Friday, 27 January 2017

Blogging Full Time X One Year On












Throughout my adult life, I have had a few different jobs. I've worked in retail, I've worked in schools, and I've worked for brands doing their social media and blogging. None of it felt right. I would constantly open up my blog and start working on posts for myself, (I've always been a quick worker, so I had a lot of free time in between tasks). 

While working on my own blogs I would see this spark in me that I've never seen before. So January last year I decided to take the plunge from my part time Content and Social Media Manager position and go full time blogging.

I didn't tell my readers that I went into full time blogging as I was so wary about it. I never felt like it would be something I could maintain as my full time job. But after my first month it felt right. It was damn hard. And the last 12 months haven't been plain sailing, but I have been the happiest I have ever been because of it.

Being able to be in charge of your life is so liberating. I know that if I don't work, if I don't get back to those emails, I wont get paid. There's no relying on anyone but yourself and I love that. It's the true meaning of independence, go getting and learning what hard work really is. Yes, there are so many harder jobs out there. But you don't realise just how hard blogging can be until you give your all to it.

I feel like a lot of people see myself and those who are a lot more successful than I could dream of in the blogging industry and assume that if they also become full time blogger, they will be successful in a few months or a year. But the reality is that you have to be super lucky for blogging to become your full time job that quickly. And once it has, you have to maintain it by working even harder.

In April, I will have been blogging for 4 years. That's a long time, longer than my degree, and longer than any other full time job I've ever had. I've had far too many ups and downs to even imagine writing about each of them. But I hope that anyone planning on taking their blogging career seriously, takes all of this in to consideration and that they don't take the plunge before weighing all of their options.

The first month was great for me, it was the beginning of the year and everyone had a lot of budget to play around with. But during the next few months, I struggled. Not because I wasn't making ends meet, but because I wasn't making it at a steady pace. One month I would have lot's of jobs, then the next few weeks would be quiet. And this is normal. I've had to learn to manage my finances and be a true adult.

The biggest tip I can give anyone who has just gone full time blogging is to keep strong. My toughest challenges were the ones in my head. Having to overcome the worry of not knowing when the next job will come and when I will get paid. But over all, I am extremely grateful of the position I am in. The jobs I have been given, the many opportunities and all the people that I have met because of this.

Have you ever considered full time blogging? Is it something that you would like to do? Let me know.

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