So I know I promised you guys a part two to my Rome Travel as the next post, and I will still do that, but today I just need to get something off my chest. This is probably going to be quite
a long and brutally honest rant session,
so I hope you can bare with me and just hear me out.
Two things I wanted to talk about:
"Social Media Feminists"
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I've recently started doing a few sponsored posts.
Now when you take a look at the brands I've been fortunate enough to work with and then take a look at my engagement and followers,
you're probably thinking...
The answer is simple.
Years of work and research that I've been doing behind the scenes and doing it in silence while letting people assume that I'm doing nothing.
Especially being overseas, I have to work that much harder and jump through more hoops to be able to test and promote these products.
Why would I stress myself out doing that if it's a product I don't actually have any interest in and would use in my daily life?
While I understand the negative stigma that is associated with sponsored posts, I do want to say that there are also many people out there that can still be genuine about products that they are getting paid to promote.
Even if someone is promoting a product I personally don't believe in, I won't judge them because at the end of the day, it's just business,
and we all gotta eat.
You never really know someone's story.
The only thing it's doing for you, is exposing you to new brands and products that you might not have known about otherwise.
With the convenience of the internet, everyone is more than capable of doing their own research on something, and not just blindly buying it because their favorite role model is promoting it.
If you're someone that hates sponsored posts, I hope you can at least try to consider it from that perspective.
Everyone nowadays seems to want quality content for free, but fail to remember how much work it actually takes to produce videos and how much effort a simple Instagram photo can be.
I've been promoting products I love for years, and even if I'm not getting paid to talk about them, I still show them in my instagram posts and videos.
Because if they work for me, or it's something I find useful or interesting,
then maybe someone, somewhere will find it useful or interesting as well.
Or at least get them thinking.
Sounds harmless and logical,
so what's the actual problem?
The problem is that people will only cheer, support and clap for you if you're failing or doing worse than them.
I've really been experiencing this first hand,
The funny thing is, that it's usually the people who scream and shout, "get your coin sis"
"women need to support each other"
"creators should support other creators"
"support small creators"
the loudest that seem to be the most guilty.
Upon doing this, I see less and less support from people who I thought would cheer for me most.
Where you at now sis? Because the silence is deafening...
No tea, no shade, just facts.
I can't fully blame it on the algorithm either, because with the amount of people who view my stories compared to the amount of "likes" on an actual post, something doesn't add up.
This is what I mean by Social Media Feminists.
You can have two people promoting the exact same product, but why is it ok to support the person with hundreds of thousands of followers, but all of a sudden that all disappears for a smaller influencer?
Why is it ok to support those that make thousands and thousands of dollars from posting,
but not okay for someone who just wants to be able to make some pocket money while doing what they love?
Am I missing something here?
Is it because the smaller influencer has nothing to offer you and can't help you grow your stats?
Some people have legit gotten offended if they have way more followers than me,
and they see me working with a brand.
Shouldn't that inspire you to work harder and not just expect people to reach out to you?
No one has helped me along the way, but when they see a smaller influencer getting brand deals, all of a sudden they expect to get hooked up.
Where you been though, sis,
because it hasn't been in my notifications...
It's hard enough this day and age not to judge your value and self worth based upon the following you have.
Then when you try to actually do something that you're so proud of, people try to take that away from you too.
I didn't write this post to demand likes, please don't take it that way.
I simply want to say, if you have a favorite Youtuber or influencer that you look up to, show them your support.
Even if it's just your friend that has a small business.
Even if you don't care for the services or products your friend sells or provides, it will encourage them to keep going and may even help them grow.
If they're not hurting anyone in the process, why not cheer them on?
We're so quick to support those that are already successful, but seem to hesitate when it comes to those that aren't.
When I say "we",
I'm including myself in that category.
I've personally been trying to get better at doing this as well.
The handful of you that have been supporting me, I see you guys, and I really appreciate you.
One day I hope to be in a position where I'm able to give back to show my gratitude.
Anywho, thank you for taking the time to read and listen to someone as irrelevant as me.
My cat has been patiently waiting for me to finish and is now demanding play time.
I'll catch you guys in my next post.