Why Blogging Should Be Accepted As A Successful Career

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Images by my beautiful friend Amber Rose | Top: La Redoute | Skirt: La Redoute | Coat: La Redoute | Heels: La Redoute


Today I'm speaking out on behalf of all bloggers, of some of my best friends, of people who I adore but have never actually met.

Because enough is enough.

I'm DONE with the patronising comments, the cat calling, the 'when are you going to get a real job?', it's time that people realised that blogging isn't a fad. It's not a phase in our lives, it's our JOBS.

We, as independent sassy girl bosses have set up our own businesses, we run our blogs full time (some us run them alongside our jobs and boy do I admire you all because I know how much work goes into blogging).

And this should be celebrated. Not torn down and trashed.

In all honestly, I'm tired of people trying to belittle what we do, and all because they don't understand what it is that we actually do.

So, I'll enlighten you...

We are content creators, photographers, stylists, editors, we keep on top of our finances, admin and taxes, whilst scheduling content, promoting ourselves on social media, attending networking brands with other like-minded bloggers and brands we one day hope to work with. We plan travels and photoshoots, we film videos and edit them, we are multi taskers and perfectionists. We are hard working bloggers.

That word 'blogger' gets thrown around a lot; but for some it has a negative impact, and it shouldn't.

To anyone that isn't a blogger, you should never feel intimated by us or threatened by what we do. Because we're just like you, we don't ever put ourselves on a pedestal, so you shouldn't either. We have down days, we work from home in our tracksuits with greasy hair doing that dreaded tax return. Don't ever forget for one second that we choose what we show you; our highlight reel, but we don't ever show you the 'boring days' but our lives are pretty darn normal.

Don't for one second think we take our lives for granted, because we honestly don't (yes, there may have been the odd few that have slipped through the net), but generally speaking, most bloggers I know are some of the most genuine, loyal and humbling people I've ever met. Every new beauty launch we get sent, or press trip we get invited on, or talk we get asked to host - all of these moments seem so surreal sometimes. Proper 'pinch-me-what-did-I-do-to-deserve-this' moments, but we're just ordinary girls, doing extraordinary things.

I started my blog six years ago whilst at university, and never, ever in a million years did I think that it would turn into my full time job and allow me to travel the world, I'm so eternally grateful but at the same time, I shouldn't feel guilty for saying yes to these opportunities because I work my fucking ass off. We all do.

So it's time to stop with the patronising/belittling comments, I truly see blogging like an iceberg, and the outside world really only see's the top layer, you don't see the hard work, graft and tears that goes on beneath that layer.

I completely understand that people don't 'understand' what we do, but that's absolutely fine, we aren't asking you to understand, hell sometimes we don't even understand. The industry is moving so fast we're just trying to adapt and grow with it, none of us really know what's around the corner, but right now we're embracing that. And I'm asking you to embrace that with us too.

Which is why I'm going to step out on behalf of the blogging industry and say it's time.

It's time to celebrate blogging, celebrate the fact that us girls who had NO idea where this industry would lead us, are now writing published books, presenting TV shows, travelling the world, becoming brand ambassadors.

Because I for one, am so fucking proud of each and every one of us. For creating our OWN path and paving our OWN ways to success, and I want you to be proud of us too! <3

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49 Comments

  1. Kate 28th February 2017 / 12:32 pm

    WORRRRD! Love this post girl, having such a shitty day today and this has really helped <3 x

    • Hayley 28th February 2017 / 12:53 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it lady and that it helped your day! So easy to get down on yourself/work from time to time, we all need reminding that we’re awesome! x

    • Hayley 28th February 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment as always girl! x

  2. Kelly Glen 28th February 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Nobody should ever be made to feel ashamed for what they do, you always need to take any opportunity you get given to lead the life that you want, there is enough bad things happening in this world to worry about what people think. Keep doing whatever makes you happy and you should feel very proud of all you have achieved with your blog.

    • Hayley 28th February 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Kelly – completely agree – it is something that should be celebrated not shamed! x

  3. Suze - Luxury Columnist 28th February 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Round of applause! I do find that attitudes are slowly changing and that many people are fascinated by blogging now although I do get the odd patronizing comment asking how bloggers make money. I then educate them on all the ways that we do!

    • Hayley 28th February 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you lovely Suze! Definitely, it’s great that people are interested, it’s just frustrating when people are rude about it as there is absolutely no need to be! x

  4. Kerstin 28th February 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Chapeau! Speaking the absolute truth girl. You’re so right. I think there’s so much ignorance towards bloggers and what they actually achieve and do on a day to day basis.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Hayley 28th February 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Yes lady! Thank you for your comment – always makes my day! Couldn’t agree more, ignorance is the right word for sure! x

  5. Angie 28th February 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Well said, Hayley!! I work much longer hour as a blogger than I did when I had an office job so it’s very frustrating that people don’t see it as a ‘real job’!

