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THE ONE WITH THE BLOG
1OLD NAVY SHOES
2ICONIC CULOTTES
3AEROPOSTALE KNIT
4H&M HAT
5MICHAEL KORS SUNGLASSES

i have been blogging since 2005. yes. way before blogging became huge in this industry. fast forward to 2016 and i am still here. just for basic information though, i used to blog on a personal level – meaning my daily diary musings (which was the main idea back then. after that, i moved on to officially launch as a style blog in 2009).  recently got interviewed for a feature at a huge newspaper and because of it, i thought i would kick start some of inspiring notes on the blog. its all about sharing in this industry so lets kick start the articles with this one shall we?!

i get asked so many questions about how to start a blog, how to maintain the lifestyle and the most famous of them all…how do i make it a successful blog. with thousands of bloggers out there, and more starting up their own every single day, being successful in this industry to me is being able to keep up with regular articles, maintaining the quality of your blog content (your photographs take up a huge chunk of that content so make sure you do produce the very best) and make sure you innovate, coz the only thing constant in this life is change and if we dont adapt, if we dont change, and if we dont grow, we will never really get anywhere (i never used to be on snapchat and could really care less, but since almost every single blogger used it, i tried it out – i still dont really post much, i most stalk people and enjoy watching what other people are upto daily). oh and remember, what matters most is you, how different you are from everybody else. your individuality and your own personal style will be the one thing that can keep those readers coming back for more. and there is nothing more amazing that reading all the great feedback from people who take the time to read your blog.

stand on your own, by yourself if it means keeping true to self and the direction you want your life to go. The best things in life are off the worn path.

LEARN THE ROPES AND GO WITH THE FLOW

  • i have learned that it is important to update your blog at least two or three times a week. heck, if you can do it every single day, it would be better (from my own research, and because i am an avid blog reader myself, i tend to unfollow someone who has not updated their blog in weeks). with this thought, you kinda go ok, but then when do i work? when do i sleep? when do i eat?! learning to manage your time so you can produce the best content is crucial if you want to make your blog successful. but lets not forget that even though you post every single day, it does not mean you actually have quality posts that readers will love and come back to. at the end of the day, quality beats quantity. a good balance of it all makes good sense. and because of the huge growth of the blog, this year, i am concentrating on organising myself by pre-scheduling all my shoots and preparing my editorial calendar way in advance. good luck to me.
  • i get asked about photography and all i can really tell you is learn. putting in that extra effort to learn how you can produce great photos will help you produce a better blog. and yes, although it helps a lot on investing on camera gear, i do not always suggest it for everyone because it can be expensive. i suggest investing after at least a year or two of blogging – upgrade your gear to a new camera that has more features and a great quality lens like a 50mm F1.8 or F1.4 (the best lens to buy for street style photos). my gear is on full beast mode – simply because i am a photographer by trade and it goes with the territory. but note that the basics can get you where you need to be if you know how to make it work for you. and of course it will also help if you collaborate with a photographer. a lot of bloggers are now working alongside aspiring photographers so do a little networking and you might just get lucky.
  • does it matter if i write or can i just post my photos?! this is different for everyone. because honestly, we dont all have a writing or journalism degree. but i would have to be honest when i say that i hate going to blogs that have no personal voice. i hate reading press releases and get about 100 of them on my email. so why would i go to a blog that cuts and pastes?! blogging is supposed to be your personal space so use it to voice out your thoughts. even if its just a sentence. this is a sure way to get readers because once they connect with you, that relationship builds and they will surely keep coming back. oh and don’t forget to give google a visit for some english grammar guidance. coz if your sentences don’t make sense, you will surely give your readers a headache. and yes, i know that includes me.
  • someone once noted that to be a fashion blogger, you cannot repeat outfits. he is right on some level. nobody really wants to see the same thing again and again. but how the hell do you do that without breaking the bank?! again, this is different for everyone. because your blog is personal, sharing your personal style is what matters most and because i have luckily outgrown my need to keep up with trends, i now basically revolve and evolve my style with classic pieces, simple silhouettes and comfortable cuts that are all pretty easy to mix and match. and yes, i am one of those bloggers who repeat outfits. i honestly dont care coz to me, any piece of clothing (if you really have great personal taste) can be styled in hundreds of ways so although i repeat several pieces from time to time, i know it is always highlighted in a different way. plus my blog is definitely more than the outfits i share.
  • being different can sometimes be a challenge. take for example this location. i call this place “my-not-so-secret-location” simply coz there was a time when nobody knew about this place. but soon enough, because of the magical powers of social media and geo-tagging, everybody has now snapped their own secret rendezvous on instagram. and so because everyone now has photos at this place, how you present it with your own vision and your own perspective, is what will make it different.
  • holding on to every bit of integrity and learning how to compromise is the hardest thing. blogging will surely open doors but sticking to who you are, knowing your worth and learning the ways when it comes to collaborations and projects will definitely help you establish yourself more in the industry. remember that it is all about quality and not quantity. so it doesn’t really matter if you attended all the 10 events of the day and get a handful of “free stuff”. ever wondered how much you actually spend on transport alone just to attend the same event again and again? do you really want to experience the horror of wearing the same outfit with about 3 or 4 more bloggers/media simply because you got it as a “freebie” at an event?! and do you really think it is right to collaborate with the high-street or the “cheap and affordable” when your closet only houses chanel and you honestly wont even be caught dead inside a discount store?!
  • be an inspiration. i have said this before and i will say it again. being a blogger and having an online presence is a huge responsibility. you have the ability to influence people (be it one or hundreds or thousands) so take it seriously and be careful what you put out there. also, it helps to know the law. i live in the middle east and although dubai is forgiving and more open, that does not mean i get to abuse it by flaunting my boobies (i hardly have any either way).
  • last but not the least. be passionate with your blogging goals and always aim higher. i never thought i would still be a “blogger” till now but year in and year out, i continue. and with hard work, with my passion burning, my drive to create, to learn, to share and to inspire has definitely fulfilled me in the best of ways.

