Lately I’ve been so busy with my social media; from building up my Instagram, vlogging for my YouTube, creating videos for Vlaugust, blogging… it’s all pretty intense sometimes especially when you share your social media job with another full time job. It’s really easy to see why successful bloggers give up their jobs for this one; it’s very time consuming but totally worth it.
Today I wanted to share with you the ups and downs that I’ve found come with blogging or having a social media ‘career’ in general, as I’ve been doing this properly for about a year now. When I say ‘properly’, I mean considering it as a career path after university as it’s something I have a huge passion for.
So let’s start with what I’ve found to be the positives so far;
The main thing that I love about being a blogger, be it on Instagram, YouTube, wherever, is the chance to let my creative juices flow. I love creating amazing content that I am proud of, taking photos and editing them to look just right, getting excited for my posts to go up and for people to appreciate the work that I’ve put into them. Blogging is such a great creative outlet, and you don’t have to be some kind of computer wiz – trust me, I am god awful at all that stuff! Your passion will shine through in your work if you really put the effort in, it’s definitely worth it to see people comment how much they enjoy your content. I love getting positive feedback on projects that I’ve spent hours and hours labouring over; it’s amazing to know that people recognise your creative flair and the effort you’ve put in!
Despite all the hard work that goes into being a blogger and trying to create a career for yourself out of it, there are definitely so many opportunities that become open to you if you really work your ass off on this. What other jobs have the option to work from home, make your own schedule, travel and meet interesting people, work and collaborate with brands, and create content that you’re genuinely proud of and love? I love the fact that this job is so open to flexibility, and that the hard work you put into it genuinely pays off in a way that you can see. My Instagram is bringing in the opportunity to work with different brands and give reviews on products that I enjoy using, whereas a year ago this wouldn’t have happened as I have put in so much work to creating my profile since then. Seeing your hard work be rewarded like this is definitely a plus, however it will take time so the sense of discouragement is something you have to learn to put aside, and instead focus on the improvements that you’re making!
However there are obviously downsides, and I’ve tried to summarise the main ones;
Long Work Hours
This has definitely been a downside to the whole blogging world, especially as I have an existing full time job that I need to prioritise as it’s my main way of earning money. I put a lot of effort into my blog and Instagram in particular, and often spend hours taking photos and creating posts that offer good quality content; after a 10 hour shift on my feet all day I will come home and edit photos, plan the blog posts for the month, check up on collaborations with brands, draft out post ideas, keep up to date with Instagram followers and making sure I interact with them enough… it can be quite draining sometimes when all I want to do is close my eyes and rest my brain. However, my work schedule is quite sporadic which means that some mornings I can work on blog posts as I won’t have to go into work until 4pm for the evening shift, so that’s how I’ve been able to keep up with it all so far. I’m pretty worried about going back to university in September especially as it’s my Year Abroad, as I’ve got an overwhelming amount of things planned for my social media so I need to stay on top of it all as well as socialising and settling into my new life abroad! A blogger never stops…
There is a lot of negativity surrounding the world of blogging, particularly from people that aren’t really interested in it. People can find ways of putting down what you do if it’s not something that they would do themselves, or if they don’t really understand why you’re doing it. Sometimes I get really nervous posting my YouTube videos to Facebook as I know many people on there aren’t that supportive of aspiring YouTubers and bloggers- it’s really disheartening to worry about the comments of people you don’t even talk to anymore. It’s difficult to navigate around people who consider blogging just a hobby, something to fit around the more important aspects in life. How do you explain to these people that this is what you want to do as a full time job? That some people make a very lucrative career out of it, and that it’s the first thing you’ve been truly passionate about in years? It’s important to brush aside negativity and concentrate on your own goals and reasons for doing this, but that’s not to say that pessimistic comments and attitudes don’t chip away at your confidence sometimes. It’s all part and parcel of doing this though, I guess.
I love what I’m doing at the moment, I feel like lately I am really getting into the blogging world. I’ve found my voice; learnt what I love to write about, speak about, post about. It’s all coming together and I really feel like in a few years I could make this a viable career. I have until I graduate to see where this takes me, it could just remain a passion or could turn into something more; for now, those are the challenges that I face daily but ones that I’d take on the chin again and again to carry on with this beautiful career.
To all my fellow bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers- I respect the hell out of you, keep at it!
Lots of Love,