It was a little over six years ago now, that I first tried my hand at blogging. As many of you know, before this one I had a family lifestyle blog called 3 Children and It. Without wanting to ‘blow my own trumpet’ it was relatively successful and by that, I mean that I had repeat readers, an engaged audience and was regularly nominated for blog awards.
I largely put its ‘success’ down to the fact that I didn’t shy away from sharing the nitty gritty of family life. In many ways, I wish that I’d had the guts to pursue my original blog. People need raw honesty in difficult times and the ‘me too’ aspect that blogging provides can feel like a breath of fresh air when you need it most. However, when my brood hit secondary school age, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that one day they might hate me for it, so this new blog was born.
You would think that after pursuing a hobby for six years, I would be 100% confident about owning it. I mean, why spend a good chunk of your week doing something if you’re not prepared to tell anyone about it?
After 6 years, blogging still makes me wince
Two things happened in the last month, to make me realise that I still haven’t got over this crippling embarrassment.
I was recently telling a friend how difficult I find answering the question: ‘What do you do?‘. The easy answer is: ‘I work part-time in our business and do some freelance social media management on the side‘. When my friend responded with the words ‘But isn’t your main role a blogger?‘ I winced. In fact I think that I physically recoiled!
The truth is, I don’t see myself as a Blogger (capital ‘B’ intended) and even after six long years, I do not feel comfortable talking about my blog in public, with real people.
This became apparent when I felt compelled to share a blog post on my personal Facebook profile a few weeks ago. I knew that some people might find the content helpful but I’m not lying when I say that I deliberated over whether to hit the ‘post’ button for about two hours prior!
Why is blogging something to be ashamed of?
Okay so we already know that my embarrassment is probably born out of my own ridiculous insecurities but what does everyone else think?
Something I’m becoming increasingly aware of, is that I am not the only person who sees blogging as something to be ashamed of. As more and more people are choosing blogging as a career, an increasing number of people are shouting out against it.
When my friend mentioned (not at all in a negative way I might add) that blogging is the thing that I do, yes I felt embarrassed but certainly not because I don’t think it’s a legitimate career.
Why is blogging not seen as a legitimate career?
Whilst I do make the occasional pocket money out of blogging, I don’t imagine it will ever be anything but a hobby for me (if I can’t tell my friends I write a blog then what chance do I have of hitting the big time?!).
For many people however, blogging is their one source of income and it’s proving to be a very lucrative one. If the ACA are now writing clear rules and guidelines around disclosure for bloggers and influencers, then they are recognising it as an increasingly popular career choice and we need to do the same.
Let me tell you, blogging for money is flipping hard work. To be a successful and lucrative blogger, you need to be super organised, confident, skilled with words, technically able, creative (photography is a big part of it), a good communicator and open to learning new skills (this online world moves so blooming fast).
If people are prepared to pay for someone to write good content and publish it on the internet, why shouldn’t it be seen as an acceptable career choice?
What’s the point?
You might well ask; in fact I ask myself this on a weekly basis where blogging is concerned. BUT I love writing and even though I only make a little pocket money from it, I don’t envisage giving up blogging any time soon.
To anyone who is making a living out of blogging however, I say good luck to you! If you can earn good money from something that you love doing, then why on earth wouldn’t you? I’ve come to the conclusion that the naysayers are either jealous or ignorant.
If you’re a blogger, do you come across a lot of negativity? If you’re not a blogger, what do you think about those who make a living out of it? I would love to hear your views.