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the most common question i get when i talk about blogging is how long does it take to be successful. how long before i get more hits on the blog? how do i get more followers on instagram and more people to comment on the blog? when do i get invites to events and when do i get all the amazing gifts? when will i get noticed and featured? will i ever get a chance to collaborate with big brands and when will i be able to charge for my post?

there is no such thing as overnight success…

  • taking ages for you to get the 1000 mark? i get a good 120,000 to 150,000 visits on a daily basis on the blog (of course it goes down if i dont update) but then again ive been blogging for years so i have a good readership standing that i have worked on to achieve. so unless you are willing to expose yourself naked online or start up a huge controversy, it will take some time for any new blogger to get there. remember that your blog statistics wont move if you dont. so consistency is key. regularly update your blog and learn to engage with your readers if you want to get more traffic.
  • although the number of followers and the amount of comment engagement you get matters, content is still key. remember that adding value to what you share can gain you real followers and true feedback from readers. i mean who in their right mind would believe anyone who gets an additional 5k followers in one day?! the blonde salad does not even get that lucky.
  • it should never be about the freebies or gifts. although that is a perk we all admit to love, it should never be the basis of your blog. always be grateful but also note that nothing really comes in for free. most of these freebies and gifts expect coverage in return so you have to be careful on how you actually deal with it.
  • we all want to be included. and being invited to all those amazing events and activities can really boost up your game in networking. but that does not mean you have to go to every single one. choose where you go wisely. because going to an extravagant medical conference or real-estate preview wont do you or your readers any good coz it has nothing to do with what your initial interest is on the blog. and for the love of vogue, do not crash events that you have no actual invites to.
  • start up blog campaigns are great to be a part of if you are just starting out. it is a good way to learn the ropes in dealing with brands, meeting new bloggers and getting exposure. remember though that you will not fit the requirements of all the brands when it comes to collaborations and projects. at the end of the day, they choose bloggers they work with based not only on their actual profile and personal style but also their ranking and credibility.  this is the main reason why brands work with more established bloggers when money is involved.
  • integrity is the one thing you cannot lose when blogging. the longer you blog, the need to be noticed and be exposed to the market increases – you want more opportunities, you want more projects. that is understandable, but sometimes, you forget what matters most and you technically sell-out. how can you believe a blogger who features cheap and affordable outfits when you know she wont even get caught dead wearing one? one of the worst things you can do is post anything and everything a PR agency sends you just because you want to get ahead by making it good with them and grab all the goodies. know the kind of blogger you want to be. choose who you work with. and keep up with it without sacrificing who you really are and your worth and last but not the least, always remember the value of your blog.
  • you do not need validation for your blog. just because you are not as popular as other bloggers are right now, does not mean you are less capable. learn from more established bloggers, see how you can improve but most importantly innovate as you go.
  • blogging isnt always about how long you have been doing it. it is more about doing right. slowly but surely, one step at a time.
  • oh and before i forget. keep those feet grounded, no matter how expensive your shoes get or how high you soar.

SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE FOOT OF HATTA MOUNTAINS

photography by princess lovella


it took a long time to establish my blog. and i had to be patient with its growth throughout the years. this was my baby, so i was never really afraid of the hard work, or how much time it would take me and how much effort i had to put in to produce the kind of content i wanted and the direction i wanted to take with it. the more pressing issue to ask yourself here is what exactly do you want to gain out of your blogging. to me, that is the only way you can really answer the question on success. my take on it and how i measure it is certainly different from you and everybody else. no matter how slow or fast you get there, it is all about how we look at it.

your growth as a blogger can be the most exciting experience. so savour every minute of it. everything else will follow.

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  • Beautiful pictures, so minimalist! Love the outfit! x

    http://violettedaily.com

  • Great tips, they are definitely useful! I have been blogging for almost a year, and I don’t have that many followers. I do believe that I have to keep myself motivated to keep the blog going. Succes will happen someday! 😉

    TheNormcoreRebel

    • thank you my dear! always keep yourself motivated 🙂

  • Pam

    these are great tips! if you keep doing what you love, people are bound to come back for more and to read what you have to say 😀
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • thanks gorgeous!! and yes the love we share for our passion will have people coming back for more 🙂

  • Wow! I cannot utter any words, I just keep on nodding while reading this. Everything is so true, I started from the scratch, I don’t know how to even start a blog. Everything is a learning process for me and being able to have my own domain right now, tweak my own blog layout and do photoshoots for outfit post really is something I can call an achievement. I used to be dreaming about being sent freebies and do paid post and now everything is well paid off. It’s really true, those are just perks, you have to really love what you’re doing and be patient about it. I have been blogging for four years now , there are times that I wanted to give up but I was motivated by someone like you, sharing good content and inspiring other bloggers to stay on track. 🙂 Very lovely and informative post dear! 🙂 and oh!I love the body hugging dress 🙂

    xx
    Rica | http://www.sassycebuannachic.com

    • thank you so much rica!! appreciate the great feedback and more love to our blogging journey together!! 🙂

  • Totally obsessed with your B&W cardigan!Kisses, Paola.

