So, here I am sat at my desk after finishing a shift a work. Did I not mention that before? Yes, I work a day job and I am a part time blogger. Sometimes though it is very difficult to connect with people on my level as I see myself playing two roles.
In my day job I have to think and make judgments in the role and the technology that goes with it, there are rules and deadlines to meet. Whereas on my blog I can write and do what I like and work whenever time suits me. I have the freedom to try new things and I can mix with people from a far wider field in the forms of the many social media platforms out there.
So, why is it lonely….?
Well, for me it can be because it feels like nobody understands. When I say nobody I mean the people who I am in contact with daily, the people around me in the real world. It is very hard to talk to my immediate family about blogging as they do not do it, hardly anyone in my circles even knows what it is. I understand this – as everyone has their own lives, their own projects and their own hobbies so to speak. Coincide this with the constant tinnitus I have to endure 24/7 as part of my Menieres disease and it really can be difficult to get through the day sometimes.
This moves me on to my next question.
Why do I do it?
There are two reasons for this.
Number one, I like to escape. This may sound weird but this is actually my way of switching off from the day to day BS that we all have to endure. I like the learning of new things online, I like to try out new methods, learn new tricks. I like the unknown, what is going to happen with a post, a site, a new product launch? I love to sit at my PC at night after the kids have gone to bed and experiment online with various tools and ways to earn extra income for my family.
This leads me onto number two, my family. Another reason is to hopefully provide a better life for my family. My better half Natalie and my two angels – Olivia and Scarlett.
But this is where most part time bloggers are fooled. Trying to earn extra money online for you or your loved ones is great. That alone should show that you have good standards and you want to provide for them. Thumbs up. But – do not think for one minute that being a blogger is going to make you rich overnight – maybe even at all.
Pick five of your favourite bloggers right now. I bet you with the exceptions of maybe a few that their incomes do not come as a direct result of their blogs. Blogs are great and sure they can bring in revenue. My blog does, it has affiliate links where appropriate, it also has some Adsense code dropped in – and every day my blog will bring in revenue. But can I pay the mortgage with it? Are we going on an amazing holiday with it? Are my kids’ University funds topped up? – the answer to all three is no. And I bet that would be the same for 99% of blogs out there…..
You see, most “bloggers” will almost certainly do other stuff. They will also offer services like web design, SEO consulting or writing. They may be heavy freelance writers, or they may have other websites that bring in the bulk of their revenue.
More often than not, this work will be done as lone warriors armed with their laptops sat in cafes, or the library. If you are fortunate enough to have the space, maybe an office at home.
Everybody is different and everybody has different skills. My main focus with online income has shifted the past month. It was never the intention for my blog to be the main income source – this was always meant to be a central hub for my activities. And, it will remain that way.
I have tried many “make money online” systems in the past. Some I’ve had success with, some are not even worth the physical effort it takes to double-click the mouse to unzip the file it came in. Quite frankly I am appalled at the amount of garbage there is out there online. You will learn the hard way in this business unless you can take the advice of people who have two things:
2. Worthy Experience
I have started to offer out my services now and I am going to be concentrating on this and on content creation. My last product 30 Minute Infographics made over $1000 in sales in a little over a week – a personal record for me, which I was very proud of.
So, onto the next then….?
My trouble is time. As I only do all this part time I often find myself drifting off during the day, thinking about the next thing online, or a cool idea for a site, or a neat video idea….
There is quite often nobody to talk to about it. I am though a member of a truly awesome group online though where I can fortunately share ideas and talk to other like-minded people – I really hope the core people of this group realise how great they are and how much they have all helped me over the last few months. If there is such a thing as an online family, then I have found mine. Find yours.
I have to take a step back and just focus on one thing at a time. If I keep putting real value work into the time that I do have then there may be one day when I can look back on this post and reflect from my hammock on the beach!
Ok, so maybe not a hammock but, if Olivia and Scarlett get a little helping hand in life and get to go on some fun adventures throughout all of this then it will all be worth it. Even if no one else knows about it…..
Thank you for being a reader of my blog. You are welcome here any time.