7 ridiculous things bloggers say

June 15, 2016

As a blogger – ie, someone who blogs on their blog – I know that, a lot of the time, this is a pretty cushy number. I get to work from home, in the comfort of my pyjamas (if I so choose). I get to write about what I want, when I want. I get brands reaching out to me to collaborate and sending me cosmetics / food / gym gear. I can spend an entire day on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and legitimately call it work.

Don’t get me wrong – there are tough sides to it too! Working for yourself isn’t always easy, and when your job is online, you have to be always on, which can be mentally draining. Coming up with new content, taking photographs, always thinking about the best Instagram angle and the fact that readers and followers often pick up on the smallest, throwaway comments and take offence… it’s tiring.

But it’s not at all comparable to, say, being a surgeon, or a bin person, or working two jobs to support a family of three, or going back to college part-time while working full-time in order to achieve your dreams of being a physiotherapist… That sounds really tiring. And it feels like, a lot of the time, bloggers (#notallbloggers) just don’t get it.

Y’know what I think? I think it’s because they’ve grown up feeling entitled – to a lot of things, including, but not limited to, “internet fame” – and, in a lot of cases, they’ve never had a “regular” full-time job. And because of this, they say seriously, terribly, utterly ridiculous things. Such as…

People think fashion week is all parties and pretty dresses – but they have no idea!

Let’s get one thing straight: fashion week is terrifying. But these things are all relative, right? And the person who’s saying, “oh, you’re so lucky you get to go to fashion week,” is looking at it from the point of view of their nine-to-five office job where the closest they’ll get to the Mulberry party is Christmas dinner at Fire on Dawson St (at the beginning of November, for budget reasons). So before you start complaining about your super-stressful job, take a deep breath and put it on context for whoever you’re speaking to.

Sure, you can still give out – because we all have stressful parts to our  jobs – but don’t act like they’re talking crazy. (Also: if you want people to realise that you don’t just go to parties in pretty dresses, bloggers could try adding some realism to their social media accounts – behind the scenes glimpses, sharing the stressful parts, explaining how it all works. In my experience, people really appreciate the human side; we’re sick of seeing glossy, Insta-perfect pics, non-stop.)

I didn’t even want it all; but, y’know, when you’re in a hotel, you’ve gotta order a big breakfast for the ‘gram

This is a very real thing, said by a very real person. Maybe it’s just me, but I hate food waste, and to have my suspicions confirmed – that very slim, thigh-gapped bloggers will order food simply in order to photograph it – made me feel queasy. Plus, y’know, I would’ve eaten it!

As a blogger, I can only wear things once

Step up to the plate, Chiara Ferragni. You may be the world’s biggest blogger but, I’m sorry, if Kate Middleton and Anna Wintour can repeat outfits, so can you. (In other words: get over yourself. See also: waste, sustainability, disgusting excessive consumption…)

I’m not under any obligation to disclose my collaborations; why should I?

This was a recent “overheard in” too. Basically, the ASAI guidelines – which state that online influencers and bloggers should be clear when they’re being paid for a “collaboration” or endorsement – are just that: guidelines. And as I understand it, the only way they can be enforced is with the brands – so, say, if I hadn’t disclosed that the competition I’d run with Lidl was an #ad, they’d go after Lidl to rap their knuckles.

How do I get on press lists?

This is such a ridiculously common question, you wouldn’t even believe how often it gets asked – usually by newbie bloggers, who’ve put up five posts that nobody has read, and want to know why they’re not getting sent the latest MAC launches. (Disclaimer: I have never been sent anything from MAC, so I’m not lording it over anyone.) Y’know how you get on press lists? Get yourself a big audience – PR companies will pay attention. That’s it: simple.

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I’ve got a great tan (so I’m black now)

Could it be possible that some people just don’t get why the multi-race emojis were developed? (Hint: it wasn’t so you could go on your holliers to Marbs and then start using the black-girl emojis to illustrate just how tanned you are.)

I was just in Paris last week – that could’ve been me!

