In my discussion posts I usually talk about reading and books or writing. But this post is talking about everybody’s favourite hobby- blogging! When people said that blogging was hard- they were not kidding, not even by a smudge and I think many people would agree with me when I say blogging is a full time job.
9-5 (or really 24/7)
Blogging is an everyday thing. When you start blogging for long enough it becomes apart of you, just another part of your everyday routine. You can’t really go a day without thinking about your blog in one way or another if it’s from getting post inspiration to taking pictures for a blog post. It’s always in your mind 24/7 with no restbite in sight.
If you have a job, it’s great to show your face a little so that you don’t totally blend into the background. Same goes for blogging. Us bloggers go out of our way to comment on each others blogs, build friendships slowly but surely. I’m no expert here, but one of the ways to make your blog successful is to comment and show that you read the post and comment something thoughtful about it- just like a job. You wouldn’t read a report and say something rubbish back to the person afterwards.
If you have a job, or any obligation, you would know that organisation is key and if you lose that key then you are drowning. Blogging is the exact same. If your a headless chicken running all over the place, blogging is going to be ten times more difficult. I am currently one of those headless chickens, but that’s okay! It’s all apart of the fun that goes with blogging right? And that leads me onto my next reason.
Jobs cause stress. Blogging causes stress. I never knew when I signed up to blogging how stressful it was going to be and if I did I don’t know if I would of signed up so willingly hahaha. Well you can’t have your cake and eat it! Of course not everybody has blog stress, but from the end of monthly wrap ups that have to be done by the end of the month, to the countless blogs that you follow and try to look at regularly, blogging stress does occur. That doesn’t mean that you throw the towel in no no no, you take on the challenge and try to make it less stressful for yourself.
I would never really call my fellow bloggers co-workers as it sounds too formal, but if you are thinking about it in the context of blogging being a job, then yes fellow bloggers are co-workers, the nice kind. We push each other up, we read each detailed discussion posts together and of course gossip about everything bookish! The Christmas themed posts are own special Christmas office parties and every book haul is cause for celebration! You guys are the best part of the job!
Loyal Worker’s Perks
For normal perks this may be a bonus check or extra day off, but for us it is the ARC’s, the author retweeting your tweet or the blogging awards that you get nominated for. These and others are what make your job sweeter and easier to get through! These perks are not everyday presents, but are infrequent so when they come they make you smile (in my case smile like a crazed clown).
This for me workers is why they work. For the money they get to spend on shelter, food and then what ever the hell they like. But for us this is the friendships we make with other bibliophiles, the thoughtful chats we get be included and understood in. It’s the comment-‘I totally agree with you’- because once you are a blogger, you are no longer a lone voice shouting out about their love for books. You are apart of a community- a friendly, understanding and exciting community. Those might be the biggest reasons why I blog.
Those are seven reasons why blogging is comparable to having a full time job!
This post was all my opinion of course and I would love to know if you agree with me with some of my reasons or if you can find any more similarities or maybe some differences!
I’ll write soon!