What Do Bloggers Really Do?
The world of blogging and what bloggers really do is often misconstrued. There are several assumptions and stereotypical ideas created by those who don't blog. I was with friends the other day and heard one of the smartest comments, "You can't judge a basketball game if you don't really watch basketball." This can also be applied to us, you can't judge bloggers if you have no clue what we really do. Now, you shouldn't be judging at all but we're human and we're going to do it anyways so I might as well shine some light into this mysterious world of blogging.
"Bloggers get free shit all the time."
While most of the items we do receive are sponsored, we do also pay for our own items. Shopping is inevitable for a blogger; we love to shop but because of blogging, we may not have to as often. But in exchange for the goods, we do have to post and mention the brand. So that means we have to shoot the product in a creative way that will please the brand and fit our aesthetics of our own blog/social media accounts. This is real work - we don't just shoot a shitty photo and put it up, thinking it'll attract more collaborations. It doesn't work that way.
"Blogging is so fun and easy. All you have to do is take pictures for a living."
This coincides with the above answer. While blogging is fun, it is really not that easy and if it were, literally everyone would be a blogger. A lot of people attempt it and yeah, it's saturated but not many survive in the industry because it will drain you. If you're not passionate about it, if you're not willing to sacrifice your social life and sleep, then you aren't going to make it. OG bloggers had it easy, less competition. However with the saturation today, all of us have to work 3x harder with content and imagery. We all have to step it up and explore the depths of our creativity to stand out. So no, it's not easy but it isn't considered work when you love doing it.
"Bloggers are stuck up and self centered."
I can't speak for everyone on this one because honestly, I met a few who are into themselves (and think they are better than the rest of us). But, I can say that everyone I personally do associate myself with are so amazing and talented. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people who are stuck up and self centered in every industry so you can't just point the finger at bloggers.
"Bloggers are models."
Some are actually models and actresses, alongside with blogging but not all of us are. Bloggers are not automatically models. I would consider ourselves more of marketers rather than models, since we're often trying to sell the brands we're working with. Blogging is not based on looks, but upon style of the influencer and their creative vision of content creation. So we apologize for having the same poses in every shot and for not having a full face of makeup all the time.
So those are the top misconceptions of bloggers that I've ran across. I'm sure there are a lot more assumptions about us out there and totally feel free to ask questions in the comments section below!