Happy 7th Blog Anniversary! 7 Things I'm Working on as an Influencer

Hey everyone! Stacie Raye turns 7 years old today and I'm excited about the things to come!




For those of you that are new to Stacie Raye, welcome! I've been blogging for over ten years and this is my third blog, not including the blog I had for my soap making business years ago. You can learn more about me and my blog journey here.

As each blog anniversary approaches, I reflect on the previous year and start planning for the year to come. I'm a firm believer that you are never too old to learn something new so I decided that this year I'm going to get back to basics and focus on those areas.


7 Things I'm Working on as an Influencer


1. Upgrading my camera. I love my DSLR camera but I'm hoping to upgrade to a more current model with slightly more features.

2. Taking photography classes. Once I upgrade my camera, I'm going to take a few classes because I just jumped right into using a DSLR camera without knowing a whole lot about photography. I've read a ton of blogs and watch just as many videos, but I want that hands-on experience a class can give.

3. Engagement. My engagement rate isn't that bad but it could use improvement. I plan to work on cultivating real conversations more often than I do. It's hard though because I have a life outside of social media so I'll need to find a balance.

4. Improving my videos. I hate to say it but my videos are bad y'all. I have YouTube videos with thousands of views and some with only 16. It all boils down to learning how to record videos on my DSLR. Once I do, I know that will take my videos to another level.

5. Doing more Instagram Stories. Instagram stories is where it's at and I have a few, but I need to make a conscious effort to do more. My issue with social media these days is that not everything needs to be seen by everyone. Sometimes I just want to be present in the moment without feeling like I have to stop and pull out my phone for everything.

6. Learning Lightroom. I love my PicMonkey and I occasionally mess with Canva but I have Lightroom and don't use it. Shame, I know. I'm so not techy and Lightroom intimidates me, but it's time to give it a try.

7. Enjoying where I am as an Influencer. I've been considered a Nano Influencer/Blogger for years. It isn't that I don't want to grow, it just hasn't happened yet. And you know what? I'm completely okay with that! Still, I have had wonderful opportunities to travel like when I went here, and participate in awesome campaigns like this one. Besides, I keep hearing that this is the year of the Nano Influencer so y'all better watch out! ;)

What I learned after 6 Years of Blogging

Check out this post for more on my story of how I got started!


I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and support my blog over the years. Especially my day ones - you know who you are. I could not have made it this far without you!

Hugs and kisses!



21 comments

  1. Happy blog anniversary! I love the things you picked to work on this year. I love visiting and reading your blog. I love the updates to the site too. Makes me want to facelift mine. Much success this year to you. (hugs)

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    1. Thank you for the compliments and for your support through the years Theresa!

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  2. Looks like you have a good game plan set. Happy 7th year in this space. Looking forward to seeing more of you <3

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    1. Why thank you dear friend! I appreciate your support!

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  3. Happy Blog Anniversary! I love following along your journey! A lot you have mentioned on your list I need to work on myself, especially getting my camera out of auto mode. This year, I told myself I'm going to start doing more video. So far, it's been going well, but my video quality and editing can be a bit better.

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  4. Happy Blogiversary & cheers to many more! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your work.

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  5. Congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment. I plan to do more stories as well. I like that much more than posting in my actual feed. I like watching other's stories too. Happy anniversary!

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  6. Happy blog anniversary!! Yes I’ve learbed with engagement is to take 2, 30 minute intervals out of your day to genuinely comment and like people’s posts. You will see a change in the algorithm. Instagram stories is great as well. Add a call to action and get ppl to answer a poll, ask a question, or something interesting that they have to reply to. This will also help engagement.

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  7. Happy Anniversary. With photography you gotta do it hands on. I learn by doing and that's how I became a photographer. Also light room is so easy look on youtube they have lots of free stuff.

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  8. Happy blog-iversary! Congrats on all your success and keep up the good work!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary! Here 's to another year of growth and learning!

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  10. Happy Blogiversary! So glad you’re enjoying the journey and improving! A dslr camera makes a big difference! I also am working on my engagement. Keep creating great content!

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  11. Happy Blog Anniversary! I think these are great things to work on! I am thinking about taking a photography course too!

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  12. Congrats on making it to this point. These are all great areas to focus on. My DSLR camera changed the game for me.

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  13. Happy anniversary! This is a major accomplishment. I always enjoy your posts.

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  14. Congrats on 7 years of blogging! That's HUGE - I've only been at it for a few years now. You must feel so accomplished. Keep up the great work.

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  15. Awesome post. Regarding Instagram stories, just carve out some time to record that you don’t mind people seeing. You don’t have to show everything just a look into a part of your day you don’t mind sharing

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  16. Congratulations for being dedicated!!! You go girl!!

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  17. Congrats on 7 years love. I am on my 6th year so right behind you!

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  18. Happy Blogaversary! This post is filled with nuggets! I agree with you on stories, it is the way to go and I want to get better at it too. This is my 7 year blog anniversary too!

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  19. Congratulations on 7 years of great content and consistency! I have similar blogging goals for this year as well!

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