On full time blogging

I’m here to complain about how I have so many blog-related ideas but not enough time to sit down and make them happen. It’s silly to complain about something blogging related because nobody asked me to become a blogger, right?

I have been blogging since 2002 believe it or not. I have four blogs that I am trying to keep regularly updated:

  • my personal blog, the one that continues from the one I started in 2002, which I try to update at least once a week. I would like to one day consolidate all my personal blog entries in one place, but due to the fact that I have used three different blogging platforms, all of which don’t allow you to import from one format to the other, I have my older blogs spread all over the internet.
  • this blog, which gets most of my attention (to the chagrin of my friends who read the personal blog).
  • the all my single ladies blog, which my new goal will be to write in 1-2 times per month. It started as a result of this entry on this blog, and I wanted it to become a forum for women in their mid-20s and older to discuss issues related to being single and trying to find the person for them (or not, as the case may be). I know some are disappointed by the lack of development of that blog, but I have big dreams for this idea that I hope to one day make happen.
  • the Nigerian blog awards blog. This blog will be active for a period of 2-3 months each year, and again, it’s a blog with a lot of potential if I really work on it.

I have two other domains that have vague ideas tied to them and another idea that I hope to turn into websites/blogs in the coming years, but I feel like I can only have time for this if I become a full time blogger. This is why I’m happy to share that I have been offered the opportunity to become a full time blogger, making the same salary I currently make, to be paid by a subsection of our provincial government that recognizes the value of social media and believes that there’s a lot of potential in blogs. I will be trying this out for a year and my employer has graciously allowed me to return to my job after a year if I would like to.

Sorry, that last paragraph is something I’m hoping to be able to write one day, and is not my reality! As far as I know there’s no subsection of the Canadian government willing to pay me or anyone to blog full time on whatever topic tickles their fancy, but the whole “subsection of our provincial government” bit sounded good eh?

Forgive me for my little joke! I must continue to work my 9-5 until I can figure out a way to do this blogging thing full time, forever and ever, but I remain grateful for my employer and a job that allows me to come home and not be so preoccupied with my job that I can’t blog! Maybe if blogging were to become a career it would lose its luster, but I’d love to have a chance to try it out.

How about you: would blogging full time be appealing to you or a drag?

(Also, don’t forget to visit the Nigerian Blog Awards site to see the categories that your blog or the blog of your friends can be nominated in!)

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18 thoughts on “On full time blogging

  1. Ooooh! I would love to be full time blogger as I love it so much. If I could do it for free I would, but a girl has got bills!

    You're doing well to manage 4 blogs. I tried to run another blog alongside FNTID but I found it too difficult and rather than do them well, both suffered. So I scrapped the other and focused on this one.

    Will check out your other blogs!

  2. No I probably would be bored stiff, I blof when I have something to write about and if I had to do it all the time, I would be constrained to fill the pages with words that may not be the best. I like to blog on my time and not on anyones orders so full time, fully paid blogging aint for me.

  3. Full time blogging? Not sure about that. But I can say that you are doing a great job managing 4 blogs. :). I try to update my blog once a week.

    @olaoluwatomi There is always something to say but, the decision of saying it is what determines when to blog.

  4. lol…that bit abt being paid to blog was a good one..not that some people aren't..

    blogging for me, has been a gr8 blessing..more than giving me the opportunity to write whatever i want, however i want it, i love even more getting to read other people minds, struggles, triumphs, lives, ideas, see their creativity and genius.

    it really is a wonderful world!

  5. Blogging full time would be wayyyyy more appealing if I were earning 6 digits on more on it. But right now it's a sacrifice because I love what I'm writing.

    Oh well…shucks!!!

    Good job on this blog sha.

  6. hehehe…well if i will be paid a very tidy sum, i would blog all day! BUT i enjoy blogging because it is fun & i make new friends daily. 4 BLOGS! o babe! you de try o!

  7. Running all those blogs must be a whole lotta work…full time blogging would be awesome-just a thought!

  8. I was about to ask where you live/work. Blogging full time? If I was paid the right sum and with the condition that I didn't really have to blog unless I felt like it, yeah!

  9. If only you knew the health hazards of sitting in front of a computer all day long of the year! GNG, don't even think about it. Really

  10. I am a full time blogger, I think. At least I don't have any other 9 – 5, except maybe my writing. I really enjoy it especially as I love reading and meeting people. Alas, it doesn't pay anything.

    You almost got em there with your subsction of govt paying people to blog, :):)

  11. Girl, FOUR blogs?!!! More grease to your elbow…. as they say. I have ONE and as U already commented, I barely keep it up. lol. LOL.

    Glad U keep up GNG though, I love it.

  12. Congratulations on your new gig! There is nothing better than doing what you'd do anyway, purely out of interest and being paid for it! Great Stuff!

  13. There are full-time bloggers but I don't think I can. Keeping mine updated gives me enough guilty feeling but at the same time it is one of the best steps I've taken recently, starting my blog I mean.

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