Is blogging the best job in the world? Hmm, not that I’m biased or anything, but I think it comes close for me.
I read a survey recently about the jobs that the next generation are most keen to do. Being a blogger made it into the top five on that list. It’s funny as when I was little, this wasn’t even a thing, people barely even had computers back then let alone the World Wide Web!
My kids see me doing this, but I have to say, they’ve not expressed any desire to be bloggers. Maybe they see the time that goes into it?! Currently, the 7 year old wants to be an RSPCA vet and the 4 year old wants to be a zookeeper. Or a superhero ideally. These change regularly, of course.
Getting The Job
There is no application process for this one. You needn’t spend hours polishing up your CV before becoming a blogger and no previous qualifications are needed. Anyone can start a blog, often for free, though if you’re in this for the long haul and the job, best to pay a little at the outset for self hosting and then you’re away. Yes, you need to be prepared to spend hours reading and making sense of this whole new world, getting used to so many social media platforms and putting yourself out there with your posts and chatting and connecting, but it is something that anyone can do, right now.
There are downsides to being a blogger. Days can be spent chasing up emails, invoices or dealing with technical issues. None of these are my favourite things to do, and I am all about the front end of blogging, the stuff that you guys see rather than the tech-side. You might be unfortunate and get hacked which from personal experience is hours of stress and worry.
Sometimes inspiration simply does not strike when you’re sat there, fingers poised over the keyboard and that can be very frustrating especially if it’s a post you need to write. And though this may be something that I need to get better at myself, it is a tricky job to turn off. There are no set hours and with social media forming a big part of it, you can be working every day from first thing in the morning into the evening and through holidays, though it’s up to you to pick your time.
The work and income is rarely predictable. You might have a few contracts or clients for longer term work which allows you to predict it, but more often than not, things change month to month. Building several income streams is the way to go here, I’m working on it!
The Job Itself
But then there is the good stuff.
1. Being your own boss and getting to choose the projects that you work on. If I like something, I say yes, if I don’t I turn it down, simple as that. Aside from collaborations (pretty important as it keeps me paid!) I can then write as I please.
2. I can work in my pyjamas and it’s totally OK. In fact a close friend of mine makes a good living sharing pics of herself in her dressing gown! (she does do a lot more than this, I hasten to add, but that dressing gown is definitely a star all on its own).
3. Your family get to experience things that they wouldn’t necessarily do otherwise. We have been to so many theme parks, shows, minibreaks and attractions that to be honest, we wouldn’t have been able to afford if not for me blogging about them, and some we simply wouldn’t have known about or thought to try. On top of that, there are the latest products that we get sent to review and share, which is always fun.
4. There’s no daily commute. Sometimes there might be travelling to an event or meeting, but see point 1 there – only if you choose to do that work.
5. The camaraderie. The blogging community is a wonderful place. You know people even when you don’t know people, and then some people you really do get to know and they become friends.
6. For me, as it’s a big part of my blog and social media, I get stationery sent to me. Enough said.
7. You get to spend time on Pinterest and Instagram and it is called ‘work’. Yep, you’re totally justified in spending hours there.
8. People read you. Some people actually listen to what you have to say. Now, I’m not delusional here as I am sure no-one would notice if I didn’t blog for weeks, but there are people who connect with you through what you write, and connecting is always a lovely thing.
9. It is fun. Yes, there are days when it’s as I mentioned above, but on the whole the job is fun. Take a few things I’ve done over the past couple of weeks in the name of work; read some books that I wanted to share here, vlogged about all the fab things I’ve received in the post, chatted on Instragam and baked a cake. Not bad.
10. The flexibility. This is the biggie. I can book out holidays whenever I want to, go to as many school workshops and assemblies as they throw at me, be there on every school-run, down tools for half term, write after the kids go to bed, work as the kids are playing around me, put as many hours in as I have available and then slow it down when I’ve other things I need to do. This makes it completely fabulous to me.
What do you think? Is blogging the best job in the world?