Photography by Katherine McMorran
Blogging’s a funny thing. You either get it or you don’t. A lot of my friends really don’t understand it. Not that they don’t try to of course. They ask loads of questions, but I think it’s one of those things that you have to be a part of to really get it.
One of the main misconceptions about blogging is that I’m in it for the money or freebies. After all, what other reason could there be for me to spend so much time on my blog? Well actually, there’s many reasons. Don’t get me wrong. I love it when I make money, or when I get sent something to review. I can’t deny that it brightens up my day, and event invites will never not make me feel cool. But there’s so much more to blogging than just that.
The support and help I get through blogging is astonishing. Seriously, if I’m having a bad day I know without a doubt that I can turn to twitter or one of my blogger WhatsApp groups for help. Even though I haven’t met most of the people I talk to, they never fail to cheer me up. When I broke up with my boyfriend I woke up the next day to so many messages full of love and good thoughts.
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In the past year I have had the opportunity to go to some amazing events. From the Debenhams event back in January, to the BPerfect Cosmetics LMD launch a few weeks back, they have all been so much fun, and I have to pinch myself every time I get an invite. Events are amazing for so many reasons. There are, of course, the obvious reasons: the free cocktails and food, the cool locations, the goody bags… but best of all, they give you the chance to meet so many people. Events have given me the opportunity to put faces to names, and to talk to people who have inspired me and my blog.
Blogging has also taught me so many things. I now know how to use a DSLR and, if I may say so myself, by pictures these days aren’t half bad. I have learnt a lot about google analytics, coding, SEO… the list goes on. Because of blogging I now have so many new skills that I can add to my CV. I’ve even had countless interviews because of my blog (no jobs as of yet, but I’m sure there is one to come).
Don’t get me wrong. There are times when blogging annoys me. The shitty views despite the long hours, the drama on twitter, the crappy instagram engagement. But no matter what I think I would miss it if i was to ever leave. Last year I made the choice between keeping or deleting my blog and I’m so glad I could keep it. It’s my little piece of the internet. Where I can be free to write about what I want. Wether it be makeup, clothes, or just a rambling post like this one. If someone was to take that away from me, I would be very upset.
The next time somebody asks me why I blog, or insinuates I’m in it for the freebies, I think I’ll have to direct them to this post. Seriously guys, there is so much more to blogging than the blogger mail that comes along with it. Trust me, if there wasn’t I would have given up a long time ago. I put my heart and soul into my blog. Maybe that doesn’t come across sometimes, but I really do. I spend upwards of 30 hours a week on my blog. It’s almost like a second full time job. And do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.*POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS