Blogging Schedule: So Bloggers Just Get Free Clothes & Drink Lattes All Day?

Blogging Schedule: So Bloggers Just Get Free Clothes & Drink Lattes All Day? by social media influencer Life By LeeI love talking about blogging. It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and to also educate my followers about what goes on behind the scenes. For me, blogging serves as a creative outlet, a place to connect with others, and a part-time job (no, I’m not a full-time blogger… I work too). It’s very interesting to hear people’s perceptions of a blogging schedule and what their life is like. It’s easy to scroll through a blogger’s Instagram feed and think “Wow, her life is perfect. It must be nice to get paid to wear amazing clothes and sip lattes all day”

The other day I was checking out a blogger’s Snapchat. She was talking about how she was frustrated because one of her followers was hating on her and telling her she was a bad mom. It broke my heart. How could someone judge someone else’s parenting skills through social media? After seeing how upset this particular blogger was, I started to think about my blogging schedule in general and all of the struggles bloggers face that no one really understands unless they are in your shoes.

I think that there are quite a few misconceptions out there about blogging schedule in general. I also think that clearing them up can help both bloggers and blog readers understand each other more. Here are a few that came to my mind from my experience with blogging.

Bloggers Are Self-Absorbed

Just because someone blogs, and shares photos of themselves on social media, doesn’t mean they think that the world revolves around them. Influencers share photos of themselves because that’s part of the job, not because they think they are the most incredible person on the planet. I’ve never been someone who likes attention or to have the spotlight on me, so it can be a really weird feeling sharing photos of myself constantly. If you are thinking about starting a blog, but are worried that others will think that you’re self absorbed, you just have to go with it. People may think this about you, but you know who you are and that’s all that matters.

Bloggers Only Blog

Definitely not. Bloggers have jobs outside of blogging. Most bloggers work all day, take care of their little ones, and then open up their laptop in the evening to finish their blog post for the next day. If they are considered a full-time blogger then they have been hustling for awhile to get where they are.  Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Do you think Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere just became famous overnight? No, she worked her tail off and was consistent. She went to work everyday and probably worked on her blog every night.

Bloggers Get Everything For Free

Sure, bloggers get stuff for free, and obviously this is one of the perks of the job, but there’s no such thing as a free lunch. For example: A blogger may receive a sweater for free to style and share on her blog and social media. How awesome, right? Who doesn’t want a free sweater? Once the UPS guy drops off the box, it’s time to get to work.  The blogger starts planning what items she will pair with the sweater. She may even have to buy a new pair of jeans or shoes to pair with it. She then hires a photographer and takes time making sure to get the right shots. She goes home to write the blog post, finds the links to the clothing so that her readers can shop right from her blog, and then spends time sharing the post via social media.

Bloggers Life’s Are Perfect

Just because their Instagram feed is on point, doesn’t mean everyday is on point. Behind every perfectly orchestrated Instagram photo is a pile of dirty clothes, a messy closet, or a giant stack of papers. It’s easy to make a tiny square look perfect. Sometimes when I’m shooting an outfit there will literally be hundreds of photos to choose from. If I’m picking 1 out of 100 that goes to show you that a lot of time goes into choosing the perfect image. When a blogger is working with a brand they want to make sure that they are putting their best content out there. If the picture looks perfect, then the blogger did their job.

Blogging is incredibly interesting and the future of influencer marketing is huge. It’s such an exciting time to be in this space. What are your thoughts on a blogging schedule and some of the misconceptions that come up because of it? Do you like reading these types of posts on my blog? I love sharing them with you guys so let me know what you think!


  1. Cassie // The Brunette With a Blog on February 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This post! I’m still fairly new to the wonderful world of blogging – but it’s taken over my life. It’s consumed me mentally and emotionally, sometimes physically.. but I LOVE IT!
    I love this post – and your blog is gorgeous! 🙂 You definitely have a new follower here.

    • on February 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Thanks so much Cassie. You are so sweet!

  2. Banned Brooke on February 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I definitely identify with this! For beginning bloggers, I think it’s also hard to get past the ideas from people in your life that your blog launch is a cute and naive idea that’s not going to actually go anywhere professionally. And then coming home from your 8-5 job just to work again… yeah. That can be rough. No matter where you are in the journey, there are hurdles. Keep on trucking!

    • on February 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Soo agree with you! Thanks for the support and you keep on trucking as well!

  3. Stacey | Geeks & Lattes on February 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Haha! Awesome post. 🙂

  4. Shamira Anastasia West on February 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Love this post! You share some really great points about the life of a blogger. Everyone thinks its all glitz and glam and it can be, but it doesn’t come without a lot of hours infront of your computer and work!

  5. Kari on February 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I think this is something that is so important to remember. Bloggers are crafting an image. They work hard to achieve that!

