The Financial Diet: The Ugly Truth Behind Why I Quit Being A Social Media Influencer

The Financial Diet: The Ugly Truth Behind Why I Quit Being A Social Media Influencer. “Before I first launched my blog in 2011, I remember being awestruck by the people on my feed leading these lavish, globe-trotting lifestyles. Even the younger crowd had an air of whimsical privilege, like they were extras in Gossip Girl as opposed to real-life students. I didn’t start blogging with the intention of making a paycheck from it, but when the opportunity came, I took it. After four years of blogging about politics, New Year’s resolutions, relationships, and whatever else I deemed to be worthwhile, I had a large enough readership to qualify as an ‘influencer.’ At the time, I just thought it was easy money, and the occasional free lipstick. What my 18-year-old self didn’t know, and what my 20-year-old self knows now, is that the world of sponsored content is its own realm of insanity that should come with neon caution tape.”