I’m In Awe Of Full-Time Bloggers

I have total admiration for anybody that decides to blog full-time to earn their living and make it their sole income. It’s a very brave move and one that I’m not sure I would take. However, there were times last year when I could have been tempted to make that leap, but for a few reasons I didn’t.

2017 was definitely an eye opener for me. The opportunities that have come my way have certainly made me at times think that I could do this for a full-time living.

Around March of 2017 the opportunities started to arrive in my inbox, but they were different, and out of the blue. Larger PR companies and the brands themselves started to email me. If I’m really honest it scared me to death.

Why you may wonder?

Well because all of a sudden we were talking a much higher level of budget and I simply didn’t have a clue, I’m sure some of my blogger friends must have got bored with me asking what sort of price do you charge for this and that. Thankfully they were able to help and put me on the right track, but OMG! I had to learn quickly. Even now I’m sure I get my pricing all wrong at times, and I am probably not brave enough when giving a price at times.

Both my wife (Twin Mummy And Daddy) and myself have earned a decent amount of money from both blogs and they have enabled us to have a better than average lifestyle, which has included two holidays and some luxuries that would we could not of possibly afforded normally in 2017, but deciding to do this full-time is another story altogether. I just don’t feel it’s guaranteed money every month.

For example, we are now in the second week of January and I personally have not had any sponsored work of any consequence. This worries me and basically stops me deciding to blog full-time, but thankfully I still have my other job of painting and decorating. One thing blogging has helped with, is that I am now a little bit more choosy as to what decorating jobs I take on. Blogging has enabled me to split my week differently and nowadays I usually spend a couple of days a week blogging, and the rest of the week painting and decorating.

The big question for me is will I ever make the leap to full-time blogging and rely on it entirely to make a living? The chances are no, because I like to feel secure knowing that I will always earn a living, and painting and decorating is that security to earn a living. For me being a blogger full-time just doesn’t feel secure enough, but I have also worked hard to build up a successful painting and decorating business for over 20 years. So to give it all up after 20 years would be a difficult decision. If I was truthful I’m not sure I want to give it up.

My admiration for Pro Bloggers is immense for all of that. They believe so strongly in themselves, that making a living from blogging is the way to go. I wish I had their confidence and belief. I have nothing but respect for somebody that has made that leap into full-time blogging. Becoming a full-time blogger, I actually stand in awe of their self belief.

Do you want to become a full-time blogger? Or are you happy to just to do it part-time to boost your normal income?

Are you a full-time blogger and was it the best decision you ever made?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

9 thoughts on “I’m In Awe Of Full-Time Bloggers

  1. I would love to be a full time blogger just so I could be at home with my kids. The other side of it is the company I now work for has full benifits and a pension plan which really comes in handy.

  2. I couldn’t imagine ever doing it. I could never see it as a reliable income, and I’m lucky that my job does give me time to write, even if I do work 30 hours a week. But still, you never know what the future holds. Good luck with it, and I really hope you can keep earning enough from this to give yourself a better life.

  3. At the moment I’m happy going it as a hobby but hopefully in the future. Yes I would like to become a well known blogger and make a jump.

    As for the income side of it. Tbh I don’t know what I’m doing really. Google ads and amazon affiliate are my only links. But nothing is coming from them.

    I have had a few posts that I was paid to do post. But I have stopped this as it I was o lyndoing it for the money and it wasn’t what I wanted on my blog.

    I too admire full time bloggers. Not known what to expect every month and totally relying on brands and ads ect. So well done to all the pros out there that do this for a living.

  4. Just like yourself, I’m self employed too. There are so many reasons I’d live to blog full time, but then at the same time I know I have great momentum behind my daytime job that I’d be daft to stop it… at the moment.
    One day I’ll re assess this though.

  5. Going full time remains the best decision I’ve ever made career wise, but it was a massive gamble. I left a well-paid job and was/am the family’s only earner so it was potentially reckless.

    I didn’t really care at the time though as I was so stressed and getting ill and that probably clouded my judgement. In a way, I should be thankful to my old job for making me so miserable that I was prepared to take the risk as I couldn’t be happier now!

    There are still stresses such as the uncertainty of whether I’m going to earn enough each month, but these are outweighed by the fact I get more time with my family.

  6. I’ve dabbled with blogging for years but never committed to it. I tried vlogging but that was too time consuming and actually took time that I could be spending with the kids so that has been abandoned (sort of replaced with Instagram) – even though I did enjoy the film making aspect of it. Now I am enjoying writing so I am determined to keep the blog going. But going full time – goodness no! It would take a seismic change for me to even consider it let alone do it.

  7. I’m a full time blogger and I truly believe I’ve finally found what it is I’m supposed to be doing. Not just writing a blog but helping, sharing and inspiring others in their blogging and parenting journeys.

    The flexibility for family time is the ultimate benefit and as I’ve written before, there’s plenty of time to make money, but your kids are only kids for a very short period of time. Blogging allows me to feel fulfilled and send all the time I need with my kids as they grow up.

    Money wise, I’m bloody skint! But family time outweighs money every time for me. Having enough to cover what I need to cover is an ongoing battle, however if I earned £100K a year I’d most likely live a life that still required a bit more money lol!

    I like the challenge, I like how it tests the confidence I have in myself to succeed and although I’m far away from where I want to be I’ve visualised the future and know where I’m going.

    It’ll all come out in the wash. 🙂

    1. You’re not alone – I work full time and I’m always bloody skint too! Thankfully I blog for a cathartic outlet and not money (yet, not saying I wouldn’t turn down a bit if it came my way but not my driving force).

  8. Its pretty impressive. I’m in awe at the amount of content that you are able to put out Nige, I can’t imagine the stress of relying on blogging as a primary source of income or how many years it must take to build up the following that must take. Cheers to all those that are able to pull it off

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