A recent conversation I had with an acquaintance went a little something like this…
“So what do you do now?”
“Oh, I’m a stay at home and I’m also a blogger.”
“Oh, so you write stuff?”
“Yes, actually I write a lot, I have a website, I run social media accounts and connect with thousands of people!”
“Hmm…So is blogging like, your job?”
I know she didn’t mean any offence by this question and it got me thinking that a lot people have no idea what blogging is and that it’s a real job. I actually had no idea what blogging was before I became a blogger myself so I know there are a ton of misconceptions out there.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while to help people understand this “job” a little better and if there’s anyone that is wanting to start their own blog maybe this can give you a little insight.
What is a blog?
According to dictionary.com, a blog is “a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.”
I used to think a blog was just like an online diary of sorts but it’s really so much more than that. I use my blog to share my life experiences but I also use it work with brands to review their products.
How can blogging be a job?
The blogging world has changed so much in the last decade or so with the rise of social media sites. When I started reading blogs many years ago, they were usually people venting, ranting, or sharing their personal opinions about current events or their life experiences. Today, blogs are such a huge part of our lives and we may not even realize it. We constantly share articles on Facebook and Twitter that are actually blog posts and we pass them along as if they are news.
“So how can blogging be a job?” This is a question I get asked a ton and it’s also something I asked before I knew anything about blogging. Being a blogger is essentially being a freelance writer. Whether you write for your own website or someone else’s, you’re still a writer and you have opportunities for compensation.
Blogging is also considered a job because of the insane amount of work and hours it takes to pull it off. Not everyone dedicates the same amount of time to it, but I’d guess it takes about 35-40 hours a week on average. I’ve heard some people say upwards of 70 hours a week! What kind of hobby takes that much time?! If you’re working it like a full time job, then it’s a job, period. Doesn’t matter if it’s steady pay or not, it’s still a job. In fact, lots of bloggers are able to successfully quit their “day jobs” to blog full time and that should be evidence of how it’s the real deal.
I’m not here to tell you how to make money blogging because I’m still a newbie and am still learning myself but you can read this great post by Bethanie Garcia from The Garcia Diaries. It has tons of tips and great resources!
How & why did I start blogging?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl, it’s a real passion of mine. When I found blogs I knew this was going to be the way I shared my writing with others, even if no one read it, it’s fine because I got it all out. I went back and forth on it for many years and finally decided to start my journey on Instagram where I created a public account for all things motherhood. I used that account to gain traction and followers and after a year I launched this site.
Like I mentioned above, I’m a newbie. I’ve only been blogging for about 6 months or so and I don’t know it all, but I do know that I work very hard at it and it is my current job. On a daily basis I spend anywhere from 4-6 hours (sometimes more) working on The Simple Mom Life. I’m either on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or right here on my blog creating and promoting content. I do it because I love it, I want to and I am proud of it. I’m looking forward to meeting more bloggers, networking and soaking up as must knowledge as possible so I can make my blog better and reach a broader audience. It’s really exciting!
If you’re not a blogger why does this matter?
Okay so if you’re not a blogger and have no plans to become one, why should you care about any of this right? Well, because you might have friends that are bloggers! Remember up there where I had a conversation with an acquaintance that had no clue what blogging is? That’s why it matters!
Support your blogging friends because it’s not easy sharing our lives publicly. Yes, it’s our choice but it’s still not easy. We work very hard and most of us can’t pay our bills on just blogging paychecks so keep that in mind as well. Every blogger is on their own journey and has their own professional goals so instead of talking down to us, take us seriously and ask us about our work. We love to talk about it!
The best way to show support is reading our posts and following along on social media. It means everything to a blogger for people to go to their post and read it. Trust me, we check our site numbers constantly because we want people to visit and actually read what we write. Like our Facebook posts, watch our snaps and stories on Instagram, and click on those links we share! It really makes all the difference for a blogger when our regular non-blogger friends and family like our stuff and share it with others.
“The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.” – Jeff Jarvis