First of all, that headline is kind of BS, and here’s why:
- I was kind of pushed into full-time blogging (+ freelancing)
- I still don’t know whether it’s going to work out entirely
- I am doing a couple other money-making gigs too hence the “+ freelancing”
The headline just sounds bigger and better than real life, so I went with it. That’s pretty much how it goes with everyone, right? I’m not fooled by everyone’s “success stories,” and I hope you aren’t either. I’m more inspired by the nitty gritty of it all: how they made that first $1000, how they schedule their day so that they’re the most efficient, etc. Obviously, that’s what I’m going to share with you all.
I wish I had a foolproof formula to full-time blogging, but if I did, I’d be using it to make that headline not BS, and, honestly, I’d probably sell that puppy for a lot of money…
How I got to where I am is a little more random than that. In fact, I’m not even really sure where I am…
If you’re still reading and not skipping this post to go to someone with actual knowledge, bless you, and HERE WE GO:
HOW THIS ALL CAME ABOUT
Basically, because of a combination of things: my husband’s new job and both us feeling ready to leave, we ended up moving from NYC to Tampa, Florida about two weeks ago. This move was relatively unexpected. We had planned on staying in NYC for five years and December only made three and a half. My original plan was stay in my part-time social media job and continue to blog as a side hustle until we moved back to Florida or until I was making steady enough money that I could afford to make the leap.
This move just sorta thrusted me out there into full-time blogging. I knew I didn’t want to go find another job working for someone else. Though I don’t mind working for a company, I think the ability to work on the projects I like with a schedule that suits me makes me an overall more productive, happy person. I do better work for everyone involved AND it helps me continue working towards my dream of only working on my own websites and projects one day.
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That being said, it meant I needed to make my blogging income stable or diversify my income so I had other things to depend on. I’ll be real with you, because I think talking about money in this industry is important: Sometimes I was making $200/month on blogging; other months I was making $2500/month. That’s a big difference, and neither are actually where I want to be.
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WHAT I’M DOING NOW
I ended up deciding that I would continue to do social media in a freelancing capacity by having clients who I’d help develop social strategies for and do some posting and analytics. My focus was, and still is, on Pinterest. It’s a platform I really believe in as a time-saving way to gain substantial traffic to your website and to promote your brand. I shared a little more about that in my Instagram highlight story. Definitely check that out if you’re interested, and please email me, if you’d like to learn more about how I work with small businesses and bloggers.
Basically, I have a few Pinterest clients this month and one all-channel social client that I also work consistently with. This month I will spend 75 hours working on those projects, but that lets me have a lot more time to work on my own content and businesses (namely, K5T and The Internet’s Maid of Honor, my wedding blog). I hope to monetize both of those with things I used to do (i.e. sponsored posts and selling The Ultimate Wedding Planning Binder) and with new ideas I finally have the time to make a reality.
I upped my sponsored post rates, after getting yelled at by my blogger friends for how low they were based on my audience, and am hoping for more true partnerships this year. Partnerships with brands that I truly believe in and that I can take the time to create content I am proud of. I have the equipment, the schedule and the determination, but time will tell if that’s all it takes.
FYI this little experiment is possible, because we’re living at my mom’s home for the time being. It’s temporary OF COURSE, but we had no cars and no idea of where we wanted to live since the move was so unexpected. We needed to regroup, buy cars, finalize my husband’s job, get in a more steady groove with my work and then find our own place. I didn’t expect it to be easy, and so far… it’s definitely not. Ha.
WHAT MY PLAN IS GOING FORWARD
I am just trying it out, ya know. I can always go back to a 9-5, but this stubborn girl is just not going to let it happen easily. I want to make to my dreams come true and am determined to try until it’s not smart for us to try it any longer. If that happens, I’ll just have to swallow a big ol’ pill of humility and give in without giving up on making it full-time eventually.
So basically, don’t judge me if I end up taking another job…
My plan is to keep you guys updated. I want to do a little monthly recap including vague income reports and the lessons I learned. I’m not sure if this will be via YouTube or a blog post yet, so just stay tuned (and definitley subscribed) to find out more. Like I said, I believe in keeping it real and sharing my journey with you all. That’s important to me, because there is too much fake crap out there to get us down and feeling bad about the rate at which we reach “success.”
2018 is looking like it’s going to be an interesting one… Here’s to reaching our goals and affording our beers!