For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been creative. Writing came to me in late childhood, while painting and drawing have always been an aspect of my life. I always wanted to be an artist or an author. I dreamed of having my own collection of books, mangas or comics. But as I grew older, that creative spark died as I kept being told that my dreams were hobbies, not careers. Real people get jobs that pay bills consistently every month until the time when we retire.
I got stuck in a loop after that. Education came first, along with grinding to make enough money to finally reach a place of contentment and comfort. But, as you and I both know, it’s never as simple as that. There are round blocks along the way, and when you repress a part of yourself in favour of burning yourself out for money, bad things happen.
After my mental and physical health relapsed in 2018, I was lost. I had known nothing for the last ten or so years of my life other than working, studying or both at the same time. It had been a long time since I had nothing to focus on other than myself. And that terrified me!
I spent the majority of January and part of February 2019 in a deep, deep depression. It was during this time that I made the decision to start writing for at least an hour a day. At the time I had a private blog where I was recording all my thoughts about recovery and my declining mental state. I’d never thought to make my posts public, nor did I think anyone would be remotely interested. But I joined Twitter regardless and the rest, as they say, was history!
What started off as a means of therapy quickly became a passion and one I’ve kept up for over three years now. I fell in love with the community, the creativeness, the support and, most of all, the ability to make money on my own terms. While some bloggers are full time, I’ve chosen to use my blogging as a means to top up my paycheck from my day job. But, with a little hard work, the option to move fully to blogging is always there.
The impact Get Blogged has had on my blog and I.
Get Blogged was the first website that allowed me to not only apply for work but make money from my writing. I remember my first job with Get Blogged and the excitement I felt at finally being paid for my passion. It was a feeling I’ll never forget and continue to feel each time I’m accepted for work.
The site itself is simple to navigate, displays accurate and up-to-date information on you, your blog and your statistics, and actively informs you each time new listings are posted. So, although you may not be accepted for each job, you can always throw your hat in the ring. While you may not be able to access all categories in the beginning due to your domain authority, as time progresses and hard work prevails, this too will change.
Overall Get Blogged has been a game-changer for us bloggers in finding and applying for work as it can often be hard to source reliable streams of income as a blogger. Get Blogged certainly has given me the extra money I need to keep my blog going.