The Importance of Blogging for Fun

Posted June 22, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 11 Comments

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Raise your hand if you are a full-time student!

Raise your hand if you work a full-time job!

Raise your hand if you’re a full-time parent!

If you are any of these things, blogging is a time consuming hobby in a world filled with responsibility.  If you are more than one of these things – if you are ALL of these things – I salute you.  In a world demanding so much of our time and energy, how do you find time to operate a blog?

For myself, I am a full-time worker bee.  I work an eight hour shift five days a week with an 87mi commute on both ends.  It takes up most of my day and I get up at an unbelievable time to get myself going in the morning.  It’s the life I chose and the sacrifice I made to continue working with the same company and living where I want to live.  And it’s hard most days.  It certainly doesn’t leave a lot of time for hobbies.

So how the heck do I manage to post almost every day?

1.) I don’t have a social life.  This is meant as a joke, but it’s also true!  I like to keep to a small, intimate group of friends, so I’m not out on the town every Friday night.

2.) I’m really well-organized.  I thrive with a blogging plan, and because I listen to audiobooks to and from work most days, it’s easy enough to come up with content.  I spend a lot of time thinking about it because, well, traffic.

3.)  This is the most important one – I love what I do.  I blog for fun and I blog because I enjoy it.  It’s not something I wake up in the morning and dread.  I wake up in the morning and tell myself: “Hey, if you get up *right now* you might have time to work on your review archive!”  It’s not a big aspiration, but it’s something that puts a smile on my face.

Sometimes, it’s the little things, y’all.

When you blog for stats or blog for money, it stops being a bobby and starts being a job.  It’s okay if blogging is a job!  In many ways, running a blog is like super casual journalism.  If you’re very good at it and you can make money at it, by all means – make it your job!  But if blogging is something you started on the side and now you hate it as a hobby… then perhaps it’s time for something to change.  A break, a change in direction… something.

That’s why I think it’s vital folks pick a blog topic aligned with their passions.

If everyone is doing a lifestyle blog and you want in on that kind of life… but you hate fashion and parenting and tutorials and cooking and all the stuff that comes with lifestyle blogging… then trust me, lifestyle blogging is not for you.

But you know what’s really fantastic?

Your blog gives you a voice.  So you can blog about anything.  Are you passionate about science?  Politics?  Movies?  Cats?  That’s what your blog topic can be!  Did you used to be passionate about Comic Books and now you’re more about K-Pop?  That’s awesome?  You can shift your focus or start a different blog.  Unless you rely on certain stats or ad income from your blog, you can be as whimsical as you want.

And, if your blog remains about YOU and YOUR PASSION, it’s easy to do.  Because it’s something you look forward to.

Even if you work really long days.  Even if you have kids.  Even if you’re getting your doctorate.  Because if you love it, it’s not a job.

It’s fun.

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This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:

For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?

Short answer: I manage to balance it because I love doing blogging, and it makes a huge difference in my motivation.  I get ahead, make a plan, and use my commute time to my best advantage.  It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. 🙂 As far as what people think, sometimes I’m feeling obnoxious and tell people “Actually, I have a blog” but mostly I just let folks find it on their own.  Most people are disinterested, but I have a couple of girlfriends who pop in every once and a while and I love them for it 🙂 <3

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11 responses to “The Importance of Blogging for Fun

  1. Thanks for answering my first BBH question! Your answers are always well thought out and give more of a discussion instead of a straight answer. As for me, I also work 2 part time jobs and write for other websites as well, so my PBYA blog takes a backseat sometimes. I’m mostly on Twitter if I need to catch up with news and stuff and if something catches my eye, I’ll write about it.

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    • Amber

      I’ve never been good at the social media aspect of blogging – but it’s undeniably helpful in gathering and maintaining a reader base.

      Haha I definitely use the BBH posts as discussion starter points. I’ve never been one for a short post – I have too much to say! And I like hearing what others have to say back. 😀

    • Amber

      <3 So glad I was the thing you were looking for today!!!! <3 I hope whatever has you needing this post passes and leaves you feeling happy and fulfilled. <3

  2. I love this post so much – it’s such a great reminder. I also work full-time and sometimes it is a struggle to do everything I want to do in a day or a week and fitting blogging with all of that also is a struggle. Yet, it’s one of the things I love the most, so I manage to make time for it – also, I’m a huge fan of plans, just like you are! and, since I love it, well it doesn’t feel like a chore, a job or anything else. It’s fun and we all need that little reminder every once in a while 🙂
    Thank you for the lovely post! 🙂

    • Amber

      <3 Yes, yes, yes. And there are definitely days where I'm just not into it. I've been meaning to write a post today, and I'm putting it off because it's gorgeous outside and I'm baking and #donotwant. Again, the beauty of doing it for fun means I can put off my writing until tomorrow, or next weekend, or never, and it's okay.

      Only I'm going to write up the post now, but I know when I finish with it, I'll be really pleased I did it. :)

    • Amber

      Yes, thank you! It’s much better to be happy in a place you have worked hard for than try to make everyone else happy.

  3. Great post!! I love how you make time for blogging regardless of your busy schedule!! I should give audiobooks a try because I totally know what you mean when your stuck in traffic and need to kill time 🙂

    • Amber

      They’re very objective – I LOVE LOVE LOVE audiobooks and recommend them to everyone, but I’ve also gotten a lot of pushback, usually in the format of “Why would you need someone to read a book to you -.-” Obvious answer, “Because I’m driving” but…. you know. The narrator really makes or breaks the experience, so if you’re considering audiobooks, make sure you listen to a sample first!