What You Think Bloggers Do Vs. What We REALLY Do!

Being a blogger has it’s major pro’s but also a few negatives too, it’s still a fairly new industry and even newer career path, those of us who blog full time are still finding our feet as the super established bloggers pave the way for the rest of us. One thing that really roasts my potatoes is when people are quick to make judgement on my career choice or what I do and don’t do with my days. 

I fully understand when people don’t really get blogging and they are curious to find out what I do, but it’s really frustrating when people patronise you for ‘not having a proper job’ or ‘sitting at home all day doing nothing’ – I wanted to just put right some wrongs and let you into a little insight of what us bloggers really get up to on a daily basis…

What you think we do: “Sit around all day doing nothing”

What we really do: If sitting around all day doing nothing means answering anything from 50-150 emails per day, editing pictures, typing up blog posts, scheduling in social media, coming up with new ideas for content, scheduling in content, then yeah, I guess we do nothing!

What you think we do: “Prance about taking pictures of ourselves”

What we really do: Taking pictures of our outfits/faces is a part of what we do as we’re often styling an item of clothing or a new beauty. I wrote a post the other day on what it really feels like to be a blogger, talking about how we also feel self conscious, if not more so than others as it feels like we’re ‘out there’ on the internet awaiting judgement. Also, taking pictures of ourselves is only one part of our job as a blogger, I usually only spend one or two mornings a week shooting outfit snaps and the rest of the time is spent editing, organising and scheduling. 

What you think we do: “Wake up when you feel like it everyday”

What we really do: Heck, if we got up at 11am everyday we’d never get anything done, I usually get up at half 7/8 and start my working day between 9 and 10 and work until 7/8pm – each working day is different and sometimes I’ll be working until midnight, it just depends on the workload and what else I have planned for the day. 

What you think we do: “Get paid loads of money for minimum work”

What we really do: This statement is utter bullshit. I know some people do charge a lot, but that’s their choice, and people often don’t realise the amount of work that goes into shooting a campaign, from sourcing the location, to finding a photographer, editing the pictures and promoting the post. People get paid into the office to do 3 days work, so why shouldn’t we get paid for 3 days work?

So, the point I was trying to get across in this post was that even though it’s not a ‘conventional’ job, it’s still a job all the same, we work as hard as everyone else to earn a living which is essentially what we’re doing. To be able to turn my hobby into a career is a dream come true and I work hard to keep it as my job every single day. So, if you ever question a bloggers role then please take into account that there’s more to our jobs that meets the eye!

Do you come up against these comments being a blogger?

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  1. Caitlyn Freeman 22nd November 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Luckily I've not had any of these directed at me as my blog is simply a hobby at the moment (it seems no ones interested in it haha). But it does get to me when I hear it said to others, I can imagine how stressful full time blogging could be!
    I do find it quite difficult when people don't really understand it or make fun of it. I've been called a 'saddo' and other things before because I enjoy it unfortunately,
    Loved this post though!
    -Cait xx

  2. Jessica 22nd November 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I completely agree with this. I'm not a pro blogger but it's exactly the same for me. A lot of my friends see blogging as a way to get free stuff and invites but they dont realise I'm basically juggling two jobs for those minor perks.


  3. Kiran Kaur 22nd November 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Great post, I think there is a lot of negativity surrounding "bloggers", but most people have little to no idea what their lives are really like. I work every single day at a normal paying job and dedicate as much time as I can to my website. That includes everything you mentioned, taking photos, editing, thinking of blog posts, writing, scheduling, brainstorming ideas, and at least an hour to promote each post on various social media platforms. There is so much work that goes into it. You have to really love doing it to stay committed and luckily I do. I write about things I love and the secret is: anyone can do it. Great post, and I love your blog.

    Kiran | http://www.alittlekiran.co.uk

  4. Marie 22nd November 2015 / 9:20 pm

    very interesting read ! I am not yet lucky to live from my blog (hopefully one day !!) but I do agree that its a job. Even so I only do this at the minute as a non profit thing it still can take me hours a day maybe not every day but very often. Today I probably spent about 5 hours on my blog , writing a new post, editing pictures, commenting back on all my comments and also spending time on other blogs like I am doing now obviously I am enjoying it but it takes a lot of my time.


  5. Shelby Howell 2nd January 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Love this post! SO accurate! xoxo.

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