THE FUTURE OF BLOGGING WITH HUDA ALVI
In recent years, social media has been under fire for being a bad influence to young children, fabricating fake news stories, and even destroying company structures and personal lives of those most searched on it. In the midst of all the heat, bloggers have also been prosecuted. They (“we” for all my fellow bloggers reading) are often called fake and vapid without even being given the chance to speak for themselves.
I agree that while some bloggers may live different lives than what’s portrayed on social media, most of them have stories and personal struggles that their readers can’t even fathom. That’s why when I came across Huda Alvi and heard what she’s doing to change the stigma I had to share her story with you all.
Keeping reading to learn about Huda’s personal blogging journey, and what advice she’s given to those of us who are thinking of starting a revolution of our own!
Honestly Unfiltered: Tell me about how I Am Not Just A Blogger got it’s start.
Huda Alvi: Well it started after I met so many amazing women while blogging. I realized after meeting with so many strong and talented women that blogging was just one creative outlet for them and that so many of these women were so hardworking, some moms, some holding executive corporate jobs while some in school. It occurred to me then that the blogging world can be perceived so critically and that there should be some light shed to this topic. There should be some way of showing the world stories of the women behind the camera. It was one of those ideas that keeps you up at night and you think to yourself I HAVE to do something about it. The timing was actually perfect because literally the night I came up with the concept in my head, the next day Vogue had released a negative statements about bloggers and the world they live in. This caused a lot of uproar on social media and I thought to myself that this had to be a sign!
HU: I don’t have to tell you that blogging is a lot harder than it looks. What drives you each day to keep blogging?
HA: I’ve been through a lot in my life, situations that have tested me as a person and for the last few months I have been sharing my story piece by piece on my Instagram. The positive responses keeps me going every day. The sweet DM’s on my Inbox to all the heartfelt emails I get tells me that I’m doing something right.
HU: What’s been the biggest challenge getting I Am Not Just A Blogger up and running?
HA: The challenge is always finding time to bring all your ideas to life. To work through the kinks and make things happen. The launch day was pushed back due to scheduling and it’s hard when you are the only one running the show.
HU: During the process of this new venture, what have you learned about yourself?
HA: I’ve definitely learned to not judge a book by its cover. After hearing some of the stories you would never think “that” woman went through all that. To stay kind to everyone I meet because I realized every single one of us are fighting our own battle and to us that battle is hard, is meaningful, is challenging is important and that in itself has been one of the biggest eye opener for me.
HU: What’s one piece of advice you have for any woman starting her own business?
HA: Don’t be afraid. It’s actually a lot easier than it looks. Put pen to paper and go for it.
HU: What’s one thing you wish you would have known before starting I Am Not Just A Blogger that you now know?
HA: That not everyone will be on board and it’s okay.
HU: What’s the most rewarding part about what you do?
HA: To help someone who had a bad day, to help those struggling with confidence, to help someone start and not give up….to help, that’s all.
WWN: Who’s your entrepreneurial icon?
HA: Angelina Jolie ranks number one on my list. My Icon in all ways. The amount of good she has done in this world in such a short period of time with all that she has been given is so powerful to me.
HU: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
HA: I wish I knew the answer to that question. Truthfully if you asked me this a year ago, I would know but, now I just want to be happy with all that I have and hopefully create a movement with my campaign to empower women and youth. That is the end goal.
MORE WITH HUDA ALVI: Favorite app on your phone? Snapseed for editing all my pics. Biggest guilty pleasure? My sweet tooth is uncontrollable. Favorite blog aside from your own. Don’t have one, Ted talks is the only site I visit on the regular. Favorite city? Too many, but LA, Miami and Rome stand out. Favorite down time activity? Chilling on my couch and watching movies on end. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without every day? My family and my PJ’s. Favorite inspirational quote? The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. What’s the most listened to song on your playlist right now? Alesso- Take my breath away
Follow her @hautebyhuda & @iam.more