Everything But Water
Blogger, influences, content creator. Not sure what I would identify with but here to have fun! 🙋🏼♀️ I am loving the space I’m in. I don’t feel much pressure from social media. Aside from the fact that it’s hard AF to keep it going. Meaning- being on my stories all day to shooting content, some days I’m barely managing.
I’ve been wanting to write a post “Why I’m a bad blogger” for so long now. This is probably because I don’t stress over my many unopened DMs or not commenting back to all your sweet comments. Truthfully, I would be a slave to my phone.
For me, @aivanelli comes third. I make my husband happy, then my kids, then you all! I feel like I’m super open and transparent. Everything you see online is really who I am. With that said, here’s how I monetize on my everyday life.
Nations Photo Lab
IM an OPEN BOOK:
I let everyone in daily to watch my life. It sounds weird but it’s just my new norm. I talk to thousands of you daily via stories. Show you my home and updates on my kids. I feel like that gets you to know me better. It’s so hard to start but once you do it.. it’s second nature.
I post about what I love. #sponsored and all:
The bulk of our money that is made is through sponsored or ad posts. When you see either of these or “partner”, this means we are being paid by that brand. Doesn’t sound authentic?We get hundreds of monthly pitches from brands and we get to choose which aligns with our brand.
If I was posting about hardware my readers would be like that doesn’t relate to me, ‘click unfollow’. So I need to make sure everything I take on relates to my readers and of course, myself! I always ask.. “Would I use my own money to buy this product?”. This gives me a better feeling about accepting the campaign.
Wine Society Life
A “blogging” campaign “ definition is – a company, in seeking exposure for a product or service, leverages influencers who have established a substantial following, asking them to write about it in exchange for free access to the product or service”.
This essentially means, the company reaches out or I pitch them, and we negotiate the scope of work (posts, stories) and payment. When you first start out, you work on trade. Meaning you get the product for free in order to review it for your readers. As you grow your brand (and followers), your campaigns become paid and your rate keeps going up.
I now work with an agency that represents me and they handle all the contracts for me. Then we decide on a posting date that works best for post of us. The caption and content is approved and post is ready to go live.
This social media works allows very little breaks. You are constantly ON. We are about to head out of town and I’m already getting warnings from my fam about pictures! I have blogging work lined up and They get it (kinda) BUT they are all boys. We all know that’s like pulling teeth 📸 X5 🙈..
Truth is we “bloggers” need content! We are paid to post! This doesn’t mean it’s not authentic but for the time and effort we put into this needs to be monetized, otherwise why would we really give up precious time?
I didn’t quit my job to be a blogger so this is always on the the back burner. First, I need to make sure my real job “mama x4” is running smoothly and then this all comes next. It’s fun and I’m not here for the money but the experience and the exciting journey this all has to offer!
So to my future blogger- snap those pictures, tag brands, and follow your dreams. 🌟