If you’re even remotely connected to the blogging world, you are currently being inundated with posts about the upcoming BlogHer Conference in Chicago. Posts about what you need to pack for the conference, posts inviting other bloggers to meet up or share hotel rooms, posts by bloggers who aren’t attending and feel fine, posts calculating the cost of travel expense, conference ticket, hotel accommodations, etc. and posts giving you 101 excuses for not going to BlogHer 2013. There’s even a Twitter event #HomeCon13 for those not attending! I will admit to being a bit surprised by how many bloggers I’ve come across who will be attending the conference, and wonder how many are getting paid to write their blogs vs. how many are hoping to get paid for their blogs vs. how many don’t care to get paid and just do it for the love of writing. I’m aware that was one too many vs. but these are the categories in which I view bloggers.
Which brings me to the following question. If you don’t get paid to write is it still considered work or does it fall into the category of hobby?
Here are a few things to consider:
- For bloggers, writing is a passion that they have pursued because they need the outlet. Blogs are a great platform to do that. Not only do you keep your creative juices flowing, but you have people read your stuff, and you get feedback on your writing.
- For some writers, blogging is a means to gaining followers and building a relationship of sorts with people who will hopefully want to purchase the book they plan on publishing in the future. That’s right. Some bloggers are working on a book while simultaneously providing material for their blog.
- Bloggers adhere to their calendar of scheduled posting days in an effort to be consistent and reliable for their loyal followers.
- However, before that, bloggers have already dedicated countless hours to their writing, drafting, editing and perfecting pieces before they post them.
- Bloggers are writing additional pieces for submission to other sites…i.e. guest posts, articles for consideration, essays for contests etc.
- In addition, most bloggers have a whole life outside of blogging that demands their attention as well.
Now that you’ve had a moment to consider these points, ponder this: If the blogger described above doesn’t get paid for bullet points 1-6, is it considered work or a hobby?
I’m a bit torn. Here’s why:
- I was raised to believe you get paid for work, yet the above describes someone who is obviously working at something or toward something but not necessarily being monetarily compensated.
- Furthermore, I am a stay at home raising two children who has also homeschooled said children. Believe me when I tell you it’s work! I may not get paid for it, but I don’t consider it a hobby.
- On the other hand, if I was getting paid for blogging or hoping to get paid for blogging I would be able to justify a $400 conference ticket to BlogHer in addition to all the other expenses that go along with attending the conference.
- I’m a published author, but I’m not exactly putting food on the table because of it.
- I have a passion for writing and blogging and consider the time and effort I put into both to be valuable whether or not I get paid for that time.
- I get stumped on the “occupation” section of an application.
Where do you stand? This inquiring mind wants to know!