Words on Wednesday

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When did people become so obsessed with being internet famous?

Did it start when the likes of Kim Kardashian and Co shot to fame, or the rise in social media influencers, or even just YouTube being so accessible and easy to use?

I overheard a conversation where a mother was talking to another mother about her daughter’s lack of interest in college work or getting a job, working towards a career as the daughter “really wants to be an influencer on social media and is happy to sit at home posting videos day in day out.”

In some ways I get it, I really do, especially when you read of the money some people have made, and the careers some have carved out for themselves, though, when you look at the work that these people have put in to get where they are, its much more work than I do in my day to day job.

I have been thinking about the conversation I overheard, and if I was young now, being an influencer may seem like a totally legitimate, and easy way to make money while being famous as well, posting pretty pictures on Instagram and running a YouTube channel where I talk about my latest shopping purchases, but is it sustainable?

The internet is full of people trying to make a fast buck and be the next Kim or Khloe, so much so, nearly every other image on Instagram seems to be some kind of promotion to get me to part with cash, affiliate links run wild on blogs that are really not that well written in the first place, it’s such a saturated market that it will be hard to succeed.

I also feel that this kind of “career” is not very sustainable, the money coming in is not steady and you are working from day to day to hit some sort of target in order to bring in enough money to survive.  I know how much I need day to day and having to worry about how I am going to make it is not for me, I like the security that my day job gives me.

You may like to think that you are your own boss, but you are at the mercy of companies letting you promote their goods and to your audience, for them to buy the products using the links you provide.  If you say something that others don’t like these deals could be taken off the table and that’s your career over.

And what happens when the next person comes along who can do everything better? Do you get dropped and forgotten about like a bit of old litter?

I can’t help but think that this obsession with being “Internet Famous” is unhealthy, surely a lot of it is a popularity contest of sorts that could do more harm than good in the long run?

What do you think about being “internet famous”?  Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your views

15 thoughts on “Words on Wednesday

  1. Funnily enough I was thinking the other day that it would be awesome if you had a YouTube channel – I would so subscribe!

  2. I think it’s just like you say, very hard work you don’t really have a skill as such to trade and even harder to stay on top of even in the game.

    1. Yeah! I really don’t understand why kids would want to be internet famous! I think if I was, then I’d still want to work my 9-5 job as it would be my security and stop me worrying about having to keep the £££ rolling in! Xxx

  3. I think that our world is changing so quickly on how we do things and how we make money. And I like that the younger generation is fully embracing that, but just like any other specialized job area (like an actor or singer) they have to realize how hard it is to make it. For every Chris Evans there are thousands who didn’t make the cut. They need a backup and other plans just incase. It’s totally fine to pursue those dreams but to also be realistic. I want to have a world famous blog where I just do my thing and blog about my life and get paid to do it. But I also know there’s like a 1:1000000 chance or less of that happening. Especially now that I hardly have time to blog lol so I go after other dreams while I wait for Ellen to notice my blog and make me famous

    1. I wouldn’t mind being famous but I wouldn’t like the worry that someone may steal my crown so to speak! That and worrying whether I would still be famous tomorrow and would the money keep coming in, I like my 9-5 job security so I don’t have to worry about bills! Xxx

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