Rants and Whimsy

The 5 biggest misconceptions about bloggers

January 27, 2015

There’s a lot of blogger-hate in the world. Mainly from people who don’t read blogs and wouldn’t have the first clue what they’re on about, so it’s probably pointless writing a blog about it and hoping to see some change in the world, but tough. I don’t blog for the people who hate blogging. I blog for me. And today I’m blogging about the biggest misconceptions the general public has about bloggers.

1. Bloggers are self absorbed
Wandering around with their heads up their own arses thinking the world revolves around them because they’re on the internet and a small group of like minded morons follows them on Twitter and double taps on all their selfies on Instagram. That’s what they think. Well, actually, you won’t get very far in blogging if it’s all about you.

You need to play nice in social situations. You need to get on with your fellow bloggers and be part of the community. You need to comment on other blogs in a meaningful way that shows you actually read and enjoyed the blog. Not just begging for follows on Bloglovin’. You need to generate content that people who don’t know you or care about you might actually like to read. If you can’t do those things you probably won’t do well as a blogger.


2. Bloggers needs to get away from their computers, get out and get some fresh air
Seriously. Live your life while you’re young and get off the internet for a while, they say. Well, they obviously don’t know much about blogging. You don’t generate much content by sitting in your house for hours on end photographing your feet. The best blogs are written by those who get out and experience everything. Depending on their blog genre, they go to the cool places on holiday, they eat at fun restaurants, they play around with clothes and makeup and hairstyles and they do fun things that they think their readers might like to do.

Chances are they’re “living life to the fullest” (whatever that means) far more than the average person on the street because they consciously make a choice to do as much as they can so they can make their blog as good as possible. Actually, doing all this fun stuff is a good part of the reason why so many people blog.


3. They live their lives through a lens and don’t appreciate the moment
Even when they get all this free stuff, and go to all these cool events, bloggers don’t appreciate it. Look at them all, sitting there staring intently at their iPhones and their DSLRs and making sure their prawns are in focus. They’re not enjoying the food. They’re not having a good time. They’re just viewing it all through a filter. That’s what they think.

Well, actually, if you’re a blogger you need to be paying a lot of attention. You need to have stuff to write about when the time comes, not just have photos of the event. You need to soak up the atmosphere. You need to remember which course had a ginger-y aftertaste. You need to take notes, request lists of ingredients, and identify the point of difference that this experience offers. No one is ‘living’ through a lens. They’re just making sure everything is pretty.


4. Bloggers are flaky and they just do it for the freebies
Shallow. Grabbing at all the freebies they can get and then writing platitudes so that the freebies keep coming. Can’t trust those bloggers.

Well, the best blogs have a variety of balanced opinions about the things they do and the places they visit. Some people may only write nice things about everything and accept every invitation they receive, but that gets boring quickly. Not just for the readers, either. Once the thrill of the freebie wears off you realise that you kinda owe someone something, it becomes less fun for the blogger. Going out to a bloggers’ event isn’t exactly like going out with your friends for a fun night out. You don’t get to choose the people you dine with (though they are usually all lovely), they’re often on weird days, and you’re expected to take nice photos and then write a nice article about the whole thing. You don’t get paid for any of it unless you’re a big shot professional.

Basically, you quickly learn to only accept invites to the places you want to go to, that mesh well with your blog. You learn that writing about stuff you care about is why you started blogging in the first place. Spending hours of your life promoting stuff you don’t like for no money is no one’s idea of fun, so it doesn’t happen too much and it’s obvious when it does.


5. Bloggers need to get a proper job and learn the meaning of hard work
Again, only a non-blogger could think this. Most bloggers have ‘proper’ jobs and work 40 hour weeks in addition to their blog. Even those that have a family fortune / partner who financially supports them / unicorn who shits gold in the backyard have to work their tail feathers off. Your blog won’t earn you any money until you’ve got a big audience. You only get a big audience by producing a steady stream of consistently excellent content over a prolonged period of time.

You need to learn about photography, writing, and timetabling. You need to spend hours putting these skills into practice. If you want to be a successful blogger, you will learn all about hard work. Freebies or not. You will become intimately acquainted with it and with its little sisters ‘dedication’ and ‘consistency’. That’s all there is to it.

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  • Love love this! I have issues though – my unicorn has stopped shitting gold and now just lies around watching Friends on Netflix.

    Goddam unicorn!


    • Hehe, sounds like he needs a four leaf clover smoothie and a bit of rainbow time. Unicorns get a bit like that in their old age! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  • So true..I have a bag that states I’m part unicorn..I keep checking my stools but so far na-dah.. Xxx

    • Clearly the back end isn’t the part of you that’s unicorn…

  • Love, love, this post!!! Blogging is so much time and effort…if people are doing it for freebies they’re pretty silly!
    Lots of love,

    • Well, each to their own, but it’s not really a ‘freebie’ if you have to work in exchange for it and write a blog. Things folks don’t realise, huh?!

  • its frustrating. I have a full time job and this week I have no free evenings with events etc. Don’t get me wrong, its really fun and you get to meet loads of great new people, but its tiring, especially when people say” all you do is get freebies”. You dont.

