Blogging Is Real Work

Blogging Is Hard Work“So, what do you do ALL day?”

That’s a question I hear all the time. Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I almost always hesitate – not because I’m ashamed – but because I know that about 1,000 more questions are about to follow.

This isn’t anything new though. My title at my last job was “Business Valuation Analyst,” and that always led to about 1,000 questions whenever I said it. I would always explain, and there would always be blank stares back at me.

I don’t “just” blog, but I don’t think any other bloggers do either. Blogging entails a lot of work, and I think those outside of the blogging world don’t know about everything else that goes on behind the curtains.

Even though blogging can be a lot of work, I do enjoy it a lot (the same goes for many bloggers) and so it’s not like I’m dreading the time I spend blogging.

However, there is a reason why many bloggers don’t last past 6 months, it’s because there is so much that goes on behind the scenes! Not everyone is cut out for blogging. Also, money never comes right away, often years pass before a blogger can make some money.

Below are some of the things that happen when you have a blog. Remember that most bloggers do freelancing work outside of blogging, and they mainly have their blog as a platform for the freelancing services that they offer. So, a lot of work goes into blogging, but even more probably goes into the other services that a blogger offers.

Creating content.

Of course, you need content if you are going to be a blogger. And, you want high-quality content. If your content sucks then no one will read it and blogging would just be pointless.

I remember one time someone asked me what I do all day because they said that writing a blog post probably only takes 5 minutes. I had to laugh when I heard that!

If it only took 5 minutes to write a blog post, I would have a ton of free time. I usually spend hours writing a blog post, and many times I go back days later to read it again.

You also need a good headline, which I am probably the worst at. Coming up with a good headline can take a lot of time!

Then you need more content.

Even if you can write, you need a lot of content in order to have a blog that people keep coming back to. This is one of the reasons why many bloggers don’t make it past the 6 month mark – they run out of ideas for blog posts and no longer have the passion for it.

Also, most bloggers don’t have just one website. Many have several, and offer many other services. I don’t really know of any blogger who lives only off of one blog alone – it would be very difficult. If you have multiple websites, then you will need articles on all of these websites.

I have over 5 websites, and I also manage websites for many others. It takes a lot of time to manage it all!

Many bloggers are also starting to do podcasts, YouTube videos, radio/TV interviews and writing ebooks, which means that you will need even more content. Podcasts and interviews take time, and you need a great personality for it as well.

You will need to do research.

Just like if you were doing a school paper, research will need to be done. If you spew out random information then you should have facts to back up your claims.

You will need to know about SEO.

I am horrible when it comes to SEO, but it is something that I am slowly learning more and more about.

Many successful bloggers are great when it comes to SEO, and I think their SEO skills helped them get to where they are a little bit more quickly than someone who knows nothing about SEO.

Networking and marketing.

This is not a requirement of blogging, but networking is something that I like to do and I enjoy. I think that if you never networked, then it would be hard for you to become a successful blogger.

Networking means that you may have to have a Twitter account, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and more. You have to actually manage each one and that can be time-consuming.

Networking also means that you should try to attend blog-related conferences, such as FinCon. They are a ton of fun though 🙂

I like reading and commenting on blogs. For some reason, many people don’t believe that reading and commenting can bring enjoyment, but it actually does. I like to be nosy and read about other bloggers’ lives, and I like to chime in and comment as well. I almost always go back and see if there was a reply to my comment to.

Recently, I was talking to Holly and she explained why she likes to comment, and she said it perfectly. She said that since she works from home, reading and commenting on posts are her form of socializing with others, which is exactly how I feel.

You also have to run it like a business.

You might need an office, to start a company (such as an LLC), do your own taxes, hire other workers, and so on. The list goes on and on and this is pretty much all of the boring stuff that goes on with blogging as well.

Other things that go into blogging:

  • You need a design for your website.
  • You might have technical difficulties with your website that need to be handled ASAP.
  • Formatting posts.
  • Images for content.
  • You need to figure out how you will actually make money.

 

What else am I forgetting?

Do you think blogging is easy or a way to make a quick buck?

 

Photo credit: I found the photo on Pinterest and searched all over for the original owner. Could not find the person but the picture is amazing and perfect for this article.

Positives Of A Location Independent Job

Positives Of A Location Independent JobI know I say this all the time, but I really love what I do. Being able to work for myself and do what I actually enjoy is completely different from how it used to be.

