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Why I will never be a professional blogger

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Over the weekend, there was a thread on the Friend Friday Google group, started by Courtney of Those Graces who asked: ‘Do You See Yourself as a “Professional” Blogger One Day?’ I was going to reply on there, but my comment was getting a bit unruly, so I thought I’d just to a post.

It’s an interesting question for me, because I’ve been blogging for two and a half years now, and am lucky enough to have found a decent number of people who like this blog enough to keep reading and commenting. And this completely motivates me to keep going! I’ve also managed to keep blogging regularly through a major increase in the busyness of life when I started my Open University course, and since going to three posts a week blogging feels much more sustainable, and i’m pretty confident I’ll keep going for a few years yet at least. I don’t feel like a new blogger any more, so this is a good time to take stock.

And I admit that occassionally when I’m rushing a blog post (like this one!) when I know I should be studying, I do have daydreams of spending whole days planning and writing posts, editing photos and making everything look really professional. I would love to learn more web design and graphic design and so on, and if I’m not all studied out when I finish my economics degree, I may just do a course in one of those! But honestly, the professional blogger thing is just a daydream that evaporates as soon as I start thinking about it properly.

Because honestly, my resounding answer to Courtney’s question is no, absolutely not. I am a hobbyist through and through. There are a few reasons for this:

1. I genuinely like my day job and have no desire whatsoever to leave. My day job in government has nothing to do with fashion or art or creative writing, and I like that. Plus I have studied for my job, I am still studying for it, I am bloody good at it, I like that being good at it is recognised (not so much down to random luck in social research thankfully), I like that it is a professional job with a decent career structure, I like the face to face interaction with my colleagues and policy customers, I like that I can see exactly what difference my work makes and I like the money and (relative, post Cameron/Osbourne/Clegg public spending rampage) job security. Even if it would be possible to make a living blogging, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t prefer it.

2. I like writing about a random mix of things. If one wants to be a professional blogger, I imagine it helps to have a really strongly defined niche and to make oneself into a brand that can be defined in one sentence. If you’re a shoe blogger, or a vintage blogger, or a denim blogger, or a jewellery blogger, you can gain sponsorship from the relevant companies. But honestly, who is going to pay for a blog that is one part outfit photos, one part photography, one part craft and one part assorted musings on how contemporary consumer society is unsustainable and/or bad for women? But I like writing about these things as they take my fancy, and not to feel that I have to write about any of them if I don’t feel like it. I think one of the main reason I’m still about after all this time is that I am free to explore whatever avenue I want. And I think (hope!) that people reading appreciate the fact that I am only writing posts that I care about.

3. I just cannot see how it would possibly work financially. Apart from a very small number of superbloggers with huge sponsorship deals, or bloggers who operate more like journos and write for companies’ blogs covering events or reviewing stuff, I don’t see many examples of professional bloggers who are properly making a living off their blogs. Unlike Courtney, I don’t really mind adverts/sponsorship links on blogs, as long as they are relevant and for something good quality, but I see people with much bigger blogs and better stats, selling sponsorship places for prices that basically cover hosting fees. And I remember this post on monetisation by Steph at the Loudmouth, which shows the miniscule amounts involved in affiliate programmes. I know opening one’s blog up to sponsorship is a gamble, it works for some people and doesn’t work for others, but for me to do it I would want to have at least a decent chance of a favourable result. And at the moment I just cannot work out how a blog of my type could ever make anything even near minimum wage.

And so, I am staying happily sponsorship-free and non-professional (unprofessional?).

What do you think?

p.s. These are just my own views for me personally, I don’t at all mean to say that noone should attempt to become a professional blogger. Just in case that wasn’t clear!

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  • Sadie 6 June 2011, 7:37 am

    I completely agree with you – blogging is something I do because I enjoy it, and I really wouldn't want it to become something I felt I had to do. Same goes for the hobbies I blog about; they're what I do to relax and I know if they became what I did for a living they'd stop being fun and relaxing (just like doing an English degree killed my love of reading, which I still regret!).

    There's also the fact that I have a well-paid and fairly senior job (and have worked bloody hard to get here, too) and there is no way that blogging or crafting would ever generate enough to replace that income!

  • Clare B 6 June 2011, 7:39 am

    This is an interesting topic and I'm keen to see what other people think. Professional blogging seems so unlikely (money-wise) – surely you need to do something else in conjunction with the blog (an e-shop etc) to make it worthwhile?

