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Blogging: Expectation Vs Reality

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?!

LoveRosiee

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7 Comments

  1. Experiências e Constatações
    April 15, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I work on my pj’s and I blog on my pj’s (yes, the perks of being a freelancer that works online)
    My blog is very small, and networking takes so much time. Last week was actually a disaster because my job took a lot of time from me. There was very little I could do. But it is actually quite hard to get known as a blogger and takes so much effort. And I’m glad when I see a “bigger” blogger, that still recognizes the hard work and what’s needed to get to have a decent audience.

    • Rosie
      Author
      April 16, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Such good perks! Ah I’m sad your week was a disaster hopefully it’s better now!

      The hard work we put into blogging is so much behind the scenes people don’t even know it’s there haha!

  2. Dorota Gornicka
    April 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

    You’re most certainly not. I love it. I work full time, I also own an online store and I blog. It takes all my awake hours to work. It’s either the job, the store or the blog but I do not stop. One day maybe I’ll be able to stop and breathe but it’s not today. Great post! X

    Dorota
    http://www.beautydramaqueen.com

    • Rosie
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Wow you’re like wonder woman!! how do you do it all?

  3. April 30, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I love this post. I relate to this a hundred percent. I’m a student, and I took on blogging as a sort of therapeutic escape from my hectic school life. I blog in my pajamas and oftentimes have to juggle between school, work and my blog. My blog is still new, so I understand how much effort is required to get your material out there and engage with other bloggers as well. It’s an amazing learning process and I wish people would see blogging as something more than just about perfect flat lay photos and a getting perks.

    Aria x
    http://notesonthursdays.com

    • Rosie
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:54 am

      this is 100% right! I am so glad blogging is working for you and I am so pleased that so early on you get what it’s about!

  4. tartantights
    August 8, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Hey Rosiee

    I love this post and am proud of you for writing it. You’ve really said what needs to be said here and I think you’ve shattered a few blogging myths.

    Contrary to what some people might think blogging is anything but easy and coming up with fresh content is as a real challenge. I really think it takes a blogger to get a blogger and understand the issues we face.

    As for my blogging uniform it has to be comfort clothes that I wouldn’t wear outside and I do enjoy a cup of coffee when I’m writing as it helps to focus the mind and I need to be focused when I’m writing a post. Well as you say it’s more like a hard 30 hour week than a quick five minute job .

    Love And Best Wishes
    Gayle XXX

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