I pray that you don’t read my first ever blog post as it was a bit odd and abrupt but Ive put the link there anyway. When I started my blog I had only ever read one blog, which was my friends blog about cycling in New Zealand. Im sure he’ll be fine with me saying it was pretty shit. (Especially as we aren’t friends anymore) I thought he was so brave putting his experiences out there, well partly as I also thought ‘who actually reads blogs?’
And there it was I guess, the statement that haunted me for a few more years. The industry is massively over saturated. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a blog so why would anyone read mine? Then I turned a corner and just thought I have to do what I want and if no one is interested then thats fine. If this is something thats holding you back then please don’t let it. Yes there are a million bloggers but no one is you, with your unique personality and experiences and you just never know what people will fall in love with.
I am amazed that some people like what I write, that some people find me funny but most of all that some people actually get me. There are some people that hate me too. They pop up every now and then to tell me but we cool.
To start I just got myself a very basic WordPress blog (which is free) and initially my plan was to have an interiors blog which is why I chose the name Within These Walls. I am absolutely useless at understanding anything to do with computers so I literally have struggled to learn everything myself. Thank you google and YouTube!
The blog was only something I dabbled in until the start of this year. My Instagram following had grown to above 20,000 which gave the blog a platform. People who I had built a virtual relationships with that I knew would support me gave me the push I needed to make the blog a career instead of a hobby.
If you don’t know how bloggers make money then its super simple. Brands pay to review products and often send out freebies to for us to enjoy. This seems like something nobody talks about and a lot of people get annoyed by. It sometimes can be an extremely privileged profession and I completely understand how annoying it might be if are products are being rammed down your throat. I always say when a product has been gifted or if I have been sponsored for a post.
My advice is to only start blogging because you love it and not to just make a career out of it because actually it is a labour of love. Often a lot of time and sometimes money can be put into a blog. Also it can take a long time for people to read and follow which is what brands are looking for.
The reasons that I love blogging so much is that I have made some amazing friends. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am slowly regaining some of my identity that motherhood can often warp. Also it absolutely can fit around having a family. I am able to work while the children are in bed or napping and involve them on some adventures that allow me to get some amazing photographs.
The downsides are being self employed is a constant worry for me and so I often take on far more work than I can realistically do because I’m scared when the next ‘job’ might be. No one talks about what bloggers earn so we are all just stabbing in the dark when discussing our fees with brands. Part of this is because it is confidential obviously but there have been times when I have realised I was paid less than half what another blogger was paid and it can be frustrating. I think I’m still feeling lucky to be part of the industry so I’m not cut throat enough!
I am still learning so many things and I’m so thankful that you have all been patient with me and so supportive! Let me know if you have any questions!