#2 Blogger’s life: 5 things I HATE!!
Every job has positive and negative aspects. I wanted to open up about the hidden side of mine in this post. I’ll start with what I hate in this first post, so I can end on a positive note in the next one. Because, after all, I love what I do and I wouldn’t change for anything!
1. People think it’s not a real job
When I say I’m a professional blogger, people can react in different ways. Very often, they’re surprised: they don’t know that it’s possible to make a living as a blogger. Many are puzzled, and want to know more.
Nothing is more annoying than hearing the famous question “yes, but what else are you doing? I mean, your real job!”. Yes! A lot of people think that being a blogger is a dubious joke. For them, it’s only a side job, a hobby, a digital void and more. It’s something that I’ve noticed a lot: when your job is based on passion (especially artistic ones…), it’s easily belittled and viewed as only a weekend hobby. And nothing irritates me more than that!
Hard works deserves reward, but…
I’d be lying if I told you I don’t receive several packages full of gifts every month. At the beginning, it’s really nice, but after some time, you come to realize that it’s not with a dress that you’ll be able to pay your rent at the end of the month. So you start asking for money instead. And it can be really, really difficult to obtain a decent payment. Especially when there are other bloggers with a salaried job, who can afford to work for the gifts only.
I can understand the brands. Why should they pay this one when that one does it “with pleasure” in exchange for a gift? I have of course a good reason, as I’ll state in point 3 just below 😉
Whaddya mean 35h?
I don’t count my hours. It’s great to be self-employed, but you have to work twice as much for a usually miserable salary. Below the minimum wage. Can’t afford to be sick, there’s no sick leave. No day off either, in fact. A day when I don’t work is a day when I lose money. I spend hours writing my posts, doing pro shootings, managing tons of emails, my social networks… Sometimes I’m nostalgic of my 35h.
Self-employed = fear of the future
It’s not only the workload that gets me. I sometimes wake up at night, sick with anxiety, wondering how I’m going to get through the rest of the month. What will I do if I get sick? Will I have a decent retirement pension one day? (The answer is: no, I won’t. ;D). There are months when the earning is good, and months when there is no earning AT ALL. Yes. NONE. AT ALL.
You have to keep looking for clients, always. You can never really rest.
And there are those who think I do it only to get noticed. I’m not going to lie: I love doing photoshoots, I love beautiful pictures and this blog is about me, and puts me in the spotlight, through images but also through text. And sometimes, I wish people would not stop at the image. I wish they’d read to the end and see beyond the physical appearance. I’m not saying that everything I’ve written is interesting, but in any case, my main goal is to showcase what I like, creators, craftspeople with jobs that I consider to be far more incredible than mine. I like people who create things and I like to present them here. Deep down, that’s what I like: telling stories.
Coming soon: 5 things I love 😉