How to Respond to “ Blogging Isn’t a Real Job”

As a blogger – one of the most annoying scenarios has to be when you tell someone that you’re a blogger and they respond with “but blogging isn’t a real job”.

This is something I’ve come across a lot both in “real life” and online in light of THAT showdown between vlogger Elle Darby and the White Moose Hotel in Dublin. “She should get herself a real job..” Let’s all roll our eyes together in 3…2…1…

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I’m going to start off by saying that I know blogging isn’t a job for everyone. Lots of my blogging friends do it as a hobby and that is GREAT. I also want to point out that I don’t blog full-time. Yet. But I do make some income from my blog so I would definitely say that it’s a part-time job (even though I contribute almost the same number of hours as I do in my office job!).

In fact, when you break it down, blogging is a lot of jobs rolled into one title! Starting with…

Writer

This is probably the most obvious one. Your content ideas, writing style and the presentation of your posts are what makes your blog unique. That being said, writing your own content should only take up around 20% of your blogging time (allegedly!)

Social Media Manager

If 20% of your time is spent creating the content – the other 80% should be spent promoting it. Your blog alone just isn’t enough anymore, social media is crucial to maintaining a successful blog. I use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to promote my blog and I’m always on the look-out for new social media channels to take advantage of!

I always make sure that I respond to all blog comments left on my posts and every message I get on social media. It’s so appreciated when people take a bit of time out of their day to get in touch!

Photographer

Every good blog post needs images – whether it’s for SEO purposes or just to break up some bulky text. I’ll be the first one to admit that my photographs are far from professional. It’s something I really hope to work on over the next few months. I do try and use my own photos where I can and not rely on stock photos all the time.

Researcher

You wouldn’t believe it if I told you how many hours I regularly spend doing research for my blog. Whether that’s researching specific topics for a post I’m writing or finding out the best way to tackle the latest social media algorithms. I would highly recommend doing some (read: lots) of research into SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It will make a huge difference in how well your posts perform online.

How To Respond When Someone Says Blogging Isnt a Real Job

Graphic Designer

As I said earlier, it’s so important to include at least one image in each of your blog post. If you can make it a “Pinnable” image (i.e 735 x 1102) that’s even better! I use Canva to make all of mine.

Book-keeper

You’ve got to keep on top of those earnings so that you can fill in the all-important tax forms at the end of the year. I also keep an eye on my outgoings in relation to my blog and social media. For example, blogging and scheduling tools such as Tailwind – which comes out of my account as a monthly cost.

Analyst

Keeping an eye on your analytics isn’t just important for your blog itself. I use the analytics you can access on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure that I’m sending out my social media updates when my followers are most likely to be engaged.

Marketing/Communications Manager

As nice as it would be, sponsored post and brand collaborations don’t just come to you. Well, sometimes they do but more often than not, the blogger reaches out to the brand first. As a blogger you have to learn how to write perfect pitches to make your blog stand out and make brands want to work with you! and most importantly….

CEO

My blog is my baby, and my business. Yes I think blogging is really fun and enjoyable, but I take it seriously. Anyone who knows me knows that I run MeganSays on a strict schedule and I have everything planned to a “T”.

All decisions relating to my blog ultimately fall on my shoulders. All of the money invested comes out of my own pocket so it’s no wonder I run a tight ship!

 

So the next time someone tries to tell you that blogging isn’t a “real job” – let’s give ourselves the credit we deserve!

14 Comments

  1. February 20, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    I love this! Saved, pinned, shared, and keeping for a good reminder of how to respond! Thanks!

    • megansays
      Author
      February 20, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this post – thank you for reading x

    • megansays
      Author
      February 20, 2018 / 10:35 pm

      Hi Melanie! Thank you so much for your comment – it doesn’t matter how early on in your blogging journey you are, a lot of these are true from the word go!
      x

  2. February 21, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I love this and it’s 100% true – bloggers work SO hard! The different hats bloggers wear could honestly make up an entire department 🙂

    • megansays
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 9:30 am

      You are so right – thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. It drives me crazy when people judge so quickly and don’t take the time to understand how much work we put in! x

  3. February 21, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I get that all the time! Especially from family. I’m a stay at home mom since only one kid is in school and daycare is stupid expensive. So, I write, but the problem is I don’t make any money from my blogging and my family is constantly saying things like “well when she’s in school you can get a real job and make money and get out of poverty.” Being that I’m getting financial help from them, it’s really hard to stand up and say that I’m “working a job” because I’m not actually making any money. I get a little from trading cryptocurrency, but I guess what I’m saying is I agree with you, but I don’t think I have the confidence to say it myself…maybe when I’m earning some from what I write I’ll be able to say something, but til then I’m kinda stuck. Sure hope I’m earning money before I have to go back to work because I really DON’T want to! Thanks for posting!

    • megansays
      Author
      February 22, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hi Tami,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’ve just had a look at your blog and you’re a brilliant writer so keep at it! It took me a good while before I got any sort of income from my blog and even then it’s not a lot but that doesn’t take away from the amount of work that we put in. Keep your head up and try not to let the negative comments get to you too much. Take care and thank you for reading my post! x

  4. February 22, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Oh how I *LOVE* this! It’s soooooo true, though. I can’t tell you how many times I get odd looks from people or blank stares when I tell them I am a blogger and that it’s my dream to do it full time. I’m in the process of monetizing, but I have a lot more growing to do before I can make money I think. Thanks for sharing your heart! <3

    • megansays
      Author
      February 23, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. I think a lot of the negativity around blogging is due to ignorance. People don’t understand just how much work goes into it!

  5. February 23, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    A big reason why most people don’t tell anyone that they blog is because blogging and writing is seen as an ‘easy ride’. It’s not. Personally, I was always quite open about it but recent events with hotel gate etc has made it a whole lot harder to justify blogging to other people.

    • megansays
      Author
      February 23, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Yes! And they think that all bloggers think they have some sort of entitlement which really isn’t true. It is a shame about that whole hotel fiasco because it’s ended up painting our community in a pretty bad light.

      Thanks so much for reading x

  6. April 20, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    I love this post! I get that attitude from my roommates who seem to talk about my job as a “job”. They mock me when they ask me what I did today and I tell them I’ve been busy working. It is so much work and like you said involves so many skills.

    • megansays
      Author
      April 20, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Sarah – thank you so much for your comment. I really enjoyed your most recent post about Tailwind – I clicked through on your Pin from Pinterest Pals. Ignore your roommates and keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

      Thanks again for reading x

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