Hola Chicos! As promised there are some really interesting topics coming up on neoandlime.com, and today`s post is one that I`ve been eager to write for such a long time. But I needed to wait a little and I will explain why in a second.
I am usually the kind of person that doesn`t like to talk too much or get involved in really deep conversations. I really need something to push me into talking. And ignorance is for sure a very good trigger. So I am going to be honest with you, this post comes from anger and frustration. I needed to see and hear a lot to get to this point, but then I also needed to wait a little and calm down. Cause after all I would just like to write a very constructive post and say the things in a beautiful manner rather than projecting more anger and hatred into the world. There`s already enough of it. ☺
You see, there`s a very big confusion regarding bloggers and vloggers. Some people never knew anything about this blogger/vlogger generation and most of them heard a couple of things about it over the years but then were left behind. Since it`s 2017 and the online environment is everything, things changed drastically and the blogging/vlogging industry got to a whole new level.
So I decided to try and shed some light about these people behind the cool blogs and vlogs. I`ll try to keep it short, but I am not sure it is possible. ? Let`s go.
Who are these vloggers, bloggers and micro bloggers?
They are highly motivated people that understood clearly that the online environment is the now and the tomorrow. It`s something that can help you achieve goals you never thought possible. Connect and work with people in other corners of the world, get your brand and set of skills known worldwide and basically become a little star without singing at America`s Got Talent. ? A generation that proved people can have so many other talents besides singing, dancing and acting.
Why do they blog/ vlog? Isn`t there something better to do with your time?
We obviously do it because we want to share our passions and skills with the world. But in order to get whole picture there`s a need to split blogs and vlogs into two categories. There are bloggers and vloggers who treat their blogs and channels as a hobby and post just now and then, and then there`s the second category of bloggers/vloggers, who treat this blogging thing really seriously and invest all of their time in it. For the last category blogging is a real job and a serious launching ramp.
Blogging is certainly something that can bring you a lot of achievements, money and motivate you enough to work really hard. Most of the more experienced bloggers have now gathered strong communities and transformed their image into a multi-industry business.
Why do they get so much attention?
You see, many people have this misconception that bloggers are these very good looking girls or boys who have nothing better to do than go shopping, play with the latest tech or just go sit in the sun sipping Mojitos. And that`s because they can`t visualize the whole picture. Most of the time, those bloggers are also the ones spending 10 hours in front of the laptop in order to bring that very good looking video or blog post in front of your eyes. They are basically like little TV channels or magazines. They have to know photography, retouching, digital design, video making and editing, social media marketing, SEO, a little bit of web design and developing, have good writing skill, PR skills, a lot of taste and humor and the list could go on. The competition is so hard today that having just a little set of skills won`t cut it. You have to know everything and be good at everything in order to make it in this industry. So obviously that involves a lot of learning, many hours of work and being confronted with all sorts of situations every single day. These people know what 10 people working at a magazine know. Yes, they most probably don`t know everything in such a great depth but still… it`s a lot of knowledge.?
Aren`t they selling a fake character/lifestyle? Or something that`s unreachable?
Let`s just put it like this. What if you made a really nice meal and took some pictures of it for social media? Now I am pretty sure you would spend a few extra minutes just to make sure it looks really nice. Am I right? Does that make you’re your lifestyle fake? And would you post a photo of your really messy kitchen after you cooked? Most probably no! Because you, just like the rest of us like to share only the most beautiful things in your life. Right? So if I`ll share an amazing outfit of course I will look for a nice spot to photograph and I will put a little extra effort into my frames and poses. I will not shoot in my messy bedroom looking completely disgusted because then I would spoil the entire effect of that amazing outfit. ? You see, we choose what to share and that`s perfectly normal. The mistake is to assume there aren`t any unpleasant moments happening between those beautiful, fortunate shots.
A final ode to all my brave, hardworking people.
How did I reach this boiling point? There`s more than one reasons that got me here, but the final straw where some really nasty comments I read on Youtube. They were pointed towards people that I really admire and know for a fact have been working their ass off to get where they are today. These people are visionaries that have an entire online history behind them. So a little google search would respond to all the questions one might have. But unfortunately most of people don`t feel like they need to know all the facts before opening their mouth (or letting their fingers go wild on the keyboard in this instance ?).
And there`s something else adding to my frustrations. I can`t even count how many times I got that odd reaction from people when I told them I am a blogger. It`s always like “Oh, you`re a blogger”. ` Then comes ‘the cricket sound’ along with a ‘I`m so not impressed but I am trying hard to conceal it’ expression on their face. ? Sometimes there`s also a “But is that real job?” question in the mix. ?
But that`s alright. I`m calm now and I`m here to shed some light. I will start by telling you it is a real business and the level of sacrifice it`s huge. There`s no work hours vs. free hours, we are pretty much always working. There`s no Sunday, no holidays and no days when we get to just hang out on the couch. This is a very fast paced environment where you need to bring your A game every single day. There`s this misconception that if you`re not employed you can take time off whenever you feel like it. But just like with any other business there are many consequences to that. Like losing traffic or engagement. Which of course equals to loosing collaborations. Yup, is that serious.
Don`t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the schedule. I love what I am doing and it gets me excited in the morning. What I am trying to say over here is that we took the other road because we believe in following your dreams. Not because it`s easier and any fool can make it. We`re hustling every day to create our own path and future. And we do it because we refuse to spend our lives in an office in exchange for financial security. Some of us make it and some of us give up. But one thing is certain: being a blogger/vlogger is a ducking brave thing. Is taking the chance to do something amazing with your life, is investing years of work without any guarantees. Something truly insane I might add.
But what about this amazing photographer/vlogger who worked a shitty job for one year to afford buying the necessary video equipment and start chasing the dream. He hated his job so much, he would barely get through the day. Now he`s at 700k Youtube followers and living the dream. The guy had an insane plan but I am telling you, it doesn`t get more inspiring than that.
So people should think twice before bashing bloggers and vloggers for doing something they can`t perceive as real and beneficial. Blogging/ vlogging is a real business. One that involves a lot of balls and much more knowledge and work that one would think. And take my word for it, those famous blogger/vlogger girls wouldn`t make it if they were only pretty. Cause it`s not enough in such a highly competitive industry. You clearly need some brains to go with that prettiness. ?
That`s it! I am done now, got it all out of my system. The next post will be only butterflies and cupcakes, as I`m talking about what blogging taught me and helped me achieve. And there are only amazing things to say.
I am wearing H&M top, waistcoat and trousers| Mango earring| Zara shoes.
Photo assistant- Piele Andreea Denisa aka The Kid.