I went to a dating event a couple of weeks ago and the standard “what do you do” question came up. The guys had jobs like waiter and engineer, but I wasn’t sure what to say. I’m not a full-time blogger, I work ad-hoc in a school and I do some other bits and bobs that bring in money. It’s easier to say that I’m a blogger and leave it at that.
Becky from The Owlet was also there and she is the sweetest girl I’ve met in a really long time. She is a full-time blogger and gets to do some incredible things with it, but it made me think about whether I wanted to turn the blog full time, and what that would actually mean.
Why I Started
I started the blog because I was moving to Sydney and was ready to start the life that I’ve always wanted. I never felt supported by my family when I mentioned interests in writing (I even did an English Lit and Creative Writing degree!), so the blog was a way of me writing whatever was in my heart.
Mum suggested that I should use it as a travel blog, focusing on all things Australian; finding a house, finding a job, the best beaches etc. but that just wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to share the reality of life, not the highlight reel.
Not having people who depend on my content means that I can write whatever I feel needs to be written about, whether it’s about my journey with eating disorders or my mental health struggles and I feel like I am staying true to myself and the reasons why I started the blog.
I’m not sure if I’m classed as a part-time blogger or a hobby blogger but either way, I don’t make money from it. I spend money on Tailwind and Buffer, but honestly don’t care. Doing this part time means that I can allow myself certain freedoms. If I want to take a break, then I can.
I’ve also been invited to The Handmade Fair and The Good Food Show because of this blog – even doing it part-time! It might not be what other bloggers see as ‘success’ but I think I’ve done pretty well.
Numbers aren’t important to me, but unfortunately, they are to brands who want to work with bloggers. Across my social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin) I have over 1,500 followers and I’ve had over 4,000 views since I started the blog on Squarespace!
Looking at those figures makes me INSANELY proud of myself. Over 4,000 people wanted to read what I had to say! And that is me writing what I want when I want, promoting myself…
Fears of Becoming a Full Time Blogger
After seeing those numbers, I wonder what they’d be like if I went full time and invested in a real camera. I do have a couple of fears though.
Only talking about the blog
At the dating event, I found it hard to steer the conversation away from blogs, because it’s all we do with our day. We look at a room and think if it’d look good on Instagram; we take as many mental notes as possible so we can write up a post later…
Writing is our passion, which is why we do it, but I don’t want it to be the only thing I talk about.
Not enjoying my life
One of the things I’m worried about is doing things just to write about it on the blog. I don’t like going to a restaurant and thinking “oh wait, I’ve gotta take a photo!” before anyone can touch their food.
I want to be able to do something and fully immerse myself in it, which is probably why I don’t have many photos from Australia – I wanted to live in the moment. The downside of that is not having anything to remember it by, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.
If I write for a living, I’m worried that I’ll feel obligated to write and stick to a schedule. If I get invited to an event, I don’t want to feel like I should go, just because I’ve been invited.
Growing up, I did a lot of stuff because I thought I should, because I felt obligated. I don’t want to live my life like that. On the flipside of that, is not doing something because of how it could make me look. I wrote a post about being the Other Woman and didn’t want to publish it because of how it would make me look, but realised that that is the exact reason why I should hit publish.