Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Blogging Myths

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Before I even started this blog, I knew (or thought I knew) a lot of things about the business. Watching people like Zoella go from being a shy girl filming videos in her parents house into a huge successful business women I always thought that bloggers knew exactly what they were doing, where they wanted to go, and that you had to be super confident or that you just had to do YouTube if you wanted to get noticed. So I've compiled a little list of blogging myths along with my own explanations as to why they aren't necessarily true. I'd like to add that this is just my opinion and if you disagree with me then that is absolutely fine as I'm certainly not an expert. 

1. Bloggers get free stuff all the time. 
This is the one that is the most confusing for me. You see, when I look on my bloglovin' feed probably about 50 percent of posts contain gifted products however I would completely disagree that these products are free. In my whole year of blogging I think I've been sent maybe 4 or 5 products, which were definitely not free. I was sent them to review which meant I had to keep my end of the bargain taking good photographs, writing good content and trying out the product for a good few weeks. This is extremely time consuming so I would say that, no, products are definitely not free; we work for them. Although that said I think without gifted products the content on our blogs would be too samey and we would have less products to write about so there are huge benefits for us bloggers too!

2. You have to live in London to be a successful blogger. 
Again I would disagree as although there are definitely much more opportunities for bloggers based in London, and as much as it kills me turning down invites to really cool events because I live too far away, I think that there are ways of making it without relocating. Some of my favourite bloggers such as gh0stparties live right here in Glasgow, and from what I have heard she is a very successful magazine editor! Where I live there are very little events or meet ups, but it works well in other ways too. For example, Glasgow based magazines, companies ect have a lot less bloggers to choose from whereas in London there are hundreds. Keep dreaming big ladies!

3. Bloggers are lazy. 
This one again is a little confusing for me as I do sometimes feel there is indeed a small proportion of bloggers who are in fact lazy. It really infuriates me when bloggers expect companies to be lining up to work with them just because they put 'blogger' in their bio. I also think a lot of people who start this lack real passion or enthusiasm and just want free goodies or an easy route to success, but this is definitely not an easy option. Believe me when I say I am far from lazy. I attend uni 4 days a week, work most weekends and use my free time for photography, writing, and networking. It sometimes amazes me that I still have time for a social life. 

4. Bloggers are superficial. 
Oh dear! Doesn't everyone like pretty things? Just because we use a large proportion of our time writing about lipstick doesn't mean that we are materialistic and care loads about how we look. I think to a certain degree everyone cares about how they look but before I started blogging I couldn't be seen in public without make up and now I walk to the shops all the time without it. There is definitely something quite empowering and confidence boosting about having your own blog. Besides I've written tons of posts that aren't just about make up and shopping, which include topics like university, and feminism. So I do care about other things! 

5. Bloggers all want to become famous.
I don't agree with this at all. As usual there are always going to be people who do want to use their blog to become famous or successful, but I think the majority of people that have become well known from their blog are probably the people that least expected it or saw it coming. I'm not interested in the slightest about being a celebrity or earning lots of money; I just want to earn enough money from blogging (and the other opportunities that arise from it) to be comfortable enough to live one day. Yup that's my dream and I want it badly, but I have many friends who just see their own blogs as a hobby, and thats perfectly fine too! 

What myths have you guys heard about blogging? 
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  1. I loveeeee that shirt! It looks so pretty on you.
    All these points are so true :')
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    1. Thanks lovely!! First time I've worn it :) xxxx

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  2. That shirt is awesome :) Yeah I would agree with a lot of these. I definitely agree that bloggers aren't lazy, blogging can be sooo time consuming especially if you're doing it alongside uni and other things.

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    1. Yup definitely! It takes up a lot of my time and I'm sure I'm not the only one as I know a lot of bloggers do it full time! xxxx

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  3. I have recently just started Blogging I didn't even realise since I have read posts like these that you could earn money from Blogging haha . I think Blogging around where I live must be like some kind of secret society. I started my Blog because I needed something to take my time off real life and I am really enjoying it x

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    1. Of course you can haha! Although for most bloggers its only pennies, but there are a fair few biggies that make a lot of dolla :) xxxx

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  4. Love the shirt!! I agree with you and blogging can be very time consuming! I'm still quite new to blogging and I'm loving it :)

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    1. Biggest advice I can give you is keep at it and enjoy lovely! :) xxxx

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  5. Lovely post, I completely agree with everything. :)

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