Happy Friday! Obviously if you can’t tell by the title it’s a big day for the blog! That’s right my little internet spot turns 1 today! I still can’t believe it! In honor of my blogiversary, I’m going to be a doing a Q&A with you guys! I’m so happy for the friends I’ve made and the amazing people that continue to support this page!
It’s been a year full of amazing experiences, great lessons, and crazy accomplishments I only dreamed of. As I type this, I remember the nervousness I had starting this blog, the support from friends and family to start, and finally hitting publish on my first post. I don’t know where I would be without my support system and without everyone believing in me. I truly thank every single one of you! Now without further ado, let’s jump right into the Q&A!
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started blogging because I loved reading them! Writing has always been a strong suit of mine and I always thought I would be doing some after college. If you didn’t know, I graduated with a BA in communications with a primary focus on PR. I thought I was so set to work for a PR firm after or work in the PR department at a big corporation. Sadly, I was wrong but it didn’t stop me from building and continuing to work on my craft and of course my degree.
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
I used to have a Tumblr page that I was pretty proud of back in the day and I had no idea what to name it. All I knew was that I wanted my name in there somewhere and somehow came up with Lovely Silvia. When I was starting my blog, picking the name took me some time. Then I remembered my Tumblr page and just went with it!
3. Is blogging easy?
Absolutely not. I wish I was kidding but no guys. I seriously thought this blog was going to be a walk in the park and at first I treated it like so. When I really wanted to become more and more invested, I realized how much work goes into it. You have to write, take pictures, edit pictures, share on socials, be active on socials, be social, pitch, work on collaborations, and stay relevant and fresh. There is just so much to do every day! If you decide to take it from a small space on the internet to a job it takes so much work and hustle. It’s very doable but it won’t be easy.
4. How do you continue to grow?
Hustle and put in the time. Since I’ve been able to spend more time on my blog and socials, I’ve put a lot of focus into them and have been able to grow. It’s not been easy and the time spent is hours on hours (like not kidding about the hours). Some days are good days and some bad but as long as you feel like your growing at a pace that you like that’s all that matters.
5. Are you married?
No, I’m not married. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 5, almost 6 years. He is a big support system of this blog and you will see him on here or my socials from time to time. 🙂
6. How did you meet so many local bloggers?
Events on events! One of my first posts was going to an event here in Houston where I met one of my blogger besties! This is the best time to network and I know it can be a bit daunting but remember most of these women started where you are now not knowing anyone. Also being an intern for a Houston blogger did allow me to meet local bloggers.
7. Who takes your pictures?
I constantly get this and everytime I tell my boyfriend his head gets bigger. (Haha!) Most of my pictures are done by my boyfriend but every now and then I’ll have other bloggers help, friends, even my siblings!
8. What camera do you have?
I have the Canon Rebel T6. Since we are both beginners this camera is perfect for us! We’ve been learning more and more little by little and later we plan on upgrading. But for now it’s totally perfect! You can shop the camera here. and the lens I use here.
9. What ways did you prepare to take on blogging full time?
So many of you know I decided to truly takes this baby of mine by the reigns. I don’t consider myself a “full time” blogger though only because I couldn’t live off of just making what I get from my blog. All I can say is save, save, save! Use your savings towards things you love and consider what is most important when you are about to take that leap. Also, be ready to hustle to the max and get comfortable pitching yourself. It’s all a process of getting to where you want to be!
10. How do you buy so much clothes?
Another question I get asked frequently is how I’m able to afford to buy so many clothes. Simple guys… I can’t! Some of you may be scratching your heads wondering what the hell I’m talking about. Well first off, all I believe in turning pieces in your closet into multiple outfits and second, I’m a huge bargain shopper. I’m all about sales and if I can truly justify buying something that might be more expensive than others than I go for it! But the biggest pointer I can give is to borrow clothes, accessories, and shoes from others around you! Ask you BFF, blogger gfs, sisters, cousins, etc. I’ve done this many times and you don’t even have to spend the money! I do have a lot of clothes and try to shop only if I truly need to (even though that doesn’t always work) but get what you can afford and make basic pieces seem different by adding different accessories and changing purses/shoes.
Thank you for everyone who submitted questions! Thank you for everything you have done and for being here! Lovely Silvia wouldn’t exist without a continuous audience! I can’t wait to see what this new year brings and to grow more with you guys!