Why I don’t want to blog full time

Now I’ve been doing it for a couple of years, I find it a lot easier to tell people I’m a blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t run around shouting about it or anything. But if it just so happens to come up naturally, then I’m happy to talk about it. One of the most common questions I get during these conversations is: “so do you hope to do it full time?”

And my answer is always a firm and resounding noI’m always surprised by how many people don’t necessarily get this. But people tend to fall into certain pools e.g. those who blog themselves and want to do it for a living and those who see blogging only for the ‘freebies’ and the experiences bloggers are fortunate enough to enjoy. I could go on about how hard I work on my blog and the amount of time I put into it but let’s be honest, unless you do it (or indeed something similar), you aren’t really going to get it. So to those people, I try to move the conversation ever so swiftly on.

We all begin blogging for different reasons, whether that’s being a fan of blogs yourself and wanting to give it a go or to find like-minded individuals and become part of a community. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and the job I was in at the time simply wasn’t giving me an outlet for writing, so my blog became that space where I could stretch my fingertips and just write. I never expected anyone would read what I wrote let alone comment and embrace it. I never expected to make friends from it and I certainly never expected to win an award for it. But despite all of that, I have never once yearned to give up my day job and dedicate my life to it. But why?

With success stories such as Zoella, Fleur De Force and Tanya Burr, it’s no mystery as what the appeal of becoming a full-time influencer is. But it’s worth remembering how we only see all the fantastic bits: the masses of blogger mail, the expensive houses and designer wardrobes. The pessimist in me just can’t help thinking about all the shitty bits. Even if we’re not talking about the mega-famous ones but those bloggers who take the plunge of making blogger their full-time career (oh hell, I admire you), I simply couldn’t handle not knowing exactly how much money I would be making that month. For some, perhaps that’s a bit of a thrill and even motivation but I’m a bit of a control freak and I think to do something like blogging full time, you need to be at least a little bit laid back.

There is a lot about work that I don’t like but including the constant paycheck (see above), I also like sticking to a schedule. From 8-4.30pm I am mostly in work mode. And by the same degree, when I walk out of those doors, I can, to an extent, leave my job behind. Blogging is a 24/7 kinda deal generally so when it’s your career, I can imagine how difficult it is to switch off. This is of course down to social media and while originally intended to be a bit for fun, for bloggers it’s just another part of their job that is constantly happening and you always feel you need to be on top of. Being self-employed also throws into other difficulties you wouldn’t otherwise experience such as not recieving maternity leave and holiday pay. Those days you deservedly take off are days you aren’t making money and that kinda sucks.

I also actually like having colleagues. One of the best parts of blogging is the people you meet and while you can all be of supportive of each other, realistically you just aren’t striving towards the same goal as everyone has their own interests at heart. And that’s fine! But sometimes it’s nice to be part of a team and working together. I imagine being your own boss is pretty kick-ass: working in your pjs and from bed, making all the decisions… But at the same time, not being held accountable for everything can be quite nice. Perhaps that’s just me being a wuss though. But in a boss you also have someone on hand who (hopefully) will help you develop professionally which can be hard to do on your own. It all comes down to your personality really and what you feel you need in order to grow – whether that’s a team of people or simply your own determination.

Don’t get me started on the challenges which bloggers now finding themselves fighting against. Instagram algorithm anyone? To be perfectly honest, most of the time blogging is a numbers game and even if blogging was my job, I just simply don’t have the energy to chase those numbers and to be blunt, I just don’t want to. I want to work to gain my readership but by providing good content, not my trying to be algorithms. For me, blogging is purely and simply an enjoyment and trying to reach targets and even monetise my little corner of the internet takes away that enjoyment away.

I must make it clear that this is in no way a “you shouldn’t do this because of X Y and Z” type post. I fully applaud those who do move into blogging full-time and I think it’s both brave and admirable. It just simply isn’t for me. For once, this weeks post wasn’t planned in the slightest. There are no pretty photos and my words have literally come straight from my brain with little to no editing. This is a topic I reckon a lot of us think about and to clarify, nobody is right or wrong. I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter, let me know in the comments!

Emily x

  • I know what you mean. I think if I blogged full time, I don’t think I’d enjoy it quite as much.

  • I love this, I definitely think we all blog for different reasons. Being a full time blogger does seem like it comes with a lot of positives and negatives, as chasing the numbers must be really tiring xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • Missy May

    Chasing the numbers is really exhausting and yes everyone blog for different reasons. Just like you, I can’t blog full time. Not secure enough for me. I got bills and a son to take care of. Lol!!


