At Bloguettes, we’re here to help you in the process of not only creating your own online brand but to maintain that brand AND (most importantly) to have fun with it! But, with so many responsibilities and things to do in everyday life, it can be scary to add something else to your to-do list, even if it’s been something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Jack Savoie, founder of The Savoie Daily, knows this feeling all too well. He’s currently a full-time student studying fashion design at Colorado State University, works part-time at a local boutique in Fort Collins, Colorado, and still has time to create content to post online!
You might be asking, “How does he do it?” …we did too. So, we sat down and did a Q&A:
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Let’s start with you giving us a little background on why and how you started your blog:
I discovered Tavi Gevinson, (The Style Rookie at the time but is now @tavitulle), a super young blogger that was 12 or 13. She was getting invited to Chanel shows and I thought that was super cool, so I started looking into other blogs. At first, the blog was more of a celebrity thing… I wanted to sit front row at a fashion show.
Now, it’s more about expressing me as a person. I just want to share my personal style with everyone around me. Even if they don’t like it, I don’t care. It’s good to express your individuality. I’m different– most men go a more traditional route and I actually look at women’s blogs and try to recreate their outfits since I can fit into some women’s clothes. Things started to really take off for me in 2015 when a family friend who is a web developer said she loved the content of my site and recreated the whole look.
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Are you blogging full-time?
Yes, I try to blog full-time. There may not be a written post every single day, but a lot of what I do is Instagram-based. I try to have one to two posts a day, promoting clothing or what I’m doing in my daily life. But sometimes life happens, school gets in the way, work gets in the way, and I can’t always post. That’s when I tell myself, “Hey…that’s OK, let’s try again tomorrow.” And school of course comes first as this is my main priority, but I do sometimes feel bad when I say I’m going to get a post out and because of schoolwork or work, I can’t get it up in the original timeframe I planned.
How do you avoid or work through the feeling of being overwhelmed with work, school, and a blog?
If you’re getting overwhelmed, you just need to take a step back and take a break. It’s your personal outlet and you should be the person to say, “I need a break”. I can’t necessarily take a step back from work or school, but with the blog, I am the one in charge. And, not to say the blog isn’t important, but work and school are more important (at least right now).
With my schedule, it’s very important for me to plan ahead. For example, right now I have 3 posts in back log right now that I’m fine tuning. When I used to go on photoshoots, I would do only one outfit, but now, I’m doing four. So, that’s four posts I can use. I have the option to spread the pictures out and it’s nice, but the posts do go by pretty quick.
How do you plan to transition from school to blogging?
I ultimately want to make my blog an income, and it’s growing to be that. My main goal after college is to be a designer, but blogging is essentially a part-time job/another facet of my life that I’m trying to work with. I want to be a designer first and a blogger second… but, if one takes over the other, that’s fine too. It just depends. You can’t predict how things are going to go!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Knowing when I have enough content and being satisfied with the amount of content I have. It’s hard to find that balance in terms of how much content you’re putting out. Especially with Instagram, I have this duty in my head that I have to post twice a day. That’s why I’m always taking photos, because you never know when a photo could be used.
It was really fun when I got accepted to RewardStyle (@liketoknow.it on Instagram). That was kind of the big moment for me… I had been trying for I don’t even know how long, I applied at least five different times and that moment when I saw that acceptance email in my inbox was so fun. It was like, “OK you’re doing something really good.” Also when I get invitations to shows, that’s kind of what I started my blog around so it’s really nice to get recognized even when I can’t go.
7 Tips for new bloggers from Jack:
Know exactly what you want to do and what you want to post about. (My first post was one photo and three sentences because I didn’t know what I was trying to do!)
Aim to know your audience and what they like, and have really good content in correspondence to that.
Research… it takes time. You’ll see what other bloggers are doing and that’ll influence what you’re doing and that’s OK.
Watch others (their clothing styles, writing styles, photoshoots) and put your own spin on it.
Know your style. That can shift and change, which is the fun part! I try to look more adult now than when I started.
If you have connections, use them. They’re so important. I’ve made so many connections now and have met so many amazing people. For all I know, the connections I make via blogging could get me a job in the design industry!
Have fun! Enjoy it. If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?
Anything else you would like to add?
I encourage everyone to try blogging… if it’s not fun for you, don’t do it. And, on the male side of things, it’s easier to get established because there are fewer men out there and there are a lot of men’s clothes that need to be shown. We need some more men! We need some more perspectives on style in the blogging world.
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