10 Blogging Tips from Being Zhenya


Being a style and beauty blogger is wonderful, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve been doing it for over 3 years now, and have been loving and grateful for every opportunity that’s come my way, BUT…

… having a full-time job and being a full-time blogger is a challenge. I am going to be honest with you. I’ve been able to get away with it both at work and at home though. Do you want to know how I do it? Today I will answer some of the most popular questions I get asked and share some blogging tips!

1. Who takes your pictures?

The camera! It really does. Thanks to the voice activated feature in my Samsung Galaxy gadget, all I do is set up the tripod, and say “smile”. No need to set the timer. Though Sam sometimes takes my photos, especially when we are out and about.

Tip 1: Clear and beautiful pictures are a must! Yes I often edit mine, especially in the winter, but learning to play with your camera and finding the right person to take your photo will make fashion blogging so much easier. 

2. How can you afford all the outfits?

It’s simple, I thrift. 75-80% of my wardrobe came from a thrift store of some kind. I also recycle a lot of clothes by refashioning them, or finding something I thought was long lost in the depths of my wardrobe.

Tip 2: It’s not about the trends, it’s about your personal style. You don’t need to post a new outfit 7 days a week, otherwise you’ll go broke. Recycle, combine, mix and match! Styling is fun!

3. When do you find time to blog?

I blog at night after work, in the morning before work, on my lunch break at work, and of course during the weekends. What does my husband say about it? He is busy studying for CPA!

Tip 3: Never let your blogging get in the way of your personal life. Family and friends come first!

4. Where do you find inspiration? 

Usually from fashion magazines, and blogs. My father-in-law just came back from a trip to Japan and Hong Kong, and I got 3 new fashion magazines from that part of the world! I can’t describe how fascinated I am!

Tip 4: It’s all about an open mind and an open heart. Allow new experiences, new friendships, new opportunities in your life.

5. How are you always posting on your social media channels?

I schedule tweets/posts through buffer, and then Instagram pictures that I took beforehand throughout the day.

Tip 5: Lunch breaks and coffee breaks are perfect for a little social media check up. 

6. Do you get paid for anything?

Yes, I write sponsored posts, and I always disclose that. I decided against ads (I used to have them when I blogged on WordPress.com), because they are distracting. I also do social media campaigns for different blogger networks. I also receive beauty and fashion products for free through sites like iFabbo or BrandBacker. 

Tip 6: To be discovered by brands, build relationships with them first on Social Media, Twitter is especially good for that. And make sure to always have your email address on the “About Me” page of your site.

7. What is the best part about blogging?

You are! I love my readers! Did you think I was going to say free clothes?

Tip 7: Never forget why you started blogging. 

8. Would you ever consider blogging full-time?

Yes, and it’s in my plans! But because I don’t want to do ads, it’s definitely going to be challenging. So I need to find ways to make money without sabotaging my reputation.

Tip 8: Set goals for your blog. Know where you are headed. 

9. What is your favorite/least favorite social media channel?

Twitter is definitely number one, Instagram is also in the top 3. But when it comes to Facebook, I am sorry, I just can’t!

Tip 9: Set up a Google + account and start posting, adding friends, creating circles, joining communities. NOW! 

10. What’s one advice you would give to a new blogger?

Don’t start a blog to get FREE stuff, make sure you really have something to say/show/share. And find your niche (I know it’s hard to do, especially for lifestyle bloggers), because it will help you in the long run.

Tip 10: Ask yourself this: If I was a reader, would I read my own blog? Would I comment on it? Like it? Share it? What can you do to make your blog more appealing to others?

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  1. This is a great post with fantastic tips for all bloggers. I’m in love.


    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you Sydney! I’ll try and keep social media posts coming!

  2. I feel the same way about Facebook. I’d like to, but I just can’t. It doesn’t suit me. I love Twitter and Pinterest.

  3. I came across your blog through Lucky and, as a new blogger, really appreciated reading these tips! I’m particularly intrigued with the camera you mentioned. May I have more details?

    Thank you!

  4. Wonderful post. I definitely need to remind myself to blog more often. I find a lot of it comes down to organizing my thoughts and pictures! I spend so long going through all the shots I’ve taken, I definitely need to find a good method of digitally storing and organizing my images autmatically.

    Anyway, Super helpful and inspiring as always! <3

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you so much! Off to check out your Fashion Illustrations post! Looks interesting!

  5. Nice tips, Zhenya! I think finding your niche is the biggest piece and something I think a lot of bloggers struggle with!

  6. These are great tips. You are one of the first blogs I started following on WordPress when I began blogging 6 months ago. I don’t have a goal of doing ads either – I love how clean your site is and easy to read! That’s what I’m trying to maintain, so I appreciate all the other ideas as well. Great post! Thank you!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you so much Dana! I am glad you found this post useful!

  7. You’ve become one of my favorite blogs to follow so thanks for the tips. And I agree people shouldn’t blog unless they have something to say/show/share. If they just want to report what they ate at every meal, go to Facebook 🙂

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you so much! I am glad you like BeingZhenya.com 🙂

  8. Great blog post! I remember when I first started blogging and having to ask myself those questions. I’ve certainly come a long way and these are great questions any blogger, regardless of level of notoriety, should ask themselves every once in a while. Great job!

  9. Love this! And I thrift quite a bit also! The the only way to get new, fresh looks without breaking the bank!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Isn’t thrifting the best? Stop by on Thursday for the weekly Thrift Style Thursday Styling challenge!

  10. Great post with lots of fabulous tips. Love that you can just say “smile” and have your photo taken. Samsung rocks (although just can’t switch from Mac… yet!)
    xo ~kim & chloe

    • BeingZhenya says:

      I love my MAC/Apple products. The camera is the only Samsung device that I have. If Apple ever came out with a camera, I’d be first in line!

  11. I can’t believe you take your blog pictures with your samsung galaxy. They are always so perfect. Love all of your tips.

    • BeingZhenya says:

      I do, it’s a camera though, not a phone, I hope we are on the same page here 🙂

  12. Great tips!! Loved #7 haha

  13. wow! This was an amazingly honest and inspiring post. Love the tips that you have given after each answer. You rock girl!

    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog , App

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you so much! Love that you are stopping by from Twitter 🙂

  14. Thank you for the tips!! I’ve been blogging for over a year and I still feel new to it! I love my readers too! It is so fun to connect with people!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Thank you Hilary, I feel like blogging is constantly evolving and changing, just like social media in general, so we need to grow with it, but never forget our “roots” 🙂

  15. This is such a helpful post! I’m new to the blogging world, but have been deeply captivated by it! I love writing and expressing my opinion and although I can’t see myself being supported by that passion, it’s definitely a dream. I’m going to start making little goals, and see where that leads me. What do you mean by: “I schedule tweets/posts through buffer;” and how do you do that?

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Ashly, I am glad you are going to set goals, that’s one of the most important things, just like with everything in life. If you google Buffer, it’ll take you to a website that helps schedule tweets and posts on different social media channels. It’s very helpful (and FREE!), especially if you are at work all day, like me!

  16. I absolutely loved this post. Great tips, very simple to understand and has really helped a still amateur blogger like myself! Thanks a million!

  17. I can’t agree more with all the tips here 🙂
    Well done!


  18. What do your monthly pageviews look like Zhenya? Just interested!

  19. Awesome tips!!! I love your blog’s layout, too! xo


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