THOUGHTS ON PAID CONTENT & BECOMING A FULL TIME BLOGGER



So firstly, when I started things were A LOT different. Money wasn't mentioned or talked about, most of us didn't even know you could make money from blogging or vlogging. It didn't really matter about how often you uploaded, how great your thumbnails were, how awesome your pictures looked, how amazing your editing skills were.. In fact, nothing really mattered apart from 'are you enjoying it'.

For me, starting Youtube & my blog (which came much later) was simply about being creative and having my own voice. I was bored and just needed something to do. It was that simple. I enjoy being in front of a camera, and I have done since I was a toddler, so being on the internet is sort of normal to me.



Things have changed though - thats pretty easy to see & I think its time I shared my thoughts on the whole b/vlogging phenomena.

I became a full-time blogger in April 2014. I registered as self employed and cut
 down my hours at my 'normal job', then eventually left altogether. It wasn't scary for me at all, because it just felt right and I was completely ready. I started Youtube back in 2011 so it did take me a long while to get there, but I'm here now and yes, its the best thing I've ever done. Im my own boss (sort of) I like to think I don't have anyone to answer to but I do. Networks, my management, as well as brands and PR's but I love my job & I am forever thankful. Everyday I am living out some sort of dream and although at times it can be pretty overwhelming, it is also pretty f***ing awesome.


For those of you that don't know I'm not from the best town or the best background. I grew up on a council estate and things were sometimes quite tough for me and my family so to live the life I am currently living - its mad. I could've gone down a completely different path, lets just say that. 

At 24 years old I have moved into my own two bedroom flat, I drive a mini convertible, I'm independent, I work with amazing well known brands, I get to go on beautiful holidays & I get amazing opportunities, and I know to some people thats normal, but for me and my family, even a lot of my friends back home - what I have achieved is incredible. Im very proud.


My first ever Youtube payment was £80. I remember being so over the moon and excited thinking 'what can I buy'. Me being typical me, I bought clothes and makeup and shoes - it was the best. As time went on, the money went up and up and up and nobody (not even me) could believe how things were going. It was exciting but it was also tough. I didn't know what to with it, how to save, how to pay tax.. I had to teach myself everything. (I am rubbish at maths so you can imagine right? lol) Thats the thing with this b/vlogging stuff. Nobody really helps you or tells you everything so most of the stuff that comes with it, you sort of have to learn yourself..

So now its 2015 and the game has changed. Everything is business and professional now. You can earn £1000s from one sponsored video & be flown to places like Thailand and Dubai for a blogger photoshoot - its insane isn't it? But thats just how it is. I actually struggled A LOT with the change over from 'hobby' to 'job'. I couldn't swear in my videos anymore - stuff like that. It was hard and it felt like the change happened overnight? B/vloggers are sometimes looked at as celebs now which is crazy but I can see why. We are sort of everywhere. The internet is a small place when you think about it isn't it?



That moves me on to 'sponsored content' that everyone has opinions on and people seem to always talk about - its even in the press now. I get the hype and the controversy because even though blogging isn't new to us bloggers, it is to everyone else. Im not really fussed what people have to say about how much we earn or get paid for content because I see it like 'I came from F all to this, I work my ass off and I am grateful for everything that I have and do & if you don't like it, I don't really care'  LOL. So many of us b/vloggers are making a living whilst making our dreams come true - do you know how awesome that is? We might get paid £1000 for a post or £10,000 for a video (random figures lol) but thats because our audience is so big. People listen and give a damn about what we have to say - mainly because we don't BS. Endorsing a product is a big thing so I guess the money has to be big too.


Sponsored content is how full time b/vloggers live. If I didn't work with brands on paid posts/videos I wouldn't be able to pay my bills or eat. Thats just me being real! Other people can earn bonuses and get incentives at work, whether you work in a shop or an office - so why can't we? 

Becoming a fulltime blogger meant signing with a management team, getting an accountant, upping my content game & becoming a stressy bitch lol. But it also meant, moving out, being able to be my own boss & loving my life. I am so happy and so excited for my future - it literally blows my mind to think about where I am & where I used to be.

How did you like this post? Would you like more posts like this? I have a few ideas but I won't do them if this was boring to read lol. I hope it made as much sense as possible, it is my thoughts after all and they can be a bit all over the place haha.
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39 comments

  1. Aww Gracie, I loved this post! Don't put yourself down you are human for stressing but we totally see your hard work. I love your writing style, you really do have talent and good on you! I've been blogging a year and a half and it initially started as a hobbie but I'd like to work with companies (even small)- not sure where to find them! Living abroad somewhere in Europe isn't helping..tips?

