Last week I published a post that posed the question, “Blogging: Work or Hobby?” where bloggers and non bloggers (well, mostly bloggers) voted and shared their take on how they see blogging. I was hoping to come away with a clear message on which category holds the most bloggers. Why? Initially, I was focused on finding out whether bloggers do it as a hobby or whether bloggers are all working toward an ultimate goal of being paid for their blogs. Being that I never started blogging with a paycheck in mind, but realizing early on that blogging can be as time consuming as a job, I was curious. Interestingly, the message I came away with is priceless.
While some can easily refer to their blogs as work by the simple fact that they are getting paid to blog, and others had no problem labeling their blogs as a hobby, as with any poll, election, early stages of a relationship, there’s bound to be someone who is on the fence about the whole thing. Last week’s post revealed I’m not alone. There are others who can’t seem to choose work or hobby when referring to their blog even though we aren’t necessarily being monetarily compensated for blogging.
Katie over at Sass and Balderdash, who has been along for the ride since the early Little Miss Wordy days and has a way with words herself, bestowed upon us a term I hope she has since trademarked because bloggers across the globe are embracing it like Steve Perry.
Katie’s comment hit the mark for many of us.
“This is a tricky one. I don’t get paid to blog, and even though I love writing, I think I’d classify blogging as somewhere between work and a hobby.
A wobby, maybe.
Writing the posts is just one time-consuming bit of it, but the other half is engaging with other bloggers and your own readers. It’s a labor of love for sure,
but I think we’ve probably all felt overwhelmed by our blogs for one reason or another, which makes it a little more than a hobby.” – Katie
Blogging is definitely a labor of love for me as it is for Katie and other bloggers too. In his post yesterday, Le Clown stated “Blogging is an unpaid gig—the reward is the success of each post and the slow and constant growth of the community we create together.”
And, in a comment on one of my earlier posts, back when he was My Right To Bitch, Chowderhead coined the term bloggerhood. It is a term that has stuck with me, and I have even found myself welcoming newbies “to the bloggerhood” a la Mister Rogers. The word encompasses a place, a community, a gathering of folks who share experiences, stories, writing tips and so much more. Yet, it isn’t just a space but a connection in the sense of brotherhood or sisterhood because through it friendships are forged, opportunities are presented, lessons are shared, lessons are learned, and souls are touched.
I will share the results of the poll because I’m a stickler for follow up and some of you are sticklers for numbers. However, the true results for me exist in a category all their own.
Bottom line: It really doesn’t matter whether you get paid to blog or want to get paid to blog. It doesn’t matter if you call your blog work or a hobby, or even the genius term of “wobby” because the truth is you started your blog for a reason that is important to you. You continue your blog for reasons that are near and dear to your heart, reasons unique to you and no one else. And if blogging feeds your soul in some way, then you should never have to label it or categorize it. That kind of satisfaction can’t be stuffed in a box with a title because it has a life all it’s own. Keep living it!