Tell us a little bit about My Style Pill?
I started My Style Pill almost three years ago and it started out as just a creative outlet for me to express myself when it came to fashion and style. Now, I still continue to do that, but have transformed the blog into a personal style diary where I wear and style outfits, showing and hopefully inspiring readers to look within their own closets and come up with a fun and fresh approach when it comes to their clothing. I love to remix, and I try and keep that a constant on the blog as well. I don't feel that just because I have a blog that what I am wearing is the most trendy, stylish or what
everyone else should be wearing. I just have a love of fashion and style and want to share my opinion and viewpoint on it with whoever wants to check it out! 🙂
How did you monetize My Style Pill? (ie. consulting, ads, product sales, etc.)
I work with sponsors who I believe in and who are a good fit for the blog. I also work as a brand ambassador for different companies/brands, and with clients through personal styling consulting.
How has blogging affected your career?
I was working in magazines at the time when I started the blog and was starting to feel unhappy with my current position and what I was writing about. I decided I wanted to make a change and needed my own creative outlet and before I knew it, the blog was born. Eventually with the crash of the magazine industry a few years ago, I was forced to change my whole perspective on work and what it was I wanted to do. It was after major lay-offs that I decided it was time to work for myself and make the blog and my consulting work real and profitable. Losing my magazine job was the best thing that could have happened to me because I had to take matters into my own hands and make something happen. I still work in editorial from time to time as a freelance writer, which I love.
What are you working on now?
Right now I have a couple different projects in the works with large brands that will be coming out later this summer, early fall as well as some fun editorial pieces for some publications in Asia and the US. I am also always adding on new clients to my styling business, which is really exciting.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to aspiring bloggers?
Invest in a good camera if you want to take outfit photos to share on the blog. Otherwise, just start it! That is the first step. Then, keep at it daily…write and post photos consistently, even if at first you don't make it public. Getting into the routine of blogging will help you form a structure, which is important. I also suggest trying to form a community with other bloggers you like and respect. Lastly,always, always remain gracious and humble…no need to burn bridges and it will help you in the short and long run!