When Does Blogging Stop Being 'Just for Fun'?

When Does Blogging Stop Being 'Just for Fun'?

I remember when I first started my blog, I had been reading blogs in my spare time for like two, maybe three years. I loved to read their thoughts, opinions, reviews, tips and tricks and life stories and I would always think to myself "I could do that". Then came along the dreaded UCAS personal statement, what did I have to show off? What were the skills that showed off my abilities? What exciting innovative hobbies did I have? Well, blogging was just taking off at this point, becoming mainstream and more popular online, I mean Instagram models and the word 'influencer' weren't even thoughts in people's minds at this point so I was advised to maybe start a blog, show my creativity and initiative. It gave me the kick to start my blog and begin my process into being a blogger, I fell in love immediately. It was and still is wonderful to know I have a little corner on the internet where I can share my thoughts, express myself and write to my heart's content. It was fun, plain and simple. 

It's not plain and simple now, four years have passed as of today and I'm being paid for writing blog posts and publishing Instagram photos. Brands have sent me hundreds of pounds worth of incredible products. I have had laser hair removal, I have had skincare and beauty products sent my way, I have been a brand ambassador, I have eaten meals in exchange for posts, I have even bloody ziplined 140ft in the air in exchange for a few lines and an Instagram. It's crazy, isn't it? My little area of the internet gets hundreds of thousands of views and I have an overall following of about 5,000 - 6,000 across all my channels, so it's more than just a hobby now? Is it a job? Is it a 'side hustle'? Is it a hobby with a couple hundred cherries on top? I don't really know, but it's definitely not 'just for fun' anymore. 

When Does Blogging Stop Being 'Just for Fun'?

I guess it stopped being just for fun when it started to become something I thought of almost every spare minute of my day. If I have a spare minute between tasks chances are I'll nip on over to check my analytics for the day or check my blog schedule to make sure I am keeping on top of my scheduled posts for the next few weeks. Sometimes blogging can really stress me out, like last week when I skipped a blogging day because I messed up, I beat myself up about it wondering if people were going to think of me as unprofessional and unorganised for making a human error that most people wouldn't even notice. Sometimes I look at my analytics data and start to overthink why I didn't get the views I was aiming for that week or I sit hunched over my laptop looking at what scheduled tweets are most popular and the times they're posted to see what times are most effective. It is honestly crazy to think of the effort I put into my blog now compared to four years ago when I began. I would write a post, take a single photo, publish it and write a tweet, done finito, that's all that went into it. Now, I have a schedule, I try to stay at least a week ahead of posts and have them ready to go live, I have a theme I stick to with my photos taking up to five for each post I publish, I share my new post across all my social media profiles and schedule tweets to keep traffic coming through. I could list another thousand things I do for each and every single blog post that goes live, but that's all for another post.

The point is, blogging isn't simple for me anymore, it is complex, it's my side hustle I guess is the lingo everyone is using now. It isn't just the blog, I almost have a brand that flows through all my social media profiles, I have a theme on my Instagram, I have to keep on top of posts over there too and replying to comments, my email inbox never seems to be empty, it is so much more now, although I love it and I am incredibly grateful for everything I have the opportunity to do through blogging, it isn't just for fun anymore and sometimes it just plain out isn't fun anymore. I have spoken previously about my feelings about how blogging can sometimes feel robust or like a chore, it can and that's proof right there that it is no longer something I do just for fun. Most of the time it is fun, but the majority of the time I spend working on my blog isn't just fun, but it gives me an income, it increases my skills, it gives me opportunities I would never have had before, it has built my knowledge on a whole range of subjects I wouldn't know anything about if I didn't start. Blogging is no longer just for fun, it is so much more than that and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to grow it in such a way.

When Does Blogging Stop Being 'Just for Fun'?

I am a tiny blogger in a sea of a hundred thousand million bloggers that have their own little place on the internet set up from all across the world, but it doesn't take away the fact that I started heythererobyn for fun, well partly, and I have built something that has become a much more important part of my daily life. So, happy birthday heythererobyn.com, you changed my life and I cannot thank you enough my little side hustle. 

Do you blog just for fun or has it become more for you too? Where is the line between just for fun and side hustle? Did you notice when you crossed it? Tell me in the comments or catch me on social media for a quick chat. 

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