Myth buster: 3 things you didn’t expect about the Blogger Life

Myth buster- 3 things you didn't expect about the Blogger Life

When I started blogging 4 years ago, I didn’t even know it was a possibility to work at it full time. When I learned that it was possible, I did everything I could to make it happen, because blogging is what I love most. I worked super super hard (for free), I read about it constantly on IFB and I managed a full time job while working full time on my blog. Then, I tried to make it happen, and it didn’t work. I went back to my full time job, thinking it was impossible to do this in Quebec. Then, a few months ago, I tried again and it worked. Still, people are so judgmental when it comes to my work and my daily routine. After all those caricatured blogger videos, some think that all I do is snapping pics of my green smoothies. I know it is hard to picture a day in the life of a fashion blogger, so I decided to play “myth buster” and tell you a little bit more about what being a full time blogger entails (I swear it is not what you think):

  • I am always in front of my computer

Yes, it is true, I spend most of my day in front of a computer. This means that I am either writing for the blog or doing freelance work. I know how the ins and outs of social media platforms and I understand HTML. I look at youtube videos when I feel like trying something new (videos, photoshop) and I spend a lot of time editing photos. Being a blogger means managing a small company alone. For example, this means answering multiples e-mails in a day, doing taxes, creating newsletters, bargaining, calling for tech support, etc. So no, my day is not all about wearing princess dresses and snapping pictures of my breakfast. It is more about working super hard behind a computer. Most of the time I end up doing it in my pyjamas.

  • The Glamour part is only 10% of the job

When you want to blog, you have to work hard, really hard. Some people think all I do is go to events and drink champagne. Again, this is a myth. I sometimes do not even have time to attend those events, because I am too busy working on the site (writing, taking pictures, editing them, phone calls, answering e-mails, solving a tech problem). Yes, those soirées are fun, since you get to meet people or see your blogger friends, but they are not everything. Plus, most of the time, when you attend, you have to take pictures there, edit them afterwards and write a paper about the night (yes, which means, work!).

  • I am no Bill Gates

You probably read those article mentioning fashion bloggers who make millions. I read them too and I must say I am always surprised. I know the location factor doesn’t help (being in Quebec), but I still have to work for other compagnies and individuals to make a living out of this. I write for magazines, I create Instagram content for brands, I manage Facebook pages and I am also a stylist. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE doing this, but you end working much more than 40 hours a week. It is not your typical Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm type of job.


Were you expecting those 3 things? Do you still have questions regarding the blogger life?

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Gabrielle Lacasse

Gabrielle is the founder of Dentelle+Fleurs. As a young woman with a creative soul, passionate about writing and photography, she uses the web as an artistic platform to share her ideas and work.

  • Love it! And so true…especially #2…during fashion week for example, it is literally the craziest amount of work. I don’t think people understand that part.

    • I think people do not see that part because we do not talk much about it. All we post on Insta/Twitter are the parties, the outfits, but really, it’s all about the work!

  • It’s so true. It is Sooo much work. Honestly, I’m just starting to understand it all and managing it all is pretty intense. But it’s fun for the moment and I’m willing to work very hard for the very small chance I may be able to do it full time… We’ll see. At least I’ll know I tried!

  • Katia Houle

    This is so revealing!
    You know I read an article saying that moving out of New York City really helped a blogger amp up her fashion career due to the simple fact that there is just so much competition in the big fashion cities. Quebec might not be such a bad choice after all!
    xx

  • Great post!! I’m just starting out & I’m trying to devour as much info as possible, do you or anyone else have a list of books they can recommend for fashion and beauty bloggers? I have read a lot but love to hear more books so I can read and learn as much as possible!!
    Thanks
    Aimee

  • SeriouslyBang.com

    I just started my blog less than a month ago as I’m in between jobs and I now have the time to put a lot of effort in. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to manage everything when I do get another job! It’s definitely a lot of PJs staring at a screen! – Audjii