So, before I started blogging and even at the start of my journey, I thought it was the most glamorous occupation possible. All I could picture was champagne toasts, days out, make up piling up in your house and fun. Oh how wrong was I!? Since I have joined the blogging circle I’ve realised that even a lazy slob like me can pull it off and make it look glamorous when really it isn’t. So, I’m giving you some light hearted fun that, if you’re a blogger you’ll go “that’s me “, and if you’re not hopefully you’ll still have a laugh!
First thing’s first. I f you think that we sit in a full face of pristine make up with hair tassled and blow dried all day every day – we don’t! Most of the bloggers I know have full time jobs to juggle with blogging and they aren’t glamorous at all! These bloggers are such heroes, they graft all day to get their wage then graft all night and weekends to share their blogs. But, after a full week at work and annoying people to deal with, the best way to physically write your posts and blog is to do it in the slobbiest way possible!
My blogging uniform is in fact my pjs! I very rarely blog in my good clothes because I’m too busy taking photos in them or schmoozing and networking! Although I might blog about beauty and fashion and the like, I am definitely spending my creative blog time wearing a Jurassic Park t shirt and Minnie Mouse pajama bottoms!
Us bloggers aren’t all out swanning around London at events drinking Champagne and eating Macarons (though this does happen sometimes and it’s amazing!) Our lives are ruled by other things and we are grafting away in the hope that one day our blog will take us full time so we can enjoy the glamour of it all! But, these events, although amazing, can be few and far between for some bloggers. Only recently have I been able to actually go to events because I changed my job. I had to turn down some amazing opportunities for a job I hated and there are so many of us in the same boat!
So, don’t be bitter about the vents – we work hard and a little treat is certainly deserved!
We don’t just get handed free stuff. Yes some of us do get amazing opportunities for reviews but that’s not all of blogging. It takes a lot of hard work to get seen by brands and it’s a big ask to represent a brand or product – one that can’t be taken lightly!
I have recently had to seriously scale back the amount of blogger mail I took in because my job situation changed and my time became less and less. Although I continued to shoe horn blogging in and released my usual 3 posts a week, my reviews and opportunities had to decreased. It sucked! I hate letting people down but I hate not giving something my all more!
I am incredibly lucky to be in my situation and I do receive gifts from brands and PRs but it has been through the hard work I’ve put into blogging, the hours of research, careful planning and networking!
Blogging is NOT a five minute job. If you ask any blogger worth their salt you’ll find out how much effort and how much time actually foes into blogging.
For me personally, I spend an average of 30 hours a week on blogging. That includes photography, editing, networking and social media channels, planning posts, researching, emailing and finding opportunities, hosting and joining in chats, commenting on blogs, finding new blogs, speaking to fellow bloggers … all of that without actually sitting down and physically writing any posts!
I am always humbled that people think my work is easy to do but I would love nay-sayers and negative people to swap for one day!
Luckily I absolutely LOVE to blog so I don’t care how many hours and how much effort it takes!
Are any of these you? Please tell me I’m not the only slob who wears pjs, drinks tea and loves to blog?!