About 6 years ago, when I first started this blog, the blogging community was relatively small compared to what it is today. Writing for me was like keeping a diary, I did know my stuff was out there in the World Wide Web, but somehow, I felt like it all stayed within a circle of people who liked writing and reading blogs - that's how I made some of my first blogger friends. Little did I know they would become a key part of my journey throughout the years.

Back then, social media was just starting and we didn't have as many events, trips and opportunities to work together; therefore, it was much harder to meet other bloggers in real life. Some of us were still anonymous and our posts didn't include pictures of us, so you really had no idea who you were talking to, but as they say, where there's a will, there's a way, and we found our way and started building our little community.

We shared ideas, success and failure stories, gave advice to each other, but more importantly, we supported each other. So here are just a few of the things I learned from them:

Don’t overthink it (I’m the queen of overthinking), if you have a passion and something you really want to share and talk about, just go for it! Go all in, and don’t be afraid to grow with your blog, it’s all part of the fun.

Don’t wait until you have everything figured out, until everything is perfect, for the right moment. That procrastination (hello again, I’m the queen of procrastination too!) won’t take you anywhere, you are only putting your dreams on pause while they haunt you every day because you’re doing nothing about it. If look back at my first posts (what a great source of embarrassment...), I had no clue of what I was doing, but all I knew was that I really wanted to do it. The evolution has been massive, and there’s still so much more I need to learn and improve, but that’s the beauty of it.

Let’s face it, the struggle is real. The pressure to be visible and put yourself out there is bigger and bigger each day, especially with the increasingly growing social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube. But don’t let that pressure take over you, it is way much better to post high quality content less frequently, than posting stuff that adds no value or won’t help to engage you audience. 

The million dollar question successful bloggers get asked all the time, whats the secret formula? The truth is that it’s a personal journey, you need to define your own success. Yes, there are best practices and things all of them will have in common, but the reason for success is different to everyone. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for you. But if there’s one piece of advice I can give you is to stay true to yourself, don’t try to be like anyone else and stop going through that rat race of comparison that won’t take you anywhere. Show the real you and you’ll be able to connect on a deeper level with your audience.

Since I’ve become part of The Blogger Program family, I’ve been able to meet wonderful people and make some great blogger friends like Emma Spence, one of the loveliest girls I’ve ever met, with the most unique sense of style. The other day Emma surprised me with the most gorgeous personalised pampering set from Button & Wilde.

To pass it forward and celebrate the amazing friendships I've made through blogging, I decided to treat Daniel Marin with a little something from Button & Wilde too. I met him a few months ago at a Fashion Week event and he has the most charming personality, a great sense of style and the most adorable cat ever, Sienna. What I like the most about him is how determined and focused he is, so efficient with his time, so responsible and always an inspiration, a true goal getter! Check out his blog www.dfmarin.com to see what I got him.

The reason why I love personalised gifts so much is because the allow you to create something unique that no one else will have, and generally, people appreciate the effort, I personally think its very thoughtful. The only problem is that sometimes it can be very time consuming and that puts me off a little, but the process with Button & Wilde was super quick and easy, you just have to choose from a range of products, select the packing of your preference, decide whether you want to include a quote, a picture or both; and in 5 minutes you’re done. Easy-peasy! 

You can see all steps bellow, but whether its for a birthday, secret Santa, Christmas gifts, or any occasion really; this is a great option to show someone your appreciation in a very unique way. 


