Lifestyle Blogger’s Survival Guide –
How to Make Your Mark!
Lifestyle blogger’s survival guide – Lifestyle writing is a wonderfully wide genre that gives plenty of space and air to find your writing content. But it also means there is plenty of competition to engage readers and opportunities to expand your reach.
Freelance Writer Gwen Lewis is here to share some of her survival tips for lifestyle bloggers.
Succeeding in the ‘Write’ Way:
How to Survive and Thrive in the Beauty & Lifestyle Blogosphere
When most people hear that I’m a writer, they usually want to know what I write. In the world of lifestyle blogging, though, the topics are endless. There are BoPo bloggers (aka Body Positivity bloggers), there are celebrity bloggers and beauty bloggers. Some of us may write solely about pets. Then there is the Jack of All Trades…that’s me.
I write about everything and anything. Sometimes the stories are personal. Sometimes, I wax prosaic about how to live better, healthier, prettier. Writing really has no bounds.
Through writing and blogging, I’ve learned a lot. About myself. About beauty. And ugliness. Blogging isn’t always unicorn rainbows and fluffy kitties. Sometimes, the comments sting. And the trolls come out of their caves. Blogging is a lot of things, but the main attribute that I think all bloggers share is a thick skin. And I mean layers of thick skin.
Make Your Mark
So how do you break into writing and blogging? How do you become one of us? Truthfully, there isn’t one path down the yellow brick road of bloggery. You need to find your own path; seek out the internet lurking Wizards hiding behind the curtain of cyberspace. You’ll find them, trust me…they’re editors, and they will be your guiding light.
I can offer tidbits, though. Or, rather, I can give you a survival guide. Want to be a lifestyle goddess? Here are a few tricks of the trade:
The more you write, the better you write. And the more you write, the faster the words come. Later on, your earlier entries may sound awful. Whatever. You’ll grow. If looking back you say the earlier stuff is awful, then, trust me, you’ve made it!If looking back you say the earlier stuff is awful, trust me, you’ve made it! Lifestyle Writers Guide Click To Tweet
When you’re on deadline, you write and meet that deadline. You don’t complain. You don’t’ send notes to your editor whining about how you can’t make a deadline…or talking about how the words just can’t come to you. Sometimes you only get one break; one chance. Don’t blow it and don’t ever become known as the writer who flakes. Editors remember.
Dictionary, Thesaurus, AP Stylebook
The perfect resource trifecta for me includes a dictionary, a thesaurus, and an AP Stylebook. Know style guidelines, and for goodness sake don’t misspell a word! Know how to edit your own work, and do not break grammar rules until you know them so thoroughly that your knowledge allows you to break the rules. If you’re asking what this means, you don’t know the rules well enough!
Move on from rejection
In blogging and writing, rejection will hit you often. Rejection will hurt. Your voice might not be a fit for every site. That’s ok. No one can publish on every single site. Every writer has a unique and succinct voice; you will fit somewhere. I promise. Cry over the rejection, and then move on.
Know a site’s style and voice before pitching
Every site has a voice or a format that their articles follow. The best advice on how to pitch your favorite sites is to study them. Make sure that anything you pitch hasn’t been written on the site. Be original. Keep in mind, however, that no matter how well you write, sometimes it just doesn’t mesh.
Celebrate your success
When you publish your by-line on a site (and get paid for it)…celebrate! Treat yourself to a nice dinner, a bottle of wine. Celebrate your accomplishment. Seeing your name on a site is huge…and it’s gratifying! While sending yourself flowers might be a tad over the top, buy a bouquet of gardenias for your table they signify joy. I know this from my days writing about gardening and flowers.
Lifestyle Blogger’s Survival Guide
Breaking into blogging means dedicating yourself to writing. Read and write often. Come up with ideas you can pitch and then send those ideas to site editors. The best way to establish yourself, though, is writing on your own site and establishing you and your voice. You’ll be one of us before you know it…now keep your chin up and get writing!
Author’s bio: Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Gwen. We all need the encouragement to grow and to be honest with ourselves so that we can move on and expand our horizons.
Feel free to drop Gwen a question, she has a lot of experience to draw on.
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