Maybe this is just me but I would be more honored when people appreciate what I do than who I am.
As I approach my seventh year as a blogger, I’ve learned a few lessons on how to make or break in the industry. Though I still don’t consider myself to be on top, one thing’s for sure: blogging has never been the same as it was before.
Let me say this once and for all. The reason why bloggers are called “bloggers” is well, obviously, they run AND WRITE a blog. It mainly starts with a passion to write and then later on as a growing influence on his or her readers – the reason behind why brands tap them. So the most frequent question, “How to be a blogger and how to get freebies?” is just a complete noise in the ear. Nowadays, everyone wants to be a “blogger” but no one even wants to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty work.
If you’re just after the colors of your feed, the poses you make and the overall art direction when you take your photos, DO NOT CALL YOURSELF A BLOGGER. You can be an influencer, a model, an Instagram famous or maybe a celebrity. Forgive me if I say this but, how dare you consider yourself a blogger? When here we are, paying our domains, making time to come up with a decent web design, attending events for brand’s marketing and exposure and spending hours and days to produce great and quality content not even to please everyone but to at least, satisfy our most coveted job title: being a blogger.
You see, it isn’t all about the glam, it’s more on the work that we don’t want you to see. Because apparently, we should make it more natural, making people believe it’s easy breezy when it’s actually making too much hassle. But true bloggers don’t get tired, because again, we aren’t only for aesthetics. We love the work we’re given to.
To some that are already in the scene, I hope you continue to inspire people because of what you do. After all, the brands you’re working with, the events you’re invited to and the products you have been sent to are for you to entice your followers and increase engagement for the brand. They weren’t given to you to envy your followers, making them obsess the idea of you as a blogger, not for the work that you should be doing.
Do not contribute to the growing society of people wanting to be a “blogger” for free products, or just to be famous. If you wanna blog, blog because you want to blog not because you want to be popular, or because your friends say that you project well in front of the camera, or you are waiting for packages in the mail or just because everyone’s doing it. Do everything with a passion so your commitment to withstand the challenges ahead remains strong.