• The Reality Of Being A Blogger

    For any blogger, being a full time blogger is the dream. For any blogger, being able to live off your earnings, and have that little extra to splash out on each month is seen as the ultimate goal. I envy those who are at that point in life and if you are then well done! However what about bloggers, like myself, who are blogging but have to handle either a job or school work alongside it? I decided to do this post not to put people off blogging, but to give an insight of what being a blogger is actually like because many people think that as soon as your a blogger you are rolling in it. This is just my perspective of it all but if I can pass on some tips at the same to lighten the load, then that’s even better.
    With a blog, especially a blog which is growing more and more each day, working never stops. Even if I have school which starts at 9 in the morning, or work which starts at 8:30, I check up on my blog and social media before and after. When I write my blog posts, it will be after school or even sometimes during it when I have a free hour or so. Alongside having a blog, the social media side can be hectic too. I will set all my tweets for the day on Buffer when I wake up in the morning, and I will take ten minutes in the evening to write an Instagram caption. It never ends. This sounds rather morbid however I like connecting with people through my blog and social media, but it tends to be that if I am watching TV I will also be editing a photo or writing a blog post.
    This is especially true when you either work during the week or have school. Taking blog post photos can take up to a few hours to do, if your having a big session, because you have to get everything out to take a few shots and put them away again. Doing this in the week is so difficult because of course school or work takes priority, plus as its winter it gets dark at 5, so weekends are primarily for blogging.
    Yes, you see people like Zoella, or Tanya Burr who have blogs and YouTube channels and get a hefty pay check, but for smaller bloggers like myself you don’t actually get anything. I have been lucky enough to receive some few items to review – which is INSANE – but I don’t actually get any money from my blog. I am in the process of only just starting to monetize my blog and it has been 10 months since I started it. There are things like Amazon Associates where you can advertise Amazon and then get money every time somebody buys something through your link, but from personal experience I can say its not worth it. If you want to make money through your blog then you need to stick to it, as it doesn’t happen overnight.
    I have heard of other part time bloggers missing out on opportunities because some brands can make remarks that you aren’t a full time blogger. Any brands like that aren’t worth working with because then your promoting a not very nice company! I have also had my fair share of nasty comments behind my back, and people taking the mick out of my blog but SO WHAT. I love blogging as it lets me be creative, and it is a part of what I want to do with my fashion degree. I put a huge amount of effort into my blog and social media accounts, often staying up late to make sure I have commented on enough Instagram accounts so that I can connect with more people, and when people say you aren’t committed or when people can make horrible comments about your efforts its hard. However it isn’t worth worrying about that because there will always be people out there like it as quite often they are just simply jealous.
    If you are a full time blogger then high five! Or if you are a part time blogger the high five too! Doesn’t matter which you are, everyone puts in the same amount of effort and even though it can be tough, it is worth it!
    Emily Clare
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    1. 20/01/2017 / 7:17 pm

      Love love love this post! Best of luck on your blogging journey!

    2. 20/01/2017 / 8:20 pm

      Lovely post! I am reading this during my lunch break at work! 🙂

      • 20/01/2017 / 8:30 pm

        Where I live it is currently half eight at night! Its crazy how over the world people can connect like this!

    3. 20/01/2017 / 9:18 pm

      This is all SO true! Everyone seems to think running a blog is easy and well paid from the start!! Loved this post soo much! 😊❤️

      • 20/01/2017 / 9:46 pm

        I am glad you found it relatable! It is crazy the amount of people who don’t realize how much hard work goes into it and you don’t get much from it untill you build it up.

        • 20/01/2017 / 9:47 pm

          I totally agree! 🙁 ❤️

    4. 20/01/2017 / 10:11 pm

      Very true. As someone who works full time i am already worrying about how i am going to get around to this weeks blog as i have such a busy weekend ahead. I will find the time though because i absolutely love the creative release i get from it.

      • 21/01/2017 / 1:06 pm

        Exactly. I find it stressful but I love it at the same time.

    5. 20/01/2017 / 10:32 pm

      Such a great post! We’ve been blogging for almost four years while balancing full time jobs and it gets more hectic each year! Well worth it though 🙂 xx, Britta & Carli from http://www.twinspiration.co

    6. 20/01/2017 / 10:37 pm

      Lovely post!!!

    7. 21/01/2017 / 2:50 am

      Woo loved this girl! Blogging plus being a full time student is the struggle and I totally relate to the picture taking on the weekends comment!

    8. 21/01/2017 / 7:31 pm

      This is very true, especially the part about having to be a blogger all the time!

    9. 21/01/2017 / 11:54 pm

      Honestly I don’t really know what to call myself, because I don’t make money off my blog, but I adore it and I love to work on it! All of these things I relate to, especially people not take you seriously – by people, I mean people in real life, or even other people on the Internet. It’s quite sad, but I wouldn’t trade anything for my blog. I also can’t believe that people make fun of your blog; yours is one of my favourites, and always has Been XX

      • 22/01/2017 / 1:01 pm

        Awwh thank you Elm. Blogging just is that little escape from real life. Your blog is my favourite and was the first one I ever followed!

        • 26/01/2017 / 9:06 pm

          Thank you so! That makes me smile!

    10. shesadreamcatcher
      25/01/2017 / 1:43 am

      Blogging definitely is not a walk in the park! I can totally relate! Great post!

    11. 25/01/2017 / 11:12 pm

      I love this post! From two years of blogging experience yet barely 200 followers, I completely agree that no one realizes how hard bloggers work! That is why I always take the time to let bloggers like you know how inspired I am by their blogs and efforts. xoxo

    12. 26/01/2017 / 5:56 pm

      I love this post so good

    13. 25/09/2017 / 10:43 am

      It sounds awful, but I’m glad someone else is going through it too! At the moment I struggle to take pictures for my scheduled blog posts as I simply don’t have enough daylight! I work 6 days a week, sometimes 7 and it does become very stressful to get those pictures! I’m determined to stick with it though! Your blog is fab so keep your head up and stay upbeat ❤️

      • 27/09/2017 / 7:59 pm

        Literally with the weather at the moment it is impossible to take good photos!

    14. 22/06/2018 / 4:00 pm

      Managing time like you do!! Hats off to your perseverance! <3

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