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.
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.