As someone who spends a lot of time online, and am quite talkative when it comes to trying to help other people out blog wise, be it suggestions on how to get started or just a general discussion about what we do. There are some things though that, save for very close friends or family, you just don’t need to ask, and these are five of those.
Oh, is that a real job?
Well, yeah. It’s not a 9-5 at a desk but there are lots and lots and lots of people for whom blogging is a full time job and main source of income. Asking this is just plain rude, but I assume that artists, musicians and other people with less conventional jobs get asked this a lot too. This also goes for ‘Don’t you think you should get a proper job?’.
How do you earn money?
Well how do you earn money? You work for it. This is even more annoying of a question when the conversation has been started by a stranger, usually with something along the lines of ‘Hi there I love your blog!’, and is about the third question in when they think they’ve lulled you into a false sense of security. Ask me what sites I go on to find opportunities sure, but don’t go straight for this.
What are you going to do after that?
I don’t know. This isn’t as short term as people think, its as long term a career choice as most others. It can be a bit more rocky that some other careers, I won’t deny that since theres no steady monthly paycheque for most of us, but its still a long term form of employment (or self-employment).
So do you know *Insert super famous blogger here*
Maybe this is more often the older generation, but just to confirm, I don’t know Zoella personally and I’ve never been shopping with Wendy Nguyen. Blogging circles are pretty small, but not that small. I know lots of amazing bloggers but as of yet, none of them are household names.
How many followers do you have?
I get it, its interesting to know and you might be curious but if we’re speaking for the first time, it just makes it feel like you’re figuring out if I can help further your own blogging career or not. It shouldn’t matter if I have 1 follower or 1,000,000 when it comes to whether or not we’re going to be friends.
If you blog, are any of these things you’ve heard yourself or do you have something new to add to the list?