Blogging has become quite the hobby for thousands of young men and women, and I’m seeing more lately luxe staples being cemented into what is needed to be a blogger, we all know that Gucci belt, and those tinted Ray Bans everyone is wearing. But don’t be fooled, we don’t need them to be bloggers.
That Gucci belt is everywhere nowadays, I was seeing it so much I decided to Google it and see the cost, and to my disgust it was just over a weeks wages, I then began thinking about the things I’d have to give up doing in the week in order to afford this belt that I’d probably only wear for the sake of blog photos. Don’t get me wrong, if you can afford the belt and you’re going to wear it, go for it, I think it’s a beautiful belt and it’s definitely an outfit staple, but for those of us who can’t afford to spend over a weeks wages on an accessory, don’t get down over it.
This is the same for a lot of things in the blogosphere as of late though, I’m seeing more people on Twitter talk about giving up on blogging because it’s an “expensive” hobby. I actually completely disagree with this. It’s not an expensive hobby if you don’t make it an expensive hobby.
So many people admit to using their iPhone cameras instead of buying a DSLR and you’d never even be able to tell the difference had they not told us, so many people are beginning to open up about the fact that they use free hosting because going self hosted can become a little costly in the long run and I’m seeing Twitter threads shutting down the misconception that you need to buy luxe products in order to be a blogger.
Something that I’ve forced myself to stop doing over the past year, is buy things because I saw it trending in the blogosphere. I used to do it a lot, I’d buy things I didn’t even want but felt like I had to have because everyone else had it. One day I realised that if my writing was interesting, and my photographs clear, it didn’t matter what I was buying and what I was using on my face or dressing myself in.
Truth be told, the fun goes out of the window when it comes to blogging because a lot of us have a habit of putting an immense level of pressure on ourselves to stay trendy, to follow what everyone else is doing.
If you’re a new or old blogger, and you’ve been having these worries: Don’t. You don’t need that Gucci belt in order to be relevant, you don’t need a £1000 bag in order to captivate your audience, all you need is an opinion, words and a love of writing.
I don’t want to get myself in a slump over what I can afford in order to attract people into thinking that my blog is interesting just because I have a certain product. I want people to read my blog because they want to know what it is that I have to say. I love writing, and I love shopping, but I don’t love blowing a massive hole in my pocket because I want to stay up to date with the latest passing trend.