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’.
Now that I’ve more time to spend on the blog 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