Contrary to popular belief or the story I have told myself, or perhaps, wishful thinking, or maybe we can call it projection – visualization until manifestation? I am not a full time blogger. In addition to my blogging duties, I have a full-time job. I don’t know about you all, but I find myself looking at other bloggers with 9to5s and wondering about what it must be like to be a blogger at a ‘regular’ job. So, I decided to share 5 things that make bloggers, in particular myself, stand out amongst their peers at their 9to5s.
1. Red Eyed and Tired
You are often red eyed and tired because you spent the better half of your night writing a post, editing, responding to emails, and managing your social media. Don’t throw in the occasional ‘fixing’ something on your website because it ‘broke’ and because you are a self-taught coder it takes you twice as long to ‘fix it’ moment that every blogger experiences. While your colleagues may attribute your sleepiness and over-caffeinated nervousness to ‘having a great night’, you attribute it to a great night of productivity burning the midnight oil. To their surprise when you tell them why you are tired, you get the typical cocked headed blank stare in which you expect your colleague to follow up their look with, “Wow, I thought you were going to say something else…”. Instead you change the subject and ask them how their day has been or how their night went. They do not understand. And you shouldn’t fault them. Changing the subject works well for both parties involved.
[bctt tweet=”You are often red eyed and tired because you spent the better half of your night writing a post, editing, responding to emails, and managing your social media.”]
2. Leaving Work to go to Work
I once had a colleague exclaim to me, “Venus always makes sure she leaves at 5pm on the dot!” Not only did I get there earlier than that colleague that warranted my leaving at 5pm, but also, little did she know that I left at that time religiously because I was rushing home to transform into “Venus the personality”. This means that I battle rush hour traffic for 30-45 minutes, spend 30 minutes transforming, and another 30-45 minutes on the road to an event only to return home at about 9ish or so to regroup and get ready for the next day. When I am not attending events (which I’ve slowed down doing considerably), I am coming home to workout, write, edit, manage social media, and respond and send out emails until its time to turn in and do it all over again.
3. Odd Skill Set
Often times, bloggers are the Jack (or Jill) of all trades. We can be media ninjas, PR assassins, writing machines, etc. So in the office, many people are surprised when you have a great deal of knowledge in an area that is not in your job description. However, this can go the other way around as well when your colleagues may undermine your talent in a certain area. This is OK as well as they may not understand all of the facets of what goes into the work that you do, or the ‘hobby’ as they may refer to it as. I once had a colleague say in front of a handful of my co-workers, “I should start a blog so that I can get free stuff. It’s easy enough.” If only they knew. Don’t take these moments personally!
[bctt tweet=”Often times, bloggers are the Jack (or Jill) of all trades.”]
4. Blogger Guru?
People that know your niche may rely on you as their personal stylist, for example if you are a fashion and beauty blogger like myself. Since I am a fashion and beauty blogger, I get a lot of questions that are focused on my advice on fashion and beauty with some of my colleagues.
[bctt tweet=”People that know your niche may rely on you as their personal stylist, for example if you are a fashion and beauty blogger like myself. “]
5. Occasional and Slightly Awkward ‘Fangirl’ Moments
These are very occasional for me (I’m not famous, yet!), but it is quite awkward when a colleague recognizes you from your blog and then makes a big deal about it in front of other colleagues or your clients. Better still is when your clients ‘brag’ about you and exclaims they are your biggest fan in front of other clients that may not know that you blog. I truly love these moments and am so appreciative from the support that I receive from some of my colleagues/clients no matter how awkward those moments can be. I’m not sure if there will ever be a way to make those moments not feel awkward.
[bctt tweet=”Better still is when your clients ‘brag’ about you and exclaims they are your biggest fan in front of other clients that may not know that you blog.”]
Are you a blogger working a 9to5? Or do something similar outside of your 9to5? Are the points above pretty accurate? What are some other things that I may have missed that come with your ‘odd’ side hustle at your current 9to5?