Emily Finta - Standing Out

There are so many bloggers right that are saying in order to be successful you need to post helpful posts 24/7. For a while, it made me question my whole space on the internet. Last week, I finally had an epiphany and I decided that while I want to post helpful things about design, I also want to post about my life. There’s a time when you need to stand out instead of following with the crowd.

My Brand is my Name

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but this space is my full name. While I want to be known as a designer, I want all of you to know that I am more than just that. I have social anxiety and I might do things a little differently because certain things like live webinars scare me. It doesn’t mean that I am not going to try to push myself and do webinars in the future, it just means I might be a little more awkward than other bloggers. I’m also insanely addicted to Netflix, and I’ve watched way too many tv series. I love sharing my favorites with everyone. I figured if someone doesn’t want to read my life posts, they can skip them and read my Thursday design posts or vice versa. I want my brand to represent all of me, not just part of me. Not just the part that makes money.

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I’m not saying that this is what everyone should be doing, this is just what feels right for my brand. Maybe it will change in the future, but right now as I’m trying to find a new job in a completely new state I want to document the process. I have no idea where I am going to end up or how long it’s going to take to get there. I want to share the things that make me nervous while growing my blog. There are so many introverts that do webinars and while I try to move past my fear, I don’t want to hide how anxious or awkward I feel. I want to embrace it. You usually can’t tell that they are nervous and I know it’s going to show through for me. While I help you redesign your blog into something incredible, I’ll be pushing myself by offering Skype calls or meeting you in person to talk branding.

I want my blog to be able to push my social anxiety and make sure I don’t get stuck in a little bubble. I’ve met so many amazing people and while I might get super nervous and anxious getting ready to Skype them, I’ve never regretted it. These are the types of things that I want to share occasionally along with my current Netflix addictions (right now it’s between Criminal Minds & iZombie). Most likely if I’m designing something for you, I’ll most likely be watching Netflix as the same time.

To finish off this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite bloggers that are on either side of the helpful posts. Amazing 100% helpful bloggers: Maya Elious, Kayla Hollatz, XO Sarah, Femtrepenuer, The Haute Notes & so many more.  Just as amazing 50/50 bloggers: Helene in Between, Alex BeadonWetherills Say I Do, Whitney Blake & more.

Has there ever been a time where you decided not to follow what everyone else is doing? How do you feel about creating 100% helpful content?


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