10 Truths About Being a Full Time Blogger

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Being a full-time blogger was and still is my dream, and whilst I love it more than words can describe, it does come with its drawbacks just like any other job. It’s not all picture-perfect and everything isn’t as seamless as it seems. Today I thought I’d share a few truths into what it’s like to be a full-time blogger!

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1. There are no holidays

A vacation? What is that? Nope, holidays don’t exist for bloggers. You need to be active online whether it be blogging, instagramming, tweeting, replying to emails (a lot of them are time sensitive too), and documenting your day. There’s never a time to switch off because you constantly have to be producing content and maintaining an online presence.

2. Your income is inconsistent

Your income comes through so many different streams – affiliate marketing, sponsored content, ad sales, ad networks, and possible product lines etc that it’s impossible to keep it steady. It’s just like any freelance job. There’s no weekly paycheck or salary you earn, there’s not even a set day you get paid. Even sponsored content can take up to 3 months for you to be compensated and actually, on one particular collaboration I didn’t get paid until 4 months later!

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3. It’s unpredictable

The world of blogging is unpredictable and ever changing and it can sometimes be pretty daunting. You have to be open to change and adapt to new ways quickly. No one really knows where the blogging industry will be in years to come. For instance, a few years ago the focus was on how much traffic your blog could bring and now I’d say brands care more about your social media following. In 2 years? Who knows, there could be an entirely new platform all together!

4. There’s a lot of pressure

There’s a pressure for bloggers to be constantly producing fresh content and if you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ll put even more pressure on yourself to create the best you can. If you’re a full-time blogger, there is financial pressure that also comes into play that depends on your content. You work for yourself, so you take on all the responsibility – the good and the bad.

5. Some people just wont get it

Although blogging has become more of a well-known path over the past few years, it’s still very new. And for places like Australia, it’s hardly considered a career at all. Every time someone asks me what I do, I have to explain it over and over again. I’m always happy when people are genuinely intrigued, but most just don’t end up getting it no matter how in depth I explain it. It usually ends up with a “oh, so you just take photos and talk about them?” NOT QUITE. A lot of people tend to look down on bloggers too. Sometimes I almost feel as if there’s a sort of stigma around the word “blogger” that we do nothing and it’s not a “real” career, which obviously doesn’t make things any easier.

6. Emails never end

It’s true, emails are endless. I think of them like a black hole. Often you cannot see an end and it’s dangerously easy for them to take over your entire day. They have for me many, many times and still do. Honestly just thinking about my inbox right now gives me slight feelings of anxiety.

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7. You need to stand up for your worth

When you’re collaborating with brands, you can’t let your voice and work go unnoticed. Sometimes you need to take some initiative and stand up for your worth (aka not a $20 amazon voucher in return for hours of work and promotion) because some brands will try to get away with not paying you. I feel like these people do not take the industry seriously at all and it’s almost insulting to all the work you put into something. I still feel quite uneasy when I have to start talking about compensation, but basically, if you don’t ask, you wont get.

8. You need thick skin

When you have an online presence, there are certain people who will use the power of anonymity to their advantage. When you put yourself so openly online, people will criticize you. They will pick on anything from your appearance, personality to your content. It’s only ever a very small number of people in comparison to the ones who will support you, but it’s still something you’ll have to learn to deal with. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned here is that you will never, EVER be able to please everyone no matter how hard you try. And you certainly can’t win an argument on the internet.

9. You need to be self-motivated

As a blogger, I’m my own boss which is great, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to work for themselves. You have to be incredibly self-motivated and hard working. Since you don’t work a regular 9-5, it’s easy to start lying around the house until lunch and spend too much time doing pointless activities. In that case, blogging is probably not going to work out for you. You only have yourself to rely on and you only get out what you put in.

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10. You need to love what you do

At the end of the day, it’s a tough industry and you will never survive if you go into it for the wrong reasons. You have to truly love blogging and everything that comes with it. It’s not all PR samples and events, it’s hell of a lot of hard work. I spend hours upon hours going through outfits, photos, scheduling, emailing, and doing tasks that I never thought blogging would involve (hello, accounting and taxes!) and spend every spare second working away on my laptop. No one is telling me to post almost everyday, I make those decisions and put added pressure on myself because I truly love what I do.

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Are you a full time blogger? or part-time? Do any of these truths ring true to you too?!

