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…
“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…”
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.”
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.