I know I say this all of the time, but I can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by! It seems like just yesterday I was pulling out my summer clothes from storage. Soon, I’ll be putting them away again. After all, school starts next week. Like, how?! Despite never wanting summer weather to end, I am excited that it’s September. September is about new beginnings and I’m ready for that. Last week, I mentioned that I was looking for a full-time job. I’ve been looking since about June and finally found something that feels like the right fit. So – the kids are going back to school next week and I’m going back to work.
I’ve been a full-time blogger and freelancer for about a year and while it’s been great, I feel like I’ve had the freedom to do anything. As you can imagine, there are a number of benefits to working for yourself. For instance, you don’t have a “boss,” you can make your own schedule, work from anywhere (including bed) and you’ll never have to commute. However, there’s no guaranteed income, and although I’ve been lucky, some months can be quite financially tough. To make sure I had some sort of income, I did invest in various stocks and shares. This investment really allowed me to pursue my career as a blogger because I knew I would have money coming in. I would really recommend checking out some best shares to buy now and investing like I have. That way, you know you always have some sort of finance to fall back on if anything goes pear-shaped. I had some friends in similar situations who even dabbled in the world of cryptocurrency investing. A few of them used Bitcoin Trader anmelden to get started and are still successfully investing today.
There’s no doubt in my mind that going back to work full-time will be an adjustment. Even though it’s only been a year, it feels like ages since I’ve had a full-time job! I think it’s because a lot has changed in my life over the past year. I’ve moved to a new home, a few of my closest friends have had babies, and of course, I met my boyfriend, Matt. A lot can happen in a year!
So, why the heck am I going back to work?
There’s a number of reasons, but here are a few of the main ones.
I’ll be honest. One of the biggest reasons I’ve decided to go back to work is because of the paycheque. Of course, I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to turn my blog into a business. I get to work with amazing people and promote some of the brands that I love. It’s so much fun to create content and get paid for it!
All of that said, it’s not enough money. My reach isn’t large enough to be making 6 or 7 figures from my blog and it probably never will be. Despite not being a ‘big-time’ blogger, there’s still a lot of work that I turn away. Trust me, it hurts to turn down paid work, but it happens more than you’d think.
Sometimes, the compensation isn’t enough for the amount of work required to complete a campaign. Other times, I just don’t feel comfortable endorsing a product. For instance, a company recently reached out, wanting me to promote a line of hair products that I’ve never tried. They needed a commitment before trying out the products! Um…no, thanks. I take a lot of pride in only promoting products I truly believe in – whether it’s a paid campaign or not. That just felt shady to me.
At the end of the day, I have goals in life and unfortunately, you need money to achieve a lot of them. It’s been ages since I’ve been able to travel. I want to move out someday! Eventually, I’ll need a new car, laptop, camera, etc…and at this point, I can’t afford those things. Heck, I feel guilty when I want to buy anything these days!
There’s no doubt that I love blogging and being a content creator. If I didn’t love it, there’s no way I’d still be doing this four and a half years later.
But, there’s a lot of bloggers out there who are always “on”. With almost everything they do in life, they think about creating content for their blogs and social channels. Granted, I do all of these things too, but not nearly to the extent that a lot of bloggers do. I find it exhausting to live that way!
When I’m glued to my phone, I feel disconnected from real life. And I don’t like feeling that way. Maybe other people are more passionate than I am?
It’s no secret that Instagram has being driving a lot of bloggers nuts lately. Changes to the algorithm have been a constant source of frustration. I know that some people were losing followers and their content wasn’t being seen so they used services like Growthoid to overcome the changes.
I’m so proud of the growth I’ve seen on my Instagram account over the years. I was over the moon when I reached 10k followers (and wrote a post on how I got there). But, over the last few months, things have been different. My following plateaued at 13.5k and over the last few weeks, it’s been steadily decreasing. I know there’s more to Instagram than just the numbers, but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening. And of course, we all know that (to an extent), numbers do matter.
Because the numbers matter, there are people who will try just about anything to grow. People will buy likes, followers and comments. It’s something easy to do if you follow this How to Get 1K Followers on Instagram in 5 Minutes: 2021 Guide. They will join comment pods to increase their engagement. Or, they participate in loop giveaways. I’m tired of all of these types of tactics. I’m also tired of how many ads I see on my feed and the fact that Instagram hides a bunch of content that I want to see.
Furthermore, I’m bored by all of the sponsored posts. Granted, I do sponsored posts too. It’s how I make money from Instagram. But – like everything in life, moderation is key. There’s so many influencers/bloggers/whatever you want to call us, who post primarily sponsored content. I don’t know about you, but when every post is sponsored, I have a hard time really trusting and getting to know that person. Also, when you’re a fashion blogger and you start endorsing toilet paper and smartphones more than you talk about fashion…it’s like, really?
When I take on partnerships with brands, my goal is quality over quantity.
(Oh – and I’m clearly not leaving Instagram any time soon. I just wanted to explain why I’m falling out of love with it lately.)
I started Something About That because I wanted to share my love of fashion (and lifestyle).
These days, it’s rare that I dress remotely fashionable! Unless I have a meeting or event to go to, I don’t wear my cute clothes. Also, because money is tight, I don’t shop as much as I used to. I miss being able to shop without feeling guilty every time I make a purchase! And no, I would never buy something, shoot it and then proceed to return it.
What does this mean for Something About That?
