I think I touched upon it a bit on my last post. But I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately… about how we’re pressured to make money out of anything (and everything) we’re interested in. Whatever happened to just having hobbies?
I guess you can say I’m lucky because I get to do what I love for a living. It gets tiring sometimes, and there are days I’ve considered switching careers. But most days I feel like I won the lotto for getting to write and edit every day (and having nice bosses is a plus). Still, there’s something about doing things for yourself. Writing has always been my go-to for when I can’t make sense of things. This blog has been the outlet for that, but I felt pressured to monetize this because I should be, right? Since I write/edit for a living, and it’s what I do here. But the pressure takes out all the fun. So what happens is I just don’t to it anymore.
With all of that said, here’s what I’m planning to change. I’m going to do three things just for the heck of ’em. I’ve always enjoyed these things and the constant thought of “I should be making money out of this” is truly taking away from that enjoyment.
I do still want this to be a go-to for women and men who want honest, informative and informed, and entertaining content. But let’s see how factoring out the money aspect will affect my creativity and my motivation to actually spend more time here and create more.
I did try to give it a shot some months ago. To be honest, the monetization part wasn’t the problem why I didn’t pursue it. I just didn’t have time. But I’m really interested in it, and you know what they say? If you’re really into something, you’re gonna make time for it. So that’s what I’m gonna do.
Before Instagram was born, I was quite serious about photography. I’m a bit ashamed to say that I pick up my camera maybe just once or twice a month, depending on whether or not I have an event to attend or product to review. So my goal, not only so I can finally get a return of investment on my camera, is to actually be really good at photography… just ’cause.