Earning from blogging

I've been trying to articulate a post about earning money from blogging for a while (ooh taboo!), but until Kristabel sent me this wonderful piece by Decor8 I'd never been able to organise any of my points in a clear way. This left me feeling incredibly inspired and completely spurred on to chat a little about this- as I think it's something we definitely all need to do. After all, dissecting bloggers for getting paid for content, only ever results in a cloud of guilt (more from my part)- when really, do we all have anything to be guilty for?

It's true blogging is changing. It's changed so much since when I began- and mostly, for the better. My images have improved tenfold, my writing has gotten better (nope, not just writing about Emma Watson and George Craig anymore)- and (most of the time) I feel completely confident with my content, and this is indefinitely because I have been able to take blogging on full time, and invest my undivided attention to this corner of the 'net. I'm no longer solely posting pictures of me awkwardly standing against my dining room chair- and I for one, think that is a good thing (take this for reference, and thank the changing face of blogging that my writing and posing has come on leaps and bounds since).

I know it's a complete luxury being able to call a once-hobby a career, but at the same time- to make a living, work from home and earn money to support yourself, you need to be being paid- be that through collaborations, advertorials or commission, something's gotta give. Now, when I work on projects, you can ensure I am either: a) In love with the brand, b) Surprised I haven't discovered them sooner- and either way, c) would most definitely buy from them in future circumstances. I'm not flogging gardening tools or car repair kits- and I'm definitely not plugging beauty items or fashion brands I have no interest in, I'm simply blogging about what i'd normally do, but with a brand who have kindly offered to support the feature. There's no ulterior motives to selling my readers anything and my 'blogging decorum' is the same. We're not all cashing in from the 'bank of blogging' every time we click publish. If you want to buy from a post that's great, if you don't- that's fine too.


'Are we really selling out if we earn a living by doing what we love and through sharing our talents online? A sell out is a person who compromises their values for money. That’s clearly wrong. A sell out isn’t a person who earns money without compromising their values and does it with class and integrity.'

Taken from the Decor8 piece

Sponsored or not, all of my posts take the same amount of time, love and care- and not once, regardless of payment have I cut corners just to appease anyone. I've reshot things if I'm not happy or don't find it inspiring, and continually strive for the best, original, 'take away' content I can- moolah, or not. I feel as passionately as I did about this corner as when I started, if not a whole heap more, and I feel the whole sponsored content thing needs to be given the benefit of the doubt. I know some people will do anything for money- its the same in all careers, but some of us just want to harvest our passion, and if, from time to time, that means being paid, then I definitely think that's ok. We shouldn't have to feel guilty about earning from something that takes a bloody great amount of time, passion and work- a girl needs to eat after all (and nope, not just in Patty & Bun and Laduree- hohoho).

On top of that, sometimes, to sustain a level of quality, when working 6/7 day weeks, one does need to reap some kind of financial reward, y'know? I'm thrilled to support other bloggers, friends and online people earning a living doing what they love- whether that be still reading sponsored posts, buying from a product launch (if you know, I like the product) or respecting some ads on their site. Providing everything is disclosed, honest and so on, I'm a happy gal (I even recently disclosed a post that wasn't even sponsored in fear of being 'accused' of payment). I don't ponder my stats daily, and I know how fortunate I am to have an audience like I have, if at all, and I'd never wish to compromise even one reader for any sum of money- because that's not what this place is about- yo! I didn't set it out to be a business, just a place to share experiences, recipes, outfits and even a little guide from time to time. Everyone can still blog. It doesn't have to be editorial standard, completely Pinnable, or comprised of a list of ten things, and that's the fantastic thing about this world. My dad could begin a blog about anything he wanted (probably something about football and hairdressing), and it'd be brilliant. At the same time, I can flick across to ladies writing across the pond, shooting editorial worthy content on the sandy beaches of Bali, and live vicariously through their adventures too (and give them a massive salute, because it's bloody well done) and enjoy that too- and I think that's the charm of it all. We're all different, and that can be really quite exciting.

So, in short- here's to supporting one another. Let's make 2015 the year of being honest, clear and ultimately creative. Whether that means earning or not, it doesn't, and shouldn't matter. At the end of the day, brilliant blogs are what it's all about, and if you can work on them full time and earn a coin or two, that's not bad at all.

