Had the opportunity to interview entrepreneur, Alessa Mieses of City Style Life Blog. Through this well curated blog we get an inside glimpse into New York City. If there is anyone that knows the best restaurants, bars and hidden gems of this city, it's Alessa. A true inspiration to all the go-getters, she's achieved her success on her own. She knows that entrepreneurship means long days and nights. She's putting in consistent work to keep City Style Life a blog to watch out for. She recently interviewed me for her Blogger Spotlight! Awesome experience, I wanted to share her story with Cute LA readers. Continue below to learn more about her dreams, time management skills and how pen and paper are still her favorite tools to write with!
// What's the inspiration behind City Style Life? //
I’d had several blogs over the years but I never really did anything with them. During the spring of last year I decided to finally take it seriously. I’d gained so many followers on Twitter and Instagram and felt like they needed a place to really get to know me and get to know my love for New York. Pictures and Tweets were ultimately not enough. It took me a while to get the name and the feel of City Style Life just right but when I did I was happy so many absolutely loved the idea and even a few out of towners have even emailed me about places to go and things to do in my beloved New York City. It’s been an incredible and rewarding experience to say the least.
// How did you get started in writing? //
In High School I wrote a lot of short stories about my life. I’d always dreamed of getting a show on HBO. I’ve had things happen to me you wouldn’t wish on many! I’d already had a sense on how to write in different formats so blogging came easy. My first step in my writing process is always to write my ideas down and then break down those ideas in more detail. I never write it on a laptop or desktop it’s always a pen and paper because I remember it better. I can see what my posts will be like more clearly if written.
// What is the most difficult aspect of being an Entrepreneur? //
For me it’s time management. When you’re running your own website it can get difficult to remember there are other things going on around you that you have to work on as well. You have to be able to juggle a job, a relationship, and family and still make the time to sit down and write a meaningful blog post. It’s not easy. Once you work out a nice balance that works for you running your own show because easier. Always remember the little things.
// What is the most rewarding aspect of being an Entrepreneur? //
Knowing that I can set my own rules. Knowing that I run this website that’s the most rewarding part for me. I started this by myself and I still write by myself. No one helps me. I work on the layouts on my own (just recently stayed up until 5am on a new layout for the site). You have to hustle hard on a daily basis. The right attitude goes a long way. Make goals for yourself and do them. The only person holding you back is you and when I figured that out that was most rewarding of all.
// What's the best piece of advice or tips for someone that wants to become their own boss? //
Baby Steps. Sounds crazy I bet but taking your time and making sure this is what you want to do (running things for yourself that is). You have to be able to take criticism on a daily basis. You have to be ready for people to say you can’t do it all the while knowing that you most certainly can.
// Where do you see your brand heading in the next year? What steps are you taking? //
I hope to at least build a lot of loyal readers and perhaps even more guest blogging on more popular websites. I just want more people to think of my site as a “go-to” for everything New York related but also stick around to get to know me. There are definitely will be more time marketing myself and the site I give people business cards all the time. I’m looking into advertising as well I’ve got decent search results online but would like them to improve. Any partnerships that come along the way would be amazing. I’d like to make this website my full time job one day. It’s such a passion of mine, to write and I want to share my site my baby with the world.
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