Why I DO Want To Be A Full Time Blogger

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I've seen an awful lot of posts going around recently where bloggers have been expressing exactly why they would like their hobby to stay as a hobby and not become a full-time career. Some have been incredibly well-written and raise some good points, but I have seen one or two which go along the lines of 'ugh, EVERYONE wants to be a blogger full-time, no one is original these days by just keeping it a hobby, why does it always have to be about that end goal...' and those kinds of comments, the kind that set off a little pang of guilt in anyone that does want to turn their blog into a career, and a sense of insecurity about the validity of their ambition, that have frankly, got on my nerves recently.

So, here's my two-pence about the whole topic. I definitely, unapologetically, do want to be a full-time blogger.

Don't get me wrong, I am under no illusions about how hard it will be, and I'm very aware of how far I am from even being able to think about giving up my day job. It takes so much hard work, determination, meticulous planning and probably a good few bucketfuls of blood, sweat and tears.



And yep, I'd definitely miss having a stable income every month. I may have to give up the odd gel manicure or two. Maybe even think about cut back on the amount I spend on make-up (sob). Working for yourself doesn't always come with a steady paycheck, and girl still gotta eat.

Sick pay just isn't a thing when you're self-employed, everyone knows that. No Christmas party. And although I love the idea of being able to work from home in my pjs, would I get lonely being at home all day by myself? What would I do without the bleary-eyed Monday morning chatter with my colleagues about our weekend over that first cup of tea, or sniggering across the office at the latest meme we've tagged each other in. That, I think, is what I'd miss the most.

And I completely understand that all of this would be enough to put bloggers off ever taking the leap from hobby to career. There's also always the fear that you'll stop enjoying it once blogging becomes actual work.

But in all honesty, that isn't the case with me. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to spend my life writing and creating. I'm so passionate about my blog and what I do, I can feel myself getting more animated and excited when I talk about it. I'm ridiculously proud of how far I've come in the last three years, I've built this little corner of the internet myself, it is mine and I've poured so many hours, so much inspiration and passion and love into it.

I've always promised myself that I would do what I love as a career, whatever that might be. For me, blogging is an absolute no-brainer. Why wouldn't I want to spend all day every day creating?

What do you guys think? Would you like to blog full-time one day?

Love,
Sian xo

17 comments:

  1. Honestly, when you are doing something you love as a job then I mean what could be better than that?! The few downsides are definitely overridden by passion. I hope you get to be a full time blogger one day!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. Absolutely! Literally all I want is to do something that I love and blogging fits the bill perfectly for me xo

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  2. That’s fair enough, but I wrote a post on the opposite of this. You follow your dreams though and go for it! I wouldn’t have the confidence to pursue my blog full-time, so kudos to you for wanting to quit your full-time job and take a leap of faith to turn your hobby into a career.

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

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    1. I read your post and I thought it was very well-written and raised some good points! I'm really referring to the ones that slam people for wanting to blog full-time when it's completely each to their own and everyone's ambitions are valid! xo

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  3. I know what you mean, I'd love to be a full time blogger too, I have so much passion for blogging!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. Me too! I just want to end up doing what I love eventually really! xo

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  4. I do work from home and I'm self-employed. I get the majority of my income from my blog so I guess you could say I am a full-time blogger although I'm working so hard to make it a more stable option for me. I think each to their own; it's definitely not something for everyone and we certainly all have our own needs when it comes to work! But you know, don't bash someone for wanting to turn their hobby into a job! It can be incredibly lonely and difficult to balance when you're having a rubbish day or something else is going on in your life. You haven't got the distractions of the work place to keep your mind occupied. Anyway, great post! I hope you get there and manage to turn it into a career!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Well done you for turning it into a career - such an amazing achievement! Yes it's definitely each to their own - blogging isn't one size fits all and that's the beauty of it! xo

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  5. I really love your honesty. I would love to make blogging a part of my career, but I'm also in the process of setting up my own photography business. So realistically for the two to be combined, it would just a be a dream. I love working from home, granted it gets lonely and sometimes I get distracted, and yes there is no guaranteed income if you don't hustle, but it's so rewarding to say I'm my own boss, and be able to work my own hours, even if that's around the clock. I 100% tell all my friends that if they want to do something, then they shouldn't let the opinions of other people stop them x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. You're absolutely right lovely! You've done amazing to get to the point where you're setting up your own businesses! There's drawbacks to any job - but for me in this case the pros definitely outweigh the cons! xo

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  6. I have been a full-time blogger for a couple of years now and I adore it. I really hope that you are able to follow your dreams babe. 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

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    1. Thank you lovely! You're doing amazingly! xo

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  7. It's so nice to read this point of view as opposed to the many posts based on why you shouldn't want to be a full time blogger. I would love to blog full-time though I feel like I'm not allowed to say it because I've only had this blog since janJanu(although I had a different one before it). I think I would like to be a blogger/writer, writing articles for other outlets aswell as my blog. A girls got to have dreams right? Anyway great post and I hope you manage to become fulltiful one day! X

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    1. Exactly - those kinds of posts really annoy me - why should someone be telling YOU what you should or shouldn't aspire to, it's your life after all! Of course educate people that maybe it isn't as glamorous as people may first thing but there's definitely a right way to go about it! Nooo even if you're a newer blogger you're still perfectly entitled to want to make a career out of it! Good luck, you can totally do it xo

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  8. Good for you babe. Different things for different people. At the end of the day you know yourself best. I'm sure you'll smash it!

    Efia @ Effy Talks Life / Bloglovin' xxx

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    1. Absolutely! Each to their own after all! Thank you honey xo

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  9. Ahhh girl, I loved this post! I, too, am hoping to work full-time blogging one day! I currently work remotely as a sales rep, so I'm already used to working from home (although the time management part of that AND blogging right now? Damn near horrible). I honestly hate when people say that blogging is unoriginal, etc. - it makes me feel a bit guilty too! Like people think we are naive enough to think something will work out when it "clearly won't" (according to THEM).

    Don't listen to the naysayers - keep doing you. The world can use more people like us ;)

    xx Lauren

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