After the Bataclan attacks, there were so many fashion bloggers going on about how scary it was, because they were just there, for fashion week, and it could’ve been them! But it wasn’t, honey bundle, it was someone else – a very real person, and the tragedy is no less tragic because you weren’t there. (But, I know, it’s all about you, right?) Special props to the Instagrammers who posted posed pics – with affiliate links – of themselves in Paris with the hashtag #PrayforParis. Classy.

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  • Reply Dana June 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    You are refreshingly honest. It is why I enjoy your daily snaps. Great piece, very amusing.

  • Reply Jamie June 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    “I might do a competition for one of you to win an a invitation to my wedding”

  • Reply Christine Maguire June 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! I don’t know if I’m more disturbed by someone claiming they’re black because they have a tan, or that someone would order an amazing hotel breakfast just to take a photo of it. Horrifying!! 🙂

  • Reply Joanne June 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Jamie.. i remember that person making that comment and my Jaw dropped… get the f*ck over yourself…!

    • Reply Rosemary June 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      I actually thought that was kind of gas Joanne; I’d LOVE to go to her wedding tbh, so I was like, I wanna enter! Until I remembered how mortifying that would be, as we’ve actually met and I think she’d be like, eh… weird! But I guess when you get to a certain level of fame / fandom, it’s not that weird!

  • Reply Lisa ( June 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Yikes, you have to wonder about those with the “I can’t wear it more than once” attitude. And all that food waste! Talk about lending the media stuff to tar the rest of us with!

    Some great honest commentary here!

  • Reply Louise June 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Seriously who doesn’t eat all the hotel breakfast, OMG! Why would you waste food, particularly when breakfast comes with Pain au Chocolate and Coffee. I wouldn’t even remember to ‘gram it, but I could take a perfect filtered picture of it in my belly! 🙂

    Also who uses ‘gram, is that a thing now? Like did I miss that word, or should I treat it like “Bae”, and ignore it.

  • Reply Rebecca June 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    An Irish blogger/snapchatter actually made the “I can only wear outfits once” comment to explain why she sells so much on depop only last week… I was incredulous!

  • Reply Laura June 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Great post! Could it get any worse than “I can only wear things once”?

  • Reply Grainne June 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    So many points that made me smile or nod my head… I sense I’m following the trend here but who wastes breakfast!!! It just wrong in so many ways… First off I don’t get to have hotel breakfasts that often, never mind have it delivered to my room but to not eat it. It just shows how far removed from reality some bloggers have become. I often feel the same when I see bloggers recommend very expensive products that they have been given for free. I understand it’s there role to publicise the product but I wonder if they were on a realistic salary and had to justify the product as part of a monthly budget would they really be so crazy about it. Btw… I’m not referencing you in that last part 🙂

  • Reply Miriam June 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Love your honesty for telling it like it is, and always love seeing you on Midday

  • Reply Bridget June 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    You are absolutely fantastic Rosemary, I wish there was more like you.
    Tired of the pointless non edited brain farts that some bloggers are throwing out , and if i have to look at a Turkey Burger or a sucked in tummy one more time .. well i may just never eat a Turkey Burger again , and yes I know ,, Don;t follow , stop looking stop reading buttt … I am weak and just have to … On the other hand you have so brilliantly put this , my belief in bloggers has been restored , now I am off to put on a turkey burger and stare longingly at my non deflating abs X

  • Reply Emma June 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Please tell me immediately if I am ever guilty of any of these things Macca. Kthxbai.

  • Reply Nicola Conroy July 13, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    LOVE your honesty! Fancy pictures are pretty but realism is what’s appreciated! 🙂

  • Reply Brenda colton Sheehan July 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Your honesty is so refreshing, the one that annoys me so much is the I can only wear this outfit once! Get a grip

  • Reply ROISIN McCarville December 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I really want to know who said the wedding competition comment..

  • Reply Laura Nuala February 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Came across your page by accident whist looking for a review on the new dyson hairdryer. It’s an hour later and I’m still scrolling – so nice to see a blogger who doesn’t filter/edit/bullshit about their glam life on Instagram! Plus I’m a writer myself thinking of starting blogging; Love, love, love your blog! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren April 13, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    First time reading your blog or knowing it existed. I’ll be addicted. There is no bullshit and I LOVE IT. Thank you Rosemary for being real.

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