Why Blogging Isn’t My Dream Career & Probably Never Will Be

If you started your blog to have a writing outlet, to help other people and just to have a bit of fun but instead, got bogged down with having the perfect Instagram feed, checking your blog views every hour and scheduling tweets within an inch of your soul, then this post is for you.

A laptop with flowers and a compact mirror flatlay with the quote 'live every moment'.

When I started my blog back in 2015 (was it really that long ago?!), I didn’t even know of blogging being a career. For me, and for the majority of the people I followed it was just a hobby. Something to do on the evenings and weekends, like you would play football or go to the cinema.

If you want to read more about why I started my blog, you can find a post all about it here.

I quickly realised that blogging is a career and if people aren’t doing it already, that is their dream. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, and I admire anyone who is doing it full-time so so much. But it just isn’t me! And, I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I have imposter syndrome because blogging isn’t my dream career. A lot of the time I don’t feel like I belong in the community, even though there are still so many bloggers who just do it for fun!

With this came a certain amount of pressure. I kept comparing myself to other bloggers who started around the same time as me, who were suddenly doing 10 times better than me in terms of views, followers, brand collaborations etc. I felt inadequate beside them and convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough. But I was good enough, I was just doing it for different reasons. While those bloggers were working towards blogging being a full-time job, I was just enjoying doing it for fun!

A screenshot of a poll I put on twitter about who wanted to turn blogging into a career, and who does it for a hobby. 53% for hobby and 47% voted for a career.
Only two more people voted that they blogged for a hobby over a career!

Now that I’m teaching nearly full time, something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a child, I’ve realised that that is what I’m destined to do. That is what gets me going in the morning, what I go to sleep thinking about and what I want to put all my time and energy into.

I know I spend far too long worrying about how my blog looks, and eventually it does take the fun out of the ‘hobby’ for me! Especially as I compare my blog to other people’s. And it becomes a problem when I spend more time and energy worrying about my blog, than my actual job. So, I have to remind myself that blogging isn’t my dream career, it is just a hobby and there should never be a negative pressure with any hobbies.

It’s been about two months since my last post. I’m pretty sure that this is the longest time I’ve gone without blogging. I barely went on social media, I didn’t even think about what blog posts I could write, and most of all, I didn’t care. I didn’t get stressed and feel pressured to post something, I just got on with my life. And, to be honest, it was the break I needed to be able to come back fully motivated to post again!

This is why blogging will never be a full-time career for me. It is not my one and only passion – it is one of many. And it is not what I have dreamed about doing for years and years. I don’t want to feel pressured to post on Instagram everyday, to post on my blog 3 times a week and to keep up to date with the endless notifications that come with having a blog and social media. I want to be able to take breaks from my blog and social media for months and not worry about how my income will be affected. I just want to be able to live my life, and be able to blog as and when I want to.

That’s not to say that you can’t have a perfect Instagram feed and keep on top of a blog and social media if it isn’t your career, of course you can!! But what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t feel the same pressure if it is genuinely just a hobby for you. Make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons, you still enjoy it and most of all, it’s still a passion for you.

Don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity came around for me to do it full time, I doubt I would say no, but right now, I’m happy with it being a hobby. Something to do on the side-lines and to enjoy without the pressure.

I do want to point out, that I love the fact that blogging has opened so many doors for people, and that it has provided opportunities for people that without it, wouldn’t have been there. It’s amazing that there is this new career for people to take, another option if they don’t like traditional career paths. But, it’s not my career path.

Here are some of my favourite bloggers who do this as a career:

And if you do want to make blogging a full-time career for yourself, you go girl!! I couldn’t be more proud of you, more inspired by you and more in awe of you. I genuinely applaud every ounce of effort you put into it, I know how tough it can be, and I genuinely wish you the best in your career.

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Is blogging a dream career for you or simply a hobby to enjoy on the side? Let me know in the comments!

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10 Comments

    • Amy
      Author
      30th April 2019 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Rachael, I really appreciate your lovely comment! Oh definitely, I don’t disagree at all, working for myself is a dream but I also love teaching and so far, don’t want to give that up! Thank you!

  1. 30th April 2019 / 10:12 am

    A hobby, it was a creative outlet I felt drawn to in 2017 and then my creative juices were needed elsewhere, to give my all to healing mysel as the M.E. kicked up from mild to full-on isolation mode symptoms post-virus. I haven’t blogged since 2018, as recovering from this episode in my life is taking all of my juju.I never saw that coming when I started writing my blog 😉.
    I guilted myself for a while and now I know mine was an outlet for a season only. I was never enthused to care about the gazillion social media add-ons which come with blogging nowadays. As an empath sensitive, it’s far too much tech stimulation for my senses lol. 😄

    • Amy
      Author
      30th April 2019 / 8:17 pm

      That’s amazing that you could use it as a creative outlet, I definitely do that a lot! Although I’m sorry to hear about your set-back with the M.E. It’s horrible that you have had to give other things up so you can focus on that. But definitely don’t feel guilty – at the end of the day it’s your health that is more important, something that I always need to remind myself! And you do have to be very tech savvy!! I struggle but I’m getting there! Thank you so much for commenting, I really appreciate it!

      • 2nd May 2019 / 8:31 am

        Hi Amy. Yes the techy stuff just makes me say “why, what’s the point, real life is in the living of it not on a screen all of the time?” I’m sure I was born in the wrong era, because I’m an old soul in that respect lol 😄 You do write beautifully. I knew someone, who always says a good blog feels like she could be having a conversation with the author, only it’s in written form. I always endeavoured to write from that place too. Happy blogging xx

        • Amy
          Author
          2nd May 2019 / 10:51 am

          Yes exactly, you could easily spend hours doing it, and I definitely have! Thank you so much Kelly, I really appreciate that. And I completely agree, my favourite blogs are exactly that! xxx

  2. 21st May 2019 / 1:54 pm

    Love this! Just a note to let you know, I have nominated you for the Disability Blogger Award at radicalselflovecollective.com/mindmyrights 🖤

    • Amy
      Author
      28th May 2019 / 11:37 am

      Aw thank you so much Nikki, I really appreciate it!! Amy xxx

  3. 26th May 2019 / 8:37 am

    What a lovely post to come across when searching for other chronic illness bloggers 🙂 I’ve been blogging since 2006 (long before it was seen as a career by many), and I too have felt the pressure to do more as others who started years after me turned their blogs into a full-time career. But, like you, I just don’t want that pressure. When I did decide to go freelance in 2015 I chose to work with clients rather than turning my own blog into my career – I just couldn’t hack the pressure of losing that space to simply dip in and out of when I needed to. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t love to expand my reach a bit, nor that I don’t feel that imposter syndrome when I know so many pro-bloggers, but equally having seen the reality of how much goes into blogging as a career I know it’s not something I could cope with right now.

    • Amy
      Author
      28th May 2019 / 11:38 am

      Thank you Amanda! I definitely agree with you! The pressure can get too much sometimes and it does take the joy out of it for me. That’s amazing that you chose to go freelance though, congrats! What a brilliant way to do it as well, that way you can help so many people but still keep your little corner of the internet too. Thank you for your lovely comment, Amy xxx

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