You know what's difficult? Being a lifestyle blogger. My blog being a cross between lifestyle and beauty (with an emphasis on lifestyle) brings me so much happiness, but some days I wish I'd just stuck to beauty. Today's ranty little post is a list of reasons why being a lifestyle blogger SUCKS.
We literally have no 'niche'.
Seriously, what even is a lifestyle blogger? What are we? Are we food, crafts, fashion, fitness? WHO ARE WE? WHY ARE WE HERE? Excuse us whilst we go and have an existential crisis and stroke our own hair to calm down.
Everyone assumes we love ourselves.
I'll admit, before I started blogging I just assumed lifestyle blogs were just online bragging diaries. OMG no. One of the biggest misconceptions about lifestyle bloggers is that we all have amazing lives that we write about 24/7 and look down on people who aren't as awesome as us. WE ARE ACTUALLY SUPER NICE PEOPLE WITH NORMAL LIVES. We don't get invited to parties every weekend and we aren't BFF's with Little Mix (though we totally wish we were.)
Constantly being asked "Are you going to blog about this?"
Do people really think that one random moment deserves a 500 word post on my blog? Um, no, lol. Lifestyle bloggers do not write about every. single. thing. that happens to them on a daily basis, and we would appreciate it if you just stopped asking us this. In short - we're not going to write about that time we fell over in Primark. That's just embarrassing and not even slightly glamorous.
We don't even like coffee that much.
Why the heck does everyone always assume that lifestyle bloggers are constantly hopped up on coffee and live in Starbucks? BITCH I DON'T EVEN DRINK COFFEE. We're not all super-cool hipsters with square glasses and scarves who sip sugar-free, non-fat, extra-foam caramel macchiatos all day. That stuff is expensive! I'm gonna be like the PG tips monkey and say "I'll keep it tea", thanks very much (and that's with milk and one sugar, you sugar-free hooligans.)
Blog photos are impossible to take.
It's ok for beauty bloggers, they have pretty products they can photograph. But does anyone understand how difficult it is to come up with photo ideas for lifestyle posts? There's only so many notebook and planner photos we can take before our blog looks like an online stationary store... FEEL OUR PAIN, YOU WRETCHED BEAUTY BLOGGERS!*
*Just kidding, I love you all.
We have to have ALL THE PROPS (that we never use.)
Following on from taking photos, we literally can't walk through H&M without seeing something we honestly need to have as it would make such a nice prop. The best part? We will totally forget about it and will cry when we once again complain we have nothing to photograph until we buy something else. Ahh, the trials and tribulations of a lifestyle blogger.
It's actually really hard to come up with post ideas.
Once you've exhausted all the generic 'how I edit my blog photos' and 'what's on my desk?' posts, it's so difficult to come up with new ideas for posts. We may even have to *dramatic music* branch out onto other topic areas *gasp* Oh the shame of it!
It's a tough crowd to please.
When people want to read makeup reviews, they head to a beauty blog. When they want to learn fitness tips, they check out a fitness blogger. But the stuff us lifestyle bloggers write about is so totally random that it's often difficult to find a loyal audience to cater for. It may be hard to believe, but not everyone enjoys reading our ramblings as much as we like to think they do *cry*.
Because even though it's difficult, we wouldn't change it for the world.
Our blogs are our babies. Yes, being a lifestyle blogger can be tricky and downright frustrating at times, but at the end of the day we're still doing what we love on a near-daily basis. Curse our urge to blog!
Lifestyle bloggers, what are some of the difficulties you face?
Is there anything I've forgotten?
Do you even like coffee?!?!