Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Blogger Issue

I love reading blogs. It's an easy way for me to stay connected to things that interest me, especially cosmetics and beauty. Blogs are a great way to get information, and viewpoints - in my case a means of doing some research before purchasing products, but more than that, I like hearing about what other people like and use, and the looks they come up with.

I recently came across this post on British Beauty Blogger (if you haven't checked her out yet, you should! She's awesome) that addressed a lot of pre-conceived notions people have about blogging. The general consensus is that bloggers are 'in it' so to speak, for the money, and the fame, that blogging is a 'middle class privilege' because of the high-tech equipment involved, and worst of all (in my opinion) that beauty bloggers are faff and frivolous. Pah.

While it's true that a few beauty bloggers (and vloggers) for that matter do manage to make money from their blogs, they are few and far between. Most people blog because they love the subject, and they're looking for a way to share their feelings with a world. Personally, my blog serves as a journal of sorts, a way to talk about an aspect of my life that I like.

Blogging doesn't necessarily mean that you have to have the best equipment around. I don't have a DSLR camera, and my point-and-shoot one is more than five years old. I don't have access to Photoshop, and I don't have a team to help me put everything together. I (like so many others) work on my blog in my own time, I have to research and teach myself ways and means to improve it. But I enjoy doing all that.

I think people who dislike bloggers don't understand that our blogs (I shall take the liberty to include mine that category, however loose the fit!) are a work of love. There's so much work behind the scenes - personalizing a blog, taking pictures, editing them, typing up posts - sure, it all sounds fairly cut and dry but there's a lot of work that has to go into it before a post can go up. So for an average person, who's working, or studying, to choose to have a blog, and put it the work that goes into having one, there has to be a well of passion behind it.

I understand that some bloggers are in it for the money. It's in no way or means a wrong attitude to have. The few things that irks me sometimes about bloggers are (1) 'paid' reviews when bloggers choose to not address that fact, because it makes me doubt their claims about a product and (2) when bloggers give 'advice' that is questionable at best and dangerous at worst (because - and I mean this in the least offensive way possible - the number of times I've heard things like 'use lemon juice to brighten your skin' is too damn high). But that's why the blogosphere is a wonderful place - there are so many opinions out there it's possible to really look into the validity of the claims of any product.

I guess at the end of the day, it's your blog, and you're free to do what you want with it, but I really do wish that more people would understand that it's not something that "all the cool kids do" (I seriously had one person say this) or a a get-rich-quick scheme (if it is, please let me know where I can collect my cheques) but it's something that we really do enjoy talking about.

What do you think of blogger and/or vloggers in general? If you are one, what's the most annoying thing people have said to you about it?


  1. I'm glad you addressed this issue because honestly its one that irks me and has put me off my blog a fair bit. If you own a blog, I genuinely feel you should do it because you love it and not because of the money you may earn from it or the 'followers' you have.

    1. I completely agree. I hold no ill will towards those who want to monetize their blogs (but I will admit to trusting their reviews less) as long as they're upfront and 100% honest about it.

      Sure, it's nice to have followers and fame, but nothing can substitute passion.

      P.S. I do miss your blog! Can't wait to see your next update :)

  2. I am so with you on this! When I started blogging in 2009 it was because I loved cooking and baking..I still do and love to share my experiments and experiences with people around the world..its sort of a personal journal and I absolutely love doing it..the idea of making money out of the blog didnt ever pop in my head also but that does not mean bloggers dont do that..infact I have seen so many bloggers jumping into blogging purely for money or for getting free products..the real essence of blogging has completely been lost! Its disappointing to see so much commercialism around blogging....but there are many bloggers out there who enjoy blogging and are passionate about their blog and I highly respect them!

    1. I totally understand the personal journal part! When I first started blogging I had no idea you could make money from one, haha. I do it because it makes me happy. And yes, the number of bloggers who want the sponsorship and the free products is increasing; again, totally fine if they want to do so, but they really need to be completely honest about it.

      I love stumbling across new blogs, it's amazing to see how much passion goes into them. It's also a great way to make friends, haha :D