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A 30 minute phone call with my lola (grandmom) last night reminded me that September 2016 officially marks my 7th year as a blogger! I started my old blog, A Shoe Tale, in September 2009 and I can’t believe it! All the more thinking that some of you have been by my side for that long. That’s honestly why I think I don’t need a big circle of friends because I have you guys :)
Anyway, I wanted to make my blogpost as a 7 year old blogger pretty special and you’ve always asked us what we bloggers really do, how it’s a job, how we earn, how we sustain this lifestyle, how we get to travel, etc. On this post, I’m finally letting it all out! :) Alot of articles has been written about this but they are mostly done by non-bloggers getting bits and pieces from interviews they had with bloggers. On this post, I’m telling you all the ins and bits of what we bloggers really do written by a blogger. Hope you’ll get to understand and appreciate what we do more after reading this. I believe that when you do so, the less hate and wandering you’ll do.
It’s harder than it looks. ALOT harder. We don’t just sit pretty, travel our hearts out, eat in fancy restuarants, take photos and write about it on our blogs later on. While alot of you might agree that we’re not curing cancer, aids or trying to save the world, our jobs are harder than we make it seem to be. Sure, we’re very GGSS (trust me, this entails alot of confidence), all we do on our social media is eat + sleep + go to events + shop but imagine this = we have to dress up everyday, do our make up everyday, take photos in front of people who give us the weirdest looks, negotiate business deals, be our own photographer + videographer + make up artist + hair stylist + editor + beauty, fashion and lifestyle writers + art director + production house + attend events + meetings all in a days work. We literally do that all by ourselves. While most of us already have managers or managing companies, we still do most of the dirty work.
It took us a long way to get to where we are. I’m not saying we’re already big or something but it took alot of patience, hard work and prayers to get what we have now. Imagine it took me 3 years to get my first sponsored travel and a big ambassadorship! :) I was honestly just a broken-hearted little 16 year old girl looking for a venue to write about my feelings and life while I was stuck in my room. That’s how I started. I had no connections in the fashion or PR industry. My family’s not a household name, either. I hate it when people say that we got to where we are because of money. *Rolls Eyes* I guess it was a mix of luck for me, too! While I’m happy to where I am now, Verniece and I still have a long way to go :)
We manage all of our social media accounts. With the trendy social media apps popping up here and there, we have to adjust and go with the times. Sometimes it’s even so hard for us to have social lives when we’re in the zone because we have to update our blogs and vlogs (it takes about a day to shoot just one post!) as well as our facebook, twitter, Instagram, Instagram stories and Snapchat accounts. Imagine how much time it takes before we get to eat the food we took a photo of? HAHA!
It takes alot of money to sustain the lifestyle of a blogger/vlogger. Being a blogger or a vlogger means you always have to be updated with what’s in. You have to keep trying new things to keep readers from being bored with your content.
We’re responsible tax payers. Well I know most of us are. We’re a legit business and the BIR gets a big cut to what we earn on a yearly basis. We don’t work for companies so we don’t have benefits like health, SSS, etc.
We have to meet deadlines as well. We may not have bosses to answer to, we still have big companies we work for :) I think it’s a good thing though as it teaches us to be responsible even if we’re our own bosses.
It takes alot of time for us to get paid. We don’t get it on the 15th or 30th of the month. Sometimes companies take 3-6 months before they release checks to us that’s why I think this job should only be a sideline once I have a family or children to feed.
It’s not Christmas everyday. Being a blogger doesn’t always mean you have projects left and right 24/7. There are alot of downtimes and days when you have nothing to do. But ofcourse, when it rains, it pours! There are only two kinds of days to this job – you’re very very busy and stressed or you’re as chill as a snail.
Even if this post showed you all the hardships we go through as bloggers, I still would not exchange this for the world! I still have to pinch myself sometimes for the way life’s turned out for me the past 7 years because blogging opened so much doors. :) It made me experience alot of things I know I won’t even get a glimpse of if not for this. It made me meet alot of people and see places I only used to dream of. If you want to start you own blog, I hope this post will not let you down but make you excited for what’s to come. Here’s another blogpost I wrote: HOW TO START A BLOG AND FAQ to help you out :) Happy 7th to us, love!
On Vern: Dress from Korea, Jacket from GUESS, Shoes from H&M, Sunglasses from Le Specs, Bag from Chanel
On Verniece: Dress from Korea, Shoes from Valentino, Bag from Accessorize