldn’t agree more! Thank you for sharing your experiences, you’re looking as gorgeous as ever! Hope you’re having a great summer and that Our paths cross again soon.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality