*that word is not accurate.
Side note: I also thought about calling this post: why I don’t have my own reality TV show.
A while ago I wrote about ‘why I hate the B word’ – as in blogger. It sparked a bit of a conversation amongst myself and other wedding bloggers and we all got to thinking about what it is like, and what it means to be a professional wedding blogger.
Wedding blogs (…and wedding bloggers) come in every shape, style, and size imaginable. Some feature real weddings, others (like myself) are curation based. Then there are also vendor blogs that are used to promote their business, and bride blogs which brides use to chronicle their journey into wedding land. And that’s great! The sheer number of blogs out there is what makes the internet a magical place. Diversity is a beautiful thing and each of those blogs has a unique voice.
The key difference though is the word ‘professional’ and what I mean by that is that a professional wedding blogger earns an income/living from their blog (in my case read as: ‘tries to’) .
Professional wedding bloggers pay taxes, adhere to a set of standards with regards to crediting, are transparent with sponsored posts, and a whole multitude of other things that come from being a small business owner (in my case read as: ‘really small’ business owner – BB is a one woman show!).
Well, it’s not just creating and scheduling gorgeous posts for you to see. It’s also keeping up with all of our social media accounts, working on our websites, mastering SEO, answering countless emails, networking, supporting our peers by reading & commenting on their blogs, reviewing submissions, promoting our sponsors, moderating comments, replying to comments, communicating with advertisers, the list goes on. But trust me - it takes 8+ hours a day just to keep your head above it all. And I’m counting weekends too.
Definitely not. Yes, we get to go to some cool (and definitely pretty) industry events and in my case I look at lots of stunning pictures every day, but for the most part, I blog in my PJs, I stay up late working on trying to make my site the best it can be, I have heart attacks when I crash my own site, spend hours creating inspiration boards, rip my hair out when I find misspellings on old posts (I’m sorry perfectionists – but it happens!) and I can’t lie – spending so much time at my computer, which is just a few rooms from my kitchen, has also caused some unwanted weight gain. Plus, I spend a lot of my ‘free time’ reading about SEO, learning how to use plugins, learning CSS and HTML, and reading about web design.
Short answer: 1. For my readers 2. It’s addictive, and 3. The wedding blogger community is awesome.
I love getting feedback from my readers. Nothing is more thrilling than when I am cruising through Pinterest and notice one of my posts pinned onto a board titled ‘my dream wedding.’ I enjoy seeing people like my work on Facebook, and I obviously love creating reader requested inspiration boards.
Blogging is addictive. I don’t know how to explain that in another way. If you blog then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The wedding blogger community is amazing! Everyone has been really kind, supportive, and we try to be each other’s cheerleaders. I’ve gotten website advice, shoulders to cry on, pep talks, and laughter from these ladies and I sincerely hope that I do the same for them. I know we’ve taken a really round-about way of getting here, but that’s what this post is about.
I’d like to introduce you to The Love Collective. I’m forever indebted to The Love Collective for all the support and guidance these ladies have given me and without it I know that Burnett’s Boards wouldn’t be where it is today. The Love Collective is a community of professional wedding bloggers, created not only to network, inspire, grow, but also create a standard for wedding blogging as a profession. If you’re already a professional wedding blogger, or striving to become one, you should definitely check it out (and score some of these inspirational wallpapers that I’ve peppered throughout this post!)
Interested in what other members of the The Love Collective are saying about all this? Check out this totally honest post from Kiss My Tulle, this super educational one from Every Last Detail, and admire Heart Love Weddings’ insanely neat desk here. Need more? Mountainside Bride found a hilariously accurate video about what it’s like to be a blogger, and The Budget Savvy Bride took a fabulous, in-depth look into our lives.
Got any questions or comments about what it’s like to be a wedding blogger? Ask away!