This might be a controversial subject to talk about today, but it’s something that’s been pondering on my mind for a while now. Why is blogging for money shamed so bloody much?
Now I’ll be honest, in the past, I’ve written tips for bloggers and always preached how you shouldn’t be blogging purely for monetary gain, but recently I’ve thought about this and questioned it. What’s so wrong with blogging to earn money? Blogging is a full-time job for SO many now, and it’s a legitimate form of income, so why should people be discouraged from starting a blog to make money from it?
The influencer industry has blown up in the last 5 years. Back when I started blogging the thought of earning money from it was few and far between, heck, I was overjoyed overtime I was sent a free lipstick to try or a jumper to style. I still do. But the truth is there’s real money in the industry now, like better money than your average job kind of money. You’d be daft to deny wanting that, wouldn’t you?
To become a successful influencer, whether it be small scale, earning a few pounds a month, or on the big scale earning thousands per campaign, you’ve still got to be skilful to do it. Whether you started blogging in 2010 or you started 3 months ago, if you’re making an earning from it, chances are you’ve got the drive, the skills and the talent. Who’s to say just because you started blogging with the pure goal of making money makes you less important or worthy? If you’re making a success of it, you’ve clearly got the right skill set for it, just like in any other job.
If you were to go into any other ‘standard’, ‘ordinary’ job role, i.e. something to earn money, and you didn’t have the right skillset, you’d get sacked, right? In blogging, if you haven’t got the right writing, photography and digital skills to do it, chances are it’s not going to be a success. I guess what I’m trying to say is whether you start blogging for fun, or to make an income from it, you’re not any less worthy. The effort and hard work going in is still going to be the same regardless of the reasons.
And let’s be honest, if you start blogging purely for money, chances are you’ll end up enjoying it and doing it for fun too. Having so much control of your work, and building it around your life is bound to be fun, right?
I started blogging nearly 6 years ago. I went 4-5 years without earning a penny. Now, circumstances have changed and yes, I do blog for an income. I actively search and try to make money from my blog. I still enjoy it as much as I did in 2013, but what’s wrong with blogging for money?
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