On this day, 6 months and one week ago, I launched Sarah Belle Elizabeth. Since then I've had the best 6 months of my life and honestly a pretty impressive Instagram feed if I do say so myself (why not brag about myself for once?) Blogging has been something I've dreamt of doing for about 4 years but I never thought I would actually one day bite the bullet and do because I simply thought it was too difficult to begin. Then on May 31, I said fuck it and started one anyway.

When I launched my blog I got a lot of comments saying "yeah, okay, let's see how long this lasts," and to which I replied "a long time." I knew when I launched this blog that it wasn't something I wanted to half ass, I wanted to whole ass it, I wanted to put my blood, sweat and tears into it. I wanted to put out work that reflected the hours I spent daily to better it. So to those people who said those mean comments, thank you. You all motivated me to keep this blog going.

I wanted to do a blog post reflecting the misconceptions I had when I started this blog because everything I thought blogging would be, is way different. It's changed me. And now I'm sharing with you what I've learned!


1. It's Time Consuming but for the Right Reasons

I definitely underestimated the time that bloggers put into their "work" because there are so many aspects of blogging that I never even considered. I always thought "how hard is it to just take pictures of your outfit and post it?" If you're someone who's asked that same question, well I'm here to answer it for you with "it's harder than it looks."

First thing you gotta do is find the clothes and if you're someone like me, you want something different and not "basic" so you might scroll for hours trying to find the *perfect outfit.* But the thing that I never considered that actually takes the most amount of time is finding the perfect shooting location. When you're putting out content daily or a few times a week, you can't shoot with the same background because it's not as pretty and you're readers will get bored, so you search for new places. Eventually that list of "place to shoot" that you had in your notes section is all checked off and you're thinking a long list of curse words when this happens.

Now it's time to unbox everything you received in the mail and try to make an outfit out of the contents and honestly sometimes it just doesn't work. It's trial and error. Once the outfit is styled you shoot the look and pray that you have the perfect location for that specific outfit. Then if you're like me and edit every picture you put on the blog, you spend hours on hours in Lightroom (which took me days to even learn how to work in the first place.)

It's not so easy a caveman could do it.

2. You Become a Perfectionist in the Weirdest Aspects

I think the I've become the biggest perfectionist about is the overall preset to use on my pictures on my blog, I wanted it to be cohesive. Now to most people they probably don't notice these things, pictures are pictures, but I wanted my pictures to match who I am. I want the style of the pictures to reflect me.

Often times I shoot outfits that never actually make it on the blog or Instagram because I don't find that they are good enough. Who is this perfectionist that came out of nowhere, Sarah? Sorry the old SarahBelle93x can't come to the phone right now, Why? Oh. Cause she's dead.

Maybe one day my perfectionism will layover into my apartment cleanliness because I still seem to struggle in that area. Maybe I'll have an update on that at the 1 year blogiversary... Updates (hopefully to come.) I can try? Make it my resolution this year?

3. "Comparison is the Thief of all Joy"

When I first started blogging, I studied peoples blogs... I crept on what posts got a lot of interaction on, how they styled the post with their pictures and in what order. I studied the blog layouts. I studied literally everything. Suddenly my blog wasn't good enough in my eyes. I spent hours on hours trying to find the perfect layout like how we use to back when we did MySpace but then it hit me... People don't really care about the layout of your blog, they care about the content, they care about what you have to say.

I quickly realized that taking all the time comparing myself was taking more time away from me actually working on my blog and the content I was putting out. So guess what I don't *try* to do anymore? That's right, I don't compare myself to others. I cheer everyone on but I am proud of what I put out and I'm going to keep doing just that!

It's also really important to remind yourself that when you're chasing dreams, that there is room for everyone to achieve their dreams. If you try too much to be like someone else, you will lose that spunk that made you unique and who you are, the world doesn't need another Taylor Swift, so don't be another Taylor Swift, be you. Okay this just took a turn for a inspirational speech... Back to business.


4. Relaxing? What's That?

Back in the summer when Cody and I were planning our beach vacation, he suggested a random beach town in Florida. At first I was all for it, it sounded amazing going to a random beach that wasn't a tourist trap and just disconnecting from the world for a little while. The more I thought about it, the more I stressed myself out thinking about if I couldn't find somewhere to take one Instagram or something silly like that. And pretty soon, I had completely crossed the idea of a relaxing vacation off the list. I planned us to go to Miami so I could work and be on vacation.... but mainly work. 

It was easier for me when I was just on YouTube to go on a vacation because I wasn't often times producing content while I was gone, maybe taking a few Instagram here and there, but when I launched this blog, I quickly became obsessed with it and now take any opportunity I can to produce the best content for it. It quickly became about putting content up in real time and less about taking a break to unwind. Honestly the thought now of taking a vacation stresses me out. How do people do it?!