  • webmaster 6 June 2011, 7:42 am

    Your arguments are so true. Also I suppose the Web 2.0 could suffer the same downfall as the New Economy in 2000 some day, so when there are too many rushing into one area it may damage it all. So it's very insecure to be a professional blogger only. Better have a proper education and keep a serious job, as long as it fits your abilities and leaves you free to express yourself in your leisure time. Personally I like private blogs best, as the advertising is greatly annoying me sometimes.

  • webmaster 6 June 2011, 7:47 am

    Your arguments are so true. Also I suppose the Web 2.0 could suffer the
    same downfall as the New Economy in 2000 some day, so when there are too
    many rushing into one area it may damage it all. So it's very insecure
    to be a professional blogger only. Better have a proper education and
    keep a serious job, as long as it fits your abilities and leaves you
    free to express yourself in your leisure time. Personally I like private blogs best, as the advertising is greatly annoying me sometimes.

    P.S.
    The possibly inappropriate nickname derives from the first part of the email adress chosen for OpenID and I can't change it anymore (?).

  • SACRAMENTO 6 June 2011, 9:37 am

    I like sponsorship free blogs. As Bill would say: if they don´t pay me, they cannot tell me what to say. And he is the master.
    You are doing very well, Franca.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Goanmad 6 June 2011, 12:42 pm

    I completely agree. The blogs I love are about real people with no agenda. I'm not keen on sponsored posts or adverts, if I wanted all that malarkey I'd buy a magazine. xxx

  • madam0wl a.k.a Sandra 6 June 2011, 1:14 pm

    This is how I feel too.  I wonder how many bloggers really aspire to be pros?  To be honest, the ones that are trying to be, or almost pretend to be, turn me off straight away.  

    I agree with Goanmad, the sponsored / pro blogs are really more like magazines, which is fine… I don't mind flipping through magazines now and then.  Especially when they are free!  But the majority of blogs I enjoy and read regularly are non-sponsored ones.   

  • Kimberlee VDW 6 June 2011, 2:49 pm

    Oh those are very interesting points! I completely understand your views. I put a lot of effort and time into my blog and would appreciate being validated with some payment. I'm a freelancer so I don't have a safety net office job so having my blog be "professional" would make me feel better. It is extremely difficult and agree you need to have a niche type blog. I'm going to try NOT to be one of those, but we'll see how lucky I am. However, I want a job that I enjoy and passionate about… that is blogging. Why not combine the two? Thanks for the post!

  • Cynthia 6 June 2011, 2:58 pm

    Totally agree.  I didn't get a Ph.D. in science to become a professional style blogger, and I like my secure, well-paying academic job.  I like teaching, I like doing research.  Blogging will only ever be a hobby and that only as long as I have time for it.

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 3:30 pm

    I feel the same about knitting actually. i love it, but there was one point
    last winter when i had four custom orders to do for my esty shop, and I
    really didn't enjoy having to do it all the time. I love studying though!
    Maybe if i won the lottery I would just do lots of degrees on random topics.
    I'd love to do philosophy!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 3:32 pm

    Yes, a blog can be a great vehicle for promoting related projects, but then
    you're not a professional blogger, you're a vintage
    seller/designer/stylist/whatever with a blog.

  • frumpfactor 6 June 2011, 3:36 pm

    Hear hear on your point about being able to write about a random mix of things!  It is just so liberating to be free from the obligation of having to define oneself in one sentence.  It's amazing to me, though, that 3 posts a week is "scaled back" for you!  As a once-a-week blogger during a good week, I'm very impressed.
     

  • ModePlus 6 June 2011, 4:16 pm

    You we're clear to me. As a newbie, I'm still debating on which road to go with this question. I enjoy the freedom I have and I 'fear' by going in business with sponsors on a continuos level will limit my creative space. I believe it is good to have dreams and pursue them. But isn't there also a point where you have to get real? Je sai pas, till now I'm enjoying every step of the way.

  • Citizen Rosebud 6 June 2011, 4:16 pm

    I love your points and agree whole heartedly. That said, I am not aiming to be a professional blogger, but am looking to create a strong personal brand through social media which includes blogging. I too, like Steph realize that affiliates weren't going to pay the bills, and while I would LOVE to be a brand ambassador for the right company/companies, so far no one that is the right fit has come knocking on my door. But I do know that blogging, regardless of it being a hobby or professionally  is a full-time gig, and it has opened up such a large field of possibility for me that it has literally changed my life for the better.

    the
    Citizen Rosebud

  • Claire 6 June 2011, 4:18 pm

    I couldn't agree more. My blog is my hobby. I – like you – love the fact that enough people like it enough to keep reading & commenting. I also love my day job. Why do people assume that this hobby will become a profession or that we ALL are aspiring writers? If you knit you don't get people asking if you want to work in a textile factory do they? 