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  • Jeanelly

    Fantastic post! You look amazing, as always!
    xo
    Jeanie
    http://www.thefashionlotus.com

  • Thank you so much for that awesome tips, and YES I agree to you in all that facts 🙂 And your blog is truely an inspiration for every creative mind 🙂 I always love following your beautiful and perfect shots on instagram, and I’m sure they make your blog so unique and perfect and this is what makes it so cool for someone like me to visit it again and again 🙂
    Keep up your work and just be yourself ever and ever again 🙂
    I still have to learn a lot of photography and doing makeup and hairstyles, but I’m eagerly working on that (and on my english of course , too 🙂 so important for every day!) 🙂
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  • love the vibe of this look and the background for your photos!! so pretty! 😀

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  • I love the photography! How creative including those shadows to create more depth and interest to the photos!
    http://redreticule.com

  • great tips, and love the spray of light in your photos. have a great week babe.
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  • beautiful! LOVE

    NATALIEOFFDUTY.COM

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  • Finding time to manage your blog as well as your time is the best way to create a successful harmony. Quality blog posts can be time-consuming. I love the lighting in these photos. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Samantha

    Wow, you are an OG blogger!!! Good for you. Great post and advice. 🙂

    Samantha Series

  • Amazing post! Thanks for the tips.
    You look gorgeous.
    Have a happy new week!
    Xox, Raysa

  • Yeah it sucks when people don’t understand that fashion bloggers can actually wear the same thing again and again.
    I love reading blogs with interesting content as well, even if it’s only about their life.
    It’s nice to know people based on what they write on their blog.

    Lovin that pants on you Mahryska 🙂

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  • These photos are great, love the lighting
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • such a relaxing look! lovely. (:

    http://www.connect-the-cloths.com ♥ | xoxo

  • Prudence

    Wow, thanks for sharing this detailed post on your tips to create a successful blog, they are very inspiring and great advice! Loving your relaxed outfit in this post too, the culottes are especially gorgeous!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  • absolutely great outfit 🙂
    cape outfit

  • Pam

    firstly, LOVE this look! And I particularly like the first point, I will not blog every day because I need to have a life outside the blog too :p When will I go to the gym, paint my nails, etc? 3 times per week is enough in my opinion 🙂
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • Alice

    What a wonderful post! I just love how the light complements your outfit, great photography!
    Fashion Soup

  • Lovely sweet style 😉

    XX

    Mónica Sors

    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

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  • Wow! Can’t believe you have a blog for over a decade!
    I disagree with the “not repeating outfits”. There are bloggers who have a personal style and repeat their outfits with a few variations. I mean of course I wouldn’t post the exact same look but I mix and match a lot!
    x
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  • Wonderful writing and gorgeous look!

    xo
    http://thepinkporcelaindoll.blogspot.co.at

  • This is such a great look! I really like how you styled it with those sandals!

    http://www.theaisleofstyle.com/

  • Pam

    I can relate to a lot of the things you mentioned here! I’m like you, I repeat a lot of my outfits in different variations. It would be impossible to have a brand new wardrobe every day right?! Thanks for sharing your advice! xo, Pam

    http://www.thegirlfrompanama.com

  • I like your insight about being a better blogger. All really good tips! I know I want to get a better camera lens so my photos come out even better… also working to post more and attend 1-2 blogger events this year (not in the same day, ha!)…


    Amber
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  • Hello dear, love so much that bucolic pics, love your culottes in white

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  • Great tips from a pro! Fab outfit!
    Thestyletune.blogspot.com

  • Ivi

    Oh wow you’ve been blogging for so long! Great tips in every way! xoxo

    http://www.naomella.com

  • I love your awesome tips! thanks for sharing, they were fun and informative! super cute post!

    kelseybang.com

  • Congrats on the well deserved growth! It was great reading your thoughts and suggestions, especially since you have years of experience in this industry. I found this post to be very helpful and reassuring; thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have the best week ahead, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to create this wonderful and helpful post. It is very important to hear an opinion form experienced long time blogger. So many helpful tips.

