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