Posted on July 23, 2014
The truth about blogging
This post has been in the making for a long time, but it can be a touchy subject so it’s taken me awhile to write in such a way that keeps it real but also to shows you sometimes there’s more to blogging than snapping a couple pictures and telling a story.
The blog life isn’t all rainbows, butterflies and unicorns, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that us bloggers don’t really talk about. Today I want to share a little about my experience with being a blogger. Keep in mind I am not an expert but it is something I genuinely enjoy 98% of the time.
I want to scratch the surface and in true SCB style, I’m keeping it real.
- Sometimes I find myself living through my iPhone lens. Photography is a big passion of mine, but at times I don’t feel like I am living in the moment.
- Sometimes I wake up and think, crap I don’t have anything to blog about. I always come up with something but thankfully it’s not a feeling I have often.
- I blog for you and myself. I love sharing bits and pieces of my life with you and at the same time, preserve some memories in a way that I will hopefully always have.
- There has to be a balance between being positive and keeping it real. Nobody’s life is perfect and one of my biggest blogger pet peeves is reading drippy sweet, sugar coated blogs. Keep it classy, keep it real.
- Trolls. I just don’t get how someone you don’t even know can dislike you so much. But then I remind myself that it’s not my problem if they hate me and then I go play on the beach.
- Blogging has exposed me to some really cool opportunities. Working with brands I already use and love. And finding new products I didn’t even know about but have grown to love are just some of the many perks to being a blogger.
- On the flip side, working with PR companies. Let’s be real here, I usually don’t like working with them but I will on very rare occasions.
I get PR pitches just about every day that want me to promote products + brands. Most of the time they do not naturally align with the blog. I consider SCB a running + life blog. So no, your deer antler extract or weight loss pills or new fangled energy drink are not going to make it on the blog.
The job of PR companies is to get their clients products + brands as much exposure for as little as possible. For example: I had one contact me to try out a new, cute fitness apparel line that piqued my interest. Until I read they wanted to send returnable samples.
So let me get this straight, you want me to promote your brand to my very loyal readership that took years to build and that I value way more than any brand, for free? Sure let me jump right on it. <-I hope you are sensing my sarcasm}. Oh yah, then I’m gonna box up the cute clothes and send them back too!?!
There are 2 types of bloggers I guess. Whores & Sluts. Before you get your thong in a wad, hear me out. Sluts give it up for free, and whores get paid. At least let me keep the outfit after I promote it.
Look, I don’t expect to make millions from blogging, but my hobby now has overhead. I look for ways to supplement that with my readership in mind, which is why you occasionally see a sponsored post and advertising on the sidebar. I don’t have any control over the ads, but I do for sponsored posts and I am very picky about which brands I choose to work with. But hat’s a whole other post in in itself.
Whew, I didn’t expect to ramble on about that but I get a little passionate about the blog and you guys.
Bloggers, what are your thoughts?
Non bloggers, what are your thoughts?
It’s time to ask you, what you would like to see on SCB? More pictures of Bam?