The uncovered truth about being a full-time blogger.

17th August, 2017
Blogging has always been and I strongly believe, always will be my dream job. I've always enjoyed writing ever since I was a little girl, I used to write little stories and terrorise my grandpa every evening by reading them aloud to him, over and over again. As a full-time blogger I am not too impressed with the way media as well as the population labels us. Easy money, lazy, not a proper job blah blah blah.. The list doesn't stop here. Blogging is very time consuming - definitely not a good fit for a lazy individual. I receive a lot of questions regarding my blogging career and what it really looks like. I am here today to answer them for you the best I can. :)
    
Blogging is very unpredictable.
The world of blogging is unpredictable, it develops and changes dramatically. Being a blogger means you have to be very open minded to adapt to new things very fast. We can't predict where the blogging industry will lead to in few months or years. When I first began to write this blog, just under three years ago, the brands were all about the amount of traffic my blog can generate to their websites. Now none of the brands I've worked with over the pass few months gave a damn about the traffic anymore is all about the content and photography skills as well as relevant keywords - which I never used to pay much attention to few years back.. My SEO skills were rubbish!
    
Day off? You must be joking!
I have made this mistake before. 'Let me take a week off blogging, because WHY not!?'.. Readers don't respect that, you have to constantly keep your audience entertained, your social media platforms popping and brands satisfied with quick response to all emails! There is no such thing as holiday or time off for a full-time blogger or your career is ruined.. Out the window.. You have to be active online, promote your brand on a day-to-day basis, constantly producing content and maintaining an online presence..
   
Creativity, organisation skills and self motivation.
As a blogger, I’m my own boss which is of course a massive plus as no ones gets to tell me what to do or how to do it, however it comes with a lot of responsibility. You can not rely on any one when it comes to your blog. Self-motivation and hard work are the essential traits. Since you don’t have to be at the office at a certain time or you don't work a 9am-5pm shift, it’s easy to start being lazy lying around the house until late afternoon. Staying very organised is extremely important in blogging industry. I have my days planned ahead for minimum the next 4 weeks - time is money. Creativity is another important thing. How are you going to keep all those posts coming if your imagination isn't on another level!?
 
Haters and criticism.
Since you are putting yourself out there in a way for the public, you have to be prepared to face the consequences. In other words negative, sad, unemployed people with all the free time on their hands and their negative comments. I haven't came across that on my blog just yet, however social media platforms such as instagram can get pretty wild. Thick skin and optimistic mind set are the way forward.
   
Never ending emails.
Regardless of how bad this will sound, I hate waking up every morning to hundreds of unread inbox. It can get very frustrating, especially if you've spent the entire previous day (and night..) replying to emails! Yes, more emails. Emails equal potential clients, which of course is what you want, however the hours a blogger spends every day replying to all of the collaboration offers can really tire you out mentally and physically - I hate it.
    
There is a lot pressure.
Just like with other jobs you have to meet deadlines. Good lighting is very important to ensure we provide the best photos we can. Picture this: you have no lighting equipment available, the deadline is in 7 days, and it rains for the entire week.. There's also a pressure for constantly producing interesting and fun content to keep the audience coming back. We're not robots, we're only humans, it's easy to have a blogging block where we run out of ideas for the next post! I get that about 7 times in a week...
    
Your income is inconsistent.
Bloggers income comes through many different sources such as, sponsored posts or reviews, affiliate marketing, ad sales, photoshoots and many more. You have to be aware that there is no weekly or monthly wages. As I first began collaborating with brands on my blog there were massive gaps in between each collaboration and payments. I couldn't exactly rely on my blog when it came to paying bills and so on. Until today I am still unsure of when the next collaboration or my 'pay day' will be!
      
Knowing your worth.
There are many new brands that can not afford compensation sponsorship, instead they offer you gift-based collaboration where you will receive their products free-of-charge in exchange for exposure. Of course this can be fun and cute at the beginning of your blogging career. However once you reach a certain stage, you will realise how good your content is, how much your photography skills improved and how much the amount of audience has grown over the months or years, you can not be spending hours of hard work in return for a free nail polish or a pair of shoes. Come on.. Some brands can be very difficult and hard to negotiate with.
 
'There are thousands of brands across the world, don't waste your time on ones who don't take you or your hard work seriously. My blog, my rules, my fucking rates..'
  
My advice to new bloggers.
You have to love what you're doing to really be good at it. Blogging is a hard industry, you will not get far if you get in to it for the 'money'.. If you have only started blogging or are willing to, focus on making your blog and content stand out, build relationships with other bloggers and readers and don't ever stop promoting your blog - your brand!
  

And remember, we pay taxes too.. ;)
   
    

13 comments:

  1. Blogging is so much work! I swear I'm constantly doing something for it. Even reading other blogs and commenting is part of the job.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  2. Blogging is really a lot of time and work. I would say right now it's probably part time for me but I love it and Gosh no, it's not about the money. What money anyway...Haha
    Great post! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

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  3. I only started to get really into blogging and I agree, blogging is a lot of work. Thanks for sharing this post dear, love how honest you are!

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    www.tinasweetheart.com

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  4. I loved getting a glimpse of the "behind the scenes" of a full time blogger.
    Nice blog all around :)
    Best,
    Dana.
    www.gayafitnes.com

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  5. I am the same I love writing and I too always pestered my Grandad with the stories i created. I am now studying my dream job at university - journalism and hope to start building my blog up to become a part time job while at uni.
    your blog is really lovely by the way!

    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Ranjeet Vidyapati8 September 2017 at 18:33

    Your blogger are so inspired to me , thank you 😊 I lile to read all your blogger , and keep it up 😊 good luck 😊

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  7. Tell me about it girl, I'm still trying to adapt to being a blogger + a mommy of a 7 months old little bugga. xXx

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  8. It is indeed, time consuming and requires so much effort and skills, writing skills, photography, SEO and so many more. Quiet annoyed at the way some individuals draw us out to be. xXx

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  9. Thank you for reading hun and you're doing great !! xXx

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  10. Glad to hear and thank you hunny. xXx

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  11. Thank you for reading and that made me laugh at least we got something in common, poor granddad ayy, I'm sure they enjoyed it secretly. And that is so great babe wish you all the best !! xXx

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  12. Ranjeet Vidyapati12 November 2017 at 22:31

    Your welcome 😄👍

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