HOW I REALLY FEEL ABOUT INTRODUCING MYSELF AS A BLOGGER

Hi my name is Sarah and I’m a part time blogger.

Not something alot of people GET. I’ve never had any problems believing in myself. Ever since I left university I most definitely have backed myself but there is something about introducing yourself as a blogger that gets me feeling insecure. It’s how people react with those empty eyes or my personal fave when people look at you like you’re about to steal their money. It makes me feel like I am an imposter who doesn’t deserve to feel that way I do – accomplished, proud and a girl-boss in biz who fucks shit up. I’ve never strayed from telling you all about my situation. I am incredibly #BLESSED to be in a fortunate position where I am able to do this writing gig part-time alongside my other job. The money isn’t consistent and sometimes non-existent. You guys know that. I know that.

But I don’t think people are getting what this gig entails.

The gig I am so proud to be doing.


So what is a blogger or influencer? Side note: I fucking hate influencer as a word. I don’t influence shit. You guys are strong independent women who make your own informed decisions. Influencer makes me sound like I am casting some entrapping spell on y’all but fuck that I don’t have no magical powers.

My version of blogging is about writing, sharing, and self-expression. That is why I started. It is what makes me feel all warm, fuzzy and like I could pee a little from excitement. I wanted to write because I missed writing about things I cared about instead of writing about kids how to learn the recorder. SNOOZE. (FYI for those not playing along at home I was studying teaching when I started my blog). I wanted to share because when I started I was living alone at university I was not interested in the party scene. It was – and still is – about connection and honesty. Something that gets a little grey because paid advertising can make people force themselves to believe in something because of a pay check. Been there, done that, fuck that. No amount of money is worth losing your voice or what you REALLY believe in.

But wait…

How do bloggers make money?

It is funny because it’s a question I have had so many complete strangers ask me straight off the bat. How rude. Remember when your Mum used to tell you off if you asked someone how much money they earned? Isn’t that the same thing? Part of me wants to scold them and send them to their room but I know most people are just curious of the unknown. For bloggers there are a bunch of different ways to make money and some utilize the different avenues more than others. It’s all down to personal preference…. How the individual feels about that. If you didn’t say that in a whiny psychologist voice in your head you are MAD.

The main ways I make money is from ads placed on my blog and sponsored content which can mean a whole host of things over my different channels. I also make money from affiliate marketing which is using links throughout my posts where I earn a tiny amount of commission when you click there and buy (at no extra cost to you) then I’m like THANKS FOR THE 50C BABEZ. It’s a tough slog. It’s not anything crazy complicated or groundbreaking and I know that. It makes me feel a bit dirty. Like my job sounds simple when you say that.

What people don’t realize is the hours of brainstorming, planning, photo taking, editing, linking, writing, editing, promoting, emails, editing, writing and then some more promotion. That is just to do with content production. That isn’t mentioning your accounting, negotiating contracts, PR for your brand, your social media management, website maintenance and coding, taxes or general admin. We do it all. And we are pretty fucking fantastic. We are our own accountants, managers, web designers, creative director, model (SASSY), writer, editor, photographer, social media manager and PR representative.

We never switch off. We are always ON. Available. Networking. Sharing. So much so it can be hard to know where to draw a line. What is just for us? But more on that another day….

Moral of the story: it’s a fucking FULL-ON gig. It isn’t all free product, drinking champagne and cafe hopping. So if you’ve ever jumped to a conclusion and thought that bloggers are lazy bitches who just want free shit think again. We are queens (no affiliation with Constance Hall).

 

 

What I’m wearing: Tasmin Dress (size 10, gifted) | Round Sunglasses | Black Fedora | Birks  

 


Have you ever felt a little insecure introducing yourself?


 

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Sarah About Sarah
I'm a retail manager by day and a blogger by night aiming to bring you the newest beauty, fashion and lifestyle news. More Than Adored was created to help beauty lovers, like myself, make informed decisions when it comes to buying new goodies.

