Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany McMahon.
Brittany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always have been a creative person. Whether it was asking Santa for gel pens, coloring books or beads to design new earrings, making hair bows in middle school, writing my family newsletters in elementary school or doodling in class- I always knew that any type of creative space was ultimately my happy place.
As I got older and life got busier, I lost touch with my creative side for a bit. When Instagram started to get more popular, I began following all of these girls who had hundreds and thousands of followers (or more!) and watched how many of them used social media as their platform to start their businesses. I was intrigued by their journeys and how they utilized something that so many people often put a negative light on.
My little life in squares on Instagram became a place for me to showcase myself through a small window. I loved planning out my posts, editing pictures, creating captions and searching through hashtags and locations to find new places to go or things to buy.
This (somehow… still not sure the direct correlation) led me to start thinking about things I am passionate about or liked to talk about. I started a list on my phone with blog ideas that I thought I would be good at writing about and girls would like to hear about it. I kept adding to the list and brainstorming what the blog name would be, how I would showcase it, who would follow it and I just never felt ready.
I woke up one morning and finally told some of my friends that this had been on my mind. We came to a consensus that there was never going to be a perfect time, the perfect name, the perfect amount of followers. I had to just DO IT. So, I did. I started my blog, made a new Instagram and Brittany Rose Blog was born on an air mattress in my living room after a night out with some of my best friends.
Now, I have a platform to showcase life after college, exploring Dallas, #adulting, eating out and trying new cocktails, making friends and everything else along the way!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I kind of already touched on this but just DOING IT. I think too many of us have these ideas that everything has to be in line or perfect for something to work. That is just not true. Every day you don’t start is another day wasted, and another day you could be making an impact. If you’re waiting for your sign to do something you’ve been waiting to do- here it is.
Buy the shoes.
Book the flight.
Tell them you love them.
Start the Blog.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I think the best thing about Brittany Rose Blog and the hardest thing for people to understand is that I’m not just one kind of blogger.
I’m just me.
I’m posting about my life, what’s on my mind, what I’m eating (and often drinking) and everything in between.
People want to get to know the person behind the perfectly edited Instagram picture. They like knowing that sometimes when no one will go take pictures of me, I bring my tripod and go alone. They like knowing that I have 843757 Bath & Body Works candles but have never paid full price and I tell them how. People like seeing that I work full time and also blog because it makes me so happy to show off this beautiful city. People like seeing that I have ups and downs and crazy days and the girl in all the photos is just normal at the end of the day.
I think Instagram has given a lot of people a false sense of reality and sometimes we feel like someone else’s life is cooler because of the pictures they’re posting. It’s refreshing to see REAL on your feed.
I think I resonate with a lot of girls when I talk about life and things happening and not just products and ads. I keep it real with my followers and being genuine goes far in the social media world. I pray I never lose sight of that and can always showcase “me” even though my little life in squares.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Say YES. It’s scary but so rewarding.
I moved to Dallas all by myself and it’s crazy the friends and connections I have made through simple DMs, Instagram and saying yes to going somewhere when I really just want to lay on my couch and watch Netflix. Go, get out of your comfort zone!
- Website: www.brittanyroseblog.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @brittanyroseblog
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