Chris J Wilson via gabz:

About 10 years ago, I wanted to be a professional blogger. Now I’m happy to be an unprofessional blogger. Well, most of the time at least.

I thought I wanted the exciting lifestyle of making money from work anywhere I wanted. I saw these people “doing nothing” (spoiler, they were doing a lot more than what I saw) and thought that looked great. Free products to review, working in my [pajamas], travel whenever I wanted.

But pursuing that “dream” did something to me.

When I sought to be a professional blogger, I ended up focusing on tactics and topics which didn’t really interest me. I focused on topics that would help my search engine position with 800+ word articles for topics that could be addressed in 350 words at most.

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As an unprofessional blogger, I can - write about what I want, when I want

  • not write when I don’t want to (and not apologize!)
  • try out something stupid and fail (but have fun)
  • make grammar and spelling mistakes (and thank kind souls who point them out while deliberately annoying pretentious pedants)
  • make a mess of my website as I change the design