( Glasses:Primark Trainers: Asos)
Everyone and their cat are blogging nowadays.Blogging is a great creative outlet to document journeys as well as a chance to share experiences of peoples passion and life. For me, I started blogging because I wanted to teach whoever reads my blog not just about personal style but about photography and lifestyle and a whole lot of others things. Of course, there is only so much I can do. I have just started out and I still have so many things I want to share and explore with you guys. 8 months into blogging, I can say I've had my fair share of what the blogging community is like - pretty and ugly. This blogpost just concludes things I have analysed and found - the blogging community isn't always about unity and freebies.
1) Followers is all that matters
With this point - I am relating this to bloggers and brands.
Fair enough, brands want to work with bloggers who have a big following so they can get their product/service known. BUT, the brands who gift those bloggers things to review etc based JUST on numbers and not their content and other factors really irritate me.
Heres an example:
Blogger X- Instagram(10k+ not so active followers) - Alright content
Blogger Y - Intstagram( 4k or less with active followers) Much more engaging and persuading content
I've seen this tooooo many times where a brand will gift bloggerX rather than bloggerY because the first thing they see is larger numbers. I truly think blogger Y is no less capable of writing a good review on a product but just because their following does not meet 'requirements' they're stripped of that opportunity. Its really frustrating to see.
Im not saying brands shouldn't look at numbers when seeking bloggers to collaborate with but they should really consider content, views, likes etc
Just because someone has a couple of thousands followers doesn't mean they're getting a couple of thousand likes.
2) So you think you're better than everyone else?
Staying on the topic of followers.
When I've been to fashion or blogger events I have come across 1 or 2 bloggers or 'cliques' who think they're better than everyone else. Your following and collabs with brands may be on fleek but babes, we all do the same thing. I hate it, can't people be humble?.
The thing is, there is no shame in thinking what you do is good but when you get to a point where you think you're higher than everyone else you need to pause and take a step down.
If you're a blogger - you're going to have to take in the fact that the more known and recognized you get - the more criticism and hate you might get. Even though I have not experienced it myself just yet - I have seen it with other bloggers. Not everyone is going to like what you wear,write or the way you fill in your eyebrows but the sad thing is people will feel no way and will write whatever they want - oh and you might get the odd few who think its alright to curse you in another language under your insta photo.
4) I want freebies and money
There are of course - many people who are entering the blogging community( & youtube now) with their main goal being freebies, sponsorships and money. Those are benefits that come with blogging but your sole purpose of blogging and success should not be based on the amount of free stuff and money you get. You should want to blog with pure intentions.
I think its pretty easy to spot those who whose intentions are purely focused on the benefits of blogging - especially when i see outfits with gifted content that that blogger probably would not buy with their own money. You do realise you can say no
5) Its not as easy as you think it is
Many people have this view that blogging is easy - but its not. You have to produce good content and engage readers in order to get a following and get recognised. You have to be interesting. It takes time, effort and hard work to come up with different things to blog about as well as making sure you are consistently uploading new and exciting content for your readers to enjoy. I say this to everyone who asks me tips on starting a blog - only start one if you're going to be committed and you enjoy it.
On that note: Thats it! - please let me know in the comments your thoughts and opinions on this post and the topic I'd love to see what you think. Oh, this isn't a shade throwing post - its a generalisation and if you are offended by any of the points then it must apply to you (lol)