Sometimes, when I think back to that day back in 2012 when I decided to start a blog and the wild ride my life has taken since then, I can’t help but laugh. It seems surreal, and sometimes I still wonder if I’m about to wake up from a dream. In this post you will learn how blogging became my full time job.
If I knew in the beginning that this would eventually be my job, boy would I have done some things differently. But, the truth is, I had no idea. I started my blog as a way to tell stories about my crafts and DIY projects I would create, and only years later realized the incredible potential it held.
I didn’t know that I would fall in love with the creative process or just how much my readers would come to mean to me. I didn’t know it would lead me to form such amazing friendships in the blogging community or start getting into reading or listening to business/blogging blogs and podcasts.
I didn’t know it would require so much of my blood, sweat, and tears to earn my first dollar. I didn’t know it could truly be a viable career path (although many would still argue that it’s not.)
As with everything in life, my blogging journey has come with its fair share of growing pains. It probably mirrored my own life and personal struggles in a lot of ways. It felt heavy at times. Overwhelming. Not worth the effort. At other times, it lifted me up, and we celebrated the victories.
Learn How Blogging Became My Full Time Job
What Blogging Means to Me
It’s my outlet for creativity
For most of my young life, I was always drawn to the arts, but I always chose to study the sciences. It wasn’t until I discovered blogging that I realized the truth was very much the opposite.
Blogging allowed me a place to reflect and to process my thoughts and feelings. I likely would have turned to pen and paper, but I’m grateful for the blog as writing for an audience encouraged me to try new things and broaden my horizons.
It’s the first thing I’ve truly dedicated myself to.
When you’ve spent the better part of a decade bouncing from one job to the next, and one hobby to the next, it can be quite alarming to wake up one day to the realization that you’ve been pursuing the same thing for nearly four years.
Going to nursing school for years and graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Nursing was an amazing feat and I’m happy I went and experienced college. I had doubts about half way through nursing school if it was really what I wanted to pursue, but pushed through. Fast forward to a year after graduation and I already had a couple jobs and wasn’t satisfied. My boyfriend (husband now!) urged me to start a blog to document my crafts and different areas of my life I wanted to document.
I started a blog and posted here and there for a couple of years. It was growing and I was gaining new engaged followers every day, but I didn’t think much of it, though. I was posting once every two weeks, not putting in the time I wish I had put into it then.
The hospice company I was working for at the time closed and I found myself without a job. I didn’t know where to go from here. Do I find another nursing job that I wasn’t excited about? My husband urged me to work on my blog full time as well as helping others with social media strategies and their blogs. I honestly thought he was crazy at the time! ha. I took his advice and haven’t looked back since.
My first couple of years of blogging passed in the blink of an eye. This ease with which time seemed to pass while pursuing this endeavor was something that meant little to me at first but means so much more now.
When this fourth full year of blogging passes by I look back and realize that I am capable (and willing) to commit to something–anything!–for the long-haul. And I’ve not only poured my blood, sweat, and tears into this baby but money and SO much of my time. There’s always something new to learn, some new challenge to overcome. Every day there is a new milestone to celebrate, a new reader I’ve helped, and new ideas to dream up and bring to life.
This might not so much be a reason behind why I started blogging, but an explanation for why I’ve continued. I’m sure even without blogging I’d have come up some other creative hobby to love just as much, but this one has brought with it some of the most beautiful and unexpected rewards.
It’s how I make full time income.
The internet has changed the world, allowing blogging to become a profession in the first place. Why wouldn’t I take advantage of that? Why shouldn’t we challenge the outdated idea of the workplace and change up the definition of success?
It might not be obvious from an outsider’s point of view, but finding success as a blogger is far from easy, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, most blogs never earn their owners a dime, and a large majority of them are abandoned within the first year.
I know how hard I’ve had to work–and how hard I’ll have to continue to work–to make this life a reality, to achieve all the goals I’ve set for myself, and to uphold my own standards of quality and success.
(For those of you still wondering how the heck a blogger like me earns a living in the first place, don’t worry–I’ve wrote all about that! Check out this post where I break down the different ways bloggers make money!)
What does blogging mean to me now?
Like every blogger and entrepreneur, I have good days and bad. But then I look back on this crazy journey that started in 2012 and remember how hard I worked to get to this point and what it was all for in the first place:
These days– I’m fully working from my home or wherever there is a wifi signal.
It’s everything to me.
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