I’m pretty used to people not understanding what being a blogger or influencer is all about. My friends and family give me funny looks. I’m sure the neighbors think I have an Amazon Prime addiction, which may or may not be true. Between the packages, the new cars I drive for a week at a time, the trips, and the pictures, oh the endless pictures. Many people think it is a joke or just a fun hobby. Some people aren’t even afraid to say that to my face or just whisper secretly to others. Maybe there are a few people that truly are curious about what I do and would love to do it themselves. So regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on this blog post is for you.
Yes, I have a full-time job
I do have a full-time job as a school bus driver and while I love my job its no surprise the money isn’t the greatest. I wanted a way to help provide income for my family without getting a second job outside of the house, after all the reason I am a school bus driver is because of the amazing hours and time off, I live at the beach and get every Summer off. I’m pretty content with that schedule, I mean wouldn’t you be?
So, while I’m off from my “real” job in the summer you better believe I’m busting my butt at my second job. People may not consider blogging a real job, but you can definitely earn real money. And if I’m working, earning an income and/or product then I’d pretty much consider that a job. Wouldn’t you?
What is a blogger anyway?
Most people don’t know what it means to be an influencer or blogger because no one has ever told them. All they have are the headlines and news articles on Facebook. (You are being influenced to feel a certain way about “us” FYI) I didn’t just wake up one day and decide I was going to be a blogger/influencer. This is how it started.
After two years of my daughter brand repping for small shops on Instagram. I made her an Instagram and I managed it. Her account grew, she started working with bigger companies and we slowly started “collabing” with brands. Her account turned into more of a lifestyle account that focused on the four of us and not just her. After some persuading from other brand reps that turned into bloggers, I took the plunge. I started this blog and switched my daughter’s Instagram account to my blog name. And the rest is history….kinda.
Once I switched the account and created a new name, I started gaining followers and loyal fans. It still was and is hard work to grow my following, it doesn’t happen overnight. Eventually, brands began to reach out to me and I started to reach out to them, along with PR agencies. I continued to grow my following on Instagram and my other social media accounts. I post daily on Instagram and try to post weekly in here. I try to keep things real by talking about stuff that matters to me, and by sharing my life experiences, and of course some of our favorite products.
I pitch to brands, I create content for brands, I photograph, I edit, I negotiate, I collaborate and I work under a contract. There is so much more work involved behind the scenes that most people do not realize.
I think the most rewarding part, in my opinion, is how much this has actually helped me to come out of my shell. I’ve opened up about issues I’ve kept inside since I was a child. I’ve met so many amazing people and have worked with such great companies. I moved to a different state four years ago, scared and intimidated by everything. I now feel so much more confident and outgoing than ever before.
Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
It seems awfully silly to criticize someone for making a living doing something they love and enjoy, doesn’t it? Sadly I think people laugh or criticize things that they just don’t understand.
You may laugh at me, at other bloggers and influencers and wonder who it is that is following us and who is actually being influenced. I hate to break it to you, but if you have ever used the internet, you’ve been influenced at some point in time. Have you ever made a recipe someone shared on Facebook, pinned anything on Pinterest to use at a later time, watched a YouTube video of a hair tutorial, or even just saw a shirt someone was wearing on Instagram then went and ordered it….that my friends is influence.
So roll your eyes, judge me, make smart remarks about me asking people for “free stuff” and laugh at what you don’t understand. At the end of the day my husband and I both have full-time jobs, and I have a second job that provides extra income as well as things for my family that we would have never been able to experience or have if it wasn’t for this blog and my social media accounts. We are out here living our best life and enjoying every second of it. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Hopefully, this gives you a little bit more insight as to what being an influencer or blogger really means. If you still think it sounds like a joke or not a real job, I’d encourage you to try it. Let’s see how you do!