Diversity in blogging is shit. It’s hardly a secret that there are real issues with women of colour securing the same level of exposure and paid work as white bloggers, and it’s also hardly a secret that blogging is expensive to get into, so more often than not, bloggers often come from a somewhat middle class background. Unless they’re marketing themselves as ‘plus size’ (always interested to hear what ‘plus size’ women think of this term, so if this resonates with you, please let me know in the comments or via Twitter!), successful bloggers are often enough also slim and very pretty.
I absolutely fit into some of, if not most of these categories. I’m white, I’m blonde (entirely fake) and I have a perpetual tan (that is perpetually from a bottle). However, I remember when I was starting out as a blogger how absolutely out of the loop I felt. I didn’t have a MacBook, I didn’t have a DSLR and I didn’t fit into Missguided jeans. At school, I was the chubby “boff” who knew enough people to not get picked on but also not “enough” friends to be cool. I was decidedly middling.
I didn’t – and still don’t – fit into this created, successful blogger niche. It’s something I actually think about a lot, which means odds on that some of you guys think about it to. So to those who are bloggers now, to those who are considering getting into the blogging world or to those that love reading blogs and thinks it all seems a million miles away, I’ve pulled together a list of 5 things that you absolutely DO NOT need to be a blogger.
**This post is obviously meant slightly in jest. I have – or want to have – nearly all of the things below, but the point is to say that they aren’t essential.**
This is definitely something that changes with time and your own plans, but you don’t need to be a full time blogger to be successful. “Success”, of course, is relative, but in this case I mean you don’t have to be a full time blogger to see your blog grow and to start building your own little business from your HP Pavilion (R.I.P.). I literally harp on about it all the time, but I work full-time alongside being self-employed with blogging, and it’s tough, but possible. I want to move out in the new year and I like having random Zara binges, so I like having a stable income to support my short term goals whilst working on my blogging career for the long term. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about going full-time with blogging every day, it just means I’m biding my time and trying to secure that ever elusive (and no doubt, non-existent) “right time”.
White walls? Check. White bedding? Check. That IKEA desk? Check. Oh, and a never ending stream of fresh flowers? Check. This is a tiny snapshot of the blogger bedroom, perfectly prepared for an Insta-worthy shot at any moment.
I live with my grandparents at the moment, and my bedroom is all mismatched mahogany furniture and collected kitchen items for when I plan to move out in Jan. It is not Insta-worthy by any stretch of the imagination. This means I have to get creative – any shots of me inside a bedroom are taken at Keiran’s house, and any shots in my room are strictly of my bed which I can chop and change quite easily with bedding. However, I can’t do any mirror shots or cutesy pics of me drinking coffee in bed (legit guys, once I get this photo you know I’m happy hahaha). But you can fake it until you make it, and you don’t need to have a decked out bedroom to film your YouTube vids or take impromptu PJ pics. Sure, it makes it a little bit more difficult, but you can do it, you just need to get your thinking cap on.