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Earning from blogging

I've been trying to articulate a post about earning money from blogging for a while (ooh taboo!), but until Kristabel sent me this wonderful piece by Decor8 I'd never been able to organise any of my points in a clear way. This left me feeling incredibly inspired and completely spurred on to chat a little about this- as I think it's something we definitely all need to do. After all, dissecting bloggers for getting paid for content, only ever results in a cloud of guilt (more from my part)- when really, do we all have anything to be guilty for?

It's true blogging is changing. It's changed so much since when I began- and mostly, for the better. My images have improved tenfold, my writing has gotten better (nope, not just writing about Emma Watson and George Craig anymore)- and (most of the time) I feel completely confident with my content, and this is indefinitely because I have been able to take blogging on full time, and invest my undivided attention to this corner of the 'net. I'm no longer solely posting pictures of me awkwardly standing against my dining room chair- and I for one, think that is a good thing (take this for reference, and thank the changing face of blogging that my writing and posing has come on leaps and bounds since).

I know it's a complete luxury being able to call a once-hobby a career, but at the same time- to make a living, work from home and earn money to support yourself, you need to be being paid- be that through collaborations, advertorials or commission, something's gotta give. Now, when I work on projects, you can ensure I am either: a) In love with the brand, b) Surprised I haven't discovered them sooner- and either way, c) would most definitely buy from them in future circumstances. I'm not flogging gardening tools or car repair kits- and I'm definitely not plugging beauty items or fashion brands I have no interest in, I'm simply blogging about what i'd normally do, but with a brand who have kindly offered to support the feature. There's no ulterior motives to selling my readers anything and my 'blogging decorum' is the same. We're not all cashing in from the 'bank of blogging' every time we click publish. If you want to buy from a post that's great, if you don't- that's fine too.


'Are we really selling out if we earn a living by doing what we love and through sharing our talents online? A sell out is a person who compromises their values for money. That’s clearly wrong. A sell out isn’t a person who earns money without compromising their values and does it with class and integrity.'

Taken from the Decor8 piece

Sponsored or not, all of my posts take the same amount of time, love and care- and not once, regardless of payment have I cut corners just to appease anyone. I've reshot things if I'm not happy or don't find it inspiring, and continually strive for the best, original, 'take away' content I can- moolah, or not. I feel as passionately as I did about this corner as when I started, if not a whole heap more, and I feel the whole sponsored content thing needs to be given the benefit of the doubt. I know some people will do anything for money- its the same in all careers, but some of us just want to harvest our passion, and if, from time to time, that means being paid, then I definitely think that's ok. We shouldn't have to feel guilty about earning from something that takes a bloody great amount of time, passion and work- a girl needs to eat after all (and nope, not just in Patty & Bun and Laduree- hohoho).

On top of that, sometimes, to sustain a level of quality, when working 6/7 day weeks, one does need to reap some kind of financial reward, y'know? I'm thrilled to support other bloggers, friends and online people earning a living doing what they love- whether that be still reading sponsored posts, buying from a product launch (if you know, I like the product) or respecting some ads on their site. Providing everything is disclosed, honest and so on, I'm a happy gal (I even recently disclosed a post that wasn't even sponsored in fear of being 'accused' of payment). I don't ponder my stats daily, and I know how fortunate I am to have an audience like I have, if at all, and I'd never wish to compromise even one reader for any sum of money- because that's not what this place is about- yo! I didn't set it out to be a business, just a place to share experiences, recipes, outfits and even a little guide from time to time. Everyone can still blog. It doesn't have to be editorial standard, completely Pinnable, or comprised of a list of ten things, and that's the fantastic thing about this world. My dad could begin a blog about anything he wanted (probably something about football and hairdressing), and it'd be brilliant. At the same time, I can flick across to ladies writing across the pond, shooting editorial worthy content on the sandy beaches of Bali, and live vicariously through their adventures too (and give them a massive salute, because it's bloody well done) and enjoy that too- and I think that's the charm of it all. We're all different, and that can be really quite exciting.

So, in short- here's to supporting one another. Let's make 2015 the year of being honest, clear and ultimately creative. Whether that means earning or not, it doesn't, and shouldn't matter. At the end of the day, brilliant blogs are what it's all about, and if you can work on them full time and earn a coin or two, that's not bad at all.

