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If you haven’t already checked out the 2018 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide and the 12 Days of Shopping Socially Responsible, PLEASE do so! I worked really hard to create these resources for our conscious community. The truth about gift guides is they are actually pretty tricky to make. I love doing the research and creating these resources for you all! Hopefully you find them useful! Here are a few confessions about the tedious process of making gift guides!
Don’t get me wrong I love Instagram. It’s really helped me grow The Honest Consumer community and for that I’m thankful, but lately I’ve been chatting with some other small business owners and the latest algorithm changes have really got us beat down. Our likes and interactions don’t match up with the amount of followers because we’re not paying to play. I think it’s really sad. Instagram was, at one point in time, a tool for small businesses to grow, but now it’s another pay-to-play social media.
This post may seem self centered, haha, but quite often I get people asking how they can show their support. Honestly it means a lot. I’m not at a point where I can take a steady salary yet, so support from followers is greatly appreciate. Not necessarily financial support, but spreading the word really helps grow our community!
When I launched my blog as a sophomore in college I had no clue what I was doing. I never thought that my silly blog would be something thousands of people read....or something I could turn into a business. I started my blog with no knowledge. Here are a few mistakes I made as a beginner blogger that could save you some time and money AND grow your community quicker.
A lot of brands want free promotion...and I do free blog posts sometimes because I'm passionate about social impact and I want to spread the word. I'm not just in it for the money.
Yes, by traditional blogging standards I'm not the best....but at least I'm honest about it. I'm probably the most inconsistent blogger that you follow, but hey I can't help it. That's life for me.
Where are you based? How do you find new brands? Do you make money off your blog? In this post I answer all the questions.
Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me.
I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.
When I started The Honest Consumer in 2016 I did not want to be in the pictures. If you scroll back to the beginning of my Instagram feed, you will notice I'm rarely in a photograph. When I thought about bloggers, I pictured that perfect girl with the photogenic lifestyle and that's not who I am or what The Honest Consumer is.