Tuesday, 7 June 2016

3 PERCEPTIONS OF BLOGGERS THAT PEOPLE HAVE WRONG

Since leaving the magazine industry to concentrate on my YouTube channel, and now start up my website; I've spent a lot of time getting to know bloggers who started their working career doing just this. Some people criticise this field, and I must say I didn't really realise how much I admire this industry until now...


ONE: They work harder than (generally) anyone else
WOW. I didn't know *long working hours* until I started doing this. And I'm not blogging 4-5 times a day. It's intense and bloggers don't get enough recognition and respect for the work that they do. I am not a full-time blogger (I work for different brands aswell as my channels) and my normal working day is 8:30am - 9pm. Well, when I'm working from home it will be until midnight - and that's completely normal for a full-time blogger. I'd swap the term full-time for 'life' blogger; and they deserve every bit of success they've achieved through their hard work.

TWO: They are more technical than you realise
Think setting up a website/blog and YouTube channel is easy? Think again! I am *not* a technical person; but after I got myself into a situation two years ago where somebody had helped me build a YouTube channel and then ditched me - I spent out for the equipment and sat on YouTube for hours to learn how to use a camera and edit videos. These girls - usually that have come straight out of school, or are still in school - have taught themselves everything from scratch. Coding, editing, SEO, analytics, website building, photography, videography - the list is endless. And I can say that even myself; starting this super-simple website right here at the age of 24 - it's not as easy at it looks. The skills and knowledge that these girls have is truly incredible.

THREE: They are more clued up than you think
I took the leap last year to go freelance and work for myself; and I've had to work my butt off ever since. Especially when first starting out; work doesn't just arrive at your doorstep on a plate. You have to actively go out there and pitch work, build relationships and start to try and make money. Once you've got the contacts, you have to negotiate fees and contracts. Oh and then don't get me started on having to professionally chase payments once they're overdue. And just to add on top; receipts for expenses, the tax return. It's incredibly daunting and something that I'm still learning. But when I realised that there are so many bloggers that have started their career at this point, it really got me thinking.

In short; these girls are business women not just 'bloggers'. High five to you girls. You're doing AMAZING and you're the best kind of inspiration out there.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this in the comments below - I'd love to hear! xxx
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  1. Amazing article! I really want to get into YouTube and blogging and I'm still stuck at where to start. I have a YouTube channel with my friend which unfortunately at the moment we can't keep up as we live far apart and our jobs and life seem to get in the way! I was lucky enough that she edited all our videos and done all the technical stuff but trying to start on my own I have no idea where to begin! Xx

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    1. Aw thank you so much hon! It's a lot to take in, but I promise as soon as you start cracking on with it you'll pick it up really quickly :) thank you for taking the time to comment xxx

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  2. I can't wait your next blog post babe ����

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  3. This post is amazing. I have a blog and i know on my own how hard it is to keep up with everything. I am still at schoo and doing both can be so stressy sometimes. And i really hope i can make this my work someday and i hope that i can learn from people like you about how i can actually build it up right and just everything.
    And btw i really love your blog so far can't wait for more :*

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    1. Thank you SO so much. You're doing amazingly juggling your blog with school. Keep it up and wishing you all the best of luck :) xxx

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  4. This is very true, I have my own blog and have just starting out. I'm juggling tafe at the moment as well as planning and creating blog posts. It's tricky with all technical stuff but nothing is better than google!

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    1. Google is what gets me through!!! Haha thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's so much work but it'll pay off :) xxx

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  5. Daisy, you're gorgeous as usual! I love your sun-kissed skin! Anyway, I agree, most ppl don't think about all that goes into blogging or vlogging. I have the most respect for all of you! Congratulations on your website! I look forward to all your future work!

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    1. THANK YOU so incredibly much. Really means everything! xxx

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  6. Daisy, this post is amazing and, so so true! When I started with blogging (or just keeping an online diary) I had no idea..that I was doing absolutely everything wrong. With years I educated myself about blogging, how to..., SEO and I still don't know everything (coding duh). And people still think that blogging is easy and that bloggers are dumb. -_-
    Btw, your website is so pretty!

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    1. Exactly!! It takes so much time to do your research and learn. I've got sooo much to learn still! Thank you so much :) xxx

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  7. I'm just starting my own blog and I loved reading this post. It's so much more work than I realised, you are literally left on your own to find out everything - from taking good pictures, coming up with good posts, organising your time, editing, and doing it all yourself. I can spend hours on a small detail that I'm stuck on and I don't have colleagues or a manager to ask for help. But it is so worth it and so enjoyable, love your blog!

    xx Rapunzel
    https://rapunzelthepsychologist.com/

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    1. You're so right!! But yes, it is so worth it :) thank you so much - can't wait to check out your blog now! xxx

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