I’m lost. I feel like I’ve forgotten the point of blogging. I’m blindsided by all of this business speak. The scheduling. The optimum posting and sh*t hot photography. I learned a lot at a travel blogger event last month but… thing is, I never want to be a full time blogger.
I love my actual job. As in, my actual paid work. I don’t want to be freelance ever. From a distance doesn’t it sound dreamy? Be your own boss. Work whatever hours you want. But in reality, I know it’s way harder than that. Chasing invoices, avoiding loneliness and lacking motivation.
I personally need regular income pinging into my bank. Set working hours that don’t bleed into evenings and weekends. Holidays that are holidays. I also enjoy being part of a huge organisation with thousands of staff and managing large scale creative events.
So why do I blog?
It was never for money. I didn’t even know that was a thing back when I first started in 2011! It was the simple act of writing that excited me. Typing out a stream of consciousness onto a blank page. The fact that people read it was a bonus. For so long it was just my fella and parents…
But now I’m overthinking. What do people want. How should it be key worded. Should I pitch to brands. Are my SEO traffic lights green. And don’t get me started on pinning. WHAT AM I DOING.
I need to chill out and get back to basics.
I hope to chuck out more of these type of quickie, ranty, talky posts when I feel like it. Same relaxed approach goes for instagram and twitter. Ultimately caring less about the business and more about the love of my blog. Sharing my life with you minus the algorithms.
If I want to optimise my posts and I can be bothered to, then I will. But I’m not going to churn all my free time into it anymore. I have a life to enjoy!
I am incredibly proud of the audience I have built who like to see what I’m doing and read what I’m thinking. Whether that is via my blog or social pages. I want to retain that for sure and if it increases. Amazing. And I hope brands still reach out to work with me and see the value in my passionate content and little community.
But no more overthinking. It’s time to turn back time and write for the love of writing. I hope you continue to enjoy my adventures and musings.
Anyone else out there never want to be a full time blogger? I’m surely not the only one happy to hobby the shiz out this. Let me know in the comments below.