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What the %$*@ Do Bloggers Do!?

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What the %$*@ Do Bloggers Do!?

October 8, 2017

Chatting About the Love for Blogging

I honestly cannot tell you how many times people ask me what the hell it is bloggers do. My fiance's mom, my mom, PR firms, my friends, acquaintances, the list goes on and on. In this post, I wanted to get down to the details and give you a breakdown of what it is we do as content creators. I promise I'm not just scrolling through Instagram aimlessly. It is work to be on all social media apps. You may not think it is but it's how we grow our brand and get more eyes to our blogs, YouTube channels and other endeavors.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life." - Confucius

Meetings

Many bloggers have a lot of meetings throughout the day. This involves awkward Skype sessions, in person meetings if someone lives in a prominent city with lots of agencies and brands' headquarters (like New York City and Los Angeles.) I'd say once you're doing the blogging more seriously, you have at least 25% of your day with calls and Skype sessions. Even more if you are in a city where you have to travel to meetings.

Collaborations

This is one big way bloggers get paid. I went into the details of how to make money blogging way back when, in this post. When we have signed contracts, there are strict deadlines for various campaigns. If a new product is launching, it is important to get drafts submitted earlier so the brand can review before the content has to go live. Getting the photos taken (or video footage taken) is a lot of work. Not to mention editing video clips, editing images and then writing all the coinciding content. 

Vlogging

I used to spend all of my weekends vlogging, shooting videos, and then editing. This is very time-consuming and it can't be interrupted. It's one of those impossible tasks to multi-task with mainly because it requires your eyes and ears. If I'm doing something stupid with my hands or if I say something stupid, I need to edit that out and if you're not paying attention to both, you will end up with some crazy ass clips once your video goes live. 

Emails

The more emails, the better. This means opportunities are knocking and you have lots of responses to send. I spend a lot of time responding to emails and communicating back and forth with brands. I do a lot of pitching on my own, but I also have a lot of emails sent to me. I don't typically like to leave brands hanging so I respond to most emails, unless they're something super annoying (random guest posts or a brand that's paying $10 for a post LOL)

Interacting

I respond to most messages on Instagram. I respond to emails from my audience, emails from friends, messages from family and so forth. Responding to many people takes a lot of time, but this is my favorite part of being online. It's the main reason I started blogging more frequently, I wanted to meet people from all over the world! It's definitely worked.

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Online Communities

I participate in Facebook support groups, where we discuss trends, new advancements, collaboration opportunities and so much more. We help answer each other's questions which is so incredibly helpful. When you have a place like that to turn to online, it makes a big difference. In order to get help, you have to provide it too so I always chime into threads when I have some insight for my bloggers.

Shop

Rough life, right? Well when fashion is one of your main niches, you absolutely have to check out the latest trends. You need to know what people are shopping for, what the new style is going to be for the next season and how you can get your hands on it as soon as possible. It also helps to have some fashion sense and try on a few different outfits.

Playing with makeup

The same goes for makeup. My blog started as a beauty blog testing various eyeshadow palettes, foundations, etc. I have to actually try all the products that are sent to me in order to tell you what my honest thoughts are, so I have to give myself time to do that.

Affiliates

I have to find a link to everything I speak about or wear just in case someone wants to purchase the exact item or something similar. This is how many bloggers make a lot of money. Sometimes it takes several hours to find something that is similar to what I wore in a particular photo because it may be sold out.

Editing

I spend half my life editing. Editing photos for Instagram, editing my YouTube videos, editing my content in blog posts, editing my hashtags, editing my blog photos, etc. I have a bit of perfectionist about me, without a doubt.

Inspire

Overall, I'd say the biggest goals I've always had is to inspire those around me. My family, my friends. Nowadays, it seems my audience is much bigger than just those closest to me, but my goal has not changed. It is to inspire you.

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Sharing my thoughts on what it is bloggers do, with a full body shot.

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I spend a lot time for blogging and my days end with answering emails and make some printable editing photos that I can sell.

