Since I started blogging I’ve been asked the same two questions over and over again, “What does a blogger even do?” And “How can I become a blogger?”… With these questions usually come common misconceptions, misunderstandings of what I actually do for a living and whole lot of stuff behind the scenes that not many people realize goes down. So I decided, let’s “blog” about it, duh. Let me share a look into what so many people don’t understand and a full play by play of what my day typically looks like. What does a blogger even do?
Well, for me at least, a WHOLE LOT. It’s not just pretty picture taking, traveling and free stuff (which we pay taxes on…so essentially it’s not free). Yes, that comes with the job, but before I get to do those things there’s a whole lot of behind the scenes and hard work that goes down.
Side note: this is not me complaining because I LOVE what I do–it’s simply just to inform.
Now, back to the behind the scenes work..before I even get to do shoots, there’s hours of emails, hours of outreaching, hours of collaboration meetings, phone calls, etc. I brainstorm, I write things down, I get turned down–it’s all one giant circle that happens over and over again. I rack my brain for new material, literally ALL, DAY, LONG. The second I think of a great post, I drop everything and write it down or I promise I will forget it amongst the chaos.
On photoshoot days before I even get to head out to a shoot I spend hours getting everything in order because a typical shoot consists of 8-10 different looks, products or shots. I’m making lists to make sure we get everything perfect for any companies we’re working with, the perfect shot to showcase to y’all or just how I’m going to keep baby girl content for a 3 hour photo shoot. I write down every single thing that I have to shoot, where it needs to be photographed, how and how many pictures of that style I need.
Then during the actual shoot it’s a giant juggling game of keeping baby girl happy, changing her and my outfits behind bushes, laughing in between and trying to bust through them without freezing or sweating to death (depending on the time of year). Once that shoot is finished, it’s a whole lot of (hopefully) baby naps and me back to work! These shoots happen anywhere from 1-3 times a week.
That’s just the beginning y’all. The work of a professional blogger literally does not stop. It’s a 24/7 job of keeping up with social media, blog posts, deadlines and emails. Trying to think of new content that’s interesting, but unique and not getting disappointed when we see all of our hours of hard work fail miserably in the matter of minutes when a post doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
We are constantly looking for new writing opportunities, opportunities to get our name out there more and the chance to finally get our “big break”–that one post that’s going to go viral or help us grow huge! We spend years upon years working our tail off, only to spend another few years doing and hoping for the same thing.
Travel, it’s a must. It’s fun–but in most cases we are headed to some sort of conference or blogging convention where we can network and meet other bloggers. (Which don’t get me wrong–it’s seriously so fun!) BUT who wouldn’t want to be in Mexico laying poolside in the sun?! Exactly. Not to mention, when we travel most times it’s out of our own pocket and not “gifted” to us, but necessary to keep up with our job.
The competition–oh…the competition is FIERCE. I mean, how many bloggers do you see on the Internet a day? EXACTLY. That’s the competition I’m talking about. BUT you have to be happy for those that really succeed because you know how much hard work went into it and you just hope and pray you’re next.
Cyber bullying. That alone is a full time job. Comments of how awful of a Mom I am or how pathetic my life is to body shaming and name calling over a simple post of how much I love my family. You name it, it’s probably happened. For some reason people have a much easier time bullying behind the screen of their phone or computer and guess what–we get to be the victims to a HUGE chunk of it.
Computer work, I’m talking emails, blog posts, outreaching, event planning, picture editing, the list goes on and on forever. That in itself takes up a full work day of about 10 hours, but doesn’t include anything else we have left to do. We also have social media, literally on every single outlet. Pinterest content takes an hour to create, Instagram posts another 30 minutes, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, it all adds up and it all takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes.
On average, I work anywhere from 10-15 hour days, sometimes more. I LOVE it, so much–seriously it’s my passion. But know that I work, a lot and most days are stressful and chaotic in between the pretty squares on Instagram. Blake usually goes to Grandma’s house 3-4 days a week and when she’s home with me, I am working while wrestling with her. I AM a full time working Mom.
We outreach, get pitched ideas and get so excited when we see that email titled “Collaboration”, only to sometimes find out that things aren’t paid. Only…and I hope this doesn’t come off wrong..we depend on a paycheck just like you do every two weeks. So as much as I would LOVE that new t-shirt, it doesn’t pay for my baby’s food or my mortgage. And small businesses, I GET IT, trust me I get it. I actually used to have an Etsy shop–I understand that you can’t pay for a collaboration on top of sending free product, but I also have to make a living, keep things authentic and make sure I’m not over doing it. The balance is probably the hardest part. We put (well at least I do) hours and hours into each blog post, pictures and social media promotion to make it real, authentic and something y’all (my readers) will LOVE and unfortunately we just can’t do that for free.
Finally, if you want to become a blogger, do it! Seriously, follow your dreams. However, know that it takes a LOT of hard work, years of dedication and most likely a flood of tears to really get it going. It doesn’t happen over night and quite honestly, you’ll have a goal of where you want to be and if and when you do hit that goal, you’ll just have another one you’re trying to reach. It’s a little game… 😉 Ha!
Moral of the story, it’s not just pretty pictures, spending money, a clean house and laughter. There are tears, food on the floor, babies crying and we are all most likely struggling to make ends meet just like you are. It’s life, but we do our best to promote positivity, follow our dreams and attempt to make it in the crazy world of blogging.