A few weeks ago, someone posed the question would you want your blog to be your job in one of my blogging groups.
That question got me thinking about my goals for this place and what I do and don’t want for this space.
While I do make a small amount of money (seriously, very small, like maybe a couple of Starbucks drinks per month) off the blog, any income I do receive is reinvested into the blog to do things like upgrade my theme, or buy fancy things so I can take nifty looking pictures (when I’m not feeling lazy).
I can’t imagine the amount of additional work I would need to do in order to make the big money like some bloggers are able to make. But – that’s absolutely not my goal.
Why Blogging Won’t Be My Full-Time Job
Since I’m penning a post about this, I figured my response should be a little be longer than merely, “I don’t want it to”. And, really, there has to be a reason behind that, right?!
Before I dive into my thoughts, let me say I know some people do have goals to have their online presence provide a full-time income and I think that’s absolutely awesome! That’s something that is right for them, but not right for me.
I also feel extremely #blessed and thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way as a result of this blog. When I started this site 2.5 years ago, I absolutely never imagined I’d receive some of the opportunities that have come my way.
I enjoy my job
I don’t talk much (or, at all) about my 9-5 job because it’s really not relevant to what I do here. I have a 4-year degree and also completed an articling program in order to do the job that I do. I put a lot of work into it and I’m really happy to say I found something I really enjoy doing. It has its ups and downs like any job, but I really am happy with both where I work and what I do.
(That said, I am considering providing information related to accounting and blogging in the future, since, you know, that’s what I do.)
I don’t believe in ‘unicorn’ careers
So often I’ve seen advice along the lines of “find something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”.
Based on my experience, it’s really not that simple.
When I was married, my husband and I started a photography business. He was extremely talented at photography, and I didn’t entirely suck, and I had a business and accounting background. Sounds like an awesome idea, right?!
Except, your hobby, your creative outlet, then becomes work and you can quickly lose the zest you previously had.
I do realize this isn’t the same for everyone, but, for me, turning something that I love and enjoy into a career is not something I’m looking to.
You can find balance in other ways
I consider myself extremely lucky that I’m able to have a full-time job that provides me the opportunity to be financially stable and pursue my hobbies.
I’m able to leave work on time every day so I can train for races, write blog posts, and update training plans for my clients.
I can use my vacation time to travel to races.
I’m lucky enough to have a job that supports my life but is not my life.
What about your run coaching business?
Hey – great question, Ange!
I never expect to make a living by selling training programs. I absolutely adore sharing information about running, and training, and all that jazz, so becoming certified and offering training programs was a logical step for me.
After paying back my investment, I plan to reinvest in the blog, offer periodic free training programs, and donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Sharing knowledge and giving back is what I’m about.
[Tweet “Should hobbies stay hobbies, or should you turn it into your job? #blogchat #realtalk”]
Tell me – would you turn your blog into your job? Why or why not?
Disclaimer: Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Your support is appreciated. Thank you!