LIFESTYLE / WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE BEING A FULL TIME BLOGGER
Oh heeeeey. It's currently a Thursday afternoon and I'm sat on my sofa with my big fluffy dressing gown on, tapping away at my laptop. I couldn't be channelling The Anna Edit vibes more - but I'm always totally cool with that. Anyway, today (as I'm writing this) marks ONE WHOLE MONTH of blogging full time and doing some other bits and bobs on the side - not the sleazy stuff, don't worry haha.
I know many of you loved reading my post all about why and how I decided to make the decision to quit my job to pursue my passion - if you missed it, you can read it here - so I thought it'd be a nice idea to give you a bit of an update on how it is all going.
Firstly, I've gotta start out by saying that it really isn't as glam as it seems. A lot of my friends and family think that I'm just gallivanting around in new clothes all the time, eating out at fabulous restaurants and sippin on Prosecco. And sure, there's definitely an element of that BUT I'm only allowed to do all of that fun stuff because I work frickin' hard most of the time. As I said, I'm currently sat here with my hair up in a bun, rocking my really unsexy glasses and I'm snuggled up in my star print dressing gown... so yeah, not so glam after all, eh.
I always aim to be very transparent with you all so below I'm going to outline not only the many pros of being a full time blogger, but also a couple of the cons too.
Pursuing your passion, whatever that may be, is the most exhilarating feeling. The fact that I can get up every single morning and still feel super pumped and excited to start writing is just the best. If I'm honest, I kind of expected that to wear off a little but I think because I'm constantly learning and developing my own writing style, as well as writing about new and different topics each week, I'm always raring to just get going!
I knew pretty early on in my working career that I wasn't the type of girl who could deal with the whole 9-5 working routine. Even though my last workplace was really quite relaxed and chilled, I really hated being strapped down to my desk for set times of the day. I absolutely love that now if I'm super exhausted, I can have a mini lie in or that if I want to get up at any point to make a cup of tea, I can, or if I feel like taking a 2 hour stroll in the middle of the day, I can do that too. Having such control over my working day is so bloody fabulous and is a real luxury.
Not only do I have full control over what times I work but I also can work from pretty much anywhere in the world. A lot of my work is in fact done from my phone and I'm quite an on-the-go lady so I tend to schedule tweets and Instagram posts, network with other bloggers, as well as reply to emails, when I'm out and about. You might know that my Dad lives in Rome (read my review here #shamelessplug) so it means that I now have the freedom to go see him whenever I like and not have to worry about booking off annual leave. It also makes spontaneous plans a hell of a lot easier - if I wanna pop on the train to see a special someone, I can do! That is a massive benefit for sure.
Working from home and not having any colleagues to fall back on to chat to about bits and pieces has meant that I've forced myself to be even more sociable. It's given me the opportunity to meet up with sooo many more like minded people and I've made such genuine friendships through the blogging community.
I've also found that I've become more and more confident with my own personal style, as well as how I look generally. I'm much more daring with my clothing and I don't know if it's because I have a "fashion blogger" title, but more and more I don't give a f**k about what I wear, and rock stuff even if people might judge. I actually wrote a short snippet about it on Instagram so you can check that out here!
Now for the one you've all been waiting for... I'm extremely fortunate to be sent quite a lot of goodies from PR companies and brands, with the hope of me reviewing them on this blog. I genuinely don't think that receiving things in the post from brands will ever get less exciting; I feel like the most spoilt girl ever and it really does feel like Christmas morning whenever something lands on my doormat. I GET. SO. BLADDY. EXCITED.
I get approached by some very strange brands sometimes - I won't name names because they may stumble across this - but basically, they're just weird or just not in line with my 'brand'. On the surface it doesn't sound so bad... "just say no", right? Well, I'm REALLY terrible at saying no to things. I'm that girl who gets sucked into ridiculously expensive phone contracts because I can't bargain or say no to the silly man at the other end of the phone. Vodafone, if you're reading this, help a girl out please. Back to the point, I've really had to up my "thanks but no thanks" speech.
Working from home can be a very lonely world sometimes. Not having colleagues or day-to-day normal interaction is something that I battle with all the time. Of course, there are days where I'm out and about at meetings, or events, or taking photos with my photographer pals, but, there are also days where I really do just need to knuckle down and get s**t done in front of my laptop. No distractions. No going outside. Full on work mode. Those are the days where it can feel a bit lonely and claustrophobic.
Hahaha this is quite a funny one but my god, photo shoots mean that you see yourself in some really terrible angles. I've seen every single facial expression I can make and I've also seen some absolutely soul destroying double chins and the like. I remember one of the first times I worked with Holly, she later sent across approx. 600 photos for me to review. I almost died. Nobody needs to see their face that much.
This is probably quite an obvious one but the earning capacity isn't as reliable as a normal day-to-day office job. The main thing I loved about my previous job was that I knew exactly what I was going to be coming home with every single month, however now it's a bit of a guessing game. Don't get me wrong, I'm not struggling and am very fortunate, but because it's bits and pieces here and there, you never really know until you check your bank balance and do some adding up. Also, although I've not experienced this, many bloggers complain that chasing up invoices can be a right old pain!
I'm surgically attached to my phone. I was pretty shocking at this even before I quit my day job but now that Instagram and other social media platforms are part of my job, I find myself checking it pretty much constantly. In the mornings, all throughout the day, even in the middle of the night sometimes - very naughty, I know!
Days off and weekends just don't exist anymore. I actually got spoilt rotten by my mum last week and she took me to a spa for a day of pampering which was reaaaaallly lovely (thanks again mum!) but the reaction I got from other people was "oh how lucky, you're taking the day off to go to the spa"... PAH, no chance! I wish. As I said above, yes I get the flexibility of choosing my own working hours but I work EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Without fail. I post on Instagram and Twitter daily, which takes a lot more work than people may assume, and post on this blog 3 times a week so there's genuinely always something to do. It often means that if I want to take a large chunk out of my day to, for example, go to a spa, I have to wake up even earlier to get stuff done and also work a lot later too. There's no rest for the wicked.
I think I've rambled on enough, don't you? Anyway, in summary, as like every other job out there, there are both pro's and con's buuuuuuuuut I have never been happier and more confident in my decision. In only 30 days, I've met some fabulous people, honed in on my writing skills even more, got the working flexibility I've always craved and also had the opportunity to work with some really amazing brands. ALL IN 30 DAYS. Roll on the next month I say!
Are any of you thinking of taking the plunge? If you are, I'd love to have a chat with you, give you some advice or whatever. Basically, I just love a chinwag.