Every morning is almost exactly the same. I walk into the kitchen, get my coffee, grab my snuggie (yep, you read right), and flop into my recliner. After taking the first couple of magical sips of coffee-goodness, I open up my laptop and go straight to my blog. It doesn't really matter how early it is (usually 6am), I still want to do bloggy things as soon as possible.
I don't always go straight into writing a post. Often, I'll go into my blogging Facebook groups and check up on anything new. I check my emails. I schedule my pins on Pinterest. I moderate my blog comments.
It's all pretty routine, but it is a whole lot of work. But a lot of people don't realize that.
MisconceptionsAs a blogger who is working towards a full-time blogging career, I am frequently asked how someone can make money blogging. It's a fair question. And I don't mind answering- actually, I enjoy it.
But sometimes when I've just described my blogging plans and dreams, I tend to wonder if the listener is thinking something along the lines of: "That's not a real career" or "You really think you can do that?". And if they are thinking that, I can kind of understand it. Blogging is different than most career paths and because our revenue streams come from multiple places, it can be confusing to the non-blogger.
But it is important to me that people understand both the hard work that goes into blogging, and the fact that blogging isn't just a little hobby. It's a passion that I am so excited about.
FireI recently had someone tell me that they can see me light up when I talk about blogging. And that is so true! I come alive, talk a whole lot faster, and pretty much can't shut up about it once you get me started.
I love what blogging is for me: a creative outlet, a ministry, a way to use my degree, and a way to be in community. Blogging let's me speak boldly about the things God is teaching me. It allows me to encourage others to do the right thing, or to stand tall during trials. Blogging allows me to "meet" new people and develop friendships. Blogging pushes me to be a better, more disciplined version of myself.
Blogging is not my hobby. Blogging is a passion that I intend to follow and utilize for God's glory. Blogging ignites something in me that I didn't know existed.
So if you don't understand my blogging goals, I get it. But please, oh please, don't stand there looking at me like I'll never make it. Just because it's a hard path doesn't mean it won't be amazing!
Now that I've gotten that little tangent out of the way, I'm excited to announce a giveaway that I am participating in. Please make sure you enter, as there are some awesome prizes!
For this giveaway, I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers and creatives to bring to you an AMAZING giveaway bundle full of things that all bloggers and creatives love (and need!) in celebration of Coffee With Summer’s 2nd Blogiversary! All you have to do to enter to win all of these goodies is to complete as many tasks as you would like to! The more tasks you complete, the more chances you have of winning! The giveaway runs from July 26th - August 3rd and the winner will be notified and announced on the Rafflecopter form by Saturday, August 6th. All entries will be verified before choosing a winner. Enter fairly! (Giveaway is only valid in USA and AUS).
Coffee With Summer - Just Bee Blog - Sobremesa Stories - A Tiny Traveler - Life As A Larsen - Coming Up Roses - Inspiration Indulgence - The Peculiar Treasure - Nested Nomad - Life With Kristie - Flip Flops & Furs - A Problem Like Maria - Green Tea And Cotton - Blog By Tracy - Stay Gold Autumn - Just A Simple Home - Grace Love Life
What’s in the giveaway:
- The Happiness Planner
- Huge black tote bag
- Big Magic book
- 365 Blog Topic Ideas Book
- Phone Tripod With Remote
- French Press Coffee Maker
- Macaroon Note Card Set
- Pink “Like A Boss” Pencil Case
- Black “Dreams Take Hustle” Pencil Case
- Pencil pack
- Oops eraser
- Sticky Notes
- Jumbo Gold Paper Clips
- 2 Prints - “You Can Really Do Whatever You Want” & “You Are Capable" (not pictured)
- "Hello Lovely" mug from A Tiny Traveler Creative (not pictured)
- Coffee With Summer Venti Blog Sponsorship Spot