blogging

The Pros of Blogging {Blogging As A Business}

September 3, 2014

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.

The pros of blogging full-time // thehealthymaven.comI 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.

I am the director, producer and actress of my own show!

I am the director, producer and actress of my own show!

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 😉

Puppy-sitting while I edit my Cookies & Cream Banana Soft Serve pictures in bed!

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!

choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. // thehealthymaven.com

Want to learn more about blogging? Check out some other posts I’ve written on the topic!

Does work feel like play to you? What pros would you add to this list?

JOIN THE THM NEWSLETTER

Join 20,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and behind-the-scenes news from our team!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit
    September 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Great post!! I do love that blogging does NOT feel like a job–which is the best. I totally agree-if you can make money doing something you love, you’ve got it all!
    Fun to see your blogging pics, shows your personality even more! Keep it upppp!

  • Reply
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    September 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Love this post! Something to consider for myself, a job with flexibility is really important to me. I hope to be where you’re at with blogging someday 🙂

  • Reply
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I think finding a job where work feels like play is my ultimate goal – fingers crossed it happens! (although with the move, just finding a job quickly in general would be pretty awesome). I seriously love the blogging community and being able to turn online friendships into real-life friendships…speaking of which, I’ll see you this afternoon! 😀

  • Reply
    hayley @healthyregards
    September 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

    love this and so happy for you! Keep doing what you’re doing (:

  • Reply
    Jo @ LIVING MINT GREEN
    September 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Work does feel like play to me – I love the environment and the people I work with are hilarious. I actually don’t dread going to work everyday (I used to!) and I hope this feeling lasts forever.

    I wish I could come to Toronto with Arman!!!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Nice post! It sounds like blogging full-time is working out perfectly for you. So glad you’ve found a job you can be this passionate about!

  • Reply
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    September 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This post is really everything great about blogging. The community you feel is crazy considering you make these connections before meeting people in person (if ever). It’s also nice to be ur rounded by like minded people in terms if health and fitness goals. I often so work late on the blog but it rarely ever feels like work :). Thanks for sharing this was great!

  • Reply
    erin @ The Almond Eater
    September 3, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Yayyyy for the pros. I’d definitely have to agree that the pros outweigh the cons and, though I don’t blog full time ya know, it rarely feels like “work” because it’s fun. Time consuming, yes, but not work. And when you say you want to move you’re totally talking about Pittsburgh, right? 😉

  • Reply
    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    September 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Great post! Very informative 🙂

  • Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    September 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    This was SUCH a great post and I agree with everything that you said girlfriend! I love the mobility and being able to work in my Pjs! I also find that I work longer and harder than any office job though…but it’s so fun that I totally don’t mind! So pumped that we are full timers together! 🙂

  • Reply
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    September 3, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Totally agree with everything you said. It’s a lot of work but if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. And yeah, it’s great to work for yourself and be able to do it from anywhere but it’s absolutely hard sometimes to realize it is time to stop!

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    You made a good transition and listened to your (gluten free) gut. So pumped at the upcoming initiatives and you said it- you make an epic teacher.

    Checking out Canada’s version of craigslist for THM slave.

1 2 3 4

Leave a Reply

FREE 10 Day
Stress Relief Challenge!

Join 10,000+ members of the THM Community and get my free 10 day stress relief workbook.