Daniel and I recently went to give notice on our wedding and met with a wedding registrar to go through all the legalities for the big day. They asked are we related? “Hope not”. Am I already married? “Not that I’m aware of?”… It’s when it came to my occupation that I hesitated. I’ve been blogging for around 5 months full time and this is only the second time I’ve been asked what I do for a living. One person responded “Oh wow, what’s it called? How do you make money? Do you love it?” I love these questions but like many jobs it’s tricky to explain exactly what I do to ‘earn my living’.
My New Life
Well, I can admit it’s finally ‘hit me’. The realisation that this is what I do now. I’m not going to do as some other bloggers do and start going on about how hard I work, how difficult it is blah blah blah… Because you know what? I really don’t feel that way. I’ve had some pretty demanding jobs in the past (that’s what happens eight years deep in any career) but blogging for me truly is (and always has been) a hobby that I’ve turned into a career. I don’t stress over the number of followers and I don’t have ‘follow goals’. I simply get on with my hobby in an enthusiastic way and let the good times roll. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m the luckiest person in the world to be doing a job I love that doesn’t feel like ‘work’.
My main focus as a blogger is to put out there content that I love and am proud of. Before blogging, my main focus was to always do well at work and have a good balance. The focus of a blog does merge into your ‘out of office’ hours. In fact, as Victoria from In The Frow said, there’s no longer any such thing as a ‘holiday’. I wake up during the night with ideas for brands, I’m on my laptop within 5 minutes of opening my eyes and yep, I’m normally always reachable on social media.
Self – Approval
My blog, my baby, my work – it’s all down to me, (yes I call my blog my baby). If content is sub par? My fault. If I have a good idea for a blog post? I get to say whether or not it can run. The awareness of being solely responsible can have an impact on my life – if I let it. There is of course a shift in my general day to day with this new awareness too. I’m always checking the light (even when I’m not photographing), I look a little closer to see if things are “Instagrammable” (how sad does that sound) and sub consciously I’m always making more of an effort with my outfits.
Now that my voice is being heard by more people online, I’m more aware of what I’m saying and the nature in which I’m conveying my opinion. I’ll still never endorse a brand that I don’t like and I’ll never promote a product I don’t believe in – paid for or not. When I’m replying to tweets on Twitter, it’s always sober and never telling young girls to change themselves or give in to society.
Now that I’ve more time to spend on the blog, I’ve seen a definite improvement in not only the quality of the photography but also subject matters and writing. In turn my followers have increased and visits to the blog are almost always doubling. I’ve been stopped on the street and at events a few times by readers and it’s such a weird feeling. I suddenly realise this person that I’m face to face with knows everything about me probably right down to when I’m next taking the tube! Again there’s an element of responsibility though. I’ll never put on social media where I am at that exact moment (common sense) and there’s no getting paralytic drunk. I am my own brand.
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Are you a a full time blogger or thinking of becoming self employed? Have you noticed an improvement on the blog since I’ve worked on it everyday? Xx