Is it hard to become a male blogger in the UAE?
I started blogging when I moved to Dubai. It actually started with a personal blog, but then public relation companies, magazines and brands reached out and it was amazing to see people out there believing in my talent. That's when I knew that I wanted to share my content and creativity with everyone out there. To succeed in this field, you should not let the fear of others get to you. Others might say you won't make it and this does make it hard, but with the right passion and persistence, anything is possible.
That's the reason I started blogging in the first place - through it, I learned more about my capabilities, character and how to deal with clients. I'm still learning.
It is hard to become a male blogger because there are significantly more female bloggers in the region and so our ideas and content have to be really outside the box. They have to be unique, creative and bold. A lot of people think that it's easier because there are less male bloggers, but that's not true since most brands prefer collaborating with female bloggers.
It is definitely challenging for a man to turn a blog into a business or a full-time job - it requires time, effort and is not entirely stable at the end of the day. All this can be very daunting. But if you are handling a blog because of personal interest, it is a lot easier. That way you can write and create content for yourself and your audience. There are no deadlines, requirements and responsibilities. Honestly, it's not difficult to become a male blogger, but it is terrifying to see yourself fail. But your passion and persistence must prevail. Live fearlessly and love boldly!
- AJ Ozkan
Is a content creator and blogger behind www.itsajozkan.wix.com/ajozkan. You can follow him on Instagram @ajozkan_07 and YouTube at itsajozkan
It's not hard to be a male influencer in the UAE, because, as compared to female influencers, there's less competition. But at the same time, it's not always easy to be active and aware of fashion and trends. Bloggers and influencers are always in focus, and people inside and outside the fashion community are following them, watching how they grow, develop their style, and what projects they are working on.
Since there aren't too many male influencers in the UAE yet, there's great potential to succeed as a male blogger, but you need to deliver content that is of a good quality. You also need to be consistent because audiences, today, are very demanding. But the most important thing, according to me, is to stay real and inspire people.
So how do I aim to achieve this? Like I said, it is all about being active and inspiring, which is why I post a lot of personal quotes that reflect how I feel. I try to influence my followers to try different styles, colours, ideas and both urban and formal looks, so they can find the right style for them. People should follow me not for the brands I represent but because they admire my personal style. They need to like how I mix and match items of clothing and how I select what suits me, and implement this in their own style.
I always share projects I'm working on just to keep my followers updated with what I'm doing and share my experience of fashion brands, products, places and restaurants. All this is real and that's the secret to success - being honest with what you are sharing with audiences.
When it comes to the UAE market, there are still a lot of developments taking place in the fashion industry. We have a lot of very talented designers and great brands. At the same time, there's a lot more coming up so we need to be patient. Over the last few years, many designers for men's fashion have established themselves and there are more coming. This affects influencers, since many enjoy working with local designers. I think there's a lot of potential, and a lot to discover in the region.
- Ahmed Rashwan
Is a visual merchandiser and fashion stylist. You can keep up with him
@rashwaaaaan on Instagram