Here’s something I am almost ashamed of: I’ve been so occupied the past few weeks that I missed my blog’s first anniversary. Yepp, it’s been over a year since I’ve decided to start a blog #ShameOnMe
After all, I still appreciate that very moment on August 26, 2015 when I hit that “publish” button for the first time. Obviously, time is playing tricks on me again, because it doesn’t feel like I’ve done this “blogging thing” for over a year now. To be honest, I am still not sure how I should feel about it. On one hand, I am somewhat proud to have built this creative outlet of mine, however, I feel that I still have a long way to go and a few more learning curves to climb.
But let’s put these feelings aside and take a trip down memory lane – a retrospective view on what I’ve experienced and learned over the past twelve months…
Why I started HisUrbanEsprit
There are probably several answers to this question; neither being right nor wrong. But first, I’ve always enjoyed being creative – particularly when it comes to photography, film and narratives. Remember those assignments at school where you had to produce e.g. an ad campaign for an imaginary product etc.? Yeah…I always got carried away with these assignments but did enjoy myself nonetheless. One year ago, starting a blog seemed like a great idea to work off that excess creativity.
Secondly, I obviously love fashion and would happily trade my morning coffee (don’t you dare try) for a great piece of apparel. Running a fashion and lifestyle blog is the perfect way to legitimise my spending on clothes. I mean…I need those pants…nah not for me, for the blog, duh!
And last but not least, I love social media and the #TeamInternet for what it is…a place to share, to connect, to inspire and to get inspired. Over the years, I came to realize that – without even having met in person – I have built quite a strong bond to a few youtubers and bloggers. To start a blog is my way of giving back and contributing to the digital noise.
If you’re thinking to start a blog, go for it! But believe me, it will be a challenge. It least it has been for me. It still is. But it also has been more rewarding than I’ve imagined. However, if I had a chance to speak to that Daniel from one year ago, I’d probably share the following insights with him.
#1 Be ready to develop multiple personalities
When I decided to start a blog, I’ve probably entered the game with a few personalities. Nonetheless, I had to develop a few more on top of what I’ve already brought to the table. Publishing content is quite easy, writing great content not so much. And running a blog is even harder, because being a blogger requires you to become your own IT specialist, SEO consultant, copy writer, editorial content planner, social media manager, creative director, photographer, model and business developer. Thus, there are quite some skills and competencies to cover and unless you are one of mother nature’s I-can-do-it-all-no-matter-what-mutants, this should be a stretch for anyone, even for you. But hey, there’s no reason to not start a blog. Everyone can develop multiple personalities, you simply need to learn how to work together.
#2 trial and error is inevitable
I vividly remember consuming an endless amount of how-to articles and videos. How to start a blog, how to write great blog posts, how to become a fashion blogger, how to not look stupid shooting in public, how to …
Obviously, most bloggers believe they’re experts on blogging. The truth is that not all bloggers do well with all blogging tricks. So, no matter how many how-to junk you’re going to read, trial an error will be part of your blogging experience.
#3 Quality over Quantity
There was a time where I was putting quite a lot of pressure on myself. I believed that I had to post at least twice a week to be taken seriously. While this might be true for an established blogger, don’t work yourself up in the beginning. Finding your voice and niche in this over-saturated blogosphere is hard. Focus on what you know, what you love and what you are passionate about. In the long run, posting a quality article every two weeks is better than some clickbait every other day.
There is no better way to celebrate this retrospective trip than with a vintage outfit inspiration. To be honest, I didn’t have Fila on my radar for a very long time. Fila was a brand I was quite obsessed with in the 90’s, but when I saw these pieces on ASOS I had to get them. I believe the current Fila Vintage collection has something for everyone. Stripes, patterned prints or simply plain polos – these pieces quickly bring some vintage styling that fit in any wardrobe.
Either way, I’m happy that I pushed that button. I’m happy that for now I can call myself a fashion blogger who randomly walks through cornfields, pretending to be incredibly busy while rocking some Fila Vintage. Don’t you agree?
Polo Shirt | Fila Vintage
Vintage Shorts | Fila Vintage