Nothing, really! I still plan to keep my blog going and to be honest, you probably won’t notice much of a difference. It’s not like I’ve ever been a 5 posts a week kind of blogger…
Blazer (Similar option for fall) | Tank (Similar) | Jeans c/o Mott & Bow | Sunglasses c/o Clearly.ca | Scarf (Similar) | Purse (Similar)
I just wanted to add a quick note about these jeans. They were gifted to me from a brand called Mott & Bow. They didn’t sponsor this post, nor did they require I feature them. That being said, I really love the jeans!! They fit me perfectly, feel like great quality and were available in a short inseam that works with my petite frame. They’re also very reasonably priced, so check them out!
See Also: The Sherpa Denim Jacket That is a Must-Have For Fall and The Cosiest Jacket Ever
Amanda Montgomery says
Congrats on your job girl!! This is so exciting! What is your new job? I can’t wait to hear about it! I completely feel you on this, and I am glad you found something you are excited about! It is extremely hard and very tiring days, especially when you aren’t willing to compromise on promoting something you don’t know and like. I am the same way, so you are exactly right—we just have to pass. I admire you so much, your realness, and honesty. I hope this change will help renew your passion, and I can’t wait to keep reading! Good luck with starting your new job!
Wow, thank you SO much for such kind words Amanda. I really appreciate it 🙂
I’ll be working as an Account Manager at a smallish start-up. It’s client relations/sales/not entirely sure just yet. It’s in an unrelated field, so my client will remain a creative outlet. I can already feel the inspiration and passion coming back, which has been lacking lately.
I’ll be sure to share more soon 🙂
Good luck in this next phase of your journey!
Thank you so much LaNeshe 🙂
I love this post Jackie!! I can relate to so much of this. I love that you keep it real! Xo
(Ps I have totally fantasized about buying stuff just to shoot and then returning it, but I just can’t do it!! Haha)
Thank you so much Jenn – I really appreciate the comment 🙂
And seriously, I’ve thought of it too, but I CAN’T!!!!
Thank you for writing such an honest post! It was so refreshing to read. Best of luck with your new job! What field are you in?
I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the post. I think it’s important to be honest!
And thanks – I’ll be an Account Manager (so client relations/sales). It’s a completely unrelated industry, which is what I was looking for. I want my blog/social to be the only blog/social I focus my energy on!
All the best on the new job girl and I totally get all the reasons for doing it!!
Thanks Candace! 🙂
Megan Joy says
I can totally relate to your frustrations about Instagram. And seeing so many bloggers post primarily sponsored content gets kind of old. Moderation is key! I love your blog (and Instagram) and j look forward to following along on this next phase in your life!
Thank you so much for the kind words! I know I’m not the only one feeling the frustrations, so it’s nice to know that resonates with other people too 🙂
Jackie, loved this honest post so much! I’m getting fed up with IG as well. I feel it lost being fun. I haven’t been able to reach 5k in years, and it is frustrating especially when I see others gaining (buying?) followers like crazy. Good luck with your new job!
Thanks, Lona. I know you’ve been frustrated too. It feels like an unattainable goal lately, but hopefully it works itself out. I think it’s important to focus on why you enjoy the platform, rather than on the numbers. Community is still one of my favourite parts of it all!
So enjoy reading your blog, your enthusiasm, and passion for your craft come through in your writing. Your honesty and integrity come through as you mature into a blogesta of epic proportions! I admire your intrepid spirit to explore your craft for a year giving up full time work. This lessons and knowledge you,ve shared with your readers will hurdle you into the future. I can,t wait for the next chapters, as the corny songs from the Jefferson sitcom stated “we,re moving on up to the big time”. So proud of you!
Awww thank you so much Jhann!!! But, now I have that song in my head HAHA
Congrats on the new gig! Honestly, I can totally relate to everything you said here. I’m not really blogging full time, but definitely getting closer to it and I get everything you said!
Thanks and I’m glad you can relate! It’s definitely important to have multiple gigs going on because you shouldn’t ever have all of your eggs in one basket!
Congrats Jackie on the new job!! I’m sure it will be an adjustment, but in no time you will get back to the swing of things! Love the honesty too! Everything you said about blogging, sponsored post, and Instagram is exactly what I’m thinking! Best of luck and cheers to new beginnings!
Thanks Rach, I really appreciate the kind comment! I’m also glad some of this resonated with you. 🙂
I totally understand why you’d be going back to work full time!! Good on you for sticking out the full time blogging for a year and making great headway… but we all know that it’s tough to make a full time income on blogging alone – especially when you’re being picky about collaborations (which is awesome!).
My following on Instagram plateaued at 8K and I have been seeing the decrease as well which is soooo frustrating. My goal was to get to 10K (and get that dang swipe up feature! Lol) but it feels impossible these days ?
Best of luck in your new venture!!! Xx
Ahhh I forgot about the swipe up feature! All we can do is hope that something changes and that growth becomes do-able again soon.
And thanks for reading the post 🙂
Thank you for sharing such an honest post! It’s really nice when bloggers share real experiences/feelings, so thank you! And congrats on the job!
Thank you so much Candace! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
Ahh congrats on getting a new job! I totally respect your reasons for it too – money isn’t everything but it certainly is important. Either way, I’m glad you’ll still be blogging!
Thank you so much!! It’s complicated, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! 😉
Congrats on your new job! That’s so exciting!
and I really love this outfit, those shoes are gorgeous!
It’s been great so far! 🙂