This week I was wrapping up the Attendee Booklets for Brandcation #4 – Blog Cabin – which I head off to in just 9 days! To say I am excited is the understatement of the year.
Anyway, the booklet has profiles of each of the Bloggers that are going as well as all of the Sponsor info and stuff. I like that I get to read everyone's bios before the event… but I always struggle with writing my own.
See I never intended to be a Blogger. I am a recovering WORKaholic who was given the advice to “get a hobby” as something to do to get my mind off of work 24/7. I teach Time Management and Organization, but truth was I got SO good at it that I had …. SPARE TIME.
I used to write in school and kept a journal for as far back as I can remember. In fact in school I was the crazy one who loved the long essays and often had trouble not going OVER the allotted words/pages. I helped dozens of others with their papers as well – I just loved to write. I was as passionate about writing as I was wearing the new hottest trends. But then after high school I just… stopped.
So fast forward 15 years and I have spare time, need a hobby, and remembered how much I used to like to write. I never imagined within two years I would be flying to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Harrisburg to meet and mingle with some of the most amazing people learning about some of the most amazing brands. I never thought I would be learning to cook after 30 or fall madly in love with little bite size pieces of cake that I make into Jack O Lanterns, Rudolph, and the Easter Bunny. It never crossed my mind that I would be thought of as a “go to” person for anything other than time management, organization, and how to not kill your exhusband.
Blogging for me began as a hobby – something to fill up my spare time so I didnt go crazy. But now it is my passion and something I cant even imagine NOT doing. Or maybe it was my passion all long, and I just finally found a place to do it in a way that was more fulfilling than looking back over my old journals. (which is hysterical by the way) Either way, I am lucky that my passion turned hobby…. or hobby turned passion has become such an important thing in my life, and I am thankful for all of the opportunities it brings.
Recently the question arose – if blogging never made you any money, would you still do it? I have to say yes. I can't imagine not writing anymore and wish I had not missed those 15 years after school. I imagine I had even more to say back then.
How did you get started in blogging? And has it become a passion for you too? Or is it still a hobby? Or maybe even a full time job?