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