  • Terri 6 June 2011, 5:19 pm

    Ha, I tried to imagine "Rags" as a "brand" as I read.  We are human beings…not brands.  Offer some resistance to the "machine."  I am decidedly NOT on a professional blogger track.  And, I think only in that way can one HONESTLY say what they think.

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:01 pm

    Thank you, sacramento!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:03 pm

    yes, absolutely! a blog as a part of a wider business makes sense, but I
    don't want that either. Definitely a lot of luck involved!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:04 pm

    I don't mind adverts or even sponsored posts when they are done well. I hate
    really jarring advertising!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:06 pm

    Yeah, overtly commercial ones don't speak to me as much either – though I
    have no problem with people being that way. I do be;live every blog will
    find its niche.

    Its true that so many bloggrers don't want to be pros, at least the ones I
    follow, but still sometimes it feels like it, you know? Like there's a
    pressure to monetise.

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:13 pm

    Yes! Like I said above, sometimes it feels like there's a lot of peer
    pressure to want to professionalise, or at least to gain sponsors! I think
    you're right that blogging is a great pathway into many industries – If i
    wanted to work in the media, I'd put lots of effort into the blog as a
    calling card. Though its not as if I don't put a lot of effort into it now,
    just a different kind of effort, not so much brand building and more
    thinking about issues I care about.

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:14 pm

    Oh totally, if that's what you want, and it's related to what you do,
    absolutely! Good luck!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:17 pm

    A secure, well paying academic job in science. sigh. If only such a thing
    would come round for my Dave and his developmental biology PhD plus post doc
    experience. He is now temping! Sorry, random tangent. I am glad you feel the
    same on this!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:19 pm

    Thanks! For me three posts is manageable, I feel I need to keep the momentum
    going. I have so many ideas and would write more if i just had the time!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:21 pm

    I think its definitely possible to be sponsored and keep the creativity,
    though it may mean turning down some opportunities. I am glad you are having
    fun as you grow and think about it!

  • oranges_and_apples 6 June 2011, 6:22 pm

    You are the social media queen and no doubt your business will thrive!

  • Emma Moon 6 June 2011, 11:14 pm

    I totally agree with you about number 2. I have to be free to write about whatever excites me that day. Sometimes I get jealous when someone who seemingly just started has 10X the readers as I do but I would get bored writing about one thing. I just can't do that. 

  • dichohecho 7 June 2011, 7:22 pm

    I feel a bit suspicious of professional bloggers – where does a personal blog end and a shop blog begin?! The kind of blogs I want to read are ones of real people who can express their opinions and share whatever they want to share, rather than be dictated to & have to follow the line of a company.
    Sarah
    http://52weeksof.blogspot.com

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 12:26 pm

    I am glad you are blogging, and its nice for something to just be fun, isn't
    it?

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 12:34 pm

    Thanks for your comment, its great to hear from people like you. I don't
    think adverts mean selling out either, I hope that wasn't the impression I
    gave.

    On your main point I totally get what you mean. I think it has to do with
    the word professional having these two meanings. On the one hand it means
    high quality, taking it seriously etc on the other it means doing it as a
    job. I suppose in this post I have used it as the latter. I do aspire to the
    former though, I'll talk about this some more below.

    and it was me that said all the things in your first para, so I am glad you
    agree!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 12:50 pm

    I think this has to do with the distinction between the two meanings of
    professional I talked about on the comment above here high quality vs. its
    someone's actual job.

    I am very flattered that you think I fit your definition Ashe! I do love
    reading the posts on IFB that are about improving one's blog, and I often
    follow the advice. I love making my blog better, and my writing clearer, and
    my pictures sharper and all that stuff, and I think IFB and sometimes
    problogger are invaluable for that.