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  • missgetaway

    Absolutely love this. I’m not a full time blogger (yet) but I do finance my studies through the blog. So happy that you’re sharing your thoughts on this topic that so many seem to be silent about. Also, damn so unfair to be waiting 4 months for payment – WHAT!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Thanks so much Kerstin!! That’s so cool you’ve been able to do that :) and I KNOW, 4 months is just a tad ridiculous!! xx

  • CozyZen

    Blogging is definitely not for the faint on heart, it really has to be a passion or else you will quit at some point.
    http://www.cozyzen.com

    • Couldn’t agree more with you!! Thanks so much for reading :) xx

  • 4 months for a payment?!?!? Dang I thought net60 was bad enough. Yes girl there is so so so much that goes into blogging and it’s always changing and evolving. Trying to style and take the pictures is a full time job right there. Thanks for your honesty and opening the eyes to many about how much work it is!

    • RIDICULOUS right?! Ahh definitely agree. Styling & editing photos takes so much time! Thanks so much for reading Amanda :) xx

  • Around Colours

    I haven’t gotten to the point where I can relate to everything in this post but I definitely know that blogging isn’t easy and there’s a lot of work that goes into it. I love blogging and I love working hard on my blog and I can definitely see myself as a full time blogger and all the bad things that come with it, I’m just gonna have to deal with them because I love this.

    Marta – http://www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

    • It’s a tough gig but it’s so rewarding! The best part is being able to see something you created from scratch grow into something you never thought possible! Thanks so much for reading Marta :) xx

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I’m not a full time blogger by any means, but I would love to in the future! And yes, I don’t get why people would look down to ‘blogging’ as a career, it’s like any other career! And not an easy one too.

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

    • I know, I wish people didn’t see the stigma around it & realize how much work goes into everything!! It’s just like running a business! Thanks for reading Ashley! :) xx

  • I definitely agree with number 5 – I started a blog years ago just for fun, didn’t even know blogging could be a career at the time and when people asked me what do I do for fun and I told them, they would look at me weird and ask, “Blogging? Like you blog about your day..? That’s what you do for fun?” It actually discouraged me a bit and I stopped blogging for years and picked it back up recently because I genuinely enjoy it. I do it for fun. Will I ever get a career out of it? I can’t tell but for people to just flat out tell me that “blogging isn’t a real hobby” just annoys me. Do what you love – which is something I stand by whole-heartedly.

    Linda
    Typically Linda || Instagram

    • YES! I used to blog when I was 14-15 years old & people thought I was so weird for doing it that is also discouraged me & I stopped for years. Who know it’d turn into a dream career? I totally agree, blogging can be a business, a hobby, and a brand. The most important thing is to do what you love! xx

  • i’d love to be a full time blogger but i can feel the pressure already even though this is just my hobby

    loovelle.blogspot.com

    • It’s a lot to take on – and it’s definitely not easy when you base your financials off your creativity! Thanks for reading Elena! xx

  • Rachel Spross

    This is such a great post, thanks for sharing! Such a great read. I’m hoping to eventually take my blog full time. I agree, it is a lot of hard work and you really have to love it! Also, love the outfit :)

    xoxo
    Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/sweater-weather/

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Wish you all the luck!! :) xx

  • Thank you for this post! I would love to become a full-time blogger *some day* so it’s always refreshing to hear how the industry really is.

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

    • It’s not an easy industry, but it’s a rewarding one to be apart of! Wish you all the best!! :) xx

  • Great post and really inspiring! Have a lovely weekend.
    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Thanks so much Gemma! Have a lovely weekend also :) xx

  • Love this post!

    Always inspires me to keep motivated despite the hardships that come with it :)

    Heather x http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

    • Aw thanks so much Heather!! So glad I could motivate you in some way :) xx

  • Elisabete Carinha

    I agree with everything you say and Im not even a full time blogger and I still very new on this area.. although as I am inside this world now i understand what is the work that all of this take…

    Amazing blog… keep your work :)

    kisses

    MORE_ELI

    • Aw thanks so much Elisabete!! It’s a hell of a lot of hard work haha! xx

  • Blogging is just like any other business. One needs motivation, consistency, and passion to grow into something big.
    http://www.yvesofstyle.com

    • Yes, SO true!! I think some people think it happens overnight, which is definitely not the case haha xx

  • Kimberly

    Love this – so spot on!

    lipstickandlove.com

    • Aw thanks so much Kimberly! Glad you enjoyed it!! xx

  • What a spot on post! Especially the emails, haha.

    http://styleonheels.com/

    • Thanks so much! Oh my god the emails, so many emails haha! xx

  • I am a part time blogger but i love it so much that I try to treat my blog as my business. As you said, there is such a big stigma over this career (how unfair!) but the blogosphere is such a great support for us all!

