13 Stereotypical Blogger Habits It’s Okay NOT to Do

Like many things in life, people have their presumptions about things and stereotypes are formed. You’ve got the stereotypical graduate who doesn’t know what they’re doing in life, can’t find a job and has no money (I rocked that stereotype for around 6 months). You’ve got stereotypes of different cultures, gender and even of the type of people that work in specific industries. But another stereotype, is that of a blogger.

I recently read a post that revolved around the topic of ‘blogger boyfriends’ and the sh*t they have to put up with due to their ‘blogger girlfriend’. Erm, excuse me? I may come across as a hypocrite by saying, the post did make for a good read, BUT, there wasn’t one point listed in that post that I personally could relate to as a blogger myself. I’d like to think I’m not annoying, high maintenance, or demanding as a girlfriend who blogs, as said post suggested.

Although it was comical and made for an insightful read, it made me realise – especially from the heaps of comments left on the post that agreed with the content – that many people out there have a certain image of bloggers and the habits they have/follow. But the reality is, not all bloggers do these things and you know what? That’s OKAY!

That’s why in today’s post, I’m going to fish the internet for stereotypical blogger habits that are shared around that I personally don’t relate to, and tell you it’s okay not to do these things, or even own certain possessions that seem to be ‘trademarked’ by bloggers these days. For more on blogger habits, you should read all about 13 annoying blogger habits. I hope you enjoy!Stereotypical Blogger Habits

1 | It’s okay not to have a personal photographer. The post I vaguely referenced earlier on mentioned in one way or another, that bloggers use/force their other half as a personal photographer for Instagrammable pics. Erm, no. They don’t. I keep my partner well out of my blog, as it’s mine and no one else is going to lay a finger on my camera. Capiche?

2 | It’s okay not to photograph every meal – at home or out and about. I can understand why people have this assumption that bloggers photograph every meal, because food (whether a food blogger or not) seems to be a recurrence on many blogger’s social feeds. Let’s be honest, flatlay food photography does look dreamy and delicious, but I don’t have time for that nonsense! Just let me eat, goddammit!

3 | It’s okay not to have white wood flooring or marble counter-tops. Marble may be a little ‘old school’ now in the blogosphere – been there, done that – but it’s slowly making a comeback, alongside the new addition of white wood floors. I get it, these make images look super nice, but there are other ways of creating images and getting the same effect that don’t involve refurbishing your home. Take a look at my free backdrop ideas for example.

4 | It’s okay not to take selfies. I believe the profile picture on all my social accounts and even in the sidebar of my blog, was taken back in January 2016. In fact, it was New Year’s Day 2016. You may think that needs to be updated, but it still looks like me, so why should it be? I don’t do selfies, unless with friends and families and wanting to share memories. The whole posing for 10-20 mins in awkward positions and finding the right light nonsense, just isn’t me.

5 | It’s okay not to own all – or any – Apple products. Now, this may make me a hypocrite because I do own an iPhone, but I also intend on buying myself an iMac, BUT, it’s not because ‘I’m a blogger’. It’s simply because I get on with IOS better than Windows and, well, I can buy what I want. The point is however, just because you’re a blogger, it doesn’t mean Apple products are mandatory like the countless desk shots and Macbook flatlays assume.

6 | It’s okay not to own a designer handbag. I’ve never owned a designer handbag in my life, and in all honesty, never will. The thought of spending even £25 on a bag from the high street gets me thinking, ‘Do I really need it?’. I’m frugal, what can I say? Don’t worry if you’re rocking your Primark bag in a ‘What’s in my handbag’ post/video over a YSL bag – who cares? They’re both cute.

7 | It’s okay not to be social. Many bloggers I follow have a very active social life – we’re talking 3-4 times a week going out with friends, family, work mates and bloggers alike. But me…I’m happy spending my evenings studying, blogging, catching up on TV and being in bed by 10:30pm.

8 | It’s okay not to own two Alexa Drawer units from IKEA and have them filled to the brim with an endless supply of makeup. Don’t know if you’re aware already, but makeup has an expiry date. How on earth do you expect to open these products and finish them all before they are no longer safe to use?

9 | It’s okay not to have a pet. Odd one, but I have noticed lately that a lot of bloggers have started putting their beloved animals in the spotlight. Whether dogs, cats or rabbits, pets are becoming a mascot for the blogging world. So, it’s okay if you don’t have a pet. There’s no need to buy one for the sake of blogging – that would be cruel!

10 | It’s okay not to have your own place. Until recently, I rented a 1-bed flat and lived completely alone for the first time ever and it was bliss – but lonely. It’s okay not to have your own place and have white walls in every room, wooden flooring for the perfect flatlay image, and copper accents and pastel decor dotted around the place. Make do with what you’ve got and can afford. If anyone’s judging, that’s their problem, not yours.

