As this site comes up on its 21st birthday, I’ve happened upon an Elena Peters piece called “The Ugly Side of Blogging No One Talks About”, with, yes, 21 individual examples of the Ugly Side. And, well, we should talk about them, in the hopes of discouraging competitors.
No, wait. That’s wrong.
Anyway, several of the examples touch on the blog’s nearly unequaled capacity as a time suck. For instance:
18. Bloggers don’t bathe, get dressed or see sunlight … for days.
Straight up. I am pasty white from lack of sunshine, I smell cause I haven’t bathed and I am not sure how many days I have spent in my pajamas. Ah, the life of the self-employed.
Not quite Instagram worthy am I? Rest assured. I am not alone.
But I have to go get groceries occasionally and having to skype with clients or do a Facebook live once in awhile assures that I do put on fresh clothes and makeup once in a blue moon.
P.S. Obviously I could never be a fashion or beauty blogger. I don’t know how you guys do it!
For those of us who still have day jobs, this is not fully applicable: we may have eye-blinding albedo, but we do have to hit the showers on a regular basis, and, well, some of us own no pajamas. Still, if you’re trying to make a living on a screen full of ASCII, there are going to be points where dedication and drudgery meet and then refuse to go their separate ways.
That said, I dunno how the fashion/beauty bloggers do it, though I am at least reasonably conversant in the jargon.