There are several things that are slightly unusual about me, especially as a beauty blogger. I've never watched a full episode of Made in Chelsea, the Only Way is Essex or Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I used to eat a large bar of Galaxy Cookie Crumble every single day. I also don't aspire to be a full-time blogger.
I feel like when you have a blog it's assumed you'd like to be a full-time blogger or in the very least have some sort of a career in the fashion, beauty or marketing industries. Maybe I'm an exception but that's really not the case for me. Some people would love to be full-time bloggers and actively work towards it, some would do it if the opportunity presented itself but keep their options open and others just don't really see that for themselves. I think I fall squarely into the final category, though every blogger's goals, priorities, skills, personalities and circumstances contribute to where we fit in.
I have a lot of other interests
I can definitely see why so many full-time bloggers and YouTubers end up moving a little bit away from beauty over time. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE beauty but a lot of my spare time is taken up by it, so I can't really imagine my career being based around it too! I like that I explore a huge variety of interests and topics through my career. I definitely think blogging utilises a huge array of skills but the scope of things I've learnt about after a year or so in the workplace has been staggering and that's how I like it.
I'm a bit 'corporate'
I know 'corporate' is a bit of a pejorative but there are a lot of aspects about the corporate environment that seem to suit me well. I like going out to work. I like moving around the country for meetings and workshops. I like having a training framework with a clear progression for my career. I like working amongst a diverse range of people every day, learning how to collaborate and gaining experience. I like expanding my technical knowledge and developing my negotiation skills. I like the reassurance of a steady, guaranteed income. I like even just getting out of the house every day! I may moan about early mornings and mountains of emails but when it comes down to it, I get restless even on a weekend if I spend all day indoors!
It doesn't fit with my ambitions and goals
Following on from that, I just see my career taking place as a progression within a company, gaining knowledge and experience through years of work. I couldn't really imagine working for myself at this age and I don't think I'd be comfortable with the uncertainty of not knowing what I'll be earning month-on-month or not really knowing how to progress my career. Also I guess there's the uncertainty of whether it could be your long-term career or not; if it would still hold your interest in 20 years time or if there'd even be a market for it (not that you have to stay in the same job for 20 years, but still!) I guess these are all equally applicable to running a business or being self-employed in any capacity though!
'Real life' keeps me down to earth
I may have just got a load of "makeup goals", *heart eye emoji*, "I love your photos" comments on my latest Instagram post but I uploaded it whilst squished against a luggage rack on the commuter train I had to shove my way onto... Without taking anything whatsoever away from the work that goes into blogging (trust me, I fully appreciate that!) I do find it incredible to see some of the big vloggers complain about how hard it is to produce two 5-minute videos a week when it's their full-time job and how difficult it is to wake up before 9am once in a blue moon. Yes, a lot of creativity, skill and hours of work go into producing those videos but the way some people go on you'd think they were being worked like Junior Doctors... They're very fortunate to be in their position and work for themselves largely to their own schedule (all pros of full-time blogging or vlogging) so I think a little gratitude and perspective wouldn't go amiss. Particularly when many bloggers are working other (often quite demanding) full-time jobs whilst putting out regular, high-quality content.
Blogging is my 'fun thing'
Blogging is the fun thing I do to relax once I come in from work and I never want to have to force creativity or feel like I have to do it. I also think it would also be really hard for me to 'analyse' myself and have things like number of followers be one of the measures of my career performance. I'm not that comfortable with sharing my personal life online either and whether it's comments accusing them of having plastic surgery or criticising their romantic relationships, the 'big' bloggers and YouTubers are under a lot of scrutiny.
Do you want to be a full-time blogger? Why/why not?