Skinny Dip Zara Martin Headphones in Rose Gold & White
Skinny Dip Zara Martin Headphones in Rose Gold & Black
Ohh Deer White Marble Daily Journal
Sainsbury’s Weekly Planner (Similar)
Tiger Black Wire Basket Tray
Sass & Belle Alphabet LED Letter*
Yayer Ring Choker Necklace*
The Empire Girl Customisable Planner*
Primark Astrological Coin Purse
1. IT’S EXPENSIVE
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?