Well of course I've totally thought about it before. I think anyone who writes or reads a blog has. What sounds better than to give up the daily grind in order to dress up, take outfit photos and then post them online - as a profession.
As a full-time style blogger, I envision being able to wake up each morning around 10-ish with my adorable pug next to me. Over coffee, I peruse my walk-in closet and spend a good hour mentally debating - what mood am I in today, what kind of vibe do I want to go for, should I wear my new courtesy of designer pumps or one of the half-dozen new dresses that my sponsor sent me. After checking in with my assistant on my schedule for the day, I go out to lunch with my semi-professional photographer boyfriend and then scout some new grasslands-brickwalled locations to shoot my outfit for today's post. We head back to our sweet bungalow house and I write while BF selects the outfit pics. After a phone interview, answering some e-mails on new potential collaborations, and tinkering with my jewelry line and baking brownies, it's time to get dolled up for a soiree at a designer clothing store. There will be champagne, loads of fans, and of course me, as I will be the grand opening guest of honor. Tomorrow, heading to LA for a long relaxing weekend ...
Alright, I know it is not like this in real life. Let's just take the Leandra Medines and Chiara Ferragnis immediately out of the picture. I know for most of those who choose to blog full-time, it is a constant hustle of getting (and keeping) sponsors, networking networking networking, looking for freelance work to supplement the affiliate income, and trying to continuously grow readership while always coming up with new exciting content, collaborations, outfits, etc.
Plus, what's the life expectancy of a style - or any, for that matter - blog? If a blogger is hot now, will they still be on top of a style blog food chain two years from now, or will it be on to the next new blog thing? If a blog is making a set amount of money now, there's no guarantee they will be able to grow - or even maintain - that same rate for years or even months. And then what's next? I know this may vary by industry or job type, but how does "Professional Blogger, January 2010 - September 2012" look on a resume?
If it were easy, there'd be a lot more of us doing it. I, like most of the rest of you, blog as a hobby because I enjoy it. I make next to no dollars for doing this, save for money once in a blue moon from affiliate links. My regular work life is vastly different from my blog. And actually, I don't know I could do it full time - not even talking about the whole lack of talent, connections thing - I'm not sure I would still enjoy it if I had to blog, had to worry about posting about the next hot thing and pleasing my sponsors while trying to keep my voice. Plus there's this whole steady income and insurance question - I enjoy this knowing exactly how much money I have coming in every two weeks deal. It's a nice little security blanket for my piece of mind.
I'm certainly no expert, so please let me know what you ladies think. What do you think it would take to blog full time? Do you think it'd be something you'd actually want to do if you had the opportunity? Would you blog for a living?
Sweater: J. Crew (worn here - sim luxe here, cardigan here)
Dress: Merona by Target odette (solid here, see Rosa rock it)
Shoes: Sofft ramona II (worn here - sim here, here, slingback here)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy