Sunday, 13 May 2018

Why I've never wanted to be a full-time blogger/Instagrammer.

One thing I think is expected of bloggers these days is that they get gifted loads of cool products, get to go to amazing events, grace the covers of magazines and TV adverts, all while jetting off around the globe on all of these incredible holidays. You're expected to reach these heights, and there's an assumption that we blog because this is what we want. The reality for most of us? A corner of the web that can be only be described as a labour of love, and the reason we keep on blogging is simply because we enjoy it, despite the fact that the blogging community is dwindling.
I've now been blogging for over five years, and in that time I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I've actually worked on paid collaborations. I've been seriously lucky to have collaborated with a fantastic array of brands, and have been gifted lots of lovely products in the process. I've also been able to go to amazing events and was even interviewed for a BBC television programme, but for the most part I've written about my life, the things I enjoy and have used my blog as a form of online diary to look back on as years go by. I've never seen it as a money-making machine, and I don't think I'd ever want it to be.

I was asked when I started my first paid media job whether I wanted to blog full-time, and when I replied no the instant reaction was "what, why?!" The truth, blogging has always been a hobby for me, and I don't think I'd ever want it to become a job where I have to blog. I want to be able to write a rambling, crazy post like this one whenever I fancy. I want to blog about what I want to blog about, not about what I'm paid to write about. The thought of going out for a nice day with family, or going away on holiday, and having to constantly create content and see everything through a lens just isn't for me. The pressure that comes with it, the competition, the criticism. No, no and no. I even like that I can go a few weeks without posting anything when life gets in the way or when my creativity juices have all dried up. Then, when I'm feeling ready to write again, I can hop back into it and act as if I never went anywhere.

In those five years I've seen fellow bloggers who started the same time as me skyrocket through the blogosphere into mainstream media and beyond, and had I put more time and effort into reaching out to brands and creating more content I feel I may have been able to grow this space a little more too. Definitely not to that level, but when my blog was growing in the beginning I was approached a lot more than I am now. However, life gets in the way. I had university degrees to contend with, then came internships and the job hunt, and then I started a job that had me travelling all over the country. And my blog sat on the wayside for a while, always a constant thing in life, but not quite as high on my priority list. I loved blogging, but I never wanted to make it a thing that I had to do. 

Honestly, I'm in awe of what many of my fellow bloggers have achieved, and I love it when I see bloggers in magazines or on the TV and I proudly tell my friends, "that's so and so, she's got a blog, we follow each other..." But it's just something that never really appealed to me. And now, five years on, I've seen how much the blogosphere has changed. It's not just about writing and taking pretty pictures anymore, it's about completely branding yourself and your life. It's moved away from writing online and now has moved into the realms of Instagram and YouTube, which I feel can be a pretty scary place at times, and I'm pretty glad it's not something I had aspired to. I find it difficult to switch off from my job, and am always thinking about work and getting excited about what's coming up, so I can't imagine how difficult it must be to escape from the blogosphere when it's pretty much your life. And that's just not for me.

Have you ever wanted to be a full-time blogger?
Lots of love. xoxo

17 comments:

  1. Girl this is such an interesting point of view! Thanks for sharing!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  2. This is an interesting point of view. I want to make a full-time income from blogging, but I don't know if I'd want to be a full-time blogger. I kind of want to but I hate the pressures that come with it.

    Like you said, it's not about taking pretty pictures and writing anymore, it's now about branding and marketing your entire life and being present on Instagram and YouTube. Also, there's a lot of drama in the blogging community too.

    Hopefully, one day I'll make a full-time income from my blog but I don't want to be the stereotypical/cliche blogger - that's just not who I am.

    Chichi
    chichiwrites.com

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    1. Thank you for reading and best of luck with your blog goals! xx

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  3. Such an honest post! I also think people see "blogging" as an easy job, they have no idea the time and effort it takes! Mine is a just a hobby and im happy with that :)

    www.fivethingsaboutchloe.co.uk

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  4. This is such a fresh perspective, I love it! I am actually not too sure where I want to take my blogging right now, I am definitely a bit confused. I will have to sit down and really think hard about where I want to take this!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

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    1. Thanks lovely :) It is a weird time for the industry at present I feel. xx

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  5. I have thought about it, but to me the idea is just so scary. I couldn't ever think about only having my blog as a sole form of income!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  6. I couldn't agree with you more!! I can't see myself doing it either x

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  7. This post is very accurate, it was definitely worth the read. I look forward to reading your next post!

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  8. I can absolutely relate to this post - and it's how i'm feeling lately! I used to blog because i felt i *had* too, but now i just try and blog when i've got something to actually write about, as apposed to forcing it. I don't have any interest in blogging full time (i can imagine it's quite a lonely and unsettling job) but i would love to get to the point where i'm doing some paid work for it. i've always enjoyed reading your blog posts, and seeing your career journey! xx

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  9. The media itself has been on the ball with 360-media or 'branding' for atleast 5yrs+ it's just that bloggers are more aware of it now I think. Beforehand a blogger would be picked up by an agent for their voice or style and then given a whole team to get them to the next level and I think that era is now dying out because the new-kid-on-the-block blogger knows that that they need to do all of that themselves before they even get started.

    If we all put all of my our time into our blogs from the beginning there'd be about 1 million Zoella's right now and we'd all be bored of eachother.

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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  10. I've just started blogging and what an interesting point of view. At the moment it's just a hobby and I've never even considered it could be anything more.

    Kate xx
    www.mummywho.com

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  12. I don't think full time blogging is the be all and end all now - when i started blogging a couple of years ago i always thought i would want to do it as a full time job. But now i'm in a different place and couldn't see it as a full time job. i think the uncertainty would worry me, and not earning a set amount each month. don't get me wrong though i really enjoy blogging and the opportunities i receive - so who knows what could happen in the future! xxx

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