    • Yup. You have to work your arse off for those ‘freebies’. And frankly if this was your paying job you’d charge a lot more than the cost of a ‘mascara’ or whatever for all the time that goes into a single blog post! πŸ™‚

  • isabellasewell1

    Loved reading this, so true! I love blogging, but it is hard work and people often think I’m doing it as a jolly and its not a proper way to spend my time – what you test recipes, cook them and write/photograph them? Easy life! Grrrr! Need to find me one of those unicorns…

    • You really have to love doing it to be bothered with all the admin, that’s for sure. People also don’t realise how social it is, and how much of a community bloggers have built! It’s hard work at times, but it’s definitely worth it or else no one would bother πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for posting this πŸ˜€ you’re tight there are people that just do it for free stuff & don’t blog for the passion of it anymore !

    Serene xoxo


    • Well, if they’re doing it for the free stuff I reckon they’re earning it. Blogging is time consuming! πŸ˜€

      • πŸ˜† definitely, LOOOOOL! πŸ˜‚ those type of bloggers disappoint me! I thought blogging was to share your love for a particular thing & open up other peoples views on certain things !!!!

        • Definitely. If you’re not passionate about something your readers will see though the whole thing sooner rather than later… and without readers the “freebie express” tends to lose its steam…

          • definitely, nothing gets me more than all your posts saying ‘ I looooove this product’ because it’s all been sent to you & you can’t give an honest opinion on the product – fearing you’ll upset the company LOL!

  • All of these misconceptions probably came from people who read blogs that aren’t so good. Gripe #2 especially doesn’t make sense — how can anyone blog without a life full of activities to blog about?! I love that this post breaks down misconceptions AND is a “How-To/Not-To” on blogging.

    • Bahahaha. I think some older folks see young people on the computer all the time and don’t realise how social it is, and that your life away from the computer doesn’t necessarily suffer!

  • LOVE this! So true! I have a full-time job and work on my blog on the weekends and evenings, as well as living my life, seeing friends and family, travelling, and all the rest of it. People don’t realize how full-on blogging can be and how much hard work goes into it! I’ve spent the past 3.5 years, hours every week, building my blog up around work hours, and still people accuse me of just being in it for the freebies. If only they knew the time, effort, and money I put into it!

    C x
    Lux Life

    • Oh yeah, if you have a successful blog then your life pretty much becomes engulfed by it! People need to realise that you don’t get freebies unless you’ve done the work to back it up.

  • ALL OF THIS. I wish more people realised that bloggers are some of the hardest working people. Unlike people who can ‘switch off’ after a 9-5 job a blogger’s work starts when their day job ends – living interesting lives and then taking the time to document it and present it for the informative and reading pleasure of their readers. In a way our work is never done! It really gets my goat when people think that all I do is swan to fancy restaurants and events, and get showered with gifts; but happily more and more people have been praising me for all my hard work – a friend said she admired how I have three jobs (including blogging) and called me a ‘workaholic’, best compliment ever! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Abso-frigging-lutely! I mean, all I ever do is swan about, occasionally wade through the pile of presents at the door, and then I just get my gold-shitting unicorn to do all the photography, writing and actual posting. He’s good like that. πŸ˜€

  • Oh this is simply brilliant! Thank you for putting my exact feelings into words so accurately and succinctly – I’m going to forward this to anyone who ever makes a snide comment about blogging to me ever again!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Thank you, hun! I look forward to reading their snide remarks in the comments section. I’ll send my unicorn round to give them some ‘horn’. Haha!

      • Haha! Please send that Unicorn over! Polly x

        • I’ll give him a kick in your direction πŸ˜‰

  • Hannah Warder

    Another excellent post Frankie! Especially the unicorn part πŸ˜€ I definitely think I make an effort to do more exciting things now that I blog – I’ve been to some amazing food festivals over the past year that I’d never have gone to before x

    • Thanks Hannah! Great point. I think some people don’t realise that instead of making you some self absorbed twat, blogging can actually make you a more well rounded person. πŸ™‚

  • This is such a well-written post with all VERY valid points! I agree that there are some misconceptions about bloggers, but from where I’m sitting it seems you’ve disproved all of them πŸ™‚ In my experience of blogging, everyone has been overwhelmingly kind, lovely and caring towards others – so the idea of anyone being self absorbed is utter madness!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice ο»Ώ


    • Exactly! I’ve me so many great people through blogging. Thanks for reading, and thanks for the kind words πŸ˜€

  • So true. If nothing else, at least you gave us bloggers a good laugh πŸ™‚ OMG laughed soooooooo hard at “You don’t generate much content by sitting in your house for hours on end photographing your feet.” Thank you for putting this post together I really enjoyed the read πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for reading it! Maybe I should put together “footblog.com”. I can take foot photo submissions from disgruntled bloggers and post a new one each day. Would probably attract a lot of weirdos, though…

      • Haha to each his own I suppose!

  • I actually used to be really shy about telling people I blog because of all these reasons! I hate how some non-bloggers always smirk and think ‘how hard or time consuming’ can it be eating then spitting the experience out into words and photos!

    • Solidarity, sister! It’s obviously a little bit of jealousy, otherwise it’s hard to figure out why they would even care.

  • I agree with every word written on this page. Well said May Fairy!!!

  • Yesssss! Well done! All of this! xx

    • Thanks Amanda, I’m glad I got it out of my system! x

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Well said! I would even go so far as to say I effectively lose money by blogging because the hours I put into it could easily be spent taking on extra shifts at work which would be more lucrative than the occasional blog – related complimentary service. I’m sure it’s probably an overall loss of earnings for me but I’ll happily take that because I love writing so much & my life feels happier for doing it ☺

    • This is true. You have to do it for the love.