13 Things Bloggers Are Sick Of Hearing

13 Things Bloggers Are Sick of Hearing | Growing your Instagram following, making money blogging & creating killer content are the only things bloggers do on an average day. Bloggers are constantly asked somewhat "intelligent" questions & have to handle the comeback from it. Have a little giggle with me at 13 things that blogger's are just sick of hearing. Trust me, you'll get a good laugh! | ElleyMae.com

Don’t get me wrong, I freakin’ love being a blogger & social media influencer.

Connecting with gorgeous gals from all over the world is incredible. Having that instant connection & building relationships through my Instagram & blog is something that I never thought I’d be doing.

I never knew just how appreciated I would feel, being a blogger. I never know what it would be like to have the support of thousands of people all over the world.

And let me tell you, it’s an indescribable feeling.

 

I just want to hug every single person who’s ever supported me.

Whether that be through Instagram comments or subscribing to my blog. Maybe you’ve sent me an email about how one of my posts really helped you. Or it could be a brand, giving me the time of day & giving me the opportunity to try out exclusive products & attend networking events.

I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had over the last 2 years as a blogger & social media influencer. I honestly cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me.

But, blogging isn’t all rainbows & unicorns. Although, how good does that sound?!

 

Although some think a blogger’s life is perfect, let me tell you, it’s really not. We oversleep, we forget to post on social media, we look awful with wet hair & no makeup. We’re human.

Just like the rest of the world, our career comes with ups and downs.

There are negative comments, people disagreeing with you & nasty pasties trying to prove a point. And then there are the funny moments. People not understanding the boundaries, asking awfully silly questions & making us question our faith in humanity. LOL.

 

Today I’m sharing with you some of the intelligent things that bloggers hear on a frequent basis.

Now get ready to giggle gals, the list is a little long…

 

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“How do you get stuff sent to you for free?”

Bloggers work super dooper hard to create killer content. We build rapport with PR & brands via email. And, we spend hours of our days engaging with others & replying to comments.

Hmm.. What else?

 

“It’s not really a job, is it?”

It sure is.

Google define’s a job as “a paid position of regular employment” or “a task or piece of work, especially one that is paid.”

Therefore, blogging & social media influencing are definitely both considered jobs. Regardless of if a blogger makes money or not, if they’re spending a lot of time on it & have the mindset of a business person, it’s definitely a job.

 

“Why don’t you sell the free stuff you don’t use?”

Because that’s totally & utterly disgusting and is completely frowned upon by, um, everyone.

These brands are gifting us bloggers products to try out & give reviews on, should we love them. They aren’t giving out free products for us to turn around & resell, making a profit…

Some of you may be thinking “as if you’d do that! That’s awful!”. But trust me, I’ve seen it many times in Facebook groups I’m in.

Any free products that bloggers don’t use are usually donated to family & friends, otherwise women’s shelters & the less fortunate.

 

“I have an Instagram account. How can I get free stuff?”

I love this one!

If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you’ve had this question pop up in conversation [or your DM’s] about 2,384,694 times.

 

 

“Why are you always on your phone?”

We’ve got emails to reply to, Instagram posts to publish, Facebook ads to create & Pinterest pins to schedule. Duh…

Haha in all seriousness, blogger’s never turn off. Well, at least I don’t.

 

 

“Surely it’s not that hard. You just get sent free stuff & put up photos…”

Ahhhhh.

This one sounds just like nails on a chalkboard.

 

 

“We’d love to send you our $5 product for you to create 10 posts about. What’s your address?”

I find this one pretty disheartening, to be honest.

When a brand reaches out to you & wants to work with you, it’s such an amazing feeling. Knowing that your hard work is [supposedly] appreciated is the best. But when someone wants to simply take advantage of your skills & your follower count, it suuuuuuccks.

Sending a blogger a product & expecting everything in return is just not okay. I don’t mean any harm by saying this, but what these brands need to remember is that we work bloody hard to create content & keep a strong connection with our followers. 

If we were to post about every single product we were ever sent, regardless or if we liked it or not, our audience would see straight through it and leave. Which is the exact opposite of what we want.

 

 

“We’re dying to work with you & only you. But we definitely won’t pay you a cent for it.”

We’re business women too you know. We have bills to pay, mouths to feed, a reputation to maintain…

If someone is truly dying to work exclusively with you, they’ll do anything they can to guarantee it.

On the flip side, I can completely understand for smaller brands that large budgets aren’t something they possess. However, for the established brands that expect a whole lot for nothing in return, it’s a no from me.

 

 

“Can you send me your contact for *enter brand*? I want to them to send me free stuff too.”

*Delete Conversation*

Firstly, when a brand contacts a blogger to collaborate, they expect that that blogger will keep their contact details private. Otherwise, if every blogger that ever had a brands email address gave it out, they’d never get through their emails. Every man & his dog would be emailing for “free stuff”.

Secondly, bloggers work hard to build strong rapport & great relationships with these brands. Asking for their contacts is just not okay.

Work hard to grow your own following and build relationships from the bottom up just like they did. It’ll pay off in the long run on your end & won’t offend anyone – which is a win win.

 

 

“How much money do you make?”

Honestly, would you ask every person you walked passed down the street? I highly doubt it. Well, I hope not! Haha

Asking someone’s income is extremely rude, regardless of if they’re a blogger or not. Just because bloggers make money online & publicly state that they have been paid for a post, doesn’t mean that it’s morally okay to ask them what they’ve been paid for it.

 

“I see you have a huge social following, give me a free shout out?”

If I had a dollar for every time I saw these words pop up in my Instagram DM’s…

Social media influencers don’t work their butts off to give random accounts [who don’t even support them] free shoutouts.

 

 

“Here’s a free product that doesn’t appeal to your followers. Make sure your post is up this week.”

Oh golly, this old chestnut. This one makes me giggle.

As a blogger, you’re contacted by PR agencies and brands quite frequently. But when companies in completely different niches send you products & expect posts in return, it’s mind-boggling.

I honestly really dislike brands that do this – reach out to hundreds, if not thousands of bloggers, send them products & expect that everyone posts about them.

I’d much prefer to work with a brand that wants to work with me because they love my content, not to just find another person to “advertise” their products for free.

 

 

“Tell me all of your best tips & secrets. I don’t want to spend any of my time reading your blog to find them.”

Out of all the above statements, this one drives me the most insane.

I’ve had friends, work colleagues & followers ask me this far too many times over the past few years.

You see, I pride myself in creating fantastic content on my blog. I strive to write helpful, honest & genuine posts that others can benefit from reading. And when people want to “know all my secrets”, but don’t want to spend a minute on my blog finding the answers, I lose a lot of respect for them.

All of the hard work, the endless hours creating content that they want has gone to waste. And that is so damn disheartening.

Plus, if bloggers replied to every email or message we received asking for tips on Instagram/blogging etc, we wouldn’t have much time left to actually write blog posts. Uh oh…

 

 

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, had a little giggle & hopefully even gained a little insight into the everyday life of a blogger.

If you’ve ever been asked anything like these, let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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13 Things Bloggers Are Sick of Hearing | Growing your Instagram following, making money blogging & creating killer content are the only things bloggers do on an average day. Bloggers are constantly asked somewhat "intelligent" questions & have to handle the comeback from it. Have a little giggle with me at 13 things that blogger's are just sick of hearing. Trust me, you'll get a good laugh! | ElleyMae.com

 

13 Things Bloggers Are Sick of Hearing | Growing your Instagram following, making money blogging & creating killer content are the only things bloggers do on an average day. Bloggers are constantly asked somewhat "intelligent" questions & have to handle the comeback from it. Have a little giggle with me at 13 things that blogger's are just sick of hearing. Trust me, you'll get a good laugh! | ElleyMae.com
13 Things Bloggers Are Sick of Hearing | Growing your Instagram following, making money blogging & creating killer content are the only things bloggers do on an average day. Bloggers are constantly asked somewhat "intelligent" questions & have to handle the comeback from it. Have a little giggle with me at 13 things that blogger's are just sick of hearing. Trust me, you'll get a good laugh! | ElleyMae.com

25 Comments

  1. Aug 2017 /

    Great post Elley
    It is funny how everyone expects you to work for free. I had one the other day telling me that they would send me a product and I had to write a blog and post to Instagram with positive review! ….. ummmm I post HONEST reviews to my blog and social media…I won’t do it if the deal is they tell me what I have to ‘think’ about their product! No thank you!! Xx

    • Aug 2017 /

      Thanks so much Rachel – it’s always so great to hear from you!

      YES! Keep it real!! We are sooooo on the same page when it comes to writing honest reviews. I could never write a review on something if I didn’t genuinely like it. And, if I didn’t like it and had to write a post about it anyway, then I’d make sure I was honest & told my tribe my personal opinion.

      Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh when you get emails like this right? Haha!!

      Elley xx

  2. Contour and Coffee
    Aug 2017 /

    Ughhhh THIS POST. Yes. Just yes.

