It’s Friday and I just feel like talking about… blogging.

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Wow, it’s Friday and I feel like it has been such a long time since I had a chance to blog in my bed. Last night, both of my girls stayed over at their grandparents. It happens sometimes when  I have to finish work at night or if I have an early morning to start. Last night was because I had to attend a parents function at Hayden’s pre-school, and grandma insisted the kids to stay over. I know I’m considered lucky to have family close by who can help my kids pretty much whenever I need help. But never do I do this because I just want to stay home and do nothing. Those days are long gone!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been becoming more involved in working in campaigns and sponsored posts for the blog. It’s been going really great and it has certainly supported me to create content I wouldn’t have otherwise create. And financially, it certainly feels rewarding. Last couple of months, I feel like my schedule has been jam packed (it still is, actually) but I am so thankful to have a moment this morning to sit in bed, alone, not rushing to get a post out, or having to get the kids ready, or getting on a phone call, but to just really taking it all in and talk.

It’s been a goal of mine to partner with brands the moment I started blogging. All the recent partnerships validate that blogging really does work if you put a lot of time and energy into it and having the right agent. I didn’t start blogging 5 or 10 years ago when blogs were just – blogs. I started 2 years ago when “blogging as a business” is a thing. And while I didn’t know anything about blogs then, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I did a lot of researching and took e-courses as I went, but I really did go into blogging blindly. I had no idea how much writing you have to do, and I hate writing. How many great photos you need to take, and I’m not a photographer (or know how to use Photoshop for that matter). What pretty fonts and impressive graphics you need to put out, and I’m not a graphic designer. How many followers you need to have on Twitter and Tumblr (at the time), and I only had a Facebook account. Oh, and the tech stuff, I really really hate the tech stuff. I only have one person to thank for this and that is my husband George. Honestly, if I knew how much effort and time it takes to run a blog, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. The only thing I’m good at is I know a good product when I see one and I just like tasteful things. Pretty broad, eh? I’m usually not the type who starts something out of a hobby – and it certainly wouldn’t be blogging if I was “blogging as a hobby”, haha!

Anyway, I’m not sure where I’m going with this. But I guess I’m just coming to realize that I want to be honest with , and I only had a Facebook account. Oh, and the tech stuff, I really really hate the tech stuff. I only have one person to thank for this and that is my husband George. Honestly, if I knew how much effort and time it takes to run a blog, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. The only thing I’m good at is I know a good product when I see one and I just like tasteful things. Pretty broad, eh? I’m usually not the type who starts something out of a hobby – and it certainly wouldn’t be blogging if I was “blogging as a hobby”, haha!

Anyway, I’m not sure where I’m going with this. But I guess I’m just coming to realize that I want to be honest with you with my intention, in blogging. Yes, it’s true that I started this blog because I wanted to stay home with Hayden and I wanted to build something for myself. It’s also true that I’m a business minded person (at least I like to think I am) and probably wouldn’t do anything that’s not practical or make sense to me. In other words, I define myself a realist, not a dreamer. This can be a weakness because I know it limits my creativity, but I also don’t like to put out a fantasy I know it’s not real. And sometimes that’s really hard in blogging (especially in lifestyle and fashion) because what draws people’s attention are pretty images and inspiring (sometimes unattainable) lifestyle.

I’m still learning the ropes on how to work with brands. Most of the time, especially with more established brands, I am entering into an agreement with deliverables that I must fulfill. I’m usually ok with this because I know this is business and they have a goal to meet. The hard part is to bring in your authentic voice and style while trying to meet their expectations. I feel like I’m only getting a taste of it. I know there are many more experienced bloggers who must struggles with this 10x more than I do. But for those who’s able to do it really well, man, do I admire them?!

I am very well aware that some bloggers are being called a “sell-out” if all they blogged about are brands and affiliate links. I can see that and I hope I don’t turn into that. But I think as long as it’s genuine and that the blogger believes in the brand, I don’t see a problem at all. The way I’ve been working on my sponsored posts is that I try to find a connection with that brand. What about the brand that resonates with me? Does it go with my beliefs? What are my thoughts or positive experiences I have on them? I’m not here to give reviews on any brands, but I do want to share how that brand has worked, and sometimes, elevated my life.

With that said, yes, you will be seeing more sponsored content from me, and I hope you will enjoy my take on them. At the same time, I am making a promise to you that I will be authentic with my voice. And if I ever sound like a phony to you, please email me and let me know.

Woh, so this post took me 3 hours to write! And I don’t even know if this post is making any sense. Please excuse any bad grammar or misspellings. I wish I have another hour or so to edit, but I don’t. I swear writing is not my forte, but I’m really glad I got a chance to talk to you about my intention on blogging today. Since we’re on the same page, I also read a really nice piece from Holly this morning too. She’s been a huge inspiration to me and have always kept me grounded as a blogger.

Have a great weekend, everyone! xo Jeanne

Image via La La Lovely