Saturday, 20 February 2016

The Reality of Blogging


People outside of the blogging community seem to think we have it pretty easy. I mean sure, bloggers get some incredible opportunities but it's not as if they aren't deserved. 

Lemme breakdown the not so glamorous life of a blogger (aka my not so glamorous life).

Writing A Post
Expectations: Sitting in an all white, fully IKEA furnished office surrounded by fairy lights happily tapping away at the keyboard for a couple of hours.
Reality: My posts are written from my favourite place on earth, bed. No make-up, greasy hair scraped back into some sort of a bun with an endless supply of caffeine. I end my days with hair like a mad scientist and feeling pretty frazzled.

Blog Promotion
Expectations: Scheduling a few tweets here and there from a totally organised list of URLs and post titles.
Reality: Never in my life will I be this organised. Honestly, I gave up on scheduling blog promotion a few months ago and just tweet about a post whenever I remember. #Professional

Socialising
Expectations: Going to a different event everyday of the week, drinking prosecco and eating macarons.
Reality: For the most part, blogging is actually pretty lonely. Well, it is for me anyway. Sure, I talk to people on Twitter constantly but as I spend all day everyday on my blog, I rarely leave the house.

Photographs
Expectations: Take a look at any blogger's Instagram... Perfect pictures everywhere you look, right? Not a flaw in sight. One click of the camera and the photo is ready to publish.
Reality: A blogger leaning over various items scattered on the floor, situated by a window, holding a camera. Yes by a window, meaning everyone who walks past can see you. The things we do for a flat lay.

Clean Photo Backgrounds
Expectations: Having several white surfaces dotted around the house ready and waiting for you to take all your product photos on.
Reality: Lugging an A1 Flipchart Pad around your house to fool everyone that your house does actually contain said white surfaces.

Working With Brands
Expectations: Having freebies delivered to your door left, right and centre with having to do little or nothing in return.
Reality: Working with brands is a two way street. Sure, bloggers receive PR samples and are gifted items but it's extremely rare that they are entirely free. 9 times out of 10 it's in return for a review which is just as, or if not more stressful than writing an original post. It's all totally worth it though, building relationships with new and exciting brands is one of my favourite things about blogging.

Networking With Bloggers
Expectations: Everyone getting along with each other and having the same opinions on everything. 
Reality: Wherever you go/whatever you do, this will never be the case and you know what? That's ok! You don't have to like everyone and you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. 

It's nice to step out of my comfort zone with blogging and writing posts that are much more personal.
Also, thank you to everyone who read my previous post on anxiety, it means a lot and I'm for sure going to get started on my mini series ASAP!

Are there anymore 'Expectations vs. Reality' examples you can think of relating to blogging?
If you'd like to see another post like this, let me know and I'll get my thinking cap on.

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  1. This was great! :-)

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  2. Laughing at you lugging the flipchart around haha! I don't think there is a single white surface in my house apart from my bath, so I carry around sticky back paper 😂. This are all so true haha xx

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. My marble backgrounds are sticky back plastic, the secrets of a blogger haha! x

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  3. I definitely agree with some of these, blogging isn't all events, marble and blogger mail x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. It's not at all, but they do make it fun! x

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  4. Love, love this post! So true! Thanks for sharing, Kat! Looking forward to your next post as always! X

    http://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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  5. Working with brands reality: the post man hates you and thinks you are just addicted to online shopping....

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    1. So true haha! It usually means several trips to the post office too with those annoying red cards. x

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  6. Love this, I get my bf to lug around my backgrounds. Another one for photos is if the weather is awful - ain't no pics going to be taken.
    I'm a lonely blogger too, lets be friends lol.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

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    1. Haha I love it! Oh god yeah, those pesky clouds and of course, let's be pals! :)

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  7. This is great! Bed is the place to be... obviously!

    Hannah | Oh January

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  8. This is all too true! haha My 'white background' is literally a slab of white countertop my bf cut down into a small square for me so I can lug it around with me in my apartment to find the best light hahah

    Renee | Lose the Road

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    1. LOL brilliant, I love how nobody seems to have an actual white surface!

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  9. Haha I love this post! I totally agree with everything that you said!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  10. Love this Kat!! It is much harder than many expect but love it anyway! The white surface thing ahhah, I do have a lot of white in my room but half the time it's me trying to clean the White surface and, like you, standing at a window in plain sight of everyone trying to arrange a few lipsticks ahha! We must seem crazy: 'first sighting of the neighbour: oddly positioned with a camera over what looked to be a few plants? Odd' xxxx

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    1. My room is like blue/cream/wood - not a white surface in sight! Haha I know right?! People must think we're so strange, especially when out in public taking photos. xxx

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  11. Couldn't agree with this more! Whenever people find out I'm a blogger, they just lash 'stereotypes' at me, it's definitely not what people think - It's hard work and I think bloggers aren't credited for the amount of hard work and dedication they actually put into their blogs and posts! Great posts!

    BLUSH & NOISE

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    1. Omg totally, I'm constantly asked about the things I received and about it being actual work. Like it's none of your business, keep your nose out haha!

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  12. I love this so so true! There is not many of use with actually marble counter tops either... haha x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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    1. You're definitely right, my marble surface is a £4.99 sheet of sticky back plastic from eBay haha! x

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  13. I absolutely love this post! So many of these things are true. I can't really agree on the brands part. I don't even understand how to work with brands. Do you approach them or do you just wait for them to contact you? It seems very scary to me. I think I'd rather just keep blogging for myself, maybe. Though it would be nice to get noticed for your hard work.

    Love, Eline | www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Well recently I've started emailing brands and have had a really positive response but up until this month I always waited to see if anyone contacted me. I think once you contact your first brand, you'll be more confident about approaching them. I think PRs prefer if a blogger contacts them as it shows they have initiative and are actually willing to work with them. xx

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  14. Haha oh how true these are! I don't think there's one I could argue against here! Loved this post xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Such a great post, and so so relatable!

    Emily x | emilyclairewrites.com

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  16. Oh my god haha, the white background one is 100% me! I've just got this massive piece of white card to lug about, need some marble white surfaces in my life ASAP. xxx

    hannatalks

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    1. Haha I'm glad we can both relate to that one! Get yourself to eBay and buy some sticky back plastic, you'll never look back. xxx

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  17. Everything about this post is soooo true! People think we sit down at desks and have endless amount of time to write all these posts in fact most of the time I do mine via email anyway on the way to college or in bed at night to save time! These people will never know haha x

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. So true haha, I'm constantly doing things on the go - my hands and eyes are permanently glued to my phone! x

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  18. I loved this! Blogging has made me realise how dark my flat actually is. If you'd have asked me before I had started I'd say nice and bright and airy, now I'm like nope! x

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    1. Thanks lovely! Omg I KNOW? I have a huge window in my bedroom which I used to think let loads of light into my room but it actually doesn't. I only have a small space to work with when it comes to blog photos! x

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  19. I really loved this post! It's all a bit "Wizard of Oz"/man behind the curtain this blogging lark,isn't it! The illusion of clean white surfaces really perplexed me at first, I think I thought every blogger lived in show homes with marble or white wood surfaces everywhere! ;-)

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    1. I can relate haha! When I first started I was like ok my house is NOT blogger friendly at all... Turns out we all seem to be in the same situation! :) x

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  20. OMG haha this post is amazing and made my day, you succeeded in spotting the light on the reality of behind the scenes of our lives as bloggers :D

    JULIE || cuteiinstgram.blogspot.com

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  21. I loved this and it's definitely true! I always feel crazy taking photos in front of a window - the things we do for good lighting!

    Caz | This is Caz

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  22. Love the comment about the flipchart for the white background. I've yet to get my flipchart!.... But I do have my list of urls ready for scheduling! ;) #SundayBlogShare

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  23. I love this! I defiantly agree about the socialising! Obviously I talk to a few of you on Twitter but for the best part I'm sat in bed with my laptop and phone being completely unsocial to the world! If it wasn't for Twitter I don't think I would be very social at all haha! I have yet to find a white surface in my house but hunting for something to do my flat lays on! Xx

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  24. The reality is sometimes a little sad when it comes to blogging. I wish sometimes that it were a little more of a nicer group of people (and usually it's not a bad experience). Blogging isn't really as glamorous as people think it is. I usually end up blogging in my pjs with a bun and coffee in hand. lol
    xx Belle

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  25. Haha this proper made me laugh Kat! I'm the same as you, I write all my posts in bed, wearing pjs and looking like a greasy mess. I also can't wait for the day I have a nice bright Pinterest worthy office space!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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  26. This is sooooooooooo true. This made me laugh, I can't even with the reality.
    Love, Fads

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  27. Girl, I can not agree more with everything you just said! This is the life of blogger and don't get yall fooled when you see bloggers' instagram! Loved, loved reading this :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  28. The flip chart had me in giggles. You're posts always hit the nail on the head perfectly! Great post lovely lady

    Hannah xx

    www.thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. This post is to true, and I couldn't help but laugh. Fabulous post, Kat!!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  30. This is hilarious! I'm currently in bed and wearing a top that probably should of been washed a few days ago...NICE! I'm also going to have to adopt the A3 piece of paper tactic soon as my new house has no surface for pictures! *sobs manically!*
    Jess @ www.juicyyyjesss.co.uk

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  31. This was great! Can definitely relate haha!
    Olivia xxx
    www.sunshineinadress.com

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  32. Such a fun and lovely blogpost! I can definitely relate haha! X

    LITAH

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  33. This is one of the BEST posts I have read in a while, hon! You made me laugh, made me go "amen" and made me go a little sad. And that's why I love you. You are you and that's amazing. These points are so true in so many cases!
    I wish I had an A1 flipchat pad haha :D
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  34. Yep, you're so right with these haha! So many people just don't understand what is actually behind blogging. It seems easy from the outside!

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  35. You're right with loads of these! I'm especially guilty of lugging around a foam board to try and get the perfect pic!

    Becky
    Blogger & The Geek

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  36. Haha I laughed at these! Especially taking backgrounds around the house and hovering by the window.

    Four Cats Plus Us x

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  37. Ahhh I'm such a bad blogger friend I remember reading this and forgetting to comment!! Let's go! I love love this one so much !! You are literally spot on hahaa .. My blogs are normally written in pjs with makeup smudged all over my face and NOT A WHITE BACKGROUND/DESK IN SIGHT! Also - definitely feel you about spending so much time taking the perfect shot - my aim for my future home is to have it as blog friendly as possible!!
    Saira
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  38. You've totally hit the nail on the head with this post!

    Sophie | www.astoldby-sophie.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. Relatable! I love this post. Not a flat lay enthusiast myself (yet) but getting the perfect pic nearly always involves crouching in some unnatural position for a ridiculous amount of time!

    talkstageytome.co.uk

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  40. Haha this is amazing and so true!! The flatlay is my favourite - my god the things I do! X

    www.stylepetal.co.uk

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  41. Loved this post, Kat! It's so true! I always feel so embarrassed when taking pictures right in front of my window. I feel like people think I'm crazy or something. Looking forward to future posts! X

    http://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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  42. I can so relate to this! Especially the part about blog promotion. ;)

    Amelie | A Wanderer's Adventures

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  43. HAHAHA, these are too true! This is such a great post - the effort that goes into bog upkeep is woefully under appreciated! Another reality - expecting ideas for blog posts to fall beautiful and effortlessly onto the page when in reality, you're left pacing around your flat thinking "what about my spatula? Can I write a post about my spatula?!"

    Leigh | http://thewritingcampbell.wordpress.com

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