I love my job. It took 20 years of “paying my dues” working desk jobs to get to this point and I’m happy to be here. There’s nothing more rewarding than to be blogging about my passion to other people. I always said my worst day blogging is 100 times better than my best day at my office job and I still believe it to be true. That doesn’t mean it’s all rosy though. Like any other job, there are pros and cons to being a freelance blogger.
- You spend the day talking about the things you enjoy.
- You get to participate in discussions with like-minded people.
- You’re earning a steady paycheck.
- Many networks offer traffic bonuses.
- Your name is in print.
- Someone else handles all the technical details.
- You have help promoting your blog.
- Someone else handles the advertising.
- You have a huge support group made up of the network team and owners and other network bloggers.
- You can always count on other network bloggers for traffic.
- Someone else pays for hosting.
- If you’re ill or need to take leave for some reason, your editors will help to find someone to fill in during your absence, ensuring a constant flow of traffic.
- Word counts.
- Monthly quotas.
- You’re at the mercy of the networks server outages or technical issues.
- Each network has it’s own set of guidelines.
- You can’t always write what you want.
- You can’t always take time off.
- You might be working for someone who knows nothing about blogging.
- You and your employer might not have the same vision regarding your blogs.
As far as I’m concerned, the benefits far outweigh the downside. Blogging allows for a writer to be more expressive and more passionate. Not too many jobs encourage either.
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