I started blogging for money.
Not in the way that you think though… it was a way to raise money for MIND from friends and family when training for the London Marathon in memory of my friend Vic. Never did I think that this little online diary would become my ‘job’.
I blogged to share my story, and still do, but it amazes me how many people I meet at events that started blogging just to make money or get invited to cool stuff – students whose dream job is a blogger/vlogger.
I know that some bloggers/vloggers get paid a LOT, but the reality is, most of us do not. I do make some money from the blog, but not enough that I don’t have to work too (and study). I’ve blogged before about ‘Knowing Your Worth‘. It’s something that I’ve seen a lot about how much to charge for a blog post in a lot of the Facebook groups I’m in and there doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule. However, the bottom line is that some bloggers get paid a lot, lots get paid a little, some are overpaid, most are underpaid.
I’ve been honest in the past about how I am affected by the green eyed monster (and very ashamed of it), it can be hard seeing other influencers sharing great opportunities that I wish I’d had, or wondering why I wasn’t picked for a campaign. I even know some bloggers that are giving up their blogs because they’re being overlooked for campaigns in favour of a different crew of fitness bloggers. However, I remind myself that I never started blogging for ‘stuff’, back when I began I didn’t even know you could get freebies for writing about it online.
So if most bloggers aren’t actually paid for the time they put into their blog, what do we blog for? Personally there are a lot of reasons why I blog:
- Because I love it. No job will ever be as underpaid as blogging is, especially to start. No job would be such unsociable hours. No job would get so in the way of your life. No job would take so much of you. There is no way that I could have dedicated the time, effort and money over the past five years if I didn’t love blogging.
- You guys and anyone that has ever read my blog. Every time I see someone share a blog on social, add a comment, send me an email or chat to me about something I’ve posted it makes me feel so happy, and I know I’ve made the right decision in sharing (and sometimes oversharing) on here.
- To keep myself accountable. If I don’t run, I won’t have anything to write about! There’s a possibility that after the London marathon in 2012 I would have stopped running completely, forever, if I hadn’t loved writing this blog and wanted to keep it up. Having this blog, and reading other people’s blogs motivates me to keep training, get up for a 5am workout and chase my BQ marathon goals.
- To make a difference, even just to one person’s life. If I can make one runner feel like they are less alone on their training runs, or that they’re facing the same issues I do. Or if I can help someone start running, change some of their eating habits or make a step towards a healthier life. It was a running blog (Daily Garnish) that convinced me that I could run a marathon, and that I should be making some better food options.
- To share information, advice and experiences to people that are interested. Most of my friends don’t run (or blog) so don’t really read this, and I can’t talk their ear off about running, but I can run my mouth off about it on here. Additionally I like providing honest, impartial reviews of kit (OK not going to lie, I also enjoy testing the kit). I love reading other people’s blogs, race recaps, good runs and those that have gone run. It makes me feel better when I share something embarrassing, that I’m usually not the only person it has happened to… like realising that a gym doesn’t have towels and having to use 3 hand towels to dry myself off before a day on placement.
So my question – why do you blog, or, if you don’t blog, why do you read blogs? And what would you like to see in this space?