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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?

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish
    September 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Love this post!! And you are ROCKIN’ it. Keep on doing what you love b/c you’re amazing at it!!!!

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    September 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Agreed on all of these! I especially love the part you said about continuously learning new things every day. It’s so true and I hadn’t thought about it until you pointed it out.

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    September 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    ummmmm work currently does not feel like play lol. it will someday.
    you already know the deets about the brand i want to make. i think that that journey will (hopefully) be the most fulfilling thing i ever do. i love blogging and want to incorporate it into that biz, but i also want to step up my own blog game. 🙂 people like you inspire me! xo

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I so agree with errthang you said, especially that work feels like play. Blogging full time is my DREAM. Love ya!

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    Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE
    September 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    The blogging community. It’s just wonderful!! We’re all so supportive of each other and I don’t even know if I would still be blogging if it wasn’t for them! Love all your reasons! Wherever your dream place to live is, make it happen girl! It sounds like you totally will make it happen too 😉 You totally leave an imprint on readers. Which is why I follow your blog! Not just because your another blogger! Have a great day, Davida!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Love this post!!! I don’t know how you were able to articulate everything I feel, but you did. You’re right… sometimes it’s hard to unplug and stop working. However, I never have the passion in my “real” job as I have with my blog. Hopefully, some day my blog will be my “real” job. 😉

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    September 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Just like your cons of blogging post, I couldn’t agree more with every one of these! Being your own boss rocks, especially because you have the amazing opportunity to go with your gut whenever decisions need to be made, and that’s one of my favorite things about blogging. It’s also scary to be totally in charge of your own brand! If you make a poor move, you are the only one left to clean it up. At the end of the day we are so lucky that our work = our play. Annndd I wanna know where you have your sights set to live!! Is it LA?!? I’d be so happy. Or maybe we should both just move back to NYC…

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    [email protected] Apple of My Eye
    September 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Being a full-time blogger is a total dream for me, so you sharing a glimpse of what your day is like is super fun for me! I love and completely agree with all the pros you listed, especially the community aspect of it!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Love this! You inspire people to believe they too can achieve this if they work hard 🙂

    And think you needed to start with the negatives – those are the realities people don’t tend to or want to hear!

    Onwards and upwards!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    September 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

    thanks for sharing the other side of blogging Davida – its really inspiring 🙂

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    September 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I’ve literally sent that same picture to my snapchat friends (sans puppy) because, when I’m not in the kitchen, I’m working from bed LOL. So glad I’m not the only one.
    Most times, blogging is a crazy-fun challenge for me and I forget that it’s supposed to be a (part-time) job but other times – like this week when I had to move, apartment hunt, move again and help with first year orientation stuff – I just wish I could request vacation time from blogging 😐

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    September 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Loving it, lady! The biggest pros for me are definitely being able to set my own hours and be my own boss… but those just happen to be some of the biggest cons as well 😆 I hear ya about working into the wee hours of the morning and having a hard time NOT working. I always feel weird telling people what I do for work because it honestly doesn’t feel like work to me. Love that you’ve been seeing so much success 🙂

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