I’ve been blogging for 5 years, when I started I had no idea that talking about fashion online would lead to a career change and eventually, working for myself.
We’ve all been at those parties, family events, lunches with friends of friends and inevitably the ‘so what do you do’ question comes up. I’ve had people openly laugh at me, tell me that it’s not a real job and that they’d love to get free stuff for doing nothing. It’s not only incredibly rude it’s also completely untrue.
I’m lucky enough that my hobby turned into a job but the notion that blogging is sitting around and only posting on social media is absurd. I work 99% of the time, and to be truthful, I work more now for less money than I ever did when I worked 9-5. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into creating Honey Pop Kisses, not to mention the late nights and never having an actual day ‘off’.
So when people say throwaway things like; “I’d love to get something for free” it’s actually pretty hurtful, because I have, and still do (like 99.9% of other bloggers) work my ass off to make & keep my blog interesting. Not for free stuff. Because this is what I love doing.
So here are some blogging myths & misconceptions debunked.
Bloggers get ‘Free Stuff’ all the time
Yes, bloggers get sent press packages, but these don’t come without expectations. Brands send these hoping to get coverage on social media or blogs for free. Yes, they are a nice perk to the job but press do not send these out and expect nothing in return. You would never say that a journalist just got stuff for ‘free’ and they get sent press gifts just the same as bloggers. But because they are hired by a magazine instead of being self-employed there is a misconception that it’s different. News Flash – it’s not.
All you do is take photos
The amount of times I’ve heard this is insane. Yes, bloggers take a lot of photos, because we have content to create, social media to manage and we don’t have a photography team to do it for us. Bloggers are usually a one-person show, with an assistant to help out if we are lucky. So if you have a blogger friend, please don’ berate them for taking photographs! If you want to spend some quality time with them sans camera then just talk to them about it, blogging is a full-time job and sometimes it’s hard to switch off.
Blogging is easy
As I’ve said before, I work more hours now than I ever have. I love my job but let me be clear, it is still a JOB. Sure blogging may look like events, parties and gift bags on social media but what you don’t see is the endless hours, the struggling to switch off, the mountain of paperwork and the endless, oh so endless, emails. Bloggers have to be an entire team of people on their own; photographer, writer, editor, social media manager, bookkeeper.
Blogging isn’t a ‘real career’
Blogging is a relatively new career path, but dismissing it is not just dismissing your friends’ life choices, it’s also dismissing an entire industry. I’ll be honest, this usually comes from parent’s or relatives who just don’t get what you do. But there is not understanding someone’s career choice and then there’s openly mocking it. Don’t fall into the latter category, it’s not only a horrible thing to do, just think about how you would feel if someone laughed at your career choice?
This Blogging Myths post may sound a little ranty, and it probably is. In the past few weeks I’ve had more people dismiss what I do than I’ve had in the past year and I’m getting really tired of having to explain that my job is just as real as the next persons. I’m not claiming to save the world. And I obviously understand that there are jobs way more important than mine. But this is still what I’ve chosen to do. Just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.