Recently I have come to realize “No Job” is easy. Regardless of the kind of Job you’re doing there’s a level of expertise needed for you to stand out amongst others. It baffles me when people look down on certain job descriptions one being ‘Blogging”. There’s so much that goes into it, As Dimmaumeh said in one of her vlogs “Bloggers are not regarded useful” that’s an actual fact and I wouldn’t really blame Nigerians for seeing us bloggers that way. Over here in Nigeria they are used to the White collar jobs and they believe that’s the only to actually make it but I see things changing now gradually.

Truth be told is it a Job you can survive on full time? Over here in Nigeria its NOT. So Please always have something else doing that generates income for you + No it mustn’t be a 9-5 Job . It’s hard enough trying to make it as a blogger with a Job meeting up with the pressures of having to buy clothes, logistics and up keep in general is tight.


No this isn’t a curated list of the items you need or the technical aspect of what it takes to be a blogger, this is more of a mental/emotional/awareness aspect of what it actually takes to keep pushing/striving as a blogger in 2017.


What I’m wearing?

Top: @Porshherr on Instagram (I got this in My Goody Bag from the TBP Bloggers Brunch)

Skirt: @oncenout on Instagram (On a budget online store)

Bag: @haute.signatures on Instagram

Shades: @olaidebabystores on Instagram

Shoes: @csiriano

PS: They are all Nigerian Brands (except my shoes)


You’ve got to have Passion: Like I stated earlier there’s a lot that goes into blogging, you are a writer, shopper, stylist, photographer, Makeup artist, picture editor, creative director, PR, Marketer etc. Well you might not necessarily be all of that after a while.

For Me starting out wasn’t easy I basically had nothing just a hand me down HTC phone from My brother (Yh I’m the last born so I basically get My siblings hand me downs Lol) but I just had to start cause for a while I kept pushing and telling myself “Nonye when you fix your iPhone/Get a New one” (which never/hasn’t happened btw) and then the journey began, I started with faith & hope in God and a better tomorrow. The hardest part was getting someone to take my pictures and when you’re starting out no photographer would want to collaborate with you so yh I started with My friend’s iPhone (Shoutout to Tosin and Faith for doing my makeup & taking my first set of Pictures). Asides getting the right shot (Photography) Makeup comes next, as much as I appreciate good makeup I do not have a complete or even half a makeup kit tbh I just got my eyebrows straight and in todays game of Fashion Blogging You have to SLAY from your hair down to your shoes, right now I watch makeup videos specifically Dimmaumeh’s channel cause she’s very relatable when it comes to Makeup in Nigeria, she highlights the best makeup to use for hot weather, oily skin and also her tutorials her easy to learn.


Consistency is important: I’m sure you hear this a lot or rather read it a lot but of course you should cause it’s the truth. I did not actually know how tasking it was to create content continuously not just any content but quality, good and engaging content. The continous process of taking pictures, writing, figuring out what topic to blog about or what you can do differently to stand out from others in your niche or joggling blogging with your day job. All these can be hard to find a balance. Tbh I’m still struggling with keeping to My posting schedule (Monday & Thursdays 9pm Nigerian time).


Get ready to feel insufficient: Yess, a lot of times I felt insufficient like I wasn’t doing enough or what I was putting out wasn’t good enough as I would like it to be. Most times I would ask myself or simply shout out loud “Nonye who sent you to blog” (Uchaychy can testify to this). Somedays I’d get a DM on Instagram on how amazing I am and how they love what i’m doing and just that left me wanting to do more. This day I remember so well it was in my earlier phase I was so tired and really just felt like i’ve had enough and then I got a message from @Yeyechi on instagram can’t really place the exact words but it made My day and I felt a whole lot better. So yess just a word can make a person feel much better and No I had no idea who she was. She probably doesn’t know this but wherever I get to i’d never forget this.

Its okay to feel this way, everyone has not just in blogging but Life in general is what you do after you feel this way that matters.


You need a support system: Going through all of the above its safe to add this point something I figured along the way. For someone like me who doesn’t like relying on anyone for anything I must admit having a support system feels pretty good. Tbh this doesn’t apply to only blogging but every aspect of your life. Wandering what a Support System is? Here it is; “A network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support.” Eg; Your family, friends, an older person etc. You need them for advice, to support and push you also help when you need it. You know that saying “Ask and you shall receive” well yh do not be afraid to ask if you get turned down atleast you tried.

PS: I have a lot of friends (Prefer to call them acquaintances) who have neverrrrr in their lives checked out My Blog or Given Me a Thumbs Up! But that’s fine keep being great at what you do and you become “Too Good to be Ignored”


It’s a Process, don’t rush it: This is the part you have to be careful about. Never compare yourself with bloggers who have been in the game longer than you and have literally been working their ass off to get to where they are. Don’t be like “Omg! She’s getting free stuff from asos , it’s not fair why can’t it be me?” Don’t do it! She worked for it, have you? Do you baby with time your hard/smart work would get noticed by the right people. I know Instagram makes it hard to get your eyes off all that but instead of it bringing you down Let it motivate you to work harder.

To be fair atimes I do this especially when i’m surfing through Instagram at night but It actually motivates me so i take my ass up do a bit of research and right out a checklist of To do’s.


