There is an evolution process when you start blogging or at least there has been for me. The first time you receive an email from a brand asking to send you some products you are dizzy with excitement. Then you become overwhelmed by the amount of emails and finally you get to a point (where I am now) where you just think, this isn’t realistic, no one has this much stuff. Some days I even think maybe I am becoming a bit of a dick. (Do not nod in agreement here guys)
I am still such a newbie to this industry and maybe that is why I find it all a little uncomfortable. I just feel so conscious that I am in an ego driven industry. That focus’ on the ‘look what I have’ culture. It is such a contrast to my previous job working with the elderly. I am taking a lot of nice things from the universe and not giving enough back. In other words my Karma cup is running low.
There was even a point at the start of the year where I received parcels every single day for nearly a month. The post man was livid. Poor John. Obviously these ‘freebies’ are so much more than that. Brands don’t think ‘Oh Cara, she’s so sweet. I will send her a jumper to make her happy’. Influencer marketing is having a massive impact and the benefits for the brand outweigh the benefit to little old me receiving something. But you guys know that. You know how it works.
So what’s my problem? I guess it is because only two years ago I wasn’t earning as much. I felt inadequate not being able to buy new things. Thinking about that time has been a real reality check for me. It is why I am really clear about what has been gifted to me, what I have received as part of an AD and what I have purchased myself. It is also the reason I know turn down 90% off what brands want to send. Some of the things I have said no to will haunt me forever. (I am still talking about that £1000 coffee machine.)
I obviously feel extremely lucky to have the opportunities that I have and often pinch myself when big brands get in touch. It has opened my eyes to that old age problem of comparing myself to others though. I think what I want to say is that if I look at my own life and think its unrealistic then you should definitely do the same. Don’t compare yourself to anyone and especially not bloggers. With our gifted clothes, hairdos and National trust passes. (I don’t have one of those FYI) It is the weirdest job in the world to have and I am still not comfortable saying it is my job.
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