The other day, I realized that it’s been about 6 months since I started working for myself. My first thought was; how the heck has it been 6 months already? On closer inspection, a lot has happened in the last 6 months and it feels like a long time since I had a 9-5. Even though I’ve been on my own for half a year, I’m still trying to define exactly what I do. I do freelance design and social media management for small businesses, but ultimately, I spend most of my time blogging. Between writing blog posts, shooting photos, social media management, and attending events, blogging easily becomes a full-time commitment.
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The Ups and Downs of Full-Time Blogging
If you’re thinking about going full-time with your blog, then I’ve got to tell you something. There are a lot of ups and downs of full-time blogging.
I love blogging (and all that comes with it), so there are a lot of “ups”. Some days, I feel like I’m on top of the world. To see all of your hard work pay off in some way is the best feeling ever! Maybe this means landing a partnership with a brand you’ve been dreaming of working with, or hitting a milestone on social media. For instance, this morning, I woke up to a pleasant surprise. I’ve finally hit the 10k milestone on Instagram! That’s been one of my goals for ages and I feel incredible about that accomplishment. As well, I love hitting “publish” on content that I’m proud of, discovering new brands and connecting with incredible like-minded people. There are days when I feel like I’ve truly “made it” as a blogger (whatever that means).
But (and there’s a but), then there are those other days; weeks, even. Days when you feel as though you’ll never land another good campaign opportunity. Days when you lack any ounce of creativity in your entire body. There are times when you’ll second guess everything you do. I get frustrated with blogging all of the time. I get countless requests from brands who are looking to “work with me,” only to discover that they’re only willing to pay in product. Um. Sorry, but if I’m going to create a quality blog post with original photography and content for social media in addition to promoting your brand, a free pair of shoes isn’t going to cut it. And of course, when you have your “downs” as a full-time blogger, there are days when you wonder if you should go back to a traditional full-time job.
The reality is, no matter how “big” of a blogger you are, there will always be ups and downs of full-time blogging. It comes with the territory.
I recently went through one of these rough patches. I had very little work come through, a serious lack of motivation, and a full-time job opportunity being dangled in front of me. During this time, I questioned everything I was doing.
The Curveball in my Plans
A few weeks ago, I had an incredible job opportunity fall into my lap. Until then, I hadn’t seriously considered going back to a full-time job, but this one sounded perfect. For the sake of being professional, I won’t name any names, but it was a brand that I love and have worked with in the past.
On a random Friday night, I received a DM from one of my contacts at this brand. She was curious to know if I was looking for a job because she had the perfect opportunity for me. The position was posted online, but they hadn’t been thrilled with the applicants. Apparently, when they were discussing who they’d like to see in the role, my name came up. Naturally, I was flattered. I was also a little bit hesitant, but after chatting with her and reviewing the job description, I decided to apply.
After I sent in my application, I couldn’t get the job out of my mind. If I were to land that position, it would change everything. The job itself sounded amazing, but I was also excited about the possibility of working on the brand side, at a large company.
A couple of weeks later, HR reached out, and they wanted to connect for a phone interview. I was so excited! We jumped on a quick call and before I knew it, I had a in-person interview scheduled for the following week.
Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the interview. After all, I already knew the person I was interviewing with! It turned out to be a lengthy interview, but it felt pretty informal. We went through some of the basic interview questions, while keeping it conversational. During our meeting, the person interviewing me mentioned that there were other candidates being considered, including an internal candidate. Um, hold on…what?! Up until I heard about the internal candidate, I thought I was a shoe-in. After all, they reached out to me! The job was supposed to be mine if I wanted it, right?
In the days that followed, I was a nervous wreck. I couldn’t stop second-guessing everything I said, nor could I stop wondering about the internal candidate.
Well, spoiler alert – I didn’t get the job. It was given to the internal candidate.
I was devastated by the news. It’s a miracle that I didn’t burst into tears while I was on the phone with them! Considering they reached out to me, I couldn’t believe they went with someone else. In hindsight though, I don’t think I had a chance against an internal candidate.
It’s okay though. I took a few days to mourn that loss and now we move on. For now, I will continue to blog full-time, but I will also continue to be open to new opportunities.
Like so many aspects of life, there are a lot of ups and downs of full-time blogging. The first 6 months of blogging full-time has been a roller coaster ride. Ultimately though, the ups do outweigh the downs. You just need to remind yourself of that. I also think it’s important to always stay open to new opportunities.