Blogger Confessions

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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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14 Comments

  1. August 10, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Wow, gotta love the honesty in this text. I’m really new in this blogging world, but these really made me to think. I can already underline the need or want to have a blogger friend.. Would make blogger life a lot easier I think!

    • Admin
      August 11, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Thanks for the comment Essi! Wish you good luck on your blog, it’s looking really neat and professional 🙂 x

  2. August 12, 2017 / 1:50 am

    This is a very open and reflective post. It was an interesting read! Hope you find a closer blogging. 🙂
    -Noelle
    Elle-no.com

    • Admin
      August 12, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Thanks girl, I hope so too haha! x

  3. August 14, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    This was fun!

    I can relate to the shitty photography! Most of the times i don’t know what i’m doing with the camera, but i do love doing it. haha

    I feel you. Sometimes it’s a little frustrating to be around people, who don’t get it. One, two or three pictures is not enough! And sometimes it might also take a moment before you can eat your food, because you need to take a few pictures first and maybe do a little adjustment to the setting too. 😀

    • Admin
      August 14, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Haha yes definitely, I have given up on the idea of drinking hot coffee when blogging! And yes, I would like to think I’ll get better with photography, it’s just a matter of learning and perseverance isn’t it! x

  4. Franziska
    August 14, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I really love the honesty, especially in a world where most bloggers pretend like everything about their blogging life is just perfect! Also really feel you concerning the fact that asking your friends to take a picture of you (or 150+ for that matter) for Instagram or the like can get really uncomfortable. I also have this one friend who is just as picky about her pictures than I am and when we are together we end up taking endless pictures of each other until we’re both happy with the shots 😀

    Keep up the great work! Love from Berlin 🙂

    • Admin
      August 14, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      haha yess I love friends like that, with them I feel like I can be as annoying as I want and they won’t judge! Also, I think a lot of bloggers don’t really want to stress the bad sides of the industry too much as a lot of people would just see it as being ungrateful..Because blogging is “so easy” right. It’s a two sided story I think! And thank you, I’m happy you stumbled upon my blog! xx

  5. August 17, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    It’s so great to find blogposts like this one, finally someone who is brave enough to talk open and honest about this!
    I haven’t been a blogger for very long and I’m still learning every day but everyone is always talking about how great blogging is (don’t get me wrong, it’s great) but we have to stay real as well.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, and I hope you find a UK based blogger soon! 😉
    I’m based in the Netherlands and still a newbie but you can always contact me!
    All the love,
    Joanne Xx

    • Admin
      August 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks Joanne! Well, blogging IS great and I feel like a lot of people don’t want to say negative things about it because then there would be an obvious backlash against that, from the reader’s perspective everything seems usually nice and rosy doesn’t it! And thank you, I hope you manage to make some blogger friends too! x

  6. August 23, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and could not help but write you a few words!
    I find it really great that you are talking in more details than many other bloggers about topics like Popularity on Instagram, Working with brands, Full-time blogging and money making.. Some tips and tricks were very helpful to me or at least quite interesting and intriguing!
    Your blogger confessions also made me believe that you are amazing person, not just a beautiful girl! I personally also struggle to find a blogger girlfriend, so I promise to you, if I come to the UK, to become yours! :*

    Last, but not least, don’t worry about your photography skills.. your pictures and the blog in general are amazing!
    This particular pic is to die for! <3

    Desislava
    http://truedreamcatcher.blogspot.bg/

    • Admin
      August 24, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your kind words Desislava! 🙂 I’m glad that my words actually reach some ears/eyes too haha! I’m checking out your blog now and I could say the same about your photography, plus your hair is incredible! xx

  7. September 4, 2017 / 10:29 am

    That is such an honest and great post! And you are right, finding blogging friends is not as easy as it seems. I think my friends are so bored when I ask them to take not one, not two but many pictures. They think all the pictures look the same and I am spending hours to choose and editing the best one :-))

    • Admin
      September 4, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      haha that is true! Sometimes I get bored of it myself too – all the pictures DO look pretty much the same and then I spend a lifetime obsessing over every slight difference between the pics, trying to find the best one! xx

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