Kristina Zias is a Los Angeles based TV host, personal stylist, writer and creator of the fashion blog MISS ZIAS. Her blog showcases her personal style, love of menswear and fashion tutorials.
I am a host for AfterBuzz TV, a writer for Thought Catalog and a menswear personal stylist. At the moment fashion blogging is a hobby that helps me in my personal styling and hosting profession.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?
I didn’t even know what a fashion blog was when my friend first introduced me to one a few years ago. She said, “you need to do this!” I spent days cyber stalking all these blogs and I fell in love with the beautiful images and the personal style and so I created my blog and never looked back. It is essential to be online. As a tv host I am always trying to stay connected to my viewers so from blogging to social media I am constantly connected.
Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?
I did it by myself for years but recently worked with a graphic designer to help me build my current site. If you are creating a blog now definitely use wordpress!!
Well my domain name is my nick name so it didn’t take too long. I was with one of my friends who always called me “Miss Zias” and suggested that be my domain name and I liked it and stuck with it. My blog follows me, my style and my life so I think it’s appropriate.
How much time do you spend blogging?
A lot of time. It’s really a full time job between styling looks, taking photos, uploading and editing to the website and then promoting via social media.
I promote my blog through social media channels such as instagram, twitter, facebook, and lookbook.nu. I always try to include a link back to my post and often give readers a reason to check out my post- i.e sale items!!!
Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?
There are tons of ways to make money through blogging. Many bloggers use affiliate links to earn commission from clothing they post on their blogs. Advertisements, sponsored posts, giveaways and hosting events are all lucrative. I think if you are creative, the opportunities are endless.
Definitely! Blogging is such a fun and creative hobby and I think if it’s something that interests you, you should have made one yesterday.
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure should they make a blog of their own?
Blogging is a great and growing business but I think if you are going to start a blog you need to do it because you really enjoy it- it’s a lot of work! Stay true to you and your style and believe in yourself. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there and I think at this point in order to really succeed you need to differentiate yourself. Why should people follow you?
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