About two weeks ago, I wrote about getting some new freelance gigs and building a new website, and your comments were so supportive and sweet! Many of you wondered how I do so much work during the day. Michelle called me a machine! Grayson said he had no idea how I write for so many websites. Many other people have offered the same sentiments over the past year or so.
I definitely appreciate all the kind comments and the compliments, but at the same time, I feel like I should probably clear something up:
I do not have it all together!
I do enjoy my online work, but any serious blogger will tell you that we have our own setbacks just like any other job. We have slow months and we have times when we’re not very into our blogs but we have to keep them going anyway. So, if you’re wondering how I work so many hours in a day, how I blog so much, and how I write for so many other sites, here’s what usually goes through my mind every week.
The one thought that really helps me keep going and helps me stay up so late every night working is that this is temporary. I know that in just a few months time, all my hard work will pay off. I will leave a job that I have loved for the past two years, and I’ll wake up the next day as a full-time blogger. On that day, I’ll probably wear my favorite yoga pants and watch TV during my lunch break but for now, please picture me apologizing profusely to the hubs that the house is a mess and promising him that it’ll get better eventually.
Let me repeat: I do not have it all together! My house is messy, and the very neat and tidy hubs is not often amused by it! 🙂
Other People Rely on Me
This past Friday, I was sick. In general, I was nauseous and completely exhausted. Because of this, I didn’t post my own writing wrap up here on Catherine Alford, and I took a two-hour nap after work. Basically, I had trouble making it through the work day; however, I still submitted three blog posts to other bloggers that were due that day. Now, I could have easily asked David or Lance or my new client for a break since I wasn’t feeling well, especially David and Lance because they are my friends. But, that’s not how I work. I try to make sure that every post I have due for others is on time all the time. That’s why people hire me because I’m reliable. If I take a break because I’m feeling a little tired, what’s going to happen when I’m really, really sick or I’m dealing with some serious personal issue? I’d rather power through the little setbacks and only ask for extensions if I really, truly need it. That way, when I ask for it, they’ll know I really mean it!
The point of telling you that story is to say again that I don’t have it all together! I let my own blog slip at times because I have other jobs to do. I read dozens of blogs every day but don’t have the time to comment on them. There are several updates and glitches I need to fix on my site, but I don’t fix them right away if I don’t have too. So, while I am getting a lot of work done every day, there are still many more things and projects and e-mails that I haven’t gotten to yet!
You Never Know What’s Going to Come in the Mail
Lastly, what really keeps me going is how exciting it is to be a blogger. You never know what’s going to come in your inbox. It could be a normal day of spammy people offering me *Totally Free Content* if only I’d link to their site or I could get asked to interview on the Huffington Post going live in 12 hours. Or it could be a great day where I pick up a new client or have a post go viral. Plus, I enjoy talking to my blogging buddies during the day, and it’s always fun to get an e-mail from them. I also like the challenge of coming up with new, creative, and fun topics.
Even more so, I just love to write.
So what if I don’t have it all together? I’m lucky because I love the work that I do both online and in my day job. Sure, I get tired of writing even though I love it. Sure, I feel burned out from time to time. Sure, I’d rather eat soup and watch a movie when I’m sick instead of format posts. And yes, I do stare at the computer screen wondering how I’m going to create 20 brand new topics every week.
At the same time, I’m a big believer in the principle that nothing worthwhile comes easy, and the truth is, when it comes to blogging, the good far outweighs the bad. In my opinion, it’s the best job in the world, and I plan on typing until I can’t type anymore every single night until my dreams of working for myself become a reality.
Do you have it all together? Let’s get real here today!
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