"But, that's not a real job?"

I think it's pretty clear that a lot of people in society do not see content creation and social media as a job, they don't see it as a viable career and 50 year old Pam definitely thinks that I'm just "scrolling through Facebook". To all the Pam's in the world, I've got some news for you.


This type of job is not one that is widely recognised. I can understand that. I understand that when I tell people my job role, their faces go a bit blank because they don't really know what I mean (this happens more times than not). Most people are happy for me, they can see that I'm doing something that I enjoy and they support my decision. Anyone who knows me knows that I can't work a conventional job in a bar or a shop to support myself during my studies because it's something that I'm incapable of doing. I tried, 3 times, and all of them ended in failure. So, if I've been given the opportunity to do something that I love doing, something that allows me to be creative and I get paid for this, I would be stupid not to take it.

Yet, people still try to bring me down. There's still people acting as though I won't get anywhere with this, that I should focus on something that is related to my Psychology degree, that I'm being unrealistic. I'm aware of the risks but I'm also aware of the great benefits this career could bring me. I never said I'm going to be a full time blogger when I graduate (hey, that would be the dream though) but I am going to be doing something where I can be creative, where I can write and where I won't dread going to work 14 hours in advance (throwback to my horrible cleaning job).


But people still frown, still look confused and it's frustrating. Just because this doesn't fit into your stereotypical idea of a job, that doesn't make it worth any less.

I'm going to be really cliche here and say I feel like I've been writing all of my life. I started blogging on and off 3/4 years ago on a different blog and I started JustALittleBitOfLauryn in January 2016 and I never imagined it would result in anything. At the time, I was using this blog as an outlet for my frustration with the world and now, it's turned into something that has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I would have. Why did I think this would never amount to anything? Because of the way people treat blogging and content creation. The way that people would look disappointed in my choices. When people realised I wasn't going to be that psychologist I had talked about years prior, I wasn't going to be someone they could boast to their friends about. #

Then, I usually get the "but blogging seems so easy". Yes sure, planning blog posts, writing blog posts, scheduling tweets to promote blog posts, taking photos, editing photos, networking, constantly replying to emails, unsubscribing from newsletters you never even signed up to, deleting emails from Indian men claiming to help you to increase your SEO, constantly being in the dilemma of being too blunt or too informal when talking to brands... the list goes on. Easy, right? Please think again.


Not to toot my own horn, actually it's perfectly ok to toot your own horn sometimes, I have done things to be proud of. I went from being unable to talk to anyone to running my own blog, studying at a great university and working in social media and content creation. Alongside this, I work as a student content producer for Unite Students and part of the blogging team for Liberty Living, I write for the university newspaper and magazine and I've been accepted as a peer mentor for the next academic year to advise first years about university life and even give them some writing tips. I achieved all of that myself, through this blog and through my love for writing. But, people are telling me it's not a proper job? It doesn't make sense to me.

If something is bringing you money and it's helping you to live, it's a job. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I feel as though this probably turned into a bit of a rant but everyone needs to rant sometimes.

(Also, look at me actually using photos of myself in posts)



6 comments:

  1. I love your take on this! I also get the same responses when I say my endgame in life is to be a blogger. People seem happy for me but there’s always that person who just doesn’t get it.

    Thanks for this awesome post!

    Love always,
    Lunaria L Moon
    Head Blogger,
    http://www.onlyfunthings.org

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    1. Thank you! Yes I know right! I understand it's not the most conventional of things but there's always that one person who refuses to be happy about it haha

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  2. Preach it! I have this discussion all the time. I’m so passionate about my blog and have built it from nothing as we all do: you’re doing great! Keep at it girl!

    Emily
    drainedbeauty.co.uk

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  3. I love this! So awesome that your blog has grown so well in the past year. I started mine in June of 2016 and I’m so in love with it. Thanks for sharing your story. ��

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