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101 comments:

  1. wonderful post, Liv. Really well articulate. i personally see no problem in earning money so long as you're sticking true to yourself. X

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  2. Great post! I have no problem with people making any money from blogging, it's just like footballers earning a living, it started as a hobby for them and they were the best so they reap the rewards, same as anything.

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  3. There is an odd stigma in the blogger sphere where earning or even discussing getting money from blogging means that you're "not in it for the right reasons", and I can't stand it! You've made some wonderful points and we should just keep doing what we want! :)

    Joelle
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  4. People getting upset about bloggers earning money is so strange to me, as I've always regarded them as "magazines" of a kind. Whenever, over the years, people have asked me what I blog is, I say "basically a magazine, but more accessible to all different sorts of people!" and people pay for magazines! No one expects a copy of a magazine for free, and yet they are quite getting magazine-worthy editorials that cost them nothing to access at all with blogs, and then have the cheek to complain that the blogger got some money for it. I think people feel exploited sometimes maybe, but then they need to look at the entire capitalist system that runs our lives... THAT is the real exploitation, not bloggers! They're just trying to earn their keep in the system.

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  5. A really well written post and I couldn't agree with you more.
    If you're lucky enough (and I use this term loosely - obviously a whole lot of hard work goes into it) for it to become more than a hobby, then I think that's brilliant and why not enjoy it! Obviously everyones going to have their own opinion but as you said - as long as it's honest and open I really don't see a problem with earning money from blogging. With the amount of passion, creativity and time that is put into creating such beautiful content like yours, I think it's only right that you would get something for it!

    Lauren xx

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  6. A really well written post and I couldn't agree with you more.
    If you're lucky enough (and I use this term loosely - obviously a whole lot of hard work goes into it) for it to become more than a hobby, then I think that's brilliant and why not enjoy it? As long as it's honest, open and true to yourself it only makes sense that you need to earn something from it considering the huge amount of time, passion, creativity and work that must go into creating content as beautiful as yours. :)

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  7. You have some good points here. I would much rather earn money doing something im passionate about than being in a boring dead -end job.
    Renee x

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  8. I really agree with this, I think as long as the blogger is authentic then there is no reason why they shouldn't be paid, it's a job at the end of the day! Hope you have a great day :)
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  9. Lovely post. You covered all the right things. I think blogging becoming a career is a real step in the right direction and I think see why anybody has a problem with it x

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  10. I remember reading your blog years ago and scrolling through posts like that old one you've linked to. It's great to see how far you've come. You're so lucky to be able to work for yourself and do something you love for a living.

    xo
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  11. Everyone wants to earn money. Why not earn it through blogging? It seems only natural that if you like blogging it'd be nice if you also got paid while doing what you love. And so I think that's why I've been seeing so many blog posts talking about why you SHOULDN'T monetize your blog. Of course, their point is that you shouldn't blog only to make money but because you love it, so I can see their point and I agree with it myself. But it's really interesting to read your post about why IT'S OKAY to earn money from blogging. Because it is :) as long as that isn't what your whole blog is about, which it isn't :) I'm so glad that you are able to make a living by doing what you love :) Keep on keepin' on! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  12. Well said :)
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  13. Lovely post. I'd love to do it full time someday too but now I'm enjoying it as it goes. Glad your loving what you do.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  14. I don't see any problems with bloggers earning money of something they've working really hard for, bloggers should feel proud of themselves rather than have negative thought put towards them. Thanks for this post! x

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  15. Poignant. I think it can be done well, too. Pinning this!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
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  16. great post liv

    gafashion.blogspot.com

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  17. This was a great post and I agree with absolutely everything you've said. x

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  18. This is so true! I hope 2015 is the year that all the negative energy both on and around the blogging and YouTube world can be but behind us x
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  19. Such a lovely and honestly written post. Congratulations on all your success so far.
    xxx

    Alana Says…//www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk//Fashion and lifestyle blog

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  20. such a good and honest post! way to go!
    I think it's so important to realize that your content you like creating is worthy!
    here's to great 2015, cheers

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  21. The only time I ever have a problem with bloggers taking money for posts is when it's advertising a charity. This happened year or two ago, most posts said "I was offered payment for this post but I refused it because it's a great cause" but a few said they took the money which made me feel a bit uncomfortable.

