It may seem like a simple question, but today, especially when so much of us are chomping at the bit to get out there and have some Saint Patrick’s Day fun, it’s worth analyzing. Do you have fun when you blog?
I think for all of us who’ve started our own blogs, the knee-jerk reaction is, “Yes! Of course I do!”
But when you think about it…do you?
Yesterday, I posted “Time Really is Money (but so is love)” – a post about the need to balance making money with following your heart when it comes to blogging. I think that’s a topic that I could write about for ten or twenty more posts, to be honest, because it’s one I struggle with myself. Sometimes, the best things for our readers (at least, the things that they want the most that will translate into the most sales, ad clicks, etc) is not necessarily what we feel passionate about doing. It’s difficult to find a balance.
And sometimes, I think that it’s important to take a step back and really examine the beast our blogs have become, especially if you’ve been blogging for several years. Your blog probably has evolved since the day you started it, and there have almost certainly been bumps along the path you’ve taken. Is the blog you run today what you set out to do – or something better?
The answer isn’t always yes. If your experience is anything like mine, you spend a lot of time depending your career path to people who don’t really “get it” – the same people who think blogging is still the same thing as keeping an online journal. Defending something, as well as being extremely close to a project, has a way of warping the situation in our own minds.
Regardless, even if the blog you’re running today is exactly what you set out to create, you might not enjoy it anymore. We all get burned out. We all have changes in our lives that cause us to lose passion in certain projects. Again, when you’re constantly defending something, it can warp your own ideas about it. It can feel like a failure to admit that it is time to move on, either to another blog or to another industry altogether.
But it isn’t. You aren’t giving up and more than when you started blogging you were giving up on the corporate world. You were just moving on to be happier in your career choice, and that’s something you can do again. Don’t doubt yourself. If you love what you’re doing and are still having fun doing it every day, keep going, full steam ahead, even if you aren’t making much money from it. But if you’re getting bored with it or otherwise unhappy? It’s time to reevaluate, even if you are making a healthy income.
After all, isn’t that why you got into blogging in the first place – to get ahead from doing things you hated every day at work?
There are days I hate blogging. I get frustrated or feel uninspired or whatever. I think that’s true for all of us. Just don’t let that be your truth every day.