I came across an email in my inbox the other day titled ‘site hosting expiring renew now’. If i’m honest I completely forgot about this, my first year which was heavily discounted the second year, not so discounted. This is something which when I first started my blog I never even considered, I thought it was all fun and games and posting cute outfits. When I first set my blog up on Blogspot it was pretty cheap. It wasn’t until I migrated my blog to WordPress and registered a domain that it was apparent that being a blogger wasn’t going to be as ‘cheap’ as I first thought.
This led me onto thinking about all the time’s I have had to fork out for things for my blog. If you know me, you know that I love a good bargain and I will shop around. The same goes for my blog, however there are costs which are set and a cheaper alternative isn’t an option.
Cameras, lenses, tripods, memory cards , props, flatlay backgrounds the list goes on. These things aren’t cheap. I definitely suggest looking for voucher codes or blogger codes when considering purchasing photography equipment for your blog. I have the Olympus Pen EPL7 which I got with an influencer code and this took a whopping £100 off the total. The same with the 45mm lens. I shopped around and found it cheaper in Jessops than actual Olympus itself.
As I shoot the majority of my outfits in London and live in the Midlands train fare can easily build up. Trips to London for blogger events /press days are also another added cost, try to book in advance to get cheaper fares. However this can be difficult sometimes when invites are sent out a week before the event. I got myself a 16-25 railcard which takes 30% off all train fares, a massive saving when you work out a yearly rate and makes those last minute train journey’s not as expensive. I also got my railcard when there was an offer on and saved around £10 off the annual pass.
It might look like that bloggers get everything for free but we really don’t. A lot of the outfits I wear on my blog are items which I have purchased myself. Trying to keep up with the latest trends can also be an extra cost. Say you get a lovely dress sent to you by a brand all I can think is ‘I need a new pair of shoes & a new bag now to go with it.’ You can read how I keep up with trends for less here and how to keep your personal style as a blogger here.
I love my Olympus Pen and the photo’s I can get from it are amazing, however I do also love shooting with photographer’s for my blog to get that really professional feel. This is another cost which you have to consider when becoming a blogger (unless your partner/friend is a photographer then you are winning!)
So if you are thinking of setting up a blog be prepared for some hidden costs which aren’t apparent before hand. Never impulse buy. ALWAYS shop around and you will save $$$!