What it means being an influencer

What it means being an influencer

One of the many questions I get from friends and family is what it means to be an influencer. To the average person, it seems outrages that you can make a living, aka a career out of “blogging”. Compared to your 9 to 5 desk job people automatically assume it must be an easy job. Some even go as far as saying that “it must be nice having a job where all you have to do is look pretty”, but this could not be further from the truth.

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Blogging is a lot work

I’ve been a full-time publisher for quite some time now (What Would  V Wear turns 5 years old this April!) and there are days where I wish I had a regular 9 to 5 schedule. Blogging is a lot of work! Not only does one need to deal with the stipulation of choosing not to hold a traditional job, but it demands a ton of self-discipline, skill and intelligence. As a full-time blogger you don’t just “look pretty all day” but, in fact, you tackle many different responsibilities, take accounting for instance. I bet you didn’t think accounting was one of them, did you? Well, I turned my blog into a business so accounting matters. Besides the business aspect of it all, you have to be constantly “on”. We promote and grow on social media so, it’s crucial to be active on all social platforms at all times.

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Self-Discipline

Self-disciple is the key ingredient to success, no matter what you do for a living. As a full-time influencer, I am now my very own boss. Setting expectations and goals on your own is very important. My business is my baby and I take care of it just as I take care of my actual children. I don’t want to fail so, I work hard on a regular basis to keep on moving.

Creativity

Right now the “influencer market” is pretty over-saturated. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others in the industry and on top of that you have to come up with imagery that is visually appealing and creative. I’ve come quite a long way and lately I’ve really been into photography. Mastering the skills and taking my editing to the next level in one of my biggest goals this year. This being said, you simply never stop learning.

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31 Comments

  1. March 13, 2019 / 5:41 AM

    This is a stunning look! Yes the market is saturated but I still love to have just a small piece of it. I think you are amazing influencer with quality content. I really admire the balance you have between work and family.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  2. Cora
    March 13, 2019 / 6:35 AM

    I adore for what you do…You work so hard for your success…Anyway you look so gorgeous..

  3. Andrea Nine
    March 13, 2019 / 6:39 AM

    It is so much work and some people just don’t understand it, which is sad. But you are sooooo good at what you do dear friend and you do it all with such grace and love and sweetness in your heart behind it all and that is why so many people love you…your genuineness! AND you ALWAYS look like a million bucks…what an amazing color on you!! So proud of you too! xo

  4. March 13, 2019 / 8:38 AM

    Love your honesty about what being an influencer means! I don’t blog full time because I think I would struggle with the self-discipline! ha. I need the structure of a normal 9-5 to thrive. Congrats on the blog turning 5!

  5. March 13, 2019 / 9:17 AM

    I definitely agree that people don’t realize how much work goes into it blogging. I’m glad you are bringing awareness to this!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  6. March 13, 2019 / 9:31 AM

    Your photos have been looking amazing lately!! After starting blogging recently, I can totally agree with this post. There’s so much that goes into blogging, and competition is fierce!

    http://www.sundaydahlias.com

  7. March 13, 2019 / 9:35 AM

    You’re doing a great job Vanessa! Keep it up. Your photography has definitely improved with your blog. I love how creative your shoots are.

    Mich x
    http://michjoseph.com

  8. March 13, 2019 / 12:28 PM

    Being an influencer is so much work and I think SO many people don’t get that! (even some of my close friends) But, you do such an amazing job handling it all! I’ve always loved your quality content and beautiful images!

    xx, Steph
    UrbanBlonde.com

  9. March 13, 2019 / 3:29 PM

    It is a helluva lot of work! Throw in Youtube and it’s more than a full time job. Good thing is so much fun! These shots of you are lovely ❤️

  10. March 13, 2019 / 5:25 PM

    It’s a lot of work but also so rewarding! You definitely have to wear many hats and find balance! Your photos are beautiful!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  11. Pearls _3943 Bangkok Thailand
    March 13, 2019 / 7:36 PM

    You’er so amazing 🔝🔝💯💯💯

  12. Amy Ann Arnold
    March 13, 2019 / 8:18 PM

    I agree on all of these! Something not always well understood. You are amazing at it.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. polarbearstyle
    March 13, 2019 / 10:13 PM

    I’ve gotten plenty of disbelieving looks when I tell someone how long a blog post actually takes me to create. I spend a lot of time blogging part-time for pleasure, and I know it must be so much more work to do it full-time. You’re doing an amazing job though. All your content is beautiful and unique.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  14. March 14, 2019 / 4:09 AM

    You look stunning here! <3 and yes I couldn’t agree more! It’s lots of hardworking than people think and way very expensive too!
    Love it!

    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com

  15. March 14, 2019 / 5:51 AM

    Being an influencer is incredibly difficult – and it’s an around the clock job! You’re doing such a great job – especially while raising two littles!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  16. March 14, 2019 / 5:56 AM

    These are great photos! 🙂

    I agree, blogging can be such hard work sometimes. That’s why it will only ever be a hobby for me 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  17. March 14, 2019 / 7:00 AM

    I have no doubts being a full time blogger is hard work but you do make it look easy haha! Lovely photos 🙂

    Jenny | localleo.co.uk

  18. Jasna Zellerhoff
    March 14, 2019 / 8:32 AM

    Thats a good explanation babe, I am going on 10 years in August with my blog and it really is so much work so thank you sharing this as more people especially brands need to know how much work we put into everything 🙂 xx

  19. March 14, 2019 / 9:05 AM

    Yess- there’s always something to learn + work to be done! Love your photography, babe- you take some amazing shots!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. March 14, 2019 / 9:32 PM

    It’s amazing that you’ve been able to turn this into a full-time job and work for yourself :)! It’s a lot of work but I’m sure it’s more fulfilling to work for yourself than someone else.

    Mai // https://www.maidoesthings.com

  21. March 17, 2019 / 12:19 PM

    I love this post! I’m a part-time blogger, and I tell people all the time it is hard work. I still have a full-time job, run a blog, and a YouTube channel takes up a lot of my time. Plus I read 5-7 books a month and review them. I don’t know where I get the time, but i’m always working. Some people don’t understand or want to understand the job we put in.
    http://www.comfycozyup.com

  22. March 17, 2019 / 12:46 PM

    In fashion’s over saturated market, the word influencer gets used a lot. Some live up to the title, some don’t. I’m old school and come from the print fashion generation so I don’t care how many Followers some one has, I care about their talent. How are they influencing me to be a better person…I’ve been Following you for a while and it’s clear that you are one of the Real Ones. So creative – your fashion shoots are always on point and you have a heart.
    Have a lovely Sunday hon. Xx
    PS Love this shoot in the Field of Dreams!

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