Full-Time Blogging Isn't For Me.


In the 4 years I have now been blogging I think I have grown quite the platform from what essentially is still my hobby. Carpe Diem Emmie has exceeded all expectations of what I originally had planned. I spend more hours on my hobby then I do anything else. Despite it not being my job to write on Carpe Diem Emmie I have built a following of over 22K over the last 4 years which is incredible. And for now I don't plan on going full-time with my blog in the future.

The blogosphere in 2018 is very different to that one Zoe was apart of back in 2009. Back then the blogging community was extremely new and exciting. There were so many new and exciting ways of engaging with people and publishing a blog was pretty damn cool. It still is. But transport yourself to 2018 and what people acknowledge as a successful blogger is completely different. The goal posts for a blogger are different according to that individual person. All of us are having to work a lot harder to be able to create the perfectly polished blog. I am no exception. In 2018, more and more people are taking the plunge and turning to a freelance career, utilising all of the skills their blog has provided them with and using within a professional capacity. I do that but in my position as a Marketing Assistant, working 9-5 then rushing home to continue in building up my blog. It's a tough balance that I'm still to master so any tips would be massively appreciated.



Whilst I am championing those people who have the ability to take their blog from a hobby into a business, it isn't for everyone and that's ok. We see every day the next person announce on social media that they are leaving their 9-5 job for the Freelance world and good on them. Congratulations you've done it! It's incredible but there are so many people whose blog is still their hobby. A lot of my friends are doing and I am so proud of them because that's an amazing achievement.

Obviously, some of us would really like to be able to do our blog full-time but circumstances don't allow us to. It's also a big risk to take when you have numerous other responsibilities tied to you. Your blog is still as fun and as much hard work as a hobby as it would be being your full-time job.

I'm here to tell you the 5 reasons why it's ok for your blog to remain as your hobby and what I've learned from 4 years in this position.

01. I work full-time, therefore, I'm lucky to have a steady income in my account each month. I have huge anxieties over money, therefore knowing that I have to rely on an unpredictable income is kind of terrifying. I wouldn't want to worry about being able to pay my bills, being able to purchase my favourite foods on a weekly basis and a treat or two each month. Some people are able to manage this ok and do ok on a freelance wage but it's still unpredictable and not everyone pays you on time.

02. Working on your blog can be quite lonely and demanding. When you are quite the social butterfly that feeds off the energy around you it's not to everyone's cup of tea to work from home every day. I love a good lie in as much as the next person but it can be a struggle to motivate yourself out of bed. I'd probably spend a lot of my time indulging in unhealthy habits and I really don't want that for myself. I have a great office space at home which I utilise to it's full capacity at weekends but I couldn't work from those four walls all of the time. I could nip to a local coffee shop but that would mean around £5 or more a day on a bus ticket to the nearest cafe.

03. When you work with brands sometimes they are quite specific and combine that with writers' block and it's a complete nightmare. The freedom to be able to write to a more flexible schedule suits people more. Also not every brand when it's a paid collaboration pay you on time, chasing unpaid invoices is a nightmare.

04. You can spend your free time whisking off to events and cool press trips. I love all of the exciting things I have in the pipeline and using my weekends to experience those.

05. Blogging is a super cool hobby and you are part of an incredible community of people. Developing that into a full-time job is cool too but until then embrace your hobby for all it is.

So if you are still doing your blog as a hobby, awesome! Tell me your thoughts on a lot of people turning to Freelance careers or their blog becoming their full-time position!


25 comments

  1. Such a great post and a lovely change to hear someone still encourage blogging as a hobby rather than something to do in order to go freelance. I definitely struggle to balance time between working life, personal life and then blogging but it is definitely something I am focused on improving this year. Also, very informative points for anyone thinking to go freelance. You don't often hear these things unless it's on Twitter about someone still chasing up invoices.

    Jess x

    www.The-REDO.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for your positive comment Jess, it's so important and I'm glad more people agree with this idea of the hobby rather than the career. I just hope that some people read this and don't feel the pressure to turn to going freelance but in fact remembers this is an unstable career to go into :) xx

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  2. Great post!! We're the same, we love our blog as a hobby and don't want it to ever be our full time job. It's great seeing it grow through all the effort we put in but full time isn't for us.

    M xx

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    1. Hi girls, thanks for your comment! Yes - I think it's just as wonderful to see what you can achieve from a hobby rather than a career. Keep doing what you do :) xx

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  3. I like keeping my blog as a little hobby on the side and that hardly anyone knows about. It's something to fill my evenings and weekends that makes me happy - why should I feel any pressure to make it a career?

