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I started by UGC Journey!!!!

"When it comes to creating content, you have to think about your audience. Create something that appeals to everyone and gives them a reason to stick around. If you can do this, they'll be able to connect with your brand on an emotional level and become lifelong customers who will tell their friends about what great experiences they had with you!"

By Courtanae HeslopPublished about a year ago 8 min read
I started by UGC Journey!!!!
Photo by AllGo - An App For Plus Size People on Unsplash

My journey into UGC or content creation was an organic one. I ended up on the platform one day out of boredom and curiosity, and I've been hooked ever since. In this blog post, I'll tell you all about how my passion for creating online content came to be: what inspired me, what challenges I faced and how they were overcome—plus some tips for anyone who wants to create their own content!

Btw, I created a TIKTOK page dedicated just to share my UGC journey, you should check it out and follow my journey:

What got you into UGC or content creation?

I've been creating content since 2016 when I started selling hair. I started out as a writer and editor, but I soon realized that I had a knack for creating videos and photos as well. I started making short videos in my spare time because it was something fun to do on the weekends when I wasn't working at the office or studying for school. It was also a great way to express myself creatively while learning more about the world around me through research and interviews with experts in their respective fields.

After posting my first video on Instagram, it went viral within 24 hours! People were tagging their friends saying things like "You should see this girl's work! She's amazing!" or "I wish we could do what she does." It felt good knowing that people enjoyed watching something I created so much that they wanted others who weren't following me yet see it too!

How many years have you been doing this for?

I've been creating content for about a year. The first piece of my own work was an essay about my experience with depression and anxiety. It was very well received by readers, which gave me the confidence to keep going with it! The most popular thing on my blog right now is a series called "The Plus Size Black Girl Project," where I interview plus size black women about their experiences in life as well as fashion. This series has been pretty challenging but also rewarding because it gives me an opportunity to learn more about myself through other people's perspectives! My favorite piece of content so far has been an interview I did with another blogger named Alexis who lives in Los Angeles called "What Do You Do When People Are Ignorant About Your Body?" She talked about some really important things like how we shouldn't let anyone tell us what our bodies should look like or how much we should weigh; rather than trying hard enough to fit into society's standards which were created by people who aren't us anyway (and therefore don't understand our needs) instead focus on loving ourselves just as we are regardless if someone else doesn't approve of our choices - this resonated strongly within me because I remember hearing similar sentiments growing up but never fully understanding why until recently when I started thinking critically about how society treats fatness differently depending on race/ethnicity

What inspired your username choice?

I've played around with a lot of names including:

  • Create with Courtanae
  • Courtanae's Choice
  • Courtanae's Creations
  • UGC Courtanae
  • Creative Genius
  • Courtanae's Crafts
  • Courtanae's Collection
  • Courtanae's Corner
  • Courtanae's Custom Creations
  • Courtanae's Candles
  • Courtanae's Cakes
  • Courtanae's Confections
  • Courtanae's Cozy Crafts
  • Courtanae's Carvings
  • Courtanae's Crafty Candles
  • Courtanae's Cut-Ups
  • Courtanae's Craft Central
  • Courtanae's Creative Corner
  • Courtanae's Crafty Collabs
  • Courtanae's Craft Cabinet
  • Courtanae's Craft Compound
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cottage
  • Courtanae's Custom Crafts
  • Courtanae's Crafting Co-Op
  • Courtanae's Crafty Closet
  • Courtanae's Creatives
  • Courtanae's Customizable Crafts
  • Courtanae's Crafty Keepsakes
  • Courtanae's Crafty Concepts
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cache
  • Courtanae's Crafts & Co.
  • Courtanae's Creatively Crafted
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cuisine
  • Courtanae's Craft & Cafe
  • Courtanae's Crafty Catering
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cookery
  • Courtanae's Crafty Confectionery
  • Courtanae's Crafty Concoctions
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cooks
  • Courtanae's Crafty Cuisine & Catering

I chose to go with UGC Courtanae because it was specific to this journey and added a personal touch.

Check me out here:

What have you struggled with on your journey?

