If you’re a blogger, you’ve probably had “one of those” conversations with a friend or family member. You know the kind I’m talking about… the conversation where you have to explain just what it is you do with all that “extra time” you have and why you get “free stuff. It seems that there are some serious misconceptions about what it is we do as Bloggers. So next time you’re about to have “one of those” conversations, just send them a link to this blog post and maybe, just maybe, that friend or famly member will learn a little bit about what we do and how this blogging thing works!
1. Bloggers are all Technologically inclined and/or “geekified”.
I can not tell you how many times I’ve had someone use “well you’re a blogger, so you should know how to *insert something technical here*”. I hate to disappoint ya… but I am not the least bit technically inclined and there isn’t a “geekified” bone in my body. I have people for all that technical stuff. It took me MONTHs, yes months, to figure out all of the feature differences when I switched to wordpress. All of these people that think that I can write code, or create websites or launch them into the internet stratosphere drive me nuts!
2. Bloggers are fashionable, love bubble necklaces and have closets full of nice clothes.
No. Just No. On an average day I’m doing good if I put on “real pants”… the kind with a zipper and button. Sure, most of us bloggers are guilty of an #OOTD (outfit of the day) instagram selfie, but when I do it, its more of a Holy-Cow-I’m-wearing-something-other-than-yoga-pants-and-sweat-shirt-today moment. No offense to the fashion bloggers out there that actually fit this misconception… but you’re making the rest of us look bad! If you took a look in my closet, you’d find 5 or 6 nice tops, several maxi dresses and 1, just ONE, lonely pair of dress pants. And contrary to popular belief, we don’t all LOVE the bubble necklace…
3. Bloggers have tons of free time and that Blogging is all Fun and Games.
There is no such thing as free time if you’re a blogger. Us bloggers are always doing things with a specific purpose in mind. I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I had “free time” and no idea what to do with it. If by chance we have a couple extra moments in a day, we’ll use it taking photos for a upcoming post, updating social media accounts, working on design details, helping another blogger, answering emails or 1 of the hundreds of other things that are constantly being added to out never ending to do lists. Sure blogging can be fun… but it is WORK. Plain and simple.
4. Bloggers make all kinds of money.
For the average blogger this is FAR from true. Most of us barely make enough to cover our costs and if we’re lucky, maybe a little extra to purchase ad space with. Sure there are bloggers out there that have been able to quit their day job, and blog full time, but the reality is, they are few and far between. You CAN make money blogging, but you WILL work your butt off to make enough.
5. Bloggers are “all” stay at home moms.
HA! While it may seem like this is true, its not, not even close. Although many brands that want to work with bloggers seem to forget about the single and/or child-free bloggers, we do exist. Where are all my single and/or child-free bloggers at? Holla girl!
6. Blogging is easy.
Wrong. Just WRONG! There is nothing easy about blogging. We constantly have to come up with new ideas, develop new skills, figure out technical stuff that is totally baffling, deal with “Haters”, create cool things out of nothing and appease the masses. Not to mention the pressure we put on ourselves to grow and “make it big” in blog world. There is the occasional “mean girl” drama. We tend to play the comparison game and drive ourselves crazy! If you think you want to be a blogger, seriously consider just what it takes, and go into it with your eyes wide open. It can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, but nothing about it is even remotely easy.
Before this post turns into an entire novel, I’ve decided to turn this into 2 parts. Read Part 2 HERE!!