5 Things You DON'T Need To Be A Blogger

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Dress - ASOS
Bag - VVA Handbags*
Leopard Clutch - VVA Handbags*
Mules - Primark (similar/similar)

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.**


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1. An "Instagram Husband" 

Along with most other young people, a lot of bloggers have "Instagram Husbands". This term was coined to basically describe a significant other who helps with blog duties - mostly taking Insta worthy pics - and is also around for a coupley shot or that travel one where the one person looks like they're trying to flee and the other person is dragging them back. I've had a boyfriend for nearly my entire blogging career (albeit, not the same one). Both have kindly and willingly obliged to take blog photos, but neither enjoyed it.

But you don't need a perf "Instagram Husband" to help you out and take cocktails selfies with you. When I didn't have a boyfriend my Mum and brother helped to no end (and still do), and honestly, the relationships you see on social media are all fucked up in their own way, as any relationship is. It may look picture perfect, but it never is, and it's certainly not essential. 

2. A MacBook or iMac


Okay, I do have a MacBook, BUT I literally got it two weeks ago because I spilled water all over my trusty HP Pavilion and I wanted to invest for the future. These fuckers are expensive though (FYI, mine is on finance - I ain't got that kinda cash), and it's not normal to just have one. Unless younger bloggers have saved shit tonnes of money or also have their Apple products on finance, odds are their parents paid. Which, obviously, is fucking amazing, but if you/your parents can't afford it, you don't need it. My HP Pavilion did me well for three years, carrying me through uni, blogging, and even working in marketing from a distance. You don't need to spend shit loads (although I won't lie, they are great am not sorry).


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3. A Career as a Full Time Blogger


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".

4. A Size 8 Body


The worst time for me as a blogger is the start of S/S16. You know why? SWIMWEAR. It's everywhere, and every collab opportunity is centred around it and every press day is shining a light on it - lovely to look at, but God knows that I'm not about to make a swimwear post. 

As you guys know, I'm super petite. Like 4'11/5'. I'm also a chubby little git, and I always have been since school. I have *never* had a belly so flat that my belly button isn't more like a belly tunnel. When I sit down, jeans cut off circulation around my waist and my boobs rest almost flat against the top of my stomach. I am not slim or toned in any way, and any photos you see of me on the blog have been carefully chosen as not to give my chubby secret away. The point is, however, that you don't need to have washboard abs and a thigh gap, with coconut drink in hand on some far away beach to be a blogger. Whether you're a size 8, an awkward in-betweener like me or "plus size", content is king, so as long as the work you're producing is good, then let those thighs chafe.

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5. A Pinterest-Worthy Bedroom


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.




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25 comments

  1. Yaaasss, loved this post, great reality check! Also this dress is everything, you look absolutely stunning <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

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  2. I really really enjoyed this post. I can relate to almost everything you said - I don't have a Macbook (still use my HP haha), my boyfriend takes photos of me very reluctantly, I'm an in-between size 10 and definitely don't live in an insta-worthy flat. But this won't stop me from trying to be better and produce great content :)
    You've got a new follower, keep up!
    Mili | The Pink Traveller

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  3. I loved this post!! Everything you mentioned is very true and it's nice to see someone talk about these kind of things :)

    Blushhx

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  4. I love this post so much Chloe! I can relate to so much that you've said! I got a Macbook last year but saved up for sooo long to get one! And I definitely don't have a Pinterst-worthy room at home! ;) Love this dress on you, you're gorgeous, as always!

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  5. Love the reality check and love this dress, I'm so sad it's only available in 14+ :(

    theButter.co.uk

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  6. Loved this!! I think if you're just genuine and blog because you have a passion for it then you'll find a way! You definitely don't need insta worthy bedrooms or a size 0 body, readers want something relatable!
    Cloe X http://clxelouise.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a wonderful posts! I really love how you place these things in perspective! Thank you!

