I wasn’t particularly planning on writing this post today, although its been in my drafts for a while, but it kinda just felt appropriate after the day I’ve had.
I got home from work today at 6pm. Nothing so strange about that, you think, most people get home around then. Not me – I’m supposed to finish at work at 2.30pm, so today was a VERY long day.
Working late means one certain thing. Once I am home, I don’t want to do anything! Sadly, this does have a somewhat detrimental effect on my already sporadic blogging.
From what I’ve seen in my few years of watching the blogosphere, there are two distinct types of blogger. First, you have your full-time, “professional” bloggers and then your hobby bloggers. Although the type of blogger you are doesn’t necessarily decide the quality of your blog, it almost certainly effects the kind of blogging lifestyle you have.
I know that a lot of this post is going to be based on ma-hoo-sive generalisations and there are almost certainly exceptions you could point out, but this is just the way I’m feeling at the moment. Plus, I do think a lot of what I say is pretty accurate.
I am so insanely jealous of the pro-blogger lifestyle. You see it all the time in people’s Youtube videos or in their blogging routine posts. They have leisurely get-ups, blogging sessions in the local coffee shop scheduling blog posts until June, plentiful twitter updates and Instagram pics taken for the whole of Feb! (Usually while eating avocado on toast – seriously, what the heck is this obsession with avocado? I’ve lived 31 years and I’m not convinced I’ve ever SEEN an avocado. I’m almost certain no one ate them when I was a kid!)
Anyway, I digress…
Life as a hobby blogger is somewhat different. My blogging has to be squeezed in around my job (30 hours a week, until I can convince them to give me more hours), housework (occasionally), raising two children, maintaining a healthy relationship with my husband, not to mention any other hobbies or exercise I might want to partake in.
I always have many, many plans for the blog. Planning takes a matter of minutes – actually putting those plans into action takes much longer. I have a great post calendar in WordPress, but I’m almost terminally behind schedule and am constantly pushing things back until I can catch up. (This post has been planned for about the past 6 weeks!)
Blogging always has to be my last priority. If something has to give, you can bet it will be my poor little blog. I’m currently out rehearing Monday, Wednesday and Sunday and show week is next week (Deep breaths – you’ve got this!) I had told myself I would preschedule some posts ready for show week but I think we ALL know that isn’t going to happen and I’m going to drop off the radar for a while.
Don’t even get me started on blog photos – they’re a bloody nightmare, especially in winter. I have no budget for studio lighting and artificial lighting is practically non-existent. Somedays I leave and return home in the dark. I’ve found a brief window of time on a Saturday afternoon, in a well-lit room of my Mother-In-Law’s house where I can take photos, if I remember to take the things I want to photograph. Organisation is not currently my strong point, but I am improving.
Don’t get me wrong – there are definite pros to not relying on blogging for my living. I don’t need to worry about earning enough money each month. (Ok, everyone worries about earning enough, but at least I don’t have a fluctuating income. I like my guaranteed paypacket)
There’s also less pressure. Obviously, I still put loads of pressure on myself and feel like a HUGE failure if I don’t post for a couple of days. Ultimately, I have to remind myself that if I stopped posting altogether, there’s a good chance no-one would notice. I don’t have brands/PRs or management agencies breathing down my neck for my next post.
Do I dream of going pro? Maybe. Obviously, I’d love to set my own working hours and be my own boss. It would be lovely to have a job that excited me and where I got to be creative. Still, I think I’ll always prefer the financial security over the flexibility. I think I’ll always want a proper job. Maybe my dream would be able to drop a day and supplement my income with my blogging. Who knows?
What is your experience of blogging? Are you full-time, part-time or somewhere in between? Leave me a comment below!