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"
(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