Full-time bloggers seriously deserve a round of applause – it seems like a dream job, but must be a nightmare. Chasing up invoices from 5 years’ ago, the fluctuating income every month and the pressure to write consistently, with doubts that anyone’s going to read what you’ve written because it’s crap.
I personally haven’t ever wanted to enter that world. I’ve got anxiety and overthink things whilst working for other people and upkeeping their brand, let alone my own. Although working for myself and being a full-time businesswoman sounds joyful, I just don’t think I could keep up with creating my own content constantly. Also there must be so much pressure to keep up with trends and create content based around that and not what you want to write.
Blogging is a great platform for my writing – but purely as a hobby. I like the sound of posting #ads all the time, but I’d rather have a ‘traditional’ job playing to my strengths, not doubting my abilities and bringing out my weaknesses. If I was a ‘full-time blogger’, I think I would cave in and threaten to quit about 4 times because I wouldn’t be able to take the pressure. Whereas working for someone else, you can share your stresses with others and work out a solution.
That’s another thing – I would be so lonely. I recently wrote about how loneliness affected me for 3 years at uni, but working for myself would be so solitary, as unless I had the money to hire staff, I wouldn’t talk to anyone for weeks, driving myself crazy. How these people do it is seriously beyond me.
I’m not trying to talk down blogging at all, I’m just stating my reasons why I couldn’t be able to doing this all the time and I won’t be any time soon. I’m happy creating content every now and then and giving someone the opportunity to see my views about many different topics, it’s why this blog was created. Throughout the last nearly 6 years I’ve learned a lot, but being the next Zoella just doesn’t appeal to me.
A K Jones