When I first started to create content, I had a hard time finding my voice and what kind of content would be most effective for my audience. It's easy to think about what you want to do as a creator; but actually doing it can be scary.

I also struggled with lack of confidence in myself when it came time for me to actually record something and put it out there for the world (or at least the Internet) to see. Having no one else around me who was doing this type of work made me feel like maybe this wasn't something I should pursue further because no one else was interested in seeing plus size black women represented online or on television either! But after taking some time off from creating anything new, I realized just how much potential there is within myself as well as others who share similar experiences with mine."

Who inspires you to do what you do?

I am inspired by my family, friends and favorite YouTubers and Instagrammers. My parents are very supportive of me doing this because they know how much I love it. They have been there since day one helping me with some ideas on what to do next or how to improve my content creation skills. They also help with editing videos so that way it looks more professional when we post them online for people around the world see our work! My friends are just like my family when it comes down too being supportive because they know how passionate I am about creating content which means a lot as well as encouraging me when times get tough (which happens often).

As far as inspiration goes...I have several inspirations: Shira Lazar (who is an entrepreneur), Casey Neistat (who has his own YouTube channel), Huy Le (another entrepreneur), David Dobrik who started out making videos on Vine before moving onto other platforms such as Instagram where he currently has over 10 million followers!

What's your advice for others looking to burst into the scene?

If you're looking to get started, my advice is to find your niche. You don't have to be an influencer or a content creator in order for your voice and perspective to be valuable. You can also share your story through other mediums like writing or art!

Get comfortable with being yourself and don't be afraid of asking for help when you need it. It's okay if some people aren't interested in what you have to say--the important thing is that YOU are passionate about what YOU want YOUR story/brand/voice/vision/etc., which will make it easier for others who may resonate with what YOU have created (and vice versa).

Don't compare yourself with other people because everyone has their own journey; focus on YOUR goals instead of theirs so that no matter how far along they seem compared with yours right now--they still won't have reached where YOU want go before reaching theirs.

Create something that appeals to everyone and gives them a reason to stick around.

When it comes to creating content, you have to think about your audience. Create something that appeals to everyone and gives them a reason to stick around. If you can do this, they'll be able to connect with your brand on an emotional level and become lifelong customers who will tell their friends about what great experiences they had with you!

The best way for me as a beginner was just being myself because I don't have experience in anything else but being myself so I just went with that flow as best as possible and made sure my attitude was always positive even when things got tough because I needed people seeing me happy all the time even though sometimes life gets hard but regardless of how hard things get there's always someone out there struggling more than we do so never let anyone bring down our spirits by making us feel bad about ourselves because no matter what our appearance looks like inside is much more important than outside appearances which brings me back full circle into why self-love matters most when creating content online:


I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey as a plus size black woman who has been doing UGC for over two years now! I wanted to share with you some of my experiences and give some advice on how others can get started on their own.

BTW'S, Before I go...

I may very well want to rewrite this article, I want you to help me choose what topic I should name my next blog:

  1. "The Power of Tiktok: How to Drive Traffic from Your Blog to Your Tiktok Creator Page"
  2. "Maximizing Your Social Media Presence: From Blog to Tiktok"
  3. "The Ultimate Guide to Cross-Promoting Your Blog and Tiktok Page"
  4. "Leveraging Your Blog Audience on Tiktok: A Step-by-Step Guide"
  5. "How to Integrate Your Blog and Tiktok for Maximum Reach and Engagement"
  6. "From Blog Posts to Tiktok Videos: Enhancing Your Online Presence"
  7. "The Benefits of Combining Your Blog and Tiktok Efforts for Increased Traffic and Engagement"
  8. "Using Your Blog to Boost Your Tiktok Creator Page: Best Practices and Strategies"
  9. "Tiktok for Bloggers: How to Drive Traffic and Increase Engagement on Both Platforms"
  10. "The Synergy of Blogging and Tiktok: How to Effectively Promote Both for Optimal Results".


About the Creator

Courtanae Heslop

Courtanae Heslop is a multi-genre writer and business owner.

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