Blogging: Myth vs Truth

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For bloggers, we face a lot of stereotypes. They can be good, or they can be bad, but some of the time, they're not an accurate representation of who we actually are. 

This post is really going to seem like I'm coming across as being a bully, or a bit of a d*ck, but that's not what I'm doing. For the purpose of this post, I'm taking some 'blogging stereotypes' that either I, or my followers have come up with so I can purely debunk them. It's not me picking fun at people, it's just some harmless debunking and showing non-bloggers what we as bloggers are truly like. So once again, I'm not doing this to pick at anyone!

Myth 1: Only girls/females can be bloggers

NUH-UH, wrong answer. Fun fact: there's no specific gender you need to be to be a blogger. Sure, there seem to be more females out there than males, but you just gotta dig deeper than just a 2 second search on Twitter, Bloglovin' or on Google. A few of my favourite male bloggers are: CJ, Rich, Mike, John, Liam, and Marc and they are all very lovely people who blog about brilliant things which I think are amazing, so hats off to you guys and every other male blogger out there - keep doing you!

Myth 2: Every beauty blogger can afford high end products

Whilst this may be true for some, it's not true for all. I know a lot of beauty bloggers that thrive from primarily using highstreet/drugstore products, and that's perfectly fine! A lot of the things you can find in Boots and Superdrug are actually really decent quality and can do the jobby just as good. There will be a few high end things dotted around here or there, like the Modern Renaissance palette, or any of the Too Faced palettes, but sometimes they're gifted for an occasion like a birthday!

Myth 3: ROSE GOLD EVERYTHING

As much as I adore rose gold, I don't think every single blogger out there does. I'd be surprised if I couldn't find a blogger that dislikes rose gold. I do see quite a few flat lays or blog photos that do have something rose gold in them, but I tend to see them less and less as time goes on. If I think about it, I actually own 2 things which are rose gold, which is my Tesor necklace, and a pen which I had for Christmas (which I adore, but not because it's rose gold!).



Myth 4: We get so many freebies

As a blogger who has been around for almost a year, I haven't actually once received anything free. Whether that's a shock to you or not, I have no clue - but there you have it. The ever so shocking revelation of a blogger! We don't get free things all the time, and some of the time we do partnerships where we purchase a product first then get promo codes for ourselves and for the public. I guess if you're a blogger which is substantially more popular, you may get sent things from companies but for us little guys, we don't actually get that many!

Myth 5: We only blog for money and fame

I'm actually yet to find a blogger who actually blogs for either, or both of those purposes. Sure, there are bloggers out there who go full time and get paid for their content, or we write the odd one or two pieces for something and may get paid, but a lot of the time people either blog for numerous purposes, like to be able to express themselves openly and wholeheartedly, to provide help, to have an escape, for a hobby, for fun. For me, I initially started writing to have an escape from being bullied and my negative thoughts, then it progressed into being something I loved and wanted to pursue as a hobby. I don't wish to become 'famous' from my blog, because that's not what I blog for.

Myth 6: Every photo taken must include a white background, or white marble

Yes, we all have our preferred 'Instagram aesthetics', but we don't all fish in the same pond! Sure, these can make photos pretty, or make a flat lay look more 'aesthetically pleasing', but we don't all do this. A lot of the photos I take tend to be of a landscape, or of something in public with a lot of different colours included. 
It's very rare that I'll take a photo which has a completely white background. I can also hand on heart say I've never actually used white marble, (or any kind of marble for that matter) for a photo. There's nothing wrong with using a white background, or white marble for photos, as they can really tie a photo together, or make a product you're photographing pop.


Myth 7: Everything is always positive

I can tell you now, it's really not. We all have our good days, and we all have our bad days. Bloggers choose what to post publicly, and decide on what to keep private. For me, I like being an open book as I feel better when I vent, or write on a personal level. I do like to share my positive things online too, whether it be through my blog, Twitter or Instagram, as well as sharing little motivational things for others, or for myself if I feel particularly crappy at some point. All in all, not every day is a happy day and just because we may seem all happy and bubbly, we're not always.

Myth 8: It takes little to no effort to blog

If you say this to a blogger, they're more than likely really taken back by what you've said. Sure, it may look like to just words and pictures on a page, but to us bloggers, it's more than that. It's a lot of time, effort, motivation and dedication. Did you, for me, it takes me roughly an hour and a half per blog post from start to finish? Sometimes, I don't even have the motivation to blog, which makes my blog suffer as my regular readers may switch off from reading my content. Blogging takes a lot out of us, especially if we use our own photos as opposed to stock free images. We need to edit them as well, and see if weather permits for our photos to be able to be taken. So, next time you say blogging takes nothing, think about what I've said before you do!


What are your blogger myths/stereotypes? Do you think we are disadvantaged by them? Let me know in the comments, and let's start a discussion!



