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.