Lately I’ve been asking myself if I should acquire my own domain and start blogging ‘professionally’ as it were, with the aim of eventually generating an income. I have this internal tussle every now and again, as the ex business analyst in me says, ‘you could do this if you put your mind to it’. However, since I left work, my inner hippie has been growing stronger and she says ‘who needs money?’. So therein lies the dilemma.
Now, there’s no doubt I could use the extra cash to fund my travels plus clothing, beauty and scented candle lust, but lately I’ve been thinking about what I would actually lose by earning. So here’s my thought process. See what you think.
- I have enough to live on, why would I need more?
- Would more clothes, shoes and holidays make me any happier?
- Currently, I answer to no-one, and after thirty years in the corporate world, that feels pretty good. Do I want that to change?
- I have total freedom to blog or not to blog as the mood takes me – do I want that to change?
- I write what I like, not what fits a particular genre. Would that change?
- Would blogging still be fun if it was a job?
- How would it affect my other hobbies and charity commitments?
What difference would money make to my life?
- Would it make me healthier? Nope, but I could afford a juicer. Not going to fix my heart though is it?
- Could I travel more? Yes, no doubt about it.
- Could I spend more on ‘things’? Yes, but what happens then to the thrill of the charity shop bargain? Don’t I have enough ‘stuff’ in my life already?
- I could give more generous gifts – but do the people I love really care about that?
- Would it make my garden better? Yes – I could buy more plants and maybe a greenhouse. I could go to garden shows.
- I could afford to go to the theatre.
- When I was earning really good money, how did I feel? Ah yes, I remember, trapped, stressed and sick. Nothing to recommend it then.
Now I’m not suggesting for a minute that earning from my blog wouldn’t be bloody hard work and that it wouldn’t take a huge amount of effort which may not even result in success. The thing is, if I’m even questioning this I should stick to blogging for fun, right? I retired for a good reason and I just need to remind myself of that now and again.