I don’t want to be a blogger

When I first started my site, I had a goal – I wanted to be a professional food blogger. I have a degree in Creative Writing and a true passion for food, so I thought blogging was the ideal way to make money from my skills. If you ever scroll back to my early posts, you will see product reviews and posts I thought people wanted to read, rather than things I wanted to write.

I’ve always been an ambitious person, so I undertook trying to blog alongside a full time job and running a home. I didn’t have time to lounge or to play computer games or to cook things just for fun. My kitchen had to be filled with things that would look good in pictures. I had to be recognised. I had to make this my career.

I think having investigations for endometriosis was the trigger for me to start re-evaluating my goals. It wasn’t possible. I couldn’t put the hours into my blog and social media, and work full time, and have a social life, and rest to recover from my flare ups. Something had to give.

My favourite part of blogging is the interaction with people. I love being able to share ideas and recipes with people far and wide. It’s also great to share experiences too, something I’ve found especially useful by reading and commenting on endometriosis focused blogs. But to do this for a career, I would have to give that up to write about products I didn’t believe in, or things I didn’t believe in or styles that didn’t fit me as a person. Turns out, I’d rather look like Boo than change who I am externally and internally just to get paid. Also, I don’t have to blog as a career to post recipes and write about things I like – it can still be a very rewarding hobby.

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Just because I’ve taken a step back from wanting to blog professionally doesn’t mean I’ve lost my ambition. I want to be successful in my full time job, and come home to chill. I will be blogging regularly, I will always blog, because I find it’s a great outlet for sharing ideas and practicing my writing skills. But I blog for me now, and I blog for you, all of my lovely readers. I don’t blog to tick boxes for a biased company.

Who do you blog for? Do you think blogging is a hobby or is it your career? Tell me all about your blog in the comments below and I’ll be sure to come and have a look.

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59 thoughts on “I don’t want to be a blogger

  1. Great post! For me it’s purely a hobby. For one, I constantly have friends asking me for recipes so I needed a place to post them. Two, I love taking pictures and posting them on Instagram; I’m an Instagram junkie. But it doesn’t lend it self to explaining the pictures or talking about the thought behind the picture like blogging does. And finally, I just needed a place to write down all of the thoughts that were going through my head. I found myself lost in thoughts and needed an outlet. I haven’t been at it long, but the response from friends and family has been terrific. And I’m looking forward to interacting with other bloggers!

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  2. I do it for a hobby, it passes the time on my commute into London! I also use other people’s blogs and social media to help me when I travel so thought I could do the same for others working in such a touristy location. There’s nothing professional about my writing or iPhone photos, it’s more to help people. I find it also focuses my mind on being positive and finding great gluten free food rather than focusing on what I can’t eat!

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    • That’s a great reason to write a blog, to help others. I know I’m going to be using your posts a lot when I have a day trip to London in September 😄 I love using social media to get new ideas, I always have a scroll through Insta to get fresh ideas 😊

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    • Wow! Since I too need to be Gluten Free, I’ve been too afraid to travel abroad for fear of not knowing what or if I would be able to find something I can eat! How absolutely daft of me not to simply thing to turn to the blogosphere for help!

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      • There are some brilliant blog posts out there for help with travelling. London is absolutely amazing for gluten free, if you’re worried there’s enough 100% gluten free places to keep you going too! I’ve started writing posts from my recent trips that include fab gf trips to Paris, Prague and Vienna (not sure where you’re based!) I travelled a lot prior to starting my blog last year and love trying to find gf treats abroad (except in Japan where I found eating out nearly impossible!!) good luck with your travels 😊

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      • I’m down under in Australia 🇦🇺I’m looking forward to getting to Europe one day but mostly I was thinking about South East Asian street foods & the South Pacific Islands 🌴
        I’ve noticed that Australia is getting better at Gluten Free options but there has still been too many times where I have gone hungry.

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      • South East Asia is so much harder than Europe due to soy sauce and lack of understanding of allergies. I’ve been researching Thailand for next year and not having that much luck. I went to Vietnam and managed fine there as they seem to use soy sauce less (sorry no recommendations as such as wasn’t so long after diagnosis to think to keep any records!) There’s more info online for big cities like Hong Kong and Singapore. I’ve also learnt from Japan to try and use big name international hotels if you’re struggling who should be able to cater and makes it less stressful if you’re struggling out and about to know you have somewhere to go back to (that and lots of gf goodies in the suitcase!) Self catering also an option but even trying to read through ingredients was stressful at times. Food tours can also help you understand different things available with a native speaker. I’m working on Thailand so will let you know if I have any success!

