My attitude toward blogging switches daily; often torn between being embarrassed about how I spent my free time, or being pretty damn proud of myself. 

Today, like most days I'm a little undecided but spending the day creating anyways, and whilst I'm trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing with my time online, I thought I'd share some of the reality of being a blogger. 

realities of being a blogger - sarahlaublogs
realities of being a blogger - sarahlaublogs

If you've been here a while, you might remember that I've actually been blogging since 2013 - using this website as a place to dump my creative thoughts or a place to simply chat shit and I've loved it so much, I've not stopped. 

Having had a couple breaks here and there, 2020 has been the first time in a while where I've managed to creative consistently; not only on my blog but through it's connecting social media channels too and I've loved it. It's been such a weight lifted off my shoulders to find this creative outlet again and give myself the time and energy to create on a daily basis. 

That being said, it's been a rocky journey getting to this point, lots of self-doubt, tears and tantrums alongside buzzing days, working with brands and making some of the best friends online, so I thought I'd dedicate today's post for anyone who once blogged or for those thinking of starting a blog, sharing some of the realities of being a blogger... 

realities of being a blogger - sarahlaublogs

I've always known my strongest quality is being a creative person, as a kid I loved drawing and painting and over the years I've tried my hands at every possible creative & artistic hobby - literally from dancing, painting, sewing, jewellery making, creative writing  and longest love - photography. 

Honestly? I've not been able to master everything I've tried but I've loved having the opportunity to try but when I first logged into my blogspot account in the new year of 2013, I knew this would suit my perfectly. 

Whilst I think blogging and content creating has become my perfect creating outlet, my biggest downfall is having to be a pro on every social media account! It's not just about what you write on your blog's about creating content on Instagram, being a member of the community on Twitter, gaining thousands of views on Pinterest and even creating video content via IGTV, Reels & TikToks. I mean, I love the opportunity to experiment as much as the next person but I feel like I'm spreading my creativity so thin with all these expectations. 

Honestly? I've never had shit for my blogging and actually I'm often celebrated for the things I create online, yet when I mention that I do this as a side hustle - I cringe. I fear that a persons first reaction will be 'well it's not hard is it' or I'll instantly be judged for *wasting* my time on something so silly...

But actually, blogging is one of the best things I decided to do. Starting this website on a whim back in 2013 was one of my better decisions of my early 20's. Not only has it given me the opportunity to meet some of the sweets pals on the internet, it's allowed me to play with my creativity but it's also given me life some direction in terms of my career. 

Not only that but I've been able to learn so much more about photography, writing and general content creating, I'm learning more and more about SEO and other crucial skills for working within this area. So much so, that I'm now able to use my own knowledge around online creating and social media and help my family and friends who are also wanted to share small businesses or similar content online.

realities of being a blogger - sarahlaublogs

Whilst many of us admit that it's more about the passion we have for our creativity; we'd be lying if we didn't admit how much we appreciate the pay check from time to time. Unfortunately for me I've never seen a consistent pay from my blog but that's never really phased me, it's always been that little bit of extra cash & during times like a pandemic it's been greatly accepted. 

Over the course of this year it's been brought to more peoples attention how brands are wanting to send you *gifts* more and more rather than paying for your time and whilst it's a tricky subject to cover, I'll be happy to share my thoughts on this in a more details post, if you'd be interested? 

Being gifted products is a pretty lovely experience, knowing a brand has seen your content and the work you put in and wanting to have you involved in their campaigns is great! And there's so many reasons and occasions when accepting gifts will work well for you; but remember you're actually spending you're time and money creating content for a brand in return for a product! 

Like I said, this is a massive topic and one that lots of creators are focusing on at the moment. Whilst I believe accepting gifts from brand you truly adore and want to work with is perfectly fine, remember that in some instances, if they're asking for too much from you - ask for payment! There's plenty of content creators, articles and even youtube videos which delve into this whole topic and discuss how much to charge, how to approach this subject with the brands & reminding you not to undervalue you're time and worth! 

...Woah! Blogging is a weird topic isn't it, there's so much to consider, loads to learn and so much I could chat about, and if you want me to go into more detail about anything, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Finding myself in the middle of the blogging community is something that shocks me...even to this day, the things that make sense to my followers and the people I follow, doesn't always make sense to my friends and family and if you've ever been caught in the middle of me and blog-ness, I'm so sorry. 

What's one of your realities of being a blogger? What are your thoughts on it all?


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