    But I want to improve my blog because I want to make it better for readers,
    and for it to be something I'm proud of, and to communicate with people to
    thank them for reading and constributing, not to expand readership for
    monetisation. If I did want to make this blog pay, I would be going about it
    completely differently, I would write a business plan and project management
    documentation with intermediate goals and an editorial schedule and all that
    jazz. And I would try to define myself as a brand more. I wouldn't just be
    deciding a couple of days before what I fancy thinking about this week. I
    guess none of this would necessarily make the blog any *better*, but it
    would be more in line the the second meaning of making it a job.

    Does that make sense?

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 3:39 pm

    Thanks for your comment Lindsay! I think your story is a great example of it
    being the right match of job and person. I am glad things went so well for
    you!

    I definitely think there's this culture/pressure among even very new
    bloggers to want to make money while also having this expectation that
    things will just happen by themselves. It's a weird atmosphere!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 3:41 pm

    Absolutely! Now I have a constant stream of ideas, it would dry up pretty
    quick on just one topic!

  • oranges_and_apples 9 June 2011, 4:36 pm

    I think its probably possible to combine the two as long as you're very
    careful and principled, though hard no doubt!

  • Sarah 9 June 2011, 4:51 pm

    I am with you because I would probably get really bored of blogging about style if I had to do it as a job.  My job lets me do different things within video and media so it stays interesting.  I also don't think I would ever feel comfortable selling myself as a brand.  I don't like the expectations I feel come with that kind of role, so I am staying a hobbyist like you for now.

  • Ms_MJ 9 June 2011, 5:21 pm

    I totally respect your opinion and it's awesome to see the flipside of this question because from what I've seen on this, many bloggers do want to go pro.  For me in the beginning I really had no intention of making a profession out of my blog.  Now that I'm almost two year in and have been fortunate enough to network and create a lot of brand relationships, I've been seriously considering it.  At the end of the day, I've considered myself a writer and that's what I love to do.  If my blog can make that into a reality than so be it!  I'm definitely open to the possibility! 🙂

  • Alys 9 June 2011, 7:52 pm

    Yay! It's all for one and one for all with us unprofessional bloggers eh? (Is that the correct term? UNprofessional bloggers makes us sound like we have no idea what we're doing or go about it inappropriately. Oh well!) Great post, I completely agree with you.

  • Hannah Hathaway 10 June 2011, 4:15 pm

    I saw a link to this article on IFB's Links a la mode- I love your message! I have been a long time blog reader, but recently I've been thinking about plunging in and starting my own blog. I have had a hard time explaining to other people why I would want to do this if it wasn't with the hope of becoming a professional blogger. Now I will just point them to this post. Also, I am excited just to be a part of the blogging community!

  • Cynthia 10 June 2011, 5:58 pm

    Yeah, it is a rough time to be a fresh graduate looking for a faculty position, that is for sure.  Best of luck to Dave.

  • innercupcake 10 June 2011, 11:39 pm

    Haha, I find myself now working on my Ph.D. in science, and it does Not feel like a secure choice really.  I'm trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up- it's not that I don't like science and what I'm doing currently, but it's a bleak look forward, considering the best case scenario is one day (after years of post-doc-ing long hours and weekends for substandard pay) to get a faculty position like my boss (and then working long hours and weekends and being constantly stressed about where grant money comes from and whether projects are going to work out).  Unfortunately, while a Ph.D. trains you great to be a PI, ultimately there aren't enough PI jobs out there for the people who want them, and I'm unwilling to sacrifice the time and effort for something that I don't think will make me happy in the long run- all of this to come to the roundabout way of saying that while I can't fathom being a professional blogger I now see it as a potential way of branding myself in a way that I might make money from some form of self-employment that is supported by the fact that I have a blog.  Also, I think that I'd define a professional blogger as someone who generates some revenue from their blog, but not necessarily makes their whole living off of it.

  • Cynthia 10 June 2011, 11:52 pm

    Well, there are things to be as a Ph.D. that aren't "grant-seeking academic
    PI". One of my Ph.D. graduates works at a large biotech company, another
    works as an analyst in a permanent but non-PI academic position.

  • innercupcake 11 June 2011, 12:42 am

    I think my main frustration comes not from the fact that there aren't non- academia positions, but that there's a lack of bridging from one to the other. This may be skewed by my environment, since I'm in a small research-intensive school, but I've found it difficult to learn more about what my fit my interests and aptitudes best and build a specialized skill set to move towards that, especially since it is frowned upon to put your time into anything other than research.  Admitting to your PI that you're interested in something else is pretty much unheard of, and can cause tension (or neglect).  This makes the idea of finding something else that I'm passionate about and a way to move into it via blogging seem like a risk worth taking, even though I've put a fair bit into my professional development as a scientist.  Sorry for the long comments, this is something that I think about a lot, and it seems like more and more I'm hearing from my friends how they also feel dissatisfied with this track forward and equally lost on how to move into something else.