    • Hayley 1st March 2017 / 11:39 am

      Same love, it’s pretty much a 24/7 job as we never really switch off! Thank you 🙂 x

  6. Victoria 1st March 2017 / 9:18 am

    Well said, well said!! I think, like you said, the industry is evolving so fast that people are just speechless at what the blogging world has to offer. To outsiders, it just seems like really easy work and some might even think it’s pointless or superficial. But bloggers know the truth and we definitely need to be taken seriously because so many bloggers have already shown how positive their influence in the industry can be.

    • Hayley 1st March 2017 / 11:55 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment girl – I couldn’t agree more, it definitely needs to be taken seriously and for the work we do to be recognised not made fun of! x

  7. Erin 1st March 2017 / 10:28 am

    YES! Totally 100% agree, I think if you word hard for it then it is 100% a real job, too right! What I hate though is when people expect it with little effort, now that annoys me, but you work your ass off – of course it is a real job!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Hayley 1st March 2017 / 11:57 am

      Oh girl – thank you for your comment! Yes definitely, agree with little effort expectations – but I think that goes for any job, you get out what you put in essentially! x

  8. Immy May 1st March 2017 / 10:31 am

    YESSSSS! Loved ALL of this Hayley! I have really struggled with this recently, there has even been tears haha! It is one of the worst feelings when you feel like you are being patronised for something you are so passionate about. I do appreciate that it is a relatively new industry, but bloggers still deserve the same respect as any other industry or career! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • Hayley 1st March 2017 / 12:00 pm

      LOVE this comment girl – they always put a smile on my face!! Completely understand love, you feel like you’re just coming up against a brick wall all the time repeating yourself – it’s great that people are starting to accept what we do and see it in a more positive light! x

  9. Beth Norton 1st March 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this post girl, it couldn’t be more true! And you, in particular, are absolutely killing it right now. How could anyone doubt your success?!

    It’s hard because so many people take our content at surface-level, only choosing to see carefully curated images and designer splurges. Blogging is HARD work, all-consuming, a 24/7 commitment. The whole industry should be celebrated a LOT more than it is.

    Fab post as always gorgeous.

    Beth x

    http://www.bethnorton.co.uk

    • Hayley 3rd March 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Girl thank you – your comments are always SO lovely! So glad you agree love; so many people say the same kind of patronising things and it’s just time it all changed! Definitely love, it’s about time we celebrated all of our successes! x

  10. Amy 1st March 2017 / 6:06 pm

    Yes hun I absolutely love this post! I’m sick of seeing bloggers being torn down by people who don’t even understand the industry. Blogging isn’t even my job but I still feel the stigma – I guess it’s cause it’s a fairly new industry and hopefully over time people will get used to it and it will be taken seriously! Also can we just talk for a sec about how BEAUT you look in these pictures?
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Hayley 3rd March 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Oh YOU stopppppppp! Making me blush haha! It’s so nice to see comments where you girls all agree! Definitely love, I also think it’s because the industry is so new and I think it’s slowly changing, we’ll get there eventually! x

  11. Teesh 3rd March 2017 / 9:17 am

    I’m only even blogging as a hobby, and I already have a hard time maintaining my blog. Imagine people who actually do it for a living – I sure know it’s not easy, and not something people should belittle.

    • Hayley 3rd March 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Definitely love, we all work hard whether we blog part time or full time – there’s so much that goes into it that people can’t see! x

  12. Gabrielle 3rd March 2017 / 11:43 am

    What a lovely post! I’m always amazed how people feel able to go out of their way of put down bloggers, I think it must be because of it being new – as a general rule, people struggle to accept ‘the new’ at first – but posts like this totally work against that, which is fab 🙂 I think it’s wonderful how you’ve turned your blog into a full time job, by the way!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Hotel Chocolat Giveaway x

    • Hayley 3rd March 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Oh lady thank you! <3 Completely agree, I also think it's because the industry is so new, at least people are starting to accept it now! x

  13. Amiee 3rd March 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I’ve never commented on a blog post before but wanted to let you know that a few years ago I stopped reading women’s magazines because I felt that they were so negative and generally bad for my self esteem. Then I discovered blogs and a whole world of normal girls who are writing about things that I can actually relate to, who have normal lives, bodies and budgets. Now I only read things which are positive, helpful and honest so thank you and all the bloggers for that, your readers do appreciate it 🙂

    • Hayley 6th March 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Amiee; thank you SO much for your lovely comment – it’s really brightened my day! It’s so sad about magazines, they were bibles for me growing up but it’s true how they have become obsessed with body image and what we should do with our lives. I also read blogs daily as I love being inspired by like minded creative individuals who live relatable lives! x

  14. Peta 4th March 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Oh Hayley this post is just perfect in every possible way. Thank you for your words of strength and encouragement! <3 I hope you don't mind if I share this in my newsletter next week as I think it could really help quite a few bloggers I know 🙂
    Peta x

    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • Hayley 6th March 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Oh girl thank you so much! No of course not lovely, please do go ahead! 🙂 x

