Crossroad Ahead: Which Way Now?

Go full time blogging or not?

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I’ve heard about bloggers who do full time blogging – reporting to no one, researching and publishing posts and churning out sites all day, while the regular working class folks do the 9 to 5 grind trying to make their bosses richer. I’ve heard that not all bloggers succeed into superblogger status (sorry, that may not be the right word but I meant the kind of blogger whose efforts pay off in terms of income far beyond any regular working guy’s salary). In a similar manner, not all office bound working guys get promoted to managerial positions and thus remain below the enviable class of office workers.

I started out blogging firstly as a personal outlet of some perceived desire to express myself to the world sans the stagefright. Then I noticed, after a lot of exposure to other bloggers’ output, that a blogger could earn, in several ways, with his blog or site. And after a little experimentation, I found this to be true. I put up my blog (and thereafter, a few more sites) several months ago while maintaining my day time job. I was able to publish a whooping average of 8 posts per month. Yes, you read it right. Per MONTH (check out the archives bar [The M Files] on the right). Compare this to full time bloggers who churn out 8 to 10 or even more posts per day. If I take the plunge and go full time, I’m sure I can publish at least a post or two a day, and do other blog-productive activities.

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A crossroad is coming up ahead for me. I am about to go jobless by the end of this month. When I received the memo, I didn’t quite know what to feel. Maybe it just coincided with my ‘high spirit‘ days (in my regular cycle of highs and lows), but I surprised even myself by feeling somewhat exultant. Then I realized it was the blogger in me who is ecstatic at seeing the possibility of going full time in the field I have grown to be passionate about. Crossroads? Yes, because by month’s end, I see two options.

  1. To go seek another job and thus continue being a part-time blogger (and make 8 posts a month);
  2. To take the plunge and go full time blogging.

A regular day time job assures me of a regular income, and having been doing this for several years, helps keep me in my comfort zone. To go full time blogging, on the other hand, is like sailing on uncharted waters, and thus totally out of my comfort zone. The few sites I put up have generated, around 4 months after their publications, an aggregate monthly earning equivalent to two-thirds of my present day time job monthly salary. Additional efforts in this direction will certainly increase this amount further, but I am not very confident about its stability inasmuch as it is too dependent on google. A little change in the big G’s algorithms could send it all crashing into a pathetic heap. As far as I know, there are a lot of other methods that allow bloggers to break free of google’s hold and control, e.g. list building, luring repeat visitors traffic, cpa/affiliate, etc. If given a chance, I may be able to try them out. And this I could only do if I go full time. Maybe, it’s not really totally ‘uncharted’, but being a born pessimist, my confidence level in pushing through with this option is low.

Which direction should I take?

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14 thoughts on “Crossroad Ahead: Which Way Now?”

  1. Since I’m not trying to make my living blogging I can’t judge whether you should put your faith in blogging earning you a full time income or not.

    If you can “survive” for a few months without an income from your job and can also find another job if blogging doesn’t work out then I think go for it.

    People try things all the time and fail. There is no shame in it. It’s how we learn.
    And people take a chance on something all the time. Sometimes it’s a huge success.
    You are the only one who knows what you are willing to risk.

    1. Thanks for the advice Glen. I’ll certainly take those things in consideration when time comes to make a final decision.

  2. I suggest you follow your gut feel. It’s there for a purpose.

    Find out which are you more comfortable with, a chance to make more money than your daytime job (which is not a guarantee) or to make less money (but is a guarantee that you’ll receive every month).

    I’ve known bloggers who quit their day job just to concentrate on blogging full time and it reaped them good rewards. But I think they did so because they already know how to do it so well that they are already willing to risk their day job for it.

    If you are not yet satisfied with your making money online skills, then I suggest you stick with a day job first and just hone your skills slowly. Then when you think you can already do it, take the plunge.
    .-= ark´s latest blog ..Alice in Wonderland (2010) Movie Quotes =-.

    1. That’s the thing, I know the theories and although I’ve proved some of these theories I’m still not that satisfied enough to lean on it. My online money making skills depend too much on how google likes my site. Should they change their algo’s a bit, I might find myself picking up the pieces of 6-months worth of work and starting back from the beginning. I wish I was as good as you in earning considerable income from just one main blog Ark. 🙂 I’m not earning much from this blog. I earn from my other sites (selling products) that get to be lucky enough to stay on the first pages of the google serps.

  3. depends on if u enjot your regular job, with blogs often it’s not writing the posts that takes the most time it’s all the other crap such as seo, updating them etc.

    1. My regular job? I used to enjoy it. But things change.

      Yes, I agree that seo work takes the most of a blogger’s time.

  4. If I were making 2/3 my paycheck with eight posts a month, I’d have a hard time not taking the plunge.

    Then the conservative in me says, “I could probably double my efforts whilst working for someone else…”

    I’m risk averse. I take it back. I’d look for work, and try to build on my accomplishments while bringing in a steady paycheck. Build a big cushion before I took the plunge.
    .-= James R. Lee´s latest blog ..Snow Maple =-.

    1. I like your line of thinking James. That ‘big cushion’ is I believe the key for gaining confidence to take the plunge. (On a funny note, cushion and plunge in the same sentence makes this look like a scene in a movie where police are preparing for a possible suicide jumper 🙂 ).

  5. Hey james the biggest factor in figuring the answer to that question out is asking yourself if you think you really want to do this, can you picture yourself doing it in 10 years and still making money from it? Do you have the staying power to go 5 years without seeing tremendous rewards? Will you quit?

    If you believe in yourself and your willing to put the time in, than what are you waiting for? If your waiting, perhaps you really aren’t ready just yet.
    .-= Extreme John´s latest blog ..A Day in the Life of Extreme John Episode 7 [video] =-.

    1. Hey John, thanks for your input on this matter. Actually, I can see myself earning back the equivalent of my monthly daytime job pay in 6 months if I go full time. This is not wholly from this blog as this one is still in limbo (having no fixed niched yet). I can tap into adsense and amazon and perhaps other income sources using my other sites that I was able to put up (thanks to MNF). Inspite of my being a natural pessimist, I believe I can rise up eventually to the heights I want to reach.

      I think I’ll just cross the bridge when I get there. Month’s end.
      .-= james-mdeo´s latest blog ..Calories In An Egg New Data Collection =-.

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    1. Yeah. Safest option I guess is to have some kind of job to fall back on, at least until the blogging income takes off. 🙂

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