I started my little corner of the internet nearly 5 years ago in the comfort of my university bedroom, and now I’m fortunate enough to call it my full time job. Naturally, over the last 5 years I’ve noticed some serious shifts in the blogging world, some for better, some for worst. I started my blog as a hobby and if you told me back then that one day it would be my career, I would have never believed you (and probably nervously laughed in your face). I’m so proud to be a part of such a wonderful, supportive and uplifting industry, but with every flower, there is also a weed. So, here I talk about the good, the bad and the ugly side of this world…
The first and greatest thing (in my eyes) to come from blogging is the amazing girls I now have the pleasure of calling my best friends. Through the highs of landing incredible jobs to the lows of heartache and career rejection, these ladies are there to hold my hand and pick me back up, every step of the way, and that is something you can’t put a price on.. ever!
Megan; my little Manchurian ray of sunshine, this girl never fails to put a smile on my face (usually a drunk smile if we’re left to our own devices), from Reading festival to Paris - this lady is my sidekick and our friendship is one I’ll cherish for a lifetime. Megs; ahhh Megs! An absolute dreamboat (yep, she really is as lovely as she looks!), someone I’d turn to in my time of need - this woman gives the best advice, and offers strength even when you don’t quite realise you needed it.
Amy; my little travel monkey & wifey for lifey! I met Amy in the Maldives, we hit it off straight away, and I just had a feeling our friendship would be sticking around. From heart to hearts at 1am to making me cry with laughter, this girls is one of the best eggs and someone I hope to travel with for a long time! Julie; one of my oldest and best blogging pals, I can always rely on this lady for a smile (her what’s apps kill me!), me and Julie will be heading to Singapore together next month and I can’t wait to make more memories with this one!
Ellie; oh Ellie! This lady literally has me in stitches every time I see her, she is so funny and I always have the best time with her! She’s also one of the kindest, most driven and inspirational ladies that I know in the blogging world, one that I hope sticks around because the industry wouldn’t be quite the same without her! I could genuinely ramble on about how many amazing girls are in this industry forever (yes, Ally, Sarah, Hannah, Lucy and the rest of you beautiful ladies - I’m looking at you ladies!), but I’ll draw a line there! As I said, this industry is jam packed with inspiring, hard working, creative females that I am so proud to call my friends and colleagues.
Even if I’m not super close with a blogger (or even if we’ve never met), I always do an internal fist-pump every time one of us ladies lands an awesome job, or a magazine interview or a TV advert. At the end of the day, we’re a community for a reason and we represent each other. No-one knows how long blogging will last, but right now, we’re kicking ass and I’m so proud of each and every one of us.
Blogging has it’s many, many pro’s, but along with that always comes the con’s, from changing personalities to diva like behaviour. It’s understandable, as bloggers grow in following, their personality changes - it’s hard to stay grounded when your expectations and salary are constantly rising. I’ve noticed a shift recently in the blogging industry where rather than talking about what we love, because we love it, it’s much more money orientated - who has what designer bag and what job ‘X’ is doing. There will always be flaws in the industry but as long as we remain true to ourselves and our followers, that’s the most important lesson that any of us can learn.
I have to admit that the money in blogging is crazy nowadays - on one hand, I’m so proud that bloggers are doing so well for themselves, but at the same time it’s disheartening when bloggers are turning down job offers that pay as much as many of my friends would earn in a year. It is hard to remain level headed when brands are throwing insane amounts of money around, let’s just not forget why we started our blogs, why we love this industry and how we love to be creative - how we are the influencers, influencing our friends and followers. We all earn money to pay our bills but it isn’t the be all and end all, it’s time to let the passion do the talking not the dollar.
Oh, there is such an ugly side to blogging. And why I won’t go into length because I want this post to be positive and uplifting about this amazing community that I’m proud to be a part of, blogging isn’t all rose gold, cute friendships and #GOALS. From buying followers (yes, it sadly is a ‘thing’), bitchy behaviour and undercutting ‘friends’ for work, as any industry, this one also has a side that isn’t quite all rose tinted glasses, and while it makes me sad, that’s life I’m afraid.
One of the most important lessons I’ve ever learnt (from Mumma Rubery) in life is to treat others is how you wish to be treated, and this still stands, whether it’s a follower asking a question, a blogging pal or the intern from a brand you’re working with. We all started somewhere and we’re all striving for success and happiness, but treating others badly along the way, is not cool! The most important thing is to be genuine, build yourself an army of amazing and supportive friends and see each other as colleagues and friends, not competition.
Every time I see both my Megan’s on the Schwarzkopf TV advert, I’m literally squealing in my seat (think Ben is so done with my excitement now haha!), and so, so incredibly proud that I get to see two of my best friends on TV. It’s important to support each other and our success rather than to question ‘why isn’t that me? why didn’t I land that job?’ - I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, they landed they job because they were an awesome fit, your time will come, but stealing work from others isn’t going to heighten your success.
On that note, I’m tapping out - this post was a slight ramble (SOZ), and something I’d wanted to address for a while, with the good times, undoubtedly comes the bad. But this industry is one that I’m happy to call mine and I’m so proud to be a part of this ‘online movement’ slowly taking over the world - YASSSSS GIRLS!
Remember… “Success is lonely, if you have no-one there to share it with” - Ed Sheeran