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  22. I love his post! Congratulations on being able to turn your hobby into your job... It's something a lot of people want from life but never achieved. I feel thoroughly inspired!
    Sam xx
    Knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Absolutely agree! and congrats on your great blog! Excellent work!! xx

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  24. Agree whole heartedly. Jobs come in all forms and yours happens to be blogging- how great is that?
    Love Laura

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  25. Great post!

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  26. I would quite like a post on gardening tools Liv! Brilliant piece. V x

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  27. loved this!!

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  28. Brilliantly written. An interesting read.
    I had to 'lol' at your reference to your earlier outfits posts.. 'lol and relate that is! :)
    It's an interesting subject, but earning from blogging, which I have no problem with what so ever. As you quite rightly put, it is a career, you can live from it and why shouldn't you. It's basically a form of journalism. The other point that you touched on is the change in blogging. This alone, I'm sure, would open a whole new can of worms..

    Caroline.x
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  29. This is a really great post, I agree with everything you wrote!

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  30. Lovely post, but in the spirit of improvement please do check grammar and use of 'indefinitely'. If you're earning a living from writing, with lots of people reading your content, let's teach good grammar to all!
    Naomi x

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    1. Oops! I meant to say definitely, so have corrected that- but definitely agree ; ) thanks for pointing it out!

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  31. Well said! Bet the people who complain about bloggers getting paid wouldn't be complaining if they were too...

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  32. I have to say, I have never seen an issue with sponsored posts, free clothes etc. If you write a blog you're putting in the hours, seriously, so shouldn't you get a reward. Also who cares if something was free?! You're not very likely to wear it if it doesn't fit with your blogs aesthetic - which is of course your personal style! Confuses me to no end!

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  33. Its ok to get paid to blog! It is hard work to put in the effort AND money into templates, headers, proper cameras etc! Well said on this post!

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  34. I totally agree - loads of people jump to judging bloggers for wanting freebies and money. Apparently you can't blog 5 days a week if you're not getting paid (as one old school friend assumed - nuuh!) I don't get paid, I'm not yet at that level, but every post I make is written as if I were earning a million dollars - Vogue aren't slapdash in their content so why should mine?!

    Well done on you Liv for working hard for what you desire and enjoy - a true blogging icon!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. In love with this post, so honest and true.
    Let's support each other through this blogging community.

    xo
    nath
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  36. A well-penned piece here Liv, I agree with every word you said. We come from a similar place in our way of thinking, even though our blogs couldn't be more different. If it works and there's an opportunity to be paid there's no reason we shouldn't be. After all, it's our livelyhoods.

    Buckets & Spades

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  37. Loved this post Olivia! I totally agree. At the end of the day, blogging IS hard work, and takes time and dedication just like a "real" job. You deserve all the rewards that it brings! xx

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  38. Such an incredible and well-written post, Liv. You've discussed a very important issue and I'm so grateful and inspired by what you've articulated.

    Beth xo.

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  39. Great post!

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  40. On point Olivia said well!

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  41. Very well said! I agree completely, as long as everything is honest there's nothing wrong with being paid for doing what you love.

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  42. this was brilliant, it really needed to be shared because a lot of people don't understand how it really works! thanks for this post x

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  43. Brilliantly written! Bravo! I will definitely bookmark this for the future If I happen to come across any trouble and need some valid points to help me out!
    Thank you! :)

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  44. Thank you for addressing this taboo subject!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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  45. Great post!

    I think a lot of the stigma about paid blogging comes from those who don't blog.

    Until I started blogging, I didn't understand the time and energy that goes into every single post. And I imagine this is still the opinion of a lot of people. What they don't understand is that a blogger doesn't just put on nice clothes, take a photo and post it. We are account managers, PR, designers, writers, content developers, photographers, retouchers and researchers - all in one. We have to be both business minded and creative. The employer and the employee. We have to be self-driven to get up everyday and complete all the tasks we need to do - not because someone will shout as us not for doing it, we only have ourselves to answer to!

    There is so much to blogging that goes unnoticed. And in reality I think it's totally ok to be paid for that! The important thing is to make sure your blog doesn't change because certain brands are willing to pay!

    xxx

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  46. Wow, you have been blogging since 5 years! that is a long time :)

    NEW POST Jennos Health.

