Majoooorrr realness today.
Today we’re talking about blogging.
But not like, oh-I-casually-came-home-to-a-bouquet-of-perfectly-positioned-baby-pink-roses-and-my-desk-contents-just-naturally-look-chic-spilling-out-of-my-Celine-handbag-and-life-is-just-so-naturally-flawless kinda blogging.
No, no, none of that fake shit.
We are talking about behind the blog.
Recently I came across the cutie blog, Queen of Jet Lags.
And guys, I read the most AMAZING post. Basically the author of the site, Noor ( <<< love this name! ) writes about the ‘8 truths about blogging reveal.’ She says “one of the things I’ve experienced that’s quite difficult about blogging is the vagueness of this job, or hobby. If you’re a blogger or someone who reads blogs all the time I’m sure you’ve heard many questions from family members or friends asking you about the details of blogging. Because there are so many things that are quite unknown in this field I thought about it and came up with eight truths about blogging and I’ll tell you what to learn from them.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Here’s the deal: when people ask me what I do & I say “I’m a blogger,” they look at me weird. Especially adults/the elderly. It’s kind of frustrating to have to explain my career but………
I’m ok with it because I’ve never been that fish that swims in the same direction as all the other fishies.
I guess I like swimming against the fish.
Ok, so I thought I would share her eight simple truths, but explain each truth myself. Basically share my own experiences behind the blog. So here we go:
♡ 1.} Most people won’t believe you’re actually busy because your run a blog:
Ohhhhh GEEEEZZZZ. This one is damn annoying I can’t even. First off, I run my blog as a business. It’s a business & brand first before it’s a blog. This is really hard for people to understand. A new business is like a baby ( kinda? )— it takes a lotttttt of TLC. As Queen of Jet Lags says, “I can’t recall the amount of times friends called me during a workday and I had this exact conversation. Me: ‘let me call you back, I’m super busy’ – Friend: with what? – Me: I have to finish so many things for my blog – Friend: how can you be busy with blogging? You just have to upload a picture of yourself?” THIS has happened many, many times. It’s almost like people don’t take bloggers serious.
My advice to anyone who has trouble understanding a full time blogger: think of the blog as a business.
My business entails: photography, editing, writing, replying to e-mails ( at least 150 to 300 a day ), cooking, graphics, meetings, conference/Skype calls, accounting, planning events, attending events, 2485987234827 to do lists, annoying tax shit, traveling for work, social media, designing, Blog-Doo, video, writing a book, &/or shooting. Lemme tell ya: it’s non-stop, round the clock work. But I’m not complaining, just explaining.
♡ 2.} Planning is the hardest thing to do as a blogger:
Planning is half the work. My schedule is all over the place & I’m my own boss so this can be difficult at times. I have to keep my ass on track. There’s been many ‘frustration tears’ cried over balancing my schedule. Sometimes I feel like I can’t juggle it all. Pretty much we’ve all been there.
The weather is also funny for shooting…no one wants to see grey-ass pictures. There’s also a lot of last minute changes ( like, a lot, a lot ). As Queen of Jet Lag says “a lot of collaborations come in last minute which seems to shake up things quite frequently.”
For me, I have a hugeeeee calendar on my desk, I use OneNote like every second, & my iPhone is full of notes that popped in to my head at midnight. Also, here’s a weird one for ya: I bring a piece of paper and a pen to Pilates & barre class. I’m so clear when I’m working out so having a piece of paper next me is golden. I’m able to jot down my thoughts on a whim.
♡ 3.} You and your readers are mostly not on the same page:
Hmmm. You guys are usually on the same page as me. I have to say, you guys are fucking amazing. But I will agree that sometimes I think a post is rad, & it turns out to be an ‘ehhh, so-so’ post. That kind of sucks but for the most part you guys are on the same page.
Queen of Jet Lags says ‘when I think a post is awesome you guys don’t give it as much attention to other posts where I’m not sure about whether I like them. I don’t know what it is, but it’s true.”
♡ 4.} The wrong perception ( AKA: “you want to be a model, right? ):
Oh, blow me!!
…but honestly!! Like, really?
Noor states, “I can’t tell you how many times people asked me if I was auditioning to be a model. No, I don’t want to be a model and yes, I just like posting my outfit pictures online.”
Let it be known: I’m not interested in being a model. I just want to inspire women to be the best version of themselves. If I wanted to be a model I would be at a GUESS? audition. I mean, right?
And obviously I’m not Gisele. So let’s throw the whole ‘you want to be a model’ thing out the window. I’m not aspiring to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway anytime soon.
I like to write. I like to create. I like to connect. That’s it.
♡ 5.} People lie about their analytics:
As QOJL says, “I’m a little naive to some things but I really found out that a lot of bloggers lie about their analytics. I do understand that if you want to get into a show or want a cool job you get very tempted to exaggerate a little but I think it’s sad people do this.”
Agreed. Own what you have. Why lie?
♡ 6.} Not everyone is going to like you:
Ever heard of “you can’t sit with us bloggers?”
Ohhhh geez…they’re out there. Bloggers can be as catty as the high school cheerleading team…& I’m not interested in the head flyer position.
According to QOJL, “bloggers get very competitive with each other and of course there’s a lot of gossip. I would strongly advise everyone to not get into this and to focus on your own thing, most importantly creating your own original content. I do have to say though that I made a couple of amazing friends which I’m sure I will hang out with for a long time.”
Bloggers can be ( note: can be, not are ) catty bitches. Just saying.
But I’ve met a lot of bloggers that are AMAZING! Some have even turned in to friends.
♡ 7.} Instagram is as important as your blog:
Ya. Face it: Instagram is a huge, important thing for bloggers.
I know, I know, say it isn’t so.
But it is.
Every management company/agency will let you know loud & clear: INSTAGRAM MATTERS for connecting with your readers.
♡ 8.} Blogging shouldn’t be taking over your life:
As Queen of Jet Lags says:
“When I focus on blogging and gaining a lot of followers too much I always seem to lack inspiration so I’ve definitely learned to not only do other things than blogging but also to keep surrounding myself with people who work in a completely different field as I find that this is the best to keep your head in the right place and the inspiration flowing.”
I confess, I confess, sometimes blogging takes over my world & I’m that annoying girl at the table who’s on her phone 24/7. BUT. I’m working on it. Seriously though. I am working on being more present.
Balance can be tough in any job & I’m a work in progress. Any tips?
*** TO READERS WHO ARE BLOGGERS: TIPS/TRICKS/ANYTHING? X le