In this world of creating perfect Instagram lives, it’s so important to have the people who help get you through all of the changes in the blogging industry.
When I became part of the blogging community almost five years ago, I never thought I’d come to know some of the most inspiring people FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. Being a part of the blogging community, I’ve met some of the most incredible human beings that also shared a space on the Internet. I cannot stress how important it is for my fellow bloggers to have their own squads. Between the support and I love I’ve received from my girls to the actual friendships we’ve created, I couldn’t be more thankful for these people.
Now, I’m not saying that you should be friends with every single blogger you come across. After a terrible (on-going) experience this past year – which you could read about here – I’ve come to realize that you’re not supposed to let everyone from the blogging community into your inner circle. But when you find those girls that you just immediately click with…you should keep them around. Without a doubt.
Blogging Community – They understand your problems.
Your blogger bffs totally feel you when you say that you were working on a post for 6 hours. They understand when you get a mean comment or when your Instagram post didn’t do as well as you’d have hoped. Why do they understand? Because they’re in the same position as you. It’s so much easier to talk to someone who understands just how complicated it is to run a blog and keep up with all things social media.
During our last girls’ trip to the Hamptons, Allie, Kristyn, Jenn and I talked so much about blogging and the insane pressures we face. We were all so guilty of pulling typical blogger moves: Cheers boomerangs, outfit photos outside of Lunch, and perfecting our Instagram Stories. So whether they’re first world/blogger problems or real life problems, your blogger pals always understand your problems. These three girls are some of the best around, and we all connect on personal levels – that’s why I value their friendships SO much!
Blogging Community – They have your best (blog) interests in mind.
You need a pre-brunch OOTD? Your blogger friend probably has your back. JK, JK, there’s so much more than a good photo. When it comes to me and my blogger gals, I know how genuine our friendships are. When they succeed, I feel so happy. I do a little fist pump in the air when I see them complete an awesome collaboration with a great brand. For me, it’s always unbelievably comforting when I get the support from my blogger friends that I don’t get anywhere else. I have a great example of having my friend’s best interest in mind – let’s talk about Linda.
Linda and I have been friends since before we started college (I think we met on the Facebook group for incoming students). We lived together for a year in college and had our fair shares of ups and downs. After a decent amount of not speaking to each other, we rekindled our friendship over drinks. And have been inseparable ever since. Linda forever has a special place in my heart because we’ve been friends for so long. She was going through a rough time with her career in editorial and wasn’t feeling inspired by her blog. Well, I did not let that happen. Every time she told me she was feeling self-doubt about her blog, I made sure to give her the encouragement to get back on track. And she does the same for me. When I’m feeling less than confident in something I want to do for Pink Champagne Problems, Linda’s always my biggest cheerleader. She’s the first person to give me ideas and help me push through mental roadblocks.
Blogging Community – They introduce you to new people, places, and things.
It’s no surprise that Allie and I are a duo. Over the last few years, Allie and I have introduced each other to some pretty incredible people in the blogging community. We also love doing things together: brunch, photos, travel. Allie absolutely loves to travel, so we’re always trying to plan some sort of trip together. Our trip to London was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on and I’m always looking forward to our future travels! She also happens to be a sucker for beautiful places, so I’m always down for a little exploring with her.
It’s always so great to connect with people in real life. New York Fashion Week is a great way to meet the girls (or guys) that you’ve been following for what seems like forever…but never actually met in real life! Lejla and I connected a few months ago and I was SO excited to learn she was coming to New York. We met at the rS/LTK party and instantly connected. I loved introducing her to Allie because they’re both super girly! We had such a fun night together…and ended up getting Artichoke Pizza afterwards…so good.
Blogging Community – They’re like your security blanket.
When it comes to certain events, I’m always making sure I have my favorite girls with me. Whether it’s making sure we’re invited to the same events or bringing each other as our +1s, we always have each other in mind. I always feel so much better when I walk into an event with one of my friends…and even better when we walk in and see more of our favorite girls. This blogging community is so intimidating, so it’s never fun to do things on your own. I talked more about a blogger’s security blanket in this post.
It’s so important to find a supportive group of girls that you can TRUST in this crazy blogging community. I think it’s so great to have positive reinforcement when it comes to a passion of yours. One of my biggest supporters from far away is Jenn Lake. After hanging out with Jenn last week for like 5 hours, I completely forgot that it was only our second time meeting in person. I obviously think the WORLD of Jenn and am so proud of all her success (in both her day job and for the blog). I’m pretty sure I told her how in awe I was of her genuine personality at least 12 times throughout the night (thanks to the three bottles of wine). Her support obviously means a lot to me, and it was so nice to just talk about everything under the sun: blogging, travel, shopping, careers, relationships, etc. I highly recommend everyone find a “Jenn” in their life;)
Whether your blog squad is in the same city or in a different state, the support we give one another is all that matters.
What are your thoughts on having a blog squad? And who are they? I wanna know!