Okay, so how many eye-rolls (or winces) did you get when you first told people you were going to be a blogger?
Especially if you said you were going to blog as a job?
On slow days, you may wish you had listened to all those naysayers. But on the good days, don't you just feel all gooey inside? (and it doesn't take much to please us either, does it?
I mean, one comment or a few cents of ad revenue and we are walking on clouds, right?)
So, for the good days, here is a list of reasons why you are GLAD you decided to be a blogger. Even if it meant walking away from one of those day jobs that turn people into crusty, old eye-rollers. (with steady incomes.)
1. You Can Make Up Rules as You Go
You can't do that at a "normal" desk job, can you? I'm pretty sure you can't make up your own rules in any industry.
But at home, in your own empire, you are mostly the boss. Sure, we cater to search engines, readers, and potential customers. But if we want to paint everything in the office yellow, start work at 3 am, or decide not to answer the phone, then we can.
2. You Don't Have a Dress Code
Okay. I do believe that you can feel more professional if you get out of your pjs and into at least some decent casual-wear. But you don't have to.
In fact, you don't have to wear clothes at all, if that is your thing. Or, you can absolutely "show up" in sneakers, ripped jeans and a t-shirt with your favorite pop culture figure splattered across the front.
Guess what? That succulent dozing on the corner of your desk will never complain about your office attire.
Added bonus? You save a fortune on work clothes and dry cleaning.
3. You Can Pee Whenever You Want
In my previous "real jobs", there was a policy in place that basically said "hold it for 6 more hours".
Or at least until your one 30 minute break of the day. Try that when you are seven months pregnant and you will definitely appreciate the freedom of being able to pee whenever you darn well need to!
4. Everyday is Take Your Kid to Work Day
And your husband. And your dog. And your pet turtle. You can also take your secret security blankie and teddy bear if you want, because there is no one to judge you.
Except the turtle.
The point is that you can always be surrounded by the stuff that makes you happy. You have a constant reminder of why you are working so hard in the first place.
5. You Can Take a Day Off. Like...Right Now.
No need to give a notice. As long as you aren't gone for months, your blog will still draw traffic and make income. You might still feel guilty, but you can kick off for a day without having to think up a bad excuse.
And when you get back to work, no one is going to be mad at you because you didn't really have measles.
If you do get sick? Or your kids get sick? You are already in the best place to handle any emergency.
You don't have to lose a day of income, you don't have to handle everything long distance by phone. You can absolutely dispense Tylenol and Kleenexes while you blog.
6. "Playing" On Twitter and Instagram is Part of Your JOB!
And Pinterest. And Facebook. You aren't playing on your phone. You are actually working. That's so cool, right?
If someone makes a snide remark about you using your phone during a really boring family get together, you can honestly reply that it's not just a phone.
It's your mobile office, and you are actually making money while they are discussing whose hemorrhoids are bigger.
(We all have some of those relatives, right?)
7. You Can Eat While You Work
Especially if you use the kitchen table. It might not be recommended, but eating, drinking or anything else you want to do is okay while you work.
You can even watch television.
Because you make the rules.
Even better? You can just knock off for lunch whenever you feel like it. No need to watch the clock. Not hungry til three in the afternoon? Hungry before noon? Just go grab a sandwich.
Take your phone. Work on the way to the kitchen.
8. You Do Fun Things as "Research"
Go to a ballgame. Go to a museum. Go on a shopping spree. Eat at a restaurant you are dying to review.
Whatever you are doing, it can be turned into a blog post that will probably earn you some money down the line.
If you write product reviews then you never have to feel guilty for an impulse buy. You were simply acquiring a product to review for your readers. It was a business expense. Doesn't that sound cooler than apologizing for spending too much at Target?
9. You Don't Have to Go Out
At least, not every day. You have the option to stay inside when its cold and rainy.
And if you are a cold-natured woman (me), then not having to go out in the snow wearing heels and a skirt is worth any amount of work and sacrifice. Especially at 6 am.
On the other hand, if I DO want to go out...I can just pick up my "office" and go outside to work.
Certainly couldn't do that at my old job.
10. No Annoying Co-Workers
That doesn't mean blogging is without its annoyances. There will always be some online people that really get under your skin. And you may have to work while listening to your kids squabble over who gets to hold the dead beetle they just found.
You can handle both situations in ways that would probably not be acceptable in a standard workplace. As in, you can completely ignore the people online, and you can threaten your kids with military school if they don't share dead bugs.
11. You Can Say No to People Who Think You Do Nothing
If you were already a stay-at-home wife/husband or mom/dad before you started blogging, then you've probably met those people who figured you had tons of free time on your hands.
Those people who think you are obligated to do things for them as a way to make up for not having a "job". Like, since you aren't working, why don't you watch my kids for free?
Or go do these errands for so-and-so? Here, host my party/shower since you have all this free time.
Now you have a good reason to say no, lock the door and put out a do-not-disturb sign.
Blogging is, after all, a 24 hour job. Just like being a mom!
What are your favorite perks of being a blogger?