Why I Could Never Be A Full Time Blogger

I want to start by saying that I haven’t been given the opportunity to be a full time blogger. I have only been regularly updating my blog for the past few weeks, I like to think I can do anything I put my mind to but there are a few things stopping me from trying to make blogging my full time gig. Don’t get me wrong I love working on my blog and would absolutely love it to grow because I do put a lot of time and effort into it but I think it’s okay to not want to make a hobby (however much you may love it), a full time job.

It is also very important to mention that I think those who are full time bloggers are incredible. I love keeping up with my favourite bloggers and I am envious of their careers sometimes but I also do know how much hard work and dedication it takes.

I studied Journalism at uni and it was always suggested to me and my peers to create our own blog. My blog began with just being odd music reviews and interviews then I started branching out on subjects at the beginning of this year. In the past few weeks I have taken my blog a lot more seriously and I am dedicated to making it the best it can be.

So why wouldn’t I want to be a full time blogger? First of all, I don’t like to overshare.

I highly praise those bloggers who have that ‘nothing is off limits’ and ‘no topic too big’ view when it comes to blogging, but I’m just not like that. I’ve always been someone who only shares a lot with the people I’m closest with and it would make me uncomfortable to go into too much detail about topics in my life and share my opinion on risky subjects. However I personally love reading those blog posts that do do it, that content tends to be the ones I find most interesting, however much I love a simple beauty review.

I don’t want to share too much on my blog and social media, even if it is things that aren’t very deep. Don’t get me wrong I know some full time bloggers keep a good chunk of their personal life out of their blogging life but it does seem that those who do share a lot, tend to be the most successful. I actually have quite an ‘old-fashioned’ group of friends when it comes to social media. Not all of them have Instagram, none of them have twitter and not all of them have iPhones. I’m going to come out and say it, I sometimes feel silly taking pictures of my food in a restaurant, sometimes things are nice to enjoy without sharing it with social media and if I was a full time blogger I would be obliged to share everywhere I went and everyone I was with.

However, I am happy to do it on behalf of a company, I am pursuing a career in digital marketing and I love creating blog/social media content whether that’s writing or photography and I believe I have good knowledge of marketing and digital trends. It’s like I love doing it but not when it’s completely revolving around me.

I’m not the most confident person in front of a camera. Okay so again I know there are exceptions to this point (like all the points I’m making) some bloggers rarely show their face but with the large majority of bloggers, it is all about them. ‘Bloggers’ or ‘Influencers’ whatever you prefer to call them usually have a task to do, this is to influence their audience to buy something, that’s how they make a living. To do this these bloggers have to be influential in some way, a lot of this is done by posting picture after picture of themselves in beautiful outfits and sceneries. The common thing with most bloggers is that them, they are the brand, they are literally branding themselves so you can imagine you’re going to see their face a lot.

I like stability, in a lot of ways I am spontaneous but when it comes to my job I need to feel secure. I like to know how much money I will have at the end of the month and I’m not happy with that amount fluctuating often.

Social media can get a bit much sometimes, being a full time blogger, I can assume it is hard to switch off from social media, it is your platform for making your income. I know I just mentioned that I want to work in the digital world but I can switch off from it when I get home, because I only have to switch it back on when I want to.

I’d like to be able to switch off from work too, again doing it full time means you can never properly hang up your coat after a long hard day. You don’t have specific hours and if you want to grow, the more time you spend working the more likely you are to grow.

BUT, saying all of this, I don’t in any way want it to take away from my blog because I genuinely love doing it. I love photography and the whole creative process that comes with creating a photo for my blog or Instagram. I love writing and I love social media, (most of the time) it is a great way to get inspiration, share your creativity and to catch up with the latest news. I love the blogging community, one thing I’ve noticed is how supportive the community is, it is lovely to see so many people supporting each other.

