How Blogging Became My Full Time Job

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.)

 

How Blogging Became My Full Time Job

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.

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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:

Freedom.

These days– I’m fully working from my home or wherever there is a wifi signal.

It’s everything to me.

Have you ever thought of starting your own blog? It might just change your life.

Some posts to get you started on your blogging journey:

START HERE — 8 Things I wish I knew Before Starting a Blog

Ultimate Beginners Guide To Starting A Blog

How to Use Hashtags To Your Advantage on Instagram

Guide To Google Analytics

How To Make Money Blogging

15 WordPress Plugins To Instantly Improve Your Blog

The Best Tools & Resources To Grow Your Blog

8 Tips To Stay Positive As An Entrepreneur

10 Effective Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home

12 Productivity Tools That Will Save You Time

 

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119 Comments

  • Reply Lillian Abbey November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks, Nicole! I just started blogging last month and have been getting very overwhelmed and wondering if it’s worth it. It’s good to know successful bloggers go through rough patches, too!

  • Reply Emily | EMILY ALDER November 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    What wonderful tips and information! Love that your journey here has been so special! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply chakraholistics November 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Love this. Such a lovely energy from your site too ✨

  • Reply Ana Willis at TheyCallMeBlessed.org November 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I’m so glad to meet you, Nicole!

    Thank you so much for linking at #BlessedMOMdays today.

    I’ve been blogging for only 9 months but it has already become my full time job and I’ve been able to monetize since month 2. How great is that?

    I love your blog and I’ll be following you from now on. Totally joining your FB community now! 😉

    Xo, Ana.

  • Reply leadingladynod November 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for all the amazing tips and glad that you are doing what you love!

  • Reply shantel mendez November 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    motivating post!! thank you. i’m off to read your other posts about your blog journey

  • Reply Chrissy Baclagan November 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    What an encouraging read. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  • Reply Jan November 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Always good to revise blog tips….that’s what I did just reading this blog post – reading your other blogs too!

  • Reply Bianca Etzel Mcneace November 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Nicole! I have had my website for quite some time now and can totally relate to this post. It does take a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it’s so worth it!

  • Reply Elisa November 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This is so encouraging! I started my blog 3 weeks ago now so I’m going through a steep learning curve at the moment. (Although I’ve been reading blogs for years and years!).

    I’m not expecting or planning for it to become a full time job for me. I guess I like to write (or talk) a lot! And I like encouraging others. So starting a blog seemed like the natural outlet for that! But I can easily see how it can become bigger than I’ve anticipated already, partly because of my audience and how I can serve them!

    Thanks for your inspiring post!

  • Reply Rebecca M November 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats on making your blog your full time job! I am working on that transition as we speak and am a bit nervous about it! Reading through this post has been quite helpful! Thank you!!

  • Reply Shaina November 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Great story! Blogging really is such an amazing creative outlet, and I too am so happy I found it. I completely agree with you though when you say it is hard work and takes commitment and perseverance. If you want to make money you can’t just skim the surface, but you have to devote your time.

  • Reply Lauren Norton November 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats on all of your successes! I hope that one day I can become a full-time blogger. At the moment, it is more of a side-job without income. I need to finish my masters degree first! Your story has inspired me to keep working hard and pursuing this dream. Thank you and best wishes on your future endeavors!

    xoxo Lauren I Glitter & Grandeur

  • Reply Elizabeth O. November 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Blogging started out as an outlet for me, a space where I can write whatever I wanted to. Then it also became a source of income, which was awesome because i got to do what I want while earning.

  • Reply Ellie Chan November 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations on turning you passion in to your career! I hope one day to do the same thing. Blogging was the best thing for my self-confidence and anxiety and provided the much needed creative outlet for me also! Can’t wait to read more on your blog!

    Ellie
    http://Www.Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

  • Reply Running with Strollers November 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Awesome content all over your site! Just followed your email list. Thank you lady!!
    Kayla

  • Reply fivemarigolds November 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for being so open with your journey. It’s great to connect with like-minded friends!

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls November 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I love being a blogger as well. Connecting with readers and sharing your insight is such a joy, and getting paid for it, isn’t too shabby either. Wishing you more success in the years to come.

