It’s no secret that I am immensely proud of my little corner of the internet. I’ve been blogging for four years and in that time, I’ve created something I believe is truly wonderful. I am in no way ashamed of this blog, so when people ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them, I can’t help but feel a little annoyed when eyebrows are raised.
According to Google, the definition of a job is ‘a paid position of regular employment’. Some people work in an office, some work on building sites, the list is endless. Typical types of employment such as those listed above aren’t belittled, so why is being a blogger so hard for society to accept?
I started blogging because I knew I had something to give, I knew I could help others whilst also providing myself with a creative outlet for my thoughts and feelings. In the beginning, the thought of earning an income from blogging seemed impossible. But then it happened, my first paid opportunity arose. I couldn’t believe that my little blog had been noticed, I couldn’t get my head around people wanting to hear my voice. When I received my first payment, it felt amazing. I had built something credible, a business that worked for myself and my family, the sky was the limit.
Most people who are self-employed have built their business from the ground up, just like me. I work long hours, fill in tax returns and declare my earnings just like the self-employed in more common roles. So please, tell me how blogging isn’t a real job?
I think about my work 24/7. It’s hard to switch off when you are self-employed. It’s not as easy as people think, there’s no such thing as receiving products for free or taking a day off just because you’ve got better things to do. Being a self-employed blogger is both a blessing and a curse, I can work from home and make the most of my time with my children, but if one of them is ill, or a deadline is looming, finding the balance is a struggle. I have no choice but to carry on and work no matter what life throws at me.
If I don’t work, I don’t earn anything. There’s no such thing as sick pay or compassionate leave in this neck of the woods. I have it easy you say? I think you’ll find your wrong, I don’t have the security net of an employment contract or a salary. My job is built purely on determination and sheer love of what I do.
Blogging is a real job, and anyone that suggests differently should think about the skills required to do what I and many other fantastic men and women in the blogging community do. So much goes into the work we do – photography, journalism, copy-writing, editing, promotion, branding, blog design, web design, marketing, networking, it’s exhausting just reading it all, isn’t it? Within larger companies, each task is delegated to a person or a department. Bloggers like myself do it all, ourselves. It’s full-time, and it’s full on, but it’s so worth it. I don’t think I could ever be as passionate about any other job as I am about being a full-time blogger, I wouldn’t change what I do for the world.
I may not earn thousands, some months I may earn nothing at all, but regardless of workload and earnings, my job is a real job, a job worthy of recognition, and a job that I will always defend to doubters.