  1. Wow, you are a legit blogger who started way before it was even a term probably! Kudos to you for being OG and doing this way before anyone else! I totally agree with you - the blogging world is so saturated and there are so many of us now, but to define your own success and goals is the only way to go. How cute is this package and so perfect to personalize yet make it easy. I love that a fellow blogger gifted it to you and you in turn gifted it to someone else. This is perfect for the holidays too. I will need to check it out! xoxo, Christine

  2. You have definitely put your time in the game and I love all of your advice. Just to move is definitely so true! Go for it and don't look back...well look back to see how far you've come! I started around 3 years ago and the community really is so amazing although there are many many more of us now, I love that for the most part, I feel that the blogging world is very inclusive! I adore these personalized gifts! They are the best and I haven't heard about this before! I have a couple extra gifts to get and this seems like a perfect option! Headed to check them out now!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  3. Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    Loved this honest post and agree with you.
    You are so Inspiring Darling:) Keep doing your Amazing Work:)
    Personalized Gifts are the Best:)
    Love, Open Kloset By Karina
    Wish you Happy New Week

  4. Great blogging tips. I'm so with you on the Quality over Quantity one. I'm a true believer that having larger followings are not necessarily better. It is better to have a more focused audience with high engagement rates and penetration rates. Loving the point you touched on 'just go for it'. I honestly think in life there is no right or perfect moment for things. So just go for it and make it happen!! Thanks for such a great post and tips!

    xx, Jessie

  5. You're absolutely right, there are so many bloggers nowadays, it's crazy. And to be honest, there is nor formula, you have to be as unique as possible. And meeting fellow bloggers is always such a pleasure. Somehow you always learn something new even if you thought there is nothing left out there. I've met so many amazing people and I'm so grateful for that! Lovely post, babe! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, Eliza | www.fashion-confession.com

  6. Wow girl, congrats on the 6 years! That's so awesome that you kept your blog going and didn't give up. I really respect that and look up to bloggers like you. Community is everything and it's a great place for us to grow and support each other. How cool are these personalized gifts from Button & Wilde? I know of some people who will love this for Christmas!

  7. Hey love,
    Hope you're having a great day! First of, wow, 6 years, congrats! I honestly couldn't agree more, the blogging and fashion community has grown so fast over the years. There are tons of us bloggers from all over the world. It definitely is a competitive area but I also think it's kind of cool how we have all these different people from different parts of the world that enjoy doing what I do. I really think that as long as you're content expresses who you are and is creative you can really stand out. It's also wonderful how you were able to learn new things from other bloggers, that's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, I loved it.

    xoxo, vanessa


  8. So i have a question for you. As a blogger who’s been blogging for 6 years and seen the progression it’s made. Do you ever wonder have second thoughts about blogging? I’ve been blogging for the same amount as time as you. And sometimes seeing how fast it’s grown i feel like I’m falling behind or others sre growing at a faster pace than i am. How do you deal with those challenges?

  9. Wow 6 years is a long time - I don't think I even knew it existed back then. But can we talk about Button & Wilde - I love the idea of a personalized gift. These would be so great for the holidays! And I agree it's all about relationships. It's hard not to get caught up in what everyone else is doing but I agree that you should just do you and build your authentic voice - and your brand. People will notice.

  10. I loved reading this post and agree with all of your tips! I am a huge believer of content over quality. I rather be MIA from blogging and wait until I have good content, than to post just because. I also love how you said don’t wait and just go for it! So many people make excuses on why they can’t do something and in honestly they should just START!
    I’m a fab of personalized gifts and these are so cute! Perfect for the holidays!


  11. Having blogged for 6 years you're a real pro by now and I envy some of the knowledge you possess compared to a newbie such as me who has only blogged for a year and a half. It's interesting to think blogs weren't so picture focused before, but more of diaries really. That's the way they still should be though. Paid collaborations or not, you should always stay personal or you could equally well read a mail order catalogue. Thanks for all your advice and wisdom!
    Thomas xx

  12. I totally agree with you on so many points. Being you is definitely most important!

    There was a time during last year when I didn't feel like posting because it didn't feel like me anymore, I got so many sponsored request and It made me feel like my whole blog was just an advertisement and no longer my blog where I shared parts of my life, thoughts and the things that I liked so I finally decided to change that and post the things that I loved to post from the very beginning.


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