Continuing our Blogiversary Week Series, I wanted to burst a few bubbles when it comes to bloggers and blogging!
Since I started blogging a year ago, I have had many conversations with people trying to explain what it is I actually do! I have discovered it is nearly impossible to describe to people, even Captain America only has a vague idea of what I actually do!
So for all you wannabe bloggers, skeptics, cynics, critics and fellow bloggers – here is my 10 Myths About Bloggers – Demystified!
1) We are technologically minded….naturally
We are not! Well many of us are not! I have learned so much over this past year about all aspects to do with blogging – from photography, editing programs, WordPress, writing code, social media and advertising. I couldn’t do any of it, and still barely a day goes by when I don’t discover something new and think “how have I never figured that out before?”. I work on the theory if I cannot ‘google’ the answer, and undertsand what I find then I won’t be able to figure it out.
2) We are well dressed in the latest fashions
HA! This is hilarious and couldn’t be further from the truth! Case point – it is nearly 2pm and I am still in my pj’s and I haven’t moved from my spot at the dining table (AKA Blogging Central) since 9am this morning….except to pee and get more coffee! This happens far too often, I am embarrassed to admit! I am far from up-to-date with all things fashion….in fact my version of ‘fashion’ since I started blogging is making it to the shower before 4pm, getting out of pj’s into sweatpants and putting my hair in a top knot……I am delighted that there is now live webcam feed on my computer!
3) We live in spotlessly clean perfect houses
Firstly, we live in a 900 square-foot apartment, not a perfect house decked out in the latest fabrics and decor that I personally handcrafted from sticks and thread using only a glue gun with one hand tied behind my back! I haven’t made a single thing in our house…..except a mess!
Secondly, I HATE cleaning, I do it because I have to, as quickly and as efficiently as possible. I do not have a cleaning chart, or my own set of personalised all-natural, home-made, environmentally friendly cleaners and we cannot afford a cleaner (much to my dismay)! To read more about my dislike for cleaning and my ‘perfect’ solutions, CLICK HERE
4) We make home-made, allergen-free food from scratch for every meal without even breaking a sweat.
Oh if only this were true! Yes, I make as much home-made food as possible, but mainly because Captain America and I love cooking. All the recipes you see on the blog are what we actually eat, we cook to eat not cook to blog! I don’t have the time or the patience (or any desire) to present to you some perfect recipe that I have spent months perfecting and refining…..you get it ‘hot off the press’ raw and real, with mistakes and errors. I choose to do it that way because I am not an expert and neither are most of you so this way we are all starting from the same point, working toward the same goal, and hopefully if I make a mistake along the way I can save you from the humiliation.
I have made two gluten-free recipes in my life and they are the only ones I can make!
I have a series of cooking and baking disasters that I have shared with you, for example, The Cataldo Pie Escapade & Part Two and don’t even get me started on the Cheesecake I made last week (coming soon on the blog) which not only cracked but resulted in it being nicknamed “The Grand Canyon Dessert”….it tasted delicious but looked like a hot mess – but I will still share it as the taste is the most important thing after all!
5) We have lots of spare time
LOL! Not at all! I don’t think bloggers know what spare time is! The reason for this is that there is always something else you could be doing to improve your blog, social media presence, earnings etc……I have a to-do list as long as my arm, most of which I have never even attempted to start as I am too busy doing everything else. I do not have another job (currently) and I don’t have any children – how people balanced being a wife, parent and any other work as well as blogging is beyond me! There are just not enough hours in the day! See #8
6) We make lots of money
To date I have made $30.28. That’s the worst rate of return EVER! I have worked on average 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for one year! Don’t blog for money – it takes a lot to make even minimum wage!
7) We are very creative
Not really – many bloggers are incredibly creative….but I am not one of them. I have some creative elements, but to me REAL creativity comes from making something from scratch – I am more of a look around for ideas, which gets me thinking and then I adapt the idea, work on it and make it my own! Where I borrow someone else’s idea I give them the credit – because they deserve it more than me! We are in this together after all!
8) We get everything right first time
This photograph montage above proves that this is not the case! I have a really fancy camera that I know about 5% of the functions of….therefore to get a photograph I want can take quite a few attempts. This is just a few (no really there were so many more) of the photographs I took to get the photo at the end that I used in one blog post…..just one! Poor Captain America sat VERY patiently as I took tons of pictures to get the lighting, background and effects correct. This was late on a Friday evening, we were both exhausted and easily irritated! Praise God we survived without killing each other or giving up!
9) We find blogging easy
NOT AT ALL see #8 and #1 and #4! Nothing about blogging is easy! It takes way more hours than it should, patience, expertise, creativity, knowledge and so much more! To find out more about this read, 10 Things I Wish I Had Known.
10) We think we have something invaluable that the world needs to hear
I would not presume to be so arrogant. I am amazed that ANYONE reads my blog to be honest! I don’t think I have very much of interest to say, so it’s nice to discover that there are people out there who disagree with me and actually read the blog and make the recipes, and comment and find inspiration! I love that you, the readers, give me permission to continue in my little piece of the internet. It is an honor and a blessing. Thank you!