Team NRPR would like to send a huge congratulations to our dear friend, Amber Dover, for her blog reaching its five-year anniversary. GlambergirlBlog is her passion and life’s work. We’re honored to have worked with her on stories for our clients and are happy to have been a part of her five year journey.
In a time when the average female business doesn’t make it to the five year mark, NRPR Group is incredibly proud of Amber and her dedication. Team NRPR is gearing up for our own two-year anniversary in June, and we know what it takes to reach this long-term success. It takes persistence and a ton of hard work.
Since Amber is so awesome and inspiring, we wanted to pick her brain and share her story so her tips and tricks can inspire other women to accomplish what she has. We absolutely love Amber’s advice and think you will too!
NRPR: What was your inspiration in starting GlambergirlBlog?
GGB: The inspiration for Glambergirlblog started way back when I was a child. Being a writer is something I always wanted to do before I even knew it was a career. I had this dream of being in the entertainment industry, in the movies and in television, and once I discovered the proper term, Journalism, I pursued it. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Delaware State University, I thought I would get a writing job simply by applying. That wasn’t the case. I wasn’t getting any writing jobs because I didn’t have experience, but I couldn’t get any experience without getting the job, right? Over time I was able to get some writing experience writing for other up and coming publications, yet I wasn’t satisfied. I started GlambergirlBlog my first year of grad school in 2011 after sitting on the idea for a while and I haven’t stopped since.
NRPR: What was the hardest part about starting your blog?
GGB: The hardest part about starting my blog was to actually START. I played around for awhile about the format, how I wanted it to look, the name, everything. I just couldn’t start. Forcing myself to log on to WordPress and just write a first post was difficult, because I’m a Virgo I wanted it to be perfect, but being flawed isn’t a bad thing. I learned so much through my journey of blogging once I got over the hard part of just starting.
NRPR: What has been the hardest part about keeping your blog going for the past five years?
GGB: I think the hardest part about keeping my blog going for the past five years has been keeping myself motivated. Since I write about pop culture it’s hard not to get discouraged after seeing the SAME story written up and down your social media timeline all day. Sometimes I wouldn’t want to write about something because it’s been saturated too much in the media, but then I remember the audience that I did build and remember that they follow me because they want my take on the subject. That’s what keeps me going. I love to talk about pop culture, and more specifically I love to talk to other people about pop culture, so my audience keeps me motivated and makes it not so hard to keep going.
NRPR: What advice do you have for women bloggers who aspire to start their own blog? How can they build their brand?
GGB: For women bloggers who want to start their own site and build a brand I say figure out what you want your niche to be and stay in your own lane. Don’t compare yourself or your brand to others because your end goal is not the same. Focus on what makes your blog and brand unique, and perfect that. Study the people you admire, but remain true to yourself and develop your own style. Write down your goals, and say them daily until you believe they can and will happen. Work hard, give and demand respect, and have fun. Once it becomes a chore, it’s time to move on to something else, and that’s fine. Define your own level of success to maintain your level of ideal happiness.
All we can say is WOW! Amber, you are such an inspiration to women everywhere and we couldn’t be more proud of you. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next five years!
We want to hear from YOU! Do you have any advice on starting a long term project? How did you do it, and what’s kept you going? Share your story in the comments below so we can celebrate your accomplishments with you!
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