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  47. I've been blogging for a year and I still find the whole thing a mind boggle sometimes. It amazes me that people would go to full lengths to earn money and not stay true to themselves. I would never want to get paid or not paid for writing something that I don't have an interest in, that wouldn't feel right at all!

    This post is great! Amazing and well written, definitely made me think differently about things :) good for you Olivia!

    X

    (genevieveslifeblog.blogspot.co.uk)

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  48. Fantastic post and something which is always good to hear. As you say, a lot of work goes into each and every blog post - you have to be dedicated to run a blog.

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  49. Such a great post and why shouldn't people get paid for something that they work hard for :)

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  50. I like your blog a lot- you can tell how much work goes into it. Although I did visit the old post you said showed how far you've come and I didn't think it was so bad lol. Really, I completely agree with you on the topic of people making money from their blog and hold it against no blogger who does it with dignity. I love that you've opened up a discussion about it.
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  51. I think everyones goal would be to make a living from blogging. Being paid to do what you love is a luxury it's not 'work' as such. I don't see why it is slightly frowned upon.
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  52. Great post !

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  53. Lovely post! I totally agree! x

    Blog Marjorie

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  54. This was a lovely read! Thank you for sharing :) x
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  55. Brilliant post Liv. I don't see anything wrong with sponsored posts at all but I have read the occasional comment who think otherwise but as long as it's truly genuine and honest then what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing! I think it's awesome that you are able to do something you love and earn a living from it - after all, isn't that what everyone wants? Anyway you are doing the most wonderful job with your blog and I am excited to see what 2015 has in store for your blog. Big love to you lady! x

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  56. Wowee- What a lovely and refreshing read. You should be very proud of your achievements turning your passion and hobby into something that can support you :) xx

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  57. love this post :) I like it when bloggers address this because it really is not that bad to earn as long as you know in yourself that you still have the same integrity that you started with... although to be fair, I find myself thinking you live in some kind of never-ending photo shoot because your photos are just so editorial (that's a good thing) :)

    Arianne

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  58. You wrote this really well , it must be amazing to be Blogging full time I would love to do that but I can imagine how much work you would have to put into it too. :) . xox

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  59. This was such a great read! Thank you so much for being so open and honest, there shouldn't be anything taboo about discussing how you make your living. Congratulations on being able to do what you love!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  60. This was such an interesting post to read. Before I started my own blog, I never really understood how much work goes into blogging, even though my little corner of the internet is just a hobby for me. That being said, I am a huge fan of your blog and the type of content that you publish, and good for you for turning your hobby into a full time job. Your outfit photos have really improved from when you first started this blog, and I really love the variety of interesting topics that you discuss.

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  61. thank you for posting this! it definitely feels so so taboo and i have similar feelings. i definitely can't do this 100% of the time as it doesn't earn me much but i dream of that! it'd be a miracle to spend my full-time dedicated to a creative hobby.
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  62. Liv, I'm LOVING your take on the 'taboo' topic (which, really, should not be taboo at all, but that's life) - very refreshing, clear and NORMAL.

    Awesome read, for both the avid reader and blogger in me.

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  63. Great post! We have some problems with sponsored posts issue in my country awhile back. Apparently some bloggers did not state that their posts are sponsored, and most people believe that sponsored posts are just advertising and not real experience/ how we feel about the product. Some bloggers got too many projects on hand that they lack of 'personal' posts. Thus making a lot of people disliking bloggers in my country.

    Love, Angelus
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  64. You are completely right! You have a lovely blog, are a fabulous blogger and should be very proud of of yourself and what you have achieved!

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  65. Fantastic post and so refreshing to read a honest opinion about earning from blogging! As blogging requires so much hard work and passion, earning from it is totally justifiable in my opinion!

    Prudence
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  66. This is such a great post. It is true that you shouldn't feel bad if the hard work you put in your blog help you financially. Thank you for sharing your point of vue and staying honest about everything.

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    Coco
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  67. I think its great that some people earn money from blogging. They are clearly good at what they do so they should make the most of it!
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  68. such a great post!


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  69. Such a great post. Really enjoyed reading this!

