Blogging and Influencing are two ventures that seemingly go hand in hand, and though to many they seem like ‘dream jobs’ there’s a lot more than meets the eye and I’m definitely experiencing this first hand as I go along. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many different companies in such a short amount of time, and even have a photo of mine used in VOGUE (I’m still in shock over that one) but I’m quickly realising that the amount of effort required to be successful is next level. On top of this, my mindset has completely changed with regards to how I go about my life. Everyday activities like going for coffee or meeting up with friends can sometimes be tarnished by pressure to create content for both my blog and my Instagram, which is completely fine, but sometimes it can be really hard to create a balance between my personal life and social media, and I find that I can struggle to ‘switch off’ and I know that’s something a lot of bloggers experience, too.
I’ve been blogging and influencing now for around 8 months and personally, I’ve found that these last few months have been extremely instrumental in helping me shape a plan for the future. For the first time in my life, I feel clarity when I think about my future and where I’d like to be in 5 years… whether I get there or not is another matter but I’m a firm believer that if you want something enough you can absolutely achieve it and get to where you want to be as long as you’re determined and back yourself. My dream is to become a full time blogger and I don’t see that as something that is unattainable. I’m starting to profit from doing something that I love and my plan for the next year or so is to get a freelance writing/content creator job which would allow me to blog/influence part time without too much pressure and devote much more of my time to it as well.
So, is it all it’s cracked up to be? Put simply, yes! I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given from having a blog and being an influencer. However, like everyone on Instagram, you make life look a lot more glamorous than it actually is and this is definitely the case for me. I’m extremely picky about what I choose to post on Instagram and for every photo that I post, you can be sure that I’ve taken around 200 other photos and then spent around 30 minutes narrowing down my favourite ten, editing them all and then deciding which one is the most, ‘Instagram worthy.’
…My iPhone storage HATES me.
Not gonna lie, it’s such a weird feeling to be paid or gifted items by companies in exchange for a photo on Instagram and it’s super surreal to see something that I never thought I would achieve slowly start to come true. If I was told eight months ago that I would have a photo that I took in VOGUE for example, I’d have never believed it. That being said, I’m a really determined person and when I set my mind to something, I try my absolute hardest to achieve it. When it comes down to it, I can honestly say that I’m so happy that I decided to create a blog! I love being able to talk freely and having the chance to connect with lovely, like-minded individuals and I’m so excited to really push myself this year and see what happens, both as a blogger and influencer. That being said, writing is my first love, so a dream of mine is to be a contributor or editor for a fashion magazine on top of all this.
Right now, I’m learning more and more everyday how to balance blogging/ Instagram with having a job, being in university, and having a social life. I wont lie, it can be hard! However, I absolutely love it and I’m excited to see where this year takes me, especially as my first youtube video is planned for this month!
Keeping it real though, I have struggled in some ways, here are my top three that I’ve experienced:
- My Motivation
Sometimes I lose motivation and then beat myself up about it because I like to create content regularly and feel organised. I’m a creative person and I love photography so I really enjoy the creative control I get over both my Instagram and blog. However, sometimes I just don’t have the time, or, put plainly, I’d rather spend my afternoon with my friends or doing something really productive like watching Game of Thrones from the beginning (we’ve all been there) and then I get into a rut because I feel guilty for not keeping on top of things. On top of uni and other regular life things I have a job in retail so sometimes all I want to do is put on my pjs and sleeeeep.
2. Creating Original Content
I think this one definitely ties in with planning and organisation. For me, I don’t struggle with thinking of new types of images to take but rather, making sure that the end product is what I envisioned at the start. I’m also incredibly picky about what my feed looks like and I actually whiten my background in each picture in order to make my feed look brighter and more eye catching. I know that it just comes with practice (and time!) and I feel like after graduation, I’ll be able to dedication wayyy more time to this.
3. Posting Regularly
I’ll be the first to admit, I definitely need to post more regularly on both Instagram and my blog. At the moment it can be really difficult to maintain a routine but I find that I’m slowly getting better and sticking to set times and set days to post as I go along. Personally, I would like to post at least one picture a day on Instagram and I need to post twice a week on my blog (I’ll be able to post more as soon as I graduate)… just wait on me!
This blog post was kinda long but I just wanted to share my experience so far in the world of blogging and influencing. No matter what, I’m so glad I took the plunge and started doing this last year (I was really scared about what people would think) because it’s made me a much happier, confident person!
Hope you enjoyed angels 💓
Until next time,