    Take care sis x

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  2. It's so nice to see someone actually talk about this! Love it!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Glad you wrote an honest piece like this when there is a whole lot of talks going on regarding sponsored posts. Love your forthright personality! Keep at it Gracie!!

    Trulysri.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. So nice to read something so honest about this subject. We can trust you to keep it real, Gracie xx

    Gill x EyelinerFlicks

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  6. One of my favourite bloggers as you always just get straight to the point! Proud of you :)

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  7. LOVE. Such a great post, so fed up of the whole sponsored post dramas that whirl up in the press and on Twitter. You work your bollocks off, you should be paid, simple.

    lots of love for you babe.

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

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  8. I love this post. I respect what you are doing because everybody has to eat. And we all have different ways of making sure that we do. Everybody also enjoys doing different things. Have a great weekend.

    http://lifeasacaribbeangirl.blogspot.com/

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  9. Loved this post. Started from the bottom now you're here lol. Very sincere

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  10. I love this post! It gives such a good insight into what people normally 'assume' about full-time b/vloggers and you've set it straight! Well done x

    www.studentbargains.co.uk

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  11. Xoxo! This was a great read Gracie, not boring at all! Keeping it real as always!

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  12. The trouble is, to the reader, it just turns your blog into advertising space and loses the realness. I understand you need to make money to pay your bills, but I can't think of one blog or YT channel that has got better since the content creator went full time blogging.

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  13. Really great post! Loved hearing about your journey... yes please to the other post ideas :D

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  14. loved this post! i would love if you could do a post on how you dealt with tax etc xx

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  15. It's so refreshing to see someone talk so openly about this! Well done girlllll.

    Bethan | Thought from Beth x

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  16. Gracie I love this post! As someone with similar aspirations, it is so refreshing to read about someone who has succeeded and is loving it! Xx

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  17. Youtube still seems to come with this 'as long as you enjoy it!' message, but scratch that surface and you realise that enjoyment is measured in subscribers, objects, and saddest of all, simply looking pretty.

    I have found myself being sucked into this vacuum, agonising over not being pretty enough, worrying that I should be using higher end products, and then I read this post. You are stunningly beautiful, and you are successful, but you couldn't be further away from the superficial either. Thankyou for reminding me that I can be successful just being little me, but more importantly, I can enjoy my channel without being huge.

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  18. Gracie It's really good seeing someone talk about this xx
    http://thatchynagirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Love this post keep it up Gracie!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Loved this post! Gave me a needed kick up the arse!

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  21. Loved it! Please do more!! You're such an inspiration <3

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  22. Well done girl, you are amazing! I'm a new blogger and I loved reading this post. Would love to hear more about this xxx

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  23. Love this post! Congrats on getting where you are today - the hard work's paid off and why shouldn't you be rewarded 👏👏👏

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  24. what i love most about you gracie is just how bloody honest you are, i love reading your posts and watching your videos because i trust what you say and you're just so real! keep doing this girl and being your fab self. X

    lanaalicewilman.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Such a good read Gracie! I've followed you since day one and you've come sooo far <3 p.s jealous of your mini convertible tho lol

    Ashleigh x

    ♥ ♡ ♥ Being Ashleigh - Lifestyle and Fashion blog ♥ ♡ ♥

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  26. Such an interesting post to read! Well done for all your achievements and how far you have come.

    Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

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  27. its so interesting, and you can be so successful from blogging, hopefully me too xx

    www.styleflaw.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Girl you have hit the nail on the head with this one. You have came so far and it is incredible and refreshing to see. Constantly supporting you <3

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  29. LOVE THIS. Your the only honest one Ive seen, well done for being truthful and sugar coating it zz

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  30. I love how honest and open you are. Blogging is so interesting I love it, thanks for sharing.

    www.mycluelessmind.blogpost.co.uk

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  31. Thank you for a very interesting post - it has been very informative.

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  33. Congrats on all of this! Hopefully you will continue to grow.

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  35. Loved this post Gracie! It's so refreshing to see a blogger share so much with their audience :) You have come so far and will continue to as your content is great! You go girl! x

    http://dandylove1.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. Congrats on how far you've come, more posts like this being real & honest about things others won't talk about - love that! xx

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  37. I enjoyed reading this post so much! I would love more posts like this please!

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  38. I've started a blog and this is completely new for me, I hate to be that annoying person but I'd love it if you could check it out? I'll be writing much more but this is my first post which was superrrr hard for me to write http://lolosxo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/before-starting-roaccutane.html Thank you!xx

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