Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! After receiving numerous questions and requests, today I’m excited to begin a new mini series- All About Blogging. Since publishing my post last fall on Why I Started a Blog, I’ve had so many people reach out and ask me questions regarding blogging including how to start a blog, how to grow readership, how to make money and work with brands, and more!
And while my blog is mainly focused on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle topics, after doing this for over two years, I feel like I have a lot of great advice that I can share when it comes to blogging, and I truly enjoy helping others.
So today to get the ball rolling, I wanted to answer some of the most common questions that I’ve received about blogging and talk a little bit more about just what it is that bloggers do. More importantly, I’m sharing how you as a reader can show your support for your favorite bloggers!
What Bloggers Do and How to Support Them
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Real talk: when people ask me what I do, 9 times out of 10 they give me this complete and utter look of confusion when I say “I’m a beauty/lifestyle blogger”.
And just like I talked about in a post over here, I used to shy away from even telling people about my blog because it’s not exactly the most well-known, understood profession out there, and a conversation typically ensues a plethora of questions such as:
“What’s a blogger?”
“What does a blogger actually do?”
“Don’t you just get sent a bunch of free stuff?
And my favorite of them all… “Is that even a REAL job?”
While some of the questions I receive regarding blogging can be a bit on the ridiculous side, for the most part I think people just genuinely don’t understand blogging and what a blogger does.
So for today’s post I want to help fill in the blanks for those who are completely new to the blogging world and explain in further detail just what it is that bloggers do and how you as a reader can help support them.
What’s a Blogger?
Rightfully so, the number one question I get asked on a regular basis is “What’s a blogger?” While the answer to this question is unfortunately not a simple one-liner, a blogger is someone who regularly publishes content online with the purpose of inspiring, educating, or entertaining a specific audience.
One common misconception is that a blog is simply an online journal or diary. And while there are a few hobbyist bloggers out there that blog solely with a purpose of sharing their day-to-day life, most bloggers today blog with a purpose of sharing their passions with others by creating great content that inspires, educates, or entertains.
And in case you didn’t know, bloggers are pretty much jack-of-all-trades.
Bloggers are most notably known for their writing skills, but blogging goes well beyond just slapping up words in a post on a website. Bloggers are business-savvy writers, researchers, photographers, marketers, social media managers, website managers, graphic designers, content curators, influencers, and so much more.
What Does a Blogger Actually Do?
A lot of people like to ask me what my typical day looks like and I’ll just go ahead and let you in on a secret- blogging is not for the faint of heart. It’s a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, and like most entrepreneurs out there bloggers put in well over 40 hours a week.
From researching and developing topics to discuss on my blog, trying out and testing products, to actually writing posts and taking/editing photos and videos, it’s a lot of work. Not to mention once a blog post goes live it’s time to promote it via numerous social media platforms, respond to comments and e-mails, and answer any questions that I receive. And just when you think you have a second to breathe and relax, it’s time to develop the next post and do it all over again.
Oh, and that doesn’t even include brand partnerships and the work that goes into sponsored content when working with brands and companies. (More details on this to come in a later post)
I think somewhere along the way people got confused in thinking that bloggers just sit around taking pretty pictures all day because that’s how it’s too often portrayed on social media, but that’s just not true. If you were to see a sneak peek into my daily routine, you’d quickly realize it’s not as glamorous as it seems and I’m sitting behind a computer desk 95% of the time (usually rocking sweatpants, a t-shirt, and a messy bun I might add).
Don’t You Just Get Sent a Bunch of Free Stuff?
This question gets me every time, because while yes I do get sent free stuff from brands and companies interested in me promoting their product, it most certainly isn’t a “no strings attached” situation and bloggers actually have to work really hard to even get to the level where companies do send you items.
I’m very blessed to currently be on several PR mailing lists and trust me when I say I never take it for granted, but at the end of the day, bloggers still work really hard for that “free stuff”.
And if we’re getting down to specifics here, it technically isn’t “free”. Brands report these gifts as write-offs on their taxes, and by law bloggers should be reporting this on their year-end taxes as well.
P.S. Bloggers- please stop working for free. You’re worth WAY more than a free t-shirt.
How to Support Them
For bloggers, the number one goal is to build a strong community of people who love and trust what we do, which is why you as readers are so important!