  3. Aug 2017 /

    So. Much. YES. All of these are so on point! I actually just had someone ask me how to start a blog a few minutes ago and I sent them a link to my post and several other resources that are helpful and what do they say? “Can’t you just tell me how”

    • Aug 2017 /

      Oh my gosh, no way! That’s seriously the worst one of them all. I have gotten to the point where I just don’t reply. I could be spending my time doing more productive things for my blog than replying to silly questions/responses like that.

      Thanks for reading lovely!

      Elley xx

  4. Aug 2017 /

    Haha, this post definitely made me laugh. I definitely get the weird look when I mention I’m a blogger and then the look goes into an eye roll when I say I’m a beauty blogger. And then the questions about the free stuff begins. (that’s when I try not to roll my eyes).

    • Aug 2017 /

      You should have seen me putting the post together, I was giggling just about the whole way through.

      Oh yes, some of the strange questions you get make you question what people are really thinking. Makes me laugh!
      It’s good that we can all see the humorous side of it though. Imagine if we took everything personally. Oh god, I’d be a wreck! Haha

      Elley xx

  5. Aug 2017 /

    Great post Elley, I think I’ve gone through all your blog posts & soaked up all your info. Thank you for sharing.

    Not all blogger based, but things I’ve noticed on Instagram, either on my posts or on others:
    – I love it when people ask how you afford all that makeup, beauty products, etc. coz it their business where I get my money & what I do with it.
    Also the completements with a side of jealousy and or judgement – “OMG I just love your collection, wish I had enough money to buy all those things “.

    • Aug 2017 /

      Courtney, I could just hug you. Well, if I was close enough I would! Haha
      YOU are one of the gorgeous individuals that make me smile every day & YOU are the type of person I write for.

      Oh yes, Instagram is just fantastic for receiving comments like that..
      I often wonder “if these people are happy enough to say this online, would they be just as confident if they had to say it to in person?” My guess, nope!

      Elley xx

  6. Luisa
    Aug 2017 /

    Enjoyed your post very much, funny and lighthearted, but I can imagine the frustration when people assume it’s easy, or s Nothing job or thinknthry have the right to ask personal questions about income.. Lordy!! That’s so rude

    • Aug 2017 /

      Thanks so much Luisa – sometimes I get frustrated, sometimes I just laugh. I guess it just depends on how much sugar I’ve had for the day…

      Elley xx

  7. Khushi
    Aug 2017 /

    accurate

  8. Diana
    Aug 2017 /

    Love this post! So true, i had one asked me on ig how i grew a following then after giving her advice she unfollowed.
    Then a local brush company wanted to colab with me send me brushes but i have to pay for it and they will give me a discount, and if i post it on ig my followers get a discount too whaaaat!!

    • Aug 2017 /

      Wow, how kind of her…
      I’ve actually had similar things happen to me in the past before so don’t take it personally. Some people aren’t interested in creating a relationship with you, they just want to grab what they can & run unfortunately.

      Oh yes, I know the exact brand you’re talking about. They consistently email bloggers with the same template (I’ve received it 5 x times over the last 12 months I swear) and each time I respectfully tell them that I don’t believe their proposal truly values my hard work and I never get a reply. It’s just not okay..

      Elley xx

  9. Soooooo accurate. Relatable AF. In the 7+ years I’ve been doing this full time I could right a book of the crazy/rude/inappropriate/shocking things people have asked or said.

    • Aug 2017 /

      I would buy that book girl, write it!!

      Elley xx

  10. I’m! The amount of Sms I’ve gotten from people asking me about how I got free stuff. Why I got free stuf. They are usually from bloggers who’ve only just started a blog.

    My favourite one has to be companies contacticying me for a different niche. I’m a Lifestyle blogger and a mattress company contacted me to review their mattress

    • *Haha! **Dms ***Stuff *Contacting

      I have fake nails on at the moment so I’m so sorry about the typos

    • Nov 2017 /

      Isn’t it funny what questions people think it’s totally normal & totally okay to ask! I guess all we can do is laugh and move on.
      But still, sometimes it’s hard to not let it get to you!

      Elley xo

  11. Aug 2017 /

    This was a great (and funny) post! I’ve only had my blog for 3 weeks and no one has asked me these questions yet, but I definitely now know what to say when I get them.

    • Aug 2017 /

      Oh don’t you worry, you’ll get them! Haha. All in good fun though – you’ve got to laugh!

      Elley xx

  12. Nov 2017 /

    All of these are painfully and sadly true! It is so much work and people don’t even realise.

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Nov 2017 /

      Right?! Makes me wanna scream, cry & laugh all at the same time!

      Elley xo

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