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  • Beautiful location and I liked your thoughts about blogging.
    It definitely is a lot of work and results will come gradually.
    x
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  • I agree with you about everything, especially that there is no such thing as overnight success. Nice pictures.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

  • love your outfit 🙂 great shots.
    weekend outfit

  • Shannon

    Gorgeous! Love that cardigan!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • These tips are so important! Thank you for sharing your blogging knowledge, babe 🙂

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • thanks sweetie!! appreciate your support so much 🙂

  • Great post and some very key tips there. I also love your outfit. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up here so that I can start wearing cute dresses and little cardigans again, without the need for so many layers on top.

    Samio
    http://www.samio.co.uk

    • helo gorgeous! thank you so much 🙂

  • Such a cute outfit! Loving that sweater on you!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Beautiful pictures! Lovely.
    Xox, Raysa

  • Such a great post, dear! I get the question a lot too and I always say: Consistency and stay authentic! Have a voice of your own! It’s so important. Love your style and your words always!
    Happy Monday, my gorgeous friend!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • thank you so much sweetie and yes, our consistency as bloggers is key!! much love!!

  • Great post & Amazing tips. I totally agree with everything you’ve said.
    It’s important for new bloggers to understand that you don’t have to compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.
    The most important thing when you start blogging is to love what you do and everything else will fall into pieces:)

    ByTheWay I’ve just discovered your blog & I really like it! Keep on the good work 🙂
    xx
    http://putitallonme.com/

    • thank you so much sweetie! and glad we found each other 🙂 cant wait to see more of you online!!

  • Beautiful photos and thank you for the tips!

  • You are always so inspiring and real with your advice, you give such insight that many successful bloggers, for some reason, don’t share and I truly appreciate that. I agree with all the tips you’ve shared, they all make sense and cause us to take a step backwards and really evaluate our purpose, drive and quality we put out. I, of course, love your outfit and backdrop, so fab 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have the best day and week ahead, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • thank you so much sweetie! appreciate all the love…sending over my kisses to you!!

  • Beautiful pictures! I love the cardigan
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  • Beautiful look, thank you for sharing!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • neat photo spot! I love how you layered your look!

    kelseybang.com

    • helo gorgeous! thank you so much!!

  • WOnderful photos… lov ethe flats!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

  • Alice

    Beautiful shoot, I’m so obsessed with that dress! Love your blogging tips, every word is true! No fast and easy road to success, just hard work and patience!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  • Great post and blogging advice dear, I agree with all you say! Love your look too :))
    Nice to meet you!
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

  • Great tips, hard work and consistency will pay off! So glad to hear your encouraging words.

    http;//www.racheldinh.com

    • thank you so much sweetie! sending over my love!!

  • Gorgeous, babe! Love the safari vibe of your photos!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

  • Thank you for such an inspiring and motivational post!!! I needed it. Hugs, Kait
    http://makeminemaroon.com/

    • thank you so much sweetie!! appreciate the love!

  • Thank you for the amazing tips! Your photography is as stunning as always!

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  • Amazing location and photo!
    Alessia
    THECHILICOOL

  • Pretty pics!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Really great tips dear! Thank you for sharing!
    You look beautiful!
    Hugs, Pisa ❤
    http://www.inlovewithmyclothes.com

  • So inspiring and helpful! I love your point of asking yourself what you want from your blog. Thanks for all the tips! Amazing look, amazing sweater!

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

    • helo dear! thank you so much 🙂

  • You have such a beautiful blog, and it’s clear that you love it. I’m always impressed with your content! This patterned sweater is a stunner, by the way.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

  • Great and useful advice, and as always, your photos are brilliant!
    Wonderful post, and well time , for me, anyway!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

  • So beautiful!!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  • Valuable advices. Thank you for sharing. You look fabulous!

    http://www.marinasummers.com

  • So pretty! You look AMAZING!!!!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • kim

    Gorgeous photos, love it!! Xx

    http://www.mahryska.com

  • You look incredible and wow that’s a crazy amount of daily views! I hope to keep building my brand and get to your level some day :). Great tips Mahryska!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • thank you so much my beloved!! much love and loads of kisses!!

  • your responses/answers were so honest and raw and i really enjoyed reading them!

    Kierra | Lavishingg

  • Background is amaziong, great photos. Great look too, love the dress xoxox

    thefurthestthingfromperfect.blogspot.com

  • Gorgeous pictures. Lovely post and beautiful look!

    http://tealattewithstyle.com/

  • Your pictures are so beautiful! Great look too, love the dress!
    XO Erica
    http://www.ericavoyage.com

  • Taking everything to bed later. Thank you for the reminder and Happy Women’s day Mahryska x

    Don’t stop inspiring!

    Real Life Nerd
    http://www.vivienekok.com

    • much love sweetie…thank you!!

