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 pricey blogging conference ticket 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!