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14 Comments

  1. 1

    I get it Sarah! I don’t have it in me to be a blogger of your level. It used to be what I wanted. And maybe a small part of me still wants that but I can’t force myself to put in all the work that comes with it. So I just do it as a hobby, but even that is loosing it’s appeal to me. It’s become so competitive and getting any kind of community and engagement is too much hard work. Everyone seems to have an agenda, as in the only reason they would comment or follow me is so that I would comment and follow them back. Not because they’re interested in what I am saying. And so it’s kind of lost its fun for me & there are not a lot of blogs I actually enjoy reading anymore. Yours is one of the few I come to! So you must be doing something right :P
    If people react badly to you calling yourself a blogger maybe you could tell them you’re a writer instead? :)

    • 2

      That’s a great idea Mel! I think a writer is alot easier to swallow.

      And I get what you’re saying about everyone having an agenda. I really only like or comment on things I’m truly interested in now which is a lovely way to be. I used to feel like I had to be cosy with everyone but you really don’t.

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    I also get it Sarah! I too don’t have it in me to be a full-time blogger with all that it entails. I feel as though it’s something I SHOULD want for myself, what with all the blogging advice that’s out there; but in reality I know my limits & also know how lazy I can get.

    I too blog as a hobby, but like melanie.sylvia below it is beginning to lose some of its shine. I too have begun to feel like everyone’s got a hidden agenda these days in regards to the whole follow-for-follow thing (I refuse to play that game & I absolutely HATE IT when others do it to me – don’t come to my blog & leave a half-hearted comment acting like you’re interested in my post & what I’ve had to say, when all you want to do is ride my coat-tails by leaving your blog link). I also agree that it’s becoming competitive, repetitive & kind of non-informative too (especially on the product reviewing side – I figure if you’re going to do a product review, then include all the info, don’t half-arse it like so many do).

    Never fear though, your blog is still one of my favourites to read! I much prefer bloggers whose personality shines through in their writing, who engage with their readers/followers & who are also rather informative.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • 4

      THANK YOU! I would prefer 3 comments, on here on Instagram, that actually mean something!!! It seems crazy to me that people still do that ‘nice blog’ shit.

  3. 5

    I kept my blog a secret from friends and workplaces for ages before my friends found out and thought it was the coolest thing (now I’m the in-house reviewer/advice giver and donator when things don’t work or I have an excess). I’ve been able to relate it to work as well because I work in marketing but I am about to get a new boss so I don’t know if I plan to open up about where my knowledge comes from haha!!

    I started a blog because most of my friends and family are not very interested in beauty (most own one eyeshadow palette, if any at all!!!) and my boyfriend got sick of hearing about it. I still only write about what I would click on and read myself which makes me proud af.

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

  4. 7

    100% Sarah, back when I first started blogging (obviously on my old blog) my brain was so switched on I couldn’t handle it and had to quit. I’m now taking a more relaxed approach to it, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not serious about it, just means that I’m not about to sit here and work my mentally draining day job then come home and rack my brain daily like I used to. It used to shit me when people thought blogging was easy peasy free shit cause of everything you mentioned above that we do.

    Taylor | iamtaylorlynette.blogspot.com.au

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        Oh man, this would be rough. Need to find the right way to turn your mind off, little self promo here but I write blogposts on destressing if you want to check them out, I currently have 2 with another coming on Wednesday & more following later on down the track. You need to sleep for obvious reasons, not healthy to have trouble falling to sleep, even worse when it is because of work (I consider blogging work even if it’s not full time).

        Taylor | iamtaylorlynette.blogspot.com

    • 10

      I’m SO glad you found this relatable. I’m just writing what I want to write and letting the rest happen. It’s a very rewarding way to be and it makes it so much more enjoyable.

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    Hey there! I just found your blog and would like to summarise how I feel about it with a simple statement. I think you’re really cool and I like you a lot! I loved this post, I’m always interested to know how people manage blogging and working, I’ve been blogging for nearly 9 years and still haven’t figured it out. I look forward to reading more from you! x

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