Hi guys! Today I wanted to write on a pretty different topic. I came across this post on some other blogs and thought it would be interesting to share my own blogger confessions because you know, there are a lot! So, here goes.
I don’t want to be a full-time blogger (yet)
Last month I was a bit blown away by the reality that I had actually earned some *serious* money from my blog and socials. So much in fact that I was able to pay my rent with it. And what’s even crazier is that we’re not even half way through August and I’m already on track to making more this month! As much as this blows me away, I can’t help but think that these two months have been just lucky strikes and that the opportunities that have come my way may cease.
Blogging has become a job for quite a few girls in the industry and I sincerely applaud them. It’s so much more work than I would have ever imagined when I first started my blog. However, I am not ready to plunge into the world of uncertainty just yet, and I would hate it if I had to start promoting products which I don’t love just to pay the bills. I hate to say it but in my eyes, unless a blogger has a substantial amount of YouTube views or their own product/brand on the market, they are merely sales people with very nice photography. I’m not a sales person by nature, and I would hate to push something that I don’t believe in. So, until I can safely gain enough income from promoting only the products that I love, full-time blogging will have to be a side hustle for me.
Even then, I’m not sure if blogging would ever be the “main hustle” for me – I would still like to put my chemistry degree to good use, and being an investor has always been my dream “job”. But, until I figure everything out, blogging and a stable job will be my main focus.
I don’t want your free products
Don’t get me wrong – getting the occasional freebie can be amazing if they are products that you have actually lusted over for some time. However, what irks me is when brands send you collaboration proposals of x y and z and expect you to be happy to create 3 posts in exchange for a t-shirt. I’m well aware that I might sound ungrateful or entitled but bare with me, I’ll try to explain myself!
When you first start blogging, getting free products is the most exciting thing in the world, and back when it first happened I was happy to create lots of content for brands to get a free blow-dry, make-up or clothes. However, once you start receiving emails of this nature on a daily basis, the novelty quickly wears off. There’s only so many products you really need, so what are you going to do with all the products that you’re not using?! I’m a minimalist at heart and one of the most satisfying things for me is to throw out things that I don’t need. If I receive products that are not really what I’m after, I just usually give them to friends and family. At the moment, I don’t even have a permanent address, so having a bunch of clutter is literally the most annoying thing in the world. When you’re essentially living out of suitcases, every unnecessary product is just painful to deal with – there’s no space, and certainly no room for extra weight.
Secondly, tracking parcels and dealing with the post can be a nightmare. I can’t count the hours that I’ve wasted fetching parcels that contain items that I don’t really even want, just because I wanted to “build a relationship with a brand”. I haven’t had a permanent address in the UK for the past 4 months as I’ve been travelling, and whenever I’ve been back to London I’ve just stayed at friends’ places. AND with the post being the way it is, often times deliveries are just left at local depots which can be an hour away from the actual address. I’m now based in an Airbnb in North-West London, and had a parcel delivered to Battersea. It took me two hours to go to Battersea and locate the parcel from three of the postal collection offices. After all the postal hassle, you still need to create the imagery and edit the pictures, which usually take me at least two hours. It’s just not worth it.
…But feel free to invite me to your event!
The thing that I love most about blogging is the opportunity to get to meet like-minded individuals. Cliché much? Yes, but there’s a reason why everyone says this. Bloggers are essentially entrepreneurs, and I love being around people who are passionate about working towards their own brand and killing it. Also, it’s always nice to be invited as a guest of a brand to have breakfasts, meetings or full on parties. I love being able to build relationships with brands as much as I do with anyone else in the industry. I also love the fact that most brands and PR are kind enough to allow +1’s attend the events, as it could be quite awkward when you don’t know anyone. Plus, having free food is always amazing. (A massive thank you to all the PR babes who do this, you’re very appreciated!)
I’m sh*t at photography
I’m still particularly bad with photography and shoot using the auto-mode on my camera after a year of blogging. Yes, it’s pretty embarrassing I know! However, what I lack in photography I make up in editing – at least that is what I like to think. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to this and usually spend an hour editing one picture that goes on Instagram. I’m not even sure how I do it, but my friends can attest to this. It’s not uncommon for me to send them basically two identical pictures, asking if it’s better with exposure set to 0.1 or 0.2. I also don’t think it’s bad to edit out my pores out and add volume to my hair, but most of my editing goes into details, backgrounds and colours on the pic – I don’t want to look different to what I look like in real life.
I wish I had a blogger bestie
Although I’ve met some great people through blogging, I haven’t really become friends with anyone just yet. I’m someone who gets along with the majority of people I meet, but I am careful with calling people my friends. There’s only a handful of them and sadly only one is a blogger (Marinka) who unfortunately lives on the other side of Europe. The reality of blogging is that a lot of people just don’t understand it, and because of this I always feel like I’m nagging my friends if I ask them to take photos of me. I feel like they don’t enjoy it, so I feel bad for asking. It’s safe to say that behind one good Instagram, there’s probably 150+ photos that didn’t make it, so no – taking 3 pictures of my outfit is just not going to cut it. Whenever I’m travelling with Marinka I feel we are very productive – we get lots of stuff done and we have the same priorities more or less when it comes to blogging. It’s easier to understand how much time something takes if you’re doing it yourself too. So yeah, I wish I had blogger friends in the UK.
Confessions done! Were there any that surprised you? I’m sorry if some of this came across like a bit of a rant. There’s definitely more bonuses to blogging then there are negatives! Let me know what your blogger confessions are down in the comments x
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