    Mel ✨
    http://meleaglestone.co.uk
    @meleaglestone

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    1. Yeah exactly Mel - why should we pursue careers when having it as a hobby is just as fun and important?! xx

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  4. This is such a great post!! It's great to see bloggers earn from their hobby, but I find it rather forced when people take it up to purely earn some money and make it their career! I find it sooo much easier to get into knowing I am neither reliant or desperate to keep earning from it!
    Charlotte-Nichole
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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Charlotte, I really appreciate it. Yeah definitely, you can read when it's been forced upon them too and it's reliant on their income to make it.

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  5. This is such a interesting and unusual post I feel in the blogging community! For me, I've made some money off of my blog, but it's not my focus at the moment because its a hobby of mine. I feel like everyone these days, the goal is if you have a blog to become a blogger full-time. And although I would love to be my own boss and have total control, it's nice like you said to know you're going to have a steady income every month and to not have that pressure. Plus how I see it is that I'm 22 years old and I have time to be my own boss, but now is the perfect time to gain experience working for others and see how other companies run before potentially running my own one day!

    Thanks for the insight!

    xoxo Olivia
    www.ourwanderingmind.com

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    1. Great thoughts Olivia, definitely think Blogging allows you the opportunity to experience a flavour for that type of work. Having blogged for 4 years and now work as a Marketing Assistant it's possible to make it a career, However, I am leaving my job as I missed my old job too much and I realise how much I want to work with teenagers again. I'm glad I had the opportunity to give it a go regardless :) xx

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  6. Love this post. I’ve been blogging for 3 years as a hobby. It feels like everyone is becoming full time bloggers and to just be blogging as a hobby means you’ve failed or something. This post was so good to read and be reminded that not all of us are full time bloggers or want to be.

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh definitely Courtney, I definitely feel like this too. I feel like you'll be overlooked because you are not a full time blogger but hopefully brands will recognise those working hard on the part time hussle and take a chance on them regardless! :) xx

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  7. Love this post so much!! Not a lot of people talk about this side of blogging, so I really appreciate it.

    Maddie | https://tigerlilydiary.com

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    1. Hi Maddie, thanks for the feedback! :) xx

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  8. I love this post. For me, blogging is a hobby. It's amazing if I can ever make a few pennies from it, but that's a bonus. I'm like you, I get too worried about money etc to not know that I have a regular income, and I'm lucky that I get to write for a living anyway, and my blog provides the creative outlet that my job doesn't. The community has changed so much, I tend to try and keep out of things, and just write because I enjoy it (which I know is a cliche but it's true!)
    I love your blog so much, and I think it's amazing how you've built up such an amazing space on the internet, as well as working full time :)
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. Hi Hels you little gem!
      It's a hobby for me too, I think it's great when we get a few pennies but shouldn't always feel as though we have to become 'full time' to be successful and work with great brands. I think the community has changed too, I had how much I keep out of it because I just don't want to feel as though I won't be accepted if I'm not a big blogger aiming for full time or offering my services to other people.
      Thanks so much for always supporting my blog, I really appreciate it x

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  9. At the end of the day you have to do what feels right for you! If blogging is a fun hobby, then keeping it that way can be better than making it a job! Otherwise it might suck the fun out of it :S

    - Katie // http://homeatnumber3.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes exactly. I went into a full time job in Marketing and I definitely feel as though that's been a huge factor in why I don't probably enjoy blogging as much now and feel as though I am struggling to produce the content I am happy with. I think it's important that when your hobby and career become mixed it's what you want 100%! xx

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  10. This is a really refreshing post! I actually started my blog to challenge the whole 'Quit your 9-5' notion as that isn't for me and I felt like those of us who like having a full-time career, a permanent home but equally love travel were a little under-represented. Not only is it a great hobby, but it's also great for boosting employment prospects - especially if you're in Marketing / PR / Media roles. Thank you for being open and honest.

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    1. I think it's great that more people are happy with doing their 9-5 and the blog on the side! I think it's important to continue chatting about it too. It really does, I've gained incredible skills which have really benefited the position I'm in now. x

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  11. Great post! I often think this and have actually published a post myself on whybim happy being a small blogger - it’s just not financially viable for some people and that’s okay! Especially if you’re happy in your job and your income, it’s great to keep it as a hobby and an escape from everyday life �� x

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    1. I think small bloggers could definitely get there in the long term of things but it's about doing what you are passionate about, that for me isn't my blog full time. It's a nice escape like you say! x

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  12. I completely relate to this post. You should keep blogging the way you feel good about it and if you want and can make it full time, then go for it. But if you don't that is fine too. Sometimes I wonder if I could do it because that'd be quite cool but i also like to have a regular income each month! xx corinne

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    1. Yeah I think that's the vibe that I want to put out there that even though it seems like the end goal for some people, it's not for others. I think it's great if people do it full-time but it's just not for everyone! :) xx

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  13. This post is very relatable. I've already decided to keep blogging as a hobby instead of doing it full-time. I don't think I could handle it being my career when I already have so many other hobbies and responsibilities to deal with, ya know?

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