It was January of 2006 and I was 5 months into my first full time job when I discovered a blog for the first time. Intrigued by the idea, I clicked on ‘Create Your Own,’ haphazardly typed in ‘because I’m addicted’ in the name box and boom! I too, now had a blog. I wasn’t sure what I’d actually post about or who on earth would read it but I knew that this little secret project of mine was something that would help pass the time as I sat in my cubicle feeling tortured.
Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and before I knew it I had figured out the html basics and seeded my blog with pages of content. Feeling like I had found my blogging stride, I shared the URL on Facebook (there was no Twitter yet) and sent it out to family and friends. I received all sorts of responses, mostly people asking me what a blog was, and installed analytics to see if it resonated.
I kept with it every single day, periodically checking in on those analytics, which to my surprise had a steady incline. I would screen shot the map if I had more than 10 visitors and would send my mom emails with the screen shots saying, “look ma, I have a reader in London!”
I’ll never forget the day that I received an email from an editor at Lucky Magazine asking if I was available for a photo shoot. A photoshoot! Of me! For Lucky! About my blog! After the excitement settled I got a little nervous – what if my boss saw it and knew I was spending some of my time working on this little side project? My roommate convinced me that my male boss was definitely not reading Lucky in his spare time so I said I had a doctor’s appointment and went! From the day that issue hit stands, I began taking my hobby much more seriously and as they say, the rest is history. Press, sponsorships, a clothing line, you name it – I’ve done it. I’ve also raised capital for my other Internet business, LEAFtv, which we launched off my blog. It’s been an incredible wild ride and it never would have happened if I didn’t click on that ‘Create Your Own’ button. Needless to say, I’m so happy I did and blogging is near and dear to my heart.
Starting a blog now a days is very different. It’s become an actual career, like any great job, there is a lot of competition! There are millions of bloggers, YouTubers, Instagramers, Vine stars, etc. and breaking through the noise isn’t as easy as it was for me. That’s why I want to help! I’ve partnered with H&M and Bloglovin to help find and mentor one lucky blogger for a chance to become the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year at the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards!
If you are selected you will win:
- Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for your one-on-one mentorship with me
- Nomination for the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year Award at the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards ($500 H&M gift card if you win!)
- Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards during New York Fashion Week in September
- Plenty of gifted H&M product (even pieces from the EXCLUSIVE H&M Studio AW’15 collection!)
Entering is easy and FUN! Here’s how:
Style your H&M look (old or new!) and post it to your blog or Instagram. To submit it you can either leave the link in the comment section of this post, send the link to email@example.com or enter through Instagram by tagging me (@gerihirsch) and be sure to hashtag #BloglovinHMAwards (you can do all three of these if you like). I’m looking for someone who stands out – that may because of your writing skills, killer style, humor, etc. – so just be the best version of you and shine! Good luck!
No purchase necessary. For official contest rules, click here.