I never want to be a full time blogger

never want to be a full time blogger

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 know I don’t 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.

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4 Comments

  1. Michelle
    July 9, 2019 / 9:48 AM

    You’ve nailed it!! There is so much pressure to make it work and be a career choice and i think that it comes from other ‘influencers’ showing how much they are enjoying this freelance lifestyle and you can be just like them too! The negative side isn’t always portrayed, as you say the loneliness, the late invoices, the hours put in after the 9-5 the inability to switch off and the forever chasing the next deal. You’ve got to hustle all the time.

    Michelle x
    http://www.wanderingcuriosities.com

    • Gina
      Author
      July 9, 2019 / 10:17 AM

      If you don’t aim for it to become a successful career then it’s like blogging is pointless? Like you say, so many influencers look glam but it’s not really. It’s hard work. I want best of both worlds. Job I love and hobby I enjoy! Xx

  2. July 9, 2019 / 8:44 PM

    I really identify with this Gina! I’m sick of blogging being about affiliate links, schedules content and #ads – it’s so nice to read your authentic posts because your passion for what you’re writing about comes through! Here’s to continuing to write about what we want, when we want, without complicating it 🙂 Tiff x

    • Gina
      Author
      July 9, 2019 / 10:54 PM

      I’m so glad we are on the same page. It’s really exhausting seeing all this business speak when actually blogging is a hobby for most of us. And hobbies should be fun right? Preach sister! Write what, when and how we want!! Xx

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