Some Blogging/Youtuber Trends That Aren't Made For Me

by - Friday, November 23, 2018

I saw this post by Jessica from Little Henry Lee after seeing it on Bloglovin in my activity board, and I decided to join in. Influencers are everywhere these days, and it's incredible seeing how something that would have been laughed at a few years ago is now admirable and many girls want to become influencers themselves. However, there are some things that I am not personally into myself (insert disclaimer about not throwing around "tea" here).

Making blogging/Youtube/streaming a full-time job
It's admirable how many YouTubers, streamers, and bloggers have managed to make their platforms their full-time job, but personally, that isn't for me. I am someone who craves financial stability, and not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from is frankly, absolutely terrifying to me. That, combined with having to chase down paychecks from individuals and companies who love to try to cheat their way out of paying you, sounds like an absolute nightmare and hence why if I wanted to blog or stream online, it would only be part-time or as a hobby like I'm doing now.

The constant ASOS/Primark/Zara/Topshop/Sephora/Ulta hauls 
I'm sure you've seen at least two haul videos this week, if not more. To be frank, I am not a fan of the haul video anymore, because of two reasons. The first reason is that buying clothes every week or every month is not realistic for most people, either because they're working adults, university/college students, or even high school students and 90% of the time most of that haul gets returned or sold on Depop/Poshmark. It also gives the impression that you need to have a new outfit every single day instead of recycling clothes from your own closet. The second reason is that the fashion industry is one of the highest producers of environmental waste because even though clothes can be donated, most bloggers and YouTubers prefer to sell their clothes, and if it doesn't sell, it gets thrown away. What's disappointing to me is how very few YouTubers donate their clothes because they want to make a profit off that sweater they only wore one time. I donate my clothes frequently when I don't have a need for them anymore if they don't fit and I wish more YouTubers would encourage donations instead of hauls.

The hauls aren't just limited to clothing though. A lot of YouTubers love doing makeup hauls as well, whether it's from Sephora, the drugstore, Ulta, Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay, Space NK, or whatever beauty store you like to buy from. Unlike clothing, makeup actually does expire the second you expose it to air, and 90% of the makeup that influencers have is either expired or about to expire, after which they just throw it away. I'm guilty of having a boatload of makeup and not really using it (only for when I go to school or shopping for myself).

The constant showing off of designer clothes and bags
I have no qualms with designer bags (in fact, I've wanted one myself but would have to wait until I got a really good job), but the fact that some bloggers/Youtubers own at least 10 really puts me off. Nobody who has a full-time job can even afford one designer bag because of the amount they'd have to save, and the most expensive bag that I've ever seen anyone carry was a Michael Kors bag. To me, designer bags and designer clothes is basically like bragging about your income, which is never a good thing.

What trends in the blogging world/YouTube do you not like?

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