This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. The title makes me seem very pretentious but I promise it’s not along those lines. It’s more to do with my background, my life and why this little blog I started back in 2012 has pretty much changed my life and career.
There is a huge stigma around blogging and in particular bloggers. It seems that a lot of people assume that a female blogger comes from a middle class background, shops in Waitrose and lives of her Mummy and Daddy or Husbands money. Of course those are huge generalisations and with everything like this, some people are and some people aren’t. My point however, is that blogging has become my job and with any job you have to put in the hard work to make it successful.
I don’t come from a privileged background and when I was nominated for a couple of awards this year and people were complaining about the lack of diversity, that all of the bloggers come from a privileged middle class background, they just assumed they knew about me. That they knew my background. They don’t.
When I started this blog back in 2012, I didn’t even know it was possible to make any money from your blog, let alone people making careers from it. I blogged for fun, originally, I blogged to show off my charity shop outfits and to prove that you didn’t have to have lots of money to look nice.
It all comes from my background. Growing up we didn’t have much money at all. My mum would sacrifice things for herself so we didn’t go without. She walked around with holes in her shoes just so we had school uniform and come Christmas we would have that one present we asked for.
My background is humble and I’ve always been taught that if you want something you need to work for it. You won’t just be handed things on a plate. And that’s what I have done. I’ve worked ever since I was 16 and earning my own money is hugely important to me.
When my husband was training to be a teacher I was the breadwinner. I brought home the most money, I treated us to nice things and it was an amazing feeling to have money in my bank account that I had worked hard for. Things are different now, my husband of course brings in more and my priority is Edith but that doesn’t mean for a second that I’m happy to take a back seat and not work.
Oh no as soon as my years maternity leave finished I ramped things up with my blog and photography business and when I filled my first tax return this year I can’t even begin to explain the pride I felt that I had earned that money off my own back. From something I have created myself.
I still work countless hours on my blog, writing, photography and I contribute to the bills and I always will. I’m definitely not knocking or judging anyone that lives up to the “blogger cliche” , your life is your life and your circumstances are completely different to mine but I just wanted to explain my thoughts.
I guess what I’m trying to say is next time someone criticises bloggers from coming from a position of privilege, that Mummy and Daddy have paid for everything or they live of their partner. Just check to make sure you know their background first.
I have poured so much hard work into my blog and photography and for it to be belittled is really harsh. For people to think that I just get sent free things, or that blogging is easy have clearly never attempted it. I work more hours than I would than if I went back to my old job, I sacrifice my evenings to work and I have this “If I don’t work hard or put the effort in, we don’t get to pay our bills this month”. It certainly isn’t easy and it’s not handed to me on a plate at all.
This has turned into a huge ramble but I’m hoping you can understand my point. Don’t judge others on your misconceptions, you don’t know where they have worked up from and let them feel proud of their achievements, because after all the hard work it’s nice to get a little bit of recognition.