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DEAR NEW BLOGGERS

Hello there. 

Today I want to talk about "bloggers".

Well, it seems like there are more and more people starting up their blogs and calling themselves a blogger nowadays. It's a good scene to see. I mean, it means that blogging is still not an "out-dated" thing yet (well, for me, I still read blogs every day).

But what really frustrated me is seeing them complaining about not getting any return after ONLY months of blogging.

I started blogging since I was 14. Let me tell you honestly, I wasn't expecting anything in return when I started blogging. Blogging to me was like writing a public diary online. I never thought that I could gain any reward from blogging when I first started. 

But now, I've seen some new bloggers who have just started blogging for not more than half a year, saying that they are depressed and sad because their hard work is not appreciated. 

Dear friends, Rome wasn't built in a day, so is your blog. 
Unless you post something really controversial or explicit la, then you will get the fame you want overnight. 

I think if you start up a blog with the intention of becoming famous and earning big bucks, you will obviously suffer. You have seen all those glamorous life of big names and you want to live the life they are living. But let me tell you, it's not as glam as you think it is.

They all have worked hard for years, not just months.

They have taken the risk to take blogging as their full-time job and sacrificed a lot to build their reputation and name in this industry. FYI, being a full-time blogger does not guarantee you a fixed income every month. It all depends on the amount of jobs and clients who want to engage you per month. No engagement = no income. It can be as harsh as that.

Being a blogger for 7 years now, I can tell you that I do not earn a fixed amount every month. 
If luck is with me, I can earn up to 5k-6k per month. 
But sometimes, I get only a few hundred bucks and even ZERO payout for a month if no clients engage me for that particular month. 

So I always tell myself that blogging can only be my part-time job, but not a full-time one. If I earn from it, that's a bonus. If I don't, it's okay. I will still keep writing and documenting my life here, because that's what I genuinely love doing.

If you are a new blogger, and if your intention of blogging is to make an easy buck, I have to tell you that it's certainly not easy, but I won't discourage you. There's no reason to not give it a shot if blogging is where your passion lies.

It takes time, really. 
It took me 3-4 years to get my first ever paid advertorial. 
It took me 5-6 years for people to have "maybe heard of" my name in this industry,
and that is a lucky scenario already.

I believe there are many bloggers out there who worked just as hard, if not harder, yet took longer to be "heard". It's not like I think I am better than them, I'm just way luckier.

After so many years, I still do not consider myself as a "famous blogger" (because I-am-certainly-not) but I'm grateful for all the opportunities that I've gained from being a blogger.


I think it's best if you blog with passion, because passion is what takes you to great lengths. Write often. Share more. Make your readers sort of build a relationship with you.

Well, this is just my two-cents.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section below! 

23 comments

  1. exactly, a lot of people are looking for fast and "easy" money. truth is if they are no real passion in writing, it wont work. but with most people with passion for writing, they don't really expect anything in return. writing is a joy in itself :)

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  2. your two cents means alot jessica! Yeap, i saw many bloggers out there complaining etc. Well, everything takes time haih la. Hahaha.

    Write more. Share more!
    Keep inspiring jessica! <3

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    1. Haha, thank you for reading dear! Blogging seems like an easy task, but it really takes a lot of time and effort!

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  3. I totally agree with you Jessica! Honestly I just started blogging on August last year and I know blogging really need to take a lot of time and effort to write it but I really love to share about my opinion and idea on my blog to my readers(and I also just started attend event recently only). Some of my friends and cousins thought that it's an easy and earn money job and even want me to teach them LOL but they wont understand how much time I need to spend on it and I actually didn't expect to get anything at all.I really hope they really know how uneasy it is haha. Anyway thanks Jessica for sharing this post it really inspiring me well :D

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  4. I blog because of sharing, expand my network & because i love food! Not because earning as until today i not even can say earning hundred bucks in a month.
    Penang market not same like KL, Singapore or big city...so after 5years blogging, i just earn reputation instead of money...but i still go for it as i love sharing~

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    1. Awesome! Keep it up dear!! The blogging community needs more bloggers like you! <3

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  5. I agree with you! Hard work does pay off, but not only putting effort for several months. It takes time. :)

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  6. Nice post! I have a question here, How do the sponsors get to you ? I mean, you approach them at first or just that you received email from them one day ?

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    1. Hello, thanks for reading! To answer your question, sponsors will approach bloggers themselves if they are interested in collaborating with them. :)

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  7. Awesome post... I was struggling to find an answer for few months as I'm still in medical recovery process after a big accident. I was thinking maybe blogging can help me in earning but your points do really gave me answer. I'm a lil noob to differentiate engagements or maybe I already miss out a lot chances. Anyway, thank you so much for everything. Have a good day and Foodilicious. ^.^v

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    1. Speedy recovery dear! Thanks for reading! :)

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  8. Hi Jessica! I love this post! I have some friends around me who just start blogging and they always tell me that they wish to be like Jane Chuck. I guess blogging really takes time. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  9. Great write up! It's really sad to see that people these days blogs for the sake of "earning"/getting sponsorship/getting famous more than sharing what they genuinely want to share. I mean, if that is the case, it feels like there is no "soul" in their writing to the point that I don't really read much blogs anymore.
    On the side note, it's pretty funny too that even with your effort in writing this post, some people still don't get your main point... as I have witness. LOL.
    But anyway, love reading and looking at your fashion posts, your photographer does a superb job as well! Looking forward for more. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Joey!! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought like that! The blogging community really needs more passionate bloggers!! :(

      Haha thank you for loving my fashion posts, I will try to write more of them!! <3

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  10. Feeling inspired after reading this. This post has to share to the world Jessica :) Appreciated.

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    1. Aw, thank you Wendy!! I'm glad that this post inspired you!

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