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  70. Loved this post, Liv! I've always loved your blog, with your well thought out posts and interesting reads, swoon worthy hair, on point fashion and dreamy Pin-able photographs, you can see the constant TLC you give to each post & you're so hard working! It clears so many things up and why shouldn't bloggers, vloggers, freelancers get paid for working hard for their moolah! Total support for all you creative lovelies out there x x

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  71. This post rings so true Olivia, it makes me proud to see fellow bloggers like yourself doing well, keep at it!

    Louise x

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  72. I don't think it's selling out at all! Nothing wrong with earning money from doing something you and your readers enjoy.

    Georgina x | miss petite

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  73. Great post- you are so right about this subject- what is wrong with making pennies from a hobby? As long as your honest about it- there is nothing wrong with it. I think readers like bloggers who are honest :)

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  74. This is a really interesting post. I'm new to blogging, but it's wonderful that you could turn something you love into a career and that you're able to support yourself with it. That's something that should be celebrated, not ridiculed.

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  75. Hello, I would be really interested to read/understand more about blogging in general. Yours is the only blog I regularly read and have done so for well over a year now. Would love to get an insight into how it all works (and how you work and plan your career). Also I am keenly interested in your fashion and take delight in all of your posts but I would love to know your secret behind keeping so slim. x

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  76. Here, here! All the bloggers I keep up-to-date with are always passionate about their posts - and wouldn't just post something just for the money. If they are shoehorning sponsored content into their blog, I wouldn't find it engaging, so I wouldn't follow.

    I've always enjoyed your posts, and I don't care that some are sponsored. If anything I'm happy when I see a sponsored post on a fav blogger's page because I know that they are being supported and rewarded for their hard work.

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer // Bloglovin'

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  77. Lovely post :) I've been blogging for about 7 months now and I'm at the point where I'd like to start making a little extra money from it so I really appreciate insights like this. Thanks again!

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  78. Well said lovely! I have never had a problem with sponsored posts or samples sent for review! Just goes to show how well fellow bloggers are doing! As long as people are honest it's all good!

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  79. I agree with everything you've said. I certainly don't make money on my blog but I can't be mad at anyone that does. If you're working hard, you deserve something in return for that hard work.

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  80. Really love this post.. I have only just started my blog and don't get any money from it at all but as someone who suffers from very bad social anxiety it would be quite a nice way for me to earn while doing something I love :) x

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  81. Lovely post! :)

    I would like to invite you to my blog! I would be so happy if we support each other on Bloglovin, GFC and Facebook!
    Do it and let me know! xx

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  82. Such a great post! Can't be much more inspired by what you've written. A good stand for the younger generation who decide to take the leap of faith and start blogging! THANK YOU!

    http://offscreenreviews.blogspot.fr/

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  83. This was actually a very encouraging and uplifting post. I'm fairly new to the blogging world,so to read this was really motivating. If you ever have time check out my blog! (www.alicemarieh.com)

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  84. this is such an inspiring post! thanks for sharing all of these thoughts. it really makes me want to spend some quality time with my blog.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  85. This is a great post and a really interesting topic. I took a look how three top bloggers make money in a recent post featuring: A Beautiful Mess, The Londoner and In The Frow I hope that you like it.. http://www.ledbylucy.com/post/108452091648/operation-organisation-scarf-hanger

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  86. You'd inspired me with your words and it is just rightly so. I will be coming back to read this over and over again to remind myself as well. :)

    xo, Mimi
    www.thefoxyheroine.com

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  87. Well said Olivia! We agree 100%. Wedon't understand why there is this perception that all bloggers are in it for the money. Most of us do itt because we enjoy it, and if we get a sponsorship opportunity or are able to turn it into something full time, then that's just a bonus!

    M + K

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  88. Just came across this post and I LOVE it! No one should be ashamed to earn an income by doing what they love. Isn't that the point of why we're all here?...to find a career that makes us happy and in turn make some sort of positive influence in the world? Great bloggers do that by supporting the brands they care about. It's so great to see you living your dream. As a newer blogger, my goal is to hopefully provide content that will help others and hopefully be able to someday make enough money blogging to leave the office job I don't love.

    xoxo

    Lauren Bartels

    www.laurenmicheleblog.blogspot.com

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  89. I don't earn from blogging but thank you for articulating the issues so well :)

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  90. I really enjoyed this post. I really helped me to find what I am looking for thanks www.makeuseof.com. Keep the good work going. 

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