When it comes to blogging I think that most people assume that the end goal is to become a full time blogger. However, for me that is not the case and I enjoy my career currently whilst being a hobby blogger in my spare time. When Jenny from Jenny in Neverland began her hobby blogging series (an example of one of them you can read here) it got me thinking about my experience of being a hobby blogger.
I have always been the type of person that likes to be doing multiple things. For example, working and blogging. It is just who I am and I wouldn’t say I get “bored” if I was just doing the one thing but I am just interested in multiple things. However, it is totally fine if you are the opposite, we are all different. I am perfectly happy and I have some big future aspirations in my own career outside of blogging that I want to achieve.
Being a hobby blogger does not come easy though let me tell you, and this is why I thought it would be interesting to share some insight into working full time and blogging in any spare time I get. To do this I decided to split it into 6 pros and cons (3 pros and 3 cons to be precise).
Why I am happy being a hobby blogger
As I have mentioned above when people begin blogging there seems to be this assumption that it will eventually lead into being a full time blogger. However, in my current life I do not share this feeling/view. For me I don’t have any intention of turning this into my full time job. Now that is not to say in the future I won’t change my mind, but for now I like having my career separated from doing this.
I personally love using my spare time writing and sharing content and for me that is enough. It is a hobby and it is time for me to step away from work and do something I enjoy.
Anyway I am going to get into the pros first of hobby blogging.
There is no pressure
I mean technically if this is your job I guess you have control too, but for me there would be that certain amount of pressure. Whether that be to post regularly due to expectations, or create content because you need the money and to secure work with brands.
For me I don’t need to have this pressure because I am not relying on this for my income, I am writing purely as I love it. I also don’t feel the pressure to post every week or even more than once a week.
I am able to post once a week which is enough for me to not feel overwhelmed alongside my full time job. Therefore, definitely a pro to not have this pressure and I guess that is why it is a hobby.
Earn some extra money
Another pro is that if I do work with brands or on sponsored work it is a bonus for me. A way to have that experience of working with brands I love but also add extra money into my savings (which is always a win).
I don’t know if there is a myth that being a hobby blogger you don’t want to earn money from your blog at all. However, for me I just don’t want to have this as my full time job but I am happy to work with it part time and still earn a little income from it.
Connect with other people and make a difference
I know I kind of cheated a little here to combine two points in one but they do fit together. Basically being a hobby blogger can (I guess being a blogger in general) help me connect with other people.
Sometimes with an office job or any job you might not necessarily connect with those you work with because it is just a “job”. You do your job to get your pay whereas, as I am blogging as a hobby it is because I enjoy it. I want to write and blog in my spare time and this then connects me with others that feel the same. I love the blogging community and I have had the wonderful opportunity to speak with others that I would never have spoken to if I didn’t blog.
Not only this but through the blogging community I like to share my thoughts or tips and advice. If I can make a difference in one person’s life then I am happy with that.
You have set days or hours to write
For me inspiration comes at any moment and if this happens I have to write it down immediately. Also I cannot choose a day to dedicate to writing, normally I write on a Sunday. This is because I work Monday to Friday in my day job. This does limit me because I might be inspired and in the mood to write on a Wednesday but I can’t.
Therefore, I guess being a hobby blogger gets limited in this case because I cannot work on days when inspiration randomly hits me, or if I want to be more creative. It has to be just on a set day that I don’t work.
I invest my spare time for free
Being a hobby blogger means I invest a lot of time with no reward. Now I don’t think everything has to be about money, this is my hobby and I love it and love reading comments or just even if someone reads this for fun.
However, I pay for my website, I write the posts, plan, spend time promoting and so on. Therefore, it is nice to get feedback or a reward for this effort sometimes. I hope that makes sense. For example, with my running I love signing up for races and then receiving that medal as I cross the finishing line. It is not just about that medal but it does make you feel good.
I do think though that comments or people sharing my content is rewarding as well, and being able to connect with others as I have mentioned. So I guess being a hobby blogger can feel like a lot of hard work and graft, but I still love it so in terms of pros and cons I guess my love for it outweighs that.
It can be time consuming
There are a lot of assumptions with blogging and the amount of times I have had conversations with people who have stated that all I do is “write something quick and post” don’t understand how much behind the scenes you have to do.
For example, coming up with a title, thinking about key words, SEO, photos, editing a cover photo, thinking about how the website looks, and thinking about the content you want to create.
I guess in a way you could say “well you are just a hobby blogger” and that is true, maybe I don’t need to focus on these things. However, considering I post once a week it is not too bad, plus I do still want my posts to do well and for others to enjoy them. My main point is blogging is not an easy task and people that don’t blog need to understand that sometimes. Us bloggers work damn hard, and we all deserve the credit (even being a hobby blogger).
There you have it a little insight into my thoughts and feelings of being a hobby blogger and I am sure there might be other thoughts but these are just some that come to mind. I love blogging, I love the blogging community and this is I guess a little snippet into my life in case anyone wants to know about not wanting to be a full time blogger.
Do you blog for a hobby? What are your thoughts of blogging?
Gemma Jayne x