  • Mariann Yip

    I can definitely relate to this. Its definitely a struggle but I love what I do and that’s what I think matters more than things like designer wardrobes. http://mariannyc.com/2017/10/06/how-to-deal-with-change/

  • hmmm…these are very good reasons but for someone like me who has sent out so many job application letters and still unemployed, working as a full time blogger gets me fulfilled.
    The Glossychic

    • Emily

      See that’s a very good point. I guess I was thinking more from people who choose to leave work they are already in. Good for you! 🙂

  • Such a great post, it really gets you looking at the pros and cons. Have a lovely day! Gemma x

    • Emily

      Really glad you think so Jacquard. 🙂

  • This is so insightful! I started my blog for the same reasons as you did: to write. It’s been a hobby that opened some doors for me. Would I want it as a full time career? Depends. If the opportunity presents itself then why not but at the moment, I’m enjoying it as it is. It’s my personal space on the internet. 🙂

    I’m also working part-time for a full-time blogger and I’ve seen how much the career demands. The “having to shut off” thing is real because it’s a 24/7 job. I commend anyone who has the energy and persistence to do it full time and for years on end.


  • This is such a great post and topic and I agree with a lot of the things you said like being able to shut off after work/school!

    Stella xx

  • Susan Tran

    I love this post because it’s so real! While I agree that it’d be pretty awesome to be your own boss, I would miss having people around. And it would also cause me anxiety to not know my numbers for each month. I definitely agree with the sentiment that it’s a numbers game and you’re constantly chasing. I do love the community that blogging brings together though, and all the amazing recipes are nice too :).

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Emily

      Sounds like we’re along the same line Susie. 🙂

  • Yes I definitely agree with this! I started my blog to have a space to share my thoughts, ideas and help other people while making new friends and while I would love to grow it into a proper ‘side hustle’ in the future, I do not think the uncertainty surrounding blogging as a full time career is for me. The online world is always changing (who knows what Instagram are planning on doing next?!) and I need something to fall back on. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us:)


    • Emily

      You’re welcome Maria! I’m definitely with you – I can’t handle Instagram at the best of times! x

  • I get what you’re saying, full-time blogging is not for everyone. We all have valid reasons for doing it as a side hustle or full time. 5 years ago, blogging was just my side hustle. It’s my space, like anyone else, to share my thoughts because I was bored even though I was working in the fashion industry. But now I’m a full-time blogger with a side hustle, it’s gone the other way around. The reason I decided to go full time is I really REALLY hate the traffic, and (this will sound like a millennial cliche) I like having my own time and work anywhere I want even in a beach house. Plus, blogging opened up new opportunities for me than my old career. I agree that blogging is a 24/7 job, even though I set myself to work both on my blog and side hustle only 4 times a week, there are times that I break it because this is quite a demanding industry especially when you’re dealing with brands who wants you to work at the same pace as their company. So I also applaud you for being a part-time blogger! Keeping a blog while having another full-time job is not easy as well 🙂 As long as we all enjoy what we do, right? 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • Emily

      Definitely Alyssa! That’s the main thing really, that we’re all happy, whether that’s being in a traditional job or as a kick ass blogger. 🙂

  • I love this post. I always tell people an adamant no that I could not be a blogger full time. You bring up some amazing points girl.

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Emily

      Thanks Sonia, really glad you think so! x

  • I think you have some very valid points in this post, Emily. I find it difficult maintaining a full time job, blog and personal relationships and can imagine it would be a nightmare to switch off if you were relying on blogging as a full-time wage. I started blogging as I’m an avid TripAdvisor reviewer and loved helping people with their travel choices and after 18months of blogging I’ve got my first press trip coming up, which I’m thrilled about. I’d love to blog full-time as I’m more alive in the evenings and find that blogging appeals to both the introvert and extrovert aspects of my personality.
    Jaz xoxo

    • Emily

      That’s really interesting that you started on TripAdvisor Jasmine! I’ve never heard anyone begin that way. I’m really looking forward to hearing all about your press trip!

  • I understand what you mean, I struggle to find time to take blog pictures, write posts etc now x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  • Kat

    I am thesame with the monthly money. That’s one of the reasons I always worry about being self employed in any profession! I also really like my day job and I’m proud of the profession im in so to give that up would be a real shame, especially after all the studying and experience I’ve gained to get here. Blogging for me is a little escape and I love it for that and would rather continue with enjoying the opportunities I get from it rather than get paid :-).

    Kat xx


  • That’s fair enough! I’ve blogged on and off and people always say do it because you love to, not because of the money. This time around, I’m thinking: why not both? Some people start a business doing something they love with the end goal of it being a sufficently run business, and I think the same can apply with social media and blogging.

    I can set my own schedule just fine – I feel like I’m one of the few people who can consistently wake up early, haha! Blogging and social media in general is something that I enjoy. I’ve made a little bit off it and I’m wondering what it would be like if I put more time into it!

    becky @ star violet

    • Emily

      Oh it can definitely work, so many fantastic bloggers have created a job from blogging and it’s really inspiring to see. Who knows Becky, maybe you’ll be one of them soon! 🙂

  • This was such an interesting read Emily. I can understand why those who prefer to be surrounded by colleagues would find blogging full time a little isolating, I’d never thought of that before! I’ve always reckoned a big part of whether people want to blog full-time or not, comes down to whether they’re okay or not with being self-employed. This was a really, really interesting topic to address – thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x