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Is Blogging a Full Time Job?

Is blogging a full time job?Originally I started blogging as a journal, and a way of telling people I left behind of my adventure as an Indonesian expat living in Arabia. Mainly it was for my Dad, who loved to hear/read about me and for my friends and other relatives who might wants to know about me, so that I don’t have to tell them again and again the stories, besides the beauty of blogging is that I can add photographs to make the story more juicy.

The truth is, my Dad was too old to have his own Internet access, let alone to be able to read my blog. Friends and relatives: they acknowledge that I have ‘that thing’ in the Internet, but do they read it? NO!!!

Now, 7 years on, in between my dad has passed away, my readers come and go, my virtual friends, fellow bloggers have changed too, they have moved on, from blogging to tumbling and tweeting and maybe only Facebook-ing, so why am I still blogging? that’s because I like it and love doing it.

Yes, I must admit that there are ups and downs in blogging, and the truths are:

  1. Blogging is supposed to be a hobby, but I end up spending more time doing it than I’ve ever expected to.
  2. Like other forms of journalism, blogging is no different. Prior to publishing my writing, I need to do some reading and research, so that what I write will not be total porky pies. Thus, it takes time to do the preparation, cooking and everything else before I can deliver.
  3. My blog posts are always behind from when I actually want to post it.
  4. I need to do some networking, visiting other blogs, do some reading and commenting so they will do the same favour and to get visited from other bloggers.
  5. Networking means not only visiting other blogs but also setting up profiles for Twittering, Facebooking, Flickring, and other social networking media, just to tell people (not bloggers) that here I am….
  6. Blog beautification is another thing; that is to make my blog attractive, easy to navigate around etc. I am not a techie and I know nothing about web design; thus I have to figure out everything myself, which also takes time.
  7. Organizing the pictures to use as my blog illustration as well as for my photo-blog, which collection has become thousands now and yet I still don’t know how to use them effectively.
  8. I need to post regularly and frequently enough so that I can keep my readers at least occupied, not to mention Twittering, Facebooking etc., otherwise, my readers will go somewhere else.

Yes, I can upgrade myself like using a premium theme, or upgrade to a pro and using my own domain. The question is what’s next after the upgrade? One thing for sure, I will spend more time trying to figure out how to operate the new theme instead of writing blog posts.

Yes, I have been blogging for nearly 7 years now, and yet I still think blogging is a hobby, which should not take more that 8 hours a day; I don’t want to commit to become a full time blogger, as I still have my day job that pays and consumes most of my time; yet I can not stop blogging and thinking about it….

Filed under: eJournal, Online Life

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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK with my British husband but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons in Europe.

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Journalism is an art in its own way which requires time and talent….it is not everyone’s cup of tea but your “blogging” has always attract me as each story brings out its own character…….and it is certainly of interest…………….keep on going

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  2. I think I started blogging for exactly the sam reasons as you. Reading this post sounds almost like I wrote it! My family have to be encouraged to read my blog, so I do it for my followers now. If you want to beautify your blog, please send me an email via the button on my homepage and maybe I can help🙂

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  3. Same with me … I started blogging as a journal … And agree with you … Producing a post takes time, even with the photos haha! Sometimes I didn’t realize that I already spent some hours just for one post! Lol😀

    I’m not a techie person either, that’s why I learned by myself too … Changed a bit here and there, trying to make my blog better …

    Good luck to you, and keep blogging!

    7 years is ‘Whoaaa … ‘😀

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  4. ahaha.. kita sepemikiran mbak..
    salam kenal dari blogger batam, indonesia. baru nemu blog ini dan suka. saya jadi bisa belajar inggris😀

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  5. Michael Gerard Ceralde

    With the progress that you have accomplished in your blog, you have clearly without doubt translated your ideas, thoughts, passions, aspirations and even shared your outlook/feelings about almost anything in life through this evolving media to your love ones, family, relatives, friends, colleagues and co-bloggers. A journal it may seem but the passion that goes along with the lengthy ups and downs while you’re doing it as you have enumerated is an experienced that you will carry with you for a long time in your journey, sojourn or travel. In time, Nins Travelog will surely have lots of countless cherished memories to be shared and pictured with among your friends and your lifetime partner.

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    • Nin

      Thank you Mike for that nicely said comment. I respect your comment and somehow encouragement, even though I think it still frustrating that I did not receive enough fulfillment from the original target of this blog. Anyways, thank you again for showing your interest and I hope you keep on popping in to this blog.
      n.

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