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Monday, 8 May 2017

10 Untold Truths About Being A Blogger.

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Living the dream or... ? 10 untold truths about being a blogger.

Most young people dream of being a blogger. They consider it the goal to publish some content on a blog, publish photos from their new clothes on social media and tweet about the hungover from last night's VIP Party. But can you blame them? All they see is one perspective, the one that is shown on social media. Whereas in reality, it's a bit different.

Being a blogger can be overwhelming. It can be tough and involves a lot of time. Don't get me wrong, I love being a blogger and wouldn't change it for anything else. But for anyone wanting to start read what it's really like being a blogger because it's not always as fabulous as it may look like to the outside world. 

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1. Emails never end

A blogger's inbox is never ending. You spend an hour replying and your inbox fills up basically immediately.

No matter how irrelevant the email is to you, you still need to be polite and say no.


2. What are weekends or holidays? 

As a blogger you don't get a full weekend, every day is work.


3. Blogging is super competitive 

Like any other industry, blogging is also extremely competitive. Brands only have a limited budget which means only a certain number can secure the job everyone wants. But it's important to focus on yourself and not feel down when they don't pick you.

It's also important to not get bitter and not let jealousy get the best of you. 


4. It's not just a quick photo or blog post 

It's date night and you are wearing a super cute outfit which means you ask for a quick photo. Well, there is no such thing as a quick photo and it can easily take 30 minutes getting that one picture. 

Someone who is not into blogging or Instagramming will find it very difficult to keep up with you. They get annoyed, you end up arguing and the rest of the night has a super awkward vibe.

It's one of the downsides of blogging and can be tough, which leads to my next point ... 


5. Not everyone understands 'blogging'

Not everyone gets it and I often have people say 'get a real job' - those who don't blog, just don't get it. It's a job like any other, just a bit different. Yes, from another person's perspective it may look like we just take photos, write some posts and go to events. But it's much more than that. 


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6. Be patient

You won't be a famous blogger overnight nor will all your paid jobs just suddenly come to you. It takes time, commitment and a lot of hard work to get there - be patient and eventually it will all pay off. 


7. Not everyone will support you

This is quite a sad one, but unfortunately, it's the truth. Often the ones who don't really understand it are also the ones who take the piss and don't support you.

I have lost a few friendships along the way and have definitely learned the hard way what jealousy can do to some, but don't let it get you down. At the end of the day, all that matters is that those who do really support you are the ones you need. Everyone else is just toxic and should be thrown out of your life with last season's old clothes. 

FYI, I have also made a lot of new friends through blogging. As they say, friends come and go? 


8. Be tough and stand your ground

Brands will try and lower your price or constantly ask for unpaid jobs. Stand your ground. New clothes won't pay your rent, only paid jobs will do that. Stand up for yourself and don't let them pressure you. 


9. You need to know basic SEO and understand technology

A Little tip, SEO stands for 'search engine optimisation' and will help you be discovered more by knowing simple things such as headings and broken links. It's vital for any blogger to understand how to get your blog optimised so it will do well on Google and won't be penalised. 


10. You have to really love it. 

Like any other job it can be tough doing it full-time or even part-time if you don't really love it. I always think that when I'm really happy with my content more offers come through, it's like they can tell I'm currently super upbeat about everything.

If you really love it you will push yourself harder and not let get anything in the way of you and your dream. 



I would love to hear your thoughts - do you agree, disagree or might be a bit surprised? 

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Trousers: MissPap
Top: Forever 21
Cardigan: Little Mistress
Shoes: New Look
Sunglasses: Gucci




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45 comments

  1. It's true - blogging is way more work than people think! And it's hard to not have any friends who do it and understand. But that's why I love connecting with other bloggers online!

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    1. Same here, love talking about bloggers to like-minded people as often others won't understand it. It would be great if some of my friends would pay more attention to what I do and not just assume I sit on my butt doing nothing aha

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  2. So many truths! Blogging really is a labour of love and so many people think it's 'easy' or 'lucky'.

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  3. Some good tips here. Although I DO think we get weekends. We must give ourselves time to rest and regenerate. I will happily take a day off!

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    1. I do it full-time and my photographer works during the week so I unfortunately don't get a full weekend, also I still update my Instagram and often still reply to emails haha!

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  4. Im sure some of my friends think i just sit back and what for the postie to bring me free gifts. The reality is so very different. Great post especially for new people and those who maybe dont get what we do :) x

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    1. I have a few of those too and some say I shouldn't be getting paid for just sitting on my butt - so rude! thank you :)

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  5. Wow. You've nailed it. Thank you for writing this...

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  6. Such great words of wisdom! When I started blogging I really thought I'd write some great stories .. post a recipe we loved and everyone would come. Not so much. It's an incredible amount of work .. and you really have to have a passion for it is you're going to still be doing in a year from now!

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    1. Yes exactly! I was the same and wondered why no one looked at my blog until I discovered SEO and had so many sleepless nights over it, it's like any other job - people just need to be more open minded to new things/ technology and trends :)

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  7. Wow. You've nailed it. Thank you for writing this...

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  8. Wow. You've nailed it. Thank you for writing this...

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  9. Nicely written! Keep up the good work

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  10. Nice article.. I liked it a lot! I m a new beauty blogger.. It s wierd sometimes when I m thinking too deep.. Can I be named as a blogger?! Because I'm still at the beginning.. only 3 months. I don t know how many people really read my articles or follow my posts.. but I m trying hard to make it happen because beauty is my passion even if I have a full time job in other domain. When someone told me "I saw u are doing some interesting job with that site" I m feeling sooo soo good! Very motivational article :D

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    1. I felt like that too, only started calling myself a blogger when I went full-time haha! So odd really isn't it!

