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So you want to be a full time blogger?

Remember when you were a child and people would ask you what you wanted to be?

You’d say things like a Princess, or a giraffe, or a pop star.

A few years ago I used to say I wanted to be a full-time blogger. Now that kind of seems just as ridiculous as saying I wanted to be a kitten.

When I first started blogging I didn’t realise you could get sent items to review or get paid. When I found this out, I was instantly hooked. I wanted to get to the point where I was making money because I loved blogging so much, I was hoping one day it would turn into a full-time gig for me. I really struggle with authority and being told what to do. If someone tries to tell me to do something, I will to do the opposite. This is a terrible trait I have and can make my work life frustrating, so working for myself seemed ideal.

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When I first get an idea into my head, I’m like a dog with a bone. I push so hard and put so much time and effort in. After months and months of hard work, I still wasn’t making any money and the first time I worked with a brand, it wasn’t that great a deal for me. I got a little lost along the way and worked with a few of those shitty Chinese websites that sell cheap crap and send you $10 worth of stuff if you put 3 do follow links in a post.

I then started to realise the rules and guidelines, both legally and those relating to the mighty Google law.

I still wanted it and worked hard. But slowly that dream started to die. I did start to make money, which is fab. The thing is, this is never consistent. I think the most I’ve made in 1 month is £900. But the month after I can earn only £200. Which is great as a side hustle, but not so great as a full-time job.

I started to notice a few things about those that blogged full time.

Most of them wouldn’t just blog – they would have another source of income such as freelancing, web design, coaching or running other websites. Unless I wanted to study a new skill, I had nothing else to offer.

Another thing I noticed is that most of them we’rent actually making a full-time income. They were being supported by husbands, boyfriends, parents – making some money but not a full-time income (obviously these are just those that share what they earn – many don’t). I wouldn’t class earning less than £1000 after tax a full-time income. These people are lucky to be in that position, though it only made it seem harder for me to become a full-time blogger.

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Another thing I really hated is the idea that you don’t have sick pay or holiday pay. There’s no pension or other benefits. You earn what you earn and that’s it.

It’s just never really felt secure.

I’ve been slacking with blogging lately for a lot of reasons. I’ve just not had the time to put as much attention on it as I did before and because I knew I’d never end up making it a full-time job, I’ve started taking it a little less seriously.

There’s so many rules and etiquette that it can stop being fun.

But that dream I once had of blogging full time has started to rear its head in the last few weeks. I’m not sure what it was – I think it’s just how relaxed and easy it all felt in Zante. When I had time to blog and didn’t have to rush it. Or how much fun I had at the #BloggersBlogAwards surrounded by inspiring people.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I know it’s not going to happy still, but I still want to start taking blogging a little bit more seriously again.

Watch this space.

1. noun: a female blogger that writes about her own experiences, observations and opinions. 2. verb: to act like a complete idiot or to do something stupid. e.g: She did a Corinne.

12 Comments

  • Eloise

    I feel exactly the same as you, I’m finally inspired to blog more but I know I’ll never make it as a full time blogger. I think being my age (30 – gasp!) is a bit of a downfall too, as it saeems to be all the young whippersnappers who are making a living out of it.

    Also. I’ve done my time with those horrible Chinese sites too!

  • Shireen L. Platt

    I attempted to blog full time back in 2015 and it was the most stressful 6 months of my life and finally gave up because it’s just not worth it for me. I’ve been blogging for ‘fun’ ever since and while there are still some stress because I try to produce the best content, I enjoy the creative side of it.

  • Gabrielle

    It’s always interesting to read other bloggers’ thoughts on blogging full vs. part time! As you’ve said, what you’re earning makes it a great ‘side hustle’ (well put, haha). Have a great week Corinne!

    aglassofice.com
    x

  • Erin

    I loved this post, I wouldn’t ever try to full time blog for the reasons you mentioned, holiday pay, sick pay, lack of full security, For ages I felt out of the ordinary for not wanting this full time – the minute you see it as fun or a side gig It becomes enjoyable again! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • Becca

    I go through this a lot too. Sometime’s it’s very appealing to try and push to become a full-time blogger, but the security a full-time job gives me sways me away from it. It’s still very tempting though, looking forward to see what you get up to next!

    Becca x
    http://www.rawrrbecca.co.uk

  • Lucy

    An honest summary. I often dreaming of blogging full time but the reasons you have listed put me off. I think doing as a hobby means you get the best of all worlds. You could certainly do training x

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