11 | It’s okay not to be good at photography or videography. If ‘Blogger’ was a job title being advertised on Reed or Indeed (not sponsored, FYI – just providing an example), the job description would be huuuge, don’t you agree? You didn’t become a blogger to instantly know all this stuff – it takes time. I’m a photography graduate and there’s still times where I look at my images and go, ‘Where did it all go wrong?’. I battle with my own creativity and skills at times, but practice makes perfect!

12 | It’s okay not to be on YouTube. Let’s face it, many bloggers these days are spreading themselves across multiple channels to get themselves out there, but it’s okay to only own a blog and nothing else. I have an ongoing battle with the decision to start a YouTube channel and that’s because back in 2014 I did have one, but cringed at the sound of my own voice that much that I deleted EVERYTHING! Ever since, I’ve regretted that decision. I could’ve done so much with it in the last 3 years, so now it’s the decision as to whether I should bother anymore.

13 | It’s okay not to get 100’s of retweets and likes and become a viral super-tweeter in the space of a day, all because of that one tweet you innocently thought was going to vanish into thin air come 10 minutes later. The world of Twitter, eh?

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  • This is completely relatable! There are so many blogger stereotypes that I think hardly any of us fit into! I think I might actually be the epitome of this post for the following reasons:
    I think it’s totally okay to have someone help you out with your photography if they can but personally I wouldn’t let my boyfriend anywhere near my camera :’) he just wouldn’t know what to do with it!
    I actually do the ‘white wood floor’ background but it’s actually a roll of wood effect wallpaper that I use for flatlays :’) I can’t afford to be refurbishing!
    I don’t own a single apple product, mainly because I can’t afford it, but I’m not sure I actually need any.
    I don’t have white ikea furniture, a pet, a pinterest-worthy flat or a youtube channel!
    I really enjoyed this, thanks for making me feel less like an outsider!

    Sarah
    http://www.sarahschapter.co.uk

    • Oh yeah, it’s definitely okay to have someone help out – but assuming bloggers have a personal photographer like some sort of PA is just like, ‘erm, nope’. haha!
      I like your idea of the wood effect wallpaper roll as a backdrop – I may have to pinch your idea with that one!

      Kayleigh x

  • This is quite relatable. For photography, most of the times; I either do it myself or ask whoever is around for few quick ones.
    Also the pets in the spotlight is so so true!

    http://www.zekalin.com

    • I’m glad to see you can relate – I was fairly worried no one would understand where I was coming from with this post, but it’s worked out nicely! I daren’t even ask someone to take a picture, so you’d be braver than I am!

      Kayleigh x

  • I love this post so much!

    I really relate to what you say about homes and having the perfect backgrounds for taking photos. I mean, I’d never get white wooden floors or marble counter tops because they’re just not practical for real life. Also about what you say in relation to Apple products. If I hear one more person say they NEED a Mac because they want Photoshop I’m going to scream. Shock horror, Adobe products work absolutely fine on Windows.

    I do have a set of Alex draws from Ikea to be honest only half of one of the draws has makeup in!

    • I’m so happy you like it, Holly!
      I agree, as nice as the marble tops etc. are, they really aren’t practical – I’d be so upset if I ruined them from one silly mistake! I know, I’ll never understand why people think Photoshop is for Mac only! Windows still exists people…

      Kayleigh x

  • Such a great post, can relate so much! I feel like all the instagram pics and amazing bloggers out there can make it look so easy. So sometimes its good to know I’m not alone in feeling like I’m the only one that doesn’t have the perfect marble coffee table or flooring. I actually bought marble tack paper to fake this in my flatlays ha! Look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Amanda | http://ldnrose.com/

    • So glad to hear so many of you are relating to this! I’m with you 100% on the Insta front – it’s quite intimidating how easily others pull it off!

      Kayleigh x

  • Veronika “V.” Lavickova

    100% agree.. By the way I can relate to the youtube channel and videos as I cannot stand the sound of my own voice haha

    • Hahaha, I’m so glad someone else feels the same about that! Who knew we’d dislike our own voices so much!

      Kayleigh x

  • Theygrowsoquick

    I love this post it is all so true.

  • Steph

    YES YES YES!

    Very insightful and thought-provoking read.

    I appreciate that you saw content in another blog post that propelled you to write this one. You could have kept your mouth shut, but didn’t- which is great!

    Have you told the initial blog author about your thoughts?

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

    • Hi Steph, I’m glad you enjoyed the read! I haven’t actually contacted the other blogger who’s post inspired this one – I just figured reaching out to her about my thoughts on it might have been taken personal and could be seen as offensive towards her own work (not my intentions at all), so I figured I’d leave it be! 🙂

      Kayleigh x

  • I am an engineer, my sister is a nurse. We have a beauty blog 😉

    http://www.themostsisters.com/essence-life-festival-lipsticks-review/

  • I never take photos of my food. I’d much prefer just to eat it straight away. Sometimes I feel like the only one!

    • I’ve tried every now and then to do those ‘food shots’ but no, just feed me!