Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blogger Stereotypes + Myths

The thing about being a blogger is that there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding bloggers, some of which are myths and some of which are true. The world is full of stereotypes, it's not easy to just ignore stereotypes entirely, because some of them are true. However, I feel like there's some sort of fantasy world aura around bloggers and how perfect that they are that just isn't true. I decided to go through the blogger stereotypes to clear up the differences between fact and myth.

Blogger Stereotypes | Sunny Rebecca

No. 1 // Bloggers are not outfit repeaters.

As you scroll through a blog, you'll probably see a plethora of different swoon-worthy outfits. Yes, these are some totally cute outfits, but the thing that you'll notice is that an outfit is never repeated. For some fashion bloggers, a new look is posted every day and the outfits are never repeated, but just because a blogger posts an outfit post that day, it doesn't necessarily mean that they wore that outfit. While taking different outfit posts, I sometimes wear one look, take some pictures, then change and take more pictures of a different look, all within the time frame of a few hours. In reality, on a day to day basis I might wear leggings and a flannel or pajamas all day. I repeat outfits weekly, because it's not like I have the money to wear an outfit and then dispose of it to move onto the next. 

No. 2 // Bloggers live on coffee with cute latte art.

While it's true that bloggers totally appreciate cute latte art, this doesn't mean that we drink it every day. Instagram may give off the illusion of a coffee a day at a fancy hipster coffee shop, but honestly, who has enough money to pay for an overpriced coffee every day? 

No. 3 // All compliments for companies are sponsored. 

I praise companies all the time and receive no compensation in return, but I talk about these companies because I truly love these companies and these products. People make the assumption that just because a blogger says, "I love product A!" it means that company A paid them to say that. Bloggers are serious about authenticity and sometimes just talk about companies just because they're that obsessed with them. Yes, it's true that sometimes bloggers will post sponsored content, but their opinions are generally not swayed by the companies and only say yes to sponsored content that they feel comfortable promoting. 

No. 4 // Bloggers take pictures of everything. 

This stereotype is absolutely true. We're always on the hunt for the next Instagram, the next blog post, the next bit of content to create. This means taking pictures of our lunches, breakfasts, brunches (!!), anything that is worthy of featuring on the blog. 

No. 5 // Blogging is easy.

What a myth! The stereotype for bloggers is that blogging is carefree and easy. All you have to do is snap a few pictures before you head out the door and upload them. The truth is that blogging requires a lot of work. I have to take lighting into account, background, styling, photography, editing, and so much more. The job of bloggers is to make it look carefree and easy. Make it appear like we have our lives together and we just snapped a picture on the way out. This illusion is to make blogging appear more authentic, not like we went out of our way to shoot an outfit post in front of some random tree on the side of the road. Blogging may appear easy and simplistic, but things aren't always what they seem.

No. 6 // The life of a blogger is perfect.

This is the all-time biggest stereotype and biggest myth about bloggers. I'll admit, before I started blogging, I fell into this trap as well. I believed that bloggers had the dream lives, taking pictures of cute outfits, attending events, getting sent free things, However, the life of a blogger is just like any other person's. We go through our ups and downs, wear sweatshirts and leggings when we're feeling lazy, cry, laugh, struggle, smile, we're just people. The life of a blogger is just like the life of any other person. (Want to see what it's actually like being a blogger? Click here!)

6 comments:

  1. Such a true post! Blogging does require a lot of work and time. I love it though, and it's totally worth it :) Hope you have a great weekend <3

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. I totally agree! It's definitely worth it!
      Rebecca

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  2. YESSSSS! I totally love it when my friends don't get blogging and hard-core judge me for taking pictures of everything or stressing out over a newsletter that goes out in 4 hours and still isn't written. Blogging is such hard work and I think that's why the blogging community is so tight. We're all slowly going insane together, haha.
    -Abigail
    livingthegraylife.com

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    1. That's so true, we all deal with the blogger struggles!
      Rebecca

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  3. The accuracy! This needs to be shared. Especially number 6, dear God!

    Enfiniti| touchofenfiniti.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly! It's time to embrace our imperfections. Even though on the surface bloggers appear to have the perfect lives. that's not necessarily true.
      Rebecca

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