My relationship with blogging & what I want from it

My relationship with blogging and what I want from it

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I think that talking about what you want from your blog or what kind of relationship you have with blogging and creating content can be a bit of a touchy one sometimes. I see a lot of tweets from people saying that if you're blogging for money than you're in it for the wrong reason as if we're not allowed to want to make money from something that makes us happy. It's an odd one really. It's something I think about a lot, why I blog, as I see a lot of people discussing it online. So why do I blog? What kind of relationship do I have with my blog?

When I started my first Tumblr blog many years ago, I mainly just enjoyed reposting funny and relatable things, usually about Sum 41 or MCR - However, once I realised that Tumblr gave me a platform to post my writing, I started posting short stories every day. I had an online friend (Yes, just the one) that read every story I posted and always gave me feedback, which encouraged me to post more. After a while, life got in the way and my blog was left abandoned, never to be seen again.

That was until a few years later when I started another one, this time I posted about my life and what was going on in it. I posted the odd chatty post and beauty related post but I had no schedule, pretty theme or nice photos - I just enjoyed having somewhere to share what I was thinking and liking. To be honest, I don't think anyone actually read it. I didn't share it on social media or engage with any other content creators, I just wrote a post, snapped a photo and posted it. For a while, this is how I blogged, mainly for myself in the hopes that maybe someone will magically find it and read it.

Then I started this blog and I haven't looked back since. I've been posting consistently on here for over three years and, although I've had many ups and downs, I've loved every second of it. After spending years posting random thoughts to the internet and essentially talking to myself, I'm over the moon that I finally have readers and that I've found the blogging community.

When I started this blog, I started it with the intention to earn money from it. I'd blogged a lot in the past but never really committed to it and didn't realise I could actually make a living out of something I enjoyed doing so much. So when I found out I could, I decided to give it a go. It took me a while to figure out what kind of content I enjoyed posting more, but that's still something that changes now. Sometimes I enjoy writing about makeup, other times fashion or lifestyle - I'd say it's a good mix.

I've had moments of doubt, where I've wondered if maybe blogging isn't for me or if I still enjoy it - So I'll take a little break, but it isn't long until I'm back planning content and thinking about my blog. I can't help it, blogging is something I really enjoy, which means it's something that I'm constantly thinking about. I love doing Blogmas every year, not because I love writing about Christmas, but because it's the one time of year that I post everyday. Which means I get to throw myself fully into my blog for nearly two or three months. Last year I booked a few odd days off work to dedicate to Blogmas, and spent every weekend in November working all day on content and, as sad as it sounds, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

I'm going on holiday to the Canaries soon, to get away for the week but also to visit my family, and all that's on my mind is what content I can create while I'm over there. I know, it probably sounds bad that I'm going to see my family for the week and all I can think about is content, but that's no surprise to me because it's something I'm passionate about. I'm just hoping my niece is ready to take all my photos for me, cause I'm not taking my tripod.

So if blogging and creating content is something that I enjoy so much, something that is a huge part of who I am. Why can't I want to earn money from it? Why shouldn't I be able to say that I want to make a living from something that I actually enjoy doing? Cause, believe it or not, I don't want to be a receptionist for the rest of my life. So what's your relationship with blogging? Do you want to be able to do it full time in the future? Or do you enjoy having a creative outlet alongside your job?