5 Things Most Bloggers Are Probably Tired of Hearing

March 10, 2017

Eleven months into the blogging industry and I could never be thankful enough for all the opportunities that has come my way in such a short span of time. I know I'm too far from being a famous blogger like the ones I've idolized since Tumblr days, but I've had my fair share of ups and downs based on my experience. And clearly, there are certain things that most bloggers and influencers could relate to.

Here are 5 of the most unsolicited statements thrown at bloggers (that would definitely make you raise an eyebrow).

1. Wow, blogger.

Often seen on comment sections of photos portraying artsy ootds, product shoots and the like. Even non-bloggers who are just taking their IG-game seriously gets ridiculed for being "pa-blogger". At first sight, you won't notice if it's a compliment or what, but in reality, it's just a subtle way of shaming bloggers for what they do. Newsflash: it's none of your business. Why is it so hard for you to just respect and support what we do? Or at the very least, just leave us alone if you don't have anything nice to say.

Don't get me wrong. Constructive criticisms are very much welcome. I'd appreciate it if you'll correct a typo error or my grammar or you got tips on how I could improve my content. That's fine. Just don't ridicule the term blogger/influencer nor shame people over it.

2. Can I have some of your free stuff?

Unless you're family, the answer is always NO (but this doesn't mean you can have my lipsticks, dearest sister). Those products were sent to me in exchange for an honest review, and clearly, that doesn't include anyone else's participation.

I worked hard to maintain this blog, exerted effort in producing content, and built enough audience to share my experiences with. You can't just have them for free just because we're "friends". (Yes, that's an air quote.)

3. So I would just set up my own blog, do reviews and get sponsored?

I am not discouraging you to do so. By all means, please feel free to set up your own blog if that's what you like. I could even help you set it up if you politely ask. But please please please, don't just do it for the sponsors and free stuff. Yes, those perks are pretty awesome, but it simply doesn't work that way.

Blogging, just like any other craft, requires passion and determination. You have to love what you do! Success isn't some magic that works overnight and knocks on your door in the morning.

I've come across some people labeling themselves as bloggers/influencers, harassing brands, companies and even other influencers for sponsorship with their e-mails, and eventually, tainting the term "blogger" as people who clamor for instant fame and freebies. That isn't doing any good to other people in the industry who've worked hard to be where they are now.

4. So... you're basically doing nothing. Well, that's easy.

Just because we're all for aesthetics doesn't mean we have it easy. Everything requires hardwork. We spend hours (or even days) to get the perfect photo or to write a blog post just to deliver the best to our readers (and of course, the brands who trusted us).

Maintaining a blog includes (but is not limited to) product shooting, writing, content creation, editing, marketing, advertising, networking, and html coding, most of which were self-taught. A lot of bloggers (including me), operates a blog alongside an 8 to 5 day job. Now tell me that's "doing nothing".

5. Hi! Can you advertise our company? We are willing to pay you $5 for a blog post with 1000 words and a side bar ad for a year.

And what's even worse? Asking us to do it for free. Some even have the guts to point outin a very condescending waythat they're actually giving me a favor, and I'll benefit more from them so I should be willing to do it for free (and that's coming from an unknown foreign company which is probably just trying to increase their back-links, yes I know some basic SEO so you can't fool me).

Okay, maybe they're right. I know I'm not some famous blogger who gets to be picky about sponsorship offers, but come on. How about a common courtesy of introducing yourself or your product first before shoving your 5-frickin-dollars on my face?! Freelance does not mean we work for free. As much as possible, I try to work with brands which I truly believe in, so a little marketing on your end wouldn't hurt. Be respectful and reasonable. Do not impose demands and expectations when you're not even willing to meet mine. It's not like we, bloggers, owe you anything anyway.

Stop making it seem like we're all hungry for your money and will do whatever it takes just to get sponsors. I still want my dignity and credibility intact afterall. If you had approached me in a nicer way, I would've given you a waaaaaay more favorable and flexible response. Respect begets respect.

What are the craziest remarks you've heard as a blogger?
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