I so agree with you! I work full time so I blog on the side. It can be so difficult sometimes ot fit it in with everything we have going on. However, I find time. Blogging is my escape and brigs me happiness.

I love your detailed explanation. Most of my communication is via email with people who are looking to collaborate or pitch me for products. Writing posts are just a small portion of the time spent on the computer.

I spent most of my day reciprocating, replying to emails and editing photos. It can be tiring, but I won’t change it for the world. I love being a blogger.

Blogging ain’t for wimps: I’ll tell you that. It takes work, work, and more work. However, I’d rather work to be my own boss than work myself to death for a quarter of someone else’s trillion dollar empire.

Yes…. we do all this – and then we also still have a life. LOL. I’m a food and fitness blogger. Which means that during that time, I still have to find time to research exercises, put-together routines, learn them, and test new recipes to make them stand out from the crowd. if I had kids at home, that would add to the juggling. I haven’t met a PR firm that didn’t know what a blogger does, but most of my family scratches their heads.

I wanted to major in Journalism in college but being the good daughter that I am, I followed what my parents wanted for me. My passion for writing never waned, although it took the backseat for a long time. I went back to blogging in 2013 and everything just fell into place. Now, I am happy with what I do, and the best thing is I get paid for it!

I’ve started and sold several blogs in the past decade and I can tell you blogging is tougher than most jobs I’ve ever had. Creating content and building an audience to make it worth while is not something most people can succeed with.

I spend a LOT of time (almost too much!) in my email signing contracts, sending media kits, and pitching. It can be a lot of fun but also WAY busy!

One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve run into is people think bloggers have free time. There are so many elements involved, as you’ve listed, that it’s so much more than a full-time job.

Blogging should be rated as one of the most difficult professions out there. You are writing, editing, shooting videos, clicking photographs, managing social media and so much more!

Some days I just stare blankly at the screen because I can’t decide what to do next!

Love this! Ever since I’ve quite my other job to blog full time, I’m having to constantly explain this. 🙂

I agree! You explained it very well. I love what I am doing, as well as I love myself. So I take care of myself too.

This is a great post on what bloggers do!! I am only a part time blogger (I still work my full time job) but it is soooo time consuming and when people ask me what I do all day I can’t even think of what to tell them!! HA!

My mom and younger sister wants to be a blogger. But both are saying, I think it’s kinda hard to be one. Lol. By the way, nice outfit.

I never thought that I would be a blogger. I do enjoy the blogging world. I can do this work anywhere and anytime. The best part of blogging for me is building network.

Your posts about blogging are always the best! I I reply by to all my insta and blog comments by the end of the week.

Indeed!!! I spent over 7 hours on Saturday of all days fixing a major error on my blog that was NOT caused by me but having to go from http to https. While others are enjoying a day off we are working! Blogging is the #1 most challenging career I have ever had and this is coming from someone who sold pre-need cemetery property at one point! No joke! LOL I love it though!

We bloggers put in a lot of hours but I love being able to stay home with my kids.I dont love all aspects of blogging like the scheduling of social media.

i tell people i blog and when they don’t get how i’m explaining i then say i’m a freelance writer and get paid to write. that seems to satisfy them.

I don’t think people (family, readers, friends, even brands) realize how much work goes into creating a blog post. It’s isn’t just about getting free product. I love the work though because I get to try new things, learn about new trends, become a better educated consumer, and meet really interesting people.

When you put all on paper like that it sounds we do a lot! It’s a lot more than even I realized and I’m doing all of that.

Yup, it is a lot of work, that’s for sure. I mostly blog because I love to write and it helps keep me sane. But I do go through a lot of emails per day, that’s for sure.

Oh my. It is hard to tell someone what a blog is or what bloggers do. I was trying to explain this to my mom the other day. She didn’t get it. LOL

Blogging is taking too much of my time. I am hoping to see any improvement since I am following a better schedule and strategy now. i think it is normal when you are still starting out like me.