Disclaimer: Header image is not mine, it's a free stock photo!

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Have an amazing day!

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32 comments

  1. Loved this post chlo. A lot of these things I reckon loads of people think. Whenever I get something from the post I'm quite often asked if I get it for free and I'm always like noooo!

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    1. I thought it was really relevant since there seem to be quite a few things non-bloggers don't realise from a bloggers perspective!

      - Chloe
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  2. Loved reading this post and I completely agree with what you've said! People shouldn't assume so much haha 💖

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    1. I got the inspiration after someone tweeted about one of their friends saying that blogging doesn't take much to do. Personally, I haven't been told that but I've seen it floating around!

      - Chloe
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  3. It's crazy how people stereotype bloggers these days but I guess it's still relatively "new" in terms of us being used in marketing, and I relate to quite a lot of these things. Thanks for your recommendations on the male bloggers - I don't actually follow any so it would make a nice change!

    One of my blogger myths is that we have to take photos of every single thing and put them on insta stories, and that everyone is perfect at flatlays (or maybe I'm just a bad blogger oops).

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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    1. It's no bother at all, they're all extremely lovely bloggers and easy to get along with! I've heard those myths before, and definitely something I should've mentioned!

      - Chloe
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  4. These are so true! Blogging takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of people don't see that, its also something I love to do and I'm fine with not earning money from it x

    http://velvetblogsx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It really does take a while, especially if people take time to edit their photos and have to go out and take them! Me too, I'm totally happy doing it and not earning from it!

      - Chloe
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  5. Everything is so true! Most people think blogging is so easy and doesn't require work but it actually is loads and loads of work! And yeah, you don't always get freebies and money. I mean not right after starting. This is such a great post! xx Corinne

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    1. It really does take a lot from start to finish, now that I think about it! I've seen a few people get some freebies/tester products, but not too many. Thanks so much for the comment!

      - Chloe
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  6. 100% true! I love the bit about it taking little or no effort, is definitely be taken back!

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/march-2017-lush-giveaway.html

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    1. I think that's one of the biggest myths out there, in all honesty. It's definitely a whole 'Don't knock it until you try it' kind of thing!

      - Chloe
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  7. Hi, I loved reading this post. I personally love rose gold and would love a watch in this colour, a girl can dream. Oh I personally prefer colourful backgrounds do I missed have the must be white ��, Chloe #TeacupClub

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    1. Me too, I love rose gold watches and would definitely love one at some point. I prefer patterned or coloured backgrounds as well, but it depends what for!

      - Chloe
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  8. This post is right on the money! I've been blogging for over 18 months and have seen no freebies or sponsored posts. So I know it's not all about free stuff 😂 Great blog post!

    -amy
    www.scarielsgrotto.com 🖤✨

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    1. I've seen the odd one or two, but not loads! Thanks so much lovely, and thanks for the comment.

      - Chloe
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  9. Loved this! Especially the part about doing it for money and getting loads of Freebies, because that just isn't true!

    xo Millie
    www.modishrambling.com

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    1. Definitely, couldn't agree more!

      - Chloe
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  10. These are all so true!! Really enjoyed reading this post x

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Megan!

      - Chloe
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  11. so true! great post :)

    https://letsgotravel.blog/

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the read, Amber!
      - Chloe
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  12. Only been blogging for a year, but I so agree! I remember someone saying try blogging you'll get money and free stuff! ha! Still love it even without any financial reward

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    1. Same here, I love blogging and don't care that I don't get paid for it!

      - Chloe
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  13. Such a good post, especially for those thinking of getting into blogging! I think these stereotypes actually make it more difficult for us to be different, there's lots of pressure to do what others are doing! I definitely also agree that blogging is all about self-expression!

    with love, b.xo | withloveb.com

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    1. Thanks so much, lovely! Pressures to be the same are so high and breaking from the 'norm' can have it's effects. It really is about self expression, and loving what you do. If it starts to become a chore, then you know something's wrong!

      - Chloe
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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post and agree with so many of those points. The other one I think is that most people think all bloggers get paid loads! Most dont get paid at all x
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. I can't believe I missed that one! I think I seen before that someone said they reckoned bloggers and YouTubers like Zoella/PewDiePie got paid the same! So glad you enjoyed the post, lovely!

      - Chloe
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  15. Bud this is amazing and I think you've definitely cleared up a few myths!! Xx

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    1. Thanks bud, glad you think so!

      - Chloe
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  16. Haha I've never heard the rose gold one before! All the rest- totally blogger cliches I would say ;) Myth 7 is definitely the most interesting to refute- it is easy to feel pushed into the positive direction! Which isn't the worst thing, I suppose...

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    1. Totally agree with you, whilst it's not the worst thing, it can make a strain on some bloggers to try and fit a certain niche of always appearing happy or optimistic!

      - Chloe
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