I’d never thought I would get to the point, where I would have the strength to up and leave but as of today I am officially a full time blogger. You may think I am crazy; after all I have little money to my name, am currently in debt and have on ongoing stream of bills to pay, that my blog income will fail to supplement. Yet, for the first time in two years, I am making my own creative decisions and being able to wake up one day and realize that you should follow your dreams is inspiring. As Elizabeth wisely said ‘dare to dream’ and dare to dream I did. No longer will I wake up each morning, wishing that I didn’t have to get out of bed, dreading another day where I am in a job that doesn’t make me feel happy, instead I will wake up each morning with purpose, and the feeling that no two days will be the same.
I started blogging in 2015, after a battle with chronic ill health. I was unable to work full time, was battling severe anxiety and depression and was not able to keep food down. Each day was a struggle, but slowly after a year I got stronger and stronger until I moved to London last summer and worked full time. The hours were long and the rewards seemed minimal but I pushed myself to get stronger, so that one day my dream of becoming a blogger would be a full time reality. I thought the day that I would start following my dreams would be the day where I was financially stable and I would have more of a brand presence online but I realized something very important and that was, the more time I am able to put into my business, the more likely it is to become successful and become a full time job for me.
About three months ago I cut my hours down and was able to not only increase my traffic, but I was also able to improve my social media presence and work on interacting with readers across all channels. Not only did I learn key skills like SEO, but I also learned how to monetize my blog and turn my hobby and passion into a money making business. Which is why the leap into going blogging full time seemed like a natural course of progression for me, so after mulling over whether to quit my job or not, I took the plunge and followed my heart.
So What Were The Main Reasons That I Quit My Full Time Job?
Lack of Creative Control
As a creative I am naturally drawn to ‘creative licence’ whether that be through content creation, photo editing and more but in my full time job, there was no creativity. The environment felt very corporate, dull and lacked the vitality that I seek as a creative. I can’t sit still so I need a job that A. challenges me creatively and physically and B. enables me to learn and improve along the way. My full time job provided me with many opportunities to meet new people which I am grateful for but the role was too ‘stagnant for my tastes’. I knew for a long time that I was too antsy for a regular 9-5 job (although I did 12 or more hours in the beginning) and with blogging I have the freedom to make my own creative choices. Plus I am my own boss, so I am able to prospect my own opportunities.
No Chance To Grow
While there were many benefits to working full time, my job gave me no opportunities to grow. Unlike blogging everything seemed aligned with a pre-mediated set of rules and what I mean by that is you had no choice in how you carried out your job as everything was done a ‘set way’. For example if you work in marketing, chances are you have to carry out menial tasks each day, with little room for growth, as its all done by a set guideline sheet. Whereas if you are a freelance ‘marketer’ you can choose clients, make your own mistakes and be able to see what hacks work well and don’t work well for your business.
I Didn’t Feel Valued
When you work as part of a team, you would like your boss to appreciate and value all the hard work you have created for the team, especially if you have been cited as one of the teams ‘consistently’ top performers. Yet there was very rarely a reward scheme or even the praise that we deserved. Making the transition into full time blogging has seen me work with huge brands including River Island among other brands who have praised my unique point of view and in some cases creating an ongoing creative collaboration. Blogging makes me feel valued because not only is the community supportive as a whole but I can work in an industry that values who we are as workers and reward us for our time and efforts.
I Learned More Through My Own Business Than Someone Else’s
Us workers were small cogs in a huge chain of people and we were often swallowed up by the big guys. Suggestions on how to improve the brands presence and utilize digital technology to generate more sales was ignored, as their thoughts on advertorials and media marketing was quite traditional and behind the times. While I learned how to be resilient, approachable and communicative through my Full time job, blogging and transforming my website into a business taught me more skills in a month than I had learned in my full time job in a year.
Skills that I had learned included: Basic coding and website design, editing, proofreading, content curation, how to create a social media presence, how to make money, how to prospect clients, how to maintain long lasting relationships and how to find my unique point of view.
I Realized That I Needed Excitement
My full time job did not excite me and knowing that I would be working tireless hours in a job that was not creatively stimulating left me having to ‘drag myself’ out of bed, when all I wanted to do was blog full time. While I crave routine to a certain extent there is a part of me that is spontaneous and likes to have something different on each day. With blogging I could be at a restaurant one day and going for afternoon tea the next and it is the unlimited world of possibilities that drew me to blogging in the first place. Blogging excites me, challenges me and makes me feel like I am truly making a difference.
It Was Affecting My Mental Health
It took me a long time to get over the PTSD that I had suffered throughout my teen and young adult years as a result of childhood abuse and severe bullying. While I mentioned that I was very sick when I first started blogging, when I went into full time work I felt happier, that was until a few months down the line. I felt unhappy and would cry all the time, I was sleep deprived, feeling sick and had severe anxiety every time I walked out the door. My job made me feel bad about myself and I was determined to get rid of that feeling for good. So I cut my hours in half – in my full time job- (although I was working just as many hours if not more than before in blogging) and the affect on my mental health was enlightening.
I realized that I didn’t want to be in a job that was triggering long term mental health issues and while stress is a huge factor, dealing with anxiety and depression can be difficult if you are unable to find your own way out. For the first time in a while I feel happier again and am looking forward to how blogging can help me feel good about myself once more.
My Full Time Job Had Limited Networking Opportunities
There was a huge turnover rate in my role, which meant that while you did interact with many people, the chances of building long term relationships were far and few in between. Old faces would be replaced by new faces in a matter of days and memories of your past colleagues would fade. I met so many wonderful people, but we never had any staff events or catch ups, which to me was a little sad considering how many lovely people I had worked with. Blogging on the other hand, no two events have the ‘exact same people’ meaning that there will always be someone new that you can connect with and its a beautiful thing. From events, to messaging on social media, to networking with other bloggers, I guarantee you that blogging is the best occupation for networking opportunities.
Even as a blogger in a full time job, I would barely go to ‘blogging events’ because I was at work, yet next week I have a hotel and spa review, a facial review, two Christmas in July Events and a networking event, none of which would have been possible if I stayed in my full time job.
I Am Scared S**tless But I Dared To Dream
As both a realist and a dreamer, knowing whether to follow my head or heart is an eternal dilemma, but today I chose me. Who knows whether I will have to go back to my full time job or be able to transform my blog into the business I have always craved it to be but for now I followed my heart and I am excited to see where it will lead me. I will wake up each day with a smile on my face and be able to take each day as it comes. I will be able to spend more time with the people I love and concentrate on growing the social media network groups that I run and turning them into an even better hub for the lovely members who are part of my groups. Most of all I want to show that it is not about how many followers you have or about how much money you are earning. Its about whether you dare to dream and dream to dare I did…
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