  • Just wanted to add that I liked your point about repeating outfits. I personally think that the main goal of the fashion bloggers is to inspire everyday outfits, define personal style and create as many looks as possible with clothes that you already own versus promoting shopaholism.

    http://www.marinasummers.com

  • Inspiring. I hope I could be successful like you.

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    xo, Alyssa

  • love the photography here and i do agree that writing in your own voice is important. i don’t like to write entire essays though because i feel like people don’t read that long or want to read that long. as for outfits, i think switching things around helps so you don’t always have to be buying new things

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  • raden

    Your outfit is perfect with the place. I really like the shoes 🙂

    http://imaginarymi.blogspot.co.id/

  • Really awesome and well written post. I agree with 100% of everything you said. I love that you covered integrity mostly though. I notice bloggers who sell out and it’s lame. XO
    Lauren-Blair
    http://www.prefertobedemure.com

  • Aw great tips on blogging! Your photography is always beautiful and I wish my photos looked half as good as yours! Thanks for being so inspiring!

    Tina
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  • I really love this post! such great images!
    http://www.yukovablog.co.uk/

  • Great tips and style dear!
    Kisses
    Martina
    http://www.pinkbubbles.it
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  • Great article Mahryska – I agree on all points! And having a personal voice is so important!
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  • Love it!!! Love reading your thought and suggestion about blogging! Inspiring!
    x, Ivana | http://www.ivananatashas.com

  • Great tips about blogging! Going with the flow is definitly key! Love this outfit as well – that sweater is amazing!

  • Beautiful photos! Nice post

    kisses Adela Acanski

  • Amazing look! I love the sweater and the shoes!
    http://www.alessandrastyle.com

  • What a wonderful post! Very well written and I can only agree with you: I tend to wear some of my outfits over again, just styled differently. I simply cannot afford a new look every single day. Also, I had no idea that you have been blogging since 2005! What an accomplishment! Congrats!
    Much love from Paris!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.net

  • Hey my dear!

    Really love your look and the pictures are stunning! 🙂

    XXX,

    WMBG

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  • These are really good advices!! Your blog is amazing and definitely inspires me 🙂

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  • I love these shots, lady- the lighting is so pretty!
    Happy Tuesday!

    -Ashley
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  • I think one of the hardest things as a blogger is standing out from the pack. I love your photos and how they really have their own look and feel than most.

    xx Yasmin
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  • This post was really great to read! I think staying true to yourself and posting consistently high quality content is the most important thing! Your outfit is beautiful too- I like the sweater with the skirt

    Rachel xx
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  • Mahryska, I’ve just booked marked this post. Each and every point is really informative and great guidance for us who just started or has been around for a year or two. One thing I find the most dificult is to be persistent with our believes, move on for the passion and decline when necessary. Eyes gets blinded by fancy $$ offers or brand collaborations. It took me a while to realize how important our brand image is and from that day onwards I’ve said no to offers or considerations that doesn’t reflect our brand.

    This journey won’t be an easy one and I believe one day I can be where you are. Travel the world, share stories and be an inspiration to other people 🙂

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  • This post is very inspirational to me Mahryska! I always try to grow and find new information about blogging, but because of the corporate job and after hours it’s one step at a time. Despite that I believe if it’s a true passion one should always follow it so I’m continuing to do what makes me happy))

  • Great post! Your outfit is so cozy!
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  • such a wonderful and honest post, thank you so much for sharing, you are one of the rare bloggers who has such long experience blogging and growing as an influencer. ive only been doing it for a year and get the importance of evolving in this fats pace world of online. agree that you have to be yourself and stay true to yourself, invest in photography and interact with other bloggers, it is after a SOCIAL media world : ) best of luck to you! xx

  • Hi Mahryska!Great post!Love this place!
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    Eloise
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  • Thanks for sharing this post! So inspirational for a newbie blogger to read! Congratulations on blogging for over a decade! Hope I will be able to say the same thing in 10 years time!

  • Joanna Joy

    This is another fabulous post! I really enjoy reading your posts because I learn a lot from them. Thank you for sharing your experiences. You are the sweetest!

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