  • Reply Ashley November 21, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Loved reading your story! Success breeds success(as my broker says)

  • Reply Veronika November 22, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Going full time with my blog is definitely a dream of mine and seeing someone who’s made it is definitely inspiring! 🙂

  • Reply kelleygreene November 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    This is really interesting. I’m only a year in…like a baby blogger! Haha. I’m already perusing the rest of your site, though…thanks for all the great resources!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Ellie and Elizabeth November 22, 2016 at 8:31 am

    It’s good to see that successful bloggers have their ups and downs. Some days are better than others, but it’s such a fun outlet. Thanks for the encouraging post.

  • Reply Chloe November 22, 2016 at 9:09 am

    What a lovely post. I loved reading your journey as a blogger. It really inspired me.

  • Reply Wren November 22, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Such a great read! Thanks so much for sharing your trip to being a full time blogger! I love seeing how others do it, as I too am starting this journey! <3

  • Reply Hannah November 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Great post! Very encouraging.

  • Reply Sarah Prince November 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I just read a statistic today that said only 5% of bloggers actually make a full time income. It was a little discouraging, but your post here today has lifted me too. I’m not quitting, but I sure wish things would come sooner. 🙂

  • Reply Cathy November 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Found you on facebook. This is really inspiring post especially for newbie bloggers like me.

  • Reply Valerie November 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    This is pretty incredible – I am definitely NOT making full-time income at my blog, but reading about bloggers like you keeps me inspired!

  • Reply Joleene Moody November 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Good on you! This is the goal of so many bloggers, so it’s always nice to hear a success story. 🙂

  • Reply Bree Reichert November 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Bookmarking this. I’ve been blogging for a year, but struggling to make the income from it! Congrats on your 4 years of success! <3

  • Reply Chloe November 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this read! Super inspiring! I would LOVE to become a full-time blogger one day!

    Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/skincare-product-review-dear-klairs/

  • Reply Raman November 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    This is exactly what I’m trying to do! Hopefully I will get there in the future.

  • Reply Doro November 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Just started my own blog & am feeling overwhelmed from time to time. But I just saw that you’ve got tons of articles on blogging, so I’ll give those a read 🙂

  • Reply Lys Villelli November 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I always love hearing other people’s journeys.

  • Reply thepretendchef November 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Wow so close to home. Everything I am experiencing now as a newbie except the income ofcourse. You are so reassuring. thanks

  • Reply Meg Cale November 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Love this post. Blogging has changed my world. I love being my own boss and working towards my own goals. It’s liberating and challenging and everything I need.

  • Reply joseyphina November 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been inspired!

  • Reply Amber November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thank your for sharing all these resources and your encouragement! As a new blogger (since August) with two young blogs, going through all the new blogger frustrations, it’s really helpful to read posts like this from people who have been doing it forever!

  • Reply Amie Scroggins November 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I commend you! I’m happy you get to do what you love full time. I’m currently in college, so I only post two days a week, but I give it as much time as I can. But, writing will always co-exist with something else with me. I wish I could do it full time! I just read an interview with Doug the Pug’s momager, she said she quit her job to tend to his budding fame full time. I can only imagine how much that can enhance a person’s work and success. Good for you!

  • Reply Krystal November 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    It is certainly a roller coaster to get to this point. I have been FT blogging for three years!

  • Reply karyld2016 November 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been blogging since 2012 as well. In the beginning it was just my own creative outlet, and I’m finally starting to try and really make money with it. I know it’s going to be tough, but I’m on a mission.

  • Reply Allison November 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for this post. I really enjoyed it. I’m a new blogger, but I’m hoping to make blogging my full-time job.

  • Reply The Trophy WifeStyle November 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Yay!!!! I’ve been a FT blogger for a year and a half! As crazy as it can get at times, I wouldn’t change it for the world

  • Reply Ola November 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    What a lovely post. I felt as if I was reading my own story. Lol! I’m bookmarking this page for future reference. Thanks for this!

  • Reply Maggie Isley November 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Such a great and honest post! Thank you for being so authentic!

  • Reply Bianca November 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    It’s always wonderful to hear how people started and how they got where they are now.

    Thank Pinned for sharing!

  • Reply Callie Kakascik November 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Wonderful post! I loved reading about your journey!

