Blogging Is My Job…

Blogging Is My Job…

When my maternity leave was coming to an end with Holly, we decided that I wouldn’t return to work. That financially it wouldn’t make sense and I also loved being at home with my girls. It was at this point I decided to start writing my blog, I have a really active mind and I’m not very good at doing nothing. I needed an outlet, something for me and to stop me going crazy.

I also hated how fast my girls were growing up and I wanted to capture everything, all those little ordinary moments. The things they said, what they loved and the life that we had together and Dear Bear and Beany was born!

I very quickly fell in love with writing, having a place that I could put all the thoughts that were whirling around my mind. It really helped me to make sense of things getting them out and onto the ‘page’. I also believe that it was blogging that helped me realise I had post natal depression and seek help.

I had no idea that there was a blogging community out there, that there were a lot of other parents doing just this. I still remember joining this Facebook group and people were talking about money and being paid for blogging. It was a shock, I had no idea that this was even a thing.

Over the last couple of years my blog has grown, I’ve worked a lot of hours on it in the evenings when the girls are asleep and on the 2 days Holly was at preschool. But I still never called it my job. In fact I don’t really talk about it to people, unless they are bloggers. I know that to other people it is hard to understand, to get your head around that people pay us. People’s perception of blogging various a lot and it can be easier to just keep quiet. When really I should hold my head up high and be proud of what I do and the community that I’m part of.

Since Easter, Andy and I have been talking about the time that Holly will start school in September. That our life is about to change again and having both our girls in school means that I don’t need to be at home all the time. Andy has always been really supportive of my blog, he can see how much I love it and we both know that we are incredibly lucky with some of the experiences it has brought our family.

Together we’ve decided for me to give blogging a proper go as my job, to see what I can achieve and where I can take my blog. It’s scary and exciting. The start of a new school year, feels like a fresh start and I’m full of ideas of what I would like to do, what I would like to write about. But first I need to clear the back log that the summer holidays have brought.

Blogging is very unpredictable when it comes to working with brands, you have no idea when an email is going to land in your inbox asking you to work with them and even then it doesn’t always carry through. Which can make you nervous at times that no work is coming in. But you have to learn to take the high times, with the low times.

I’d like to thank every single person that has ever read a blog post, liked a Facebook post, given my Instagram photo a heart or my tweet a RT. I appreciate every single one, every single time. You won’t know that by doing that you are supporting me in a way that goes so much further than you will ever know.

I now need to start seeing this as my job and for the first time I will have a job that I 100% love, there will be no Sunday night blues and I feel incredibly lucky.

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15 Comments

  1. 05/09/2018 / 10:21

    Hooray! Well done Laura, you are so good at blogging and I know you’re going to be incredibly successful. Especially now we have all that extra time on our hands, eek!!
    Nat.x

    • Beth
      05/09/2018 / 14:57

      Ah good luck Laura x

  2. 05/09/2018 / 15:00

    Ah good luck with this Laura, exciting xx

  3. 05/09/2018 / 16:38

    Well done Laura. It is funny isn’t it how we keep it quite. I started blogging in 2015 I was still working part time so it was just a hobby. When I got made redundant over a year later I still wasn’t earning from my blog. I rarely told people I had a blog.
    When people ask me what I do now I always say I work part time in a school and I’m a virtual assistant oh…. And I write a blog.
    Don’t know why I am still so shy about it as in the last year I have starting earning from it.

  4. 05/09/2018 / 21:42

    And you do an amazing job at it too my lovely friend. You’ve got this….xxx

  5. 05/09/2018 / 21:53

    Brilliant it is so important doing something that you love, we are only here once. I love writing too

  6. 06/09/2018 / 12:34

    You are so right. Blogging is also a job for me but many people don’t get it. Good luck with this new chapter.

  7. 06/09/2018 / 19:12

    Amazing, how exciting! good for you too! Love you little desk – so cute!

  8. 07/09/2018 / 10:09

    I completely hear you on that, I do not miss the Sunday night Blues at all. blogging is the way forward x

  9. After my first year I was brave enough to describe blogging as my 4th job but still only mention it shyly. I loved it last night when you described us as ‘press’ at the blogger event in Oxford: it really made me feel like a valid blogger!

  10. 08/09/2018 / 07:04

    Good luck with taking it on full time. I did that for a while but chose to go back to work as I do find it can get quite lonely at times

  11. 10/09/2018 / 17:35

    Oh this is very exciting! When my Youngest started school last year I focussed on finding a job as a freelance writer and I did it. I now have a contract and a monthly wage that I can count on. I feel very lucky to have a job that I can fit in around the school run and still be there for the girls, and it’s all from the blog. That’s pretty cool! Good luck, you will totally rock it!

  12. 13/09/2018 / 14:04

    I love this post, Laura! Congrats lovely it’s so nice to be able to work at home. It’s also wonderful when something you love like blogging can also become your income. I really love how you thank for the likes or reading, people don’t realize how supportive they are being when they do those things 🙂

  13. 16/09/2018 / 22:26

    This is brilliant Laura, what an exciting journey you are on. I am sure it will be an outstanding success for you. I totally get where you are coming from on not talking about it with anyone else outside the blogging world. I am the same many people just don’t understand. Good luck lovely I am sure you will smash it xx

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