You are standing at your job, wondering when your next break is going to be so you can sit down for 10 minutes. The clock ticks slowly by and it seems like the day is taking forever. You wonder is there anything better then this! Once your break arrives you grab a water, sit down and start scrolling though Facebook on your phone, then you see this headline:
“How I made a full time income blogging”
You laugh and think “yeah right no one can do that.” There is no money in blogging. You know people who blog, they rant about this and argue about that there is no way they would ever make money. You keep scrolling and find a cool looking recipe that you could make on your day off, you click on it and are taken to a website where the writer shares her personal story about the recipe and how it was her grandmothers. Your not at just any website, you are at a blog and probably a blog that makes some money.
Blogging full time is not impossible, but its not easy either. You have to enjoy what you are doing and the subject you are writing about. If you have that you can do it, but it’s still going to be a lot of hard work.
Ten years ago I started a blog. I started it because I was bored, I had just finished an associate degree, moved back home and could not find work. I lived in a small town and there were not a lot of options at the time. At that time I didn’t have the money to move elsewhere. I found something to do, eventually and that something to do actually started making me money.
Within 6 months I was making just over $1,000. At that time, that was a full time job where I lived. I didn’t think of blogging as a full time job, but something to get me though until I could finish school. I ended up continuing my education and kept blogging. It made sense, I would have had to work around school at a job and it would have been a mess. I already dealt with an employer who didn’t care I was going to school. I didn’t want to do it again.
Blogging does take a lot of hard work, in fact once I did find a full time job I stopped blogging as much. My blogging income suffered and I lost faith. At that time I was driving 2 hours one way for work. Putting in a blog post every day like I had been doing was not possible. At one time I went a whole month without a post! That unfortunately was my downfall for quite a few years. I kept going but just had lost my passion for it.
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Eventually I quit that job and went back to full time blogging. I was still living with my mom and trying to help her out, but I was still not making what I had been. Things had changed a lot since I first started blogging, Facebook became huge, twitter was just launched and then there was this strange thing called Pinterest.
I didn’t keep up. Instead I kept blogging like I had been. I did get into social media some, I didn’t do it well and did not do my research. Blogging is really 10% writing 80% promoting and 10% research. If you don’t do the research, you can’t figure out how to reach your audience, what to write about when to write about it.
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I kept going though and still am going. I don’t make a full time income with this blog yet, but I know it’s possible. In my 10 years blogging I have helped many people who went on to become famous bloggers. The problem is I did not keep in touch with them. Now they are amazing and I am so happy I was able to help them achieve their goals.
I do still have a couple of good friends I met though blogging. In fact one is someone who is there for me more then my real world friends are. Unfortunately his blog and mine have nothing in common, but I still try to check his out here and there.
One thing I have learned over the years is that you have to keep going, you have to keep trying and you can not quit. Full time blogging takes a lot of hard work. I have grown 8 blogs in my 10 years, each evolved into something more. I now only have two blogs to deal with. Now, I am considering changing one of them yet again into something more, the rest I combined or dropped altogether.
Just because one blog fails, does not mean your next one will. You have to learn, and grow to become a big time blogger, but it is well worth the work . I myself am still on that journey, I have not made the big time yet, but I will. What matters is I have a passion and a want to do my own thing. I suffer from anxiety and depression, my last two jobs made my anxiety worse. For me getting out of that type of work force and working for myself is the best place I can get to.
I hope you will join me on my journey and you will allow me to join you on yours.
This post was inspired by this post: Full Time Misery to Full Time Happiness