Why I’ll never be a professional blogger

Hello, readers! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’ve been doing well. Still running from here to there in order to get my health issues fixed, but at least some progress is happening. I’ve finally secured a date for my surgery (November 1st, which means I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo, as I’ll be in recovery mode) and now I just have to talk to the anesthesiologist and wait for the date. My boss was very supportive as usual, and told me to take my time recovering, but I hope I won’t be away from work for more than the first 2 or 3 weeks. At least according to my doctor. Fingers crossed.

Now that I’ve given you guys a quick update on what’s happening, let’s move on to the post, shall we? Gotta try and finish this post on time to go hang the load of laundry I’m running. ;)

Moving on. I read a lot about how to make money from your blog, or how to be a good professional blogger. And I really admire both the people who write those articles and the people who manage to read them, follow the instructions in them, and turn their blogs into a sort of business. I truly do, but I can never be like them.

But Jay, why can’t you ever  be a professional blogger? Well, thanks for asking, helpful voice in my head. Now go back to staying silent, we don’t want to look crazy. See? This kind of thing is exactly why I can never be a professional blogger. I’m obviously batshit crazy. No, wait, that was not what I meant.

I may or may not have a few screws loose up here (jury’s still out) but that’s not the reason why I don’t think I have what it takes to make this blog my job. It’s because this thing is fun.  And I want to keep it this way. Every time I write a post, even a more serious one, I truly enjoy what I’m doing. And even if I do my best to approach delicate themes responsibly,  most of what I post here is basically my opinion and stated from my point of view, instead of careful research and posts rewritten over and over and over to perfection.

And there’s also the fact that the contacts I make through this blog are people I consider dear to me. I don’t want you to be my customers. I would love to have you all as friends. And the only thing I’d like you all to spend on me is some of your time, and maybe a few nice words here and there.

With all that stated, I guess it’s kind of obvious that I really don’t have what it takes to ever be a professional blogger. I’m barely managing being an adult, after all.

Now that I’ve rambled on enough, I’d love to hear your perspective, whether you’re looking at your blog as a professional platform or something you do for fun in your spare time.

Are you a professional blogger? Why, or why not? Share your answer with me in the comments!

See you all on the next post!

8 thoughts on “Why I’ll never be a professional blogger”

  1. Very well said. I guess I think and feel the same way. I do some technical writing (procedures, test reports, etc.) as part of my job, so I guess I actually write professionally on occasion. But the writing I truly enjoy is my blog and whatever other mishmash of words I bang out when the mood strikes. Would I like to make a living doing that? The first knee-jerk answer is, “Yes!” The realistic answer, though, is as you say. I’m not interested in making this stuff my job. As soon as it becomes a job, I’m betting it will lose its appeal. Professional writers (bloggers, novelists, what-have-you) are the few folks that have figured out that balance that keeps the writing from being a job in spite of getting paid – hell, even making a living – to do what they like to do. I would also point out that these folks also have a skill/talent that is far greater than mine with a much larger source of creative “juice”. I would have to work much harder at that sort of thing IF it was even possible for me to make a living at blogging and creative writing.
    BTW, good luck with your surgery. Hope it all works out.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I feel you very much as well. I do write some as a part of my job (mostly manuals), but it’s busy work, you know. Nothing immensely inspiring, and I have to admit that, while the end result works, it’s pretty boring to do technical writing and I only do it because it’s a small part of my job. And just like you, I would think I’d like to make a living out of writing, but I also know that when people are paying you to do something, either people who give you a paycheck or those buying your books, you can’t just do whatever you want. That’s a freedom that only being an amateur affords you. But I do agree, some people can write professionally and keep their sanity and inspiration. Kudos to those, but I don’t think I could.

      And thank you for the well wishes! <3

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  2. I have absolutely no idea if I’m a professional blogger. My site isn’t a traditional ‘blog’, I do make some money through patreon and a store, I think of my readers as friends or potential friends rather than customers, I post when I have something, I refuse to have ads. No idea what that adds up to.

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    1. I think it adds up to a genuine blogger! I do see some people who would like to make some side income from their blog, and I really don’t see any problem with that, and those who create the blog solely to make money (no problem with that either, but just not my cuppa). I’d say that’s the difference? But hey, I may be completely off base here! :D

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  3. I would love to find a way of making an income from what I do on my blog, but like Lucy above, I’m not a traditional blogger, my space is more a portfolio. But I don’t have what it takes to be that person. I’m not ambitious, I fear I will stop enjoying it and I’m not disciplined enough. I don’t have the readership to warrant ads, though I’m not against them, for stuff that was relevant and that I truly wanted to promote. Photography is where I thought I’d make money from, but I’ve had my thunder stolen (just coincidentally, not maliciously) and it’s crushed my confidence and I don’t seem to have the ‘wherewithal’ about me to start or learn what needs to be done. So I guess I’m just gonna have to perch here in this world with you, having fun. Sounds pretty good to me. ;) Good luck with your surgery. :)

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    1. I feel you almost on a visceral level there. That’s exactly my point. I have toyed with the idea of doing something non-invasive, like an Amazon link here and there if I talk about a book, but even that feels icky to me? I’m lucky enough to not hate my day job, so I guess there’s that?

      And for what it’s worth, reading what you write is always fun on the other side too, so there’s that! ;)

      Thanks for the well wishes!

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