  6. Jen on February 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love this post. It’s so true. So many people underestimate how much time, energy, and actual work it takes for blogging. The title of your post made me LOL btw. 😉

  7. bluerobin on February 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I can totally identify with so much of this. Interestingly, I don’t have many people in my life who actually know that I blog at all, mostly because my blog is so personal and I don’t need my mom reading all about my sex life 🙂 But I did mention to a guy on an online dating site that I write a blog and I got the whole “oh, blogger’s are so self-absorbed” retort. Needless to say, I stopped talking to him lol. But very accurate post!

  8. Morgan on February 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    So accurate! It’s harder than it looks for sure!

  9. Leila on February 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Love love love this! Everyone thinks blogging is so easy and dang how I wish it was, but I work my tail off for what I have, what I have gotten and where I am going. Nothing comes easy if you want success! xo

  10. Ashleigh on February 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love the title of this post! It’s amazing what non bloggers think about us bloggers! You hit the nail on the head, great post!!

  11. Scarlett on February 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    True words lady!! I love this post. I totally agree.. Blogging is HARD work!! Keep it up!

  12. michelle on February 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    this post is so spot on!! While I am trying to make blogging my day job while I pursue an acting career it is a very slow build and I have yet to get anything for free. There are so many misconceptions about bloggers and you hit it right on the head.

  13. Courtney on February 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Loved this post, It’s hard for people to understand what being a blogger really means and how much work it truly takes. The work never ends and it’s not always as glamorous as it seems.

  14. KatyRose on February 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Love this post so much. And it is totally something I have been thinking about a lot lately too. I’ve been working at creating better images on social media and on my blog, because everyone likes crisp, clear, beautiful pictures, but that also give the impression that everything is perfect and rosy. We work hard for each and every blog post. – Katy

  15. Matt @ Plating Pixels on February 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Haha the title made me laugh. All great points. I just got a “free” cooking pan the other day but still had to write a short product review. So obviously even something like that isn’t really free.

  16. Angie on February 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Yes, exactly. Why do people have to judge what they don’t know? Lovely post.

  17. Dia @ All The Things I Do on February 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Really enjoyed this. People are always like, “How do you get all these free stuff” because I blog my butt off, look for opportunities and market my brand and blog like crazy….also trust me they expect me to review, post or share anything I’m getting for free.
    Great post

  18. Alicia Snow on February 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Amen! Blogging started out as a hobby for me, but it has slowly morphed into more of the business side of things. And it is hard! I might post pretty pictures on Instagram, but it takes a lot of work to make it look like that! Haha.

  19. Chelsie on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I hate that these misconceptions are out there about bloggers; it can be very frustrating to be on the other side of those thoughts! I especially get frustrated when people attack my Instagram. It’s an app for photography and I dabble in photography; why is it wrong for me to take the time to take a pretty picture! It’s art! Art isn’t real life, it’s made to inspire! Ugh! I could go on and on about it, haha!

  20. Chrystie on February 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

    You hit the nail on the head with this post. I’ve heard or been accused of all of these! Thanks for shedding light on what the reality is!

  21. Alana Robin on February 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    This is all so so true. Great post!

  22. Ashley on February 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I loved reading this post! There are so many misconceptions about blogging, so glad to see you setting the record straight! Blogging is such hard work, there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that others don’t understand!

  23. Jessica Birgeneau on February 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I totally agree with this whole post haha. I wish we got everything for free and I didn’t have to juggle blogging with a full time job!

  24. Rhi on February 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I think bloggers are the same as everyone else – some are self absorbed, most not. I work in a pharmacy almost full time at the moment and run two blogs. I think the only thing you can say about all bloggers if that we’re all very busy people.

  25. Cassandra on February 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Wonderful things to remember! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations on February 10, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I love blog posts like this because they are SO spot on! I remember when my husband finally started “getting it”and treating my blog more like a real job, it was such a wonderful, validating feeling because it really is so much work!

  27. Sarah on February 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Such a great post!! I think there’s a ton of misconceptions with blogging.

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  28. Melissa on February 12, 2016 at 7:14 am

    AMEN! Oh my gosh my heart breaks for that poor mama blogger too. Women need to be kinder. Side note- I totally end up buying new stuff for whatever “free” item I get lol

  29. Alicia on February 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I was nodding my head as I read through this, especially about getting things for “free”! It may be a gifted item/experience but that doesn’t mean we can just sit on our bum and simply enjoy it, not for the most part anyway!!

  30. Shannon on February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great post! When I first thought about blogging all of these thoughts definitely ran through my head, but once you actually have a blog it is mind blowing the amount of time it takes! Bloggers are hard workers and definitely deserve more credit then they get a lot of the time.

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  31. Karen @ MakintheBacon on May 27, 2016 at 11:19 am

    This is a great post. As someone who has blogging for several years, I still think how crazy it is the amount of work and effort I put into it. It wasn’t until last year that I really started to hustle, trying to work on the blog everyday. I think a lot of non-bloggers don’t realize the amount of behind the scenes work that goes into blogging. It’s not just writing a post and hitting publish.

    • on May 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      So true! There is so much that goes into it!

  32. Andreea Birsan on June 13, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Enjoyed this post a lot! All your points were so damn right! People tend to think that blogging is a piece of cake.

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