I love blogging. In around 2001, aged around 11ish, I was really into web design. I asked for a domain name for Christmas and I built myself a website from scratch. This website had a blog. Admittedly it was more of a personal diary online for all to see, but it still had the word blog attached to it. Over the years my patience for web design dwindled, but I still found myself called to write online - I often utilised the "blog" and "bulletin" functions on MySpace!
Fast forward to 2009 and I started my first "real" blog where some of the content was actually written with other people in mind. By 2013, I'd outgrown that blog but was still very much into blogging and The Glitter Vixen was born. That was over three years ago now and here I am, still blogging.
The point I'm trying to make is I've been blogging for over a decade and I still haven't given up. Sure, I take breaks but that tends to be down to poor time management rather than me falling out of love with the activity.
I've had a lot of hobbies in my 24 years of living. I've played musical instruments, I've played netball, I've played football and as I mentioned before, I used to spend all day every day designing websites. Yet none of these hobbies have stuck with me. Just blogging remains.
When I realised that I could make money from blogging, something I was already so dedicated to, I was ecstatic. It was just something I had to do. In fact, that's why I created The Glitter Vixen. My last blog didn't feel "professional" enough or cohesive, so I decided to start again from scratch, fully intending to turn The Glitter Vixen into a business.
And yet, it didn't happen.
And now, I'm so glad.
Don't get me wrong, the idea of making a bit of money from this blog is still enticing. I am still in awe of those who do make their money from their blog and not only that, but live on the money they make from their blog.
But it's not for me.
Making money from blogging can be seriously hard work and I've realised I don't want something I work on in my spare time, something that I'm supposed to enjoy doing, to become hard work. My blog is fun and I want to keep it that way.
I don't want to depend on my blog to put food on my table and a roof over my head, because suddenly, blogging will become an absolute necessity, rather than something I do to unwind and have fun.
I don't want to start accepting sponsored posts because part of why I love my blog so much is because it's mine. I already get paid to write content for other people in my day job - I love my blog because I choose what's on there, I choose what I write about and it excites me!
I spend a lot of time designing my blog and getting it to look exactly how I want to. If I were to monetise my blog via ads, I'd be taking away from that carefully crafted aesthetic I've worked so hard on.
For a long time, I was obsessed with the idea of self employment. I wanted my blog to be a business and I shoved Arbonne in the face of anyone who would listen. I was determined to "be my own boss" and earn my own money. I didn't want to be an employee.
I've since realised that I actually really enjoy being employed and being an employee is certainly the right choice for me right now. The comfort of having a set amount of money go into my bank account consistently is just unbelievable. I never had that with my previous jobs and I would definitely not have that if I blogged for a living. I'd constantly be wondering what my "wage" was going to look like each month - no thanks, that's not for me.
I'm completely happy to support those who do depend on their blog or other similar pursuits for their income - I really do think it's great. Perhaps in the future, it's something I may even consider again.
But, for now, my blog is a labour of love and I'd like to keep it that way.