Full-time blogging, sounds good right?
A lot of people seem to think I’m a “full-time blogger” these days. I guess I do fit the mould, I have my freelance business
and my income does
come from both this and my blog, so it’s an easy conclusion to come to. Sure, I probably invest enough hours into my blog to qualify as working on it “full-time”, but it’s not my main gig right now. I didn’t think it was an unknown fact that I’m still
studying, and my “full-time” consists of lectures and labs and reports and assessments instead of flatlays and photo shoots and writing and creating.
Obviously, I do spend a lot of my time doing those things, but it got me thinking – do I want to be a full-time blogger? And, honestly, the answer is no. I don’t even want to be a full-time freelancer, not forever anyway. As much as I adore what I do right now, that’s just not how I see my life panning out.
Why do you do it now, then?
It suits me perfectly right now. I get to set my own workload, make money doing something I love and work in an industry that’s relevant to my degree. I get to choose my hours to suit my classes, I don’t have to sacrifice my weekends to retail anymore, and I can work in my pyjamas if I want to, too.
Not only does it suit my life as a student, but it also works pretty damn well alongside living with chronic illness. The flexibility of blogging and freelancing means that I can work at times that best suit me, meaning that if I’m having a bad pain day or feeling particularly foggy, I can give my body the rest it so desperately craves.
In return, I have a much better work-life balance. Yes, I do work a lot more than I did with my four hour retail contract, but I work when it’s best for me instead of when my name is down on the rota. I’m able to work in tandem with my reserved energy levels to create a happier, more productive me. Being able to give this consideration to how I’m feeling means I’m much more able to spend my “down time” doing things. Gone are the days where I’d come in from work and crash on the sofa for the rest of the night, unable to muster the energy to do anything, and they’ve been replaced with more time to spend with friends… or to spend on the sofa anyway.
Why It’s Not My Forever
I mean, that sounds like a pretty jammy set up, right? It probably sounds crazy that I don’t want to do this forever, but hear me out.
As much as I love what I do, there are some downsides that come to the self-employed life. It is stressful. Chasing up invoices and dealing with emails, spending each day wondering if this job will be your last and if you’re actually any good at what you do. It all takes its toll, particularly when I’m a pretty anxious person in the first place. It’s not something I see myself coping well with for the rest of my life, as I crave stability, feedback and routine.
And even though my blog is essentially a business, it’s still my creative outlet. It’s my baby, and I don’t want to be at the point where I’m driving myself demented trying to force myself to write when I just don’t feel like it. I don’t want this blog to become something I resent, it’s my place to escape and that is exactly how I want it to stay.
My Dream Future
With that being said, I do see my blog and my business playing a large part in my future. I would be so chuffed if I could keep it all going part-time alongside something else. I don’t talk a whole lot about my career aspirations, aside from the fact that I want to work in digital marketing, but I’d actually really like to be a lecturer. I love teaching people about digital marketing, so I hope that one day I’ll be at a point where I can do that for a living.
If you were to ask me right now where I see myself, career-wise, in ten years time I’d say working a couple of days a week as a digital marketing lecturer, then spending the rest of my week working on my blog and my business. I’d love to do some brand consultancy in the distant future (but that’s a long way away) and generally just spend the majority of my time teaching people to kill it online. My mornings will be reserved for walks around the park with my sausage dogs, though.
But who knows, things change. Maybe in ten years time, I’ll be the next Zoella, and I’ll be eating these words.
What do you think, would you ever want to blog full-time?