What is expected of a blogger?

When I first decided to blog it was something for me, something for my anxiety soaked brain. I needed to write things to focus my brain and help distract me from any anxious feelings I was having. Now as the anxiety subsides I blog because I love it. In between needing it as part of my recovery I have completely fell head over heels for my blog and the blogging community. In the last couple of months I have started to take it all a bit more seriously with the intention of eventually it becoming more than a hobby. At the moment I have a part time job and the rest of the week I am home with Little Man so I do find it tough to fit in and 3 posts a week is definitely the most I can manage.

As I have started to think of it as more of a secondΒ job for me I have started to wonder what is expected of a blogger. In my other job I have a job description, I have a line manager and I have certain roles and expectations to fulfil. It has been quite a switch to realise that none of this comes with the role of a blogger. The only thing you have to go off, a template if you will is other people and other blog posts with advice. There are no rules on how many posts you should write a week, nobody to really tell you if what you are writing is any good and no deadlines to meet.

I think I kind of like that.

I have never really thought about whether I am self motivated or not but it appears I am. Without realising it I set time aside to sit and comment, reply to comments, join in with linkys and above all publish posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have sort of found my own direction and formed my own expectations. I think this is one of my favourite things about blogging. The freedom it has given me.

Building something from nothing and watching it grow is extremely satisfying.

I have read posts in the past from bloggers saying they are sometimes embarrassed to say they are ‘just a blogger’. I think we should take the ‘just’ out of that sentance. Blogging comes with no expectations from anybody else and I think that can make it tougher sometimes. You have to motivate yourself and you have to sit down and write even when you’re not sure you have something paticurly interesting to say.

So what is expected of a blogger? Whatever you want. Write your own job description.

What do you think is expected of a blogger?

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  1. July 3, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    I don’t work other than my blog, not that it pays that well yet…but I am proud of every penny I have earned so far, because as you say I have built something from nothing and I am very proud of that. I love blogging, and I treat it like a job, I put in the hours, I plan, I have a plan for where I want to take it and I work towards that.
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix Fridays lovely,

    Stevie x
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    • July 5, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Your blog is amazing hun, you should definitely be proud of it xx

  2. July 4, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    This is very similar to myself!I work 3 days and as the hubby works nights I look after the children the rest of the week.I started blogging as I felt I needed “something” and after entering a competition on another blog thought “hey,I can do this”.I love the interaction with other bloggers,I felt overwhelmed to start with like a small fish in a big pond but now I’m starting to get to know people I absolutely love it x #picknmix
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    • July 5, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Me too! It is overwhelming at first, it’s such a big world but worth the effort πŸ™‚ xx

  3. July 5, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    I am very new to the blogging world so have really enjoyed this post! I am certainly enjoying being in control although it is very small at the mo so I wonder if I will think that if it grows into something bigger?!!
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  4. July 5, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Aaah I love this post Rachel! I feel the same; I am SO motivated and amazingly productive when left to my own devices. My blog is the first time I’ve been creating work just for myself β€” and not being given a brief of any kind. I LOVE it. The creativity, the freedom and β€” best of all β€” the realisation that I can actually make a living from this! It’s a lovely feeling πŸ™‚ #SundayStars

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk
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    • July 7, 2015 / 9:15 am

      Thank you. Same here, I have surprised myself to be honest!! xx

  5. July 7, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    I the freedom & the creativity of my blog, even though I’m working with brands quite regular I still have the freedom to write my own content and chose the angle of the blog post and get paid! I love it so much #SundayStars
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  6. July 9, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    This is a great read! It’s so lovely to know that others feel exactly the same as I do. I honestly had no idea that I had this level of motivation in me but I just love writing and my blog feels like my third baby. Thank you so much of linking up to #SundayStars xx
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