I was at a small blogging conference a few months back and it was really cool in many ways. One day we were offered several break out sessions where speakers shared tips on perfecting our craft. For some reason a woman who has found some success on YouTube but admitted she didn’t blog much was chosen to speak about how bloggers can grow and improve their social media channels. I must admit I was not impressed with her tips. Not every break out session is gonna impress everyone at a blogging conference, that’s totally fine. What got under my skin during her presentation was when she said “Make sure you have your Linkedin account up to date, because one of these days you are going to want a real job. Blogging is fun, but someday you are going to want to pay bills.” *little snooty laugh*
Um, excuse your face – but this is my real job….. and it is amazing.
I make more money now blogging than I did a few years ago at a fancy desk job that I needed a college degree on my resume to get. Now I work for myself and it is awesome. It’s not easy, I work hard for what I make and where I am. Blogging IS a real job and when done right it is as profitable as you want it to be. Honestly and truly. While I certainly don’t, I know bloggers that make six figures….. in money. That’s pretty awesome for something that isn’t a real job.
I enjoyed my old job sometimes, it had awesome benefits and a great Christmas party. But it had some restrictions too. I was required to wear fancy office clothes and had to be there at certain times… and had to STAY until certain times. If I didn’t follow those rules they would tell me I didn’t need to come in anymore but that they would stop paying me. It was a great job, don’t get me wrong; but so is blogging.
Blogging is kind of anything I want it to be now. I make my own hours. Sometimes I dress up fancy, but usually I blog in my jammies. I am able to homeschool and volunteer in my kid’s classrooms. I am able to take days off whenever I want. I am able to write just because I think something is fun or helpful or I have opportunities for sponsored content – both are profitable in different ways. I am able to monetize everything from birthday parties, to vacations, to rants about how I hate sending Christmas cards (yes, I made money off that little diddy). I have the opportunity to take on a couple more sponsored posts when I want to make a little extra money one month. I can switch out ads to those I think might be more profitable, I can write a quick post and add in affiliate links, and sometimes I just decide to raise my rates. It’s really nice being your own boss. Right now I have three littles so while I work quite a lot, I actually don’t work as hard as I could. It’s nice to know I have that flexibility, and someday if I am still interested, I know there is space to grow.
While my old job had medical and dental insurance as a benefit, blogging sent me to Costa Rica and Mexico and a whole bunch of other places. Costa Rica for a week is better than medical and dental all year right? I suppose that is debatable…. but Costa Rica was awesome.
Anyway, I really want to know what she was thinking. Like, does she think we all just gathered because this is our hobby? I suppose some of the folks in attendance were hobby bloggers. But typically grown people don’t take time out of their busy schedules for a conference to goof off or for ‘free stuff’ / samples. I go to blogging conferences because this is my job. I want to connect with those who would like to partner and I want to know how to do my job better. Goody bags are awesome, and socializing is fun, but neither of those are ever why I choose a conference.
I’m not upset that I was out some money for this particular conference, I wasn’t out anything except time. My conference ticket was paid for and the organizers were kind enough to provide rooms at the hotel for my family for two nights as well as paying me to help promote. I’m not going to name the conference because the organizers were very good to me. I am not out any money, I came out quite a bit ahead, I just wish the organizers hired speakers that took bloggers seriously. If they want professional bloggers to attend, they probably shouldn’t hire speakers who treat what they do as a joke.
What’s more…. I haven’t updated my LinkedIn in an embarrassingly long amount of time. My new blog (uh, it’s over two years old) isn’t even mentioned on it. I have never once had someone contact me through LinkedIn – I get ‘endorsements’ daily but I mean what is that? Is it like Klout pluses or whatever they were called? This is nothing really against LinkedIn, I just don’t need it at the moment …. because I have a real job.
Have you ever wanted to start your own blog? You totally should – whether for fun or so you can work at home and make money all while being accused of just goofing around on the internet! You can totally start your blogging career (or hobby) here —->