      Do it, always follow your passion! :)

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  11. I can relate to this so much girl, go you!! I have recently fallen out with family members, because they just don't understand what I do. I blog full time, so it's hard for them to understand what I do when all they see it as is me sitting at home, on my butt, doing nothing. I shared this post on my personal Facebook so people can hopefully click it and read it and understand what I do a bit better. Great post darling xxx

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    1. I am so glad that you like it and thanks for the social media coverage too, appreciate all the support! :)

      I started doing it full time a few weeks ago and have receive quite a lot of negative comments since then which is so annoying, just because they don't get it or don't even bother trying to understand it!

      Hope your family will soon be more understanding :) xoxo

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  12. I totally agree with this so many people I talk to just don't understand blogging at all and it can be very hard explain the ins and outs of it and people just see it as getting paid to post a random picture of some cute flowers but no no ! I love blogging and wouldn't change it for the world but it's defiantly not for everyone xx

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    1. So glad you like the post and yes, I'm getting bored of having to explain everything so people don't constantly tell me 'get a real job'! Like you said, it's not for everyone! xoxo

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  13. I've only recently started to promote my blog, though have been blogging for over a year - I write about travelling, so not all of these apply, but I definitely agree with the point about people not understanding why we need to spend ages taking pictures, putting hashtags on Instagram etc! x

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    1. Glad you like the post and yes, everything takes so much longer than people realise! xoxo

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  14. I've been blogging for a while and it's not until recently that I feel like I'm building my brand. Blogging is a process--even though it's a different process for everyone, it's definitely not easy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I couldn't agree more

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    1. People always think it's so easy and just involves us sitting on our arses, aha! Glad you like it :)

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  15. I absolutely love this post dear. I can say yes to all 10!
    I really need need to get better at SEO...
    /Cecilie

    WWW.BYKROG.DK

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    1. I'm so glad you like it!

      SEO is a pain aha xoxo

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  16. I just started blogging and it is SO much work, people don't realize. Love this post. And your pants in these photos!

    x Jamie
    http://glow-on.net

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  17. Love love love this post!! I couldn't agree more with absolutely every single point.
    Ps. So happy I just found your blog, it's beautiful!
    X Izzy
    www.izzywears.com

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    1. I am so happy that you like it and thank you so much for your kind words! xoxo

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  18. Yes to all of this. I vlog too and some people don't understand all the different angles required and lighting and general need to document various parts of my life. Some people love it. As long as I'm happy, that's the main thing! I also work freelance, so I am busy a lot of the time and again some people don't get the creative side but at last understand when I say, I'm a freelancer and don't go into too much detail.

    Honestly Aine

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  19. With blogging I've had to learn photography, photo editing, SEO, social media promotion on a number of platforms...the list goes on and on! People outside the industry really do not understand.

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  20. Love this post, very realistic and honest. Yes, blogging is fun and rewarding, but it's also tough and exhausting. And just like any other job, it's not for everyone- if you don't love it, you're best to leave it and focus on a different path.

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  21. So very true. I know friends that blog and am involved in it myself, and it is by no means all easy going and wonderful opportunities.

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  22. When I first started blogging (been blogging for 7 months) I didn't realise how much time it takes! I have a full time job and as soon as I get home I'm working on my blog and at weekends too

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  23. Such a fab and truthful read and one I completely agree with! The longer I have blogged, the more you find out about yourself and others - good and bad!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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  24. Some people don't understand blogging at all. I work every weekend and put more hours in than when I had a full time job!

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  25. This post resonated so much with me! You basically said everything there is to be said and oh yes how I agree with blogging as a 24/7 job/hobby! My bf gets so annoyed sometimes when I say I just need have a quick check at Insta, Wordpress etc. but then I remind him that he told me to take it more seriously with blogging - so he actually can't say anything.
    PS: Your blog looks lovely my dear.
    Lea, xx
    www.asnippetoflife.com

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  26. all these points are so true and valid :) it takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it happen. i find taking a break now and then helps me reset my goals and reasons why i started too!

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  27. This post rings so true and I cannot agree more! I only blog part time on the side of a full time job and that is so tough! Just finding the time to do it all is hard and has become a weekly struggle. But I love doing it. Perhaps one day I'll throw in my job and go full time but I'm a long way off yet!

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  28. I should've commented before but better late than never.
    These are the most objective truths I've come to know as a blogger. Thank you for sharing them and making me feel that I'm not insane to think all of than alone.
    As for the friends, they do come and go; and its best to leave toxic people out of your life.
    I hope you've found a (blogger) friend in me as I've found a friend in you! Hope to see you soon in London. x

    http://erubescentecstasy.com/

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  29. It really is so difficult to be a blogger. I'm really struggling at the moment, especially with the Instagram algorithm & my posts hardly being seen anymore. I also get sick of people assuming everything you receive is a 'freebie' when they couldn't be more wrong...

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  30. This is such a great post girl!! You hit it on the nail, and you're doing an amazing job at blogging. I always look forward to your latest posts! :)

    Lots of love,

    Rachel

    www.looklovelyliving.com

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  31. This is such a wonderful post. I'm still waiting for my emails to be flooded with requests haha. But so much truth in what you say and it's definitely a competitive feild.

    Lubz || http://lubzsays.com

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  32. Found myself nodding away to this post. Its all right, I also find that the blogger community is so supportive. Much more supportive than many of the communities I've been apart of.

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