Would you blog full time is a question I get often and people are surprised why I answer no within a second. It never gets a second thought, it isn’t something I would ever want to do. Don’t get me wrong my blog is something I am extremely passionate about and it has helped me in many ways but there are many reasons why I wouldn’t take it full time.
As most of you know at the moment I am not working and haven’t been since I started my blog. I had an accident which resulted in reconstruction surgery on my leg meaning I wasn’t mobile for two years and I was house bound. I started my blog for something to do, something to take my mind off things. I never really thought about how passionate I would get about it. My blog is my hobby, no im not working and yes I am blogging but I don’t go out of my way to make money from it so I don’t use it as a career. I am slowly getting back to normal and will be looking for work soon and I will continue to blog as I have been doing.
So why wouldn’t I blog full time as a career?
I love my blog, I love what I do but I like it being a hobby and not focusing on money and stats all the time. Yes I set myself goals but if I don’t hit them I don’t hit them, I don’t sit stressing and crying about it. I like blogging as and when I want to, when it is a career you need to set targets and set routines otherwise you wouldn’t make money or have a career from it.
Money is the big factor, so many bloggers even bigger bloggers say how hard it is to make money from blogging. I even know quite a few bloggers who work in PR and they say they struggle to make money from it. There are affiliate links but you barely get anything then there are Sponsored posts which I have done a few but they have all approached me. Looking for sponsored posts isn’t easy at all. It would take every ounce of you to try and make money from blogging and I would worry about not making enough. Full time jobs roughly bring in £900-£1000 a month well up North anyway but to try and think about making that in blogging isn’t realistic.
I blog as a hobby and it takes up so much time. Every week I spend hours taking photo’s, typing posts, going through emails, SEO, Admin, Social Media so to think how much time it already takes up is alot and then to do it full time you would literally have no time left for anything else.
Loosing The Passion
I can blog when I want and do whatever I want but when it becomes a job you are forced to do things and you can’t put them off like when you need tweets scheduling, come on if you enjoy scheduling tweets are you even human? There are days when im ill and I put blogging stuff off but when it is your only income you have no choice but to blog and I wouldn’t want to end up hating the idea of blogging.
Becoming Something Your Not
My blog is mainly beauty with hints of lifestyle and baking. Those are my passions. I get alot of emails for sponsored posts but for fashion posts… I turn them down as it isn’t what my blog is about. Yes I could of made money by doing them but that isn’t what my blog is. If your blog is your only way of income and you have bills to pay such as rent and food you need the money badly, I would worry I would take opportunities that don’t relate to my blog or my readers just for the cash and that isn’t me at all.
Would You Blog Full Time?