I absolutely love blogging. I wish I had started earlier. Sometimes I look at other bloggers like Poor Little It Girl, the co-founder of the Blog Societies which hosts one of the most popular blogging conferences in the US. Or I look at Bows & Sequins who is my age and blogs and travels full-time (and gets paid for it!) or even co-founder of Bitches Who Brunch, Cori Sue Morris who has developed such a great business plan she has a whole staff for her blog (or I should say blogs because they’re in three locations now!). Needless to say, I’m jealous. I would love to have come up with a great marketable blog, community, website, or whatever that is self-sustaining and can provide you with the income of a full-time job. But at the same time, I highly doubt I would ever quit my 9-5 (err 8-4 actually) for blogging full time. Here’s why I won’t quit my full-time job for blogging:
Why I Won’t Quit My Full-Time Job for Blogging
First of all, my blog isn’t really that marketable to be earning tons of money that could replace my salary. I mean, I would love to be the resource to go to for Chicago or DC restaurants. I would love if restaurants paid me to review them. However, there’s tons of other blogs out there who have been doing this for a lot longer than I have, have a better reputation, and are in the restaurant scene. Especially with just moving to a new area, I basically have to start fresh with all my contacts. That’s still okay with me because I blog for myself and if people happen to like it, great! If not, keep it moving onto another blog. That’s fine by me.
I do make some money on sponsored posts but that usually supplements my income for my Stitchfix habits.
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Secondly, for the type of blog that I run, I don’t have products or services that I offer. I’m sure you’ve seen tons of posts out there saying how you need to make a newsletter and how you should develop a call-to-action. Or you might have seen a blog post telling you that you need to be offering something tangible as a blogger like webinars, printables, e-courses, worksheets, etc. Before you fall into this pitfall, do some real blog soul searching. Are you just creating these because someone has told you that you’d be more successful this way? Or is it something that you’re truly passionate about and you think your readers need it. I’ve definitely been caught up in these ideas that I need to provide a newsletter or service and that’s just not where my head is at or where my blog is at. So make sure that if you’re offering something that it makes sense for your blog. If not, that doesn’t mean your blog is a failure, it just doesn’t align with your blog priorities.
Third, I’ve learned to love my job. I actually would deem my job as a career. In this day and age, there are tons of options out there that can be super overwhelming. When I got out of undergrad, I had a great degree and it had so many options that I had no idea where I wanted to go. I ended up starting in multifamily leasing and knew it wasn’t for me. So I tried something else and gave it a shot (two years) and now I’m still in this field and loving it.
My advice to you is that you need to learn to love your job. When I first started in my career field of medical non-profit management, I thought it was boring, difficult to understand (neoadjuvant therapy? What the hell is that?), and that if I wanted to be in medicine I should just become a doctor. But I gave it a chance and I really started to love it.
Finally, my last piece of advice that I’ll impart to you is this: (yes, this may sound pessimistic and many of you may disagree with me but whatever) sometimes you don’t need to fully, absolutely love your job. I wish we could all say, “I don’t like my job,” and then you quit without a plan and somehow can still make ends meet. If you do, congrats on living in this fairy-tale world and tell me who is paying for your living expenses. Sometimes we need to suck it up, take the paycheck, and find our happiness elsewhere. Maybe your job doesn’t pay for you to travel all over the country, but take the paycheck, put in your time, and then do some personal travel on your own dime.
This is exactly what happened to me when I started this blog. I was feeling unmotivated and uninspired by my job so I picked up a hobby. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with blogging, how much time and money I would invest in it, or that I could even make a few dollars through it.
Also having some variety in your life other than just blogging (because blogging can easily take over your whole life) isn’t so bad. I might even say that having some variety in your life like blogging, working, online friends, IRL friends might be good for you!
Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I want to say a big congratulations to full-time bloggers. If it works, that’s great and I am truly happy for you. I guess, the point that I’m trying to convey is that not all of us should want to aspire to be a full-time blogger. Each and every blogger needs to figure out their path, what works for them personally, and go with that.
Are you a full-time blogger, blog as a hobby, or blog part-time but still look for an income? What are your thoughts on this?