Sometimes I feel like an ItWorks! rep. Seriously, I’m scoffed at and not taken seriously on the daily. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have sluffed me off and told me ”blogging is not a real job.” Not going to lie, it stings a little, but it got me thinking. Why do people feel this way? What is it that makes a job “real” or not? How do people think this whole blogging thing actually works? There’s obviously some misconceptions out there considering I’ve been told more times than not “blogging isn’t a real job,” and I’d love to clear things up!
Full warning, this post is going to contain some satire. Carry on if you dare.
10 Reasons Blogging isn’t a REAL Job
- There is no time card- you don’t clock in at 7 am when you sit at your desk (or couch) and open up your laptop.
- You are your own boss. You don’t report to a manger, and you certainly don’t have anyone to cover your shift!
- You can’t slack off- and before you say ”well I work at a store and I can’t slack off either” yes you can. You can choose to give it your all or not, either way you still get paid for clocking in and out.
- PAY. IS. NOT. CONSISTENT. NOR. GUARANTEED. Okay this one changes depending on how big your blog grows (hello passive income), but in the beginning, nothing is certain! You can put 80 hours of work in for the week and not make a single penny.
- Please refer to reason number 4 again (:
- Blogging is NOT a 9-5 job. It’s an eat, sleep, and breathe it kind of job. If you don’t work your BUTT off, you will not make it- plain and simple.
- There is no set way to succeed, and no magic formula to follow. There’s a handful of things you should be doing, but it ultimately takes a whole bunch of trial and error.
- You have to find what works for YOU. When I worked at a retail store, I was given certain tasks to complete during my shift. Easy peasy. But with blogging? Nobody gives me a list, nobody tells me what I need to do. I have to figure it out on my own!
- CONSISTENCY IS KEY. (and also what I am sooo bad at, the irony) When you work at Mcdonalds, you don’t have to be consistent. Sometimes you give people the sauce they ask for, and sometimes you don’t. Either way, you’re getting your paycheck.
- No days off. You don’t get vacation days, you don’t get holidays. You don’t get time and a half should you decide to work holidays. It’s a 24/7 grind until you make it!
To put it simply, if I don’t put in the effort I don’t get paid. I slacked off the past few weeks and in turn you can imagine the money I’ve made is minuscule, if any. What I’m trying to get out there is that blogging is hard. Very hard. It’s not something you can just do when you feel like it and expect to make money. It is by no means a get rich quick deal. People see the glamorous lives these big bloggers have and think it was easy to get there. What you don’t see is all the time, effort, failed sites, remodels, rebranding, and trial and error that takes place. It’s a constant challenge. Things are always changing and the internet is a cut throat place!
So if your idea of a real job is punching the clock and taking orders from someone else, than yes- blogging is definitely not a real job. But if you want to be your own boss, work hard so you can reap the blessings later, and own your life- blogging could be right for you (: