Blog Anniversary: 4 Lessons in 5 Years

My blog anniversary just passed on December 5th. I celebrated 5 years of www.apyoungblog.com running. Can I just say what an amazing feeling that is? For those who aren’t bloggers and have no vested interest in blogs; this probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re a blogger you know the ups and downs that go…

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Influencer: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Influencer. I remember the first time I heard this word. I scratched my head a bit and tried to figure out what it was. I kept seeing it pop up in the bios of bloggers on Instagram. It didn’t take me long to figure out that it was a person who had social media presence.…

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Instagram Woes: Algorithms, Shadow Banning, Bad Hashtags

Sigh. I hesitated to even write a blog post about Instagram shenanigans. I firmly believe that aside from it being a social media platform; if you’re a blogger or digital influencer, Instagram should really only be a tool for marketing and not your sole bread and butter. The problem is, a lot of self proclaimed…

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Dear New Blogger – An Open Letter

Dear New Blogger, So glad you found your way to this letter, it’s a pleasure to be speaking with you. I hope you make yourself comfortable and learn a little something while you’re here. It’s important to introduce myself if this is your first time here. My name is AP and I am a blogger…

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Blogger Chronicles: How to Pitch a Collab

So you wanna pitch? Here you are, this fabulous blogger, with a million good ideas, angles that envy Beyonce and content that is great if you do say so yourself. You want to expand your content but your lacking one thing: sponsorship. You start to think about all the brands you could do great work…

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All Bloggers Are Not Created Equal

If you’ve made it past the title and you’re still reading- congratulations you’re a real one! By now I’m sure you’re wondering why this is even a topic to begin with. Well, my explanation should clear that up real soon. Social Media. Yep, that two-word phrase that can drive a sane person straight into anxiety…

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TCF Style Expo is Back: 5 Reasons You Should Attend

Hello beautiful people! If you’ve followed me long enough, then you know I come to this space of mine to be honest. So when I tell you I’m super excited about The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo (TCF Style Expo) this year; you KNOW I really mean it! What is TCF Style Expo? That’s a question…

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Lorenza James by Elle Dove SS Collection 2018: Behind the Scenes

Heeeeey A-Team! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty regular smegular with one small exception! Yes that’s right, this past weekend I got to be a model for a day with hair and makeup included! Here’s the finished look; she kept our faces minimal which is ok with me. Lashes are the Mermaid Style from…

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Recap: Simply Curvee Presents: Cupcakes & Conversation-Finding Purpose in Your Passion

In July at The Curvy Fashionista’s Style Expo, I had the opportunity to meet and connect with some awesome fellow bloggers. Among those bloggers was the sweet Ashley Wall of Simply Curvee.  What stood out most to me at the time of our meeting was her down to earth demeanor despite having a pretty large…

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