  • Reply Ebonydad November 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Great post very inspirational, especially to a fairly new blogger like myself. I am hoping one day soon my blog affords me this type of freedom from a 9-5. Its all good to see other people out here really making it happen!

  • Reply Kindly Unspoken November 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats on all the accomplishments with blogging! Like you said it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you love it it’s so rewarding in the end! 🙂

  • Reply Fresh Planet Flavor (@freshplanetflvr) November 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    This is crazy inspiring. Can’t wait to check out your other posts and keep the learning coming.

  • Reply Rachel G November 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Glad you’ve found the right career for you! That’s got to be a very good feeling–I know it would take a lot of work to blog professionally!

  • Reply Helen November 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Wow this is a wonderful, inspirational post! My ultimate goal is to blog full-time, but I’m definitely not even close to that. These are great tips to get my life in gear.

  • Reply Leigh Anne November 23, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Loved reading this! I am a full time teacher and get discouraged at times with my blogging.

  • Reply yummy mummy kitchen November 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This is such a great post. Blogging as a career really does take a lot of work, but it so worth it to have the flexibility and be able to do something you love.

  • Reply Steve Goodwin November 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I love having a creative outlet to talk it out as well! A blog is so personal and allows you to connect in ways that you just can’t do anywhere else! Recently (August 2016) I became a stay at home dad of my 2 girls (4 and 2) and am hoping not to have to go back as I’m looking to grow my audience and share with others in a way that can be profitable long term! Thanks for sharing your journey! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Rachel Gault (@rachelgault) November 23, 2016 at 10:42 am

    So awesome! Blogging isn’t my FT job, but it is a passion of mine!

  • Reply Laura November 23, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Well done you. Its a tough gig.

  • Reply annalisanuttall November 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    High five to you girl. Blogging is also my job as well. Something my mother in law doesn’t understand and keep telling me to get a ‘proper’ job. I tried proper job (I worked in retail for 10 years before I decided enough was enough and went blogging) and didn’t like it. I rather have a creative output job then some crappy office/retail job where I’m bored out of my mind. xx Anyway I raise a drink to you my friend. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  • Reply Mihaela Echols November 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    My blog is to encourage people through different seasons of their lives. I write on the seasons I’ve been through or going through and how God is getting me through it all.

  • Reply Helene Cohen Bludman November 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations! It must be very gratifying to make a living doing something you love.

  • Reply Vanessa Villarreal November 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Babe!

    I’m just starting out blogging after 3 years of running a small business but I have a hard time trying to balance my time. Going to check out a few of your other posts and see if I can get some inspiration.

    Also can you link me to the Facebook group? I am not sure if the link works on your post.

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander November 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I started my blog when I was bored, rehabbing a knee injury. Now it’s my full-time job and I love it!

  • Reply Claudette November 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    As someone else said, blogging is not my full time but I do enjoy doing it. Maybe in my retirement it will be.

  • Reply Marceline Dementori November 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Blogging is like an emotional sponge for me at least that’s how I started. I wanted an outlet, a place where I’m free to write anything that I want. I think it’s awesome that blogging became your full time job, it’s really rewarding and fun!

  • Reply Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) November 24, 2016 at 3:16 am

    This is an awesome resource. Especially if you’re a new blogger or a blogger that wants to up their game.

  • Reply durhamslovelifetravel November 24, 2016 at 3:26 am

    nice post, I know how you feel. I often have days I wan’t to throw in the towel and find myself thinking what did I get myself into? But at the end of the day, I won’t give up and keeping pushing forward!

  • Reply chaykadarina November 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I’m also a blogger, and im hoping this can become my reality someday! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply TravelingWellForLess (@TravelWell4Less) November 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations and good for you to stay with it. So many bloggers quit after the first year.

  • Reply fashionphases November 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I also blog full time and love it very much! It is time consuming but all worth it 🙂

  • Reply aktivmitkindern November 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

    What a great post! Thanks for it!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Lisa

  • Reply Rosey November 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    If I could make enough to sustain us I would blog full time. I’ve tried, I def. can’t. You are very fortunate.

  • Reply Tiffany @ Arrows & Awe November 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Love this so much! Can completely relate! I want to challenege the norm daily and hope to get to this point very soon!

  • Reply Heather November 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration! I’ve been blogging since August and loving it. Wondering where to take it next, and this helps!