  15. adele 5th March 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Ah I completely love this, and may I add you look stuuuning in your pictures! You have an amazing blog here, keep up the hard work, it’s completely paying off! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    • Hayley 6th March 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Adele thank you for your lovely comment – it means the world! x

  16. Joanne 5th March 2017 / 11:48 pm

    The fire in this post and in your words is unbelievably strong. So well articulated, and so strong. Thanks for creating such an incredible post that highlights a profession many do not recognize as legitimate.

    https://fung-shui.com

    • Hayley 6th March 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you Joanna – so glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂 x

    • Hayley 6th March 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you lovely lady – I hear you love! X

  17. Frances Hemmant 7th March 2017 / 11:47 pm

    LOVE this post!!! So much! I don’t blog full time, but run it a long a full time job and it’s hard! My blog is not huge at all, so can’t even imagine how hectic life gets for you guys, who absolutely smashing it!! Everything said in here is so true, and you deserve all the success in the world! Also, so in love with these pictures of you, you look stunning xxx

    • Hayley 8th March 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Frances – means so much! Whether we blog part of full time love; there’s still SO much work that is involved, that we deserve recognition for 🙂 x

  18. Jenny Cole 8th March 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Here here!! I wish people would understand that bloggers/YouTubers are just like professional journalists. I run my blog and YouTube alongside doing my journalism degree, and it’s bloody hard work. I wish I had more time and energy to put into them though, because I love them and enjoy building them up. My dream would be to be able to make a living out of them. I’m chronically ill and working a ‘normal’ 9-5 job is something I’m unlikely to ever be well enough to do. But the rise of blogging becoming a way to earn income gives me hope that perhaps I will be able to support myself one day rather than relying on other people. And personally, I think that is bloody amazing, and it makes me feel bloody amazing! I feel that I could be worth something more to society, when before I’ve felt like I’m just a drain on society. I know how much hard work I put into my blog and channel, but sometimes I think it doesn’t show. Even friends will make comments like ‘Oh you’re so lucky to get sent stuff for free.’ To be honest I rarely get sent things, but when I do it definitely isn’t ‘for free!’ I work my bum off to take photos, film videos about them, write reviews etc. If anything, I’m working at a deficit because I can easily spend a few days working on one review of a packet of tea! Thank you for speaking about this lovely – we bloggers need to use our platforms to speak out and support each other, and it’s great to see so many people doing just that 🙂

    Jenny xx

    http://www.jaffacat.co.uk

    • Hayley 12th March 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment girl; I completely agree that people are very quick to jump on the ‘pro’s of being a blogger’ but they don’t fully understand the effort and dedication that gets put in behind the scenes! I’m rooting for you love and hope that you get to turn your hobby into a career! 🙂 xo

  19. Alicia 14th March 2017 / 4:23 pm

    HALLELUJAH! Someone said it! ”When are you going to get a real job?” – This attitude annoys me so much. A lot goes into blogging – things that people don’t see. While an audience will see a post, they don’t see the time it took to come up with the idea; to plan it, to make sure that it’s ‘new’ and ‘fresh’. They don’t see the editing; the reformatting, the picture-taking (if you take pictures to include within your posts). That’s just one aspect! I could go into social media management, the time it takes to interact with the community as well as readers, the time it takes for a self-hosted blogger to understand the basics of SEO; to create and format their website; to format their website’s template, etc., etc. The point being, it takes TIME AND EFFORT to create your blog into something successful and something you’re proud of. We don’t just ‘write up whatever’ and ‘post pretty pictures’ and that’s that. Thank you so much for sharing this! Let’s combat this negative attitude towards blogging.

    -Alicia x

    http://www.serenitylifeblog.com | Lifestyle & Advice

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 11:37 am

      YES girl – so glad you agree! I get it so much and it’s so patronising/negative towards what we do! x

  20. Laura Mitbrodt 15th March 2017 / 1:41 am

    Omg I totally agree!! I get mocked by everyone including my family and basically lost all of my friends since I started blogging 3 years ago! People need to stop being so rude! On a lighter note, thank you for stopping by my blog and you look amazing
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 11:36 am

      Thank you for your comment lovely – couldn’t agree more! It’s about time the role was taken seriously! 🙂 Ah thank you girl! x

  21. Abigail (Blush & Noise) 15th March 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I completely agree with you! Bloggers work bloody hard!

    Your blog, content, and photography are stunning. Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s amazing!

    BLUSH & NOISE

    • Hayley 16th March 2017 / 11:36 am

      Thank you lovely lady! xo

  22. Meredith 23rd March 2017 / 3:00 am

    Thank you for this encouraging post! It’s so hard to openly love doing something that so many people look down on or judge! Thanks for putting into words what so many of us are thinking.

    xoxo,
    Meredith
    https://blog.nobasisinreality.com/

    • Hayley 23rd March 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment lady – it’s so reassuring to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way! x

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