I bet you thought I was a total Negative Nancy by posting all about the Cons of Blogging and then left you hanging. You might be right. I AM a Negative Nancy but that doesn’t take away from the fact that when I step back and look objectively at being able to blog full-time I realize I am incredibly fortunate. Never in a million years did I expect to turn blogging into a living, but here I am. Sure, it has it’s tough moments but all-in-all the pros outweigh the cons.
I realize that some of the pros reflect both blogging as a business and also as a hobby. Before I start I want to clarify that I don’t think one is better than the other. For a long time blogging was a hobby for me too and I loved it as much then as I do now. The blog had changed quite a bit since making the transition from hobby to business, but my passion for it hasn’t. I love blogging. Here’s why:
1. The Community. Blogging would be nothing without this incredible community. My friends outside the blogging world don’t quite understand how I have friends all around the world who I speak to on a regular basis but those of you who are in it get it. Sure, the blogging community has it’s fair-share of drama but for the most part it is unbelievably supportive and loyal.
2. The Flexibility. I choose when I work and when I don’t. Ironically I find myself working harder and longer than in any other job I’ve had. Blogging full-time allows me to take a lunch break in the middle of the day to meet a friend for coffee but it can also mean working into the wee-hours of the night because there’s no one there telling you to go home. C forces me to shut down every night at 9:00 PM but if I had it my way I would probably work until 3:00 AM everyday.
3. I am My Own Boss. Turns out I’m a pretty self-motivated person. I have complete control of my schedule but also of my brand. Not only am I my own boss, but I am also head of content, marketing, accounting and craft services. So on some days I find myself on the phone with the CRA and other days I’m taste-testing cocktails at 1:00 PM. Of course I have to be weary of any moves I make because I am my own brand, but it also makes decision making easy because I do whatever my gut tells me to do.
4. I Set My Own Goals. As much as I am learning to enjoy the journey, I love a good challenge. What I felt was lacking in my previous jobs was precisely this. I never felt pushed beyond my boundaries or those boundaries were set by someone else. Blogging full-time means I get to decide which mountains I want to tackle and how quickly I want to push myself to get to the top of them. Some of these goals are a little crazy, like starting and publishing an ecookbook in 7 weeks. Others will happen in due time (hopefully!) like publishing a hardcover cookbook.
5. Learning is Endless. If you had asked me 3 years ago if I thought I would go back to school after undergrad I would have without a doubt said yes. Nowadays I don’t think I would. I always loved school because I loved to learn. In the last few years I’ve discovered that school is not necessary to learn. There is so much you can study and absorb outside the classroom. Every single day I learn something new whether it be in relation to blogging or social media, business and everything in between. I have also discovered how much I enjoy teaching, a position I never thought I would ever find myself in!
6. My Job is Mobile. I can work from anywhere! Well as long as there is WIFI. My daily commute is from my bedroom to my kitchen. Most of the time I find myself working right from my bed but should I want to get up and move to somewhere, I can. I’d love to live somewhere new someday. Those of you who know me well know exactly where I have my sights set 😉
7. I Have a Platform For Change. This is not something I anticipated when I started THM but the reality is that I have a platform to make my voice heard. Over 60k of you pass through each month and I want to ensure that everyone who does leaves here leaving empowered and uplifted. Whether it be helping you to make better food choices, encouraging you to get outside and get active or motivating you to make small changes in your blog or your career, I feel privileged to potentially play a small part in your journey.
8. Work Feels Like Play. “Choose a job you love and you will never have work a day in your life”. No one said it better than Confucius. I LOVE what I do and I’m fairly certain it shows to every person I interact with both virtually and in person. On my very first About Me page (it’s been updated several times since!) I wrote I would “like work to feel like play someday”. I could never in my wildest dreams guessed that it would happen so soon!
Want to learn more about blogging? Check out some other posts I’ve written on the topic!