  • Reply Jere Cassidy November 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Love your post about blogging. It really is a lot of work but once you figure it out it is wonderful.

  • Reply Melanie Winters November 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Super inspiring post, thanks for sharing! I just started blogging and launcheddar a graphic design company this year and can definitely relate to sometimes wanting to throw in the towel and go back to a “normal” existence. Your post definitely is a great reminder to keep pushing forward!

  • Reply Kira November 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Love this! It’s been a bumpy road for me but there is hope

  • Reply Emily Bendler November 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful journey and so encouraging!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply modaddicted November 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been blogging for two years and it is the first time I find a blog this helpful to jump into the income side of blogging. I’ve made money but not enough to live out of my blog. Thank you for all your helpful tips!

    XOXO Ana

    http://www.modaddicted.com

  • Reply Rae Walaska November 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I just started a blog for my business. It has been hard to find the time to fit it in, but I really enjoy connecting with the Entrepreneurs we feature on our site and find the posts I write myself to be relaxing. Congrats on your journey and keep up the inspiration!
    Rae
    http://www.shesellsstudios.com

  • Reply Ana Rose November 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this well written and inspiring post. I usually love to documents many areas of my life. In fact, I started blogging since 2009. The only drawback is when I get sidetracked on my blogging to the point that I can no longer remember my user information. I had a blog in Weebly and Blogger that I couldn’t improve anymore because of my weak memory. This 2016, I decided that I am going to be committed with my blog. I signed up for WordPress and purchased my own domain and pay for a hosting company. Those factors that I invested money on my blog are some of my motivations why I will no longer have an excuse to leave it. 🙂

  • Reply muksak November 29, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Great motivating post. I really hope to reach that level one day with my blogging 🙂

  • Reply Barbara November 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    What a wonderful journey. 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Ann Jones (@leslieannjones) November 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s so hard, sometimes, to take the leap and pursue what your heart wants you to pursue, but it’s so worth it.

  • Reply Susan November 30, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for sharing your story! I’ll have to check out the rest of the posts. I’m learning how to balance my time between my blog and the rest of my life. It’s hard when I want to devote every waking minute to getting everything perfect! I had no idea it would become so important to me!

  • Reply Nandita November 30, 2016 at 2:00 am

    A really motivating and informative post…planning to join your Blogging FB community to stay on track

  • Reply sriethphotography November 30, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Great post! Just this year I started blogging for my business and it’s helped me expand my clientele while giving me the creative outlet I need. 🙂

  • Reply JeeYoung Dubs November 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Such a great and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Molly November 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

    This was helpful and encouraging since I just started a Faith & Lifestyle blog this summer. Definitely gives me some insight on how to be successful and go further with my blogging.

  • Reply bridesmaidsconfession November 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Great advice. I’ve been blogging a little under a year and it would be amazing to take this journey full time at some point.

  • Reply Kleneice November 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This post resonated so much with me. I’m also a former RN! My first blog was a nursing blog, and despite the challenges of running a blog with such an irregular schedule, I truly fell in love with blogging! Like you, I have always enjoyed the arts as well as technology but I stifled my creativity in college by pursuing nursing. I left my job because of absolutely zero fulfillment, and I am happy to say that blogging is now my full time job as well and I love it. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Reply Veena November 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for giving us hope Nicole!! I know it can be so isolating at times but the creative outlet and appreciation keep me going!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply jacqueline November 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    It seriously is everything! I hope to one day get there. The journey is the best part of it all!

  • Reply kancell724 November 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I love running my blog. I also started in 2012. I’m not making a full time income but in this past year I’ve started making a part time income each month. I’ve enjoyed the journey so far as a blogger.

  • Reply Jazz December 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Such an inspiring read!

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen December 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with you. Blogging has come a long way and it also paved the way for me to be able to stay at home and earn.

  • Reply Klara Donovan December 19, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your journey, I’ve found a lot of encouragement in this post and am busy exploring all those related posts you’ve linked to 🙂 Like you, I have never had a clear life path, working a bunch of different admin jobs, yet in the background, for more than a decade now, I have been writing and blogging. It took becoming a stay at home mum (ie being out of a job and gaining a clear had space) to realize that maybe this is the path I’m supposed to have been on all along! I launched my blog in August with a team of 3 other writers and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Looking forward to learning and growing in this area!