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

    • That’s so cool, it’s like a part-time hustle for you :) Yes, totally agree – very unfair and frustrating, but it’s nice to know most of us go through the same thing!! xx

  • Sabina

    I can relate to some of your points above as I am still fairly new to blogging, but I can see how things would get that way as you grow. Glad to see someone sharing what really goes into this career, and thank you for that, Angela! xo

    Sabina | http://www.IveGotSunshine.com

    • Thanks so much Sabina, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Good luck with your blogging!! :) xx

  • Self motivation and passion for blogging is so important or yure going to find it super hard to get anywhere, great post chick x

    Dana | fashiondew.co.uk

    • Thanks so much Dana! Two equally important qualities! :) xx

  • peonies passionfruit

    Such a great detailed post, although I am not yet a full time blogger I can relate to the points made. x
    Eme
    http://www.peoniesandpassionfruit.com

    • Aw thanks so much Eme! Wishing you all the best with your blogging :) xx

  • It’d be a dream to be a full time blogger, but I always imagined it’d be pretty hard. Definitely not as glamorous and easy as people think! This was a great post – very eye-opening! x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

    • It’s definitely not for the fainthearted! Glad this could give you a bit of insight!! :) xx

  • Maria Flores

    I have just started my own blog after years of an on-off kind of relationship and it truly is hard to create new content, bring traffic and even followers who are interested enough in what you write. Is hard but I like doing it and writing about my experiences.
    This was a great post and helpful, good luck and blessing to your life !

    Maite- https://sundaylullabiess.blogspot.com/

    • It’s incredibly hard, so you really need to love doing it!! Thanks so much for reading Maria, best of luck with your blog too!! :) xx

  • This is such an interesting post! I’ve been blogging for a year and a half and would love to become full time one day. Blogging is an industry that is generally misunderstood and the amount of work that goes into it. Great post, non-bloggers should definitely read this!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you Jemima!! It’s challenging but so rewarding if you love what you do! :) xx

  • RE no. 7 – I hate that we are living in a world where people (brands, businesses, etc.) expect something for nothing. Exploitation is becoming such a trend in the real world (for lack of a better term) – I certainly didn’t expect to hear that that would be the case in the blogging world too! Sure, money isn’t everything. But at the end of the day, we can’t be expected to work for nothing forever, whatever the industry.

    • It’s a huge problem in the blogging world! I get approached by so many brands that think they can get away with making a blogger spend countless hours/days/weeks working away just for a bit of exposure or small gift voucher – I mean it’s great, but it feels like they’re making a joke of the industry! xx

  • I’ve started working more and more on my blog and I can’t believe how much work it is! I’m currently doing it as a hobby and make zero money from it so it can be hard to motivate myself to work on it after a long work day, but every time I actually work on it and publish a post I am so proud of it and it reminds me why I work on it! Props to you for having the motivation to make it into a full time job! That is definitely a goal for me!

    http://www.exploring-designer.com

    • It’s hard work, that’s for sure! Thanks so much Jaqui, wish you all the luck with it!! :) xx

    • I’m the same way Jaqui! I find it hard sometimes to focus on the long-haul, but in the end, blogging is my passion and I love doing it, even though I’m not getting paid (yet!).

  • I loved reading this post, as I think it’s important to highlight all the hard work full-time bloggers put in! I keep my blog as a side hustle, and know that I will never go full time, as I don’t have the time and energy needed (and necessary) to invest in it. Thank you for sharing this!

    — LisaLDN.com

  • Jordan Laurelle

    YES! AMEN!!! I loved reading this. It’s always nice to find people who you can relate to and understand what you’re going though, and that’s hard when you’re a blogger! <3
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  • Zara

    Love the honesty here. I see a lot of people posting in Facebook groups asking if they will get free hotel stays and flights paid for if they start a travel blog, thinking it is that easy. People don’t understand or appreciate the work that goes into blogging and making a success of it and often they only start a blog to get free stuff which means they won’t last the long haul because they are doing it for the wrong reasons. It’s refreshing to see a good balance rather than just seeing the Instagramed sparkly bits that bloggers want you to see.