When I first decided that I wanted to be a blogger, I felt a bit silly telling everyone. It’s pretty sad to think about. The worst part about it is that when people ask what I want to do for the rest of my life and I say I’m running a blog, I’m afraid I’m going to get some smug looks as if that’s not a realistic career goal.
There are so many bloggers out there who have made it big and make a full-time income doing so. I will be the first to admit, they’re some of the lucky ones. It’s extremely hard to make money to support yourself. I’m nowhere near to making any money blogging. But that’s okay. Because it takes a lot of research and time to figure out needs to be done to make a steady income. And I do hope that I can get there at some point. I want to prove it to myself and others that it is possible.
I’ve never been one to have one specific passion in life. Growing up, English was always my best subject. I loved to read and write and still do. I was also extremely lucky to grow up in a household with parents who love traveling as much as I do and had the means to do so. When I graduated college and found myself still serving at a restaurant just so that I could have the time off to travel, it finally dawned on me. Why not combine the two things that I love the most and try to make a name for myself doing it? And that’s where I am today.
Although I am working on building up the Roaming Riley brand, I do work full-time at a bridal boutique to make a living. The balancing act of working full time and working on the blog is a lot harder than most would think. And I’m sure many bloggers out there experience this exact routine. Between work, having a social life, and launching a blog, it can get to be overwhelming. I work long days and when I come home, I want nothing more than to relax on my couch for an hour, cuddle with my pup, unwind with some TV, and then go to bed at 9 o’clock. This isn’t the routine that I can follow in order to be successful in the blogging world. It takes a lot more effort than most realize and I want the stigma of blogging to end. No, I am not trying to be a doctor or an accountant. Yes, I am trying to do something that a lot of people try and fail at. But I want to put in the energy because it’s something that I enjoy. I spend my time on Pinterest and Facebook, taking notes from fellow bloggers on how to be the best that I can be. I strategize how to gain a following on all my social media accounts in order to bring in a larger audience to my blog on a daily basis. I create an editorial calendar to ensure that I have posts planned out to keep the blog updated as much as possible. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you don’t see when you read a blog. It takes a lot to create your own brand and business.
Next time you meet someone who wants to be a blogger, tell them you respect their hustle and ask them questions about it. Hell, if you meet anyone who is trying to get into a creative business, try to be nothing but supportive. If you want to sell jewelry, good for you. If you want to be a musician, go out there and crush it (did I just age myself with this? oh well). If you want to blog, write until you can’t write anymore. The world is changing and it’s up to you to create the dream job that you want.
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