When we all first started out fresh-faced blogging newbies, we had big, shiny ideas of what to expect from blogging. Would we become famous overnight and be hailed as the next Zoella? Would brands be clambering at our feet to send us buckets of samples? As lovely as it would be, we quickly found out that this isn’t the case. Here's four classic blogging expectations vs the reality.
Writing postsWriting posts is a blogger's bread and butter. It's the good stuff which fits in neatly between the photos and a pretty theme. We all like to imagine ourselves as gorgeous, Tumblr-esque girls sat tapping away on chic Macbooks in the park whilst sipping a Starbucks PSL, whereas in reality writing posts is more often being sat in bed on your dad's old laptop, slurping supernoodles and refusing to get dressed. (We've all been there.)
Taking photographsA huge white studio, filled with gorgeous props, blankets and coffee on tap teamed with a Photography degree, state-of-the art photoshop and a £20000 DSLR camera as big as your head. This is the blogger's dream, and often what I assumed I would need if I ever wanted to make it big. Nah. Turns out all you actually need for blog photos is good lighting, a basic camera, white sticky-back plastic and a free photo editor such as PicMonkey. Job's a good'un lass.
Blogging spaceSearch 'blogging space' or 'home office' on Pinterest and you'll be bombarded with images of clean IKEA desks, fresh flowers and neatly arranged matching stationary. Walk into my 'blogging space' and you'll find me in bed with various notebooks scattered around me. While I would love a proper space to keep all my notes and props together, I'm certainly managing to still function as a kick-ass blogger without it and you should too.
Brand collabsSo now you're a super-duper cool blogger, you inbox is going to be filled 24/7 with awesome opportunities and the postman will be struggling to carry the weight of all your copious amounts of free makeup. Err, no. While I do receive a couple of brand emails every week, most of them hardly ever fit the theme of my blog, and some are just a bit rubbish. Not gonna lie, some collabs have been absolutely awesome and I have loved them, but I'm not exactly receiving bundles of MAC, Benefit & Too Faced through my letterbox everyday. That's just not what being a blogger is all about.
What were your initial blogging expectations?
And what was you biggest reality check?