But why would I want a vacation anyway when my "job" is as great as it is? But really. Honestly I love the hustle of everything, I really feel like I make the most out of every hour of the day and I feel like when you have that thought, you're a happier human.

5. Planning is EVERYTHING

I thought putting out YouTube videos once or twice a week was hectic but also throwing the blog into the mix has made me 100% unable to operate if I don't use my agenda. This is no joke. I might die to confusion and unorganization if I don't use my agenda for a week. That being said, I am now the most organized I've been in a long time... but I still have a long ways to go... (aka I need to keep my apartment clean so y'all don't see how messy I am on a daily basis but I have already talked about this.)

I have always loved planning so the fact that blogging and doing my best to be the best "blogger" I can be is the right niche for me. The busy work, behind the scenes planning is right up my alley.

6. It's the COOLEST "job" & I'm SO Lucky

I love that I'm a full time YouTuber but I've grown up in it. Now that I'm a self-declared blogger, I've gained so much respect for not only other bloggers and myself, but for the people who support every endeavor I set out on. Honestly I feel like I post my diary online because I put so much heart and thought into everything I put on the internet that I am insanely rewarded when someone tells me they liked something I do. You guys are truly amazing for supporting me through everything. Every message, comment, like, thumbs up, never goes unnoticed. Everyday I am excited to start my day off because I know it involves you all in it. Thank you for your loyalty, support, comments, everything, I am forever thankful.


So that's it. That's what I've learned so far in my blogging career. Everyday I count it as a blessing because it's truly something that has changed my life for the better! I love interacting with you guys so much and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next 6 months after a year of blogging! THANK YOU ALL!


12 comments

  1. Sarah-

    Thank you SO much for posting! I throughly enjoyed reading this. You have so much transparency and honesty in your work, so thank you! As a fellow blogger, it’s so nice to read someone else’s perspective and to know that I’m not alone!

    Keep doing what you’re doing! You are an inspiration.

    XO-
    Jenna

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  2. Sarah, I can tell you have been putting a lot of work into your Instagram and blog. I don’t usually follow blogs, but you’ve kept my attention. You go girl!

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  3. All of what you wrote is so relatable. Especially no.2. I'd fuss aboout my blog posts positioning, pictures alignment and etc.

    nurulrasya.com

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  4. I totally feel ya on the location thing. Sometimes I'm all dressed up in my outfit and my boyfriend and I just drive around looking for a location. It never ends well so we end up just going to a previous location
    Kate
    || KATE KOUTURES

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  5. Blogging is an adventure of epic proportions, and things always take double the time you think they will! I just sent you an email regarding this post from mprokott1@gmail.com , look out for it. :) -Megan

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  6. These things are all so true! You are so lucky you are able to blog and product content full time. I hope that someday I can be a full time blogger and produce content as amazing as yours!

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  7. At least I'm not the only one who struggles with finding the perfect outfit, location, etc. - you've inspired me to keep on keepin' on until I can finally get in the groove of posting regularly!

    Angie Babe | babeoutofthewoods.com

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  8. Such a beautiful blog. Relaxing, oh, so true. I feel like when I am not doing school stuff, or working, I am on the blog, doing blog stuff. I feel like from my families view they think I am hiding out on my computer. No, I am "working" on my blog and doing work. Blogging is sooo much work and time. But I love it so much. Love what you say about comparing yourself to others. It is so true in the blogging world, and the real world. It is okay to look at others for idea and inspiration, but it is so important to be yourself and make things your own.
    xo, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

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  9. Sarah I can tell how much work and love you put into your blog, and it just makes it that much more inspiring and fun to read. Thanks for giving us your all!

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  10. Why did I want to tear up reading this when it's not even my blog?? I started mine a while back but have only now began to really put my all into it. People truly do not realize just how much goes into it, just know it doesn't all go unappreciated!

    Emily

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  11. Sarah! This post came at exactly the right time! I'm still trying to figure out my niche with my blog, but I really hope to get it going in the next few months!

    I totally agree about how much work is put into it. I think my current bottleneck is the cost & time of buying clothes that I wan't to show and also trying to find a time to get my bf to take photos of my outfit!

    I wanted to ask: If you didn't already have a following with YT, would you have paid for Blog MasterClasses to grow your following?

    Thanks!
    Christina

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  12. I love this! I've been following you since the beginning of YouTube and love your style and your Instagram is in point. I would love to see a post about how you edit your Instagram photos/blog photos!
    Keep up the great work girl xx

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