“The main essential for starting a blog is to first have a passion for something”. – Chioma Ezekwesili

Blogging is a great platform to express yourself, build a brand, and even make a source of income. Due to the diverse benefits of blogging, there is an influx of blogs and bloggers.

This can make the process of building and growing your blog daunting. You might question whether it is worth it and how do you go about building this presence online?

In this interview with fashion and lifestyle blogger Chioma Ezekwesili, she provides inspiration for prospective and current bloggers on her experience of starting and building her blog and brand.


 When and why did you decide to start your fashion and lifestyle blog and what were the essentials to beginning it?

 

The main essential for starting a blog is to first have a passion for something. It could be cooking, fashion,  gossip, politics, and other topics. You don’t have to be an English guru but you should always endeavor to read something new about your passion.

This is significant because you can then provide your readers with new insights into your niche. In addition, you will be able to come up with new and diverse ways to relate to your readers.

Secondly, you should draft a consistent timetable. It’s hard at the beginning but once you start, keep at it. Every day, have a topic you can write on. What will help you is approaching each day with an open mind? Also, make sure the photos, write up or videos are original because it allows your readers to connect with your originality.

As for myself, I started my fashion and lifestyle blog in 2015 but I couldn’t keep up with it. This was because I started the previous blog with the sole purpose of making money. The blog was just alive for about three months and that was it.

Then, I officially started www.yhitschioma.com in July 2016. This blog is out of my love for fashion. I also felt the need to express my opinion on lifestyle tips. I try to make my posts inspirational. I merge fashion styles to relatable inspirational quotes. I want to let people know that fashion is more than wearing designer clothes. Fashion is also a way of passing a positive message to the people around you.

I grew my 7k followers on Instagram by posting my Sunday bests every Sunday and tagged it #fashionforchurch - @Yh_ItsChioma Click To Tweet

What is the best platform for intending media influencers to be on and why?

Instagram and Twitter are the best platforms, dependent on the type of influencer you are. Instagram is mainly for fashion, lifestyle, and style. It’s best for visual appeal through photos and videos. Then, Twitter is good for sports lovers, especially soccer.

The discussions on Twitter around the leagues is something that anybody building his/her brand around soccer needs to be on. Twitter is also a good platform for having discussions about politics, sports, music, health tips and more.

I advise that you be linked on both platforms. That way, whatever you post on one can reflect on the other. However, more attention should be placed on the social media platform primarily for your type of brand.

Social media metrics are ever changing and for those looking to make an impact online, the competition is increasing. Is it possible to grow one’s social media organically?

 

Yes, you can grow organic followers and I am a testimony to it. I grew my 7k followers on Instagram by posting my Sunday bests every Sunday and tagged it #fashionforchurch. Every Sunday, people were looking forward to what I wore to church. Once you find out what your followers like, stick to it and be consistent.

Do not buy followers because interactions on your post will not match your followership. That matters because people and brand will immediately see through that.

The first year might not be easy but keep posting. Also, make sure you use hashtags because they work like magic.

What is your process of growing your brand presence?

 

Building your brand starts with a conscious effort to actually build the brand.

  • Find the social media platform that suits what you are trying to build
  • Try to make your followership on any social media platform that you are on organic. If you are on Instagram, never miss relevant hashtags like #MCM #MondayMotivation #WCW #TBT #FBF or things like that.

You can even come up with your own personal hashtag that people can follow through your post. For me, it’s #LifeOfAStartingEntrepreneur and #yhitschioma.

If Twitter is your platform, be sure to check the trending hashtags and draft your tweets around it.

  • Finally, you have to be consistent your post on social media. Be sure to have your contact details available for people to reach you. Reply and like comments so that there is a discussion around your post.

How can one stand out and be unique online?

You stand out by being real. Don’t try to be in competition with anyone. Rather, you should strive to be a better version of yourself.

Keep doing what you love and don’t copy others. Be original with your posts.

What steps should an aspiring media influencer take to attract opportunities to work with organizations, brands, and collaborations?

 

Keep your profile open not private. Make sure you give credit to other brands you are wearing or using on your page. Then, you get other brands to notice that you are promoting other brands. They will then want to work with you.

For blog collaborations, if you never reach out to people, you might not have anyone reach out to you. Last year, I sent about 5-6 messages to other bloggers like myself for collaboration.

However, I got turned down by about 4 and I didn’t mind. I did a collaboration with the bloggers that wanted to. The result is that other bloggers saw it and then reached out to me for collaboration. That’s why you have to make sure you put yourself out there.

Then, you have to keep doing what you have been doing using hashtags to get noticed. In time, the right brands will find you.

You can also send DMs to them by telling them you will like to work with them. Give them an offer they can’t resist. An offer that will help both parties build their brand.

You stand out by being real. Don’t try to be in competition with anyone - @Yh_ItsChioma Click To Tweet

How does one stay motivated to be able to produce and create?

 

The main way to stay motivated is to remember why you started your blog. Remember the vision you had for your brand and hold on to it. Sometimes, it might not pay off immediately but with consistency and determination, it will supersede your expectation.

Lastly, reach out to longtime brands and know how they were able to stay motivated. Do not beat yourself up, especially when you see other influencers “doing” better.

Take that as a push and initiative to work harder. Always celebrate the big and small victories you might have because that will motivate you to keep at it.


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