After almost two years of struggling to fit everything in I had gotten to a point where something had to go, either the blog or the job. I have been writing this blog for almost six years now and it has bought me so much in the way of experiences, memories, friendships and skills and it continues to do so, I really didn't want to give all that up.
When we sat down to work out our finances it became obvious that I could cope with using my blogging income as my wage. Currently my blogging income is paying off my credit card, in the past year I bought myself two new cameras, a camera lens and a camera bag on an interest free credit card and used my blogging income to pay it off monthly. This is almost paid now which means that my blogging income can now be my wage.
A quick look at my income & stats reports from the past year shows just how unreliable my blogging income can be, some months I struggled to make £50 and others (well, once!) I made over £1,000. I am hoping that with three days a week to knuckle down on blog work I will be a lot stricter on myself, none of this loosing mojo and taking a break when I want, and manage to earn a semi decent income each month.
If I don't earn a decent income month after month I'm not too worried, in November alone I earned over twice my monthly wage in my part time job. Rather than classing that as a really good month, I would keep a chunk of the money to the side in preparation for bad months, if I keep doing this hopefully I will have a nice back up fund for those not so great months. This combined with the fact that I have a lot less outgoings as a result of working from home meant that financially, this really was an easy decision.
By working from home we have halved our childcare costs (Aria will go to nursery one day a week instead of two, we considered taking her out altogether but decided to keep her one day as it is good for her to socialise with the other children). I will save £10 per week bus fare and also save £10-£15 per week on buying takeaway lunches, as I have never been organised enough to take a packed lunch to work with me.
Naturally spending more time at home should mean that we are saving even more money as I won't be coming home from work too tired to cook and picking up a takeaway, I also get to spend an extra day a week with Aria. All around the decision to leave my job for my blog and make a living blogging has been a no brainer. I will miss my job and my boss but I am looking forward to a happier and healthier life earning my living from home.
What does all of this mean for the blog? Making this move will mean that I have more time to write fresh, regular content. You may have noticed that toward the back end of 2016 my blog was taken over by sponsored content and not much else. Obviously I will still have the sponsored stuff, or at least I hope so otherwise it won't have been a very successful move, but I am hoping that having three days to dedicate to blogging will mean that I have time to publish the content that I want to publish and enjoy publishing, rather than just blogging to meet deadlines. You may also notice an increase of affiliate links, I use these anyway but I am aiming to get a little more savvy and start using these to naturally make a passive income from things that I am already sharing.
What does all of this mean for my personal life? I now have two days off during the week with Aria rather than just one, I previously worked three days and had one day off with childcare so that I could concentrate on blogging. I am hoping to get out and do more on my days with Aria, or just spend more time in the house with Aria, some days baking and crafting, other days staying in pyjamas and watching Peppa Pig! I am hoping to have weekends off so that we can get out and about more as a family, which in turn will provide more content for the blog as I intend to blog about our family adventures.
Thank you for your support in 2016, I hope that you will continue to support me and my blog in 2017. Happy New Year!