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  3. I started Love is Kneaded in 2012, when I was studying Creative Writing in college, working in cafes and contemplating what I wanted to be when I grew up. Food blogging seemed like a natural fit, and I put so much pressure on myself to make into a big deal like all of the other food bloggers I saw that writing became a negative thing for me. I took some time away from the blog, and when I came back to it, my intention was just to write and send my recipes into the ether to get my thoughts out of my own head. I’m very happy with the full-time writing job that I have, so I don’t look to the blog to “save” me anymore, and it’s become a much more fulfilling experience. Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time for writing this comment. I couldn’t agree more, I’d rather focus on my full time job and enjoy blogging as a hobby then put pressure on myself to manage both. Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  4. It is A LOT of work! I’m only now just starting to try to get serious and make money from my blogging. It’s been hard when juggling a baby, a toddler and housework. But I find that more people seem to like the open and honest posts more, at least in my limited experience. I’m glad you’re able to take a step back and take care of yourself better, that’s all that matters.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment. I agree, it’s such hard work to run a blog that pays off, especially when you have other areas of life that need attention. I think I made the right decision for me, but I think I will always blog in some capacity 😊

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  5. Couldn’t agree more….. As my numbers started to grow, I became TOO focused on them…. to the joy out of what I was doing, as well as some of the spontaneous authenticity of my content. I’m back to my roots now – numbers be damned!

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  6. I wish I could write as creatively as you do! Trying to make a living out of blogging would take the fun out of it. I started by just posting photos with captions on colinbeggphotography.com using automated posting from Lightroom but noticed all the interesting blogs on WordPress had significant words to read, so started adding words between the photos, to make it a story. Now I’ve started playing with video too! I just enjoy passing these posts on!

    As long as your career covers your expenses, why shouldn’t you blog for fun!

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    • That’s so kind of you to say, thank you. I love how your online profile has grown organically, led by what interests you and inspiration from others. I’ll be sure to come and browse your posts 😊

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  7. I’m completely new to the whole blogging world, just finding out how everything works. For me I write when I can, for me and anyone else who wants to read. I’m jealous of anyone who can find the time to blog during the week while working, all time I have spare is a odd weekend!

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    • Welcome to blogging! I hope you find great joy in it 😄 I think that’s a great attitude to have. I was pushing myself too hard to get three posts out a week and work a full time job, then beat myself up when I didn’t reach my lofty goals. I’m much better off now 😊

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  8. Your timing is amazing! I, too, have medical issues which caused a slow down in my lifestyle. I started out just three months ago, thinking I would become a professional blogger. I wanted a purpose, and a professional definition. This would be the new me. Wrong! I am still learning so much about all of it, and that’s the part that I really love – the discovery. As I was losing time with friends and family, becoming preoccupied with blogging ideas, and spending inordinate amounts of time on social media, I realized that this is all wrong. Thank goodness the light bulb went on relatively quickly. And thank you, Boo, for confirming what I was feeling. It is the connection that’s important. The few extra dollars that I could make would not be worth what I’d be giving up

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    • This comment really speaks to me. I found that I was giving up time with my boyfriend to write posts or work on recipes, and that’s not right. I shouldn’t be giving up my real life for my virtual one. I think so too, the connection with like minded people is invaluable 😊 Thank you so much for leaving a comment!

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  9. Oh my goodness! Did you just jump into my head & rip that out of there?!?! Thank you for writing down exactly what I am struggling with right now! I am at a crossroads with my blog & this is why! I thought it would be more by now but it’s not. I’ve taken that as a rejection of me, personally, yet for some crazy reason people are still choosing to hit the follow button even though I haven’t been active on it lately…..maybe they do love me after all 😊
    Thank you for the inspiration. I shall now regroup & amend my goal of what this whole blogging thing is all about for me.

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    • I’m so glad this blog has helped you in a small way. I hope you find a path moving forwards that works for you and makes you feel good. I have big love for your blog – you post such delicious recipes! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts 😊

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  10. Nawwww thank you ❤️
    I think, like you, medical has had to take priority with both Mini Me & Hubby competing to see who can make me stroke out first 🙄

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  11. Great post! I totally agree! For me, it’s all about having fun! Although, my long-term dream is to just have enough followers to convince someone to pay me to create a cookbook filled with beautiful pictures of tasty food! But I don’t actively try to play to an particular audience or network, so it’s just a dream and not a goal! Haha But a girl can dream… 🙂

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    • I share that dream, I would love to make a cook book one day. I might even print one up myself and keep it on the shelf with all of my others! That’s really good that you don’t cater to a particular audience, I think it’s so important to stay genuine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 😊

