Thursday, 6 October 2016

5 Things I Hate About Blogging


So far, I have spent nearly nothing on my blog. Slight exaggeration, but I simply use my old Acer laptop, my iPhone 6 as a camera, I had a free student edition of Photoshop, and I buy my blog props from Home Bargains & Primark. So it's pretty difficult to stay optimistic when you see plenty of other (more well off) bloggers with all the latest crazes *cough* Olympus Pen *cough*.

Don't get me wrong, ideally I would buy a MacBook, a compact camera, and constantly splurge on high end clothes, shoes, and makeup - but alas, my student loan does not stretch that far (not even close).

Each type of blogging has different expenses, like buying trips for travel blogging, or the newest makeup crazes for beauty blogging. No matter what they are, or how much you get gifted as a blogger, you always have to buy things with your own money, out of your own pocket.


2. THERE IS SO MUCH PRESSURE

Blogging makes you feel like need to have the makeup, the hair, and the body - obviously. Forget the "I cba" days, because everyday is a blogging/IG'ing opportunity and you be snapped without wearing at least a natural face of makeup. Even though we know those "I woke up like this" and "#NoMakeupSeflie" posts are lies, there's a lot of pressure to constantly come across as well-put-together. I'm not going to go into too much of a rant here, but many (not all) of the big fashion bloggers that have taken over the industry are "thin". Coincidence or not - you decide. 

It's also paramount to have the best blogging camera (aka Olympus PEN), a great minimalistic blog layout, and you need to keep up with all the beauty and fashion news. So say goodbye to your social life, oh and any free time, because you don't have any. Queue spending hours scrolling the "New In" and "Recently Added" sections of ASOS, Topshop, Boohoo, and all the other big names - because you have to be on the ball to get ahead of the game. 


3. * BRANDS TAKE ADVANTAGE

I am going to add the *some right here. Only some brands are cheeky enough to ask for a full blog post in exchange for a £3 lipstick, or a full sponsored post with links for £10.

But these are the brands that completely take the fun out of blogging for me. I get so riled up when I get emails asking for features like this, as it shows that the brand has no idea about what work really goes into a post. A full blog post takes hours of planning, writing, taking photos, editing, & scheduling - and for me, it certainly isn't worth it.

I even get emails about one low-value product in multiple Instagram posts in exchange for, well, nothing. Nil, nada, zero, zilch. Because apparently I work as hard as I do, just so I can promote brands to gain absolutely nothing for myself or my blog. *Note: sarcasm level v. high* It's sad, but true. Some brands see bloggers as free advertising.



4. IT'S A FULL TIME OCCUPATION

Whether or not you are a full-time blogger, if you are really pushing your blog and trying to build a following, blogging is a full time occupation in all senses.

I spend everyday, from the moment that I wake up, to the moment I go to bed: posting on Twitter, Instagram, writing blog posts, taking photos, organising content, contacting brands, responding to email, scheduling posts - The list goes on & on. Even if I'm on holiday, or on a break from uni, I still have to do all of these things.

A lot of people that I speak to about my blog think that it's a really easy thing to do, and I quote, think "it must be great to get lots of free stuff for nothing". When really, the reality is far from that. I do get sent gifts from brands, and I even make a decent amount of money from my blog, but boyyyy do I work hard for it.


5. IT'S ADDICTIVE

Blogging is like a great cup of coffee. The first sip is bitter, it's too hot and you've burnt your tongue. The second is warm, smoky - the taste lingers on your lips. The third has you hooked, and the rest is history.

What do you hate about blogging?

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15 comments

  1. Eeeeek! I guess as a lifestyle focused blogger I don't really need to buy products like a beauty focused blogger or even a travel blogger so it doesn't really bother me. I do think there's a lot of pressure but that can be dealt with by accepting you are yourself and that's it, don't compete. :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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  2. This was such an enjoyable post to read. That metaphor at the end though! So true. Your blog, writing and style are on point. It's actually kind of interesting, I would have thought you had all those fancy things you mentioned at the beginning.

    Come say hi: www.roliedema.com

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    1. Thanks so much for having a read, Roli! xo

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  3. Hahah all of these are so true! I had no idea that you're using iPhone for your pictures :o looks like they've been taken with a proper camera lol :D good job!

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

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  4. I can totally relate to you on these posts! There's always the pressure to be wearing or doing the same thing as everyone else, but we need to break out of that mould x

    Everything But The Kitchen

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  5. Everything you've written here is SO true! Blogging is so time consuming and it can be so frustrating when brands are a pain the arse!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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  6. Completely agree, especially about the spending money part! Since I started blogging my makeup purchases have skyrocketed. Thankfully I've only dealt with a few pushy brands but I can imagine how hard they become to deal with. Great post!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  7. Yep, I can relate to all of these. It really is a full-time occupation, but non-bloggers don't understand that. They just see" free stuff;" not all the hard work that goes into it! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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  8. I love this! What I hate is having to constantly keep up with all my social medias so I sick to Twitter and IG as my main, I feel like I spend most of my time on social medias and when I'm not on them I get so much work done

    Leanne | www.oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I think you are writing the words people haven't said for fear of backlash. Blogging is hella expensive if you keep up with the crazes and it seems you have to in order to become one of the BIG ones. A big drawback to that, however, is that all those blogs start looking and reading the same way. Yawn, IMHO. I think it takes a lot of creativity to work around limitations rather than to stick with the status quo. Kudos.

    Alyse (J.X.L.) △ Lumière & Lens

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  10. Gahh you're so right about all of these!! I can totally relate to it ):

    Life in Pastel

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  11. Love your reference about blogging being addictive, like a cup of tea! It's so true! Brilliant post - you touch on so many relevant things. Totally agree on the whole Olympus pen thing! xoxo

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  12. I haven't spent that much money on my blog so far because I wanted my Canon camera before I even started blogging seriously but I understand how you feel you have to invest so much time and money to keep involved and up to date with the community but you're right - it is addictive regardless.

    Mel ★ www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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  13. All of this is so true! All my friends don't really understand how underrated a bloggers workload is. Not even my boyfriend truly understands why I need the new pair of shoes Public Desire has just launched when I have another 5 that look exactly the same!

    Angelyque | www.alittlechillibean.co.uk

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