  • Such a great post and it is so true! I think everyone wants overnight success, but it takes time. I think engaging with other bloggers and my readers has been my favorite part of blogging. I had no idea that it was such a great community of smart, encouraging women!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

    • thank you so much nicole!! sending over my love to you and cant wait to know more about you 🙂

  • Precioso look
    Me encanta la chaqueta
    Mil besos
    https://pepavallejos.wordpress.com/

  • These are amazing tips! Big or small, bloggers must remember their worth – when working with brands or comparing to other bloggers!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

    • thank you chelsea!! sending over the love to you too!!

  • This is a lovely style selection you have here! I love these clothes and I feel a chic vibe from the photos really nice post. 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com

  • Great tips. I especially like the one about integrity. And you outfit is beautiful. I love those shoes!
    ~Lili
    http://www.thefashionsalt.com

  • Such a beautiful photos. And love this outfit. So simple and chic. And that cardigan is gorgeous.

    March and May

  • You make a lot of great points. I personally believe in putting in the hard yards at the start, growing an audience and actually connecting with them. Audience is always key, never take advantage of it!

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

  • Prudence

    These are really great tips for all bloggers who want to become successful! Thanks for sharing.

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  • Lenya

    Great tips, thx for sharing. Love your OOTD! Happy hump day, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

  • everythinkg is just perfect in these pictures, babe…you, the outfit, the location..
    great tips
    http://www.theitalianglam.com/

  • Well said M! This is such a great post! Content is key, indeed! Most people pay attention to the numbers instead of content, and it’s a pity that some of them will only “like” you on social media based on the X numbers and sometimes I do feel less capable because of that. But then I realise that’s not the most important thing in the world. I don’t have xx-K followers, but I’m grateful to stay connected with people (like you) who like my work and not because of the numbers. So thank you for that, M 🙂 I truly appreciate it! Hope you are having an amazing week 🙂 xoxo Vivian

    http://www.twoward.com

  • Gorgeous knit piece! I love your tips, you make so many great points. Content is definitely key and always being true to yourself too. Thanks for sharing.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  • okay this outfit is perfection! I love that dress paired with the cardigan. So chic and sexy!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • I think every blogger should read this post. sums up all. Love the backdrop, an the aztec cape.U simply rock every look don’t u.
    <3
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  • I am in love with this look. The aviators were the perfect sunglasses to enhance your look. Thanks for sharing and check out our latest feature.

    Eye See Euphoria | http://blog.eyeseeeuphoria.com/2016/03/09/sickyeyewearspringsummer2016/

  • Loving this posts of yours and I agree with every single word! I always try to see what fellow bloggers who start to succeed do, maybe it’s a photo quality change, maybe the outfits style, maybe the style of writing and try to grow one step at a time with them. It encourages a lot to see bloggers like you to share their experience and some tips!
    P.S. your looks is stunning as always!

    http://www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

  • Such great tips. Developing a following really does take time. If you even look at big bloggers archives, you can see where they started wasn’t anywhere glamorous.
    Annessa / http://www.seekingsunshine.com

  • You are so right about all of this, great post and great job with your blog! x

    http://www.bibigoeschic.com

  • You are such an inspiration! Thank you so much for these helpful tips. Very nicely said and I know beginning bloggers and experienced bloggers can take something away from this. Keep up the amazing work beautiful! <3

    Sincerely,

    http://www.aikocunanan.com

  • Great advice!

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  • Love the advice!! I definitely agree with everything you said especially since I’ve been blogging all these years too and working hard to stay grounded. Although if there’s any freebies you want to throw this way… (haha just kidding!).

  • Love the advice!! I definitely agree with everything you said especially since I’ve been blogging all these years too and working hard to stay grounded. Although if there’s any freebies you want to throw this way… (haha just kidding!).

  • Words of wisdom, Mariyah, words of wisdom indeed.

    http://sheelagoh.com/2016/03/11/being-confident-a-link-up/

  • Words of wisdom, Mariyah, words of wisdom indeed.

    http://sheelagoh.com/2016/03/11/being-confident-a-link-up/

  • Wow, you have such amazing page views! These are such great words of wisdom. I love your focus on integrity and staying grounded no matter how new you are or how long you’ve been doing it. I love this outfit too!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Wow, you have such amazing page views! These are such great words of wisdom. I love your focus on integrity and staying grounded no matter how new you are or how long you’ve been doing it. I love this outfit too!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Such a wonderful post lovely and thank you for sharing such truthful and wise advice. As a new blogger some times it is really hard to keep going when you’re not getting the results you want, but as you say it’s all about hard work, dedication and knowing where you want to be! Xx

    http://theemasphere.com

  • Such a wonderful post lovely and thank you for sharing such truthful and wise advice. As a new blogger some times it is really hard to keep going when you’re not getting the results you want, but as you say it’s all about hard work, dedication and knowing where you want to be! Xx

    http://theemasphere.com

  • Thanks for sharing your point of view and your insights on blogging! xoxo

    http://www.naomella.com

    PS: There’s a giveaway on my blog!

  • Thanks for sharing your point of view and your insights on blogging! xoxo

    http://www.naomella.com

    PS: There’s a giveaway on my blog!

  • Great tips and motivational words 🙂

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • Great tips and motivational words 🙂

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com