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  12. That’s a really interesting post. I really like your blog – I’m glad you’re going to continue! 🙂 I’m pretty new to all of this. I originally started my blog because lots of friends had asked me for recipies and advice on “free from” cooking and it seemed like a good way to share it all with them rather than just scribbling recipies on bits of paper! More than that, I love cooking but figuring out how to accommodate my many dietary requirements and not go mad in the process has been hard. I realised that if I could help even one person through sharing my experiences then something good could come of it all. My every sunken cake, inedible dinner and plate nearly thrown at the wall could mean that doesn’t happen to someone else! I’ve loved how having a blog on WordPress has introduced me to so many others as well. You are absolutely right about connecting with people, it’s lovely.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words 😊 It’s amazing that you’re turning your mistakes into lessons for others, I think that’s a great reason to run a blog. Sharing ideas with others is so great too, I always learn so much 😄

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  13. I started blogging thinking the same way – wanting to become professional and get paid but it didn’t hold up because I lacked the passion. Now I blog for me because I enjoy it and I’m in love with food and I’m still learning so many new things about food especially being lactose and gluten and onion intolerant lol. So my blog focuses mainly on my own health journey especially with my intolerances in mind. Looking forward to reading more from you and glad you aren’t going stop blogging altogether.

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    • I couldn’t agree more, the passion is so important to a great blog. I’m the same, totally in love with food, which is why I could never give it up completely. Who would I talk to about all my foodie ideas? My partner would get sick of me! 😜 Looking forward to reading more of your posts 😊

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  14. So I just started a food blog a couple weeks ago and I have no idea what I’m doing 😬😂 I was trying to help my daughter set up a website for her baking business and was like, “what the heck, I’ll start a blog for myself while I’m at it.” It’s mainly a place for me to keep and organize my favorite recipes, but maybe one day someone else will decide to follow along too 😆

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    • That’s the same for all us when we first start! 😄 You’ll definitely find out more as you go along and discover what works for you. Good for you for taking the plunge and setting one up – I’ll be sure to come and be nosy at your posts 😊

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  15. I loved reading your post, and I came to it because you commented on my blog my first comment since I began the blog 4 days ago, might I add. Yay!)

    I’ve tried blogging before, but this time it is different. My husband wanted me to blog about our new lifestyle as every meal I was posting pics on Instagram and Facebook. Then some friends on FB encouraged me to do so as well. So I did. I also love creative writing, so I love that it gives me an outlet to play with words.

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    • Welcome to the blogging world! Glad to have you in our community 😊 I’m the same, it’s so nice to have a place to practice my writing. I’ll be sure to come and check out your posts 😄

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  16. Love this! I too also rate so much to what you have said. My blog started out as a hobby and now it’s still that with a little extra. I too can’t commit the time it needs to be professional blogger but enjoy the time I have to dedicate to it and the peoples enjoyment and comments, support, positive feedback is enough for me to continue that way. 💕

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    • Thank you! I think that sounds like a great balance. You put the effort in to be able to contribute meaningfully, but not too much that it takes away from other areas in your life. That’s a balance I strive for too 😊

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  17. I love this post. I am still trying to figure out my blog. I have a passion for preventative health (I am a nurse) and a huge foodie with gut problems. I figure I will just write what I want and see what comes my way.

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    • That sounds like a great plan to me, you have to be passionate about what you write. I’m so interested in preventative medicine, I think it’s definitely the answer to so many issues. Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment 😊

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  19. Thank you for visiting my blog, Explorationsinplace. While I try to live a whole foods life, I also like to grow my own food as much as possible. I have a new appreciation for how hard it is to grow healthy food. Now that you have found me, I have found you as well! It’s good to have a single focus. My challenge is that I have so many interests, I go back and forth on various topics. I love to cook, travel, explore with my dogs, history . . . too many things!

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  20. Great post – its important not to “sell out” and stay true to yourself as a blogger; readers trust you! I started my healthy recipe blog really for myself, since I would make a delicious recipe and totally forget how the next day! So I needed a place to write them down. The positive reactions from readers have made it so much more fulfilling, and I love showing people that healthy can be delicious and making it simple! 🙂

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    • I think so too, even in the online world, I would like to keep my integrity. I’m always forgetting good recipe ideas, I try and keep a notepad in the kitchen so I’ve got more of a chance of writing things down 😊 I’m so glad you’re enjoying blogging and the positive interaction that comes with it. I’ll be sure to come and have a read.

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  21. Hey, i have read this it is so good you know what when i started my first blog which is about writing i didn’t get much traffic and i got disappointed, i feel we should do it freely and happily so that people will get to know the happy side as world is lacking that.

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