A Few Lessons I've Learned in 2018
Everybody is Out for Themselves
Now, this isn’t always a bad thing. We are all trying to build our brand. We are all trying to grow. We are all trying to make money. Do that! What isn’t acceptable is people using other people to get to where they are trying to go. I have been used a few times by people on social media. These people will befriend you, get what they need from you, and disappear. This has happened time and time again because I always try to look for the good in people. My advice is to know the signs. When people start to ask too many questions on how you do what you do, questionable collaborations (I can delve deeper into this one), or if people start to ask for favors, those are the signs. Be very weary of people who don’t do the work themselves. I truly believe in helping your fellow neighbor, but there is definitely a limit. No one else will benefit from your social media but you, so you MUST do the necessary research it takes to get to where you are trying to be.
Everyone is ALWAYS Watching
This year, I’ve seen quite a bit of drama within the sewing community. There were several people that spoke out publicly about about certain situations. One thing that people failed to realize is that being a blogger or an influencer is a business. Everyone is watching! Literally! Not only is your audience watching, but brands are watching and deciding whether or not you would fit their brand. Steer very far away from any drama or controversial discussions. You don’t want any of it to ruin your reputation, your brand, and everything you’ve built.
Everything is Not What it Seems
Let’s be real. Most of what you see on social media isn’t always real. Most of what you see is staged. But you know what, it’s ok. It’s ok to create an inspirational escape for people to come so they can escape the stresses of everyday life. It’s ok to be honest at times too. Be relatable and tell your truth. People want to be entertained, but they also want to know that you are a real person.
Your Reputation Precedes You
This year, I was able to meet and network with amazing and inspirational influencers. These are people that I still talk to almost everyday on social media. Several of these people have mentioned my name to large, popular brands that I’ve been lucky enough to work with this year and am contracted to work with in 2019. I’ve had brands ask me about other influencers. They want to know my honest thoughts on other influencers within my field. Always treat people with respect and play the game as nicely, and as genuinely as you can, because you always want positive words passed along with your name. Remember, you want other influencers to recommend you to brands as well. If a brand asked another influencer about you, what do you think they would say? Let that sink in.
In conclusion, treat people with love and respect. Treat people on social media, the same way you would treat them if you were to meet them in person. Let’s go into 2019, with a positive outlook and let’s share our God-given talent to the world. God Bless.
Sweater: Thrift Store
Skirt: Made by Me. (See more details HERE)
Now I want to hear from you. What have you learned about while navigating through social media?