Top Tips For Picking A University Degree

If you read my last blog post ‘A Change Of Heart : From Journalism to Public Relations’ you will know that I am about four months away from graduating with a Music Journalism Degree. I will admit I did rush into choosing my degree and although I don’t regret my decision, I do wish I had followed some of these steps:

1.Do your research

Looking at the University website’s course details isn’t enough. You should look into the industry you’re interested in working in too. For example if you’re interested in doing  a Public Relations course, visit PR Week, read books, visit prospects.co.uk to look at job roles, skills and challenges. This will help you to decide if you’re the right person for this industry.

2. Speak to people who are in that industry/ on the course you’re interested in

Getting advice from people who have been through it helps massively, some universities (like mine, Southampton Solent) do phone-ins where you can talk to students currently on the course you’re interested in. They can give you a real-life walk through of how the course will be, which should help to decide if it’s for you.

3. If you want to do a degree in Advertising, look into all the Communications degrees, and so on…

All degrees fall under certain job sectors, in communications we have Marketing, Journalism, PR, Advertising etc. You may have thought you wanted to do Advertising but after looking into other communications courses, you found yourself more suited to Marketing. This the same for all university courses, you may want to study nursing, then after a further look into the Healthcare sector, find yourself more suited to a Paramedic Science degree.

4. If your dream degree sounds really difficult, don’t let it put you off

University isn’t meant to be easy, it is supposed to be a big jump from college or school, the whole point of university is to challenge yourself and to learn, I say go for it.

5. Don’t let grade requirements put you off applying for a certain course either

If the course you’re interested in is asking for a number of UCAS points that you think you’ll struggle to achieve, don’t let that scare you. At the end of the day universities want students, in fact they need them. It has been known that many students get into their top choice university without reaching the exact UCAS requirements, sometimes universities are interested in more than just points.

A Change of Heart : From Journalism to Public Relations

I am final year Music Journalism student studying at Southampton Solent University, soon to be graduating in July. I decided on my degree not long before applying for university. At that point all I knew was that I loved writing and I loved music. I applied for my current course and some other Journalism courses in 2013 whilst still in college.

In my first year of university I thoroughly enjoyed myself, going to gigs, listening to tons of music, designing my own online music magazine, and of course lots and lots of writing, which all sat very well with me. Writing is one thing I have never lost interest in, ever since school I have always been a keen writer. So when I found myself becoming less interested in Journalism I was confused.

It was only after deciding to do a little research of my own that I discovered it wasn’t the writing I was getting bored of, it was the style and content of the writing. I began looking into other communications careers, but I wanted to make sure that my Journalism degree would still be useful and relevant. I started looking into PR,  it appealed to me for a number of reasons: the marketing (something that really stood out to me through my final year group collaborative project) branding, strategising, campaigning and writing. These roles sounded more appealing to me then Journalism.

Saying this, I don’t regret choosing my course, it has taught me so much. It has given me so much varied experience that I know I would not have received on any other course. It has given me so much more confidence as a person too, this came from the abundance of networking which is a key aspect of the PR industry.

I attended the PR SSU ‘Meet the Professionals’ event on the 7th of February; I chose to attend (as the only Journalism student) simply because i was interested in learning more and speaking to professionals about my career change. I was happily surprised to meet multiple former Journalists who had gone into Public Relations, (Simon Carr, James Morton: HantsFire PR). The professionals encouraged me to go beyond my degree and assured me that it was perfectly okay to change my mind. Head of Earned Media at Koozai PR Vicky Taylor also shared with me that she had studied film, then worked in recruitment and then ended up in PR, advising me that change is fine. What was also repeated to me was that in a degree like Journalism, you gain a lot of transferable skills that can be used in a range of fields, particularly within communication jobs. (advertising, public relations, marketing, etc.)

I felt very confused and worried about changing my career aspirations at first but after an abundance of research and lots of helpful advice, I am excited to begin a career in the PR industry.

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Meet The Professionals Event @ Solent University (The Spark)

 

Stayed tuned for my next blog posts similar to this one:

‘Top Tops For Picking A University Degree’

‘Top Tips & Advice: Changing Your Mind Mid-Degree’