If you're in the world of blogging, you'll want to read it. If you're not a blogger, you'll probably read it and be like whatttttttt? Then again maybe you should read it, it may help you understand why I post some of the stupid shit that I do.
(insert shoes on white rug, my GO-TO!)
The article is about Caitlin Covington, aka @cmcoving. Again, bloggers know her. Others may not. I'm a late bloomer so I just started following her in 2015.
In the article she discusses the secret to her success, making tons of money off outfit posts, and a look inside her free vacations. As her mom said, "With blogging, you just kind of have an ‘it’ factor."
Moms are the cutest. I could totally see my mom saying this too, you know about me and my... my... I definitely have the IT factor when it comes to.... the things... and... the DOGS. Dogs love me. I've just got that IT factor.
I've accepted the fact that I don't have the "it factor" with blogging. Whatever IT is, this old gal missed that boat. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely still swimming after the boat, but it's always a few waves ahead of me. And it's full of pretty women who own homes big enough to have floor to ceiling mirrors.
But to be honest "big bloggers" work for that IT factor. It's not the type of work that for example the miners I met in Idaho Springs do, shout out to Weasel by the way! But it's still work. (Albeit it's fun work, and if bloggers don't admit it's fun and very privileged work they are kidding themselves) in my opinion.
Bloggers like Covington get free vacays all the time. I've mentioned before how I think that would be pretty great, but after reading what Covington does on said trips, I'm not so sure anymore.
"On such trips, they get up at 6 a.m. Then it’s shower/hair/makeup/prep, for photos at sunrise to catch that good early light. They eat breakfast, then change completely and do a second photo shoot (each) before lunch – and do it all again at least once more, later in the day."
That sounds intense. Up at 6 a.m.? Hair AND makeup? Eeek, no thank you. My "getting ready" routine on vacay is usually: roll out of bed, brush teeth, find nearest Bloody Mary.
In the article she mentioned how she made "thousands of dollars" off of posting a photo of a straw hat on vacation.
I made $8 off of this hat and I was all like HOLLA!!!! (One) drink is on me tonight!
Covington said that her "fan favorite" mirror selfies take hours to post. HOURS. I can't wrap my head around this. Maybe that's because when Chris takes my photo we have literally two minutes to get it done before we're arguing. Then I slap my favorite Instagram filter on it and call it a day.
Thus the reason Covington has 500,000 followers and I have five. She's putting in the hours and I'm not. But what's not to LOVE about this photo? Really? It's fun. Look at that face.
|BRUNCH! Jeans. Jacket.|
I've been blogging for 100 years, but this side of it is still very confusing and complex to me. I think it's great women can be their own bosses, but the superficiality and narcism that goes right along with this world is what sometimes makes me have to step back for a bit.
*I don't know Covington, so I have no idea if she's narcissistic or superficial, this is basically just me casting judgement on blogging in general.
It's just that all of the showy showyness of it makes me itchy. Then again, who am I to judge how someone makes their money? We all do what we have to do to pay rent.
Lastly, I think she's just referring to life in general here:
“It’s our goal to make it look effortless and fun and fabulous, but really we’re working so hard behind the scenes,” Covington says.
Oddly enough, I say the same thing about my snapchat. So if you really want to see a fun and fab life, you should follow me @thedailytay. Sneak peak: this shot took hours to capture!
I've rambled on long enough of this topic. Read the article if you want to more know more about the business of blogging, then let me know what you think below.