It feels very similar to a retired lifestyle, but you know, of course, I still have to work!

Here are the many positives of having a location independent job.

I am able to work from home if I want to.

I love being able to work from home. I know that some don’t and would rather work in an office, but I don’t think I will ever understand that 🙂

Working from home is just so much more comfortable, and I also don’t have to spend time commuting to work and spending the extra money in car costs to do so.

I can also work while I am traveling.

This is both a positive and a negative, but I’m fine with it regardless. Being able to work while traveling is a negative because I always feel like I need to work!

We have been thinking about going on a cruise, but the thought of me not being able to work because of expensive cruise ship internet is something that I have been hesitant about.

If I go on a trip, all I need to make sure I have is internet. And free wi-fi is always best. I work on almost all of my trips, which is nice because I can bring in money while also enjoying a new city.

I can pick up and go.

This one is related to the two above, but I wanted to further explain this one. Since I can work from wherever, this also means that I am not tied down to living in one place. We haven’t decided yet, but we have been thinking about moving to a new place (such as near a beach or lake) and since I can work from wherever this is possible.

I like having the option of being able to live in different areas of the country because I’m not tied down because of a job.

I only need my laptop.

In order for me to work, all I need is my laptop. Well, and internet. It doesn’t cost very much for me to run my business, and I can just pick everything up and move it easily.

Do you have a location independent job? Do you wish you did?

 

Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your Passion

Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your PassionWhenever I tell someone that I left my day job to pursue what I want in life, I usually hear a lot of excuses about why they could never do the same.

There are so many excuses that I hear each time, but I won’t lie – I used to tell myself the same or similar excuses all the time. I finally just had to force myself to take the leap before it actually happened and seemed real.

I’m not saying that you should go into your job tomorrow and quit your job right away. I think you should always have a plan if you can and have the opportunity to do so. Thinking about income, expenses, emergency funds, taxes, health insurance and so on are all important things to think about before you make the leap.

Here are several excuses that you may be using.

 

I’m not rich enough to do that.

When I first made the switch to self-employment, someone actually had the nerve to say to my face that it “must be nice to have parents fund your lifestyle.” I had to laugh. This person obviously had no idea who I am or what my story is.

I don’t think being rich has anything to do with following your passion. Yes, it may make it easier to follow your passion if you have millions of dollars, but you also might just need a better plan.

You might need to work on your passion in your spare time, you might have to build up an emergency fund, you may have to pay off your debt, and so on before you leave your day job, but I think it is possible with hard work.

Even if you have to return to school to achieve your goals, some universities have programs in place that will help you to pay for the cost of tuition. Keep in mind that you might have the chance to take your degree courses online, so you will not have to quit your current job, pay the cost of commuting, and take on a mountain of debt in order to go back to school.

When you enter a degree program that features a tuition reduction option, you can save money while working towards your dream. If you’ve always loved detective shows and have an interest in law enforcement, then you could pursue a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice, which will open you up to a whole list of new opportunities.

 

What if it doesn’t work out?

So many people are afraid that it won’t end well if they go for their passion.

Well, guess what?! You won’t know until you try!

If you have the time and money, then creating a backup plan wouldn’t hurt you. Not all businesses and ventures work out, and for all you know, you might end up hating your passion.

 

I have no one to help me reach my goal.

I didn’t have anyone help me! I believe that success all comes from hard work. If it wasn’t a hard goal to reach, then I don’t think it’s much of a goal.

Do things on your own and you will appreciate it much more.

P.S. Have you read about the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents? She didn’t want to follow their rules (such as a curfew) so she decided to move out, and she decided to sue so that they would STILL PAY FOR HER COLLEGE AND EXPENSES. Seriously, read this. I bet this girl will use the excuse “I had no one to help me reach my goal.”

 

I’ve already put so much money and time towards _____….

This goes along with the excuse of “It’s too late.” Some don’t want to change their major, change their job, etc. because they are afraid of the progress that they’ve already made.

Trust me, I had the same excuse. I worked at my day job for three years and even though that’s not very long, I felt very stuck. I didn’t want to go backwards and I was afraid of ruining what I already had. However, I knew with each day that passed that it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t want to waste anymore days.

 

I don’t have the time.

I hear the “I don’t have time” excuse ALL THE TIME. You probably do have time to pursue your passion. Yes, you might have to try it out during your spare time. You might have to work long hours. You might have to make sacrifices.

Not all passionate jobs came easily!

 

What excuses have you heard?