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.
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!
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!