I am currently in my 10th year of blogging. I started in December of 2009. When I started there was no intention for this to even be a money maker. In fact I did not even know that was a thing. When I started it was back in the days of link ups, blog hops, and blurry Blackberry photos. I feel like today and really the past few years more and more people start blogging TO make money and get to that point a lot faster. There is nothing wrong with that it’s just a different arena. I have been asked so many times when and how I started blogging full time so I thought I would share a bit of that journey.
When And How I Started Blogging Full Time
I started making SOME money from my blog in 2010. Not a lot but I remember a brand wanting to pay me $30 for a guest post and thinking that was the greatest thing ever. Then in 2011 I started accepting side bar advertisements. I did that for about 3 years. I honestly wish I hadn’t as it was way more work than it was worth, but it was a good learning experience.
I can’t remember the first sponsored post I did but I think it was sometime in 2012. This was not nearly as common then. During this time I had finished grad school and I was working for a company doing social media. I was also tutoring on the side and doing my own freelance social media work.
Then I had to make a choice in 2014. Andrew and I had just gotten engaged and he encouraged me to do my blog work full time. I still did a bit of social media freelance but I wanted to spend the time focusing on my blog. Once I took that leap and was able to focus my time on that my income went up.
In 2015 I completely stopped doing any freelance social media and ONLY did blog work. So since 2015 my blog has been my entire source of income.
The biggest factor in this decision was looking at what I was making in each area. I was making enough from my blog to be a full time salary and we knew if I could focus a full time work schedule on it it would grow even more.
Once I started treated my blog as a business it became one.
I encourage anyone who wants to blog full time to take that leap. To me it’s a “you never know unless you try” kind of thing and I think everyone should try to do something they are passionate about.
That’s not to say I don’t have stressful times. There will be weeks where no sponsored work comes in and I panic but I just keep creating content and plugging away and it seems to work out. Right now while blogging and social media influencing are a career option I feel grateful and lucky to have a career that allows me to not miss out on any of the fun of being a mom.
Please comment any questions below and I am happy to answer them!