This month has been kind of nuts for me. I’ve been scrambling to get Fashion Steele Review Magazine together, shooting like mad, trying to make it to all these holiday functions and some how find time to sleep. I ran myself into the ground the first 2 weeks of December. I remember having a conversation at the #SteeleVain Brunch with all the lovely ladies about what they needed to be better at doing. Once thing that was resounding amongst us all was knowing when to delegate work and letting someone else help. I feel so protective over Fashion Steele NYC that it’s very hard for me to let anyone do anything when it comes to this space and my brand. But I’m finding that in order to grow as business and as a good business woman, I have to know when to focus on what I do best and when to delegate. I think that’s something a lot of women as well as creatives have trouble doing. We always feel that we’d do the best job and never really give anyone else a chance to shine. I have to let go, a little. Because I’m pretty sure I was suffering from extreme exhaustion. Enough, that I needed to have my blood drawn just to make sure I was getting all my vitamins and that nothing else more sinister was at play.
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I am so lucky to have a wonderful support system to bounce ideas off of. I have a tight knit circle and my friends are unbelievable but I know I can’t do this alone anymore. I think I’ve reached a point where doing this all myself is no longer an option. At least it’s not if I want this space to grow. I will stay here, drowning and stagnant unless I make a few changes around here. So with that said, in the New Year, I will be acquiring a little help. What form of help, I’m not really sure of yet. I don’t know if I just need assistance with every aspect of blogging or if I want more content creators. There’s also a lot of requests for me to do a quarterly instead of a yearly magazine. Although I’m definitely not prepared for that, I can see myself doing a biyearly magazine in the near future. I actually really like being the sole writer on this site because it almost feels like my little diary. Everything is my voice. I’m not sure if that is something I’d want to change.
It’s a lot to think about but I’m glad I’m finally open to thinking about it. Because I know no one person can do everything alone.
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I haven’t reached this point yet, but from what I’ve seen with other bloggers that have had to balance growth while also working full time, an assistant/interns of some sort to help with bts work and some form of automation was necessary. I personally don’t like when bloggers start bringing on different writers for their site bc the voice inevitably does change, but having an assistant/intern to help you with post formatting, social media updates, graphics and other tasks that can be delegated (but still reviewed by you) may help. I am interested to see what you curate from others for the magazine, however!
Thank you so much for your thoughts on this matter. I am very reluctant to bring on writers. I really don’t want to much to change in that regard. I have seen the big changes made when there are a bunch of different writers to blogs I used to visit who only had one person. I don’t want to get lost in the sauce. I think an assistant or intern is definitely what I will need for weekly operations and definitely to help with the magazine, if I choose to do it biyearly. Thank you again for your suggestions.
So beautiful, you look very regal and the colors are so gorgeous on you. Xo
Thank you so much Nenette!
You look fabulous 🙂
In regards to your blog’s growth, you are right about not wanting to lose your voice by adding other writers. It may be beneficial to invest in tools that help with automating your social media postings (I use coschedule) and then have an assistant who helps with picture editing, scheduling, formatting etc…
For the magazine however, I think it might help to have different writers submit write ups about their natural hair journey or other things that are different from your personal experiences but resonate with your readers. Ultimately, you have to give your final approval so you still maintain control of what’s being shared. But as far as the blog’s content, I would keep it uniquely you since that’s what your subscribers know and love!
Either way, I’ll be here reading and supporting! Can’t wait to see you at 1 million followers 🙂
Thanks so much Edwina. I definitely think doing some more automated things could help. Thank you for your advice and support I appreciate you!