Last night I hosted the Sunday night @Lbloggerschat on Twitter. In case you’re wondering what exactly it is, @Lbloggerschat is a Twitter account that promotes lifestyle blogs and organises chats every Sunday and Wednesday at 7pm (UK time) to discuss all things blog related. I don’t take part every single week, but I do try and get involved in the #lblogger chats as much as I can and last night I got to host the chat itself.
The topic I chose was Full Time Blogging vs. Hobbie Blogging. The reason I chose this topic is because it’s becoming increasingly popular for bloggers to earn a living from their blog. More and more of us are quitting our day jobs and going full time. I wondered just how many of us lifestyle bloggers would love to turn our hobbie into a career? Or would it no longer be fun because it’s a job? If we went full time, how would it affect our blog? I decided to find out more via the #lbloggers chat! And in case you missed it, here is a round up of the chat, including all the questions and some of my favourite answers and comments from those who participated…
Q1. First off, I wanna hear some stories – why did you start your blog?
My Answer: Mine began 4 years ago as a bit of relationship/dating diary, which is completely different from what it is today – a lifestyle blog
Q2. What kind of impact has blogging had on your life? What does it mean to you?
For me, it’s given me a reason to write, keeps me busy, and I’ve met lots of lovely talented people like you guys
Q3. Do you aspire for your blog to be a full time job? Or just want to keep it as a hobbie?
I love blogging, it’s my escapism, and my fun, and I worry blogging for work would ruin it, or make it less so , BUT as an aspiring writer, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to write everyday for a living. Plus I’d love to build something of my own.
Q4. How do you think your blog would change if it became your full time job? Good or Bad?
It would be great to spend all day long on it, but I would worry my blog would change if I got too caught up in the earning money and sponsors and advertisers.
Q5. How influenced are you by paid or sponsored posts?
If someone wants to pay me, gift me or sponsor, of course that’s Brill BUT only if I belived/liked/had passion for it (as in the product or service )
Also to add – I think it’s important not to lose sight of why you started blogging
Q6. Okay, let’s think BIG!! Your blog has had HUGE success. You are now a globalbrand – what other platforms would you like to take it too?
I think apps are the future and would love my blog to develop into an app (blogs and safari on the iPhone don’t always read well or look great)
Finally I had a little request…
Q7. Before we swap links, a request, please can you share one part time blog you think you’d like to see be a full-time site?
Here are a few that were mentioned:
After this we all shared our links, and I was able to start following even more fabulous blogs (I don’t how I’m going to keep track). Hosting the chat was a great experience, I have to admit I was a little nervous; it was all quite frantic, I was using my iPad and iPhone at the same time trying to do three things at once. But it was so much and such a rush to be engaging with so many other bloggers all at once, posing questions and getting some fantastic answers. I received such wonderful feedback too, I couldn’t help but share some of the positive comments on here…