  • Linda 11 June 2011, 5:21 am

    Breath of fresh air! I get so exhausted seeing people trying to become "professional." I love your viewpoint. 

  • JoAnn, Sidewalk Chic 11 June 2011, 6:41 am

    Loved reading this, and I'm glad that this is getting some good responses here!

    I considered going pro for a bit, just because after a certain point of readership, it seemed like the next step to do. I feel like while some aspects of this blog community can be supportive, I think it's very easy to feel competitive, especially when you see blogs (maybe at the same level of comments and subscribers as you) get big overnight and fast. And that can get toxic. I feel like it was a misstep for me to want to monetize, because I became too obsessed with Google Analytics and publishing all the time. And then I realized that I wasn't happy with the direction my blog was going — publishing for the sake of it and losing sight of reasons I wanted to blog in the first place. I've scaled back a bit and while I know that I've lost some readership because of it, I feel like it's helped for me to focus on what I like about it. For right now I accept sponsored giveaways because I feel it benefits my readers. I don't know if I'll ever be at the point where I would monetize and try to go pro, but I would never consider pushing it again when I wasn't quite comfortable with going in that direction.

    Franca, it's posts like these that make you and your blog so wonderful and forward-thinking. 

  • Raquelita 11 June 2011, 1:58 pm

    If my academic career does not work out, would I consider being a professional writer?  Yes.  Would I consider being a professional blogger?  Oh, hell no.  As soon as I realized that style blogging no longer felt like fun, I stopped doing it.  

  • Joy 11 June 2011, 8:00 pm

    Hi Franca,

    Thanks for saving me from writing this post:) You're a brilliant writer!
    At this point in my blogging life, I don't see myself becoming a Pro. I'm with on you sensing that "pressure to monetise" these days. This is not a bad thing. I'm happy to see people writing diligently about it with the aim of contributing a know-how to the blogging community. I just believe that there's a lot of people trying to get ads and sponsorships,  some of them for quite some time now.
    Occasionally, I get a bit confused when I read about the importance of the following:
    1. quality content is important (I presume the text), but nice photos are more important; 2.nothing is more annoying than seeing lots of ads on your sidebar, etc (which is the effect of advertising/getting sponsorship);
    3. it's not nice to ask people to follow your blog, etc. (this is done to get more followers, thus, have more reach).

    We all have varied reasons as to why we blog. I absolutely agree with you that the best hassle-free, enjoyable type of blog is the one that emanates from the deepest of your heart – undiluted with worries on how to deliver audience to your sponsor and get them to buy your sponsor's products, trying to get on all social platforms to enhance your reach… For some, it's their day job and there's truly nothing wrong with it. These are economically challenging times. I suppose, if a huge brand approaches you, and you like them, then logically you have to accept sponsorship, especially if it's an income.

    In the meantime, I may just have to stick to my little vintage business and carry on with my Forensics Degree.

    Hope good old Edinburgh's treating you well:)

    Joy xx

  • Anna Wilson 11 June 2011, 11:28 pm

    i completely agree with everything you've written here. after researching how professional bloggers earn their keep, i really can't see how it's financially sustainable. if i was, i'd be seriously considering it! x

  • ChellBellz 13 June 2011, 12:42 am

    When i first started I thought this will shoot me into stardom. At the end of the day i just want to be recognized for my love of fashion and cooking and thats it. i don't care if i make money, if i have a sponser, free stuff would be nice, but other then that. I stopped caring long ago. Kudos for this post!

