I love blogging. I genuinely LOVE it. It has been quite the journey over the last 2 years and I’ve enjoyed every moment and can’t wait for what the future holds with my little spot on the internet. I first set up my blog in May 2014 as a bid to start committing myself to something as a hobby, so my life didn’t consist of my degree show and job applications. As a photography graduate you would assume my career took off in a studio or going freelance with my 1st Class Honours degree, but it didn’t. I decided in the last year of my degree that photography was no longer the path I wished to take – that’s fine, no hard feelings – but it took me just under a year to then figure out what I did want to do as the starting point to my career.
As I was still figuring it out, I was already 3 months into creating my blog and typing away on my keyboard with all my endless and pretty worthless thoughts at the time, when it suddenly clicked that a career in digital marketing was right up my street. Social media, content writing, communicating with people on the daily, being creative, innovative and everything else marketing acquires, this was all what I wanted to do. I started working away on my CV, cover letters and endless applications and improving my blog to make it suitable to use as a portfolio for interviews. Four months later, I got my first job and have progressed from there since. *mini proud dance*
However as you have noticed from the title of this post, this isn’t about my journey of blogging ( you can read about that on my About page) or what got me into it in the first place. Instead, this post is about why it’s OKAY to NOT be a full-time blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have the opportunity one day to be in the position where I can financially depend on my blog alone and make it a business. But I’m happy with the fact that it is not at that stage, and is way off the mark right now. The only reason I would love to be able to take on that chance one day, is because it relates to my full-time job and is what aided me into the great career that I have today.
The reason I’ve decided to do this post off the cuff is because I’ve noticed recently people implying that their blog isn’t good enough or successful because they’re not a full-time blogger. Being a ‘part-timer’ with your blog does NOT mean you are not successful. If anything, it proves you can commit, multitask and develop any online space (which is pretty difficult) all whilst having a full-time job of your own and other commitments. But, I’m rambling again – onto the post.
It’s a hobby
If your blog has started out with the intentions of creating a hobby of your own, then keep it that way. Don’t make a hobby a ‘chore’ so to speak. Keep using it as a platform to be able to expand your skill set, but still let it remain as a place to relax and share your thoughts.
Be creative & adventurous at all times
Now, this isn’t me stating all full-time bloggers can not be creative or adventurous with their content. However, when you’ve built a blog up to the point where people recognise you by your blog alone and the brand you have created, it can become difficult to take a risk and try something new. Potential collaborators may not like this new change and it can be an experiment that costs you a very valuable opportunity. Not being full-time however, means you can play around with new ideas without a care in the world and try and find yourself in the blogging world.
You don’t want the stress
Taking a blog on full-time means you rely on your online space to put a roof over your head and to put food in your mouth. This welcomes stress with open arms. I’m not a full-time blogger, although I put in full-time hours, but you can only imagine the stress full-time bloggers have to deal with.
You could do without the competition
The blogging community is very supportive, but has become extremely competitive over the last couple years. Even as a hobby I still work hard to get my blog seen, but that’s because I’m working towards a career, but when it’s a hobby you don’t want to get caught up in all the craziness and ‘bitchiness’ the blogging world can bring.
You enjoy your free-time
Every full-time blogger I know, well who I’m aware of and whose blogs I read, never take a break. Even if they’ve popped off to Venice for a weekend retreat, or a week in the Bahamas for some much needed vitamin D, they are forever on social media keeping us updated and even replying to emails to ensure they don’t miss out on opportunities whilst away. And if they do need to take a break, they feel this need to publicly announce their blog-cation as though they need our seal of approval and sign their holiday form for them. Not being full-time means you don’t have the weight on your shoulders when relaxing at home, spending the weekend with friends or skinny dipping in Bora Bora. the latter is optional.
You don’t want to be ‘alone’
Blogging full-time is pretty lonely I can imagine. Most posts I’ve read on a blogger’s experience working full-time sums up the fact that working alone is no walk in the park. In my full-time job I have my own office, so I’m not around people on the daily which I loved to begin with (in a non anti-social way), but it can get lonely. You have this whole community of people online who you communicate with on the daily through your blog, but you don’t necessarily speak to anyone in person unless you have the odd meeting or event to attend. So not wanting to work with an ‘anti-social’ environment so to speak, is understandable.
You aren’t ready to be dependant on YOU
Being a full-time blogger would mean you are your own boss. If something goes tits up, you only have yourself to turn to. Sure there’s still the blogging community to seek advice from, but the final decision is yours and no one else can take the blame. It’s okay to feel like you can’t cope with that kind of responsibility though, as we’re not all ready for a huge commitment like that.
You want to be financially stable
As a lot of us are aware just from reading up on these things; whether out of curiosity or through stumbling upon a post that explains it all, full-time bloggers won’t earn a set monthly salary. Each month will roll in a different amount, which I would find petrifying to be frank. I like to remain organised at all times and knowing exactly what I’m getting paid the month after the next, is what keeps me sane.
You want structure in your life
Similar to the salary point, you want to be able do what you want to do, not things you have to do non-stop. Full-time blogging would require endless meetings, events and hours spent in the ‘office’ and you’ll most likely find yourself working 15 hours+ a day to make up lost time during daylight. Most full-time bloggers won’t be sat at home in their PJs with Netflix in the background whilst they type up a blog post sipping on a latte. No. Most full-time bloggers will be running around like headless chickens with endless To Do lists, not stepping foot into their home office until gone 9pm.