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Blogger Merit Badges: What It Takes To Make It to the Top

Remember when you were a kid and you got rewards for doing absolutely nothing? Oh, you lit a match, you got the Wilderness Survival Badge! Hey, you made a cookie, you've got the Barefoot Contessa Badge! Well, I started thinking about that whole process as it relates to our industry—more specifically, to fashion bloggers.

So here is my collection of fashion blogger merit badges. Be warned, internet legend wannabes, they got harder as you climb the ranks.

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The Registration Badge

Beginner

So you took the first step, congratulations. Now that you have a URL, you better post something.

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The My BF is my Photog Badge

Beginner

Uh-oh, you can't take those pictures yourself...better call your boyfriend!

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The Jumping Badge

Beginner

Jump, pose, snap, done. Although nobody pulls it off quite like this girl.

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The Link Lover Badge

Beginner

Posts are going well, but you gotta get your traffic up. Start that link exchange process and get goin'.

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The Friends With Benefits Badge

Beginner

Looks like your link plan worked! Your blogging BFF's just asked you to grab coffee at the local bookshop/wireless/cafe/art space! (Starbucks.)

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The Signature Pose Badge

Intermediate

You've had your own style for years and have just now perfected your pose. It's yours and nobody else's, no matter who they are.

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The Advertisers Love Me Badge

Intermediate

Okay, your traffic is pumping, you're an up-and-coming voice and you bow to the needs of advertisers. Get paid.

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The Redesign Badge

Intermediate

You've been at this for a while now, a fresh new look is just what the doctor ordered. Stay relevant.

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The Instagram Queen Badge

Intermediate

You've got too much content and style for a blogspot. Time to take the excess over to instagram! Leverage them posts, babe.

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The Call My Agent Badge

Intermediate

Your inbox is too full of press releases, pitches and partnership opportunities. Luckily, you've brought somebody in to help you shoulder that heavy load.

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The Full Time Blog Badge

Advanced

You gave your two weeks notice and are going out on your own. Your parents are concerned, but you're gonna be okay.

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The Social Media Butterfly Badge

Advanced

You got hooked on instagram quick and because it's so easy, you're now hitting all platforms. Must share every detail ever.

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Street Style Darling Badge

Advanced

Finally, hanging out downtown has paid off. You just got street spotted sonnn.

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The Into the Glossy Badge

Advanced

Click, click, flash, you just got shot for a magazine! Run down to that newsstand, you're the talk of the town.

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The Excuse Me Are You Badge

Advanced

You're just casually sitting at brunch with your friends and somebody comes up to you and goes, "Oh my god! Are you that blogger?!"

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The Priority Seating Badge

Expert

Standing room? Tsk tsk, you're off to the front row. Rubbing elbows with the best and brightest.

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The Book Deal Badge

Expert

All the hard work on the web has paid off. You're working on your very own book, dreams comin' true erryday.

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The Supermodel Badge

Expert

Your favorite brand gave you a ring and asked you to star in their next ad campaign that will run regionally on the web. Famousz.

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The Super Mega Collab Badge

Legendary

A major retailer has tapped you to consult on a capsule collection that will sell in select metro area locations in the former communist bloc of Eastern Europe.

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The Internet Legend

Legendary

You can't walk out of the house without being recognized, you have clothes messengered to you daily and you don't give a f*ck.

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The Fading From Relevance Badge

Legendary?

The invites are starting to dwindle, your twitter following isn't so engaged and there's a new kid in town...what's happening?

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The Has-Been Badge

Not Legendary

Your traffic is plumetting, the book deal fell through, it's all crumbling around you. Better spruce up that resume. You had a good run.

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