One more thing do not be in a rush to charge brands for collaborations you need to build your self first. I recently just developed a Media Kit but tbh I’ve hardly gotten monetary value from blogging but I definitely got things more valuable than money. Like building a network among creatives, good referrals for more brands to come, outfits, Good relationships. This is me building a base on which I can now start making money from as I grow.

I’m trying not to make this post lengthy so I’ve been thinking about things I can do to differentiate me from other bloggers in My Niche so I thought of quite a few one being starting a Blog Series titled “Life of a Nigerian Blogger” Basically sharing my past/present and future experience blogging in Nigeria and how to tackle a few things. If you’d LOVE me to start this Please leave a comment below saying “YES”

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Thats all from Me


Stay Tuned for More, Don’t forget Posts Go Up Monday & Thursday.


|Thanks for reading|


Till next time keep sitting Pretty/Handsome








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Published by Nayonde

Creative Genius, Fashion Enthusiast, Digital Marketer, Personal Shopper, Economist and Philanthropist living in Lagos, Nigeria.

75 thoughts on “WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A FASHION BLOGGER IN 2017 + My Confessions

  1. My darling I love this post and the style of your outfit. In this post you have hinted your lack or rather things people will be insecure about and you have used those things and still gotten to this stage. This is a quality of leadership and success and I bet that in short time you’ll soon be paving the way for many other bloggers. I appreciate you babe and the simplicity of your style.

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    1. Thank youuu so much, this means a lot to me. I’ll keep doing what I do 💛. You inspire me too *lowkey sshhh Lol with you constant support.


  2. You’ve grown a lot ! I remember following you when you just started. Your picture qualities are getting really good. Love your style! It’s hard keeping up with all the slayage lol. But we’ll be fine.

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  3. This was definitely insightful, I was one to rush for collaborations in my early stage but now I know better. Your growth is really inspiring. Please how did you add Dimmas link I’m new here 🤦🏽‍♀️http://aestheticallycookie.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank youuu hun, don’t rush it just do what you do best, people would notice and start reaching out. Just highlight the text you want add the link to & click the link sign (which is usually at the top) where you have bold, italics, underline etc.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking out time to read my blog, I’m really excited I was able to motivate you. I’d definitely check K out yours


  4. Such a good and engaging post! I find blogging indeed a job that requires a lot but also brings a lot of good sides! I discovered your blog now and I would love for us to stay in touch and discuss different blogging aspects. Find me at: http://www.missandrada.com . Just followed 🙂 ❤

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  5. I’m such last-man! I’m going through your posts for the past 2 months.

    I admire your charisma Nonye. Saw you once, stalked you next lol.
    You’re definitely a blogger more people should look out for. You’re very versatile and we the mellenials can definitely relate with your styles.

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    1. Eyyy where did you see me? You should have said hi I’m a little shy but I can handle it 😭. Thank you so much dear and what’s that saying “the first shall be the last and the last first “ so you’re alright 💛


  6. I just started out here blogging, after a really long time of having insecurities about it because of what you mention- it being viewed as “not a real job”. It really opened up my eyes that other people shared the same insecurity, and I feel extra motivated tonight seeing how you’ve handled it so well. I can’t wait to keep reading!! 😊

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    1. I’m so glad this motivated you and I’d definitely keep writing for you 😘 Don’t stop doing what you Love cause you’re scared other people won’t accept because these same people would be all over you when you’re successful doing what you love

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  7. I love your outfit! Also, this article felt very relate-able! I’m extremely new to blogging (It’s only been two weeks!) and I already agree with pretty much everything you’re saying. There are so many challenges to overcome with starting a blog.

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    1. Makes me really happy you can relate to it knowing it’s not just Bloggers in Nigeria that go through this. Thank you so much for leaving a comment Limpert


    1. Heyyy I’m glad you found me 😉, Lol thank youu . I mostly use my iPhone to take my pictures and I edit myself. I hope you stick around and do Tag and share my blog with your friends and social media so they too can love it 💛


  8. This blogpost is everything i need/needed. I am currently in my final year of medschool and its soooooooo hard combining this with the passion and love i have for fashion, yet the little i do doesnt seem to be good enough for me especially when the following isnt that great. Please Yes to the blog series as i am really really motivated by you..
    P.S you are beautiful 🙂


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    1. Heyyyy dear, it’s not easy atall that’s why I dint start till after school but the truth is it’s never easy in school or outside school. Do the little you can now, try to find a balance + you should check out @cassiedaves on IG (she did the whole med school & blog thing she’s one of the women who inspire me), Stop looking at the following focus on creating quality content and being consistent atleast once a week. The following will come


  9. Thanks a lot for this post Nonye. I even just recently started my internship and it really is like a 9-5 job and even more so(I’m learning how to code, which is basically a 24-hr job), so I’m still trying to figure that out sha.

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    1. You’re learning how to code? That’s pretty cool I’ve always found that fascinating, you’re welcome + thank you so much for Reading hope it helps the little way it can

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  10. YESSS
    I put my blogging on hold for a while because I needed to be sure if this was a job I wanted and honestly after reading this I realise how much I have missed blogging.. Thank you for this post. This is the big push I needed

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    1. It can just be something you do to escape reality because if you keep thinking about it through the monetary aspect you might get frustrated


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