  • Ladyofashion 14 June 2011, 7:24 pm

    Though I agree with you, I also agree with what Ashe was saying, "To me, professional is more a mindset on how seriously you take it: the content, how you interact with your readers, your goals for the blog, etc.
    Because to me when I thinks of a Superblogger loads of ads & sponsorship comes to mind, but when I tend to think of a professional blogger generally I think about someone who fully engages w/audience & not always necessarily always focusing on one topic, taking their blog seriously. I have many goals for my blog, yet I also have a full-time job that I've worked hard to get and want to continue growth with that. I also like randomly posting things that love to post, so I don't think I could solely live from my blog if I wanted to, it's just not practical for my lifestyle.
    I do think that sometimes sponsors can be good, but do not feel that when you look at a blog the reader should be inundated with them. I support ethical fashion & independent designers who are the only ones that I've allowed so far, their objective & focus are really important to me & it's not about what one gets out of it, if anything… its simply the cause. *That's probably why I'm not a pro/famous blogger. haha! Excellent post! 
    Madison 🙂

  • Anna 15 June 2011, 11:45 am

    I agree too…I can't see myself as a full-time blogger. I work for the government too (here in Greece) and I don't think I'd ever quit my stable job for blogging. Not to mention that here in Greece there's absolutely no possibility to become a super blogger! I also like to write about lots of stuff, because that's the way I am. I always read about finding my niche, but hell no, I can't find it, let alone force myself to write about one topic.

  • Arash Mazinani 18 June 2011, 4:15 pm

    I think I originally planned to monetize my blog but then I read a quote by Tim Ferris who basically said don't be in a rush to monetize as it would backfire. Once I got started blogging and developing my readership/content etc Monetizing the blog kind of fell out of favour. I just don't like adverts on blogs myself so decided against the idea.

    I feel as well, not all, but a lot of people making serious money from blogging seem to be those that tell you how to earn money from blogging…

  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 20 June 2011, 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the mention!  I actually found this post because I saw that it was generating traffic for my blog.  I thought, hmm… wonder what this is about?  Ha.

    I've wanted to be a writer my entire life… my dream is to work for a magazine or even be a professional blogger.  Perhaps be a professional blogger first, then get "discovered" by a magazine and recruited for that.  But for now, as I said in my post, monetization is not working.  I receive 5,000 pageviews per month (and growing) but in order to truly make money off of those things, I'd say you need at least 500,000.  It's hard work, attempting to become a professional blogger, and it can take years to make a penny.  If this isn't where you want to make your money, than I agree — there is no reason for you to have sponsors or affiliates.

    As for me, well… I'm still trying to decide what's best for me & my blog.  It's a work in progress.  All I know is that I want to be my own boss and work from home on projects that are important to me.  And if I can do that through blogging, I will be satisfied 🙂

  • Cate 23 June 2011, 2:44 am

    omg, i completely agree. i always feel like there's this pressure to "naturally progress" to sponsored blogging, but i really don't want to. i never have. i really want to have the freedom to do what i want, when i want, or abandon it altogether should i choose. you can't do that if you're answering to sponsors.

  • Profitsf4 24 June 2011, 8:00 pm

    Profitability is difficult or impossible to achieve for small independent bloggers.
    http://tinyurl.com/685s5pk

  • Adelle 27 June 2011, 3:06 am

    I feel very similarly to you. Friends often encourage me to monetize my blog, or people ask if I want to blog professionally, and I don't. I want to keep it a hobby. If I made this my profession, I'd have to find another hobby! 😉 Jokes aside, I like the freedom to write about whatever I want, whatever strikes my fancy. It's really hard to explain my blog to people – I basically say it's whatever I feel like talking about and it is; and it's important for me to always have that flexibility and freedom.

    http://fashionistalab.com

  • Rhianne 10 October 2011, 7:26 am

    Such a great topic and its been very interesting reading everyones replies.

    Part of me (the dreamy unreliastic part haha) would love to blog professionally, there are so many aspects of it that I love and I could happily linger in the blog world all day… however the aspects that would make it possible I find so stressful – my etsy shop alone has tired me out and having sponsorships in the past made me worry so much about my readership that it almost took away the fun of writing posts for me.

    I have some links in my sidebar now but they are ones that I want there – my friends and people who have supported me and I'm much happier with that and not having to worry about it.

    I remember reading on rocknroll bride that its not even worth considering blogging professionally and getting sponsors until you reach an average of 30,000 views a day… can you imagine that?! Mine is lucky if I hit 300 a day…

  • Sidney 13 May 2012, 9:44 pm

    It is interesting to read your thoughts. On the comment of monetization, I totally agree with you – it is a hard world out there where outsized gains go to a few big blogs. This is true in any niche, not just fashion. That being said, you don’t have to make enough to live off the income from your blog. I don’t see any harm in spending some time blogging and making a few hundred bucks a month. You can’t live off it, but it doesn’t hurt either. Besides, I don’t need to spend all day blogging. And who knows, perhaps one day you will become one of those A-list fashion bloggers sitting at the Oscars!
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