Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I Should Be So Lucky



There is one sentence that I sometimes hear in the context of blogging that is guaranteed to send me spinning into a white-hot vortex of anger.

"Oh you are SO lucky"

Lucky?

Lucky?

Lucky?
(Is there an echo in here?) 

I've been writing this blog for over four years. I work hard, very hard, at trying to turn peoples frowns upside down, to inspire people, move people or just amuse people. In the last four years I've been through a relationship breakdown, court cases, I've moved halfway across the country and am now hand-rearing three children of various ages that all think they know more than me and know it better than me, and I have done all of that while writing this blog, contributing to other sites and being involved with running some social media whilst being altogether quite fabulous.

That is NOT luck.

That is sheer hard work, determination and downright stubbornness.

Anyone who uses the term "luck" in these circumstances, just doesn't get it.

If someone is reaping the reward of their hard work, they should get a hearty well done, a pat on the back, hell, send flowers if you wish, but saying "You are so lucky" just makes it seem like an accident and is downright insulting.


The definition of luck.

"Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions"

Oh hell no!!!!




Nothing any blogger receives, be it a product, an invitation, an award, accolades or even becoming a brand ambassador is down to luck. Hard work, writing when there are a million other things you would rather be doing, taking pictures in that two minutes of sunshine in any given day, writing five scheduled posts in an hour at midnight because it is the only time you have to yourself. THESE are the actions that bring rewards.

In the words of Kylie, I should be so lucky. 


But I would much rather use this other great quote.


"The harder I work, the luckier I get"


How about you?


How do you feel about being told you are lucky when you've worked your arse off?

Let me know


Big Fashionista x x x





25 comments:

  1. Well said sugar tits! (Runs away. FAST!)

    No such thing as luck, you have to put yourself out there in the first place. :)

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  2. Great quote. Never quite thought of it like that.. I think people often say 'you're so lucky' because they don't understand blogging; I find that lots of my friends in real life say stuff like 'you're so jammy' when I say that something was sent to me as a sample and I'm like well, do you write a blog? .... Their answer is usually 'no I couldn't be arsed' ... my point entirely!

    Power to the bloggers *air punch*

    Jade
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

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  3. I think blogging is a bit like parenting in that you can't comprehend the work & committment involved until you've done it yourself. Ditto the rewards (which press samples are not).

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  4. This speaks to me so much-love it x

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  5. I hear ya! Especially those that think it takes no effort at all. I love it, the rewards are nice when and if they happen, but it's work, of course it is.

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  6. LOVE THIS. I hear from so many people (off and online) "you're so lucky to do what you do!" I always respond saying: "It took over three years of hard graft, blogging in the early hours and juggling effectively two full time jobs before I got to a position where doing it full time was even a possibility. Even then I had to save up a huge amount of money to cover my back and now work 7 days a week, mostly 10-12 hr days just to pay the bills." I love it, but nothing is just luck. Winning the lottery - now that would be luck.

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  7. A lot of people don't realise the hard work and dedication that goes into blogging. "Lucky" should never be used to describe a blogger's achievement.

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  8. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES to this post. xxxxxxx

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  9. hell yes go you! Congrats on four years of hard work xxx

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  11. You remind me of this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwYI3U7pkE4

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  12. So very true. I get it from my family a lot ''oh you're so lucky getting such and such'' I'm like BITCH PLEASE! I have photos to take, make up to put on probably, hair to do, go outside (we all know how I feel about that), edit photos, research product, write post finally all the while adhering to regulations and trying to learn HTML, SEO and all other techy stuff. It doesn't end there, does it? Then we post the blog post, and then promotion begins. We tweet, FB, G+ and the rest. Instagram etc the lot.

    Aye, luck has everything to do with it and not at all sheer hard work.... OH WAIT!

    Great post Kellie xx

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  13. People just don't get how hard blogging is. I started youtube and now I can 100% appreciate youtubers too - the amount of time it takes to edit a video is shocking!!! Great post Kellie, as always! X

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  14. Well said. I for one appreciate all the hard work you put in x

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  15. I think im lucky that you work so hard to produce my favorite blog (creap, creap ;-) )

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  16. Bloody hell yes. Amen to all that. I've worked incredibly hard at all this stuff. When bloggers are offered good stuff I admire them and appreciate the work they've done to get there... and yes, I find the harder I work, the luckier I get, too.

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  17. Loved this post, we are not lucky you are right we work bloody hard and deserve it all! I actually blogged recently about my career as a professional blogger, writing a detailed post to help others-sharing is caring. It is such an incredible time to be a blogger, where for the most part we are valued and can earn a great living doing what we love. Keep being amazing lady and ignore those who just don't get it!

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  18. Bravo! Bravo! *applauds*

    Whether it's a lack of understanding or just jealousy, there's no doubt about it, most people just do not realise or appreciate the amount of sheer graft and sleepless nights that goes into blogging!

    And as we all know, it NEVER stops. Not if you want your blog to touch people anyway. We're constantly writing, taking pics, thinking of new ideas, getting creative, working on SEO, revamping our design, networking, promoting etc. Hell I'm exhausted just thinking of it all! ;-)

    Being a blogger IS wonderful, but it's far from lucky. From one blogger to another, well bloody done you. With love and pouts, Katie / Pouting In Heels x



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  19. I always thought I was getting luckier as I worked harder...blimey I'm an idiot

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  20. So so true... What proper hacks me off is when my employer tells us how "lucky" we are to have a job. Really??? Not just luck is it? I have the skills, training and 20 years plus experience my employer needs. Nobody just dropped it in my lap.
    Not for one moment criticising those that are out of work through no fault of their own.

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  21. Everything I was going to say has been said above - so...
    I agree. Brilliant post x

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  22. Agreed, I knew how much effort I put into it whilst I was blogging multiple times daily, but then my life went upside down (personal, health and technical issues) and I had an enforced break which made me fully realise just how much time I spent doing my blog and all the extra things needed to keep it up (emails, images, social media, HTML, SEO and so on).

    I love it though, and am now I'm easing myself back in whilst fully looking forward to everything it brings, whilst knowing I work my bloody arse off for any of it. My sister is 'lucky' in that she is a comper and wins a lot. Winning the competitions she does is 'lucky' but again, the time and work she puts into it to enter so many competitions (where the odds of you winning are higher due to the sheer volume of entries you have) have a huge part to play in it too. x

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  23. Fab post! I think your readers are 'lucky' that you put so much hard work and effort into your blog to make it the success it is x
    www.curvywordy.com

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  24. I am lucky I have eyes and fingers and an internet connection.

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