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  8. I agree to everything on this post! Definitely don't need an Instagram husband because my parents help me out with pictures and you definitely can blog in whatever body type you have because everyone has different body types and are perfect! x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  9. i cant explain how this post makes me feel. the way you started off was just amazing because not only did you acknowledge and include minorites but you also spoke on many issues that we can all relate to, but were in the process also very real, many bloggers miss that aspect and i litterally adore you for that. i love your mini tantrums and sarcastic approach it really made this post come to life! your amazing and dont feel bad for your growth as with growth will come the finer things in life aka your mac book :) xoxoxo http://ajiacroft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Girl you laid down some truths in this post! all these subjects other bloggers shy away from and I really appreciate your honesty.

    Fowzia|Crazy4ties

    xoxo

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  11. Bloody love this piece!!
    It has turned so ridiculous how similar all these well known bloggers aren't, I don't say this negatively towards them but blogging is all about self expression and I feel some of the well known bloggers lack an individuality as they are all posting such similar content! Your list summed it up perfectly, it's kind of sad to think about the truths of blogging but I truly love doing it for myself so I'm never gonna stop!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  12. I loved this post! So inspiring!
    Bloggers nowadays always seem to do and own the same. It's nice to know that you can make it without all those things:)

    Love, Seline
    http://selscloset.com

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  13. LOVED this post!! I think people can get so swept up in the whole "blogging world" and can forget you can be successful (whatever that means to you) in your own terms.

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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  14. I love how real you are and the points you are making also love the dress <3 xo!
    NEW POST
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  15. This post speaks the truth! The typical blogging world we imagine and which people parody, is really such a facade. I get whole-heartedly sick of it, especially since there are so many brilliant writers and photographers who don't get the chance to shine because they're not in the mainstream. Like you say, you need NONE of those things to blog and none of them to be successful either. It's bullshit how this society has such a narrow idea of what is 'normal' and the sheer surprise people display at anything else is so wrong.
    Thanks for this post; we're lucky to have people like you in the blogging community!
    Rebecca | Notes From September
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    P.S.I'm considered 'plus-size' and I really dislike the term to be honest - those below an 8 aren't considered 'minus-size' so what's it about?

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  16. Love this, it's so easy to feel out of the loop as a small blogger but with a bit of imagination faking it is definitely possible!

    Emily x | emilyclairewrites.com

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  17. Lovely read girl, agree with you totally on all of this! Looking amazing too!

    Olivia x
    nudeonbroadstreet.com

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  18. I love this post, so honest and true :)!

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  19. I just stumbled across your blog and I love the honesty of this post. Loving the pretty dress too. You are a beauty and a smart one too!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Tamara Chloé

    www.TcStyleClues.com

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  20. Such a cute look ! Love the shoes too !

    Sara
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  21. Love this post I always think about not fitting into the blogger profile as I know I am older then alot of the "girls" I follow but I love it and I don't think I look to bad in comparison! lol xoxo
    http://www.katescloset.uk/

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  22. lovely post. really liked your thoughts on being a blogger, xx

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  23. Love love love this! Haha you're brilliant x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

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  24. LOVE THIS SO MUCH, so relatable, especially the part about school, except i did get picked on (alot!) for having a weird name (India Hannah Pixie) for having ridiculously long hair and for my dad being disabled (kids are cruel)
    I've been vvv indecisive on whether or not to start a blog for months bc i just dont fit the typical 'blonde, gorgeous, legs for days, minimalist' vibe but i thought fuck it and made one anyway.
    Your figure is to die for!! I've not found a blog i enjoy reading more than yours!
    http://trashedvintage.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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  25. I've been wanting/waiting to read a blogpost like this for SUCH A LONG TIME. Thank you for such an insightful post. The lack of diversity in the blogosphere is ABSOLUTELY shocking - I recently wrote a post about the 'marble epidemic' that's swept over us all...we're all the same! Lauren - www.theyoproedit.com

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