When I tell people I blog for a living, they look at me funny. They think it’s some type of a joke. I mean how serious is blogging right? It can’t be like a real career like doctors, lawyers, or even a bank teller.
I mean I guess making a decent living, working from wherever you like, taking several vacations, having all your travels paid for, trying out cool new gadgets, etc sounds too good to be true let alone sound like a career.
To help parents and other elderly folks understand this new perspective, I’m going to describe what does a life of a disciplined blogger look like from day to day. I’m doing this to help all of my fellow young entrepreneurs in different parts of the world who face strong family backlash for choosing blogging or other tech related careers.
Little Background Info
I blog for a living. I build websites for a living. I get to try and keep cool gadgets for free. I get to travel the world to attend and speak at conferences. I get to work from where I want. I get to take cool vacations with my wife. I get to spend time with my family. Last but not least, I make an income doing what I love.
Below is what my day looks like.
A Day in My Life
When starting out I was not disciplined. Over the years, I’ve become very organized and disciplined in my career which has helped elevate me to the next level.
I write down everything that I need to get done that same day, so I don’t forget anything. Also seeing things visually helps motivate me to get it done.
Each day my tasks are different but same.
- I write blog posts on different topics every day.
- I answer emails from my readers, and I learn something new every day from them.
- I monitor my social media accounts and engage with my friends and followers.
- I look at analytics data to see where we’re at, and how we can improve.
- I have phone calls with potential clients and partners.
- I have calls with my team members to discuss the progress of all the projects we’re working on.
- I design and code as needed.
- I look at the stock market and adjust my portfolio as needed.
Some where in between, I eat too. Yes I’m not as conscious about my health which I probably should be.
I also play with my dogs, spend time with my wife, and sleep.
Probably doesn’t sound like a real career or something that difficult, but I spend about 10 hours per day working. The beauty of this is that I work from my house. Sometimes from my home office and other times on my couch.
Now it’s not always the same. Sometimes I only work 1-2 hours a day.
When I’m traveling (which I’m just about every other week), I get to go meet tons of amazing people at conferences and make new friends.
The different type of people I’ve come across at my young age has taught me a lot. I’ve learnt from each of their experiences.
I still work when I’m traveling. All I really need to work is my Mac Book Air, a decent internet connection, my phone, and my SOL Republic headpones (I like them because they’re small and pretty good quality, and Yes I got them for free courtesy of Verizon #vzwbuzz Lifestyle program).
So if changing clothes wasn’t a necessity, then I can just travel with a laptop bag, and I’d be able to work from wherever I want.
I was just in Europe two weeks ago. Not only did I get to enjoy traveling through Belgium and Amsterdam, I also wasn’t missing any work.
Making an Impact
Sure I don’t save lives every day like a doctor would, but I believe that what I do is making an impact. Over the years, I’ve empowered hundreds of thousands of small businesses and individuals to get an online presence.
I’ve entertained millions through my List25 site.
I even had a privilege to help build a school in Guatemala and bring education to kids.
An unusual career
I know it’s hard to imagine blogging as a career. It breaks the norm because my job allows me to work from home. It breaks the norm because my job doesn’t require me to have a college degree (even though I do). It breaks the norm because I don’t have to request for time off, I can pick up my bags and take my work with me. It breaks the norm because I’m making money even when I’m sleeping. It breaks all the norms that my parents and their generation and generations before them grew up with.
Breaking social norms is scary, but I urge you to not force your kids and try to be supportive. Not every kid is going to be a doctor. Stop forcing them to be one.
Educate yourself about this growing industry of online careers such as blogging, social media marketing, web design, software development, etc. Trust me, these careers are here to stay.
If you’re a young entrepreneur (teenagers) who do not have support of your parents, then please show them this article. Reach out to me using my contact form, and I’d be happy to talk with your parents about this on your behalf (know that I do my best to reply to all emails, but I do get a lots of them).
For parents, know that I’m just one of the many bloggers out there. Not everyone is as disciplined. Some folks just blog as a passion, but I do it for both passion and my living.
If you have any questions or feedback, then please leave a comment below.