Owning A Blog is Work, A Full Time Job

I get so tired of people giving me a look like I have two heads when they ask what I do for a living and I tell them I am the owner/writer for this blog.  They then ask but what do you do for real work not just a hobby.  Umm OK lets see I get paid to write articles, post ads and on occasion review products that to me is a job.  Even if I don’t get paid to review the products I still receive products which in turn helps my family because it is something we may have needed or even desired and now we do not have to go buy it so that money can go elsewhere.

For each product I review I spend countless hours emailing PR reps/Company owners.  I then have to receive the product, photograph the product, use the product in our daily lives and then once I am done all that I have to sit down and actually write about said product which in itself takes a good hour or more depending on what it is and how my family is acting.  If I am not reviewing products I am still working emailing companies and reps, networking on facebook and twitter, going to multiple social sites to get help and input and give help and input to other bloggers.

My blog is not an 8-5 job, I do not have to put on dress clothes, makeup and do my hair daily before I go to work.  I have more freedom, if you can call it that, then a person who works a regular day job but let me tell you that does not mean I do not work.

I work from home, I work from my car, the park, the doctors office, restaurants, airplanes and just about anywhere else you can think of.  I am constantly connected to my computer or my phone so that I can provide my family and my readers with lots of great opportunities.

Lets talk about my family too while we are on the topic of work.  Because I do not get dressed up, put on make-up or do my hair and I stay home with my kids it means I actually work twice as hard.  I do not have a daycare to drop my kids off to, I am their daycare.  It is fabulous that I get to stay home and raise my children but remember all that work we just talked about, yeah add to that the constant care, cleanup and entertainment of a 2 and 4 year old and then come talk to me about working hard and tired at the end of the day.  I never get a vacation, I never get a holiday, I never get a break, heck I barely ever get to even pee without a child needing something but you know what I would never change this for a second.  I would never change the hard work I put into my blog, my WORK just so I can be with my children and provide for my family in a way most people cannot.

So the next time you ask someone what their job is and they tell you they own/write a blog for a living instead of looking at them like they have two heads I suggest you look at them with admiration and ask how in the heck they do that.

P.S. Just because it seems easy does not mean it is, so do not look at my blog and say, well any idiot can do that I know how to write a letter.  I can assure you that any idiot can write a letter, but it takes one hell of a strong woman to run a household and a blog such as these.

Comments

  1. Alison says:

    I concur. I am in the same shoes as you. Our kids are the same age spaced out, my oldest will be 4 in May and youngest 2 in Sept. It’s a ton of hard work. You forgot about “cleaning” and maintaining the home. And cooking! It is a lot of hard work to blog and take care of your family. But I love each and every minute of it. Sure it can be stressful but whatev.

    My family is very supportive of me. Which I am thankful for. My mother thinks it’s awesome that I am able to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was not doing my blog. I’m providing my family with great opportunities and learning experiences! It’s nice to be able to contribute to my family monetary wise. I am hoping to continue blogging once my kids are in school and not return to the regular work force. This suits my personality so much more.

    And end Ramble.

  2. MommyMatter says:

    I know exactly what you mean! I have been a full time, stay at home/work at home Mom for 4 years now. Between the constant cleaning, cooking, being my own daycare service and maid, by 8pm I am done.

    I have discovered how to balance my schedule greatly over the years, but there are days I have too much to do online, that then stresses my non-work related day beyond content. My whole family still to this day questions how I do it, but I’ve learned to just not say much beyond I have a website and work on it. Even my Mom quit her day job and works from home now! It is definitely an amazing thing, exhausting, but amazing

  3. Jenn says:

    Wow, you have your stuff together, woman! 🙂
    I quit working my 8-5 job last year to be a housewife & SAHM & I am honestly busier NOW than I was when I was working! And I am not even including my blogging in that, because it is just a hobby for me. I bust my butt being a house wife and mom and I can’t imagine how hard you work to run a blog the way you do! 🙂

  4. Cat Davis says:

    You know, I finally got sick of the wayward looks, the snobbish questions and the whole bummed attitude from people. Now I just simply say “I’m a freelance writer” and avoid it altogether.

  5. **standing ovation**

    Wow mama! Well said!

  6. Candace says:

    My blog is not a full time job, being a student is my full time job. But the reality is that most everyone doesn’t care about your blog being a job unless you are making enough to support a family, which most bloggers are not. Does it give anyone the right to look at you funny? No, but until bloggers learn to let it slide and be fine being called writers and not just bloggers, its not going to get better. People generally don’t stop and think before they speak so you just have to remember it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

    • Jessi says:

      I make enough to contribute greatly to my family income so it is my job. I have no problem being called a writer it is what i am and what I do. When people ask where I write I can’t tell them none of your business so I have to explain where which is where I either tell them to mind their own or tell them about my blog. Being a student is no more a full time job then being a blogger who doesn’t make a ton of money is if you want to split hairs.

  7. Great Post!
    For a while I did not tell anyone about my blog because I felt like they looked at it like a cute little hobby I had- not a job.
    Even worse- friends have seen what I do and the products and money I make and have gotten all excited and copied my blog and after getting 10 followers from a blog hop- expect the products and money to start rolling in. It is really frustrating that they assume it is just that easy. Oh well- what do you do? 🙂

  8. I like your post,you express yourself very well! I know it must be hard juggling your blog and a family.It’s even harder with toddlers! I’m glad your standing up for yourself,you are a strong woman.I wish I knew how to make it blogging the way you do,I just don’t have a clue!! lol,,Keep up the good posts!
    Take care

  9. yuri says:

    Amen, sista!

  10. Gina says:

    Great post! I’m so sick and tired of explaining to people. Thankfully I have a super supportive husband who looks at my blogging like a job as well. I just dismiss those who give me the side eye about blogging being a job, I know what it is, I know how hard it is, I know the hard work and time you have to put into it. PLUS run a house and take care of the kids at the same time…. We’re not paid enough! lol

  11. SOOO True! I need to print this out and when people look at me crazy, I’ll just hand it to them! LOL

  12. Heather says:

    I’m kinda slow to the party but I’ll echo everyone else and say ‘amen’ because it is a LOT of work!!

  13. Amen! That’s all.

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