So in case you’re wondering how to support your favorite blogger, here’s 5 very simple yet highly appreciated ways to show your support and appreciation!
One of the easiest ways to support your favorite blogger is simply by following them! In today’s busy world it can be ridiculously hard to keep up with someone on your own accord, but if you absolutely love their content then why not subscribe to their newsletter and get their content sent right to your e-mail!
Another option if you follow along with a lot of bloggers, is using Bloglovin’ to keep up with all your favorites and it’s super easy to subscribe! (You can follow me on Bloglovin’ right here.)
On top of subscribing to a blogger’s newsletter, another great way to keep up with their latest content is by following them on their social media accounts. I post a lot of content to my Facebook and Instagram and I love being able to connect with so many of you all on those platforms!
Share/Like Their Posts
Bloggers love it when you read their content and visit their blog regularly. Even better is when you share their content on social media or share it with a friend. If you love their helpful tutorial then why not save it on Pinterest?
If you know one of your friends or your Mom would absolutely love the post you just read, then share it with them on Facebook! It’s all a happy circle friends, and more shares = more traffic = more content created by the bloggers you love.
If you ever see something you love on my blog, I have share buttons above, below, and beside each post to make it super easy for you to save or share something on your favorite platform.
For any bloggers interested, I use the Social Warfare Pro Plugin, and absolutely love it! Since installing it, my shares have absolutely skyrocketed, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re frustrated with your current sharing plugin. 🙂
Leave a Comment
This one is my favorite way of showing support and that’s by leaving your favorite blogger a comment on their post. If something they wrote really resonated with you and you absolutely love it, then why not tell them?
Us bloggers are a lot of things but psychic is not one of them and we really appreciate it when our readers tell us that they enjoyed a post or when they tell us what in particular they like about our blog. Not only is it nice to hear back from our readers but it also truly helps us in creating future content that you’ll love.
Send Them E-mail/ DM’s
Another great way to show your support is by sending a blogger a quick e-mail or direct message. Bloggers are happy to receive polite comments, questions, and happy-grams and I know I personally always enjoy reading reader’s e-mails or messages.
As I mentioned above, blogging is HARD and there’s days where we need a little positive affirmation on what we’re doing. It’s nice to know that the things we’re doing and the content we are creating matters and is important, so take the time out and let them know you care and appreciate all their hard work. Trust me, it does NOT go unnoticed. (#kindnessmatters)
Buy Items They Promote
Okay last but certainly not least is showing your support by purchasing the items that bloggers promote. Ever noticed a post with a disclaimer “This post contains affiliate links”?
What that means is that the blogger is an affiliate of that product, meaning if you purchase an item through one of the affiliate links on their blog, the blogger will make a small commission off of it at no extra cost to you. This also goes for products that bloggers create and sell (like t-shirts, handmade items, workshops, e-books, and more).
Think of it like this- if you had a friend who opened up a new restaurant in your area- you wouldn’t think twice about eating at their restaurant to show your support, right? The same holds true for showing your support to your favorite blogger through their affiliate links.
Bloggers work really hard and spend a great deal of time researching great products, awesome sales, and sharing their best recommendations, so why not take the time and shop through their links as a small thank-you for their hard work?
I’m not saying buy something you don’t even want or purchase something you have no interest in. What I am saying is buy those pots and pans they’re promoting that you were going to buy next weekend anyways. Buy that makeup brush you’ve been dying to try out.
And next time you’re shopping on Amazon (which is like every week for this Amazon Prime gal) go to your favorite blog first and shop through their page.
For those who have asked me, you can shop my page by clicking the Shop tab listed on my top menu where you can Shop My Amazon Store, Shop My Instagram Posts, or Shop My Beauty Favorites. I’m so grateful for anyone who has ever shopped through a link I’ve shared on my blog and I truly appreciate your support.
So there you have it! I hope today’s post on What Bloggers Do and How to Support Them was helpful to those of you who weren’t really sure what bloggers do and that you enjoyed learning about ways to support your favorite bloggers.
As a blogger, I truly love what I do and it’s always the best feeling when my readers leave me comments, share my posts, or simply tell me that they’re a fan of my blog. Over the coming months, I’ll be sharing more helpful topics on blogging, so stay tuned for that if you’re interested on starting a blog or improving your blogging skills.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions on blogging, and I’ll be sure to include it in my series!
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Thanks so much for stopping by! – Cara