Yanin Namasonthi on what life’s ‘REALLY’ like as a fulltime blogger
Ten years ago, and you would’ve been laughed outta’ the room if you’d suggested blogging could be a full-time profession. Cut to today, and while it’s still likely to raise an eyebrow from your careers advisor, it’s a widely accepted and sometimes extremely lucrative vocation. In fact, a recent survey in Japan revealed ‘youtuber’ is now the third most popular dream job among kids. And then of course, there’s the recent rise of the so-called ‘micro-infuencer’. But while it’s one thing taking the occasional casually-walking-across-the-road-with-an-empty-starbucks-cup outfit shot, it’s completely another to blog full-time as your sole source of income.
So with graduation around the corner, and some of you no doubt considering ‘blogging’ as a potential career, we thought we’d chat to digital influencer, Yanin Namasonthi, on what life’s REALLY like as a full-time blogger. And with a cool 170k followers to her name, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about it…
NC – How and when did you get into blogging?
Yanin – I’m currently in my 7th year of blogging. I started when I was 16 in my bedroom with no idea that it could turn into a full time job.
NC – At what point did you feel ready to take it full time?
Yanin – It was about 3-4 years ago when I got an email through from a brand saying that they wanted to collaborate, and pay me for doing so. I was so shocked when I got my first pay check through as that was that! I’ve never actually had a ‘normal’ job.
NC – How do you keep yourself motivated working from home?
Yanin – I have to complete my morning routine, otherwise I’m a couch potato all day. So I have to eat breakfast, watch something on Netflix, have a shower and only then can I make a start on my work for the day. If I don’t do that routine, I’m completely thrown off!
NC – What’s your average working day look like?
Yanin – It depends if I have a meeting in London or not, but if I do, then I catch a lift in with my boyfriend and head on to my first meeting. I try to fit in as much as I can during my trip up and if I have time, I always try to grab a coffee at Kaffeine and pop into Liberty.
NC – What are the biggest hurdles when blogging full-time?
Yanin – At the beginning, people didn’t take me seriously. A lot of my family members, as well as a few adults I knew, were worried for me as blogging was so new, and thought I was just fooling around. Luckily, they all get it now and understand it a lot more. Also, the motivation! It’s much harder when you work for and by yourself.
NC – …and the biggest perks?
Yanin – Making friends and the chance to travel the world! I’ve made some amazing relationships with other bloggers through the job and I’m very thankful for that.
NC – How competitive is the world of blogging?
Yanin – Very. With a lot more people wanting to become a blogger or vlogger nowadays, it’s pretty saturated but I’m lucky to have the best supportive friends in the industry. We all support each other’s work and meet up to discuss collaborations.
NC – What advice would you give someone who’s just starting out?
Yanin – Definitely have a thick skin and know that not everyone you come across is always there for the right reason. I think surrounding yourself with a small loyal group of friends is the key to your success and mental health. It’s a draining job and you also need to know when to take a break. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to a campaign or collaboration etc. If it doesn’t fit your brand, then decline. Something bigger and better will always come along.
NC – What’s next for Yanin Namasonthi?
Yanin – Currently, I have no idea! But that’s how my life has always been. To live in the moment and not plan too much ahead into the future!
Check out Yanin’s fashion and lifestyle blog here, or follow her on Instagram @prettysickly. As for those of you thinking about starting up a blog of your own, what better way to kick things than with some new killer threads; a couple of tie front tops, a few ruffle wrap dresses and an all-in-one plisse playsuit, say?