It’s no lie that I’ve made money from my blog. I’ve spoken about it before in videos and posts alike. In fact, the internet has evolved in such a fashion that many people have turned blogging and vlogging and using social media into a lucrative business. But how do you know whether that’s the path for you? And do I plan to turn my own blog into a business?
I’ve said this countless times before, but when I first started my blog I didn’t know that you could make money from them. I was into YouTube and I knew that you could make money from that, but not blog. My mind was still stuck on my childhood blog that was essentially just a little internet diary. I assumed that things now were not too different. Oh, how wrong I was.
Around seven months in, after my blog started gaining views, I got my first paid collaboration. At the time I was confused and excited and the fact that my hobby was making me money was amazing. My next paid opportunity came 3 months later, and the one after that didn’t arrive until the following year. It’s always been an exciting extra for me, and not something that I’ve pushed. However, I know that there are people that push it further than I do and do very well for themselves.
I am not unemployed. I am on a post-University gap-year thank you very much.
Honestly, I got asked this by some friends as well. Though it may be tempting to take this passion project of mine and try to turn it into a fully fledged business, that’s not what I want. This has always been a hobby for me, and whilst I love that I can make money from it, I would hate for that to be money that I relied on. I’d rather have a part-time job (Which I have, as long as some freelance work) so that I’ve got money to live off of for the next year and keep my blog as a fun side piece.
The problem is that, whilst turning a blog into a business is a viable option, it requires a lot of hard work. Being self-employed isn’t easy, and if you want to make enough money to live off of, you’ve got to eat, sleep and breathe blogging. You have to pitch to brands, grow your followings, prove day after day why you’re better than the rest. And although I do plan to put so much more into my blog, and push it as far as I can, I want to do that for fun, not because I need it to survive. I believe that some hobbies should be kept lighthearted, and I want to keep my blog that way.
Then I say go for it! As I said, it’s definitely an option, even if it’s not one that personally applies to me. However, I would advise that you make sure that your heart is in it. There’s nothing wrong with starting a blog knowing that your end goal is money, but be aware that it takes time and passion. Making it successful at a business level (Without buying followers) requires a whole lot of intense work, and so you’ve really got to enjoy what you’re doing. Also, I always find that authenticity will get you a lot further than anything else.
If it is what you want, I can’t give much advice, because this isn’t a business for me. However, you can get a cheap guide to blogging here, which will be a good starting point. (Not an ad, just know how amazing Jenny’s advice is.)
I plan to keep blogging for as long as I can. No matter where the rest of my career takes me, I want to keep this as a passion project. It’s always helpful when I make money from it, and I love working with brands. But I don’t want that to be my sole thing. And that’s okay.
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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