Bloggers blog because we love it. It’s that simple. And with younger generations realising that it’s actually okay to do a job because you love it, the number of full-time bloggers is growing at the speed of about 100 megabits per second.
This is a wonderful thing. I’m absolutely delighted to see so many people realise their potential and make their dream a reality. The blogging industry is a new and unpredictable one, and the more of us that join it the stronger the world of blogging will be!
However, the rise in popularity of the full-time blogger aspiration poses a whole host of complications. The primary issue at hand is, ironically, the opportunity to become a full-time blogger in the first place.
You see, starting work as a full-time blogger is a paradox. I thought I’d make a fun graphic to sum it up:
Fun, right? Yeah. With this reality, I know (as someone who would love to blog part-time and maybe even full-time at some point) that it can be difficult to fathom even the possibility of creating a career out of blogging.
I wanted to write this post to acknowledge that, yes, there is a problem with full-time blogging: the route by which to do it is somewhat a paradox. When transitioning from working full-time to blogging full-time, you don’t send over an application, arrange an interview, accept a job offer and move from one consistent, regular salary to another.
But this doesn’t mean it’s unachievable or out of reach.
I’m not an expert on blogging, nor am I a full-time blogger, so, for likeminded creatives out there who dream of building a full-time blogging career as I do, here’s a quotation that I’m subscribing to in the mean time; I hope it helps you too.
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.
see also: kick self doubt in the balls really f*cking hard
Every single person out there who blogs – full-time, part-time, freelance or as a hobby – makes up the blogging industry. Let’s work together to build our industry and watch it grow from strength to strength. After all, it’s the product of a whole lot of love – you’ll reach your goal eventually. I promise.
photos: Kate La Vie, whose office I simply cannot get over