Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blogger Problem #3: Money

Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Dress: Jellybean | Shoes: Topshop
Bag: The Sak | Watch: Swatch

People say blogging should not be expensive. But I beg to disagree. Blogging is an expensive hobby/passion.

I used to tell myself I don't have to spend too much money for me to be able to sustain this blog. I shop in thrift stores, bazaars, online and during sale season. I used to believe that I can sustain this hobby even with the meager salary I am earning. It is only later in the game did I realize that blogging is an expensive hobby. You have to invest and spend some amount of money if you want to step up your game. If you are blogging for personal reasons and you don't have any intention of getting compensated for what you do, the blog can survive with very little money. There are so many free blogging platforms such as Tumblr and Blogspot that can host your blog. You don't have to have a nice camera and other photography equipment to take decent pictures. You are not obligated to post frequently so you can publish posts at your own leisure. But, when you start getting sponsors/collaborating with companies and attract readers to constantly visit your blog that blogging becomes expensive. You have to be able to produce good quality content (both writing and pictures). You have to post more frequently so you spend more time writing articles and taking pictures. You need good quality camera, editing software, and other equipment to produce quality pictures.

It took me a while to realize that being a blogger is an investment. You have to invest time, money and knowledge for your blogging career to take off. It is not just about the clothes and makeup that I have to wear but all the other things that come with producing quality articles/blog posts that you have to spend money on.

Of course, the very basic thing every blogger needs is a high quality camera. If you are more of a writer-blogger then you don't need this. But for bloggers like I who are interested in sharing their travels, outfits, and purchases, this is a must. You can't assume you will attract readers and keep them coming back if your pictures are poor quality i.e. blurry, grainy, overexposed, etc. Take for example all the popular bloggers we know like Nicole Warne, Julia Engel, Alix Bancourt, Tricia Gosingtian, and Jane Aldridge. Aside from they all have impeccable style, they all produce high quality pictures. It is not just the background, how they project in front of the camera, or the outfits they are wearing but also the quality of the pictures. You can see every detail and the colors are alive. We can all agree that a good quality camera is not cheap and most of these are 20,000.00PHP and above. It is a lot of money especially if you are like me who doesn't earn much and you only get a portion of that because of tax. But if you want to boost your blogging career or turn your hobby into a career, you need a good, high quality camera.

Buying your own domain is also necessary. I only recently bought my own domain and I can already feel its effects: more page views. It also pays to have your own domain because it is easier for people to remember. If your blog is not bookmarked in their browser or if they are not frequent readers, it will be difficult for them to remember your URL. They might forget there is .tumblr or .blogspot. While they can always google the name of your blog, this is not a very effective method. There will be other things on the search results and most of the time, the number one search result is not your blog but something else that contains the same words as your blog. It is difficult to search for my blog on google if you type in my name because apparently, it is very common (I didn't realize there are so many Jenn Dalisay's in this world). But if you type in the name of my blog, The Pink Lemonade Girl, it is the number one search result. The number one search result is always the most clicked and most visited out of all the links in the search results and this is only possible if you have your own domain. I used to be hosted by blogger and my blog was always third or fourth - next to the popular Pink Lemonade Girl girl (about breast cancer, I think) and the Pink Lemonade Spa.

Buying your own domain though is not cheap and you have to renew it when your contract expires. Mine will expire in 2 years. I am just testing this hosting site and see if I will like their services. After 2 years, I have the option to terminate and look for another hosting site or retain the same package.

Clothes, Shoes, Makeup
While it is true that you can always purchase clothes and shoes in thrift stores, it pays to still purchase some in stores/malls. Most clothes in thrift stores are passé. If you want to make them look more modern and trendy, a little "tweaking" is required. However, if you are someone like me who is not that creative and barely have the time to reinvent clothes from the thrift store, you have no choice but to wear it as it is. But I guess fashion and makeup are personal and I am in no position to tell you what you can and cannot wear. If you want to go all the way vintage, by all means. 

No matter where you want to purchase your clothes, you are still spending money. It is still considered an investment. You can wear the same pieces over and over but you have to make sure your outfit is different every time. You can wear the same sweater in all your pictures but you have to be able to produce variety. And in order to do that, you need to pair that sweater with different things. Make it preppy one day then make it grunge the next. Make it glamorous one day and make it casual the next. It is all about styling but that still requires spending money. And of course, no outfit is complete without the makeup. Even if you invest in just lipstick, it still makes all the difference in your outfit. It makes everything look more coherent.

You may have a nice camera, your own domain, and beautiful clothes but if your body is not well taken care of, all of that investment will be for nothing. This is probably the first thing you need to invest on. You need to take good care of your body and everything else will follow. Eat well, exercise, be happy, have a good hygiene and you will see your glowing aura in the pictures.If you yourself don't look good in pictures all of your clothes will not look as good as how you pictured it to look. Even if you have a good quality camera it won't matter because you will look wasted in your pictures. Even if you purchase your own domain to generate more traffic, people won't be visiting and coming back to your blog if you don't look good in your pictures. I am not saying that you have to be skinny and pretty in front of the camera. What I am saying is you have to invest in being healthy and confident in front of the camera and everything else will follow.

Blogging is an investment. If you want to take yours to the next level, you have to be willing to invest time, money and effort to grow and make your blog a success.

Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Dress: Jellybean | Shoes: Topshop
Bag: The Sak | Watch: Swatch

Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Dress: Jellybean | Shoes: Topshop
Bag: The Sak | Watch: Swatch


  1. hello!
    beautiful images!
    super dress!
    Classy entry!

  2. That is so true! There is a lot of investment involved with blogging. Time is one of the bigger investments that I was really surprised of!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  3. NICE

  4. well you are right at is an investment. but i guess anything in life is an investment. most especially if it brings you back something - like inspiration, waking up your passion, getting friends, experience new things, and get connections. it is worth it. just know how to work yourself around it in your own way, at your own pace and most importantly, never lose the love for it and enjoy the ride :)

    kisses from dubai ♥

  5. True, blogging is an investment of many things and it needs a lot of commitment and motivation but it is all worth if it gives u happiness!

  6. So awesome! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  7. beautiful dress! and lovely shoes! :)

  8. As soon as I saw that case figured would be my guy. I loved it and I had to bring my versatility. eheheh

    First of all, thanks a lot for this tips. Very helpfull :D
    Second, love all outfit. So cute *-*

    InstagramFacebook Oficial PageMiguel Gouveia / Blog Pieces Of Me :D

  9. I love that dress on you! :D

    And yes, I agree that you need to invest when you blog if you want to step up in the industry. I started with Weebly, then Blogger, then I got my own domain after 3 months. Once you get offered with brand collaborations, that's when you'll realize how important it is to step up your blogging game. Since my blog has also been a portfolio for me and a way to market my skills, it was all worth it. :D