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.
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.
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).
Have you ever felt a little insecure introducing yourself?
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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.