I’ve never been one to stick to just one topic. I write about what I love, and I see the artistic aspects of everything that I enjoy. There is beauty and art in the everyday, and as Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe everyday you should have at least once exquisite moment.”
Life isn’t perfect, but it’s those moments of happiness that keep us going, whether it’s finding the perfect dress or an exquisitely made pair of shoes, trying out a new skincare product, making a new recipe that you’ve been looking forward to, planning your upcoming summer vacation or having a conversation with someone you haven’t had the chance to catch up with in awhile.
Recently I had the chance to share a few words of advice with someone who wanted to expand what they shared about on their blog. Now, I still consider myself in the learning stages when it comes to blogging, after all we should always be working towards new and better and do our best to avoid the comparison trap/feelings of self doubt that get in the way of our creativity. After all we are our own worst critics!
When is the right time to expand beyond your niche?
The answer is, right now. If you love art, write about it, if you love beauty/fashion and all things lifestyle, write about it. If you love what you’re talking about, then others will see your intentions and will appreciate your authenticity.
Can I bring something of value to the conversation?
Absolutely! While it’s good to draw inspiration from others, always strive to bring your own unique voice to the conversation. After all there is only one you, and it’s better to just be yourself instead of trying to just recreate what everyone else is doing.
What if I’m not comfortable in front of the camera?
All I can say is it takes time. I’m one of those people who can rarely be captured in a way that reflects how I look in ‘real life’. Which is both a good and a bad thing, when you want to show others the face behind the blog as well as sharing fashion/lifestyle content.
When I see a camera pointed in my direction, I freeze instantly, all of the muscles in face tensing all at once.
One thing that has helped me to start working towards overcoming the ‘deer in headlights’ look is to always be in motion when my photograph is being taken. I also pick a location I’m familiar with, and have someone behind the camera who I’m comfortable around. My fellow introverts will know exactly what I mean!
As I’ve shared before we have several very ‘Charleston-esque’ neighborhoods nearby, and when we were in the height of social distancing here in the Carolina’s, we took the opportunity to take drives through several of these neighborhoods, and saw so many beautiful homes, hidden parks and a picturesque water fountain that we just happened on by accident.