I get questions all the time from girls that want to start a blog but don’t know where to begin.
They’re excited about working with brands, making money, and getting lots of likes online, and some of them are even interested in the writing and business aspect. That being said, when it comes to blogging as much as I want to paint the picture of blogging being bubblegum and rainbows all the time, the reality is … it’s not. I love blogging with all my heart, and becoming a full-time blogger was one of the best life decisions I ever made, but I want to be completely transparent when it comes to the behind-the-scenes part of it. I want to take the time to debunk some of the popular blogger myths, and share the reality with you instead.
Myth #1: We all have plenty of money to start off with. HA! This couldn’t be farther from the truth for me. I started my blog without a supportive job (without any job, in fact) because of a severe stomach disease that prohibited me from working, so I wanted to find something that used all of my creativity and interests and would allow me to do it all from my bed if I needed to on certain days. My finances are ridiculously slim, and at nearly 23 years old, I still live at home with my parents so as to support myself and have the help I need when I get sick.
Myth #2: It’s super easy to make lots of money when you begin blogging. I’m a year and a half into my blogging career, and I’m just now seeing profit from my posts. I’m not anywhere close to making a living off my blogger income, and it has taken a ton of work to get to where I am. Money doesn’t just start falling from the sky when you begin this journey. It takes a lot of time and effort, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Myth #3: Our inboxes are flooded with collaborations 24/7. I send out between 50 and 75 proposal emails a week to potential branding partners. I average about 10 to 15 collaboration requests sent to me in return. While I might have the quality content, my name hasn’t been spread far enough for major corporations to begin reaching out to me on the daily, and even once I have gotten to that place, I will continue to pitch to the brands I desire to work with, because it’s important to me to partner with companies I believe in. Even those 100k+ IG bloggers still pitch to people, I guarantee you.
Myth #4: We’re always happy with the companies we work with. Oh, how I wish this was the case. There has been many a time that I have begun a collaboration with high hopes and plenty of excitement, only to find out that the company is riddled with terrible customer service and poor quality products. Thankfully, this isn’t always the case for me. I’m grateful for brands that do in fact make my job a thousand times more pleasant.
Myth #5: We always look like this. I actually laughed out loud as I wrote this down, because on a regular basis, you’ll find me curled up in yoga pants and a Marvel superhero t-shirt from the men’s department at Wal-Mart, my hair a mess, and my makeup melting off my face from a long day of work. I truly love dressing up and putting together my outfits for shoots, and I really do wear 99% of the pieces I blog about on a regular basis, but I also tend to stick with a rotation of my favorite comfies and my hair a lot less fabulously long and curly.
Myth #6: Our shoots go perfectly and the outcome makes us look like superstars. On the day that I met up with my blogger bestie, Stefanie, to take these photos, the wind was at about 35mph, and we could barely stay grounded. I think my extensions were literally being blown off my head, and my eyes were definitely watering behind my sunglasses. The majority of the “after” shots had my hair whipped across my face or my top blown up above my belly button. Sometimes it’s so cold outside our noses turn red no matter how much makeup is on them, or it’s so hot that we get visible sweat drips on our tops. Other times there’s a random rainstorm and we have to improvise at a location we wouldn’t prefer. We deal with cat-calls, photo-bombers, and blisters to beat the band. It’s way more work than it looks like, but the outcome is edited away to perfection and we move along with our lives.
Myth #7: We’re hometown celebrities. Well props to you, if that’s the case! There’s a fairly small fashion blogger community in RVA, and while I’ve had maybe two people in my city say “hey I know you!” – it’s more often than not that I’ll go completely unrecognized and sometimes under-appreciated. My friends don’t quite understand my career path, and sometimes they just think it’s plain bizarre. While my job is just as important and respectable as a 9-5, it may never be recognized as such, and I’ve learned to be okay with that. I have the world’s best support system in my few super close blogger friends and my family and boyfriend, and that’s all that I need.
Myth #8: What we do is easy. I get this reaction a lot, “You’re a blogger? So that means you can just stay home in your pajamas all day on the computer?” Uh, actually, no. I get up as early as my stomach allows, get ready, film a YouTube video, reply to all my Instagram comments, comment on everyone else’s Instagram photos, reply to emails, go get coffee to fuel for the rest of my day, come home and edit photos, write a blog post, send pitch emails, sign contracts, put together outfits, go location scouting, decide which outfits go best with which location, plan a shoot day according to the best weather, schedule phone meetings, plan events, go to events, curate my Instagram feed, update my blog widgets, write an editorial calendar, shoot photos, and somewhere in there I try to find time to have a social life and a date night once in a while with my boyfriend. You try being a blogger for a week with no prior experience, and then tell me it’s easy ?
My post could most likely continue on and on about all the myths and realities of the blogging world, but for now, this is what I’ve got. If you’re a blogger, let me know some of the myths you’ve debunked, and if you’re a reader who has never blogged before, feel free to ask me any more questions you’d like about the blogging world. I want to add a disclaimer that this, in no way, is me complaining. I love my job more than anything (my family thinks I’m a workaholic), and I will continue to push for my eventual She Saw Style empire, but these are just a couple of the parts that make me laugh every once in a while. I hope you enjoy! Happy Hump Day!