  • Reply Jackie January 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

    So awesome! I love connecting with other bloggers and seeing where/how they got started!

  • Reply Tara Berries January 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Such a great success story. I keep telling myself that blogging is a marathon not a sprint.

  • Reply Cristina January 18, 2017 at 8:35 am

    What a great achievement! I think it’s truly remarkable to achieve to make a full time income from your own blog. Maybe I’ll do it some day, too. Congratulations again!

  • Reply Abbey Phipps January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am

    This is so encouraging to see that it’s possible! 🙂 I’m a stay at home mom, so that’s definitely my full time job, but I love having my blog, as well!

  • Reply Katie Kinsley January 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I’m not sure if I want to be a full-time blogger, but I definitely like blogging. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply beckymollenkamp January 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! The list of resources is really helpful.

  • Reply Diana January 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Great post! It’s certainly a new passion of mine as well. I’m excited to see where it will take me.

  • Reply Erica @ Coming Up Roses January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I’m SO glad I’ve found your blog girlfriend!! From one full time blogger to another, your points are all SPOT ON. You also seem to have the greatest heart for serving your audience, so I’ve got a feeling we’re going to get along SWIMMINGLY. 🙂 So happy to have found ya!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Reply Rebecca Hicks January 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

    This is such an encouragement to me. I started seriously blogging a year ago, and hope to someday make it my full time job, but I can only dream about that right now. Maybe someday!

  • Reply Rachel Gault (@rachelgault) January 18, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    This is great! So cool that you were able to transition to FT blogger!

  • Reply featherflint January 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Nicole, this is awesome! You’re truly a force to reckon with – I really hope to be in your position someday, looking back on the years that I’ve invested in my blog and knowing that it was all worth it. I’m so happy for you that you were able to turn this into a profession – I also labored through school for something I wasn’t sure I wanted, and was so thrilled to find out that the writing I had always enjoyed could be my full-time job AND hobby!

  • Reply Kindly Unspoken January 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    This is definitely inspiring! I eventually want to go full-time with blogging so this gives me encouragement! 🙂

  • Reply Becky (So Very Blessed) January 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I love that you genuinely love blogging so much! That’s exactly how I feel about it. I’ve been blogging since 2006 simply because I love it and now I am just starting to blog for business and it is truly my dream job!

  • Reply Chantal January 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Love this post and reading your story!!!! Thanks for sharing!! Let’s connect!!

  • Reply Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) January 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    So awesome, Nicole. I blog full time, but still have another job as making a full time income is extremely hard and inconsistent for blogging. Do you make a full time income? Or do you just put full time hours in?

    Summer | http://www.coffeewithsummer.com

  • Reply Jenny January 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I’m not a full time blogger but I’m self employed and own my own company and this blog on the side. It’s nice to be able to make a bit of money from both ventures.

  • Reply Joscelyn | Wife Mama Foodie January 19, 2017 at 1:50 am

    It definitely isn’t easy, but all the time and effort eventually pays off. I’m in my 2nd year of blogging and I finally started earning a steady income in the last few months. I still can’t believe I get to do what I love and get paid for it!

  • Reply Kristin Cook January 19, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I can totally relate! Other than my husband, blogging was the first thing I actually committed myself to and have stuck with it! It’s not my career yet, but I keep striving towards that!

  • Reply Kat Centeno January 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I think I start earlier than you. It was never my full time job. Now I am thinking of developing a business using it. I will look through your posts on tips. Btw, I joined you community.

  • Reply Priyanka February 28, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I love reading stories like this. I’ve been blogging for 2 years, but only recently started putting more work into it. It’s definitely first and foremost a creative outlet, but I’m hoping to start making income from it this year!

    xo, Pri
    http://www.paintthetownchic.com

  • Reply Cassidy's Adventures February 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Hey I just found your blog and I wanted to say that this was a great post! Thank you for sharing it. I loved reading your story and I think that you write in such a beautiful and wonderful voice. It made me want to read more and more.

  • Reply Kasia Mikolajczak (@KasiaMikola) March 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I just launched my blog 2 weeks ago and it’s so much work. I would love to make it my full time job someday too. Thanks for all the tips and encouragement. http://thesavvydreamer.com

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